Sign up for our PoliticsNY newsletter for the latest coverage and to stay informed about the 2021 elections in your district and across NYC
FIFA and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to strengthen their collaboration, with the aim of promoting sports integrity and social responsibility while furthering the development of football in the region.
FIFA said the landmark agreement was signed by CARICOM Secretary General, Amb. Irwin LaRocque and FIFA President, Gianni Infantino at a virtual ceremony attended by the presidents of the national football (soccer) associations of CARICOM countries, ministers of government and representatives of the countries, as well as CONCACAF President, Victor Montagliani.
“We are delighted to enter into this agreement with the Caribbean Community, the aim of which is to leverage our sport as a catalyst for social development in the region,” Infantino said. “Football has an incredible following in the Caribbean, and there is still great potential for additional growth.
“I am very happy to see that the countries understand the opportunities this brings in terms of social benefits for their communities, and we are looking forward to working hand in hand with them around this common goal,” he added.
LaRocque said: “I very much welcome this MOU and the partnership with FIFA.
“Many of our member states have established developmental programs using sports as a transformative agent,” he said. “The social, health and economic benefits of sport is (are) well appreciated and supported in