New foreign affairs minister leads delegation to Germany for important talks

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, high on the agenda for discussion are energy and energy efficiency, climate change and the environment, development policy and the fostering of closer commercial ties and investment flows between Europe and the Caribbean region.

“As a leading country in the areas of renewable energy and innovation, St. Kitts and Nevis is keen to strengthen this important partnership to fully maximize the potential of collaboration between Germany and the Small Island Developing States of the Caribbean. Building on years of spirited engagement, St. Kitts and Nevis is renewing this partnership to leverage Germany`s influence to ensure that national and regional priorities are kept high on the global agenda in multilateral fora such as the G20 and the International Financial Institutions,” the Ministry states in a release.

The Foreign Minister will be engaged in a two-day conference of the foreign ministers of Germany and the Caribbean Community in Berlin.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the two-day conference, at the invitation of the German foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, comes in advance of “critically important summits” in 2015, including the ll CELAC-EU Summit, the United Nations summit on the post-2015 development framework and the COP21 in Paris.  

“Germany has long been and continues to be a strategic ally of the Federation and the Caribbean Community on matters of global significance.  Despite only being sworn in to office a week ago, Minister Brantley considered it a priority to ensure representation by the Federation given the leading role that Germany plays in the context of the European Union and in the international arena on issues of mutual interest,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs indicated.

Brantley is accompanied by Eustace Wallace, second secretary at the joint Mission of the Eastern Caribbean States to the European Union and Dr. Peter Ahner, honorary consul of St. Kitts and Nevis based in Hamburg, Germany.

While in Berlin, Brantley will meet with German government officials in the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Development Cooperation, Economic Affairs and Energy and the Environment, as well as the Parliamentary Friendship Group for relations with the States of Central and South America at the German Bundestag. Minister Brantley will also meet with private sector representatives and will be hosted along with his Caribbean colleagues by the Latin America Initiative of German Business.

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