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8TH INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION CONFERENCE

“Propelling The Greater Caribbean Through Pathways For Sustainable Development”

The countries of Greater Caribbean share a common vision for sustainable development which redounds to the benefit of their people, ecosystems and economies. In the context of the ACS, Greater Caribbean countries and territories identify solutions to their shared multidimensional challenges, sharing best practices and engaging in cooperation to address the recurrent threat of massive arrivals of sargassum coastal erosion but also means of rendering tourism more sustainable and securing better maritime/air transportation digitization, and trade and investment.

The 8th International Cooperation Conference will continue to build on the “bridges of cooperation” which were formalized at its 6th and 7th editions held in Cuba and Guatemala in 2022 and 2023, respectively. The conference will serve as a platform upon which bridges for inclusive, innovative and transformative engagement can propel the mobilisation of the financial and technical resources required to activate the initiatives, programmes and projects developed by the ACS. These bridges will in turn serve as pathways for increased trade as a key economic driver for sustained growth in the medium and long term.

The 8th International Cooperation Conference aims to advance dialogue on cooperation with international partners in ACS prioritised areas of action

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Sargassum
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Designation of the Caribbean Sea as a Special Zone
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Geospatial Information Systems for Disaster Prevention
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Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems
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Maritime Transport, Logistics and Connectivity
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Public-Private Partnerships

Draft Agenda

Tuesday 7 May 2024

Hotel Torarica - Paramaribo, Suriname

8:15 – 9:00

Accreditation and Registration of Participants

9:00 – 9:35

1. Welcome Remarks by the President of the Ministerial Council

H.E. Albert Ramdin, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Business and International Cooperation of the Republic of Suriname.

2. Opening Remarks by the Secretary General of the ACS

H.E. Rodolfo Sabonge, Secretary General of the ACS.

3. Remarks by the Chair of the Special Committee on Cooperation and Resource Mobilisation

H.E. Carolina Molina Barrantes, Director of International Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship of the Republic of Costa Rica.

4. Introductory Presentation by the Directorate for Cooperation and Resource Mobilisation

  • Overview of ACS Cooperation and Strategic Partnership
  • Key Highlights of the 7th International Cooperation Conference
  • Targets of the 8th International Cooperation Conference

9:35 – 9:45

Official Photo

9:45 – 10:15

5. Future Feature for Cooperation – Spotlight on Suriname

Presentation by Professor Dr. Sieuwnat Naipal on Mangrove Conservation in Suriname.

Moderator: Directorate for Disaster Risk Reduction, Sustainable Tourism, the Caribbean Sea and the Environment

  • Professor Dr. Sieuwnat Naipal

10:15 – 10:55

6. The Preservation and Conservation of the Caribbean Sea

Topic: “Sargassum: An Emergency for the Greater Caribbean”

Moderator: Representative from Guadeloupe

  • Directorate for Disaster Risk Reduction, Sustainable Tourism, the Caribbean Sea and the Environment.
  • Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC)
  • Representative from the Dominican Republic
  • Representative from Cuba
  • Questions and Answers

10:55 – 11:10

Coffee Break

11:10 – 11:50

7. Disaster Risk Reduction

Topic: “Early Warning Systems”

Moderator: Representative from Mexico

  • Directorate for Disaster Risk Reduction,
  • Sustainable Tourism, the Caribbean Sea and the Environment
  • Representative from the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)
  • Representative from the Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) Secretariat
  • Representative from Cuba
  • Questions and Answers

11:50 – 12:30

8. Sustainable Tourism

Topic: “Tourism as a Driver of Economic Growth”

Moderator: Representative from Barbados

  • Directorate for Disaster Risk Reduction, Environment and the Caribbean Sea
  • Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)
  • Representative from Colombia
  • Representative of Suriname
  • Questions and Answers

12:30 – 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 – 14:40

9. Transport

Presentation by CAF on the Maritime Transport and Logistics Strategy Project.

Topic : “Enhancing Connectivity through Digitalisation”

Moderator: Representative from Martinique

  • Secretary General of the ACS
  • Development Bank of Latin America and the Caribbean (CAF)
  • World Bank (WB)
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Questions and Answers

14:40 – 15:20

10. Trade and Economic External Relations

Topic: “Economic Integration as a Driver for a Sustainable Development”

Moderator: Representative from Martinique

  • Directorate for Transport, Trade and Sustainable Development
  • Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
  • Representative from Honduras
  • Representative from Belize
  • Representative of Suriname
  • Questions and Answers

15:20 – 15:40

Coffee Break

15:40 – 16:30

11. Dialogue and Exchange among the Participants

Commitment to ACS Cooperation Initiatives – Participants will be invited to engage in exchanges on the approved ACS projects and initiatives and to indicate their commitments in the form of technical and financial support.

16:30 – 16:45

12. Closing Remarks by the Secretary General of the ACS

H.E. Rodolfo Sabonge will deliver closing remarks.

13. Remarks by the Chair of the Special Committee on Cooperation and Resource Mobilisation

H.E. Carolina Molina Barrantes will present the highlights of the Conference and formally close the meeting.

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