ST. JOHN, Antigua, Friday January 27, 2012 – Antigua & Barbuda Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer will on Friday sign a bilateral cooperation agreement with Martinique, less than a year after inking a deal with Guadeloupe, another French Overseas Territory.
This concludes several weeks of negotiations and consultation between the Office of the National Authorising Officer (NAO) and the Regional Council of Martinique on the “Declaration of Intention of Cooperation”.
Prime Minister Spencer and Serge LETCHIMY, President of the Regional Council of Martinique will sign the agreement following meetings with Ambassador of France to the OECS Member States Michel Prom and a representative of the French Development Agency.
The agreement relates to the coordination of projects and activities that would facilitate closer ties within the Programme INTERREG, IV “Caribbean” and the 10th European Development Fund Caribbean Regional Indicative programme, a release from the Office of the Prime Minister stated.
Spencer’s visit comes on the heels of the unanimous decision of the 54th meeting of the OECS Authority in respect of the application of Martinique and Guadeloupe for closer relations with the sub-regional grouping.
The prime minister is accompanied by Ambassador Dr. Clarence Henry, the NAO for the EDF Programme and Calvin Ambrose, the Executive Director of the Antigua and Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute.
In July last year, Antigua & Barbuda and Guadeloupe signed an agreement for cooperation in areas such as renewable energy, tourism and agriculture.
Cabinet had agreed to begin negotiations with the French overseas departments in the context of CARIFORUM-European Union Economic Partnership Agreement, which the country signed in 2008.