Joint Statement by the Heads of the OACPS, CARICOM and PIFS
The Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS), the Secretariat of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) have issued a joint statement on the global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and its socio-economic impact. Among other issues, they note the negative effect on all economies in the world, particularly in terms of commodity prices, fiscal revenues, foreign exchange receipts, foreign financial flows, food supply chains, travel restrictions, the travel, hotel and tourism industries, and labour markets, and recognise that these economic and social challenges are likely to be more disastrous in developing countries. They call for debt relief to include the most vulnerable economies in the world, including ACP Member States. Specifically, they “urge our development partners to collaborate expeditiously by reviewing any unnecessary bureaucracy to facilitate movement of health professionals, essential cargo, and emergency medical supplies to the affected communities in our regions.” They also call on all countries to ensure that the economic recovery measures to tackle COVID-19 align with the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change.
The statement is signed by H.E. Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti, Secretary-General of OACPS; H.E. Irwin LaRocque, Secretary-General of CARICOM and CARIFORUM; and H.E. Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary-General of PIF.