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CARICOM, Kazakhstan sign support grant agreement


Posted in: Press Releases | 14 March 2016 | Release Ref #: 45/2016 | 3390

     Signing of the Agreement - CARICOM Secretary-General Amb. Irwin LaRocque (right) and Kazakhstan's Ambassador His Excellency Mr. Konstantin Zhigalov.
    Signing of the Agreement - CARICOM Secretary-General Amb. Irwin LaRocque (right) and Kazakhstan's Ambassador His Excellency Mr. Konstantin Zhigalov.

    A US$770,000 grant support package will become available to Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States from the Republic of Kazakhstan to strengthen capacity in the areas of climate change and sustainable development.

    CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and Ambassador of Kazakhstan to CARICOM, H.E. Mr. Konstantin Zhigalov signed the agreement of financial support on Thursday 10 March 2016 at the Marriot Hotel, in Georgetown, Guyana, on the side-lines of the Fourth High-Level Donor Forum.

    The agreement formalises arrangements through the CARICOM Secretariat for  CARICOM Member States   to benefit from the package. At the regional level, it is intended to support CARICOM as it seeks to position itself on issues related to climate change and sustainable development on the international stage. At the level of Member States, the financial support will strengthen the capacities of Ministries of Foreign Affairs to develop national positions on those issues.

    Member States will also benefit from improved capacity to  engage in regional and international discussions related to the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), linking the global development discourse with regional integration efforts.

    Secretary-General LaRocque in expressing appreciation told the Kazakhstan Ambassador that the assistance was timely as capacity building was often a challenge in achieving desired objectives. H.E. Mr. Konstantin Zhigalov said the agreement represented another “good start” in strengthening the relatively new partnership with CARICOM.

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