Antigua and Barbuda: As the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2022 is going on in Kigali, Rwanda, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne participated in a CHOGM fireside panel discussion on “Financing the Blue-Green Growth for Sustainable Islands” moderated by Lord Marland, Chair of the CWEIC (the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council).
PM Gaston Browne spoke on the unique characteristics of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), their vulnerabilities and how to achieve climate resilience and sustainability. In his opening remarks, Prime Minister Browne reminded world leaders that “SIDS has been on the frontlines of Climate Change.”
In the case of the Blue Economy, PM Gaston Browne spoke on the establishment of the Centre of Excellence for Oceanography and the Blue Economy at The University of the West Indies, Five Islands campus which will aid the government in conducting prime research to identify the types of products that can be harvested on a sustainable basis , including minerals.
Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, arrived in Kigali Rwanda, for the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) on June 20, 2022. On his arrival, he was received by Francis Gatare, Senior Economic Adviser to the President of Rwanda.
Additionally, the PM Gaston Browne will attend two closed executive sessions for Commonwealth Heads of Government on Friday 24th June. In the first of these executive sessions a meeting will be held to select the next Secretary General of the Commonwealth. The candidates are the incumbent Secretary General, Baroness Patricia Scotland of Dominica; Senator the Honourable Kamina Johnson-Smith of Jamaica and Sir Iakoba Taeia Italeli of Tuvalu.
PM Gaston Browne is accompanied by E.P. Chet Greene, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Trade, Maria Bird-Browne, Minister for Housing, Lands and Urban Renewal, Karen-Mae Hill, the High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Miss Ideka Dowe, Political and Trade Attaché at the High Commission.
The theme for this year’s CHOGM is “Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming.” It is focussing on key priority areas which reflect the global challenges to which the Commonwealth must adequately respond. These are fairness, prosperity, security and sustainability.