PORT OF SPAIN: 14TH JUNE, 2022
Senator the Honourable Amery Browne, Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs met with His Excellency Gianni Piccato, Special Envoy for the Caribbean from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation during a Courtesy Call on Monday 13th June, 2022 at the Ministry’s headquarters.
The Meeting between Minister Browne and Ambassador Piccato served to discuss matters of mutual interest to the bilateral relations between the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and the Italian Republic. Discussions focused on a number of matters including: Trinidad and Tobago’s candidature for the President of the United Nations General Assembly for the period 2023 to 2024, in the person of the Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations in New York, His Excellency Dennis Francis; the ensuing discussions between Italy and CARICOM Member States toward finalizing a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the field of Sustainable Development; and the challenges faced by Middle-Income Countries, such as Trinidad and Tobago and most other CARICOM Member States in accessing needed concessional financing, and the need to revisit metrics for determining levels of development, including factoring-in vulnerability.
The meeting ended cordially with Minister Browne and Ambassador Piccato reiterating their commitment to continued dialogue and to the strengthening of diplomatic relations.
Ambassador Piccato’s official visit to Trinidad and Tobago was a part of a tour of the Caribbean countries comprising his area of jurisdictional responsibility. His Excellency is Italy’s third Special Envoy to the Caribbean since the position was created in 2015 to facilitate dialogue between Italy and Caribbean countries.