Prime Minister Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit has described the Group of 77 plus China Summit as a unique opportunity to have frank and open dialogue.

The G77 plus China Summit concluded in Havana Cuba over the weekend. The two-day summit was held under the theme “The Current Challenges of Development - Role of Science, Technology and Innovation”.

Prime Minister Skerrit told the leaders gathered that the summit also provided a chance to unite behind common development principles to achieve the goals of sustainability and resilience in the face of external economic shocks.

”We all accept that now more than any other time in the history of mankind we live in a world which is shaped and driven by science and technology. The reality is, notwithstanding the size of an economy or population, investments in science and technology enables innovation across all sectors which allows for new productive processes which are essential for human welfare and advancement. We have all witnessed positive results when science and technology is utilized as a driver of development. For decades, it has been this driver that has influenced the blueprints from which countries in the Caribbean and across the G77, has set and achieved primary developmental objectives and identified solutions to enhance our resilience agenda,” PM Skerrit stated.

Prime Minister Skerrit says CARICOM remains committed and constant in its advocacy for meaningful exchanges in all aspects of international relations and trade.

“These exchanges facilitate the building of capacity in critical areas, including public health, education, information technology, infrastructure development, food security, energy security, and climate change and disaster mitigation. While we in the global south have made notable progress in science and technology, we must recognize that there remains much to be done to enhance and support our development efforts. Our collective pursuit of innovation ins science and technology for global development facilitates clear and long lasting shared benefits providing an effective path to address the current challenges,” the CARICOM Chair added.

The G77 plus China Summit brought together world leaders to discuss current development challenges facing member countries and to seek common solutions.

Dominica’s delegation to the summit included Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of the Environment, Rural Modernization, Kalinago Upliftment and Constituency Empowerment Hon. Darron Lloyd and Dominica’s Ambassador to Cuba His Excellency Ian Douglas.