Carlos Amaro has been appointed as Ambassador of Portugal to the CARICOM. He stated that Portugal has historical and cultural ties with the Caribbean as the Portuguese descendants residing in the various Member States of CARICOM are an evident legacy of the bonds.
Amaro is the third ambassador to hold the position of Portuguese ambassador to the CARICOM.
In his opening remarks at a virtual ceremony, he stated that the appointment could develop CARICOM and Portugal’s bilateral cooperation in renewable energies, Oceans, tourism, and education, between each other.
“Portugal holds international cooperation and multilateralism fundamental and continues to be the best way to help overcome the pandemic and its economic consequences,” stated Carlos Amaro
Ambassador Amro said, “Within the EU, Portugal has been advocating for greater cooperation between the Union and Latin America and the Caribbean, particularly in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating effects and a stronger strategic partnership between both regions.”
He said one of the priorities has been revitalizing the bi-regional political relations at the highest level and noted that Portugal is also committed to strengthening the ties between the EU and the Latin American and Caribbean sub-regional blocs.
Ambassador stated that the Portuguese Presidency would focus on the discussion of the Council decision to authorize the signature and provisional application of the Post-Cotonou Agreement, which was believed to be a comprehensive, ambitious, and modern instrument, and a turning point compared to previous agreements.
Portugal has actively defended and repeated the concerns and ambitions of the Small Island Developing States prominently in areas where we share common interests, such as environmental security, weather variation, energy, blue economy, sustainable development and respect for International Law.
Portugal has made regular financial contributions to the Trust Fund to Support the Participation of Least Developed States (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the works of the Human Rights Council.