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Africa and Caribbean Community to strengthen economic ties

Africa and Caribbean Community to strengthen economic ties

Georgetown, Sep 6 (Prensa Latina) Kenya will host tomorrow the first virtual Caribbean Community (CARICOM)-Africa Summit, which aims at strengthening common economic ties and cooperation in other areas, institutional sources informed today.

The Caribbean organization said in a statement that the event, which will be attended by heads of State and Government of both blocs, will be held under the slogan, ‘Unity Across Continents and Oceans: Opportunities for Deepening Integration.’

Included in the official website of the CARICOM, the document referred that such meeting is expected, in addition to the enhancement of trade and investment opportunities between Africa and the Caribbean, to increase solidarity actions to face global challenges. It indicated that those challenges include counteracting the effects of climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Recently, the AU, an organization made up of 55 countries, invited CARICOM to join the African Medical Supply Platform for the acquisition of vaccines against Covid-19, the source detailed.

In the heat of the upcoming forum between the two regional entities, the president of CARICOM, Gaston Brown, also Antigua and Barbuda’s PM, informed, meanwhile, that a diplomatic mission of that organization will be soon opened in Nairobi, capital of Kenya.

Such legation, he assured, will serve as a platform for the Caribbean States in Africa, with the mandate to develop relations of common benefit with all States of that geographic area.

Founded in 1973 by the Treaty of Chaguaramas, CARICOM, which is made up of 15 countries, has among its goals to coordinate and sustain economic and social development in the region, with priority to food security.

Members of the regional integration organization include Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.


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