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CARICOM lobbies Canada for G20 help

CARICOM Secretariat | 2012-04-16 18:15:00

(Caribbean Community Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) continued to lobby for the G20 to focus on the plight of small vulnerable economies and highly indebted middle income countries during a meeting with their Canadian counterpart, the Honourable Stephen Harper in Cartagena, Colombia on Saturday.

The Leaders are in Cartagena to attend the Sixth Summit of the Americas which opened later on Saturday. Saturday morning’s meeting was the second for CARICOM Heads of Government with a member of the G20, having met with Mexico on Friday evening.

The discussions with Canada centred on economic issues, the ongoing negotiations for a trade and development agreement between the two sides and security cooperation.  The CARICOM leaders acknowledged the Special Relationship that Canada and CARICOM had enjoyed for almost a century and emphasised it was a “dynamic and evolving one which was based on mutual respect and shared interests, from which we have both benefitted.”

They thanked Canada for its assistance in advocating CARICOM’s views in fora such as the G20 and urge that the advocacy should be pursued with even greater urgency given that the seemingly endless global economic and financial woes continued to wreak havoc on the small, vulnerable economies in the Community.

The leaders advised the Prime Minister of CARICOM’s efforts to use its collective strengths to combat the challenges and secure the future through measures such as the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and initiatives such as the Establishment of CARICOM Enterprises. In so doing, they took the opportunity to express appreciation for the support provided to CARICOM in the implementation of the CSME through the CARICOM Trade and Competitive Project, including the assistance for the integration of Haiti into the CSME.


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