Panama to host Caribbean summit






More than 15 countries will attend the 13th Council of Ministers of the Association of Caribbean States in Panama City.

Colombia, Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela are among the countries which have confirmed their participation in the ministerial meeting of the largest Caribbean forum slated for Jan. 25.

Other participants are regional bodies including the Caribbean Common Market, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Central American Bank for Economic Integration.

The meeting will debate on cooperation and development in different areas including trade, sustainable tourism, transportation, and prevention and management of natural disasters.

The participants will appoint a secretary general and three directors for the areas of trade, tourism, transportation and disasters, which will form the group's Permanent Secretariat.

According to the Panamanian Foreign Minister Samuel Lewis, the objective of the meeting is to boost trade and economic relations.