Spain says it will contribute financially to the recovery efforts of Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries devastated by recent hurricanes.
The promise to help comes from newly-accredited Ambassador of Spain to Caricom, Javier Carbajosa Sanchez.
He said, “Spain will certainly contribute, through the institutional channels already established, to promote economic recovery.”
Sanchez was speaking with Caricom Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, on October 17 after the formal presentation of his letter of credence to LaRocque at the Caricom Secretariat’s headquarters in Georgetown, Guyana.
Caricom, in a statement issued on October 19, said Sanchez was responding to its “advocacy for resilient reconstruction” of affected member states.
Citing transnational crimes, climate change, economic inequalities, political instability etc, Sanchez said unwavering political will and determination, was required. “These are difficult times for all of us,” he said.
Caricom said Sanchez signalled Spain’s “keen interest in strengthening the political and financial instruments through which it works with Caricom” and underscored his willingness to begin preparations for a 2018 Caricom-Spain Summit. The last summit was held in Antigua and Barbuda in 2014.
Sanchez said the convening of a joint technical committee before the end of the year will allow the pursuit of projects of interest to the region in the areas of security as well as energy and energy efficiency. With regard to security, Caricom said Spain had taken note of the emphasis by Caricom heads of government on transnational crime during their 2017 summit in Grenada.
Spain was, therefore, following developments concerning the Caricom Counter-Terrorism Strategy, which was being finalised for adoption by the heads of government.
“Within that context, Sanchez noted Spain’s gratitude for CARICOM’s support of his country when it experienced terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils on 18 August 2017.”
On energy and energy efficiency, the ambassador said Spain’s financial support to the Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CREEE) was consistent with his government’s commitment to the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and to the United Nations sustainable development goals.