A key meeting between CARICOM and Canada will be held today


The Foreign Ministers of CARICOM and Canada will meet virtually on Friday, February 19, 2021 and discussions are expected to focus on key issues of mutual interest, including fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, economic recovery and climate resilience.

Friday’s meeting will be co-chaired by Hon Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, and Hon Eamon Courtenay, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Immigration of Belize and incoming President of the Council on Foreign and Community Relations of CARICOM (COFCOR) .

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take a heavy toll on citizens, economies and livelihoods, Ministers are expected to examine areas of collaboration in response and recovery, as well as the issue of equitable access to vaccines. Ministers are expected to deliberate on rebuilding inclusive economies and promoting CANADA-CARICOM trade. They are also expected to discuss the actions needed to fight climate change and work towards a cleaner, greener and blue world in accordance with the commitments of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.