Caribbean Leaders Analyze their International Relations
Georgetown, Feb 17 (Prensa Latina) The 28th Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Summit, which ends today two closed-door session days, will devote this day to analyzing the relations of the integrationist group with other countries, Prensa Latina knew from sources of the meeting.
An important agreement on mutual concessions of products and tariff preferences between Cuba and CARICOM stands out among them, through which 349 Caribbean products will have free access to the Cuban market, while CARICOM will grant preferences to 86 Cuban products.
The Second Additional Protocol to the Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation, already initiated by both parties, will be made official next month in Havana at a meeting of Caribbean foreign ministers.
According to the Cuban ambassador to Guyana, Julio César González Marchante, there is an interest in the region in the Cuban market, with a population of more than 11 million inhabitants and more than four million tourists per year.
Unofficially it was learned that the agenda includes reports on the situation in Suriname and the Dominican Republic, as well as the border issues between Belize and Guatemala and between Guyana and Venezuela.
Yesterday, after the inauguration by Guyanese President David Granger, the situation of 'the Caribbean community in the light of political events in the United States' and the impact in the Caribbean of the measures announced by the new US administration were analyzed privately.
Although the organizers did not provide information to journalists, it has emerged learned that the leaders of this region - with millions of fellow citizens living in the United States - are concerned about the migration policy that Washington will adopt and certain international banking practices that affect trade, economy, and remittances in the Caribbean.
The Summit, attended by eight prime ministers and several senior officials, also studied the current situation of CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), which is being built since 2001 to deepen the process of sub-regional integration.
The leaders consider that their full establishment is a priority theme of the current debates.
Caribbean leaders also addressed the worrying issue of crime and security in the region, as well as the functioning of the Caribbean Court of Justice.
Sources of the organization confirmed that tourism in the region and information and communication technologies for development were also reviewed, which will be reflected in a final communiqué this afternoon.
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