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Closing Statement by External Affairs Minister at 3rd India-CARICOM Ministerial Meeting on the sidelines of UNGA (September 19, 2017)

September 19, 2017

Excellencies,
I would like to thank all of you for sharing your valuable comments and views. These are very important for us to chart out the future course of action. We have taken careful note of all the valuable suggestions and ideas.

Today a decisive, energetic and action oriented leadership is in-charge in India and it is making special efforts to connect to all its friends across the world.

In this context, we also realize the importance of regular interactions with our Caribbean partners.There have been interactions between the leaders of India and the CARICOMMember States at a fairly high level on the sidelines of international meetings and forums.

Similarly, there is also a need to exchange visits at the highest level from both sides. It will not only bring us closer but enhance our links and further strengthen our political, economic and people-to-people ties.

Our discussions today have once again shown that there is much to gain by sharing our experiences in various fields such as capacity building.

On our part we are ready to give as much assistance as we can and share all our experience with CARICOM countries.

For instance, during his visit to the region in 2014 Prime Minister Modi had offered to share India's experience in IT sector and we have been setting up IT Centres of Excellence in various countries of LAC region.

We would be happy to extend cooperation to set up such centres in the countries who do not yet have them.

We have also been offering concessional financial credit to some CARICOM countries for projects in sectors such as irrigation, drinking water, infrastructure, agriculture and renewable energy. We would be happy to extend such soft loans to other countries in CARICOM as well.

We would be happy to share our experiences on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that was adopted during the UN Summit in September 2015.

We also look forward to cooperation with all CARICOM countries on various global issues in multilateral forums.

Let me in the end once again thank you for participating in this meeting and invite youto visit India at your earliest convenience.

Thank you.

New York
September 19, 2017
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