Caribbean Community Action On Foreign Affairs, Agro-Investment

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On Wednesday the 18th of May, 2022 the Foreign Ministers of the Caribbean Community
(CARICOM), met at the Twenty-Fifth Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) held in a hybrid format, to discuss key issues of mutual interest including climate change, financing for development, bilateral and multilateral and hemispheric relations.

Saint Lucia was represented by Hon. Alva Baptiste, Minister for External Affairs, International Trade, Civil Aviation and Diaspora Affairs, and by Her Excellency Elma Gene Isaac, Ambassador of Saint Lucia to CARICOM and OECS.

In relation to multilateral and hemispheric relations, the COFCOR discussed ongoing matters within such organisations as the Organisation of American States, the Commonwealth, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), and the United Nations (UN).

The COFCOR agreed to establish a mechanism to facilitate consultation and collaboration between the states of Africa and CARICOM and ensure our views and interest are represented in the UN Security Council.

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Ministers further acknowledged the need for inclusivity at the Summit of the Americas, the main theme of which is “Building a Sustainable, Resilient, and Equitable Future”.

In discussing developments in relations with traditional partners such as the United States, Canada, Cuba, and the African States, the COFCOR emphasized the importance of deepening relations and actioning the commitments which were given by both Regions during the CARICOM-Africa Summit held in September 2021.

The Meeting noted the appointment of Dr. June Soomer of Saint  Lucia and Ms. Gaynel Diana Curry of The Bahamas to the United Nations Permanent Forum for Persons of African Descent.

On the matter of climate change, the COFCOR agreed to work towards ensuring that the global community meets expressed commitments, particularly, that maintaining global warming below 1.5°C and scaling up climate finance flows to Small Island Developing States.

Foreign Ministers discussed the financing gap which has heightened due to the COVID19 pandemic and agreed to provide the highest level of political support and advocacy on graduation, access to concessional financing, and the need for inclusive financial instruments.

Pursuant to a decision of the Thirty-Third Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM held in Belize in March 2022, the inaugural Agri-Investment Forum and Expo were held in Guyana from the 19th to 21st of May, 2022.

The Forum and Expo is part of the Community’s agenda to achieve the reduction of the Region’s food import bill by 25 percent by 2025 and to increase financial support towards the attainment of this objective.

Source: Regional Integration Unit

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3 COMMENTS

    • If you wait for the “powers that be” to enact change, you’ll be waiting a LONG time.
      Communities need to come together and form their own community gardens, grow their own food, and sell any excess to help cover costs. I doubt though, that people have the will to actually unite for good in St Lucia. A very fractious society; quick to judge and slow to act.

      • So true unity here in Lucia is so lacking. But Unity fades from our society so quickly. Dishonesty and trustworthiness is hard to find in any forms what thin our society that is why leaders in all fraction within our system always behaved as we are fools, stupid, etc and the core reason for that is b cause they know we have no UNITY amongst us to conjure the power to confront them.

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