Belarus officially granted observer status in Association of Caribbean States during 21st session of the Association’s Council of Ministers
Belarus’ joining the Association as an observer member provides an opportunity to significantly expand and activate trade-economic co-operation with the member states of the Association whose total population exceeds 237 million people. “Cuba’s presidency in the Association in 2016 (which is a strategic partner of Belarus in the region) opens up wide opportunities for Belarusian enterprises and organisations.
Belarus tries to use its observer status in regional organisations for the maximum advancement of its national interests, as well as the interests of Belarusian exporters to distant countries. In particular, Belarus’ focused efforts have already earned the country an observer status in such prestigious international organisations as the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation and the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia. The Association of Caribbean States was founded in 1995 as a co-ordinating organisation in strengthening the role of business circles of the region in political and economic negotiations.
Today the Association hosts forums and consultations on developing interaction in economic, technical, cultural, tourism and transport sectors. The Association unites 25 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, including Cuba, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela. The observer status has been so far presented to 20 countries, among which is Russia, Ukraine, the UK, the Netherlands, Spain, Finland and others.
By Alexander Pimenov