On Monday March 29, Prime Minister Gaston Browne gave one of the featured addresses at the High-Level Meeting with Heads of State and Government on the International Debt Architecture and Liquidity – Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond Initiative.
The main aim of the meeting was to highlight the urgency of the need for more audacious and concrete action to provide liquidity and address debt vulnerability.
In his address PM Browne said, “Vaccines should be regarded as a common global good, and they should be allocated fairly and equitably with priority access for the vulnerable. Yet, more than 5 billion vaccines have been bought by rich countries – in some cases more than twice their needs – while small island states, within their neighborhood, have received minuscule amounts.”
He went on to add that “Hanging above all their heads like the proverbial sword of Damocles are two eminent dangers –unsustainable debt and Climate Change.”
Attached is a video link to the PM’s address: https://fb.watch/4z1O6ozQId/
The meeting was convened by Prime Minister of Canada H.E. Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Jamaica H.E. Andrew Holness ON, MP, and UN Secretary-General António Guterres to urge the international community to take additional and urgent action to ensure a robust COVID-19 recovery.
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