As individual member states assess the implications of the current financial situation, the Bureau of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will consider the global economic and financial crisis at its Twenty-Fourth Meeting on Saturday.The Bureau, which comprises the current, incoming and outgoing chairmen of the Community and the CARICOM Secretary-General,Wholesale Jerseys China
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, the Twentieth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government scheduled for the first quarter of 2009 and the Fifth Summit of the Americas.Other agenda items include the troubles facing the Caribbean Media Corporation.