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Bahamas/Ottawa, May 9 (Canadian-Media): During a three-day visit to the Bahamas, Caribbean Islands was conluded by Marie-Claude Bibeau, Federal Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, May 9 where she attended the 21st meeting of the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM’s) Council for Foreign and Community Relations, media reports said.
Marie-Claude Bibeau. Image credit: Facebook page
Bibeau had discussed, in the meeting, important issues like enhancing relations, and strengthening long-term economic and climate resilience in the region.
CARICOM, which was established in 1973, includes 15 members: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago and aims to foster regional economic relatons.
"Canada-Caribbean relationship and addressing key issues of regional importance, such as the impact of climate change, as well as enhanced trade and investment. That is why, as part of our 2018 G7 presidency, development and finance ministers as well as central bank governors will meet this month to discuss solutions that will support climate and economic resilience in this time of need," Bibeau said.
Over $2 million for humanitarian assistance had been provided by Canada in response to hurricanes Maria and Irma in the fall of 2017.
Later Canada had pledged $100 million over five years during UN-CARICOM conference in November 2017, on reconstruction and climate resilience in the Caribbean region.
Bibeau also had participated in a number of bilateral meetings with Caribbean partners and on behalf of Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, attended the launch of The Bahamas’ Delivery Unit, an initiative to improve accountability and achieve results to improve lives in the region.
Trudeau had announced, at the Summit of the Americas in Peru, in April 2018, an additional $25 million for two initiatives to promote climate-resilience efforts in the Caribbean.
In a meeting reportedly to be held from May 31 to June 2, 2018, in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, G7 Theme of Investing in Growth That Works for Everyone would be discussed by development and finance ministers and central bank governors .
Bibeau repeated, throughout her visit, Canada’s commitment to support post-hurricane reconstruction and long-term climate and economic resilience in the region which would also be discussed by international forums, such as the G7 and the United Nations.
Promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls the key issues, highlighted Bibeau, were the main motive of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy, which would strengthen economic growth without leaving anyone behind.