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  • February, 2017


    CARICOM to employ lobbyist as it tackles corresponding banking issues

    17 February 2017 / 22

    GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Feb 17, CMC – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders have agreed to employ the services of a lobbyist to help the region deal with the issue of de-risking in the banking sector, Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne has said.Correspondent banks, which are mainly large, international banks domiciled in the United States of America, Europe and Canada, provide Caribbean states with vital access to the international financial system, by offering...
  • CARICOM heads approve draft ICT space roadmap

    17 February 2017 / 6

    GINA, GUYANA, Friday, February 17, 2017The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government believe that advancing a single Information Communication Technology (ICT) space could drive economic development and enhance the environment for investment in the Community.Chairman of CARICOM, President David Granger announced at  the closing press conference this evening that theHeads have approved a draft roadmap for a single ICT space. The 15- member s Community met over the last two days...
  • CARICOM heads to be briefed on CSME review

    13 February 2017 / 46

    The CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), crime and security and correspondent banking are among the issues to be discussed at CARICOM’s 28th Intercessional Heads of Government meeting.The two-day meeting will be hosted in Guyana at the CARICOM Secretariat, Liliendaal, East Coast Demerara on February 16 and 17.oday at a press briefing hosted by the Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, t the CARICOM Secretariat, the media was told that that the 15-member Community will be...
  • Jamaican scientists close to creating affordable hepatitis C drug from ganja

    13 February 2017 / 38

    Research scientists, led by Dr Henry Lowe, say they have discovered properties in Cannabidiol (CBD), one of the major bioactive compounds in the cannabis (ganja) plant, that have the potential to provide affordable treatment as nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals for hepatitis C.“We report here for the first time n vitro studies to demonstrate the antiviral activity of CBD against HCV,” Dr Lowe and his research team —Jamaican Wayne McLaughlin and Cameroonian Dr Ngeh Toyang...
  • Guyana’s farmers can contribute to regional food security – President David Granger

    13 February 2017 / 52

    By HE David A Granger MSS The world is likely to face a food crisis by 2050 unless agricultural production increases. The Food and Agricultural Organization estimates that there will be an additional two billion mouths to feed in the world within the next thirty-five years. The growth of the world’s population along with increased urbanization is expected to increase the demand for agricultural produce by some 70 per cent by 2050. The ability of many countries to meet this demand will be...
  • CARICOM - Regional conference to tackle childhood obesity

    10 February 2017 / 66

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Feb 9, CMC – Representatives of regional health organisations are meeting here this week to map out a plan to prevent childhood obesity through improved food and nutrition security.The two-day high-level meeting is being hosted by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in response to growing concerns among the region’s health officials that 20-30 percent of the Caribbean’s children are overweight or obese.Executive Director of CARPHA, Dr James...
  • Officials embrace creation of Labour Management Information System

    08 February 2017 / 68

    Basseterre, St. Kitts, February 07, 2017 (SKNIS): Labour stakeholders in St. Kitts and Nevis are pleased with the information sharing and knowledge development taking place at a four-day workshop at the Ocean Terrace Inn.The February 6 to 9 workshop is hosted by the Ministry of Labour in collaboration with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat as part of efforts to establish a Labour Management Information System (LMIS) for the region.Officials from a number of public sector...
  • CARICOM stands in solidarity with Haiti – President David Granger

    08 February 2017 / 108

    Port-au-Prince, Haiti – (February 7, 2017) Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), President David Granger welcomes the democratic renewal represented by the Inauguration of the 58th President of the Republic of Haiti, His Excellency Jovenel Moise. The Guyanese Head of State, who just attended the Opening of the National Assembly for the Constitutional Swearing-In Ceremony of the new Haitian President, in an interview last night, said:“The Caribbean is not only a...
  • New President Takes Charge in Haiti

    08 February 2017 / 96

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Tuesday February 7, 2017 – Haiti officially has a new elected president.Jovenel Moise was installed this morning as the French speaking nation’s 58th president in a brief ceremony that was attended by former President Michel Martelly, as well as Caribbean and international dignitaries.The 48-year-old entrepreneur and political novice took the oath of office at the Haitian Parliament, a year after Martelly left office without a successor and...
  • Message From Dr. Hon. Andrew Wheatley on Data Privacy Day

    06 February 2017 / 84

    By Ministry of Science, Energy & Technology January 28, 2017 http://jis.gov.jm/message-dr-hon-andrew-wheatley-data-privacy-day/ Jamaica joins the rest of the world in observing Data Privacy Day, on Saturday, January 28, under the theme; Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data and Enabling Trust. We encourage you to visit: www.stopthinkconnect.org.jm for additional ways to be ‘cyber safe’ and also practice the following simple and effective data privacy safeguard...
  • Guyana to present arrest warrant treaty at CARICOM intersessional meeting

    02 February 2017 / 240

    Guyana will be hosting the 28th  Inter-sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM on February 16 and 17. The host country will present the draft CARICOM Arrest Warrant Treaty for ratification at the meeting.At today’s post Cabinet press briefing, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon said, “The adoption of this Treaty will simplify the procedures by which fugitives from justice are returned to participating member states to face criminal prosecution or...
  • Stakeholders want CARICOM Heads of Government to meet on energy

    01 February 2017 / 188

    Participants at a recently concluded high level forum want energy to be placed squarely before theCaribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government to generate speedier action and firmer commitments to the transition to renewables.The general thinking at the Fifth Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF V) held from 23 – 25 January, 2017, in The Bahamas, was that while there is steady progress, the challenges of transitioning to clean energy can be solved if they are placed in a...
  • January, 2017


    Marijuana legalization must include justice reform

    31 January 2017 / 122

    Across our country, we routinely take a pledge that ends in “with liberty and justice for all.” Yet that fundamental promise has been broken in six of the eight states that have legalized recreational marijuana use, as tens of thousands of people remain in state prison for nonviolent marijuana crimes.The majority of America is now cannabis friendly; nearly 60 percent of our nation’s population resides in states with some form of legalized marijuana. 29 states plus...
  • St. Kitts And Nevis Ranks Number One in CARICOM in The 2016 Doing Business Report

    26 January 2017 / 166

    Basseterre, St. Kitts, January 25, 2017 (SKNIS): St. Kitts and Nevis has ranked number one in the CARICOM in the “2016 Doing Business Report”, says Kennedy DeSilva, Deputy Comptroller of Customs in the Office of the Comptroller, appearing on today’s radio-television show “Working for You.” He said that the Customs and Excise Department has worked hard to become a high ranking country and explained that to achieve this the World Bank looks at all the...
  • CXC e-testing begins

    25 January 2017 / 208

    The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) reported success as it officially launched its Electronic Testing Service to the region yesterday.Some 500 candidates from seven countries – Jamaica, Grenada, Dominica, Cayman Islands, Anguilla, St Lucia and Montserrat and St Lucia – tested the online initiative which allowed students to use a computer or an electronic device to sit their Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Paper 1 (Multiple Choice) examination in more than 12...
  • We must do more – PM Christie on reducing cost of energy

    24 January 2017 / 247

    Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie wants the Caribbean Region to do much more in its quest reduce the cost of energy.In a wide-ranging address at the opening ceremony of the Fifth Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF) on Monday evening in The Bahamas, the Prime Minister said that the cost of doing business in the Region was too high as a result of the high price of energy. He said that the Region had to have a sense of urgency to confront its challenges....
  • Less talk, more action

    24 January 2017 / 275

    While the dialogue and interaction that engagements such as the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF) provide are necessary, there is need the creation of a health balance between talk and action.This was one of the messages Organisation of American States (OAS) representative, Ms. Kim Osborne took to the Fifth CSEF now underway in Nassau, The Bahamas. The Forum officially opened on Monday evening and began panel discussions Tuesday morning.Delivering remarks at the beginning of the...
  • Agriculture, climate change, renewable energy to benefit as IDB carves out $13B for lending

    24 January 2017 / 274

    NASSAU, The Bahamas, Jan 23 2017 – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) said it will be lending US$13 billion over the coming year and a significant portion of that amount has been earmarked for agriculture, climate change and renewable energy projects.Speaking here Monday night at the opening of the fifth Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF), Executive Director of the IDB Jerry Butler noted that the issue of energy and the issue of renewable energy have been of constant focus...
  • Full, frank discussion needed on CSME – PM Stuart

    20 January 2017 / 335

    Prime Minister Freundel Stuart believes the time has come to have “full and frank discussions” on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).Mr. Stuart, who is the Lead CARICOM Head with Responsibility for CSME, expressed this view recently during a meeting with several CARICOM officials, led by Secretary-General, Irwin LaRocque, at Ilaro Court.The Prime Minister said: “We have to look at what we have achieved; what remains to be achieved; what are the existing enabling...
  • Jamaica to host UN tourism conference

    16 January 2017 / 290

    The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is celebrating sustainable tourism this year, and Jamaica is to host the major event on the programme – the International Conference on Sustainable Tourism.The Jamaica Observer has been reliably informed that the event will be staged between November 27 and 29 in the city of Montego Bay.The United Nations General Assembly declared 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, recalling tourism’s...
  • CSME training for Guyana’s secondary school teachers

    16 January 2017 / 346

    Secondary school teachers in Guyana are set to be more knowledgeable about the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). This is due to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat’s hosting of a two-day CSME training workshop from Tuesday, January 17  at the Church View International Hotel in Berbice. Approximately thirty (30) teachers will be attending the workshop which is funded under the European Union’s 10th European Development Fund CSME and Economic Integration...
  • Energy stakeholders meet in The Bahamas for CSEF V

    16 January 2017 / 422

    Key energy stakeholders will gather in Nassau, The Bahamas, later this month to take account of the Region’s transition to greater sustainable production and use.Representatives of public and private sector entities, senior officials of national, regional and international institutions and industry experts will join Energy Ministers of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States at the fifth Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF). More than 100 participants are expected at CSEF V...
  • U.G.  Vice-Chancellor Ivelaw Griffith Earns Impressive Report Card

    14 January 2017 / 184

    By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine The vision of the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Guyana is  simple: he wants to make the institution a dynamic, and nationally relevant world-class university. He also  wants to do so in a hurry.In June 2016 Pro- fessor Griffi th gave up lucrative offers in North America to re- turn to Guyana to serve as the Vice-Chancellor of the local university. He knew that the task would not be easy and upon inspection he was confronted with a system that...
  • CARICOM, Serbia formalise diplomatic relations

    11 January 2017 / 282

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Republic of Serbia on Wednesday formalised diplomatic relations with the first Ambassador accredited to CARICOM from the south eastern European country.CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, accepted the credentials of His Excellency Djerdj Matković at a simple ceremony at the Headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, on 11 January 2017, welcoming him to the “Community’s network of friends.”...
  • Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism successfully implements sanitary controls project

    06 January 2017 / 196

    BELIZE CITY, Belize -- The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), in partnership with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) has successfully completed the project “Capacity Building of regulatory and industry stakeholders in Aquaculture and Fisheries Health and Food Safety to meet the SPS requirements of international trade”. The project, which started in September 2016, was funded under the EU’s 10th EDF Sanitary and Phytosanitary...
  • Caribbean says farewell to Sir Dwight Venner

    05 January 2017 / 212

    CASTRIES, St. Lucia, (CMC) – The Caribbean bade farewell to the longest serving governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), Sir Dwight Venner on Wednesday with St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves describing him as “among our best”.Sir Dwight died here on December 22 after efforts to fly him out to the French island of Martinique for medical treatment failed. He was 70.Gonsalves said that the St. Vincent-born Sir Dwight, who was a...
  • Jovenel Moise It Is! Court Confirms Victory of Businessman In Haiti Presidential Election

    04 January 2017 / 280

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Wednesday January 4, 2017 – It’s official! In just over a month, businessman Jovenel Moise is set to be installed as the new President of Haiti, ending weeks of uncertainty following the November 20, 2016 election.An election tribunal stamped its approval on Moise’s election yesterday, as it ruled out allegations of massive fraud at the polls.“There was no massive fraud in the election. There were irregularities, which did not affect the...
  • December, 2016


    Antigua & Barbuda In Strong Position To Accelerate Renewable Energy Deployment

    28 December 2016 / 256

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua, Dec 28 2016 — Developing Antigua and Barbuda’s abundant renewable energy resources will enable the country to meet a large share of its energy demand sustainably with renewables, according to a report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).Renewables Readiness Assessment: Antigua and Barbuda presents clear and practical steps for the country to maximise its renewable resources, primarily wind and solar, set new targets for...
  • Caribbean faced serious health challenges, but had important successes in 2016, says PAHO

    28 December 2016 / 316

    WASHINGTON, DC, USA (CMC) — From the Zika epidemic and the birth of thousands of babies with congenital malformations, through the declaration of measles as eliminated from the Americas, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says 2016 is a year of “serious challenges and important successes” for health in the Caribbean and other places in the Americas.The Washington-based health organisation said that it worked with the countries of the region to address emergencies...
  • Guyana signs open skies agreements

    27 December 2016 / 306

    By Ray Chickrie  NASSAU, Bahamas -- During the ninth annual International Civil Aviation (ICAN) 2016 conference, which was held in Nassau, Bahamas, from December 5-9, 2016, Guyana signed open skies agreements with the Dominican Republic, India and South Korea.The agreement with India will allow an unlimited number of flights to six airports in India: New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Chennai. The new arrangement will encourage connectivity and passenger travel...
  • Dominica going for medical marijuana

    24 December 2016 / 189

    ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) — Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says his Administration will discuss the issue of medical marijuana in the coming year.Skerrit, who was a guest on a local radio programme on Wednesday, said the topic must be discussed in a focused and informed manner, in order to take full advantage of the use of the herb, which many have sworn has saved their lives.“We have started the conversation. I think we may need to put a better structure in place where we can...
  • Impressive but challenging year for regional tourism

    22 December 2016 / 274

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), Hugh Riley, says 2016 has been an impressive but also challenging year for tourism in the region.In his Christmas message, Riley pointed to an increase in tourist arrivals when compared to 2015 that was a record year.He said the tourist arrivals have been fuelled by strong performances in Europe — mainly the United Kingdom and Germany —and from the United States.“..And...
  • Turks and Caicos elects first female premier

    16 December 2016 / 266

    PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos  (CMC) — Voters in Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) on Thursday elected its first ever woman to head a government in this British Overseas Territory (BOT) and in the process booted Premier Dr Rufus Ewing out of Parliament completely.The preliminary results released Friday by the electoral officials here showed that 45-year-old attorney, Sharlene Cartwright Robinson, had led her opposition People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) to victory, winning...
  • EU to boost CARIBBEAN competitiveness by strengthening regional partnerships

    12 December 2016 / 232

    BASSE-TERRE, Guadeloupe -- The INTERREG V Caribbean, a multimillion dollar EU-funded program to strengthen regional partnerships, will be officially launched in Saint Lucia on Wednesday.In addition to boosting the economic competitiveness of the region's countries, the INTERREG V Caribbean program will also respond to environmental challenges and health issues, while promoting the joint cultural heritage of the region. The program focuses on priority areas such employment and innovation,...
  • President Granger emphasises importance of CSME, regional integration

    02 December 2016 / 336

    President David Granger said that there is an economic purpose to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and emphasised the importance of the deepening of regional integration and the advancement of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) for the economic well-being of all Member States. He made the remarks during an informal meeting on Thursday, with the staff at Guyana’s diplomatic mission in Barbados, as he encouraged them to understand their role in maintaining strong relations with...
  • OECS Supports CARICOM Energy Month

    02 December 2016 / 180

    In the CARICOM region, November is earmarked as Energy Month to increase awareness on energy consumption and to encourage energy-saving actions. Similar to recent years, the OECS Sustainable Energy Unit contributed actively to the month-long observance.As a compliment to the many regional activities undertaken in recognition of Energy Month, the OECS Sustainable Energy Unit (SEU) commenced a training program in “Zero Investment Energy Management.” The training involved two 2-day...
  • CARICOM Deputy Secretary General optimistic about fight against HIV/AIDS virus

    01 December 2016 / 260

    By Mark MurrayToday, Guyana joined other countries in observing World AIDS Days with the message of prevention being echoed as CARICOM’s Deputy Secretary-General remains optimistic about the future effect the virus has on the world’s population.The world has made huge progress in the fight against AIDS, according to the United Nations. But for some experts that fight to eradicate the disease is far from over.CARICOM’s Deputy Secretary General, Dr. ManormaSoeknandan said...
  • Ending AIDS Requires Our Combined Efforts – CARPHA

    01 December 2016 / 368

    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...
  • CDB co-hosts Roundtable Discussion on Gender Equality with CARICOM, UN Women

    01 December 2016 / 322

    On October 31, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) co-hosted a roundtable discussion in Barbados, “Partnerships for Gender Equality”, with UN Women and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). The event was part of the agenda for UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka’s first visit to the Caribbean. The Roundtable took place at the United Nations House.Patricia McKenzie, Vice-President (Operations), CDB was part of the discussion panel, which included Mlambo-Ngucka,...
  • November, 2016


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

    30 November 2016 / 312

    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 / 372

    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 / 260

    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 / 404

    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 / 398

    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 / 410

    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 / 354

    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 / 418

    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 / 400

    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 / 376

    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 / 458

    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 / 500

    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 / 404

    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 / 538

    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 / 448

    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 / 456

    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 / 498

    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 / 522

    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 / 428

    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 / 491

    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 / 464

    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 / 476

    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 / 470

    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 / 528

    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 / 453

    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 / 454

    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 / 520

    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 / 524

    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 / 460

    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 / 592

    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 / 484

    … 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 / 444

    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 / 432

    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 / 536

    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 / 444

    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 / 514

    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 / 453

    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 / 442

    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 / 496

    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 / 486

    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 / 458

    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 / 364

    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 / 438

    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 / 504

    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 / 464

    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 / 458

    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 / 304

    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 / 582

    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 / 558

    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 / 358

    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 / 540

    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 / 388

    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 / 494

    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 / 374

    (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 / 494

    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 / 530

    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 / 536

    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 / 594

    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 / 572

    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 / 460

    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 / 486

    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...