PM Ralph Gonsalves Highlights Cuba’s Role in Caribbean Integration

By Roberto Garcia Hernandez, special envoy

Montego Bay, Jamaica, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) The Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalvez, confirmed here today the decisive Cuba´s role in the integration process of the Caribbean countries.

In exclusive statements to Prensa Latina, Gonsalves highlighted the importance of the Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez´s visit as a special guest to the 39th CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting that ends this Friday after three days of sessions.

The relations have been strengthened between the two parties, and I want the Cuban people to know that CARICOM member countries have the common goal of moving forward in the search for a stronger tie between both parties, he added.

During a break in the discussions with the rest of his colleagues attending the event, Gonsalves pointed out to this agency that the direct interaction of the Cuban President with the Caribbean leaders who participated in the working lunch in his honor yesterday afternoon was fruitful.

Prime Minister Gonsalves said he was satisfied with the results of the 39th CARICOM Conference because it means a decisive step forward in the integration process in all areas, including migratory aspects under discussion, in particular the possibility of a future free access of citizens among the regional countries.

He added that the formation of a single economy in the Caribbean Community, as well as the possibility of a common currency is a long process full of contradictions, but we must continue with optimism.

The 39th CARICOM Meeting of Heads of Government will conclude this afternoon at the Montego Bay Convention Center, after being in session since Wednesday, the day when Jamaica´s Prime Minister Andrew Holness assumed the Presidency of the entity.

During his visit to Montego Bay yesterday, President Diaz-Canel fulfilled an intense work agenda, which included a meeting with Prime Minister Holness, whom he thanked for the audacious gesture of Jamaica to reestablish diplomatic relations in 1972 with Havana.

Also yesterday, the Cuban leader met with the President of the Republic of Haiti, Jovenel Moise, in which they talked about the collaboration in hydraulic projects, the progress of the Cap Haitian Airport remodelation, and the allocation of scholarships to students of the brother Caribbean country, said Cuban officials present at the meeting.

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