Incoming chairman of the CARICOM, Haitian President Jovenel Moise, promises to make the Caribbean, the first climate-resilient region in the world

Posted by on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 Under: Economy
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President Jovenel Moise is promising to make the Caribbean the first region in the world to become climate-resilient, during Haiti's 6 months presidency of the regional organisation, which begun the 1st of January, 2018.

“2018 dawns for the Caribbean Community with the prospect of seizing an opportunity out of a crisis,” said Moïse in his New Year's message.

“As we begin the rebuilding process after the devastating hurricanes of last September, as well as Hurricane Matthew, which pounded the region on October 3-4, 2016, we do so with the aim of creating the first climate-resilient region in the world. Promised the Haitian head of State.

“The absolute necessity to create a climate-smart region is clear given the effects of climate change, which have brought us droughts, mega hurricanes, heavy floods and unusual weather patterns, all of which adversely affect our development,” he added.

Haiti will head CARICOM early next year

“The social and economic gains that we have made individually and collectively must be protected against the onslaught of nature. The Caricom member States, as well as the region's non-member States' production of greenhouse gases, is practically nil, even though they bear a disproportionate share of the consequences.”

Even though the President didn't specify how member states, such as Haiti, one of the poorest members of the organisation, will come up with the necessary funds for such an ambitious project, he hinted at the support of the international community, which seems to be more engaged this year in the fight aginst climate change.

Moïse said the goodwill and pledges, “which have been forthcoming from the international community at two major global conferences in New York and Paris give us hope that the necessary support to achieve our objective will be forthcoming.”

He said the region's efforts are against the backdrop of the Caribbean Community's Strategic Plan for the period 2015-19, “which is our guide towards the economic, social, environmental, and technological resilience that is needed to produce sustained growth and development for our community.”

The new CARICOM chairman said efforts will be made in 2018 in increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) in “providing the basis for our economic growth”.

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