BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, September 7, 2021 - Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, has put forward a number of concrete proposals to this morning’s Africa CARICOM Summit, aimed at forging a closer working relationship between Africa and the Caribbean.
Prime Minister Mottley, speaking Monday morning at the plenary session of the Inaugural Africa-CARICOM Summit, asserted that it was important to do what can be done now to facilitate the growth of the historic relationship between the peoples of the African continent and the Caribbean.
She noted that there needs to be a number of practical measures to be adopted in order to make the link between Africa and CARICOM states more meaningful.
She has outlined a number of areas where we can begin. These include:
(1) The establishment of a regular weekly direct airline flight between an African country and one CARICOM member state -- even if it means that the AU and CARICOM may have to provide some modest financial or other support in the commencement phase of such a venture;
(2) The establishment of a joint AU / CARICOM electronic mass media platform or mechanism that facilitates the flow of news, information and artistic programming between Africa and the Caribbean, for the benefit of our two peoples;
(3) Establish an African / CARICOM public / private partnership dedicated to mobilizing resources and deploying them in critical cutting edge projects centred around renewable energy, digital technology etc
(4) A collective commitment to participate fully in the upcoming 22nd of September High Level meeting of the UN General Assembly in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the 2001 UN World Conference Against Racism, and to jointly use that High Level event to advance the claim for Reparations within the processes of the United Nations.