St Kitts and Nevis: Minister of Foreign Affairs and Aviation St. Kitts and Nevis & Premier of Nevis participated in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Foreign Ministers virtual CARICOM-Canada Meeting of Foreign Ministers.
For Canadian counterpart, Marc Garneau was there & Foreign Minister’s dialogue focused on the Covid-19 pandemic and equitable access to vaccines, economic recovery & inclusive growth, and climate resilience and sustainability – all vital elements in the region’s efforts to build back better.
In the crucial discussion on COVID-19: Building Back Better, St Kitts and Nevis Foreign Minister Mark Brantley acknowledged the government of Canada for its support in helping to strengthen the region’s ability to respond to the range of difficulties posed by coronavirus by the provision of PPE and ongoing support via the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO) and the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).
Minister Brantley emphasized that “if ever there was a time for real dialogue to jointly discuss pressing issues in ways that will make concrete benefit to our residents, that time is clearly now.”
Mark Brantley highlighted three important & actionable areas for cooperation – health systems, vaccine access & economic impact.
Noting that the “COVID damage is deep, the recovery will be long, and the vision must be bold,” Foreign Minister Brantley tried to bring a sense of purposeful necessity for cooperation in addressing the global pandemic.
He championed the idea of moving beyond old-growth paradigms to more “substantive cooperation for sustainable development” including in green investments, renewable energy, and the blue economy.
Given the heartfelt impact of the pandemic on the travel and tourism industry in St. Kitts & Nevis, Minister Brantley seized on the possibility to call for “the resumption of flyings from Canada at the quickest possible opportunity” as well as the continuation of the technical dialogue that started last year within Canada and CARICOM on safe travel and tourism.