The Inaugural Meeting of CARICOM-Canada Foreign Ministers’ Group took place on February 19 and both sides reiterated close cooperation. According to a CARICOM statement, CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque this week accepted the Credentials of new Ambassador of Canada to CARICOM H.E. Mark Berman, saying the ceremony reflects the strong and enduring bonds of friendship between the two sides.
Noting that development assistance and technical cooperation feature as important aspects of the relationship, the Secretary-General said the Caribbean Community has benefitted tremendously, particularly through projects aimed at advancing economic integration and at strengthening the capacity of key Regional Institutions.
He commended Canada’s assistance to the Region’s fight against the coronavirus through resources provided to the Pan American Organisation (PAHO) and the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) Noting however that access to vaccines is crucial to rebuilding the devastated economies of this most tourism and travel dependent Region, he restated CARICOM’s call for a global Summit to address equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, over and beyond what is available from the COVAX facility, and the need for support.
“CARICOM stands ready to collaborate with international partners like Canada to advocate for this meaningful dialogue in the interest of a humanitarian resolution,” the Secretary-General said.
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