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PM wants closer ties between African Union, CARICOM


(Barbados Today) Prime Minister Mia Mottley is calling for closer ties between the African Union and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in order to tackle a number of challenges that continue to plague both regions.

Addressing the 30th African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) annual meetings in Ghana on Monday, she said the two regions must work together to shape the future they desire.

“It is the political will that first and foremost makes the difference to whether we are prepared to rise to the occasion and to overcome the challenges that hitherto have been placed before us – the challenges that were foisted upon us by colonialism and division, by language, by religion, by those who understood that as long as we could be divided, the dominance of those of a lesser number could preside,” said Mottley.

“I say to us today that we know the power of unity and it cannot simply be in the rhetoric, it needs to be in our actions and in our policies. There must be a blue ribbon commission established between the African Union and the Caribbean Community to put to rest, once and for all, the issues of connectivity – connectivity of transport, but equally connectivity of telecommunications.”

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