This country’s discussions with the Organisation of American States (OAS) leadership on Tuesday, has resulted in the OAS encouraging more engagement with the Caribbean Community (Caricom) in the areas of security, development, human rights and other issues.
This was confirmed in information from the Foreign Affairs Ministry yesterday, after Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Amery Browne met with Luis Almagro Lemes, Secretary General of the OAS in Los Angeles, USA.
Browne is in LA together with Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Energy Minister Stuart Young attending the 9th Summit of the Americas. It is organised by the OAS.
US President Joe Biden will this evening launch the summit, with an expected announcement on an “Americas Partnership” focusing on supply chains, clean energy, trade, economic recovery and mobilising investments.
Working sessions with regional leaders follow over the next two days.
The ministry stated that Browne and Almagro Lemes “engaged in fruitful discussions about the nexus” between the Caribbean Community and the OAS.
Browne advocated for the recruitment of more Caricom professionals in the OAS Secretariat, and the discussion included the sharing of perspectives on current trends and developments within the hemisphere.
Browne emphasised the need for member countries and organisations such as the OAS to create and maintain a positive environment conducive to dialogue among all actors.
The ministry stated that Almagro Lemes “acknowledged the enabling approach taken by Caricom member states towards OAS objectives, and encouraged more engagement with Caricom in the areas of security, development, human rights, education and promoting good governance.”
“Discussions were cordial and productive and ended with both officials agreeing to continue dialogue in the best interest of all the people of the region of the Americas,” the ministry stated.
There are 35 members in the OAS.
Yesterday, CNN reported that the White House had confirmed 23 leaders are attending the summit, including Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro, who initially was uncertain to show.
But some leaders — Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, St Vincent and Antigua–aren’t attending.
Biden’s launch today is expected to also unveil US$300 million-plus assistance to fight food insecurity, as well as health initiatives and partnership on climate resilience.
Tomorrow, heads of delegations will convene for a plenary session on discussion topics. These range from energy partnership and immigration flow issues to improved pandemic management, digital transformation and climate change. - Gail Alexander