First CARICOM-India Summit to be held Wednesday

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque anticipates that diplomatic political cooperation between the Community and India will deepen when the two sides meet on September 25th in New York.

Heads of Government of CARICOM will have discussions with Honourable Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, in the first CARICOM-India Summit which will be held on the sidelines of the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

CARICOM-India rationalises cooperation through a Joint Commission which was established by Foreign Ministers of the two parties. The Commission promotes and develops closer relations between the parties in political, economic, environmental, health, scientific, and technical fields.

The new Ambassador of India to CARICOM, Dr. K. J. Srinivasa is optimistic that the high-level engagement in New York will pave the way for enhanced bilateral relations, particularly in the area of trade.

He said during the period April 2018-March 2019, India’s trade with CARICOM was pegged at US$ 674.32 Million. Dr Srinivasa added immense opportunities exist for CARICOM and India to further enhance bilateral trade in areas such as agriculture and food security, health and pharmaceuticals, small and medium enterprises, marine development and oceanography and disaster management.

CARICOM Secretary-General, accredited Dr. Srinivasa on Thursday 12 September, at the CARICOM Secretariat Headquarters in Georgetown, Guyana.

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