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Energy Cooperation, Agriculture Assistance For CARICOM-Mexico Joint Commission Meet In Georgetown

(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Mexico are to explore mechanisms for enhanced relations when the two sides meet at the headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana on 16-17 March, 2006 for the Fourth Meeting of the CARICOM-Mexico Joint Commission.

Among the issues earmarked for discussion by the Joint Commission are recent developments in CARICOM and Mexico, as well as collaboration in the areas of education and training, air and sea transportation, and energy.

The meeting is also expected to examine arrangements for a CARICOM-Mexico Agreement aimed at promoting investment between the two sides, and Mexico’s technical support for the Region’s agriculture diversification programme.

The CARICOM-Mexico Joint Commission was established through a signed agreement in 1974, with the aim of promoting closer relations between the two sides in the economic, cultural and technological fields. The Commission was also set up as a means of promoting greater understanding of views on either side with relation to issues arising at international fora.

Since its establishment, the Joint Commission has convened in 1980, 1988 and 2000, and continues to serve as the main mechanism for CARICOM-Mexico cooperation at the regional level, with Mexico being the first country to establish a mixed Commission with CARICOM countries.

In addition to the 1974 Agreement, CARICOM and Mexico signed three other agreements in 1990. These include the Agreement on Technical Cooperation and Trade Promotion; the Agreement on Technical Cooperation between the Government of the United Mexican States and the Caribbean Community; the Framework Agreement on Professional Upgrading and Technical Cooperation between the Government of the United Mexican States and the University of the West Indies (UWI).

To date, the primary areas of focus in the CARICOM-Mexico Technical Cooperation Programme have been on agriculture, transport (including maritime transport and naval training), Spanish language training, disaster management and short courses in telecommunications, environment and tourism.

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