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  • October, 2017


    Spain commits to post-hurricane economic recovery in CARICOM

    19 October 2017 / 16

    The Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) advocacy for resilient reconstruction within its Member States that were affected by the recent hurricanes, was positively acknowledged by the Government of Spain on Tuesday, 17 October, 2017.A newly accredited Plenipotentiary Representative of the Spain to CARICOM, His Excellency Javier Carbajosa Sanchez, said his country “will certainly contribute through the institutional channels already established, to promote economic...
  • Dominica Minister says Caribbean can learn from its rebuilding efforts

    19 October 2017 / 16

    Still recovering from the destruction caused by Tropical Storm Erika two years ago, the small island of Dominica was hit by Hurricane Maria – a category five storm about a month ago.The country’s entire infrastructure was left in ruins, leaving its population of approximately 74,000 people without potable water, electricity, shelter and food.Despite the challenges, Dominica’s Minister of Housing, Reginald Austrie told the News Room that other Caribbean States can use...
  • Hurricane recovery : Children to benefit from OECS-UNICEF “Return to Happiness Programme”

    19 October 2017 / 12

     214 children from Barbuda received psycho social  assistance, after the trauma of hurricane Irma, through the Return to Happiness Programme implemented from October 2-7 by 17 education specialists. The Saint-lucian elegation of volunteers, who successfully completed the first mission, will extend their operations to other affected countries.The passage of two category 5 hurricanes resulted in major material damage in several countries of the region and...
  • Message by the CARICOM Secretary-General on Caribbean Statistics Day

    13 October 2017 / 56

    MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY-GENERAL,CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY (CARICOM)AMBASSADOR IRWIN LAROCQUE ON THE OCCASION OF THENINTH OBSERVANCE OF CARIBBEAN STATISTICS DAY15 OCTOBER 2017This year’s observance takes place against the background of another significant achievement for Regional Statistics. CARICOM Heads of Government at their Thirty-Eighth Regular Meeting (July 2017) endorsed the preparation of a Regional Strategy for the Development of Statistics (RSDS) in CARICOM. ...
  • COTED green-lights Agriculture Regional Emergency Response team

    12 October 2017 / 52

    The Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) has approved the Regional Agriculture Emergency Response Sub-Committee to  provide prompt  action to help the agriculture sector in Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States to rebound after natural disasters.Approval came at the 71st Special Meeting of the COTED on Agriculture held at the CARICOM Secretariat on Friday 6 October, 2017.The 71st Meeting of COTED approved the Emergency Response Sub-CommitteeThe...
  • CARICOM Chair begins discussions in Washington

    11 October 2017 / 64

    Prime Minister Keith Mitchell at a meeting with World Bank team members responsible for the CaribbeanChairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and Grenada Prime Minister, Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, is currently in Washington DC. for the Small States Forum which he also chairs.He will also have talks with the International Financial Institutions. This morning, he met with World Bank representatives responsible for the Caribbean.Other CARICOM Heads of Government and...
  • CARICOM Secretary-General gets Guyana national award

    11 October 2017 / 60

    Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, on Friday received Guyana’s Cacique’s Crown of Honour (CCH). President of Guyana, His Excellency David Granger, bestowed the award on the Secretary-General at an investiture ceremony held at the National Cultural Centre in Georgetown, Guyana.Ambassador LaRocque was named among 69 persons honoured under the Order of Roraima of Guyana and the Order of  Service of Guyana, on the occasion...
  • September, 2017


    ‘Agriculture in Dominica, as we know it, now ceases to exist’ – OECS Commissioner

    27 September 2017 / 126

    Hurricane Maria has destroyed the agriculture sector in Dominica. The Category Five hurricane flattened Dominica on 18 September.Both the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) - which is leading the Community’s response to the disaster  – and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said that there was 100 per cent destruction of agriculture on the island. According to information released by...
  • Emotional PM Minnis outlines plan to assist Dominicans

    27 September 2017 / 136

    NASSAU, The Bahamas, Guardian – As he laid out a part of the government’s plan to assist Dominican children and their families today, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis choked back tears as he recounted the devastation that Hurricane Maria unleashed on the small island nation and expressed shame at the vitriolic response of some Bahamians to his pledge to assist Dominican students.“My government proposes to temporarily relax the immigration laws for a number of school children...
  • Dominica assured of continued CARICOM support – Chairman

    27 September 2017 / 120

    CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell has assured hurricane-ravaged Dominica of continued support from the CARICOM Family. Prime Minister Mitchell, along with CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Executive Director of CDEMA Ronald Jackson, Executive Director of the RSS Captain Errington Shurland, President of the CDB Dr Warren Smith and Barbados Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite toured Dominica, Tuesday.'  
  • Prime Minister Skerrit praises CARICOM solidarity as Chairman visits

    27 September 2017 / 98

    Prime Minister of hurricane-ravaged Dominica Roosevelt Skerrit on Tuesday welcomed CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell of Grenada to the island for a first hand view of the devastation.  Prime Minister Skerrit  praised the strong solidarity from CARICOM Governments and people.Share this:
  • Hurricane Maria could cost Dominica billions of dollars, says CDEMA

    26 September 2017 / 108

    REGIONAL disaster management and relief authorities are predicting that it will cost Dominica several billions of dollars to recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, which struck the Eastern Caribbean island last week, killing an estimated 20 people and leaving the small island nation in devastation. In the wake of the category five hurricane, there have been reports of persons desperately in need of food and shelter, while there have also been reports of security...
  • CARICOM Chairman leads delegation to hurricane ravaged Dominica

    26 September 2017 / 106

    CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell (2nd right) led a regional delegation to hurricane-ravaged Dominica on Tuesday, and met with Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit (right).The Chairman’s delegation included (from right) CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) Dr. Warren Smith, Executive Director of the Regional Security System (RSS) Captain Errington Shurland, and Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster...
  • Aid beginning to flow to Dominica – PM Skerrit

    26 September 2017 / 106

    Aid beginning to flow to Dominica – PM Skerrit Prime Minister of Dominica, the Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit has assured Dominicans, that aid was beginning to flow into the country.View image on TwitterIn an address on Monday morning, the Prime Minister, provided the assurance and detailed the forms of assistance that were imminent.Listen to his address:In an address on Monday morning, the Prime Minister, provided the assurance and detailed the...
  • Hurricane Maria relief efforts – comprehensive list, contact information

    25 September 2017 / 180

    Hurricane Maria relief efforts – comprehensive list, contact information September 25, 2017 @ 11:26 am  September 25, 2017 @ 11:26 am  No Comments Yet As you all know Hurricane Maria has left the nation of Dominica completely crippled, cutting off electricity, telecommunication and water supplies across the island. The destruction is unparalleled. Although assessments are still being made and communication is slowly being restored it has become...
  • Hurricane Maria Kills three in Haiti

    22 September 2017 / 104

    PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Sep. 22, CMC – Three people were killed on Thursday as heavy rains stemming from the close passage of the powerful Hurricane Maria, lashed sections of Haiti.The police report that early Thursday, a 45-year-old man drowned as he attempted to cross the Grand Ravine River and two people in the district of Cornillon were killed by lightning.The authorities reported that just over 33 shelters were opened in the Artibonite department in the western end of the country...
  • What Dominica Needs

    22 September 2017 / 128

       Prime Minister of Dominica, the Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit, has appealed for all to join forces to mobilise to bring relief to Dominicans in the wake of the devastation of Hurricane Maria.In an interview on Thursday on ABSTV in Antigua and Barbuda, he said that rebuilding the country will require everyone’s support, particularly the Dominican Diaspora.He underlined the need for beds/cots and bedding, hygiene kits, comfort kits, water and food...
  • CARPHA ready to assist Dominica

    21 September 2017 / 160

    The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), has deployed members of its staff, who have joined sister CARICOM institution, Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), to carry out rapid needs assessment in Dominica.Dominica suffered widespread devastation to homes and infrastructure after Hurricane Maria, the second major storm to hit the Caribbean this month made landfall on the island on Monday.CARPHA’s team will add its expertise to the water, sanitation and...
  • US stands in solidarity with Dominica, Caribbean

    21 September 2017 / 98

    The United States said it stands in solidarity with the people of Dominica and all those across the Caribbean region affected by the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria.A message of solidarity from the US Department of State said that the US stands “ready to work with you and our international partners to provide immediate disaster relief. We are in the process of coordinating the best possible package of assistance”.“The recent natural disasters...
  • Dominica beaten, but not down – Principal Adviser to PM Skerrit

    20 September 2017 / 132

    Speaking on ABSTV/Radio via satellite phone, Mr. Henry gave an update on the widespread damage that the island suffered following a direct hit by Hurricane Maria on Monday. He described the situation was “very grim”. Communication on the island is minimal. All cell towers and telephone systems are down and will be for “a little while”, he said. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is currently using satellite phone donated yesterday by the French government and...
  • Maria knocks out Montserrat’s electricity

    20 September 2017 / 142

    Montserrat’s National Disaster Preparedness Response Advisory Committee (NDPRAC) Press StatementThe National Disaster Preparedness Response Advisory Committee (NDPRAC) has issued a “ partial all clear” for Montserrat with immediate effect.This means that only essential services are allowed on the roads to ensure works are carried expeditiously to clear all roads and restore essential services island wide.Electricity is off island wide and most of the road network across...
  • Guyana’s land space can serve as ‘gift’ to the Caribbean battered by hurricanes – President Granger

    20 September 2017 / 200

     President David Granger speaking to the Guyanese media corps who are currently covering the United Nations General Assembly in New YorkNews Roon, Guyana  –  Guyana’s vast landscape can serve as a “gift” to Caribbean islands devastated by recent hurricanes, President David Granger said today as he sought to get the dangers posed by climate change firmly on the international agenda.“We are the largest CARICOM (Caribbean Community) state and we...
  • Early damage assessment in Dominica – Hurricane Maria

    20 September 2017 / 168

       he Regional Security System (RSS) conducted an aerial reconnaissance on September 19, 2017 using one of its C26 aircraft of #Dominica after the passage of #HurricaneMaria.See footage of some of the damaged areas above.
  • “Widespread Devastation!” – Dominica’s Prime Minister Skerrit

    19 September 2017 / 154

    "Statement by Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit following last night’s passage of Category 5 Hurricane Maria over the island.Prime Minister Roosevelt SkerritInitial reports are of widespread devastation. So far we have lost all what money can buy and replace. My greatest fear for the morning is that we will wake to news of serious physical injury and possible deaths as a result of likely landslides triggered by persistent rains.So, far the winds have swept away the...
  • Hurricane Maria pummels Caribbean island of Dominica as Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico brace for impact

    19 September 2017 / 174

    Hurricane Maria slammed into the Caribbean island of Dominica as a Category 5 storm with "merciless" 160 mph winds Monday night, and the storm, deemed "potentially catastrophic" by the National Hurricane Center, is now headed for the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.Maria is expected to move over the northeastern Caribbean Sea today and is forecast to "remain an extremely dangerous category 4 or 5 hurricane" as it approaches the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico tonight and Wednesday, the National...
  • CARPHA Deploys Staff to Assist Hurricane-Devastated British Virgin Islands

    16 September 2017 / 102

    On Sunday, September 10, 2017, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), as part of the Regional Response Mechanism (RRM) which is spearheaded by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency Coordinating Unit (CDEMA-CU), deployed a member of staff to assist the British Virgin Islands (BVI) in the post-Hurricane Irma Response.    Irma, a category 5 hurricane with winds up to 185 mph affected Anguilla, Barbuda, BVI, Haiti, Turks and Caicos and other islands earlier this month....
  • Devastated Barbuda - CARICOM Delegation continue asssessment

    14 September 2017 / 186

    Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Mr. Gaston Browne joined CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell of Grenada, and Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on a tour of the hurricane ravaged island of Barbuda, Wednesday.Hurricane Irma destroyed or damaged more than 90 percent of Barbuda’s houses and the entire population has since been transferred to Antigua.The CARICOM Chairman and Secretary-General got a first hand view of the devastation and the opportunity...
  • United Nations deploying aid and personnel to Irma-affected Caribbean territories

    06 September 2017 / 194

    THE UNITED NATIONS SYSTEM is deploying staff and assistance to meet the needs of vulnerable Caribbean citizens in the path of record-breaking Hurricane Irma. Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have unique economic, environmental and social vulnerabilities that are exacerbated in severe natural crises.“Hurricane Irma is an unprecedented threat to the Caribbean. The United Nations is working closely with the CDEMA-led Regional Response Mechanism (RRM) and the affected...
  • August, 2017


  • Regional Network launched to collaborate on Zika, other vector borne diseases

    30 August 2017 / 198

    [CariVecNet] Mosquito borne diseases continue to impact the Caribbean’s social, economic and health sectors. Recent outbreaks of Zika (2016), and Chikungunya (2014) and the continued circulation of Dengue, highlight the need for an integrated approach to the prevention and control of these vector borne diseases (VBDs), especially since many countries depend on tourism as a major source of revenue.  The need for a Caribbean Vector-Borne Diseases Network, to facilitate information...
  • PM: CARIFESTA XIII was a phenomenal success

    29 August 2017 / 208

    Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has described CARIFESTA XIII, held in Barbados from August 17 – 27, as being “a phenomenal success”.Mr. Stuart noted that in any undertaking, whether small or large, challenges often appeared at the last minute to thwart even the best laid plans. He noted that in Barbados, nature intervened to test to the limits the logistical skills of organisers.“Following the postponement of the opening ceremony and other arrangements due to the...
  • CARIFESTA XIII concludes; Trinidad and Tobago next host

    28 August 2017 / 278

    The curtains came down on the thirteenth edition of the Caribbean Festival of Arts CARIFESTA XIII last evening. The ten-day mega cultural event ended with a closing ceremony at Kensington Oval Ground, President Kennedy Drive, Bridgetown, Barbados.The night’s activities included a culmination of performances from various Caribbean countries that have performed throughout the festival and the passing of the baton to next host country of CARIFESTA XIIII, Trinidad and Tobago.There were...
  • Region on alert over spread of ‘red eye’

    28 August 2017 / 228

     Several Caribbean countries have reported outbreaks of conjunctivitis at health facilities and medical practices.  “The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is currently monitoring the situation and we want to urge persons to take the necessary precautions to prevent and reduce the spread of this illness,” said Dr Virginia Asin-Oostburg, Director, Surveillance, Disease Prevention and Control.Conjunctivitis refers to inflammation of the...
  • Barbados & Chile To Strengthen Relations

    25 August 2017 / 220

     Left to right) President of the Republic of Chile, Michelle Bachelet; Prime Minister Freundel Stuart; and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, during their meeting at Ilaro Court today. (C.Pitt/BGIS)Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and President of the Republic of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, have expressed a keen desire for both countries to strengthen and expand their 50-year-old friendship.They expressed this wish today during a courtesy call and...
  • Climate change, disaster prevention highlighted during Chilean President’s visit to CDEMA

    25 August 2017 / 202

     There is a lot that Barbados could learn from Chile, especially given that country’s experience with seismic matters.Minister of Home Affairs, Adriel Brathwaite, made this point today during a press briefing, following the official visit of the President of the Republic of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, at the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency’s (CDEMA) Lower Estate, St. Michael headquarters.“Your experience as a country in being...
  • CLIMATE CHANGE PRESENTS OPPORTUNITIES FOR SMALL ISLAND DEVELOPING STATES

    25 August 2017 / 226

    Basseterre, St. Kitts, August 25, 2017 (SKNIS): Although climate change has its disadvantages, it can also be used as an opportunity for Small Island Developing States (SIDS), especially St. Kitts and Nevis in a number of ways, said representatives from the Ministry of Tourism, Assistant Secretary, Diannille Taylor-Williams, and Annette Esquibel, Sustainable Tourism Coordinator.The duo appeared on Wednesday’s (August 23) edition of “Working for You” to engage in...
  • Boosting cassava production to improve Region’s food security

    24 August 2017 / 242

      “Cassava is the prioritized commodity for this project, and currently results in a two percent reduction on the food import bill within CARICOM.” Saint Lucia, as one of these CARICOM countries, must continue to contribute to the import bill’s further decline.” – Regional Project Coordinator for the FAO, Vermaran Extavour Minister for Agriculture, Hon Ezechiel Joseph, has voiced continued support for Saint Lucia’s cassava industry as...
  • CARICOM Chair congratulates Caribbean athletes, extends gratitude to Usain Bolt

    22 August 2017 / 230

     Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Dr. the Rt. Hon Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada, has extended congratulations to all the athletes who participated in the World Championships and made the Region very proud.In a congratulatory message to the athletes, Prime Minister Mitchell said he was “extremely proud” of their performances. He recognised the successes of Usain Bolt and extended best wishes to him as he transitioned from athletics. The...
  • CDB introduces Cultural and Creative Industries Innovation Fund to regional practitioners at CARIFESTA XIII

    22 August 2017 / 236

     Dr. Donna Greene, Director of Cultural Policy and Research (Ag), Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, Barbados, speaking at the opening of the Cultural Policy and Intellectual Property Rights workshop August 22, 2017, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Building on the recent announcement of its provision of initial capitalisation for the Cultural and Creative Industries Innovation Fund (CIIF), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) recently...
  • Cultural traditions, country colours, costumes on show as CARIFESTA XIII opens

    22 August 2017 / 280

    After having to be rescheduled due to Tropical storm Harvey, CARIFESTA XIII officially opened Sunday evening in Bridgetown, Barbados.The Caribbean Region’s premier festival was declared open by Barbados Culture Minister, the Hon. Stephen Lashley at a ceremony held at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown. Prime Minister of Barbados, the Right Hon. Freundel Stuart, and Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, as well...
  • Coconut industry benefits from CARDI project

    16 August 2017 / 252

    Since the implementation of the Caribbean Coconut Industry Development Project two-and-a-half years ago, the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) has made several strides in improving the local coconut industry through training as well as the establishment of new nurseries among other targeted initiatives.The four-year project was undertaken through a partnership between CARDI and the International Trade Centre (ITC), with funding provided by the...
  • Canada sending large contingent to CARIFESTA XIII

    16 August 2017 / 288

    More than 66 artists, spearheaded by the Canadian-Caribbean Arts Network (C-CAN), are heading to Barbados for CARIFESTA XIII which opens later this week, the TorontoCaribbean media outfit has reported.“I am still pinching myself because at one point in time I had given up hope that it would ever happen,” confessed Rhoma Spencer, Artistic Director of C-CAN as she sat down for an interview at the Black Artists’ Networks Dialogue art gallery following a special...
  • Caribbean Export brings regional designers to CARIFESTA XIII

    14 August 2017 / 240

    At this year’s CARIFESTA XIII hosted in Barbados, the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) will be facilitating the participation of designers and artisans from across CARIFORUM within their Design Caribbean and Caribbean Essence export promotion platforms. The assistance, in the tune of 50 000 euros is funded by the European Union (EU) via the 11th EDF Regional Private Sector Development Programme (RPSDP), will allow seven fashion designers and four...
  • CARIFESTA Rock Hall Living Museum

    14 August 2017 / 214

    Members of the public are invited to the CARIFESTA Rock Hall Living Museum, which takes place on Sunday, August 20, at the Rock Hall Freedom Village, St. Thomas, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.According to the Focal Point for Heritage in the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, Sheron Johnson, the free event which celebrates the establishment of the first free Barbadian village in 1841 after Emancipation, will commemorate “elements of African ancestry and the...
  • Regional Nursing Body Meets in Guyana

    11 August 2017 / 280

    Nurses from across the Caribbean Community are currently gathered at the CARICOM Secretariat for the Forty-Fourth General Meeting of the Regional Nursing Body. The meeting got underway on Tuesday with an opening ceremony and will continue until Friday August 11, 2017.Speaking at the opening, Director, Human Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, Ms. Myrna Bernard, said the Human Resource Development (HRD) Strategy, which aims to develop human resources for the 21st century, will assist with...
  • CHTA JOINS FORCES WITH TRAVEL ASSOCIATIONS WORLDWIDE TO UNIFY SECTOR

    10 August 2017 / 238

    MIAMI (August 9, 2017) - The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is partnering with travel associations around the world to strengthen the tourism sector in the region.  President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) Karolin Troubetzkoy disclosed that under the stewardship of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), CHTA has joined forces with close to a dozen regional and national travel organizations to advocate for the sector among governments,...
  • British Virgin Islands cleans up after flash flood

    10 August 2017 / 292

    (Photo via Caribbean News Service)Tortola, British Virgin Islands – The British Virgin Islands (BVI) is in full “clean up mode” following extensive flooding in certain areas of the Territory with the hardest impact occurring on the island of Tortola. Heavy and steady precipitation from the tropical wave caused flooding in low lying areas as well as damage to streets and sporadic landslides.Through the resilience of the residents and collaboration between...
  • CARIFESTA XIII – What’s in store!

    09 August 2017 / 232

    #Cropover is over! It’s now time for #CARIFESTAXIII….Here’s a glimpse of what’s in store!
  • CET, Rules of Origin critical to viability, competitiveness of indigenous industries – Review Consultation hears

    09 August 2017 / 266

    The protection of indigenous industries to ensure their viability and competitiveness on the global market and the harmonisation of rates across CARICOM were among the key concerns raised at a Consultation on the revision of CARICOM’s two trade instruments.The trade and revenue instruments are the CARICOM Common External Tariff (CET) and the Rules of Origin.At the brief opening ceremony of the one-day Consultation on 25 July, 2017, at the CARICOM Secretariat, CARICOM Assistant...
  • CDF grant ensures further development of ‘De Strip’

    09 August 2017 / 296

    BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, (Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) – Development on the South Frigate Bay Beach Enhancement Project, popularly known as “De Strip”, is set to enter a new phase, after the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis signed an agreement effectively securing additional financing for the project.The Frigate Bay Strip in St. Kitts and Nevis (Photo via SKNIS)The South Frigate Bay Enhancement Project was commissioned in November 2016 to...
  • British Virgin Islands To Host Ctu’s Caribbean Internet Governance Forum

    03 August 2017 / 294

    Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (3rd  August 2017) – The island of powdery white-sand beaches, lush green mountains, and sheltered, yacht-filled harbours, Tortola, the British Virgin Island’s largest and capital island, will host the world’s oldest Internet forum - the 13th Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF). The event will take place from 21st to 23rd August 2017, at the Government’s Training Division, Bettito Frett...
  • St Kitts and Nevis to be region’s first nation to eliminate mother-child HIV transmissions

    03 August 2017 / 316

    St Kitts and Nevis looks set to become the first country in the Organisation of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), CARICOM, and the Americas – outside of Cuba – to end to mother-to-child HIV transmission.Prime Minister Timothy Harris made the announcement during his month press conference.The news follows his recent trip to New York City, where he attended a forum to promote healthcare partnerships. Harris is CARICOM’s lead head responsible for human resource...
  • Parliamentarians fighting against hunger in Latin America, Caribbean

    03 August 2017 / 314

    Bridgetown, Barbados  – The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), Sub-Regional Office for the Caribbean in Barbados, last month hosted parliamentarians from 13CARICOM Member States to address the issues of food insecurity, hunger and malnutrition in the region.Member States represented were: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint...
  • Maximum Exposure For CARIFESTA XIII

    02 August 2017 / 306

      CARIFESTA XIII will not lack for exposure thanks to the signing of two agreements – The Host Broadcasters Agreement with the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC); and a Memorandum of Understanding with the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU).In a brief signing ceremony this afternoon at his Ministry in Sky Mall, Culture Minister, Stephen Lashley, announced that CBC had been appointed the host country’s broadcasting agency responsible for all the television...
  • July, 2017


    Regional Laboratories Prepare To Detect And Respond To New And Emerging Diseases

    31 July 2017 / 240

    “Public health laboratories play a critical role in the fight against communicable diseases, specifically vector-borne diseases, to better prepare the Region to detect and respond to new and emerging threats,” stated Dr Karen Polson-Edwards, Acting Director, Surveillance, Disease Prevention and Control at CARPHA.    Dr Polson-Edwards was speaking at the opening of a two-day technical and policy forum for laboratory directors from 19 English and Dutch speaking public health...
  • UWI launches Faculty of Sport

    28 July 2017 / 296

    “If there's one industry that we can develop right now to diversify our economies and make our economies competitive, it is to build a sporting industry in our region.”The University of the West Indies (The UWI) Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles made the statement at the official launch of The University's Faculty of Sport on Wednesday at The UWI Regional Headquarters in Jamaica.Vice-Chancellor Beckles referenced a report which assessed the global sport...
  • CXC launches first interactive Mobile App

    28 July 2017 / 424

    - app changing the job landscapeForget walking with CXC certificates and hoping not to lose or crease them and forget not having your credentials when you bump into a potential employer on the street. With the new CXC Connect mobile app those days are gone.The job landscape for millennials is going to look very different and the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) is seeking to be an efficient and effective tool for students who will be future employees and employers.With the newly...
  • CARICOM seeking support for women, teenage girls and children

    26 July 2017 / 368

    he prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis had the ear of former US President Bill Clinton yesterday at a Clinton Global Initiative event in New York City.Timothy Harris was there in his capacity as CARICOM’s lead head on human resources, health and HIV/AIDS, holding discussions aimed at promoting and safeguarding the sexual and reproductive health of women, adolescent girls and children in the Caribbean.Among the others in attendance were Juliet Holness, wife of Jamaica PM Andrew...
  • Tax Administrators Assemble in St. Kitts And Nevis for the 24th General Assembly And Technical Conference Of COTA

    25 July 2017 / 284

    Basseterre, St. Kitts, July 25, 2017 (SKNIS):  A number of tax administrators from across the CARICOM region are currently in St. Kitts and Nevis attending the 24th General Assembly and Technical Conference of the Caribbean Organization of Tax Administrators (COTA), with the aims of encouraging deliberations on topical issues relating to the efficient mobilization of tax revenues to support growth process in member states, as well as the sharing of experiences among tax administrators in...
  • Regional Climate Centre established in Barbados

    18 July 2017 / 342

    Barbados is now home to the first Regional Climate Centre (RCC) in the western hemisphere.The centre, which is housed at the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) in Husbands, St James, was financed to the tune of US$5 million by the United States Agency for International Development.United States Ambassador to Barbados and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Linda Taglialatela noted the importance of having such a centre in the region.“In the...
  • Bahamas PM to chair new tourism committee

    06 July 2017 / 404

    Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders have agreed to establish a committee that will look at ways at incorporating both the public and private sector in the overall development of the regional tourism industry, Bahamas Prime Minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis, has said.Minnis, who is attending his first CARICOM summit after leading his Free National Movement to victory in that Caribbean country, said the idea also is to “have funding available for a sustained marketing and increasing our...
  • Region needs full implementation of CSME, says PM Holness

    06 July 2017 / 549

    Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (10th left) and other regional leaders at the opening ceremony of the 38th Regular Meeting of Heads of Government of CARICOM at the Grenada Trade Centre, Grand Anse, St. George’s, on July 4. (Photo via JIS)Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday (July 5) urged his colleague Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), to fully implement the Single Market and Economy, CSME.The Prime Minister was contributing to...
  • UN HIV/AIDS envoy finishes role in the Caribbean region

    05 July 2017 / 376

    The United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS has completed his tenure in the Caribbean region.Guyana-born Edward Greene was appointed to the post on 1 January 2012, and is now looking ahead to future opportunities.“I wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your activism in our collective quest to end AIDS by 2030, and in particular for the courtesies and cooperation you have extended to me,” Dr Greene wrote in a personal note to friends and...
  • Member States need to inform their citizens of the benefits of CARICOM- LaRocque

    04 July 2017 / 434

    ...says in face of negative perception that CARICOM is 'a waste of time' While the objective of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has not yet been fully realised, the 15-member grouping, which seeks to promote economic integration and cooperation among its members, is not a waste of time. This is according to CARICOM Secretary General (SG), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, who met with regional journalists on Monday, ahead of the 38th regular meeting of CariCom Heads of Government, which...
  • Public health high on CARICOM heads agenda

    04 July 2017 / 492

    PUBLIC Health is being placed high on the agenda as regional leaders meet in Grenada for the Thirty-Eighth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). The conference will open today with a grand ceremony at the Grenada Trade Centre, subsequent to which Heads of Government will move to the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort, in Grand Anse, for two days of business sessions.On Monday, while addressing journalists from across the region, CARICOM...
  • CARICOM to push for improved intra-regional travel

    04 July 2017 / 457

    CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on Monday said he hoped that regional leaders will sign off on an age-old Multilateral Air Services Agreement that seeks to pave the way for easier inter-regional travel. Ambassador LaRocque made the observation during a curtain-raiser press conference in Grenada, ahead of the opening on Tuesday of the 38th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).The Conference, which is being held in...
  • June, 2017


    PM Stuart To Attend CARICOM Meeting

    30 June 2017 / 341

    Prime Minister Freundel Stuart will leave Barbados on Monday, July 3, to attend the Thirty-Eighth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), at the Radisson Hotel in St. George’s, Grenada.The opening ceremony will be held on Tuesday, July 4, at the Grenada Trade Centre, and the conference will conclude on Thursday, July 6.Mr. Stuart and his CARICOM counterparts will have a packed agenda for the upcoming summit, with Heads of...
  • Caribbean Seeks to Climate-Proof Tourism Industry

    30 June 2017 / 488

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Friday June 30, 2017 (IPS) – The tourism industry is the key economic driver and largest provider of jobs in the Caribbean after the public sector. Caribbean tourism broke new ground in 2016, surpassing 29 million arrivals for the first time and once again growing faster than the global average.Visitor expenditures also hit a new high, growing by an estimated 3.5 per cent to reach 35.5 billion dollars. And the the outlook for 2017 remains rosy, with expected...
  • Trade Policy Experts offer solutions to issues affecting Trade in the Caribbean

    29 June 2017 / 546

    Strategies to deal with the effects of global issues affecting trade in the Caribbean were advanced at a recent meeting of international and regional stakeholders which sought to outline trade policy challenges impacting OECS and CARICOM countries and discuss the way forward.The two-day meeting, organised by the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), was held on 26-27 June, 2017 in St. Lucia and...
  • Europe Stands by Caribbean on Climate Funding

    28 June 2017 / 418

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jun 26 2017 (IPS) - A senior European Union (EU) official in the Caribbean said Europe is ready to continue the global leadership on the fight against climate change, including helping the poor and vulnerable countries in the region.Underlining the challenges posed by climate change, Head of the European Union Delegation to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean States, the OECS, and CARICOM/CARIFORUM, Ambassador Daniela Tramacere made it clear that the EU has no plan to...
  • CCCCC participates in the GCF Structured Dialogue with the Caribbean

    21 June 2017 / 468

    Member of Staff  of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre are currently participating in the The Green Climate Fund’s Structured Dialogue with the Caribbean held in Placencia, Belize, from June 19-22, 2017.  The Structured Dialogue is organized in collaboration with the Government of Belize and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre with the intention to bring together key stakeholders to increase the involvement of Caribbean countries with the GCF.Participation...
  • CRFM representatives attending UN Oceans Conference in New York

    05 June 2017 / 462

    NEW YORK CITY, USA; Sunday, 4 June 2017 (CRFM)—The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) is participating this week in a high-level United Nations Conference being convened to advance the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for development.The event, being held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017, focuses on the theme,“Our oceans, our future:...
  • CDEMA’s drive to advance disaster resilience

    04 June 2017 / 470

    The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) has said it will continue to advocate for the passage of key legislation in its member states, to advance disaster resilience.Executive Director of CDEMA, Ronald Jackson, told a news conference on Friday to mark the start of this year’s hurricane season, that the region remains vulnerable to natural disasters, and such legislation is necessary.He said Barbados remains one of the countries to implement the model Comprehensive...
  • FEATURE: UN Ocean Conference ‘dream come true’ for Caribbean nations such as Trinidad and Tobago

    02 June 2017 / 468

    2 June 2017 – Protecting the oceans is among the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the blueprint for a more just and equitable world adopted by the 193 Member States of the United Nations in September 2015.SDG 14 on conserving and sustainably using marine resources is the springboard for the Ocean Conference, taking place at UN Headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June.The meeting is especially relevant to Caribbean countries, according to Juan Miguel Diez,...
  • May, 2017


    Disciplined Forces trained for the CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit in Barbados

    30 May 2017 / 414

    Bridgetown, Barbados May 30, 2017 – 31 participants from the disciplined forces, including police, military and fire services are taking part in the annual CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit (CDRU) training, which is being held at the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Coordinating Unit and the Headquarters of the Regional Security System (RSS) in Barbados from May 29 – June 2, 2017.The CDRU is a specialised humanitarian response team equipped to provide assistance...
  • Opposition Free National Movement Wins Bahamas 2017 General Elections

    11 May 2017 / 672

    NASSAU, Bahamas, May 10 2017, (Caribbean News Service) — Dr. Hubert Minnis led the main opposition party to victory on Wednesday, ousting the ruling party in General Elections.Prime Minister Perry Christie, who was seeking a second consecutive term, conceded defeat after exit polls projected a major win for the opposition Free National Movement (FNM).Just before 9 p.m. (local time), Christie issued the following statement to the media:“I called Dr. Hubert Minnis earlier this...
  • Turks and Caicos signs on to CARICOM Advance Passenger Information System

    06 May 2017 / 632

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Deputy premier and minister with responsibilities for the ministry of border control and employment, Sean Astwood, led a delegation from the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) to Bridgetown, Barbados, for the signing of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) with the United States.The signing took place between the US ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the OECS, Linda Taglialetela, and the deputy premier on May 24,...
  • April, 2017


    CARICOM heightens preparation for UN oceans Conference

    12 April 2017 / 686

    GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CARICOM Secretariat – Small Island Developing States (SIDS) including those of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are heightening their preparations ahead of the United Nations (UN) Conference on the sustainable use of the oceans (SDG14), scheduled for June 5-9 in New York.CARICOM Member States and the CARICOM Secretariat participated in a forum from 29-31 March 2017, in Jeju, Republic of Korea, as the Community continued to enhance its capacity to adequately respond...
  • Acting Chief Medical Officer to chair SKN National Commission on Marijuana

    06 April 2017 / 814

    BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, April 5, 2017 (Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, announced the establishment of a National Commission on Marijuana/Cannabis sativa, to be headed by acting Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Hazel Laws.Prime Minister Harris, speaking at his monthly press conference, said the establishment of the National Commission is a follow through of a...
  • Empower Women, Experience Prosperity, UN Official Tells Region Read more: http://www.caribbean360.com/news/empower-women-experience-prosperity-un-official-tells-region#ixzz4dJ39Ssng

    04 April 2017 / 2427

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Tuesday April 2, 2017 – As regional states search for ways to grow their struggling economies, a United Nations official is telling governments they have access to a resource that could help bring about strong turnaround.Deputy Regional Director at the UN Women Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean, Lara Blanco, said economic empowerment of women would lead to not only growth, but also prosperity.“We have evidence showing that if we...
  • Caribbean Safe School Ministerial Forum opens in Antigua

    04 April 2017 / 790

    High level delegates from at least 12 Caribbean countries are in Antigua & Barbuda to discuss measures that can be implemented to improve the safety and security of education facilities within the region.The participants are ministers of education and other representatives who yesterday commenced their first session of the inaugural Caribean Safe School Ministerial Forum at the Halcyon Cove by Rex Resorts.The meeting is being hosted by the Ministry of Education Science and Technology....
  • March, 2017


    Sargassum project presents at the Smithsonian

    30 March 2017 / 764

    A Saint Lucian project on the transformation of sargassum seaweed into organic compost will be showcased during the Earth Optimism Summit at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.The project, the brainchild of Johannan Dujon, owner/manager of Algas Organics, will be highlighted at a gathering of 1000 conservation practitioners, pioneering scientists from varied fields, leaders in industry, philanthropists and artists. Presentations at the event will be streamed live to a global...
  • Montague talks cyber security with regional security ministers

    30 March 2017 / 848

    Minister of National Security, Robert Montague recently met with St Lucia’s Minister of National Security, Hermangild Francis and the executive of the Regional Security System as they discussed a number of issues concerning multilateral areas of cooperation in securing the cyber capacity of the region. The meetings, which took place at the Caribbean Stakeholders conference on Cyber Security and Cybercrime in Antigua from March 20-24, was attended by national security ministers from the...
  • Ganja Babies! More And More Children Reportedly Seeking Medical Attention After Using Marijuana

    27 March 2017 / 928

    A 50 per cent jump in the number of children seeking assistance at public medical facilities for ganja-related illnesses in Jamaica since the weed was decriminalised in 2015, is causing worry for local health officials.With 70 per cent of the population having easy access to ganja and law making possession of up to two ounces no longer a criminal offence, children - some as young as 12 years old - have been trying the weed in its many different forms.Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton...
  • Grenada receives grant for geothermal energy development

    23 March 2017 / 858

    March 22, 2017, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados –  The Board of Directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved a grant of US$231,630 to the Government of Grenada to build its capacity for planning and implementation of its geothermal energy development roadmap. The resources are from the Global Environment Facility through the Inter-American Development Bank’s Sustainable Energy Facility for the Eastern Caribbean with the CDB.  ...
  • Work moves apace to develop Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code

    21 March 2017 / 850

    A Regional Project Team (RPT), established to develop a Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code (REEBC), among other mandates, will be launched in Kingston, Jamaica, next week.The launch and the first face-to-face Working Meeting with the contracted consultant will be held 30-31 March, at the Jamaica Bureau of Standards. Nine Member States – Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, The Bahamas, Belize, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago – are represented on the...
  • CARIFESTA XIII Symposium

    21 March 2017 / 856

    The Caribbean, the Arts and the Cultural Industries: Negotiating Tradition, Aesthetics, Economics and LegacyThe University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, in partnership with the Host Country Management Committee for CARIFESTA XIII, invites participation in the CARIFESTA XIII Symposium entitled “The Caribbean, the Arts and the Cultural Industries: Negotiating Tradition, Aesthetics, Economics and Legacy.”The Symposium will be hosted at The University of the West Indies,...
  • USAID clean energy program to help regional hospitality sector

    20 March 2017 / 646

    CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The United States government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Caribbean Clean Energy Program (CARCEP), is supporting energy efficiency across the region’s hospitality sector with a series of energy efficiency workshops.The second in this series was held in Saint Lucia on March 16-17. The forum attracted a cross section of management, operations, and maintenance personnel drawn from approximately 30 local hotels under the...
  • Regional experts lay groundwork for unified response to vector-borne diseases

    17 March 2017 / 832

    “Although Dengue has been in the Region for years, with the introduction of Chikungunya in 2013, and now Zika, vector-borne diseases (VBDs) have become very prominent, taking centre stage,” stated Dr Karen Polson-Edwards, Acting Director, Surveillance, Disease Prevention and Control at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).Dr Polson-Edwards was speaking at the opening of the first meeting of the Surveillance and Vector Control Working Groups of the Caribbean...
  • Government ready for open dialogue on marijuana decriminalisation – PM Harris

    17 March 2017 / 934

    BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, March 17, 2017 (Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, says his government is ready for open dialogue with the relevant stakeholders on the issue of the decriminalisation of marijuana.Prime Minister Harris, responding to a question while appearing as a guest on WINN FM 98.9’s Voices programme earlier this week, said the decriminalisation of marijuana is a matter for...
  • CDB funds project to prevent loss of correspondent banking relationships

    17 March 2017 / 774

    March 17, 2017, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Board of Directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved funding of US$250,000 to strengthen financial transparency, and assist in preventing the loss of correspondent banking relationships (CBRs) in the Region.In the Caribbean, CBRs facilitate a number of payment systems, including international trade, cross-border payments and receiving of remittances. Recently, some large international banks have started terminating or...
  • Finland signals interest in CARICOM’s bio-energy

    17 March 2017 / 848

    The Government of Finland, through its newly accredited envoy to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), has expressed strong interest in exploring the bio-energy potential in mainland territories of CARICOM. Speaking at the ceremony at the CARICOM Secretariat for the presentation of his Letter of Credence to CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, on Thursday 16 March, 2017, the new Finnish Ambassador, His Excellency Kukka Pietikaine said his country wanted to continue cooperation in...
  • Woman power as Eugene Dupuch Law School claims fifth victory at CCJ Law Moot

    14 March 2017 / 782

    CCJ, Port of Spain – The Eugene Dupuch Law School of The Bahamas has won the 9th Annual Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) International Law Moot Competition.The all-female team, Raven Rolle, Megan Curry, Janessa Murray with advisor Ms. Raquel Williams, gained a fifth victory for the law school mere days after worldwide celebration of female achievements on International Women’s Day.This year, eight teams representing law schools and law faculties from throughout...
  • Cuba agrees to extension on trade agreement with CARICOM

    14 March 2017 / 756

    HAVANA, Cuba (CMC) — Cuba is providing the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries with an extension of the agreement on trade and economic cooperation which facilitates access to the Cuban market for hundreds of CARICOM products, according to an official statement issued on Monday.It said that the issue was discussed at the fifth CARICOM-Cuba Ministerial meeting that was held last Saturday.According to the statement, the agreement also provides for trade between the parties.Last...
  • Americas endorse historic disaster action plan

    10 March 2017 / 734

    MONTREAL, Canada, Mar 10, CMC –  The fifth Regional Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas (RP17) has ended here with at least 50 countries, including those in the Caribbean, endorsing  a regional action plan (RAP)  for the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015 – 2030 in the Americas.The plan which has four major priority areas focuses on (a) Understanding Disaster Risks, (b) Strengthening Disaster Risks...
  • “Indigenous solutions needed for disaster risk management” – CDEMA head

    10 March 2017 / 826

    MONTREAL, Mar. 9, CMC – Head of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) says the region needs to marry its indigenous solutions to disaster risk management with modern technology.Ronald Jackson was a panelist in a forum discussing the linkages between disaster risk reduction, climate change and sustainable development, at the 5th Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas about to wrap up here.In an exclusive interview with the Caribbean...
  • ‘Strengthening the Regional HIV Response’ is the focus of Fifth Meeting of National AIDS Programme (NAP) Managers and Key Partners’

    08 March 2017 / 918

     NAP Managers to assess progress of achieving 90-90-90 targets and identify gaps and challenges Monday, March 6, 2017 (PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat): The Pan-Caribbean Partnership Against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) will host over 70 NAP managers, selected chief medical officers and permanent secretaries, as well as representatives of civil society organizations, and partners from across the Region for the Fifth Meeting...
  • PM: Full proclamation of e-legislation soon

    06 March 2017 / 879

    Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on Monday delivered the feature address at the Regional Standardization Forum for Bridging the Standardization Gap (BSG) at the Office of the Parliament, International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain. The forum, hosted by the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT), the first to be held in Latin America and the Caribbean, facilitated the discussion of various standardization topics under discussion at ITU-T and highlighted activities...