President Kenyatta to host first ever African–Caribbean Community Summit

President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House Nairobi on August 18, 2021

President Uhuru Kenyatta will on Tuesday host the first ever African–Caribbean Community Summit.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the meeting seeks to promote closer collaboration between Africa Diaspora, people of African descent and the Caribbean and Pacific region and its institutions.

In a statement on Friday, MFA said the meeting will bring together heads of state and government of the African Union and the Caribbean, AU Commission chairman Moussa Faki, chairs of Africa Regional Economic Communities , the CARICOM Troika, the CARICOM Secretariat, Organization of the African Caribbean and Pacific States secretary general Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti and president of Caribbean Development Bank Dr Hyginus ‘Gene’ Leon.

The summit is a development from the 33rd of the African Union 2020, which affirmed cultural and historical linkages between the people of Africa and Africa Diaspora and those of African descent and committed to promote closer collaboration.

The statement added that the summit will seek to actualise mutual aspirations of both the Union and Community by promoting ties and engagement between its peoples, addressing the economic and communication challenges, fostering continent to continent integration, accessing the progress in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic and launching of collaboration between African and Caribbean regional continental organizations.

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“Debt sustainability and development financing; trade investment and economic integration; blue economy and transport connectivity; fintech related solutions; political integration between Africa and Caribbean countries; people to people contacts and cultural exchanges; Covid-19 pandemic management and AU-Carricom collaboration, will be among the thematic focus areas to be discussed at the Summit,” the statement said.

It is expected that the summit will also build momentum and support for the formation of the Africa-Brazil- Caribbean Development Commission and provide political goodwill for closer ties with the African Diaspora and people of African Descent.

Key outcomes of the summit will include among others, an integrated greater economic trade and investment commitment between Africa and the Caribbean; and solidarity actions to address global challenges including Covid-19 pandemic and climate change.

It is anticipated that the summit will galvanise voluntary commitments by individual countries and other stakeholders to establish the AU-CARICOM Secretariat and institutionalize AU – CARICOM collaboration. It is also expected the meeting will resolve to host the Summits of the African – CARICOM Heads of State and Government bi- annually.

The meeting is being held nearly 500 years after the commencement of the displacement of enslaved Africans to the Caribbean and 76 years after the seminal 5th Pan-African Congress in Manchester, England in 1945, which brought together the political activists of Africa and the Caribbean to push for the decolonization of these two regions.

The Summit is also taking place 58 years since the 1963 establishment of the OAU, 53 years after the founding of Caribbean Free Trade Organization and 48 years after the establishment of CARICOM

The heads of government of Africa and the Caribbean Community will also discuss their common origin, history, concerns and objectives, and planning a better future of collaboration and solidarity.

It is also is anticipated that the deliberations will lead to multiple initiatives of unity, collaboration, institution building, and people-to-people exchanges between Africa and the Caribbean.

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