St.Kitts-Nevis Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris was among CARICOM Heads of Government and Officials at a caucus at the Mission of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States in Brussels on Wednesday, June 10. They met to review the agenda and discuss national and regional positions ahead of the opening of the second summit of the European Union (EU) and the Community of Latin America and the Caribbean (CELAC), which takes place in that European city from June 10 to 11.
The two-day summit is expected to lead to agreement on several new projects to strengthen trade ties and grow investment in small-to-medium sized enterprises, road infrastructure, water sanitation and sustainable energy among others.
“The importance of this EU-LAC Summit cannot be overstated,” remarked Prime Minister Harris. “The EU is emerging as the single largest multilateral development cooperation donor entity vis-à-vis the Latin American and the Caribbean Region. At the regional level, St. Kitts and Nevis is proud to have been one of the Caribbean signatory states in 2008 to the Economic Partnership Agreement, between the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) and the EU – a critical framework to facilitate trade, investment and development assistance easier for all parties, in particular promoting regional integration.”
The Prime Minister was accompanied to the EU-CELAC summit by Mr. Ozbert DeSuza, Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s office, Dr. David Doyle, Ambassador of St. Kitts and Nevis to UNESCO, Paris, and Mr. Eustace Wallace, second secretary to the Eastern Caribbean Embassy in Brussels.