Fourteen CARICOM countries and Brazil signed the Brasilia Declaration at the end of the first Brazil-CARICOM Summit in Brasilia on Monday (April 26).
Jamaica’s Prime Minister, the Hon Bruce Golding and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva at the Brazil-CARICOM Summit in Brasilia.
Jamaica’s Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, was among 11 Heads of Government who attended the summit.
The signatories pledged to further promote the integration of their economies, as well as cooperation in international politics, and expressed their mutual desire for further integration and cooperation.
At the summit more than 40 bilateral agreements were signed on issues such as visa exemption and technical cooperation in health, education, culture, agricultural development, energy and biofuels, tourism and civil defence.
The summit established a political consultation mechanism which will meet regularly to identify and promote common positions in the international arena.
The declaration stressed the importance of relations between CARICOM and Mercosur – a bloc including Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay – and pledged to work for a free trade agreement.