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Barbados: TIME TO UNITE

PRIME MINISTER Mia Amor Mottley made a case for African, Caribbean and Pacific States to unite and develop trade relations for the sake of
the survival and success of their citizens.

She made this call during an approximately 20-minute long presentation
of the first Extraordinary Meeting of the Organisation of the African,
Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS), which was held via video
conference yesterday morning. It was convened by President-in-Office
of the OACPS and President of the Republic of Kenya, H.E. Uhuru
Kenyatta, and held under the theme “Transcending the COVID-19
Pandemic: Building Resilience through Global Solidarity”.

Outlining the perennial challenges facing the region, which are
exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Mottley said this
is a time for solidarity and partnership. “I therefore ask that this
high-level session means something in mobilising us to greater action,
not just within the ACP, but in particular in other multilateral fora
where we now have to demand a redesign of definitions and criteria to
meet our circumstances.”

According to Prime Minister Mottley, “We once thought that advancing
our global engagement as an international organisation would represent
a platform of the acceleration of our integration into the world
economy. We now know that our organisation, as we said in December,
must be a central platform for our joint action to ensure our very
survival and that of our people.

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