The inaugural bureau meeting of the Caribbean Development and Cooperation Committee is presided over by Minister Albert Ramdin of Foreign Affairs, International Commerce, and International Cooperation (CDCC). Ramdin will preside over the 29th session, which will take place in Trinidad & Tobago on April 3–4. The minister claims that this meeting is a strategic one with the goal of creating a new agenda for the Caribbean that would provide stronger results across the board.
The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean has a sister organization called the CDCC (UN ECLAC). This organization was created to encourage and fortify the Caribbean nations’ economic and social cooperation. To fully prepare as a region, a number of significant meetings will be place this year throughout the world during this session. Climate change, sustainable development, and international financing are a few of these.
In order to take on a new appearance, it is crucial for the minister to increase knowledge of the CDCC and make use of this instrument to improve communication throughout the Caribbean region. He contends that in addition to speaking up about issues that concern the area, action must be taken in order to be effective. On Monday, he made this argument in his opening remarks.
The ramifications of climate change and other major issues for the Caribbean are further discussed. Ramdin contends that a new framework must be created for the Caribbean because Covid-19 has significantly altered the situation. Returning to the previous circumstance is not an option. A new regional plan is required, one that lessens reliance on funding. The region has a lot of untapped potential, particularly in the field of exports, which needs to be taken care of. Today, we’ll also talk about how the region will be affected by the oil and gas found in Guyana and Suriname.
Suriname assumed leadership of the CDCC of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in October 2022. This meeting was held in Paramaribo.