CARICOM members adopt Declaration of Havana

 

The heads of State and Government, representatives and special guests attending the Fifth CARICOM-Cuba Summit have adopted on December 8, 2014, the Declaration of Havana in which they called to unity and integration in the region as the only way to face the shared challenges of the 21st century.
 
The document underlines the necessity to join efforts to widen the economic relations as well as improve productivity, the marine and air infrastructures and the trade mechanisms in the Caribbean environment.
The Special Zone of Development of Mariel, the Foreign Investment Act and the upgrading of the Cuban economic model were some of the topics discussed at the Summit as opportunities to tighten the links between Cuba and the CARICOM in the near future.
 
Besides, they also agreed to strengthen the South-South co-operation as an expression of solidarity among our nations and to bolster tri-angle co-operation taking into account the will for development of our countries.
Likewise; the text acknowledges the contribution of Cuba to the development of the Caribbean countries in fields such as healthcare, education, construction, development of human resources, sports and the training of personnel to handle natural disasters.
 
The Declaration also stresses the importance for the future of the Caribbean countries of regional mechanisms such as the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC)- this one was singled out as one of their priorities-, the ALBA –TCP, the Association of Caribbean States and Petrocaribe.
 
The document gathers the commitment to continue contributing to the recovery of Haiti, process that will be carried out in line with the priorities outlined by its government  and in full respect to their self-determination.
 
The climatic change and its impact on the Caribbean region is also collected in the Declaration, in which the participants reiterate their demand to have a binding global agreement  to stabilize the increase of global temperature to under two degrees, as well as the need to set common guidelines to face shared challenges.
 
In this context, the undersigned of the Declaration of Havana have  committed to use the resources in a sustainable way, especially those of the Caribbean Sea and to back the ACS’s proposal of declaring it Special Zone.
 
The text salutes the joint actions carried out by Cuba, CARICOM and the ALBA-TCP to avoid the spread of the epidemic of the virus of Ebola and the commitment to widen the range of actions to prevent the virus from reaching the Caribbean.
 
Once more the members of the CARICOM have unanimously demanded the end of the economic blockade imposed unilaterally by the government of the United States on Cuba and have reaffirmed their support to Cuba attending the Seventh Summit of the Americas, to be held in Panama in April 2015 in conditions of sovereign equality and without previous conditioning.
 
It was agreed in the closing session of the summit that the Sixth CARICOM-Cuba Summit will be held in Antigua and Barbuda on December 8, 2017 and the Fifth Ministerial Meeting in June 2016, in Havana. (Cubaminrex)
 

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