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September 13, 2013

Antigua and Barbuda signed an enhanced Bilateral Cooperation Agreement with Martinique

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On Friday January 27th, 2012, Prime Minister Dr. Hon. Baldwin Spencer and President of the Regional Council of Martinique, the Honourable Serge Letchimy signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to increase and strengthen cooperation in the areas of economic, specific and cultural development in their respective territories.

According to the Agreement signed, “the close proximity of both countries facilitates regional cooperation and establishment of privileged partnerships, the coordination of projects and activities that would facilitate closer ties and the exchange of experience and of common interests”

Among the areas identified for cooperation are trade capacity building, disaster preparedness, renewable energy, agriculture, environment, tourism including sports and multi-destination tourism, education and training, air and maritime transport, health, culture, and information and communication technologies.

PM Spencer indicated this MOU solidifies Antigua & Barbuda’s support for the application of Martinique to become an associate member of OECS as well as implements foreign policy objectives to deepen and strengthen relations with the French Overseas Departments and the British Overseas Countries and Territories within the Caribbean to, among other things, to reap benefits from the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

At the signing ceremony, Prime Minister Spencer was accompanied by Ambassador Dr. Clarence Henry, NAO and Head of the EPA Implementation, and Calvin Ambrose, Executive Director of the Antigua & Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute (ABHTI).

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