Angolan President defends AU/Caricom cooperation

  • President João Lourenço
Luanda - The President of the Republic, João Lourenço, defended, this Tuesday, greater cooperation between the African Union (AU) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), in the domains of inclusive and sustainable economic development, as well as human and social.

Speaking at a virtual summit of Heads of State and Government of Africa and the Caribbean Region, President João Lourenço also advocated cooperation in the field of the environment, management of natural resources and climate change.

 

In his intervention in the initiative, which is taking place for the first time, the Angolan Head of State said that cooperation between the two organizations should extend to the segment of Human Rights, democracy, good governance and the fight against terrorism and organized crime.

 

The Angolan statesman acknowledged that trade exchanges between countries in Africa and the Caribbean Community are quite limited, although there is immense potential in cooperation between both organizations in the fields of energy, tourism and prevention and protection of the environment.

 

During the meeting João Lourenço stated that, Angola is developing an infrastructures construction programme to respond to the recurrent problems of drought and floods in the south of the country.

 

He said it is a global problem that affects not only Africa but also the Caribbean islands, with repeated cyclones, hurricanes, earthquakes and floods.

 

"An exchange of experience in this field would be mutually beneficial to both organizations," he noted.

 

Regarding the strengthening of cooperation in the field of trade, the Angolan President said that it could involve an interaction between the secretariat of the Free Trade Area of ​​the African Union and the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific Countries (ACP), on the basis of a possible agreement of free trade with the countries of the Caribbean community.

 

Luanda Biennial

He recalled that Angola will host from 4 to 8 October 2021, the second Luanda Biennial on the Pan-African Forum for Peace and Culture, organized in partnership with UNESCO.

 

President João Lourenço underlined the fact that this event constitutes an excellent platform for closer historical, cultural and brotherhood relations between the African Union and the Caribbean Community.

 

Contribution to the cause of Africa

In his speech, the Angolan Head of State praised the contribution of nationalists from the Caribbean islands, such as the poet and playwright Aimé Césaire, to the emancipation of pro-independence trade union and political movements in Africa, in the 50s and 60s, as well as to the evolution and affirmation of the ideological and intellectual pan-Africanism doctrine.

 

This ideological doctrine was led by figures such as Leopold Senghor, Kwame Nkrumah, Houephet Boigny, Agostinho Neto, Amílcar Cabral, Sekou Touré and many other statesmen who were at the origin of the foundation of the then Organization of African Unity (O.A.U).

 

João Lourenço recalled the fact that the virtual summit of Heads of State and Government of Africa and the Caribbean Region was held days after the International Day of People of African Descent, instituted by the United Nations, on 31 August in December 2020.

 

Geopolitical Interests

The Angolan President expressed satisfaction with the recent decision taken by the United Nations Security Council, by the African Union and CARICOM, to coordinate efforts for a better defence of geopolitical interests, through the configuration of the A3+1, currently coordinated by the Republic of Kenya.

 

We are grateful, continued the Head of State, for the support provided by the A3+1 during my visit to the United Nations Security Council, on 23 June this year, to convey the message of the leaders of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, regarding the need to lift the arms embargo imposed by the Security Council on the Central African Republic.

 

The focus of the first Africa-CARICOM summit was political integration between countries from both transatlantic regions, managing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, Blue Economy and transport connectivity, Climate Change and Vulnerability, and promoting trade investments and economic integration, among other topics.

Speaking at a virtual summit of Heads of State and Government of Africa and the Caribbean Region, President João Lourenço also advocated cooperation in the field of the environment, management of natural resources and climate change.

 

In his intervention in the initiative, which is taking place for the first time, the Angolan Head of State said that cooperation between the two organizations should extend to the segment of Human Rights, democracy, good governance and the fight against terrorism and organized crime.

 

The Angolan statesman acknowledged that trade exchanges between countries in Africa and the Caribbean Community are quite limited, although there is immense potential in cooperation between both organizations in the fields of energy, tourism and prevention and protection of the environment.

 

During the meeting João Lourenço stated that, Angola is developing an infrastructures construction programme to respond to the recurrent problems of drought and floods in the south of the country.

 

He said it is a global problem that affects not only Africa but also the Caribbean islands, with repeated cyclones, hurricanes, earthquakes and floods.

 

"An exchange of experience in this field would be mutually beneficial to both organizations," he noted.

 

Regarding the strengthening of cooperation in the field of trade, the Angolan President said that it could involve an interaction between the secretariat of the Free Trade Area of ​​the African Union and the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific Countries (ACP), on the basis of a possible agreement of free trade with the countries of the Caribbean community.

 

Luanda Biennial

He recalled that Angola will host from 4 to 8 October 2021, the second Luanda Biennial on the Pan-African Forum for Peace and Culture, organized in partnership with UNESCO.

 

President João Lourenço underlined the fact that this event constitutes an excellent platform for closer historical, cultural and brotherhood relations between the African Union and the Caribbean Community.

 

Contribution to the cause of Africa

In his speech, the Angolan Head of State praised the contribution of nationalists from the Caribbean islands, such as the poet and playwright Aimé Césaire, to the emancipation of pro-independence trade union and political movements in Africa, in the 50s and 60s, as well as to the evolution and affirmation of the ideological and intellectual pan-Africanism doctrine.

 

This ideological doctrine was led by figures such as Leopold Senghor, Kwame Nkrumah, Houephet Boigny, Agostinho Neto, Amílcar Cabral, Sekou Touré and many other statesmen who were at the origin of the foundation of the then Organization of African Unity (O.A.U).

 

João Lourenço recalled the fact that the virtual summit of Heads of State and Government of Africa and the Caribbean Region was held days after the International Day of People of African Descent, instituted by the United Nations, on 31 August in December 2020.

 

Geopolitical Interests

The Angolan President expressed satisfaction with the recent decision taken by the United Nations Security Council, by the African Union and CARICOM, to coordinate efforts for a better defence of geopolitical interests, through the configuration of the A3+1, currently coordinated by the Republic of Kenya.

 

We are grateful, continued the Head of State, for the support provided by the A3+1 during my visit to the United Nations Security Council, on 23 June this year, to convey the message of the leaders of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, regarding the need to lift the arms embargo imposed by the Security Council on the Central African Republic.

 

The focus of the first Africa-CARICOM summit was political integration between countries from both transatlantic regions, managing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, Blue Economy and transport connectivity, Climate Change and Vulnerability, and promoting trade investments and economic integration, among other topics.