The recently concluded visit of President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya to Barbados is being described as “fruitful”.
During the three-day visit, Kenyatta held discussions with Prime Ministers Mia Mottley and Allan Chastenet, Ministers representing Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Vincent & the Grenadines, and Suriname, and CARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRocque.
Following those discussions, it was announced that efforts will be made to stage a CARICOM/AFRICAN UNION Heads of Government Summit over the next 12 months.
The following were also announced:
- CARICOM and the AU will shortly sign a Memorandum of Understanding establishing a framework for engagement and cooperation.
- Barbados and Suriname will partner in establishing an Embassy in Ghana.
- Barbados and St Lucia will partner in establishing an Embassy in Kenya — and an invitation has been sent out to all other CARICOM countries to join in the venture.
- The University of the West Indies will be undertaking student and faculty exchanges and joint education initiatives with the University of Nairobi and Kenyatta University.
- A high level Kenyan delegation will be returning to Barbados in September to conclude a number of Agreements, inclusive of a Multilateral Air Services Agreement, a Double Taxation Agreement, and Revenue and Digital Currency agreements
- The Barbados and Kenya Chambers of Commerce and Industry will commence engagement and collaboration with each other
- There is a commitment to resist any dividing of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of Nations, as well as a commitment to use the grouping to undertake much closer South/South relations.
- CARICOM and Kenya have started work on an MOU for engagement and cooperation.
- The African and Caribbean governments have committed to establishing direct air travel links between Africa and the Caribbean.
- The time has come for Africa and the Caribbean to re-connect and unite and engage with each other as members of a family in every positive and constructive way.
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