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UK and Caribbean discuss cooperation on energy, education and security


Foreign Secretary and Caribbean Ministers hold high-level talks on prosperity and security at Eighth UK-Caribbean Ministerial Forum.


Foreign Ministers from the CARICOM (Caribbean Community) countries and the Dominican Republic and Premiers of the UK Overseas Territories in the Caribbean met in London this week for high-level talks with the Foreign Secretary, FCO Minister for the Caribbean, Mark Simmonds, and other UK Government Ministers.


Held every two years, the UK-Caribbean Ministerial Forum provides a framework for discussion between the UK and Caribbean on a range of bilateral, regional and international issues. This year’s event focused on joint efforts to promote prosperity and encourage economic growth.


As well as government to government talks, the Forum featured a trade and investment event which promoted new business opportunities in the Caribbean. Caribbean Ministers also met HRH the Earl of Wessex, UK parliamentarians and participated in a ‘Caribbean Question Time’ event with members of the UK Caribbean community.


As a result of discussions at the Forum, UK and Caribbean Ministers agreed to follow-up activity on energy security, education for economic development and tackling serious and organised crime.


Speaking after the event, the Foreign Secretary William Hague said:


“The UK has a unique relationship with the Caribbean, based on friendship, mutual understanding and shared values. The Forum allowed us to celebrate that relationship but, more importantly, was an opportunity to look forward and agree concrete steps to promote prosperity and boost economic growth for both the Caribbean and the UK.”



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