Castries, Saint Lucia, September 21, 2021:– Saint Lucia wants to see Caribbean and Latin American states unite to fight the common blight of the effects of misinformation on their common battle against the deadly effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre made the call Saturday as he addressed fellow leaders attending the 6th Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in Mexico.
Attending his first CELAC summit, Pierre said, “We need unity to fight the misinformation on vaccination.’
He also said Saint Lucians “share the same hopes and aspirations of people all over the world who care for a better quality of life” and called on colleague leaders to work towards “a peaceful and equitable opportunity for our people to survive and improve their quality of life.”
PM Pierre also thanked Cuba, “for their support with medical personnel – and particularly now during the COVID pandemic.”
Pointing out that “despite our different sizes” countries represented shared “the same problems…”, the Saint Lucia Prime Minister identified four, starting with “Unemployment” and “Climate Change”.
He listed the third as “Failure of the international financial community to recognize our vulnerability and halt the classification of our economies as of middle-income countries, particularly now with the crisis of COVID.”
And the fourth was “The unequal financial and trade restrictions placed on our small economies…”
The PM also welcomed the deliberations on “self-sufficiency in health matters, particularly at the time when our countries are plagued by the COVID pandemic.”
Meanwhile, reiterating his new administration’s “commitment to true democracy”, he said: “We respect the doctrine of non-interference in the external affairs of the other countries.”
In that regard, he saluted “the heroic people of Cuba and Venezuela” and looked forward to “an improvement in the quality of life in their country.”
He said “CELAC can serve as an important voice for unity and cooperation in our region.”
Pierre also called for more engagement in “multilateral diplomacy”.
“Regional economic integration,” he said, “provides a common platform through which members can best promote their interest with the rest of the international community.”
Pierre said his Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) “won the July 26 General Elections with a resounding mandate under the theme “Putting People First” — and concluded that “organizations like CELAC share the same philosophy.”