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Canada To Welcome CARICOM Leaders For Talks On Strengthening Ties

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Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced Wednesday that he will welcome leaders from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to Ottawa for the first Canada-CARICOM Summit on Canadian soil.

“I look forward to welcoming leaders from the Caribbean Community to Ottawa this month,” Trudeau said.

He observed that Canada and CARICOM have built an enduring partnership over the last 50 years.

“At this Summit and beyond, we will keep working together to take climate action, build strong economies, and keep people safe, now and into the future,” the Canadian Prime Minister asserted.

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Trudeau will co-chair the October 17 to 19, 2023 Summit alongside Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, the current Chair of CARICOM.

The event comes as CARICOM celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

A release from Prime Minister Trudeau’s office said the Summit will highlight Canada’s strong ties with the Caribbean.

The release also stated that the gathering would allow leaders to continue strengthening cooperation and chart a better future for people in both regions.

The Summit’s theme is ‘Strategic Partners for a Resilient Future’.

The leaders expect to advance shared priorities, including building inclusive and sustainable economies, increasing trade and investment, and promoting multilateral collaboration.

“The leaders will also work to fight climate change and address its impacts in the Caribbean, including by exploring ways to improve access to financing for Small Island Developing States in the Caribbean,” Trudeau’s office explained.

The office said the Canadian Prime Minister will highlight the importance of reinforcing democratic values, promoting human rights and the rules-based international order, and strengthening coordination on regional security, including responding to Haiti’s ongoing security, political, and humanitarian crises.

In addition, the leaders will engage with Canadian business personnel and investors to further commercial opportunities in the region.

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  1. Now here is something rare and unusual, a big wealthy Country (not the U.S.) actually inviting a bunch of small Island leaders for talks – “to improve access to financing for small Island developing States……”
    I can imagine the ‘Heads of some Small Island States salivating’ after the announcement by the Canadian Government.
    But here’s the catch – we’ll give you this plus that if you agree to participate in such; how’s about that? and that is – “………reinforcing democratic values, promoting Human Rights and the Rules-based international Order………Regional Security including…….Haiti’s ongoing security, political & humanitarian crisis.” Come to think about it, not a bad deal afterwards but how many Heads of our Island States will agree to engage in this Mission? that is the question. One Island State, ST. LUCIA for quite sometime have been operating under the guise of a democratic government with its style of elections every some given time, under a two Party system. For the past few years, the country have been plagued with some organized gangland deaths; today’s estimate is about 65 plus homicides for this year. I don’t think St. Lucia is in any way able to help, since we ourselves need some outside help with our own problems including burglary etc.
    Who should we consider sending to Ottawa? I nominate Kenny Anthony (1) for qualification; He is one of the International members chosen for the solution to the Haitian problem; he already has the required qualification for this troubling headache in Haiti, he can best articulate their language without difficulty; his presence in Ottawa for us is a plus in many respects. QUO VADIS ST. LUCIA? may God be with us.


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