St Vincent and the Grenadines has played a significant role in maintaining and enhancing the relationship between the United Kingdom and Caribbean nations, most recently by hosting the UK Caribbean Infrastructure Conference 2023.
The event was a peek into the deep ties between the United Kingdom and Caribbean nations which share quite a lot of history, carrying their relationship into modern times as well.
The conference was organized as a joint venture by the Government of the United Kingdom and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). The primary aim of the conference was to bring together government dignitaries and representatives of private investing firms in a bid to improve upon project management in the Caribbean while also facilitating the progression of large infrastructural projects in the region.
The conference also focused on climate resilience and social inclusion as key factors in taking the Caribbean forward.
The conference was funded by the UK Caribbean Infrastructure Fund (UKCIF), which happens to be a 350 million Pound Sterling grant-funded programme, backed by the government of the United Kingdom.
Through this fund, the government of the United Kingdom looks to partner with entities in the Caribbean, in a bid to facilitate the building of inclusive infrastructure which is climate resilient and directly boosts economic growth in the Caribbean.
Beyond the conversation surrounding climate resilience, infrastructural growth and economic progress, the conference is seen as an excellent means of maintaining the strong relationship that Caribbean nations share with the United Kingdom.
This relationship manifests in multiple ways with regards to economic support, infrastructural development, a free cultural exchange and enhanced coordination and support at a diplomatic level.
Thus, it helps both parties gain significant levy on the international front where they can cooperate and stand united on various issues including climate change, sustainable development and sustained economic growth.