Patricia Scotland– the Secretary General of the Commonwealth, attended the celebration of the 50th anniversary of CARICOM on Tuesday (July 4, 2023).
She took to Facebook and shared glimpses of the celebration. She said that it was a great day for the Caribbean as well as for the Commonwealth to celebrate the golden jubilee of CARICOM.
CSG Patricia Scotland said, “A great day for the Caribbean and a great day for the Commonwealth as we come together to celebrate CARICOM: Caribbean Community’s golden jubilee.”
She said that this is a great celebration to mark the establishment of CARICOM. She said, “The Caribbean has enriched our Commonwealth family in immeasurable ways, and today our partnership is stronger than ever before.”
CSG Patricia Scotland extended her heartfelt thanks to the host Dr Keith Rowley and chair, Roosevelt Skerrit, for the warm welcome. She also expressed pleasure to be in Trinidad And Tobago for the CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting and reinforce the Commonwealth’s strong partnership with the institution.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of CARICOM: Caribbean Community. CSG Patricia Scotland said that the Commonwealth looks forward to engaging with CARICOM leaders in areas of mutual interest.
The Commonwealth has been engaged with CARICOM from the beginning, fostering a solid partnership based on shared values and mutual respect to deliver tangible benefits for the region. She also commended the Caribbean’s commitment and contributions to peace, prosperity and climate action.
The meeting gave an assessment of the path they have travelled, what they have accomplished, and what remains to be accomplished as well as strategies to bring the Treaty of Chaguaramas to life in order to deepen the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and strengthen areas of functional collaboration.”
During the Official Flag Raising Ceremony, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley in his remarks said “Our accomplishments in CARICOM have been many. CARICOM has used the foundation laid by the four pillars of regional integration namely functional cooperation, the coordination of foreign policy, security collaboration and economic integration to build a home where we can find refuge, where all of us can find refuge and purpose.”
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