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Pierre on first official overseas visit


Pierre on first official overseas visit
Philip J. Pierre (GP)

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CASTRIES – Prime Minister Philip Pierre left the island to attend the sixth summit of the heads of state and government of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) on Saturday in Mexico.

Pierre will be on his first overseas trip since his St Lucia Labour Party (SLP) won general elections on July 26 in the island and is due to return on Monday.

A government statement said the objective of the summit will be to consolidate the regional anti-COVID-19 pandemic coalition formed in January last year, focussing on health self-sufficiency, economic recovery and international cooperation that will position Latin America and the Caribbean as major players on the global stage.

Despite the difficulties experienced in the last year, the CELAC countries made much progress in the confluence of regulations in different policy areas.

For this reason and because of cooperation agreements, 19 countries have been able to access millions of COVID-19 vaccines so far.

At the meeting, which will coincide with the 238th anniversary of the birth of Simon Bolivar, CELAC ministers will also promote actions for the collective defence of the culture and sovereignty of Latin American countries.

CELAC is an inter-governmental mechanism for dialogue and political coordination with a membership of 33 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Since its launch in December 2011, the bloc contributed to deepening respectful dialogue among all countries in the region on social development, education, nuclear disarmament, family farming, culture, finance, energy and the environment.

In this sense, its member states propose to complement the existing regional architecture to enhance common elements and promote complementarity.