Roseau, Dominica: Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, arrived in Brussels to participate in the European Union-community of Latin American and Caribbean States (EU CELAC) Summit set to take place today, July 17, 2023, in Belgium, Brussels.
During the meeting, EU and CELAC member representatives will discuss several issues, including dealing with climate change, fair and Inclusive Digital Transformation, Sustainable transition, covering digital gaps and strengthening research and innovation, justice, security of citizens, fighting crime, and economic recovery in the post-pandemic period.
The EU- CELAC summit will primarily discuss the issue of climate change to tackle its effects, as both regions have a shared vision of protecting the planet.
The leaders will discuss the opportunities that come along with the digital and green transition that can be realized into the benefit of the citizens. The collaboration will be built on the principles of a fair, social, and just transition, ensuring that no one is left behind.
The partnership between the EU, Latin America, and the Caribbean is built on shared values of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. These regions together represent over a third of the UN’s membership and are a significant driving force for a robust multilateral system.
Charles Michel, president of the European Council, and Ralph Gonsalves, prime minister of St. Vincent and Grenadines and pro tempore president of CELAC, will join the summit.
As per sources, PM Skerrit will be accompanied by his colleagues, the heads of the other OECS member states to discuss the several important issues including climate change, economic recovery and security of citizens with representatives of the European Union (EU).
While The Prime Minister of Dominica is out of the country, Cassanni Laville, the Dominican Minister for Health, Wellness, and Social Services, will act as prime minister until his return.