ILULISSAT, Greenland -- Leaders of the Overseas Countries and Territories Association (OCTA) are expected to sign on Tuesday a declaration outlining the path they wish for future relations with the European Union to take and a focus on green growth for economic stability.
The one-day OCTA session in Ilulissat, Greenland precedes the 11th OCT-EU Ministerial Forum, which begins on 26 September there.
The Caribbean OCT Council held an extra-ordinary meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Sunday. The intention is for each grouping to present a uniformed voice at the OCTA and later the ministerial conference, which will look at the relationship with the European Union and its Overseas Dependencies.
Tuesday’s session is expected to include panel discussions comprising five heads of delegations. Each panellist is to make a five-minute presentation on one of four elements of green growth; sustainability as an economic driver or political visibility, dialogue and OCTA or financial services and tourism or erosion of trade preferences and competitiveness; based on their OCTs experience and the vision towards the issue at stake.
The moderator, Professor Dimitry Kochenov, will sum up the conclusions from the discussions, which will form part of the chair’s report from the OCTA group to the forum.