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CARICOM agrees to prioritise trade relations with Cuba

Published:Saturday | September 7, 2013 | 12:25 PM

CARICOM foreign ministers have agreed to give priority attention to trade relations between Cuba and member states.



To this end, they have agreed to revisit efforts to update and implement the CARICOM-Cuba Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement and revitalise the CARICOM-Cuba Joint Commission.



The agreements came out of a one-day meeting between the foreign minister of the 15-member regional body and their Cuban counterpart on a private island off the coast of Grenada yesterday.



In a joint declaration issued after the meeting, the CARICOM foreign ministers also renewed their commitment to achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.



According to the communiqué, the plan is to maintain these goals well beyond the targets while underscoring the role of each member state to secure their own programme on sustainable development.



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