CARICOM, Norway strengthening already good relations

first_img Sep 28, 2020 CARICOM integration journey a standard bearer: Secretary-General LaRocqueIn setting the tone for the 40th CARICOM Heads of Government Summit which opened in Saint Lucia on Wednesday, 3 July, Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, said that CARICOM’s journey is recognised as the standard bearer by other developing countries seeking to build their own regional integration arrangements. “From across the…July 4, 2019In “Associate Member States”CARICOM, Serbia formalise diplomatic relationsThe Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Republic of Serbia on Wednesday formalised diplomatic relations with the first Ambassador accredited to CARICOM from the south eastern European country. 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Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque extended the invitation to Her Excellency Martha Pinilla, as he…June 12, 2019In “Agriculture”Share this on WhatsApp Oct 1, 2020 On Caribbean Statistics Day, PM Mitchell Hails Unwavering… Oct 15, 2020 Describing 2018 as an eventful year in CARICOM-Norway relations, Ambassador Mollestad said engagements between CARICOM and Norway in May, July and September demonstrated the many interests and values they shared.Norway’s Minister for International Cooperation, Mr. Nikolai Astrup and CARICOM Foreign Ministers held discussions in the Bahamas in May. Ambassador Mollestad herself participated in the Thirty-Ninth Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM in July, in Jamaica. Plenipotentiary Representative of the Kingdom of Norway to CARICOM, Her Excellency Ingrid Mollestad presents her Letter of Credence to Secretary-General of CARICOM, Amb. Irwin LaRocque. More recently, on the sidelines of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York, CARICOM Foreign Ministers, the Secretary-General, and the Assistant Secretary-General for Foreign and Community Relations had discussions with the Nordic countries at an annual breakfast engagement which was graced with the presence of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway. Ambassador Mollestad said the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the CARICOM Foreign Ministers and Norway in 2016, provided an excellent framework for further work in areas in which her country had keen interests including climate change, climate adaptation and resilience, clean and healthy oceans and the blue economy. In that context, Ambassador LaRocque noted that the Community welcomed the structured review of the regional fisheries sector aimed at strengthening capacity. He said CARICOM also appreciated the comprehensive marine survey of the Region to be undertaken by a Norwegian Research Vessel. In addition, he said the establishment of a High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, aimed at promoting science-based decision-making in the fields of ocean economy and ocean management, was of great relevance to CARICOM, an integration movement of mainly small states with large marine territories. “Balancing our development aspirations with our desire to be more respectful of our marine, and land, environment is a major priority for CARICOM,” he said, expressing appreciation for this kind of cooperation from “friendly countries such as the Kingdom of Norway.” (L-R) CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General, Foreign and Community Relations, Amb. Colin Granderson, Plenipotentiary Representative of the Kingdom of Norway to CARICOM, Her Excellency Ingrid Mollestad and Secretary-General of CARICOM, Amb. Irwin LaRocque He said the Community welcomed the statement in New York by Norway’s Foreign Minister that the Nordic countries supported the removal of the GDP criteria, in respect of Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) for small, middle-income countries which had been affected by natural disasters. This follows on the statement by Minister Astrup, in May, when he told CARICOM Foreign Ministers that Norway’s official position was that graduated countries should be eligible for ODA when their economic base was ruined by a catastrophe. Noting that concessional financing should not hinge on a disaster, Secretary-General LaRocque said CARICOM proposed that “per capita income criteria should not apply in instances where countries are seeking to invest in building resilience to climate change before a disaster occurs.” He added that discussions on this matter were ongoing this week during the meetings of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the OECD and called on the support of Norway and other Nordic countries which were members of the DAC. “Excellency, we seek the strongest support from the international community, as we seek to build our resilience, and to advocate for the realisation of appropriate international policies. Policies that would allow for the achievement of a balance in the provision of financial, human and institutional resources for mitigation and adaptation actions. I feel confident that Norway would lend its support and influence in the relevant international fora to aid our cause,” Ambassador LaRocque told the new envoy. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on Tuesday accredited the first Ambassador of Norway to CARICOM. Ambassador LaRocque noted that the appointment strengthened “already good” relations and signalled a new chapter in a long-standing friendship with the Kingdom of Norway. Her Excellency Ingrid Mollestad presented her Letter of Credence to the Secretary-General at the Headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, 16 October, 2018.center_img Oct 7, 2020 Greater Focus on Regional Agriculture CDF, IRENA Collaborate to Boost Low-Carbon Investments in… You may be interested in… OAS-Chile Partnership Programme Announces Full Scholarships… last_img

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