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  • November, 2016


    Ending AIDS Requires Our Combined Efforts – CARPHA

    01 December 2016 / 16

    Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, CARPHA:  Statistics show that eighty-three percent of reported persons with HIV in the Caribbean are in the 15-54 year age group, with 50 percent of that group being 25-34 years old. CARPHA Executive Director, Dr. C. James Hospedales said “This means the HIV/AIDS epidemic has been moving steadily into younger and younger population groups.” He cautioned that “although significant gains have been made in reducing deaths due to...
  • November, 2016


    Embrace value of pursuing excellence’ – PM Stuart on Barbados 50th anniversary

    30 November 2016 / 10

    As Barbados celebrates its 50th anniversary of independence today, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart  rallied his countrymen and women to pursue excellence, since there was no room for mediocrity in “any area of our lives”. In a message to mark the occasion, Prime Minister Stuart said that the pursuit of excellence was the surest way of steering ourselves infallibly away from the muddy waters of all that is mediocre or of questionable quality.  There is just no...
  • Today is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

    25 November 2016 / 54

    By Lakshmi Puri, UN Assistant-Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director UN WomenNEW YORK, Nov 25 2016 (IPS) - Each year on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is commemorated. A commemoration in essence is an opportunity to reflect on the challenges, prove that progress can be made and celebrate victories. It is also a reminder of the obligations and the responsibility we all must own at both the private and the public level to ensure that...
  • Former Governor-General receives knighthood from Prince Harry

    24 November 2016 / 40

    Basseterre, St. Kitts – (SKNIS): An investiture ceremony was held Wednesday in the State Room at Government House where former Governor General of St. Kitts and Nevis, His Excellency Sir Edmund Wickham Lawrence, formally received his knighthood. Sir Edmund Lawrence was invested with the insignia of Knight Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George by His Royal Highness (HRH) Prince Henry (Harry) of Wales, who arrived in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis...
  • CARICOM observers declare satisfaction with Haiti’s elections

    22 November 2016 / 78

    After observing over 300 polling stations during Haiti’s presidential and legislative elections Sunday last, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Election Observer Mission (CEOM) has declared general satisfaction with the conduct of the poll in the French speaking CARICOM Member State.In its first post-elections statement, the Mission reported that the officers of Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) “not only displayed an improved competence, but a uniform execution of...
  • CRFM, FAO plan fisheries data reform for the Caribbean

    22 November 2016 / 80

    Belize City, Belize, (CRFM)—The coming of the digital age presents novel opportunities for the fisheries and aquaculture sector of the wider Caribbean to build a more robust data and information system. The system would augment the monitoring of production trends and traceability of catches, support more sustainable management regimes through increased people engagement, and facilitate stronger international and regional trade.The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the...
  • Towards clearer roadmaps for renewable energy in the Caribbean 17 NOV 2016

    17 November 2016 / 74

    Head of the Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency Unit (REEEU) at the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Tessa Williams-Robertson, has underscored the need for regional countries to strengthen their resource plans for projects in the renewable energy sector.Williams-Robertson was speaking on November 10, on the first day of a conference organized by the Barbados Renewable Energy Association entitled, Caribbean Sustainable Energy Independence: Making It Happen.  She was a panelist in the...
  • UTECH Jamaica to house Caribbean Regional Procurement Centre

    17 November 2016 / 68

    Professionalisation of public sector procurement in the Caribbean region has led to continually increasing demand for a cadre of highly skilled procurement professionals.Stronger procurement knowledge is needed to fulfil economic, government and private sector goals in the region, while ensuring more efficient use of scarce public resources in a region still burdened with debt following the recession of a few years ago.The Centre will support development of transparent public procurement...
  • CARICOM eyes positive outcomes from Morocco Climate Change meeting – Report

    16 November 2016 / 102

    Caribbean Community Heads of States, the CARICOM Secretary-General and senior environmental officers are in Marrakech, Morrocco, for the 22nd Meeting of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (COP 22), November 7-18, 2017. Discussions are focusing on the implementation of the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal, the Paris Agreement, approved at the Paris climate conference (COP21) in December 2015. CARICOM has consistently articulated that climate...
  • Door to ‘green’ economy open to CARICOM member states -President David Granger

    16 November 2016 / 92

    Marrakech, Morocco – (November 16, 2016) The ‘green’ state development agenda, which is being advanced by the Government of Guyana, presents opportunities for Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states to invest in eco-tourism and climate resilient agriculture and access opportunities for education and research in bio-diversity. This view was, today, advanced by President David Granger, during a meeting with Secretary-General of CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on the...
  • UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon hails ‘new dawn of cooperation on climate change,’ urges action on Paris accord

    16 November 2016 / 74

    15 November 2016 – Ten days after the entry into force of the Paris Agreement on climate change, world leaders showed strong support for the implementation of this agreement at the opening of the high-level segment of the United Nations Climate Conference in Marrakech, Morocco, (COP 22) today.“Countries have strongly supported the Agreement because they realize their own national interest is best secured by pursuing the common good. Now we have to translate words into effective...
  • Historic Climate Change Agreement in force from Today – CARICOM Member States signed on

    04 November 2016 / 142

    Several CARICOM Member States signed the Paris Agreement when the Book was opened for signature at the United Nations on 22 April 2016 The Paris Agreement on climate change will enter into force today, 4 November 2016, thirty days after the required minimum of States (55) – accounting for 55 per cent of total global greenhouse gas emissions – ratified the convention.The central aim of the Agreement is to keep global temperature rise during this century to well below 2...
  • CARICOM’s ‘political will’ to move agriculture forward impresses Pacific Islands

    04 November 2016 / 140

    by Kenton ChanceGEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman, – The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) may have made more progress in its agricultural sector than it realised, an official from the Pacific said, as his region takes lessons from the Caribbean for its first Pacific Week of Agriculture, slated to take place next year.Neil Netaf, senior advisor to the Ministry of Agriculture in Vanuatu, praised what he described as a political will within CARICOM after observing “frank” discussions...
  • Close collaboration enhancing Region’s development prospects – PM Rowley

    03 November 2016 / 118

    Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley at the 2016 IMF Caribbean Forum, in Port of Spain, 2-3 November 2016: There are both differences and similarities among us as a group. Three of the regional economies (Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Suriname) are commodity exporters while the others are largely dependent on tourism and remittances. However, we are all relatively undiversified economies and all highly vulnerable to developments in the US and UK. Above all we are...
  • CARICOM launches online skills movement applications

    01 November 2016 / 174

    n what is being viewed as a major development for the region, CARICOM is today expected to start the implementation of an online system that will dramatically improve the applications for free movement of skills in the region. [CARICOM has launched an online application forum to allow citizens of the regions to move freely and work in any member states.]CARICOM has launched an online application forum to allow citizens of the regions to move freely and work in any member states.The Ministry...
  • October, 2016


    Dominica national awards for CARICOM Secretary General and UWI Vice Chancellor

    31 October 2016 / 134

    ROSEAU, Dominica, Oct 28, CMC – The Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Irwin La Rocque and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Sir Hilary Beckles, are to be honoured by Dominica as the island celebrates its 38th anniversary of political independence from Britain on Thursday next week.La Rocque, a Dominica national, who is serving his second five year term as the region’s top public servant and Sir Hilary, the Barbadian-born...
  • We are not begging! CARICOM Official on Reparations

    31 October 2016 / 150

    We are not begging! That’s the word from Programme Manager, Culture and Community Development at the CARICOM Secretariat Dr. Hilary Brown in her remarks at a Reparations Rally held at the Derek Walcott Square in Castries Saint Lucia on Saturday. The event was preceded by a Reparations relay that was anchored by three time Olympian Levern Spencer.We are not living in the past; we are claiming what is rightly ours that was lost or stolen from us.  And most of all what we lost was...
  • Youth Forum, Reparations Baton Relay and Rally head to Saint Lucia

    27 October 2016 / 158

    The CARICOM Secretariat in collaboration with the St. Lucia National Reparations Commission (NRC) will be hosting three reparations themed events  in observance of October as Creole Heritage Month. The first event is a National Youth Forum on Friday October 28, which is celebrated as World Creole Day, observed every October 28 by the many countries worldwide where the same French-based Creole (Kwéyol) is spoken. The main speaker at the Youth Forum will be Vladimir Lucien, a...
  • Caribbean Fisheries Ministers meeting in Cayman Islands

    27 October 2016 / 168

    The Ministerial Council of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), the top policy and decision-making arm of the CARICOM agency, is meeting today in Grand Cayman for its 6th Special Meeting. The meeting is being held as part of the Caribbean Week of Agriculture, which is being hosted in Cayman under the theme, “Investing in Food and Agriculture.”High on the Ministerial Council’s agenda are plans to develop marine capture fisheries and...
  • OECS official expresses support for CARICOM HRD Strategy

    27 October 2016 / 115

    Head of the Human and Social Development Cluster at the OECS Mr. Marcellus Albertin has expressed the support of the OECS Commission for the development of  the CARICOM HRD strategy. He was bringing opening remarks at a CARICOM HRD Consultation with OECS Member States in St.Lucia on Monday.We see this process as important as the final document that will come out of it.  It is an opportunity to reflect on what we are doing in education in the OECS and in the wider CARICOM...
  • No shortage of coconuts, as Caribbean coconut water increases- CARDI boss

    27 October 2016 / 168

    GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, Demerara Waves – As the demand across the Caribbean grows for bottled coconut water, the Executive Director of the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute, Barton Clarke says the major challenge would be sufficient planting material.“The major constraint is going to be adequate amount of appropriate planting material given that we have to treat with three or four major international pests and diseases which attend on coconut,”...
  • Jamaica shares experience in reducing food import bill at CWA

    26 October 2016 / 160

    GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman, (Kenton Chance)  – The head of Jamaica’s largest farmers association says the rest of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) can draw on his country’s experience as the region continues to battle with its US$5 billion annual food import bills.Norman Grant, president of the Jamaica Agriculture Society (JAS), an umbrella association of farmers, has noted that Jamaica, through its “Grow What We Eat and Eat What We Grow” Campaign has over...
  • CARICOM SG tours farm during Caribbean Week of Agriculture

    25 October 2016 / 170

    CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (3rd left) joined the Premier of the Cayman Islands Hon. Alden McLaughlin (2nd right) on a tour of the CARDI (Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute) Research field on Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, Tuesday.  They were accompanied by Cayman Islands Minister of Community Affairs, Youth and Sport Mr. Ossie Bodden (2nd left) and CARDI officials. CARICOM SG, Ambassador Irwin LaRocqu (centre) and...
  • Investment, partnerships critical to agriculture

    25 October 2016 / 160

    Agriculture requires investment for the sector to flourish and be sustained, and policy-makers must create the environment which is attractive to investors. Policies and programmes that facilitate ongoing development, stimulate economic growth within the Region and promote food security also have to be put in place as a priority.This was the focus of the speakers at the Opening Plenary Session of the 14th Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) which got underway in the Cayman Islands on...
  • Perspectives on the 2016 Youth Development Index: Role of youth in building resilient economies for small states

    21 October 2016 / 200

    By Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Secretary-General, Caribbean Community (CARICOM)I am pleased to provide a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) perspective for the 2016 Youth Development Index, which is an important resource for youth stakeholders across the globe.Approximately sixty-three percent or nine million of the Caribbean Community’s population is under the age of 30. This implies that special policies should be developed to facilitate their involvement in the social and economic...
  • UWI Regional Task Force on Zika tracks rare neurological disorder

    21 October 2016 / 156

    The Caribbean has moved one step closer to uncovering the link between the Zika virus disease and a rare neurological illness. Once an obscure pathogen, the mosquito-borne Zika virus quickly spread to more than 40 countries in the Americas after an outbreak in northeast Brazil in early 2015. The outbreak could pose an economic burden of $3.5 billion on Latin America and the Caribbean alone, according to a World Bank estimate. Zika is now widely feared for causing...
  • CCRIF completes 29 million dollar payments to Member Governments affected by Hurricane Matthew

    21 October 2016 / 174

    The Regional Institution set up to provide rapid cash flow support to Member States after major natural disasters has paid almost 30 million US dollars to four countries affected by the recent passage of the destructive hurricane Matthew. The CCRIF-SPC (The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility – Segregated Portfolio Company) has announced that completed payments totalling US$29,204,248 were made to Haiti, Barbados, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent & the Grenadines on...
  • Reparations Baton passes to Antigua/Barbuda

    20 October 2016 / 180

    Following stops in Barbados and Guyana, the CARICOM Reparations Commission’s baton makes a stop in Antigua and Barbuda where a Reparations Relay will be held as part of National Heroes Day celebrations next Wednesday.The Baton was handed over by Dr. Hillary Browne, Programme Manager, Culture, CARICOM Secretariat, to Ambassador Anthony Liverpool of the Antigua/Barbuda Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the margins of the just ended Regional Services Sector symposium. Ambassador...
  • Training for establishment of a Labour Market Information System gets underway in Guyana

    19 October 2016 / 194

    In order to promote the free movement of skills within the Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME), the Caricom Secretariat is currently hosting a three-day workshop in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Protection on the establishment of a Labour Market Information System. According to Caricom’s Deputy Programme Manager of the Free Movement and Labour of the CSME Unit, Dr Olivia Smith, this week’s training is just the first part of a two-part session meant for...
  • Services Sector Stakeholders to present actionable plans to Antigua-Barbuda PM

    19 October 2016 / 158

    Services sector stakeholders from across the Region were Wednesday meeting in Working Groups to develop Strategies and Action Plans to carry priority areas of the sector forward over the next three years.The public and private sector stakeholders have been in Antigua and Barbuda since Monday for a Regional Symposium on  Services.  Today’s  Working Groups are focusing on Professional Services, Single Registration, Health and Wellness Services, Tourism Services, Financial...
  • EU Signs Declaration on Sustainable Energy with CARIFORUM

    19 October 2016 / 168

    The signing of a Joint Declaration on Sustainable Energy between the European Union, the European Investment Bank and CARIFORUM on reinforced co-operation in the field of sustainable energy was one of the highlights of the recently concluded EU-Caribbean Sustainable Energy Conference which was held in Barbados from 10-11 October. In addition, five renewable energy support programmes for the region totalling 54 million euros were also signed at the conference. These agreements are evidence of...
  • Creative mechanisms required to make service providers competitive – CARICOM Ambassador

    18 October 2016 / 180

    … there is need for us to turn the market access opportunities provided under the CSME, the OECS Economic Union and the EPA into market presence and penetration.The challenge here is that many of our service providers are small micro enterprises that have significant internal capacity constraints.The recommendations and Action Plan emanating from this Symposium should also address such difficulties. Creative technical and financial mechanisms must be established to address our...
  • PM Outlines Action Plan For Aid To Haiti And Bahamas

    18 October 2016 / 152

    The Honourable Prime Minister and Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit, on Friday, outlined a plan of action to be taken by member states in aid of Haiti and the Bahamas.The Honourable Prime Minister held a press conference on Friday, October 14th, to report on his visit to the two islands following Hurricane Matthew.At the press conference the CARICOM Chairman revealed that in Haiti two towns in the west were severely affected; Les Cayes and Jeremie.He...
  • Unlock the youth potential – Services Sector stakeholders urged

    18 October 2016 / 134

    Our youth have fresh perspectives, the energy and the willingness to learn and all that is needed to unlock their potential, is the chance to do so, from the people who have the power to provide opportunities. We need to highlight all professions, and showcase their importance to the development of the region, rather than tell our youth that in order to be successful you need to sit in an office or be a lawyer or doctor.A precise description of the job market is needed, which provides an...
  • CDB Approves USD24.1 mn Education Project in Saint Lucia

    18 October 2016 / 188

    The Board of Directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved USD23.4 million (mn) in financing for a project, which aims to strengthen Saint Lucia’s education system to better address the needs of diverse learners.The Saint Lucia Education Quality Improvement Project (EQuIP) will support the enhancement of mechanisms and capacity for improved planning, leadership and delivery of education services; the rehabilitation, renovation and/or expansion of physical infrastructure...
  • Services Sector critical to Region’s survival – Antigua/Barbuda’s Trade, Industry Minister

    18 October 2016 / 162

    Stakeholders in the Region’s Services Sector who have gathered in Antigua and Barbuda for a development symposium have been warned that the Region’s very survival was linked to the performance of the sector and their efforts to make it succeed. Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Trade, Industry, Sports and Culture Chet Greene told the Symposium’s Opening Ceremony, Monday, that Services continue to be the economic engine for the CARICOM/CARIFORUM region, impacting...
  • Guyana to benefit from US $18,000 PANCAP project

    18 October 2016 / 178

    Member states of the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP) like Guyana, stand to benefit from a US $18,000 health project aimed at pushing early antiretroviral therapy for persons living with HIV. The 18-month PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief)-USAID funded initiative is being implemented by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs under the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) project. One of the project’s aims is to enhance...
  • Seeking growth in Services: Stakeholders open symposium Monday

    18 October 2016 / 166

    A wide cross section of stakeholders in the Region’s services sector began a three day symposium in Antigua and Barbuda Monday, aimed at developing strategies and action plans to boost investment, output, employment and trade in the sector.The event will focus on increasing business in several priority areas including:Professional Services Information and Communication technologies (ICT) Financial Services Health and Wellness Services Cultural, Entertainment and Sporting Services...
  • Delayed Haiti elections to go ahead November 20

    16 October 2016 / 180

    Port-au-Prince (AFP) - Haiti, whose long-overdue presidential elections were further delayed when Hurricane Matthew ravaged the island nation killing hundreds and causing massive destruction, will finally vote on November 20, officials said Friday.Haitians had been due to head to the polls last week, but the elections, in which voters will cast ballots for both presidential and legislative candidates, were postponed due to the havoc.According to the latest report by Haiti's civil...
  • Dominica donates US$100,000 to hurricane-ravaged Haiti, The Bahamas

    13 October 2016 / 212

    ROSEAU, Dominica, Dominica News Online – Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, has said the government of Dominica has donated US$100,000 to The Bahamas following the passage of Hurricane Matthew.US$100,000 was also donated to Haiti, the hardest hit by Matthew, to meet that country’s immediate needs.Skerrit, who is a heading a CARICOM delegation to the affected countries as Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Governments, arrived in The Bahamas on Wednesday after visiting Haiti....
  • ‘Serious situation’ in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew – CDEMA Head

    13 October 2016 / 206

    NASSAU, Bahamas, CMC — The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) says “a serious situation” is developing in in Haiti after it was ravaged by Hurricane Matthew last week.“There are still five or so communities, maybe a little more, where we have not been able to establish communication. From the aerial assessment conducted, most of the buildings in that area were significantly destroyed.“And if I may use this analogy, it is almost as if a bomb...
  • “Serious situation” in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew

    13 October 2016 / 172

    NASSAU, Bahamas, Oct 13, CMC — The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) says “a serious situation” is developing in in Haiti after it was ravaged by Hurricane Matthew last week.“There are still five or so communities, maybe a little more, where we have not been able to establish communication. From the aerial assessment conducted, most of the buildings in that area were significantly destroyed.“And if I may use this analogy, it is almost as if...
  • Haiti funding hurricane relief, aid must prioritize growth: president

    13 October 2016 / 156

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, (Reuters) – Haitian interim President Jocelerme Privert on Tuesday played down the international aid response to Hurricane Matthew, saying some promised foreign aid had yet to materialise and that the devastated country was mostly funding its own recovery.Southwestern Haiti was smashed by the Category 4 hurricane on Oct. 4, which barreled through the southern coast of the poor island nation, killing some 1,000 people and displacing hundreds of thousands.The storm has...
  • Antigua-Barbuda ambassador calls for reparatory justice from Harvard University

    13 October 2016 / 160

    WASHINGTON, USA -- Antigua and Barbuda’s ambassador to the United States, Sir Ronald Sanders, has called on Harvard University “to demonstrate its remorse and its debt to unnamed slaves from Antigua and Barbuda” whose lives were abused to establish the Harvard Law School (HLS).In a letter to Professor Drew Faust, president of Harvard University, Sanders recalled that the bequest of Isaac Royall Jr to Harvard College in 1781 that was used to create the first endowed...
  • Building an Energy Efficient Private Sector

    12 October 2016 / 208

    Bridgetown, BARBADOS, October 12, 2016.  The Executive Director of the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) Pamela Coke-Hamilton called on the Region’s private sector to drive forward with the adoption of renewable energy solutions at the EU-Caribbean Sustainable Energy Conference in Barbados.    “What we have found at Caribbean Export is that companies are increasingly eager to take corrective measures because it affects their bottom...
  • Youth agri-preneur Graceson John to showcase Big Gs Pepper Sauce at CWA

    12 October 2016 / 134

    Caribbean Week of Agriculture will be held in the Cayman Islands 24-28 October 2016. Leading up to this event, we are highlighting ten youngsters who will be participating in a Youth Pavilion exhibition during the CWA.Our youth agri-preneuer in focus today is  Graceson John, a 27-year-old from Dominica who specialises in flavoured pepper sauces, seasoning sauces and salad dressings.His business is called Big G’S Pepper Sauce. According to John, the...
  • PAHO says caribbean achieved nearly all health targets of un millennium development goals

    12 October 2016 / 160

    WASHINGTON, Oct 11, CMC – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says Caribbean countries have met almost all the health targets of the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).“As the result of 15 years of efforts, the countries of the hemisphere significantly improved the health of their populations,” said Kira Fortune, acting chief of PAHO’s Special Programme on Sustainable Development and Health Equity.In a report presented to the...
  • Manufactures pleased with suspension of cet on several items

    12 October 2016 / 102

    GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Oct 10, CMC – The Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) Monday said it has been successful in its application for the suspension of import duties on raw materials under the Common External Tarriff (CET).In a statement, GMSA that it had received support in its application to the Guyana-based Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat for the suspension from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.[gmsa] It said the single item rejected was Soya Bean Oil,...
  • CARICOM ACP-MEAs project helps Regional environmentalists prepare for Bio-diversity COP

    11 October 2016 / 266

    Regional environmental officers are attending a workshop to help them prepare for a major international conference on biodiversity, to be held in Mexico in December. The CARICOM ACP-MEAs project is hosting the regional workshop October 11-13 at the Grand Coastal Hotel in Guyana.The purpose of the workshop is to prepare Caribbean negotiators to participate in the 13th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which will be held in Cancun,...
  • Brexit costs region its voice

    11 October 2016 / 232

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will lose “an important voice” as a result of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union (EU), Prime Minister Freundel Stuart said today.He made the observation as he expressed “great concern” about the EU’s move to adopt a “differentiation” principle to determine support for the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.Stuart, who was addressing the inaugural EU-Caribbean Sustainable Energy...
  • Hurricane Matthew toll in Haiti rises to 1,000, dead buried in mass graves

    10 October 2016 / 162

    By Joseph Guyler Delva | PORT-AU-PRINCEHaiti started burying some of its dead in mass graves in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, a government official said on Sunday, as cholera spread in the devastated southwest and the death toll from the storm rose to 1,000 people.The powerful hurricane, the fiercest Caribbean storm in nearly a decade, slammed into Haiti on Tuesday with 145 mile-per-hour (233 kph) winds and torrential rains that left 1.4 million people in need of...
  • CDEMA offers operational support to Civil Protection Directorate in Haiti post Hurricane Matthew

    08 October 2016 / 282

    Six (6) experts from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) drawn from the CDEMA Coordinating Unit and the Participating States of Saint Lucia and Jamaica are now stationed in Haiti to provide operational support to the Civil Protection Directorate (CPD) in response to the widespread devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew. The experts are members of the CARICOM Operational Support Team (COST) and will provide support to coordination efforts in Jérémie and Les...
  • CARICOM governments ready to assist hurricane-hit Member States

    07 October 2016 / 190

    Several Caribbean Community (CARICOM) governments, including Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and Guyana, have indicated their readiness to assist Member States that were hit by Hurricane Matthew. On Monday, the Trinidad Express reported that the Trinidad and Tobago’s Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) stood ready to assist its Caribbean neighbours if required, according to Dr Stephen Ramroop, ODPM CEO. The Trinidad Guardian reported on Wednesday that Prime Minister Dr....
  • CARPHA Team deployed to the Bahamas in the Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

    07 October 2016 / 244

    The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has sent a team to the Bahamas to carry out rapid needs assessment following the passage of Hurricane Matthew. CARPHA is part of the Regional Response Mechanism (RRM) which is spearheaded by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).The islands of the Bahamas suffered severe impact from Hurricane Matthew on Thursday afternoon, forcing residents to flee their homes, damaging structures, and downing power lines and trees....
  • World Teachers’ Day: Valuing teachers, improving their status

    05 October 2016 / 136

    (UNESCO) This year World Teachers’ Day marks the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. It is also the first world Teachers’ Day (WTD) to be celebrated within the new Global Education 2030 Agenda adopted by the world community one year ago.This year’s theme, ‘Valuing Teachers, Improving their Status’, embodies the fundamental principles of the fifty-year-old Recommendation while shining...
  • Youngsters encouraged to make personal commitment to action

    05 October 2016 / 206

    Youngster across the Region were encouraged to make a personal commitment to  action in a recent Youth Day message delivered by Dr. Hilary Brown, Programme Manager, Culture and Community Development at the CARICOM Secretariat. She delivered the message in Belize on Friday on behalf of Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community.See text from the message below:Good MorningIt’s wonderful to be here with so many youth leaders to...
  • Saint Lucia Reparations Committee welcomes new CARICOM Youth Ambassador

    05 October 2016 / 220

    The Saint Lucia National Reparations Committee (NRC) has congratulated the island’s newest CARICOM Youth Ambassador and welcomed her role as Coordinator of the 2016 CARICOM Reparations Baton Relay planned for 29 October, 2016.Alisha Ally, a senior staffer at the Government Information Service (GIS), will serve as Saint Lucia’s CARICOM Youth Ambassador for the next two years — and one of her first assignments is assisting the Saint Lucia NRC...
  • Hurricane Matthew Impacts Haiti With 145 Mile-Per-Hour Winds And Heavy Flooding

    04 October 2016 / 240

    Les Anglais, Haiti braced itself for Hurricane Matthew’s landfall around 7 a.m. Tuesday morning (Oct. 4), Mic reports. Winds are gusting at nearly 145 miles per hour, and up to 40 inches of rain could fall upon the country.Authorities have requested families to seek shelter in churches or schools due to the weak infrastructure of their homes against the powerful storm.“We are looking at a dangerous hurricane that is heading into the vicinity of western Haiti and...
  • Caribbean countries to make climate-friendly cooling bankable

    04 October 2016 / 268

    More than 50 policy-makers, bankers and project developers from the Region, gathered in St. Kitts and Nevis September 12-15, to discuss and enhance their knowledge on diverse approaches to energy efficiency in the cooling sector.Participants from 15 Caribbean countries attended the two workshops. The training was intended to further mainstream the integration of energy efficiency solutions in the cooling sector into climate and environmental protection. It was also geared at addressing the...
  • USAID Caribbean Clean Energy Program And CHTA Forge Collaborative Partnership To Bolster Energy Efficiency In The Caribbean’s Hotel Sector

    04 October 2016 / 226

    FAJARDO, Puerto Rico, Sunday October 2, 2016 – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Caribbean Clean Energy Program (CARCEP) yesterday signed a collaboration agreement with the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) in a landmark move to bolster energy efficiency in the Caribbean’s hotel sector, the largest electricity consumer sector in the region.The agreement, which was signed during the official ceremony of the Caribbean Hospitality...
  • CARPHA Unravels the “Mystery” Behind the Zika Numbers

    03 October 2016 / 196

    The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) reports that positive Zika cases confirmed by laboratory testing represents only the “tip of the iceberg.”  This means that the number of confirmed Zika cases published in the media are only a small number of infected persons, who were tested and confirmed as positive for having the disease.Executive Director, CARPHA, Dr. C. James Hospedales said “often times when the figures of confirmed laboratory cases of diseases such as...
  • UNDP and Global Fund sign a new $7 million grant to address human rights barriers to HIV services in eight Caribbean countries

    03 October 2016 / 218

    New York- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Fund have signed a new US$7 million grant to address human rights barriers to HIV services in eight Caribbean countries – Belize, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. The funds will focus on promoting and protecting human rights and access to HIV services for key populations such as men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers, marginalized young people and...
  • September, 2016


    Eastern Caribbean Development Partners Group convene post Tropical Storm Matthew while the North-Western Caribbean braces for hurricane impact

    30 September 2016 / 244

    A meeting of the Eastern Caribbean Development Partner Group – Disaster Management (ECDPG-DM) was convened at the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) on Thursday September 29, 2016 to discuss the impact caused by the passage of Tropical Storm (TS) Matthew. Thirty-five (35) members representing various regional and international development agencies were present to receive a preliminary impact assessment provided by CDEMA.  This was based on national situation...
  • Regional Youth Leaders urged to help shape solutions for climate change and other issues

    30 September 2016 / 290

    Participants at the fourth staging of the  Caribbean Youth Leaders’ Summit in Belize were encouraged to help shape the framing of solutions for issues such as climate change, reproductive health rights and reparations for native genocide slavery.  This charge was given to them by Programme Manager for Culture and Community Development at the CARICOM Secretariat Dr. Hillary Brown.  She was making remarks at the opening ceremony of the Summit which concluded on...
  • Caribbean declared measles free

    28 September 2016 / 200

    WASHINGTON, United States CMC — The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says the Americas including the Caribbean, is the first in the world to have eliminated measles, a viral disease that can cause severe health problems, including pneumonia, blindness, brain swelling and even death.“This achievement culminates a 22-year effort involving mass vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella throughout the Americas,” said PAHO, adding that the declaration of measles...
  • Caribbean leaders at UN warn of region’s ‘economic collapse’ under US, EU decision on banking

    27 September 2016 / 276

    Given their size and limited choices for economic expansion, small island States like Saint Lucia have looked to the more advanced economies for innovative means of economic development, the tiny country’s Prime Minister told the United Nations today, among many speakers from the region who said they now find themselves being penalised as tax havens by the very architects of such strategies.Having adopted programmes created by wealthy countries, such as ‘Citizenship by...
  • 15 CARICOM nationals start specialised fisheries training in Australia15 CARICOM nationals start specialised fisheries training in Australia

    27 September 2016 / 240

    Belize City, Friday (CRFM)—Fifteen fisheries personnel from the Region travelled to Australia this week to participate in a specialised training course on ‘Enhancing Fisheries Management Capacity in the Caribbean Region’.The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) partnered in developing the four-week course, to strengthen the Region’s capacity in fisheries law and fisheries...
  • Financing SDGs a major concern for CARICOM

    24 September 2016 / 258

    (United Nations Radio) Ensuring financing so that they can meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is among the top concerns for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the man leading the regional bloc has said.Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque said the organisation also wants the Region to be counted as a distinct group when it comes to measuring statistical progress towards the 17 goals.The SDGs aim to eradicate extreme poverty, promote greater equality and protect the planet.Caribbean...
  • Regional planners, stakeholders meet as Agriculture Policy Programme winds down

    24 September 2016 / 290

    Gros Islet, Saint Lucia, September 26-27, 2016 – The Caribbean Action under the Agricultural Policy Programme (APP) is all about working together to strengthen agriculture in the Caribbean. The APP is certainly not the first agriculture project in the Caribbean and it won’t be the last. Many organizations and projects have previously contributed advances in the industry and have generated solid platforms upon which even greater gains can be achieved. That understanding has been...
  • President Granger co-chairs special meeting between CARICOM Heads, UN SG

    24 September 2016 / 270

    Georgetown, Guyana – Ministry of the Presidency (September 23, 2016) – President David Granger, today, co-chaired a special meeting in New York, which was convened at the request of United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon with the aim of engaging Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of States on issues affecting countries in the Region and to bid farewell to them as he is preparing to demit office in December.The President described the Secretary-General as a...
  • Collaboration key to creating single ICT space – Barbados Telecommunications Minister

    23 September 2016 / 270

    (Barbados Government Information Service) Minister responsible for Telecommunications in Barbados, Senator Darcy Boyce, has stressed the importance of collaboration between Caribbean countries if the regional vision of a single ICT (Information and Communications Technology) space is to be achieved.Senator Boyce, who is also president of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), was speaking yesterday at the opening ceremony of the 2016 ICT Week, taking place at the Crane Resort under the...
  • PM Harris speaks at Clinton Global Initiative event

    23 September 2016 / 230

    BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, SEPTEMBER (PRESS SEC) – Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris was a featured participant in a small group discussion organised by the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) as part of the three-day CGI 2016 Annual Meeting in New York City.  The small group discussion titled Combating Teen Pregnancy, Cervical Cancer, and HIV in Caribbean Girls and Women was held from 2:00pm to 3:30pm on  Wednesday, 21 September, the final day of the CGI 2016 Annual...
  • CARICOM proud of Paralympic athletes – Secretary-General

    21 September 2016 / 222

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is proud of the achievements regional athletes recorded at the Paralympic Games held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this month.In a congratulatory message, CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque singled out world record setting gold medal winner Akeem Stewart of Trinidad and Tobago for special praise.“His performances were the highlight of the Region’s participation in these Games and epitomised the...
  • Climate Change & Disaster Risk Management: Prepare, Respond, Recover

    20 September 2016 / 278

    ADDRESSING THE CHALLENGES OF CLIMATE CHANGE THROUGH DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT WILL BE THE FOCUS OF A TWO-DAY MEETING HOSTED BY THE EU-FUNDED INTRA-ACP APPGros Islet, Saint Lucia, September 19, 2016 – “Climate has changed; climate will change and climate demands change”, said Dr. Michael Taylor, a Physicist at a Climate Studies Group in the Caribbean in 2012. He was right. Climate change doesn’t just mean a few more hot days at the beach or a greater need for air...
  • CARICOM Deepens Regional Partnerships to Address De-risking

    17 September 2016 / 352

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Saturday September 17, 2016 – The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has deepened its partnerships within the region in order to strengthen its efforts to address the withdrawal of correspondent banking services from some regional institutions.Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne, who is leading CARICOM’s advocacy on the matter, recently met with the heads of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Jamaica National Building Society...
  • The Bahamas elected Chair of Caribbean Tourism Organisation

    15 September 2016 / 318

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados  (15 September, 2016) – The Bahamas is now Chair of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), with the election of its Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe.The election took place on 15 September in Barbados at the organisation’s annual general meeting during the CTO’s State of the Tourism Industry Conference (SOTIC).Following his election, Mr. Wilchcombe stated: “I intend to build upon what [immediate predecessor Richard Sealy of Barbados]...
  • Clean energy entrepreneurs trained at boot camps

    15 September 2016 / 316

    Some 163 clean energy entrepreneurs have been trained at three boot camps hosted by the Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre (CCIC).The programme, which offers mentorship and guidance to entrepreneurs in the field of clean energy, is now inviting more companies to be a part of their upcoming boot camp in Antigua and Barbuda from September 27 to 29. The deadline for the applications is September 20.Organisations that qualify for the programme must be involved in areas of energy efficiency,...
  • PAHO calls for strengthening road safety legislation

    14 September 2016 / 298

    New report shows traffic fatalities are up in the Americas, primarily among motorcyclists. To reverse the trend, PAHO/WHO recommends adoption and enforcement of laws related to five key risk factors: speed, drinking and driving, and the use of motorcycle helmets, seatbelts and child restraints.Washington, D.C., 13 September 2016 (PAHO/WHO) – Deaths from road traffic injuries, mainly among motorcyclists, increased by 3% in the Americas between 2010 and 2013, according to the new...
  • Antigua PM discussed corresponding banking with CDB, JNBS

    14 September 2016 / 286

    (CMC) Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne met officials of the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) on the Region’s efforts to address the withdrawal of correspondent banking services.The meeting also discussed the upcoming conference on de-risking in October in Antigua and Barbuda.Correspondent banks, which are mainly large, international banks based in the United States of America, Europe and Canada, provide...
  • Help find solution to childhood obesity – CARPHA Head

    10 September 2016 / 296

    In a message commemorating Caribbean Wellness Day, head of CARPHA, Dr. James Hospedales is encouraging the Region to help find a solution to childhood obesity.According to him at least one in every five of our children is carrying unhealthy weight and is at risk of developing NCDs and other problems later in life. He said with such conditions prevalent in the Region, it was important to get and use solutions that might help with these challenges.The CARICOM Heads of Government Summit...
  • CAPE students to do Animation and Game Design

    09 September 2016 / 250

    Animation and Game Design will be a new addition to the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) offerings this academic year.The subject will comprise two units – ‘The Fundamentals of Animation and Game Design’, and ‘Interactive Design and Game Development’.Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, told JIS News that he is very excited, as “the entire education training system has to be re-aligned to labour market...
  • Partners focus on financing efficient cooling in Caribbean

    09 September 2016 / 288

    Caribbean and German development partners are collaborating to transform the cooling and energy efficiency sectors in the Region. The partners will conduct regional training workshops on the Economic Rationale for Energy Efficiency in the Cooling Sector next week in St. Kitts and Nevis. The Energy Programme of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat; the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB); and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), through the...
  • CDB funds workshop to improve service delivery in the tourism industry

    08 September 2016 / 340

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- For many countries in the Caribbean, a successful tourism industry is critical to social and economic growth and development. However, an increasingly competitive global tourism market has meant that Caribbean countries must find ways to differentiate themselves, in order to continue to attract visitors.One way to do this is to improve the level of service delivery that is provided by tourism-related micro, small and medium sized enterprises (MSMEs). The international...
  • Caribbean fisherfolk organisation looks to the future

    08 September 2016 / 302

    (St. Lucia News Online) Leaders of the Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations (CNFO) met at a two-day performance and planning workshop to discuss and critically assess the CNFO’s performance since its formation almost 10 years ago.They were joined in this exercise by representatives from partner organisations the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), Fisheries Division, Trinidad and Tobago, Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies of the University of...
  • Guyana to host PANCAP meetings

    05 September 2016 / 302

    Among issues to be discussed by the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) are the Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV and Congenital Syphilis. According to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, Guyana has been recognized as having one of the most successful Prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programs and is one of three countries being pitched on the Global Website to raise funds for the general funding for...
  • Suriname Emerges Winner of CANTO C.O.D.E 2.0 Hackathon

    03 September 2016 / 356

    San Juan, Puerto Rico – CANTO hosted the 32nd Annual Conference & Trade Expo at the Sheraton Puerto Rico with one of its main attraction being the 2nd Annual C.O.D.E Hackathon. CANTO C.O.D.E 2.0 was launched under the theme “Bridging the Caribbean Network” as part of CANTO’s overall objective to stimulate and promote an innovative Caribbean ecosystem.C.O.D.E 2.0 entailed 48 hours of non-stop coding by teams of programmers, who battled it out to create the most...
  • August, 2016


    CARILEC to host Renewable Energy Conference in St. Kitts

    31 August 2016 / 386

    PRESS RELEASE – The Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) prepares to host its 2016 CARILEC Renewable Energy Conference & Trade-show, in St. Kitts and Nevis.The Conference is co-hosted by St. Kitts Electricity Company (SKELEC), and will run from September 11th to 15th at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino under the theme ‘RE Ready…Are we REady?’.The keynote speaker, President José...
  • Bio-energy training conducted in Belize

    30 August 2016 / 360

    Representatives of various organisations in Belize were recently trained in the use of bio-energy resources as part of a course offered by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) in cooperation with the GIZ/REETA.The training, part of its capacity-building thrust, was conducted at the training centre of the CCCCC in Belmopan, Belize, and concluded on Friday. Participants were Gilroy Lewis, General Manager of the Belize Solid Waste Management Authority; Shahera...
  • Kim Collins hailed for accomplishments

    30 August 2016 / 304

    Basseterre, St. Kitts, August 26, 2016 (SKNIS): St. Kitts and Nevis’ National and International track and field sprint icon Kim Collins has been congratulated on Kim Collins Day, which was celebrated in the Federation on August 25.In a congratulatory message to Mr. Collins, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Youth and Sports, the Honourable Shawn Richards, reflected on the track and field star’s achievements.“I want to use this opportunity today, Kim Collins Day,...
  • CARPHA Must Receive Zika Blood Samples Within 5 Days of First Symptom

    27 August 2016 / 298

    With growing concerns over more people being infected with the Zika virus, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has said Zika blood samples, for laboratory confirmation, must be taken and sent to the agency no more than five days from the onset of the first sign of illness.Based on the technology the agency uses to perform the Zika tests, Executive Director at the CARPHA, Dr James Hospedales said any samples received after a five-day period may not be valid for testing.He pointed out...
  • Guyana seeks technical support for oil and gas take-off

    26 August 2016 / 334

    PRESIDENT David Granger on Thursday held discussions with top oil and gas officials of Trinidad and Tobago during a meeting at his Shiv Chanderpaul Drive office. T&T Minister of Energy and Energy Industries, Ms. Nicole Olivierre and Deputy Permanent Secretary in her ministry, Mr. Andre Laveau, met with Mr. Granger and Guyana’s Minister of Natural Resources, Mr Raphael Trotman.The Head of State said that as Guyana prepares to harness its oil and gas potential, the country is...
  • US$33M to finance climate change resilient infrastructure in Caribbean

    25 August 2016 / 436

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - Officials from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) have signed an agreement to provide US$33,000,000 towards financing sustainable infrastructure projects in the Caribbean region. At least 50 per cent of the funds will be used to fund climate change adaptation and mitigation projects.The agreement was signed last month at the CDB Headquarters in Barbados, by French Ambassador to the Organisation of...
  • CARICOM Athletes at Rio Olympics 2016 demonstrate Region’s capacity to lead

    24 August 2016 / 504

    In a congratulatory message to the athletes from CARICOM Member States at the just-concluded Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, CARICOM Secretary-General. Ambassador Irwin LaRocque stated their performance has demonstrated that the Region had the capacity to lead the world in any sphere, provided that the necessary discipline, commitment and focus” were applied.Full  text of message below: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is immensely proud of the...
  • CAPE performance remains consistent in 2016

    23 August 2016 / 450

    Performance in the 2016 Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) remained consistent with that of the past five years. Approximately 90 per cent of the entries achieved Grades I-V, which are the acceptable grades at CAPE.Thirteen per cent of the entries achieved Grade I, just under 20 per cent achieved Grade II, 23 per cent achieved Grade III, 20 per cent Grade IV and 14 per cent achieved Grade V.Performance improved in 19 of the Units offered this year. These include a ten-per...
  • ‘All of humanity is part of this story,’ UNESCO says on Day to remember slavery and its abolition

    23 August 2016 / 394

    23 August 2016 – The courage of the men and women who in August 1791 revolted against slavery in Haiti “has created obligations for us,” the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said on the day set aside for remembrance of that rebellion, noting that “all of humanity is part of this story” and efforts to teach the history of the slave trade will help build a better world.“The uprising was a turning point in...
  • CARICOM Secretariat conducts staff development sessions

    23 August 2016 / 410

    As the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat moves apace with the implementation of the Community Strategic Plan 2015-2019, it is actively pursuing staff development training designed to enhance skills in several areas for junior and senior members of staff.Under the auspices of the Office of the Deputy Secretary-General, Ambassador Manorma Soeknandan, the first training will have a broad focus on writing with an impact, conducted from 30 August to 9 September. Participants will benefit...
  • Seabob management plan soon to be submitted to CRFM

    23 August 2016 / 382

    (Georgetown, Guyana) – A Seabob Management Plan and Code of Conduct were completed and will be submitted to Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) in the third quarter of 2016 for external review. This has been outlined in the Ministry of Finance’s 2016, Mid-year report.The report states that the Seabob Working Group (SWG) has been ensuring that all is in place for the assessment to begin for the Marine Stewardship Certification (MSC). The Marine Stewardship Council is an...
  • Caribbean exporters urged to strengthen food safety systems

    19 August 2016 / 398

    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Aug. 18, CMC – Food manufacturers from across the region have been encouraged to strengthen food safety methods to achieve a greater level of international market access and trade.During a two-day workshop here, representatives from across the region were urged to raise their standards.The sub-regional workshop on “Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) Plan Development and Implementation” was attended by private sector...
  • Training for CARICOM’s Primary Disaster Relief Unit

    16 August 2016 / 478

    32 participants from the disciplined forces, including police, military and fire services, successfully completed four days of training in preparation for their role in providing relief and humanitarian assistance in the event of a disaster. The annual training workshop of the CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit (CDRU) was held at the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency’s (CDEMA) headquarters in Barbados from August 8th to 12th 2016. The training was facilitated by CDEMA in...
  • New ACS Secretary General to deliver inaugural reparations lecture

    16 August 2016 / 490

    Saint Lucia will take the reparations message to the rest of the Caribbean next week when one of its foremost scholars will deliver an inaugural lecture in an educational series to be launched here on Wednesday.The new Secretary General of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) Ambassador Dr June Soomer will deliver a live public lecture on the topic The Reparations Movement: “A Ragtag Collection of Racial Malcontents Matching to the Beat of Their Own...