Tuesday, December 6, 2022 saw the opening remarks of CARICOM President Chandrikapersad Santokhi during the eighth CARICOM-Cuba conference in Barbados. This gathering also honors the 50 years of cooperation between Cuba and CARICOM. The delegation from Cuba led by Excellency Miquel Daz-Canel Bermudez was especially warmly greeted by the CARICOM President.
Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago are credited with initiating this brave act of South-South cooperation, which has increased significantly over time. Over the past 50 years, the CARICOM community has shown tenacity and unity, fostering relationships of trust, respect, friendship, and cooperation. The message that CARICOM will keep sending is that the economic, commercial, and financial embargo against Cuba must cease immediately. The embargo violates the right to self-determination, the ban on interference and intervention, the prohibition on the threat or use of force, and other provisions of the United Nations Charter.
Suriname concurs with the removal of the Cuban embargo. The CARICOM President also expressed the hope that open discussions would be about the various issues, such as food security and agriculture, as well as the effects of climate change. Collective actions resulting from these discussions ought to be advantageous to CARICOM member nations and their populaces.