Antigua and Barbuda last week participated in the Inaugural High-Level Meeting between the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) held in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
The Republic of Korea was represented by His Excellency Mr. Lim Sung-nam, First Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of South Korea, and the CARICOM Secretariat by Her Excellency Manorma Soeknandan, CARICOM Deputy Secretary-General, and CARICOM Member States by Ambassadors, Permanent Secretaries and other Senior Officials of their respective Ministries of Foreign Affairs. The Meeting was co-chaired by Mrs. Sandy Peters-Philips, Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and His Excellency Mr. Lim Sung-nam, First Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea.
Recognising the convening of the High-Level Meeting as a milestone in Korea-CARICOM relations, the Heads of Delegation reaffirmed the importance of promoting dialogue and cooperation between the two sides, and declared their commitment to further strengthen the existing ties of friendship and spirit of cooperation which they share.
The discussions focused on areas of importance to the bilateral relationship, exchanged views on a wide range of issues of mutual interest, including climate change, development cooperation, e-government, the CARICOM Single ICT space, sustainable development, food security, energy security, and regional and international peace and security. The meeting agreed to continue further discussion in these areas with a view to addressing common challenges.
The Heads of Delegation underscored the serious impact of climate change and global warming, especially on SIDS, such as those in the Caribbean, and committed to work together to enhance capacity building and knowledge-sharing, while exploring avenues for cooperation on projects aimed at combating climate change.
Antigua and Barbuda’s delegation was led by Ambassador Anthony Liverpool, Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, international Trade and Immigration and included Babu Browne, Foreign Service Officer.