Roseau, Dominica: Prime Minister of Dominica- Dr Roosevelt Skerrit, is all set to attend the European Union- Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (EU CELAC) Summit. It will be held from July 17 to July 18, 2023, in Brussels, Belgium.
On 17-18 July, the EU-Community of Latin American and the Caribbean States summit will take place in Brussels for the first time in eight years.
During the Summit, the following topics will be discussed:
- Cooperation on global peace and stability
- Trade, investment, economic recovery,
- Efforts to combat climate change
- Research and innovation
- Justice and security
- Fair and Inclusive Digital Transformation: Bridging Digital Gaps and Fostering Research and Innovation
- Confronting Climate Change: Towards a Fair and Sustainable Transition
- Fighting Transnational Organized Crime
- Sustainable Development and Economic Recovery in the Post-Pandemic Period
On June 7, the EU published a New Agenda for Relations with Latin America and the Caribbean, laying out its proposal for a renewed strategic partnership with LAC ahead of the Summit.
This Summit is a key political milestone to reinvigorate the bi-regional partnership. It will be co-chaired by the President of the European Council, Charles Michel and Prime Minister of St. Vincent & Grenadines, Ralph E. Gonsalves.
Prime Minister Dr Roosevelt Skerrit will join his colleague heads of OECS member states in Brussels. The discussion will also focus on the several matters related to climate change. Several officials of the European Union will attend the meeting and address the issues related to the small island developing states.
EU-CELAC relations are founded on shared commitments to democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. The leaders will explore harnessing the twin transitions—green and digital—to increase citizen prosperity, ensuring no one is left behind.
Minister of Health, Wellness and Social Services will serve as Acting Prime Minister in the absence of PM Roosevelt Skerrit.
As per the reports, over 50 leaders from the European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean will hold their first Summit in eight years on Monday, adding momentum to an EU push for new political and economic allies prompted by the Ukraine war and suspicion of China.