Heads of Government Conference (HGC)

46th Regular Meeting of the Conference of CARICOM Heads of Government
25 - 28 February 2024 · Guyana

Opening Ceremony

Plenary Session

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Message from Dr. Carla Barnett, Secretary-General of CARICOM

His Excellency Dr Mohamed Irfaan Ali

President of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana
and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces

Meet the Chairman

His Excellency, Dr Mohamed Irfaan Ali, was sworn in as Guyana’s Ninth Executive President on August 2, 2020.

Dr Ali was born on April 25, 1980, into a Muslim, Indo-Guyanese family at Leonora, West Coast Demerara.  He is one of two sons of his parents, who are both educators.

His early education started at Leonora Nursery and Primary schools and progressed to the Cornelia Ida Primary School, while he completed his secondary education at the St Stanislaus College in Georgetown.

Dr Ali is the holder of a Doctorate in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of the West Indies, a Master of Arts Degree in Manpower Planning, a Post Graduate Diploma in International Business, a Post- Graduate Certificate in Finance from Anglia Ruskin University, an LLM Degree in International Commercial Law at the University of Salford and a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Hons.) in Business Management from the University of Sunderland. Read More


President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

39th President of Brazil

Special Guest

President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

39th President of Brazil

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was born on October 27, 1945, in the city of Garanhuns, deep in rural Pernambuco, Brazil. Lula is the seventh of the eight offspring of Aristides Inácio da Silva and Eurídice Ferreira de Mello, dona Lindu – who has always been a great example to him.

In December 1952, dona Lindu and her eight children migrated to São Paulo fleeing drought and hunger. The journey took 13 days on a pau de arara truck [adapted in a makeshift way to transport passengers, as an improvised and uncomfortable substitute for conventional buses]. At first, the family lived on the outskirts of the city of Guarujá, 60 kilometers away from the state capital São Paulo.

Young Lula was taught to read and write at Grupo Escolar Marcílio Dias, a local public school. In 1956 the family moved to the capital São Paulo, where they lived in a room at the back of a bar in the Ipiranga neighborhood. Lula got his first job at the age of 12, in a dye shop. He was also a shoeshine boy and an office boy.

At 14, Lula began to work at Armazéns Gerais Columbia, where his Carteira de Trabalho [Brazil’s official work permit] was ratified for the very first time. He later began working at Fábrica de Parafusos Marte, a screw fact…….. Read More

Thematic Focus


Climate Resilience

Food and Nutrition Security

Energy Security

Regional Security

Seek our strength in unity

"..we look forward to a wider future in which there are enormous possibilities that must not be seen as restricted in the run of history to those that speak English alone, but rather a future that I think is there for those who share the occupation of a region and a joint commitment to human progress. And I’ll remind everybody who is here that this path that we are taking today is a path that the Third World and countries of the Third World must pursue. We must seek our strength in our unity and then we must dedicate that strength to the building of a new life of opportunity and security for our people."

– PM Michael Manley, Jamaica, signing of the Treaty of Chaguaramas, Trinidad and Tobago, 4 July 1973