By ZBC Reporter
President Emmerson Mnangagwa says the African-Caribbean Community should strengthen re-engagement efforts with global institutions to enable member countries attain Sustainable Development Goals.
He was speaking during a virtual summit Of African And Caribbean Leaders this Tuesday.
This summit serves as a building block to enhance mutual and comprehensive South-South relations, mooted under the Organisation of African,Caribbean and Pacific States. Through this noble initiative, we should redouble engagements efforts with global institutions for the development of inclusive models which will help accelerate the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals by our countries, he said.
He also noted the need to harness natural and human resources to create opportunities and increase self-reliance for the benefit of the people.
The President however bemoaned the challenges brought about by climate change as well as the negative impacts of the covid-19 pandemic.
With regards to the contemporary realities, we must encourage rigorous debated around responsive strategies to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change adaptation as well as the socio-economic capabilities that can be harnessed to advance our collective aspirations, he added.
The virtual summit dubbed Unity Across Continents and Oceans: Opportunities for Deepening Integration aims at promoting closer collaboration between Africa Diaspora, People of African descent and the Caribbean and Pacific region and its institutions.
It aims at actualising the mutual aspirations of both the Union and Community by promoting ties and engagement between its peoples, addressing the economic and communication challenges, fostering continent to continent integration, accessing the progress in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic and launching of collaboration between African and Caribbean regional continental organizations.
The summit brings together Heads of State and Government of the African Union and the Caribbean Community Member States, as well as Chair of the African Union Commission and Chairs of Africa Regional Economic Communities (RECs).