Minister of Foreign and Caricom Affairs Dr Amery Browne.

Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Amery Browne has concluded an official visit to Mexico City, Mexico to attend the 21st Meeting of Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).

In a statement the Foreign Affairs Ministry said the meeting reviewed the work of the CELAC group under the stewardship of the Pro Tempore Presidency of Mexico over the last 18 months, and exchanged views on the relevance of the group and priorities going forward as well as each member’s priorities.

It noted that Browne and other participating ministers underscored the significant, beneficial South-South cooperation within the CELAC framework and coordination of common regional and international issues.

Equitable and affordable access to COVID-19 vaccines, economic revival and mitigating climate change were the priorities identified by the community.

“While COVID-19 influenced activities and discussion, the hosting of the ministerial in-person and the participation by 32 of the 33 member states is a testament to the progress being made by the region in managing the implications of the pandemic,” the statement said

It added that Browne took the opportunity to hold bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Panama, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela to discuss ongoing bilateral initiatives and hemispheric developments.

He also held discussions with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba on progress toward approval of a range of Cuban COVID-19 vaccines.

In addition, Browne held a meeting with executives from the Mexican Business Council for Foreign Trade, Investment and Technology (COMCE) to discuss trade and investment opportunities between T&T and Mexico, and met separately with CEMEX company representatives.