Posted: Friday, July 8, 2022. 10:02 am CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has issued a statement indicating that it is “shocked and saddened by the assassination of the former Prime Minister of Japan, the Honourable Shinzo Abe”.
CARICOM notes that in 2014, Abe became the first Prime Minister of Japan to visit the region and meet with Heads of Government taking to a new level the political engagement between CARICOM and Japan.
During that visit, PM Abe signaled Japan’s support in recognizing the vulnerability of small islands and low-lying coastal Developing States (SIDS) and expressed Japan’s willingness to take into consideration issues other than GDP per capita as criteria for determining the provision of official development assistance.
In addition, PM Abe reset CARICOM-Japan relations by outlining his country’s three-pillar Policy toward the Community.
“CARICOM is highly appreciative of Mr. Abe’s significant contribution to enhancing relations between the Region and Japan,” the statement said.
The community joined in extending condolences to the family of Abe, and the Government and People of Japan on the death of their longest-serving Prime Minister and “a man who made great efforts to reshape his country and its place in the world.”
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