Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau announced yesterday that he will be in Bridgetown, Barbados, February 18-19, 2020, to participate in the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
Communicating via a press release from the Prime Minister’s office, Trudeau underscored the connection and collaboration between the North American country and the region.
“Canada and Caribbean countries have always had strong relationships and almost one million people of Caribbean descent live in Canada. These relationships are based on shared values and partnerships in the fight against climate change, the promotion of democracy, trade, economic growth, and security,” he said.
Trudeau further explained that he will be meeting with leaders of CARICOM to discuss “how we can work together to strengthen” the partnership between Canada and the Caribbean grouping of nearly 20 million people.
“Canada and Caribbean countries have always had strong relationships… based on shared values and partnerships in the fight against climate change, the promotion of democracy, trade, economic growth, and security.”— Justin Trudeau, prime minister of Canada
During the conference, the Canadian prime minister will participate in group discussions. Trudeau will also have bilateral meetings with various CARICOM leaders, possibly including Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley — also the current chair of CARICOM — who will receive him on arrival in Barbados.
Of significant note, Trudeau will use the meeting to campaign for his country’s election to the United Nations Security Council.
“As Canada pursues its candidacy for election to the United Nations Security Council in 2021-2022, we will continue to advance shared interests to benefit people and businesses in Canada, the Caribbean, and around the world,” Trudeau pointed out.
Trudeau has been on a weeklong tour of Africa and Europe since last week, visiting Ethiopia, Senegal, and Germany.