Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre has hailed the just-ended Saudi Arabia-CARICOM summit, describing the event as historic.
Pierre said the inaugural summit marked Saint Lucia and the region’s expansion in forging relationships that foster technology, climate resilience, tourism, and infrastructure cooperation.
Saint Lucia and the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) signed a US $75 million development loan agreement in August.
The loan would fund the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Saint Lucia’s St. Jude Hospital Project.
“I look forward to our knowledge exchange as we embark on the reconstruction of the St. Jude Hospital and other bilateral investments for the people of Saint Lucia,” Prime Minister Pierre wrote on Facebook.
Saudi Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Chairman Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit co-chaired the Saudi Arabia-CARICOM summit.
A joint end-of-conference statement said the leaders agreed to cooperate in several areas.
They included tourism, developing sustainable and circular agriculture and promoting sustainable food production.
The leaders also pledged to promote trade and investment and exchange information.
In addition, the summit reaffirmed the importance of working together to confront the global challenges related to climate change and endorsed Saudi Arabia’s candidacy to host the 2034 FIFA World Cup.
There will be a Second Saudi Arabia-CARICOM Summit in 2026.