CARICOM, China discuss strengthened cooperation in margins of CELAC Forum

Suriname’s Foreign Minister Ms Yldiz Pollack-Beighle greets China’s Foreign Minister Mr Wang Yi at the meeting
Suriname’s Foreign Minister the Hon. Yldiz Pollack-Beighle greets China’s Foreign Minister Mr. Wang Yi at the meeting

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has signalled its interest in working with China to ascertain how its goals and priorities can be best linked with existing, new and emerging development initiatives from the East Asian country.

Foreign Ministers of the nine CARICOM countries which recognise the People’s Republic of China met with their Chinese counterpart, Mr. Wang Yi,   on Sunday, 21 January, 2018, in the margins of the CELAC-China Forum (CCF) Second Ministerial Meeting that took place in Santiago, Chile, on 19-22 January, 2018.

“Concessional development funding is essential for the building of economic and climate resilience to serve as the platform for our sustainable development.” – Chair of COFCOR, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Barbados, Senator Maxine McClean

In remarks at the meeting, Chair of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Barbados, Senator Maxine McClean, underscored the importance CARICOM attached to the existing Caribbean-China Economic and Trade Cooperation Forum, and the Caribbean-China Consultations. The latter was held in May 2016, and is expected to take place again later this year.

Describing those consultations as “valuable mechanisms for continued dialogue and cooperation,” she said the Community also saw the One Belt, One Road initiative China announced in Santiago, as a “very important cooperation and development mechanism.” (more…)

CARICOM Chair meets Chinese President

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CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister of The Bahamas Perry Christie (L) meets Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, capital of China, ahead of Thursday’s start of the first Ministerial meeting of the Forum of China and the Community of Latin America and Caribbean States (CELAC). (Xinhua/Liu Weibing)

Recalling his meeting with leaders of Caribbean states in June 2013, [Chinese President] Xi [Jinping] said the outcomes of the meeting are being implemented and the relationship between China and Caribbean countries has improved, benefiting people from both sides.

Xi said he appreciates the Bahamas, which holds the rotating chairmanship of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), for its contribution to the ministerial meeting of the China-CELAC Forum. (more…..)