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Regional security and economic recovery post-pandemic are a couple of the agenda items for discussion when the Foreign Ministers of CARICOM and Canada hold a virtual meeting tomorrow, Friday 1st April 2022.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, the discussions are expected to centre on key issues of mutual interest between CARICOM and Canada, including regional security and stability, multilateral cooperation, and building a resilient and sustainable economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ministry says Friday’s virtual meeting will be cochaired by the Hon. Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, and the Hon. Eamon Courtenay, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Immigration of Belize and Chairman for the CARICOM Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR). 

CARICOM Secretary-General Dr Carla Barnett will address the Meeting.

The Ministry’s release notes that Foreign Ministers are expected to deliberate on rebuilding their COVID-affected economies, with emphasis on areas such as agriculture and food security, trade, investment and CARICOM-Canada cooperation. 

During the virtual meeting, Foreign Ministers also are expected to discuss action to fight Climate Change and to address Climate Financing, Financing for Development, as well as justice and citizen security