Last month, the Secretariat of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), based in Guyana, announced that the 15-member Regional Integration Movement had reached an agreement with Cuba to extend preferential access to the other`s markets. HAVANA, Cuba (CMC) – Cuba is granting Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries an extension of the trade and economic cooperation agreement facilitating access to the Cuban market for hundreds of CARICOM products, according to an official statement issued Monday. In a brief statement, the Secretariat said the agreement was reached at the 10th meeting of the Joint Commission established in Guyana under the CARICOM-Cuba Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement late last month. “The two sides have worked to identify financial and technological resources to implement the cooperation,” the statement added. “It was agreed that the sixth CARICOM-Cuba Summit would be convened in Antigua and Barbuda in December 2017,” the statement said, noting that the first was held in 2002 and that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Republic of Cuba subsequently signed a Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement (CETA) every three years in July 2000. Read more about TECA: In the statement issued by the Cuban government, Havana said that its cooperation with the Caribbean had a “great social influence” and referred to the number of Caribbean nationals who study here in different fields such as medicine and sports. The statement stated that the Latin American and Caribbean regions had been ratified as a zone of peace and that Cuba “wished to thank the Caribbean for their solidarity and courageous support and would continue to share their modest achievements with the Caribbean.” . . .