CARICOM Day 2020 is like no other in our history. Today, we celebrate in an environment dominated by the continuing health and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the Caribbean, the region – including Belize – has done relatively well in addressing the current crisis. So far, we have demonstrated that capacity for resilience; that has been the hallmark of our response to the numerous challenges faced over time. Today, we celebrate the 47th anniversary of the Treaty of Chaguaramas! Notably, the treaty that establish the Caribbean Community signed on July 4, 1973.
This year marks the 47th Anniversary of CARICOM Day, and in that time, there is much of which we can be proud. What we have demonstrated time again in the face of persistent devastation from natural disasters is a steely resilience, and an ability to rebound and restart. Meanwhile, the bedrock of that characteristic is the spirit and determination of Caribbean people, and the banding together of our Member States in times of adversity. It is that spirit of togetherness and determination that will help to extricate us from this latest assault on our efforts to build a safe, secure and prosperous Community that benefits all of our citizens.
As we celebrate our anniversary, let us reflect on what each of us can do to keep our Community safe and to contribute to the revival of our economies.