Kenya hosts virtual Africa-Caribbean summit to discuss trade and pandemic responses

The new President of the Africa, Caribbean, Pacific (AKP) Group of States, President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta (3L) stands next to his predecessor, the outgoing AKP President, Deputy Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, SE Steven Davis (2R) during the Opening ceremony of the ACP summit on December 9, 2019 in Nairobi, where Kenyatta was handed over the presidency. – Davis turned ACP leadership over to Kenyatta at the opening of the A Transformed ACP: Committed to Multilateralism Summit. / TONY KARUMBA / AFP / Getty Images

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is preparing to host the first African-Caribbean Community (CARICOM) summit to discuss trade, cross-cultural exchanges and responding to pandemics.

The Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced in a press release published on Friday that heads of state and government from Africa and the Caribbean and representatives of regional economic blocs will take part in the virtual summit on September 7th.

The theme of the summit is “Unity Across Continents and Oceans: Opportunities for Deepening Integration.

The summit should promote closer cooperation between the African diaspora, people of African descent, the Caribbean and the Pacific and their institutions, it said.

The event aims to realize the mutual aspirations of the African and Caribbean nations through improved economic, social and cultural relations, also as they explore knowledge sharing to advance the fight against COVID-19, the ministry said.

The main themes of the summit include debt management, development finance, economic integration, trade and improving social and cultural relations between regions.

The Kenyan ministry also hopes participants will develop a common approach to tackling the pandemic and climate change.

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