Mia Mottley writes a heartfelt message on Africa day 2021

The prime minister of Barbados island extended special greetings on Africa day 2021 to all the African people living in the region and Diaspora.

Barbados: The prime minister of Barbados island extended special greetings on Africa day 2021 to all the African people living in the region and Diaspora.

PM Mottley asserted, “Africa Day holds a place of great significance for us of the Caribbean Community because it reminds us of our inter-connectedness with Africa and the worldwide African Diaspora. This interconnectedness is based not only on shared ancestry but also on a shared liberation and developmental struggle.”

She also enlightened the history of Africa as to how it got independence and the emergence of Africa Day.

Adding to the statement, she further cited, “The record shows that we achieved unity with the establishment of the Caribbean Free Trade Association – CARIFTA in 1968, with its evolution into the Caribbean Community – CARICOM in 1973, and with our largely successful Caribbean decolonisation project.”

“What a mirroring of Africa’s own journey from the OAU to the African Union (AU) in 2001 and from a substantially colonised continent in 1963 to the completely independent Africa that exists today.”

PM added that the relationship between Africa and the Caribbean region is more strong than ever and interconnected as both parts forge ahead in joint efforts to establish a new – Organisation of African, the Caribbean and the Pacific States – OACPS committee as both regions enhance the process of establishing embassies and other diplomatic offices.

“In addition, we look forward to the implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area – AfCFTA. It would be the world’s largest free trade area with the potential to transform development in all of its facets across the entire African continent, making it an even stronger regional powerhouse,” PM Mottley added.

PM Mia concluded that she is extremely confident that the Africa and Caribbean relations have never been brighter and more promising.