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Thursday, 09 February 2017

Caricom Renews Ties With Dutch Kingdom

The Caribbean Community Caricom and the Kingdom of the Netherlands on Wednesday renewed a mechanism for diplomatic cooperation with the accreditation of a new envoy to Caricom, Jules Bijl. In a ceremony at the headquarters of the Caricom Secretariat on January 18, 2017, Caricom Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque said the community was keen to learn more of the Dutch experiences in a range of areas; these include environmental protection, water management, disaster management, renewable energy, agriculture, food processing, as well as chemical and port infrastructure. Caricom was also eager to boost trade, tourism, cultural and human resource development exchanges within a cooperation programme that the Netherlands had signalled it was interested in developing, LaRocque said. When Bijl delivered his remarks, he indicated those areas in which the kingdom hoped to expand its cooperation. They include climate change, disaster risk management, security, sustainable development and employment. LaRocque underscored the importance of access to development financing in pursuit of the 2030 Development Agenda and Paris Climate Change Agreement. For small-island and low-lying coastal developing states SIDS, their peculiar vulnerabilities must be factored into the criteria for access, he noted. Knowing how vulnerability negatively impacts sustainable growth and prosperity, he told Bijl that Caricom countries will persistently decry being labelled as non-cooperative tax jurisdictions. “Ambassador there is documented proof including by the relevant globally recognized institutions of our efforts and successes in respecting the onerous regulatory obligations that govern the financial services sector.

Source: curacaochronicle.com