PRESS RELEASE People’s National Congress Reform Congress Place, Sophia Georgetown, Guyana. January 28, 2006

Leader of the People’s National Congress Reform and Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Robert Corbin will leave Guyana tomorrow for Jamaica, to participate in the 1st Meeting of the Committee established by Heads of Government and National Parliamentary Leaders of Opposition scheduled for Monday, January 30, 2006.

The decision to participate in this meeting was arrived at after consultations with some of the Opposition Leaders of the Region and after a meeting between the Secretary-General of CARICOM, Mr. Edwin Carrington and Mr. Corbin on Thursday last (January 26, 2006) at Party Headquarters, Congress Place, Sophia. Among the matters now included on the Agenda are:

1. Issues arising from the July Meeting in Saint Lucia, particularly issues related to the CARICOM Single Market.
2. The Way Forward
- Periodicity of Meetings
- Nature of the Future Relationship.
3. Strengthening of the Assembly of Caribbean Community Parliamentarians (ACCP).
4. Financial Resources for the Offices of Leaders of the Opposition.
5. Consultations between Heads of Government and Opposition Leaders in their respective countries.

Mr. Corbin also proposes to raise the issue of access to the State media. Commenting on his decision to participate, Mr. Corbin indicated that a major factor considered was that the three identified Opposition Leaders were not only representing the situation in their respective countries, but also had a duty to represent the concerns of other Opposition Leaders.

The consensus arrived at therefore was that three representatives, the Hon Bruce Golding, Opposition Leader of Jamaica, the Hon. Edison James, Opposition Leader of Dominica, and the Hon. Robert Corbin would present to the meeting in Jamaica all matters of concern and be in a better position to monitor whether CARICOM Heads were serious in their declared intention to meaningfully involve Opposition Leaders.

People’s National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia
Georgetown, Guyana.
January 28, 2006