Antigua and Barbuda delegation holding talks in Suriname

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A high-level Antigua and Barbuda delegation is holding talks aimed at increasing trade, economic cooperation and technical exchanges with its Dutch-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) partner.

The five-member delegation headed by Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Trade Minister E.P. Chet Greene held wide ranging talks with senior Surinamese government officials led by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yldiz Pollack-Beighle, Minister of Trade Industry and Tourism, Stephen Tsang, and Lekram Soedjan, Minister of Agriculture, Food Production and Fisheries of Suriname.

According to a statement issued here, the Antigua and Barbuda delegation also met with senior management officials of Suriname Airways and Fly All Ways airlines as well as with farmers and other agricultural producers involved in sheep rearing, coconut cultivation and other agricultural production. “Both sides noted the tremendous opportunities which existed for boosting technical and commercial exchanges between the two countries and pledged their efforts in that regard.”

The statement said that the meeting agreed that a task force of technical officials from Antigua and Barbuda would meet to address a number of areas intended to advance cooperation between the two countries.

“This included measures for promoting greater air connectivity, training in hospitality management for Surinamese students in Antigua and Barbuda, and the supply of agricultural products from Suriname to the eastern Caribbean.”

Greene also paid a courtesy call on Acting President Michael Ashwin S. Adhin and the statement said “both men expressed their commitment to the principles of respect for national sovereignty and non-interference in the internal affairs of other States and noted that the present initiative to strengthen bilateral relations between their two countries provided a model for other CARICOM countries”.

The statement said that the visit of the Antigua and Barbuda delegation is aimed at preparing for a visit to Suriname in October by Prime Minister Gaston Browne where he is expected to sign a cooperation agreement with President Desi Bouterse “covering a wide range of areas”.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Who else comprised the delegation from Antigua and Barbuda? Details. Details. Details. The minister heads the delegation, but he is nothing without his team. Please try to include the details of the other members of the delegation in stories of this nature. Thank you in advance Editor.

  2. A cooperation agreement covering a wide range of areas? well you don’t say
    let’s call it what it is a waste of taxpayers money on Minister’s to jet set all over the world signing documents that will never again see the light of day

    Poor Antigua and Barbuda

  3. Until we in the Caribbean will address the inter-caricom transportation of goods and people, something they commit to again in Jamaica, all these talk and signing of treaties will lead nowhere. How will you bring the goods from Surinam to Antigua without a shipping line in place. it will not be feasible nor practical. Fly Always some years ago announced their first flight to Antigua only to be discontinued the next month. People these photo ops are nice but what are the fruits of them in the end. Please put the necessary infrastructures in place and than come and lets have the photo ops. The group of businessmen that are bringing sand from Guyana to Antigua and going through horrors.
    Surinam and Guyana can be the food security of the entire Caribbean but we rather get cheaper rice and sugar from the USA which is also easily accessible. Guyana had offered Caribbean Farmers Free land use but did any of them take up the Guyanese offer. They have lumber of any kind, but we again go to the USA and Canada for our Pine. And now even African Lumber is coming on the market.

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