Ministers of Foreign Affairs from across the Caribbean Community will gather in Barbados for the Twentieth Meeting the Council for Foreign and Community Relations on May 18 to 19, 2017 under the chairmanship of Senator The Honourable Maxine McClean, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.

The COFCOR is composed of Ministers Responsible for the Foreign Affairs of Member States. It meets formally only once each year and is responsible for determining relations between the Community and international organisations and Third States. It co-ordinates in close consultation with Member States, Community policy on international issues with the policies of States in the wider Caribbean Region in order to arrive at common positions in relation to Third States, groups of States and relevant inter-governmental organisations.  

This meeting will be opportune to reflect on engagement within the Community itself and to discuss inter alia A New Caricom Diplomacy For A Changing International Environment; Post Cotonou Partnership And The Future Of The ACP – Strategic Approach, China /Caribbean Relations and The Way Forward Post Brexit.

The meeting of the COFCOR precedes the regular meeting of the Conference of Heads of State/Government of CARICOM. All decisions emanating from the COFCOR will be tabled for consideration and approval at Thirty-Eighth Meeting of the Conference to be held in Grenada from 4-6 July 2017.