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Trudeau to meet with CARICOM leaders next week

Published:Tuesday | February 11, 2020 | 10:52 AM
Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives at a press conference at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa, Friday, January 17, 2020. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canada Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that he will travel to Barbados on February 17 and 18 to participate in the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to build even stronger ties with the region.

“Canada and Caribbean countries have always had strong relationships and almost one million people of Caribbean descent live in Canada. These relationships are based on shared values and partnerships in the fight against climate change, the promotion of democracy, trade, economic growth, and security. I look forward to meeting the leaders of CARICOM to discuss how we can work together to strengthen the Caribbean, and build a better world,” Trudeau said.

The Caribbean is an important political, economic and cultural partner of Canada and the visit will serve as an opportunity to further strengthen its partnership.

Trudeau will discuss challenges of mutual interest, including protecting oceans and the environment in the fight against climate change – in a region that is particularly vulnerable to its impacts, as well as creating good jobs for the middle class and sustainable economic growth.

He will participate in group discussions and bilateral meetings with CARICOM leaders.

He will be received by the Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley – the current Chair of CARICOM and host of the meeting.

As Canada pursues its candidacy for election to the United Nations Security Council in 2021-2022, it will continue to advance shared interests to benefit people and businesses in Canada, the Caribbean, and around the world.

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