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Trinidad and Tobago Hosts Fifth Summit of the Americas by ipinfo2
March 24, 2009, 10:54 am
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By Sabeerah Abdul- Majied
Islamic Post Staff Writer

More than 70 world leaders will participate in the Fifth Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain, Trinidad from April 17-19, 2009. It will be the first time the prestigious event has been held in the Caribbean and in a CARICOM member state. The Summit is the only forum where the 34 democratically elected Heads of State and Government of the Western Hemisphere meet to share their vision for the development of the hemisphere. The leaders will deliberate on matters related to the political, economic, social, and security challenges confronting the region. Prime Minister Manning noted in an address to parliament that the summit has implications for, “the lives of some 2.8 billion people living in the Americas and the Commonwealth.”
The theme of the Summit is, “Securing Our Citizens’ Future by Promoting Human Prosperity, Energy Security and Environmental Sustainability”. Discussions will focus on issues related to the global economic situation, environmental management, social protection and poverty eradication. Education, public security systems and entrepreneurship will also be discussed. The collective responses and agreements will inform yet another conference- the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting which Trinidad will also host from November 27-29, 2009.
In 1994 the leaders of the Hemisphere met for the first summit in Miami on the initiative of President Clinton. Since then a 2nd summit was held in Chile (1998). This was followed by the  3rd summit in Canada (2001) and the 4th in Argentina (2005). The summits have provided a forum for sharing experiences and developing solutions to problems that affect the people of the Americas.
Critics have raised issue with the tremendous cost to the tiny Republic ($2bn according to Newsday, February 15, 2009) for hosting the event. However the prime minister believes that it is a progressive vision which could yield development, progress and greater regional integration.
Preparation for the summit is in progress and includes readying the official venues- The Hyatt Regency Trinidad and the Diplomatic Centre for the event. Further, two cruise ships anchored in the Port of Spain Harbor will provide additional accommodation for delegates and other international participants. National security is also being upgraded to meet the standard required for hosting US President Barack Obama and other heads of state. Signs of preparation are most visible at the Piarco International Airport which will accommodate the largest number of non- commercial aircrafts ever to land on its runway.


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Assalam ali kum.
Can you tell me when was the DATE of the first eid celebration in Trinidad and Tobago?

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