CARICOM/Canada Summit Addresses Regional and Global Issues

CARICOM/Canada Summit Addresses Regional and Global Issues

The CARICOM/Canada Summit officially opened today in Ottawa, Canada.  The summit is being led by Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau and the CARICOM Chairman, Roosevelt Skerrit.  In this morning’s opening, both leaders discussed the importance of several regional and international issues including the unrest in the Middle East and the concerning developments in climate change.  Trudeau expressed appreciation for the ties with the Caribbean community and has expressed hope in strengthening relations. In today’s sessions of the summit, Canadian president Justin Trudeau introduces the launch of the CARICOM- Canada strategic partnership. 

Justin Trudeau, 23rd Prime Minister, Canada: “This summit obviously comes at a time of great turbulence. Following the terrorist attacks perpetrated by Hamas, the conflict in the Middle East is reverberating around the world. And already this morning and last night we’ve had some important conversations around that. We’re all monitoring the situation closely and Canada, like I know CARICOM, will always both of us, continue to stand for the protection of civilian life and the rule of law. This also draws attention to the growing need to make sure we’re all collaborating as partners on global issues. Over the years, Canada and the Caribbean community have built an enduring partnership and friendship. We share strong ties between our peoples. Canadians, like people in the Caribbean, are proud of our diversity. And in Canada, the vitality and the culture of the Caribbean diaspora contributes enormously to our country. Our countries also share economic interests and values, values like democracy, the rule of law, and respect for human rights in the rules-based international order. Today we’re bringing our relationship and our friendship to the next level with the launch of the CARICOM Canada Strategic Partnership. Deepening and strengthening our relationship will help us tackle urgent challenges together, creating good jobs, ending poverty, growing the middle class, making life more affordable, fighting climate change and protecting the environment, including protecting our oceans which I know is vital for the Caribbean small island and coastal states and building, of course, a secure, peaceful hemisphere and a secure, peaceful world.”

The CARICOM Heads and their Canadian counterparts are tackling a packed agenda that includes climate change and resilience, access to finance and global financial architecture reform, Haiti, regional security, as well as trade and investment. A breakdown of the summit’s theme, “Strategic partners for a resilient future”, is highlighted by the Chairman of CARICOM, Roosevelt Skerrit. 

Roosevelt Skerrit, Chairman, CARICOM: “This intra-hemispheric partnership will allow for institutionalized and regular dialogue at various levels, and we do hope, Prime Minister, that we shall maintain the political dialogues which is very crucial. It will facilitate implementation of joint action, decisions and agreements on specific thematic priorities, including health, environment, defense, trade, development and finance. Prime Minister, since you last met in the Bahamas during the community’s 44th Heads of Government Conference in February, significant developments have had a profound impact on our economies and societies. This include the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis, and the war in Ukraine. This delicate state is further compounded by the recent developments in the Middle East. In this regard, CARICOM has joined the responsible members of the international community in calling for an end to the hostilities. It is our hope that all parties will work together for a lasting solution to the cycle of violence. The summit’s theme, “Strategic Partners for a Resilient Future”, is therefore particularly relevant where in an era of uncertainty we seek to deliver tangible results to meet our present needs and that of generations to come. During our summit sessions we will discuss initiatives to strengthen our economic ties, build more inclusive and sustainable communities and address the challenges of climate change which we recognize is an existential threat to both lives and livelihoods.”

The summit continues tomorrow as it highlights on Trade and Investment Forum.

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