PM Rowley to attend 2015 CHOGM with small delegation

A small delegation will be accompanying Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley as he makes his first official state trip in attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Valia, Malta, from the 27th to the 29th of November.

Speaking at the post cabinet briefing today, Communications Minister, Maxi Cuffie, stated that the delegation accompanying Dr Rowley will consist of his wife, Sharon Rowley, the Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, Dennis Moses, the High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Tedwin Herbert, an Ambassador, two security officers as well as Government Information Systems Limited (GISL) personnel. Cuffie said that the GISL personnel were there to help facilitate the broadcasting of information from the meeting to the people of Trinidad and Tobago.

"This is the Prime Ministers first official travel," Cuffie said, "so we thought it important that that trip should be fully recorded for posterity"

"It's just going to be two media officials who will accompany him to record the trip and hopefully to report back to the country, and they are media from Government Information Services," he added.

CHOGM is a biennial meeting held every two years with the leaders from Commonwealth countries. Global and Commonwealth issues are discussed, as well as decisions made on collective policies. 

The meeting in Malta this year is significant because the election for the office of Secretary General of the Commonwealth will be taking place.

Trinidad and Tobago's candidate, Dr Bhoe Tewarie, withdrew his candidacy prior to the 2015 General Election, stating that his running in the election was the catalyst. A statement from the Office of the Prime Minister would later say that T&T was withdrawing its candidacy and would instead be supporting the candidate from Antigua and Barbuda, Sir Ronald Sanders. 

The statement said there were three candidates coming from CARICOM, and that the Region's best chance of winning the position would be to support a single candedate

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