Cuba seeks to revitalize Association of Caribbean States at upcoming meetings
HAVANA - Cuba is seeking to revitalize Association of Caribbean States (ACS) as ACS' First Cooperation Conference to be held on March 8, Cuba's foreign ministry announced on Tuesday.
At a press conference, Carlos Zamora, director of Latin America and the Caribbean of the Cuban Foreign Ministry, said this meeting seeks to evaluate the state of implementation of the cooperation programs developed within the ACS.
Furthermore, Caribbean nations will discuss air and maritime connectivity and the ACS agenda for tackling climate change.
"Within the process of revitalizing the association, we have been looking at how to strengthen the issue of cooperation, both internal and external, in order for the ACS to play a vital role in the economic development of the Caribbean. This conference is aimed at that," explained Zamora.
Cuba took over the presidency of the ACS in January 2016 and for more than a year has presented projects to strengthen its cooperation system, confronting the effects of climate change and natural disasters, as well as solidarity initiatives with Haiti.
In addition, the 22nd Ordinary Meeting of the ACS Council of Ministers will be held on March 10 in Havana.
"A few governments have changed in the region, as well as economic and political circumstances have been transformed, and of course this council of ministers will be in the midst of those circumstances," said the high official.
The event will have a wide participation of the 25 foreign ministers of the member states and eight associates, as well as special organizations that have accompanied the ACS since its creation in July 1994 in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.