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Monday, 03 January 2011

CARICOM strengthen diplomatic relations with Germany

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Tuesday 7 December solidified diplomatic relations with Germany through the accreditation of a new Ambassador, His Excellency Stefan Schlüter, at the Georgetown, Guyana Headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat. In his remarks, His Excellency Sir Edwin Carrington, CARICOM Secretary-General said Ambassador Schlüter’s accreditation bode well, coming as it did against the backdrop of the Forum on Donor Coordination and Aid Effectiveness that was held at the CARICOM Secretariat, 6-7 December. Describing Germany as a “steadfast and trusted development partner of CARICOM,” Sir Edwin said that the country had supported the Community’s efforts in a number of areas ranging from combating the scourge of the HIV/AIDS virus to its environmental sustainability efforts. He referred to the recent agreement between the CARICOM Secretariat and the agency for German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) on a concept of a new CARICOM-GTZ Project titled: “Improving the management of coastal resources and the conservation of the marine biodiversity in the Caribbean Region” that will address some of the main threats posed by climate change to coastal and marine environments, as well as to coastal communities. The Community was looking forward to the finalisation of the project, the Secretary-General said.

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