Barbados: The Prime Minister of Barbados island – Mia Amor Mottley, participated in the 52nd meeting of COTED through Zoom. This virtual meet was conducted by Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, who is Jamaica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.
In the virtual meet, Mottley highlighted the possibility of emerging debt and financial crises and asserted, “If eternally there existed a time that the region needs to depend on the regional cooperation and on the regional integration, it is absolutely now within the setting of what we are going to face in the post-COVID-19 pandemic
period, and we are not yet there, but we can start to see already what it is looking like if we are not careful.”
She further pointed out the economic stress caused by the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, vaccine inequity, vulnerability to adverse consequences of climate change and natural disasters and the destructive effects of the eruption of La Soufriere volcano in St Vincent and the Grenadines island.
COTED is a CARICOM Council for Trade and Economic Development. PM Mottley led the responsibility for the Caricom Single Market and Economy -CSME.
Despite this, the prime minister of Barbados also informed via her social media post that Barbados is preparing for the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of Parties – COP26, which is going to take place in Glasgow in the month of November 2021.
She added that a high-level meeting was also conducted, including officials such as – Her Excellency Elizabeth Thompson, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary with responsibility for Climate Change, Small Island Developing States and Law of the Sea. Ministers Kirk Humphrey, Marsha Caddle, Adrian Forde, and Dr Jerome Walcott; Dr Hugh Sealy.
Special Advisor also accompanied the meeting to the Ministry of Environment and National Beautification – Mr Selwin Hart, Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary -General on Climate Action and Assistant Secretary-General for the Climate Action Team (who was on vacation in Barbados), Mr Ricardo Marshall of the NCC – Messrs. Ron Goodridge and Travis Sinckler of the Ministry of Environment and National Beautification.