Dr. Gonsalves, who is also Chair of the region’s Transportation Portfolio in the CARICOM Qazi Cabinet, hopes to achieve reliable and sustainable service.
“I have already been in touch with several airlines.” … “I believe that we are going to be able to provide in a very short time a sufficiency of regional transport to serve the sub-region, to serve ourselves safely, reliably, sustainably and reasonably priced,” he announced.
Dr. Gonsalves said on the agenda for the next six months of his chairmanship is to deal with the challenge of COVID-19 and its four interconnected dimensions of health, the economy, society and security.
“These large strategic issues and more confront us, so too are those concerning the internal arrangements of our Caribbean Community itself,” the St. Vincentian Prime Minister added
Meanwhile, outgoing CARICOM Chair, Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, in commending the work of CARICOM agencies – its Implementing Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) and its Public Health Agency (CARPHA)- encouraged financial assistance for these institutions which she said served the region well.
Minister of Foreign Affairs for Guyana, Karen Cummings placed on record, Guyana’s "appreciation to the Honourable Mia Amor Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados, for her earnest and energetic efforts to enhance regional integration during her tenure as Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community [CARICOM]."
"Your exemplary leadership over the last six months, especially with regard to the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), the vulnerability of Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) and the region’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, among others, has reignited enthusiasm for the expeditious implementation of deeper and stronger economic integration measures," she said.
"We are confident that you will continue to raise your voice as an advocate of the Community’s economic development even as you now pass the baton to a new Chairman, she noted.
"We join other delegations in welcoming the new Chairman of Conference, Dr. the Honourable Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. We assure him of the support of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana during his tenure of office," the Foreign Minister declared.
A virtual hand-over ceremony was held for the CARICOM Chairmanship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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