The Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Terrance Drew-led delegation, including Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Denzil Douglas along with the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment, Dr Joyelle Clarke, are among the European Union, Latin America, and the Caribbean Leaders at the European Union-Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (EU-CELAC) Summit 2023 in the capital city of Brussels. The Summit has taken place from July 17 to 18.
It is to be noted that, the key target of the Summit is to empower the connections between the European Union and the Latin America in the current global climate after almost a decade of absence of bi-regional dialogue at the highest political level. The summit took place under the theme “Renewing the bi-regional partnership for strengthening peace and sustainable development.”
The leaders have looked on for the potential for greater economic growth given by the green and digital and just transitions, at the forefront of the talks.
During the summit, delegations from all the participating nations held talks to empower the EU-CELAC partnership, including the Citizenship by Investment Programme, including enhanced cooperation in the multilateral fora; global peace and stability; trade and investment; economic recovery; efforts to combat climate issue; research and innovation; and justice and security for the people.
It is to be noted that, several high-profile meetings have taken place to hold discussion on major global issues that heavily impact the region and international financial architecture. Major topics such as climate action and finance, and geopolitical realities including the efforts to address and resolve the current situation in Haiti and several others.
Meanwhile, the European Union has requested further integration in the key areas of Transshipment; the Global Gateway Strategy, including subjects such as bridging the gap and unlocking investment potential in the Caribbean, enhancing health reliance, the war in Ukraine, strengthening relationships and alliances on global issues, and reducing the digital divide; scaling up climate finance, and developing a rules-based international order through adherence to international agreements through a unified voice.