SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES, February 11 th , 2020 – A delegation led by
Honourable Sir Louis Straker; Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister met with
senior officials from the Government of the Republic of Ghana for the 5th preparatory
meeting towards the First Session of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines-Ghana
Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation (PJCC) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and Regional Integration in Accra, Ghana.
Honourable Saboto Caesar, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Rural
Transformation, Industry and Labour presented on issues and areas for cooperation in
root crop production, fisheries, cocoa technology, breadfruit and ackee. The Honourable
Minister explained that with St. Vincent and the Grenadines cementing itself as the
bread basket of the Southern Caribbean there must be deepening of the diversification
process. He added that, “we must ensure that when it comes to food, SVG must be the
country where you can get the supply of the widest variety of commodities”.
His Excellency Ambassador Ellsworth John; Non-Resident Ambassador of St. Vincent
and the Grenadines to the Republic of Ghana-Designate and Mrs. Sandy Peters-
Phillips; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce
presented on the ABCD Commission for the advancement of trading opportunities and
people to people exchanges.
The delegation participated in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on
Tuesday, 11 February, 2020 between both states at the First Session of the St. Vincent
and the Grenadines-Ghana Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation. At the
Session, opportunities for tourism, culture, investment, trade, agriculture and youth
development will be discussed.
The official visit to Ghana commenced on Monday, 10 February, 2020 and will end on
Friday, 14 February, 2020.