“We have agreed to share experiences and strategies in an effort to develop small and medium size enterprises in the private sector. We have also agreed to work together as part of gains in transnational crime and for citizen security,” saidSurinamese President Desi Bouterese, the current chairman of the 15-nation regional bloc, in a post-summit news conference.
He said Mexican cooperation will go a long way in helping the community weather some of the effects of the current economic climate.
On Sunday, Mexico and CARICOM signed two agreements to boost cooperation on largely high-tech education and rebuilding earthquake-torn Haiti.
“Mexico and CARICOM will also be working closely with our member state Haiti as we seek … the reconstruction process of that country following the 2010 earthquake. The community used the opportunity to thank Mexico for its assistance. The community is looking forward to working with Mexico and Haiti to fulfill the objectives of the memorandum of understanding and cooperation towards Haiti which was signed on Sunday,” Bouterse said.
Calderon also promised to aid the region in combating natural disasters and climate change, Bouterse told reporters.
“In the environment, we committed to continue to fight climate change and to take into account in particular the impact of climate change on small island states, global warning and growth of the level of the sea, as well as to renew serious international long term action in terms of mitigation and adaptation,” Calderon said.