This was announced by President Donald Ramotar, shortly after Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads met with the Chinese Head ofState at the Hilton Hotel in
“The Chinese Government has committed to give the region much more assistance, US$1.5B to help with some infrastructural work and US$1.5B in concessionary loans for the region, so I think China has demonstrated once again, its friendship to our region, and to help us to try to improve the quality of life for the peoples of our countries,” President Ramotar said in an invited comment.
“That has just been announced, so we will have to work out what are the critical areas we will want to work on,” President Ramotar said.
Two years ago, the Chinese Government had pledged US$1B in preferential loans to support the local economic development of the Caribbean region when
Priority areas had been in the fields of finance and investment, capacity building, environmental protection, new energy, culture, education, health, trade, tourism as well as agriculture and fishery. Wang had said the Chinese Government had intended to deepen China-Caribbean cooperation.
Focus was also on the training for no less than 2,500 Caribbean nationals and 30 at the post-graduate level to study in
During that forum
Today’s meeting between Regional leaders and the Chinese President was attended by Presidents of Trinidad and Tobago Anthony Carmona, and
President Ramotar was accompanied by Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh and Foreign Affairs Minister Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett, the Government Information Agency (GINA) reported.