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Signature of the M
2018-11-22
Signature of the M
Signature of the Memorandum of Understanding between the community of Saint-Martin and the Canary Islands
Signature of the Memorandum of Understanding between the community of Saint-Martin and the Canary Islands
President Daniel Gibbs is currently attending the 23 Conference of Presidents of the Outermost Regions (ORs), in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, alongside representatives of Europe's 8 RUPs. At the end of the conference, Saint-Martin will chair the CPRUP for a period of one year.

On his arrival, on November 21 November in Las Palmas, President Gibbs was greeted by his counterpart Canary President Fernando Clivajo, in the presence of the presidents and elected representatives of the other member territories. Among them, the president of the executive council of Martinique, Mr. Alfred Marie-Jeanne, Marie-Luce Penchard, 2e vice-president of the Region Guadeloupe and the elected representatives Guyana, Mayotte, Azores and Reunion.

Meeting at Casa De Colon, the Christopher Colon Museum in Las Palmas, Fernando Clivajo and Daniel Gibbs signed the Memorandum of Understanding between St. Martin and the Canary Islands to establish cooperation between the two territories in the context of the transfer of power Presidency of the Conference of Presidents (CPRUP).

By signing this MOU, the two territories wanted to demonstrate their firm will to strengthen their cooperation and inter-island coordination in areas of common interest for the well-being of their populations and the socio-economic development of their regions. . The Presidents thus wish to reinforce their political proximity through an amplified and more frequent technical cooperation between the Outermost Regions within the Conference of Presidents.

The MOU foresees concrete cooperation actions in promising areas such as Research, Development and Innovation (RDI), Renewable Energies, Tourism and Port Development, Adaptation to the effects of climate change and Youth Mobility.

At the end of the signing, President Clivajo and President Gibbs presented a beautiful photo exhibition organized by the Canary Islands government and the community of Saint-Martin, on the theme "Saint-Martin, the resilience of a island". Through the artistic prism of four photographers from Saint-Martin, Nathalie Beaurain, Claudio Arnell, Steph Déziles and Laurent Bayly, the many guests and the Spanish press were able to discover and feel the impact of the hurricane phenomenon on the territory and the formidable resilience inhabitants.

Punctuated by a joint press conference for the two Presidents, this first evening was an opportunity to strengthen the links between the ORs and to establish stronger cooperation on major European and overseas issues. Chair Gibbs, for his part, reaffirmed his willingness to continue cooperative efforts with the outermost regions and to work closely with the member territories.

Next meeting of the delegations, on Thursday 22 November, for the internal session of the CPRUP, which will be in particular the final annual declaration of the member territories, followed Friday 23 November, of the official partnership session in the presence of the King of Spain and European authorities.


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