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President Ramaphosa to address Africa-CARICOM Summit

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South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa arrives at the Grand Palais Ephemere for the Financing of African Economies Summit, at the Champs de Mars in Paris, France May 18, 2021. Ian Langsdon/Pool via REUTERS

President Cyril Ramaphosa will this afternoon participate in the inaugural Africa-Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Summit.

“The summit, which will be virtually attended by Heads of States and Government of the African Union and CARICOM Member States, will explore opportunities to strengthen the linkages between the people of Africa and the Caribbean regions by addressing integration challenges across continents,” said the Presidency on Tuesday.

The Caribbean Community is an association of 15 states across the Caribbean who are working together to promote economic integration and cooperation and coordinate foreign policy, with a view to equitable development for all member states.

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday used his virtual Youth Day address to launch digital platforms -- SAYouth.mobi and mPowa -- aimed at addressing youth unemployment.
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Tuesday’s discussions will focus on thematic areas, including the promotion of trade, investment and economic integration, transport integration, the mitigation of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ocean agenda and sustainable blue economy, climate change and leveraging emerging technologies.

“This historical Summit was proposed during a meeting between His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya and the CARICOM Heads of Government held in August 2019 in Bridgetown, Barbados.

“This was in recognition of the common heritage between the two regions and the need for cooperation to leverage opportunities for development and shared prosperity,” said the Presidency. – SAnews

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