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Mar 3, 2022

CARICOM Heads Ambergris Caye Declaration Includes Statement on Ukraine

Two days of discussions between CARICOM Heads of Government concluded with a press conference on Wednesday evening. The conference was led by Belize’s Prime Minister John Briceño, CARICOM Secretary General Carla Barnett, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Barbados Mia Mottley, and the President of Suriname, Chandrikapersad Santokhi. News Five’s Paul Lopez has been in San Pedro since Monday.


Paul Lopez, Reporting.

Two days of intense closed-door discussions between CARICOM’s Heads of Government ended with several resolutions.


John Briceño

Prime Minister John Briceño, Pro-Tem Chair CARICOM

 “As the Executive Director of CARPHA reminded us, we are not yet free of the virus and it is crucial that our vaccination rate be increased. The reopening of our economies and education systems will be greatly assisted by an improvement in the rate of vaccination. We have agreed to mount a campaign to combat the misinformation that encourages vaccine hesitancy. The recovery process also engaged our attention, with the CARICOM Single Market and Economy identified as a major plank in that regard. We agreed to revive the CARICOM Economy and Transformation Working Committee under the guidance of Prime Minister Mottley to serve as a clearing house for the many recommendations being tabled, and to guide economic recovery and transformation process in the community. Representatives of the Caribbean Development Bank, Caribbean Development Fund, and the CARICOM Commission on Economy have been included in the Committee.”


Agreements were also made on the need for greater production integration, while actions have been placed in motion to send a CARICOM delegation into Haiti in the short term.


Prime Minister John Briceño, Pro-Tem Chair CARICOM

“We agreed that there was need to focus on greater production integration to help with the C.S.M.E. and it was decided that the President of Suriname will be the Lead Head for Government on the development of policy in the CARICOM quasi-cabinet of heads of government. Thank you very much President Santokhi. We look forward to your leadership in this area. We had a full length discussion with the Prime Minister of Haiti so that we could decide specifically how the community could assist our member state in resolving the difficulties which it is facing. Our deep concern at the situation in Ukraine is reflected in the statement that is being issued. The pain and suffering that is being inflicted on the people of Ukraine is unwarranted and a flagrant violation of international law.”

The Ambergris Caye Declaration was issued during this week’s meetings. The declaration also outlines CARICOM’s priorities on Climate Change, a discussion that is expected to continue in a following meeting of heads.


Paul Lopez

“How do we go about holding developed nations accountable? What mechanism is in place or what can be implemented to hold these nations accountable for the devastation that is being caused by Climate Change, particularly in the Caribbean Community?”


Mia Mottley

Mia Mottley, Prime Minister, the Republic of Barbados

“In short, our continued advocacy is critical. Our solidarity and our advocacy as a region, but also the other Small Island Developing States, and then seeking to build collation with other countries that are affected. We made the point that Small Island Developed States are on the front lines. But, clearly it was not sufficient to move the world into urgent action. Therefore, we have broadened the group to include those countries between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.  Separate from advocacy, there are a few countries that are looking at their legal options, and seeking to see what is possible, but this is very much uncharted territory.”


Reporting for News Five, I am Paul Lopez.

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