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  • December, 2016


    CSME Training for Saint Lucia’s Secondary School Teachers

    02 December 2016 Reference Number: 180/2016 / 4

    Secondary school teachers from a cross-section of schools in Saint Lucia are poised to be better equipped and knowledgeable about the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). This is as a result of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat’s hosting of a two-day CSME training workshop from Tuesday, December 6 at the Auberge Seraphine. Approximately thirty (30) teachers will be attending the workshop which is funded under the European Union’s 10th European Development Fund CSME...
  • Energy Roundtable underway at CARICOM Secretariat

    02 December 2016 / 6

    A Roundtable to define the potential role that Guyana’s energy sector could play in regional energy affairs is underway at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana. The Roundtable is a joint initiative of the Secretariat, through its Energy Programme, and the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) with support from the GIZ’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance (REETA) programme.Guyana’s pursuit of a green economy, the imminent...
  • Message by Executive Director of UNAIDS Michel Sidibé Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations on the ocassion of World AIDS Day 2016

    01 December 2016 / 26

    Today, we commemorate World AIDS Day—we stand in solidarity with the 78 million people who have become infected with HIV and remember the 35 million who have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the first cases of HIV were reported. The world has committed to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. We are seeing that countries are getting on the Fast-Track—more than 18 million people are now on life-saving HIV treatment and many...
  • November, 2016


    Message By The Secretary General CARICOM Ambassador Irwin Larocque On The Occasion Of World AIDS Day 2016

    30 November 2016 Reference Number: 176/2016 / 30

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) joins the rest of the world in commemorating World AIDS Day 2016, which is being observed under the Theme ‘Hands up for #HIV Prevention’.  This Theme calls attention to the crucial need for us to refocus our efforts on combination prevention that includes treatment, behaviour change, communication, and provision of social protection to address individuals’ vulnerability.   The CARICOM Strategic Plan 2015-2019 articulates as a...
  • Message by UN Secretary-General Special Envoy for HIV in the Caribbean Edward Greene On the ocassion of World AIDS Day 2016

    30 November 2016 / 46

    'Let's raise Hands and voices for Prevention'  World AIDS Day provides the ideal occasion to join scientists, activists, practitioners and people living with and affected by AIDS around the world in celebrating the successes that we have achieved. Yet it is a time for caution against complacency that will contribute to reversing these gains. Prevention must therefore be the flagship for sexual and reproductive health and rights, age appropriate sexual education, access to...
  • Message by The Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon On the occasion of World AIDS Day 2016

    30 November 2016 / 50

    Thirty-five years since the emergence of AIDS, the international community can look back with some pride but we must also look ahead with resolve and commitment to reach our goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. There has been real progress in tackling the disease. More people than ever are on treatment. Since 2010, the number of children infected through mother-to-child transmission has dropped by half. Fewer people die of AIDS-related causes each year. And people living with HIV...
  • Message by Director, PANCAP Coordinating Unit CARICOM Secretariat Dereck Springer on the ocassion of World AIDS Day 2016

    30 November 2016 / 44

    As the World commemorates World AIDS Day 2016, its does so under the theme ‘Hands up for #HIV prevention’. This theme calls attention to the crucial need for us to refocus our efforts on combination prevention that includes treatment, behavior change communication, access to condoms and provision of social protection to address individuals’ vulnerability. We must be reminded that a new generation of young people are growing up without the education, knowledge and...
  • CARICOM lauds Barbados’ contribution to regionalism

    28 November 2016 / 48

    Barbados’ contributions to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have produced positive dividends, CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said, in marking the Member State’s golden jubilee of independence.  In a message of congratulations to the government and people of Barbados, Ambassador LaRocque said the Community would not be what it is today without the steady and sterling industry of Barbados. The people of the country have distinguished...
  • Viva Fidel! A true friend of the Caribbean Community: CARICOM Chairman

    27 November 2016 / 44

    STATEMENT BY CHAIRMAN OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY, PRIME MINISTER HON. ROOSEVELT SKERRIT OF DOMINICA,  ON THE DEATH OF FIDEL CASTROThe Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is deeply saddened by the death of His Excellency Fidel Castro Ruz, the former President of Cuba.During his more than 40 years at the helm of the Cuban Revolution, President Castro transformed his country through impressive achievements in health, education, sports, culture, science and other areas of human and social...
  • Fidel Castro – a treasured friend of the Caribbean Community: CARICOM SG

    26 November 2016 / 58

    Statement by CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on the passing of Fidel Castro Ruz:CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocqueIt is with deep sorrow that I have received the news of the death of His Excellency Fidel Castro Ruz, the former President of Cuba.President Castro’s commitment to assist developing countries through the sharing of his country’s skills and expertise, made him a treasured friend of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Thousands...
  • PANCAP Hosts Knowledge Workshop

    25 November 2016 / 60

    Renews commitment to CSOs and NAPS integration in national HIV responses The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV & AIDS (PANCAP) hosted a workshop on Knowledge Synthesis and Best Practices for over forty Caribbean leaders of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and National AIDS Programme (NAP) Managers. In general, the  workshop which ran from 22 to 24 November, in Trinidad and Tobago, equipped participants with the necessary tools  for sustaining HIV responses through...
  • CARICOM lauds Suriname’s tremendous strides on its 41st Anniversary of Independence

    24 November 2016 Reference Number: 170/2016 / 70

     As Suriname marks its 41st Anniversary of Independence, CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has lauded the country’s tremendous strides since attaining nationhood.In his congratulatory message to His Excellency Desiré Bouterse, President of the  Dutch-speaking CARICOM Member State, the Secretary-General  noted the global respect Suriname has earned through its sports, culture and academic excellence.Ambassador LaRocque also applauded...
  • Statement Issued At The Conclusion Of The The Seventeenth Meeting Of The Council For National Security And Law Enforcement (CONSLE)

    24 November 2016 / 68

      The Council for National Security and Law Enforcement (CONSLE) concluded its Seventeenth Meeting on Monday, 21 November 2016 and resolved to advance the Region’s Security Agenda through a collective, integrated approach. The one-day Meeting at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown was chaired by Hon. Adriel Brathwaite, QC, MP, Attorney-General and Minister of Home Affairs of Barbados, and was attended by CARICOM Ministers responsible for National Security, Commissioners of...
  • Agriculture Policy Programme has delivered significantly – CARICOM DSG

    24 November 2016 / 70

     The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat is pleased with the progress on the Agriculture Policy Programme (APP) which it said has delivered significantly to the Region’s agriculture community.The APP has delivered significantly in providing direct support to the agriculture community while also addressing the broader regional policy framework to ensure that Member States align their agriculture policies, plans and strategies to the Community Agriculture Policy...
  • Trade in services workshop underway in Antigua and Barbuda

    23 November 2016 / 64

    A workshop that is exploring the feasibility of trying to obtain data by trading partners is underway in Antigua and Barbuda. The workshop at the Jolly Beach Resort began on Monday and concludes Friday.The workshop is being conducted as part of the CARICOM Project – Support to the Forum of Caribbean States in the Implementation of Commitments undertaken under the Economic Partnership Agreement – Services Sector Development – Component 5. The Project is funded by the European...
  • COTED endorses regulatory system for medicines roadmap

    22 November 2016 / 62

    Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ministers with responsibility for Trade have endorsed a roadmap for the implementation of the Caribbean Regulatory System for Medicines (CRS).The endorsement was made at the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) during its Forty-Third Meeting held last Thursday and Friday in Georgetown, Guyana.The CRS was tabled at the COTED given the Council’s mandate to approve standards and technical regulatory systems – in this instance as they...
  • CARICOM’s work in crime and security more urgent - CARICOM SG to Security Ministers

    21 November 2016 / 86

    CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, in  his remarks on Monday,  21 November, to the official opening of the Seventeenth Meeting of the Council for Security and Law Enforcement,  alluded to the threats which challenged the Region’s peace and security.Noting these were both internal and external, Ambassador LaRocque said “in many of our Member States, the Community’s work  in the area of crime and security has become more urgent”. He...
  • Change citizens’ perception of security and law enforcement sector- Ramjattan

    21 November 2016 / 66

    Guyana’s Vice President and Minister of Public Security, Hon. Khemraj Ramjattan  on Monday, 21 November, zeroed in on the need to address  Community citizens’ perception of the security and law enforcement sector. The Minister was delivering remarks to the  official opening of the  Seventeenth Meeting of the Council for Security and Law Enforcement at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana. According to him, it was necessary to change the perception...
  • Belize’s Private Sector and Agricultural Producers Get More CSME-Aware

    21 November 2016 Reference Number: 165/2016 / 78

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat presses ahead with its public education drive to ensure that vital sectors know about the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and its significant benefits. On Wednesday, November 23, a one-day CSME sensitization workshop will be hosted in San Ignacio, Belize. Approximately 40 participants from private sector entities and rural organizations will convene at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel to share information and experiences regarding the CSME. The...
  • CARICOM electoral mission to Haiti conducts initial assessments

    18 November 2016 / 66

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Election Observer Mission (CEOM) is on the ground in Haiti conducting initial assessments of critical elements of the presidential and legislative electoral process.The CEOM, led by Dr. Steve Surujbally, the Chairman of Guyana’s Elections Commission, arrived in the French speaking CARICOM Member State on Wednesday 16 November to assess the pre-election environment.  Haitians will cast their ballots on Sunday 20 November 2016.In a...
  • CARICOM Member States push climate change concerns at COP 22

    18 November 2016 / 70

    The Heads of CARICOM Member States’ delegations to the climate change meeting COP 22 in Morocco underscored the Region’s position that climate change was not an obscure matter but an existential one.Here are some Statements made by the Heads of Government and other Heads of Delegations to the Joint High-Level Segment of COP 22.
  • CARICOM to monitor November 20 rescheduled elections in Haiti

    18 November 2016 / 64

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will be monitoring the Presidential Elections in Haiti, rescheduled to Sunday 20 November 2016. The elections which were initially scheduled for Sunday 9 October 2016, were postponed after Hurricane Matthew pummeled Haiti and left in its wake death, destruction and displacement of people. CARICOM’s Electoral Observer Mission will be on the ground in Haiti from 16-23 November. Dr. Steve Surujbally, Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission will lead the...
  • CARICOM convenes 17th Meeting of the CARICOM Council for National Security and Law Enforcement

    18 November 2016 Reference Number: 164/2016 / 74

    The Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM’s) Council for National Security and Law Enforcement (CONSLE) meets for its 17th meeting on 21 November 2016, at the Headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown. Under the chairmanship of Barbados’ Attorney-General and Minister of  Home Affairs, Hon. Adriel Brathwaite, QC, MP,  CARICOM  Ministers with responsibility for  National Security are   expected to consider for approval,  the CARICOM Cyber...
  • Work together to achieve bigger goal – Chair of COTED

    17 November 2016 / 84

    The time is ripe for the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) to “really bring economic trade and development to the Region” through public-private partnerships and strengthened institutional relationships within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).These were the views Her Excellency Sieglien Burleson, Minister of Trade and Industry of Suriname, and Chair of the Forty-Third Meeting of COTED, expressed on Thursday at the Princess Ramada Hotel in Georgetown, Guyana,...
  • CARICOM Ministerial Briefing sets stage for final week at COP 22

    14 November 2016 / 118

    CARICOM Ministerial and technical delegates met in a strategy session Monday as the critical second week of the Climate Change conference, COP 22 got going in Marrakech, Morocco.CARICOM Member States are among the more than 100 nations across the globe which have signed and/or ratified the Paris Agreement on Climate Change ahead of it coming into force on 4 November 2016.  That Agreement "brings all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate...
  • CARICOM Energy Month gets going

    14 November 2016 / 140

    CARIBBEAN citizens will, over the next few weeks, have the opportunity to get in the know on how to cut their fuel costs while exchanging ideas  on solutions to the energy challenges facing the Caribbean.All this, courtesy of the observation of November as CARICOM Energy Month (CEM), which is being celebrated under the theme “Sustainable Energy for Sustainable Development” #SE4SD.CEM — a partnership among the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, Member States,...
  • CARICOM congratulates US President-elect

    14 November 2016 / 84

    Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Prime Minister Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica has congratulated President-elect of the United States of America, Mr. Donald Trump on his victory in last Tuesday’s Presidential elections.The CARICOM Chairman extended best wishes to Mr. Trump for a successful tenure and said he would welcome the opportunity to engage at the earliest opportunity.Mr. Skerrit noted the Region’s long standing, mutually beneficial relationship with the...
  • Youth agri-preneurs shine at CWA

    14 November 2016 / 88

    Young entrepreneurs from across the region got the opportunity to showcase their products at the Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2016 which was held recently in the Cayman Islands.The Youth and Agriculture Programmes at the CARICOM Secretariat and IICA with support from the Intra-ACP APP and the EU recently collaborated to have the event where these youths got the opportunity to showcase their products. We caught up with a few of the participants from the event and they said they were very...
  • CARICOM, South Africa solidify diplomatic relations

    10 November 2016 / 98

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and South Africa on Thursday strengthened the long-standing diplomatic relations with the accreditation of a new High Commissioner, Her Excellency Xoliswa Ngwevela.In accepting her letters of credence, Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said it was a “symbolic reaffirmation of the determination of South Africa and the Member States of CARICOM to augment a long tradition of friendship, solidarity and the promotion of shared values, not just...
  • Government of Haiti helps 1.4 million persons affected by Hurricane Matthew with CCRIF’s Payouts

    09 November 2016 / 88

    The CEO of CCRIF SPC, Mr. Isaac Anthony met on Monday with Haiti’s Minister of Finance, Hon. Yves Bastien and his advisors to discuss the recent payouts of US$23.4 million to Haiti made under the country’s tropical cyclone and excess rainfall policies, as a result of Hurricane Matthew’s passage through that country last month. This is the largest payment ever made by CCRIF for a single event – with total payouts to Haiti representing approximately 46% of all payments...
  • Former CARICOM Youth Ambassador serves as UNESCO Panelist at Quebec Conference on the Internet and Youth

    09 November 2016 / 92

    Former CARICOM Youth Ambassador and local youth advocate, Miss Sonia Boddie, recently travelled to Quebec, Canada, at the invitation of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), where she served as a panellist at the Quebec-UNESCO Conference on “Internet and the Radicalization of Youth: Preventing, Acting and Living Together.” Miss Boddie, alongside panellists from Denmark, Uruguay, Ireland, Niger, Canada and UNESCO, discussed the theme,...
  • Guyana, Suriname showcase folklore at Animae Caribe

    09 November 2016 / 98

    Surinamese and Guyanese folklore were creatively featured in the Animae Caribe Animation and Digital Media Festival recently in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. This collaborative animated demo was presented at the Festival by the Suriname Animation Network (SAN) and Guyana Animation Network(GAN), who have joined efforts since July 2016 to advance regional collaboration in animation.The animated demo is based on a mythical creature known as the Old Higue, who...
  • CARICOM advancing climate change goals at COP22

    09 November 2016 / 152

    CARICOM Member States are part of the global community of nations gathered in Marrakech, Morocco, for this week’s start of the Climate Conference COP22, which is seeking to accelerate implementation of the agreement reached in Paris at COP 21 last December.CARICOM representatives are hoping to build on the gains from the Paris campaign, where they argued that the impact of climate change was an existential issue for the Region and was already having an...
  • Increased CSME Public Awareness for Guyana

    02 November 2016 / 158

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat continues its drive to ensure that key stakeholders are knowledgeable about the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and its significant benefits.On Wednesday, November 2, a one-day CSME sensitization workshop is being convened in Guyana. Approximately 30 participants from private sector entities and rural organizations will assemble at the Guyana Marriott Hotel for information sharing and dialogue regarding the CSME. The activity is...
  • October, 2016


    Way forward identified on correspondent banking challenge – PM Browne

    31 October 2016 / 164

    Senior representatives of international financial institutions, including the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, regulatory bodies, the European Union Commission, the OECD Global Forum, commercial banks, central banks, governments the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and the Caribbean Development Bank met in Antigua and Barbuda on 27 and 28 October 2016, under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, the Honourable Gaston Browne, to seek solutions to...
  • Needed: Regional strategic plan for agriculture

    28 October 2016 / 156

    While work has been done to articulate the vision for agriculture in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), a senior CARICOM Secretariat officials wants the Region to develop a regional strategic plan for agriculture.Mr. Joseph Cox, Assistant Secretary-General, Trade and Economic Integration at the CARICOM Secretariat stressed that the Region had to treat agriculture as a business and not as a tool for social engineering for excess labour. The Community needed to become competitive in...
  • Regional statisticians seeking to further develop sector – LIVE

    28 October 2016 / 152

    The region’s statisticians are today holding their ninth  Regional Statistical Research Seminar geared towards developing key recommendations  on the way forward for matters related to statistics.Today’s event concludes a week-long series of engagements for the Statisticians, gathered in Willemstad, Curacao. Between Monday and Wednesday they convened the forty-first meeting of the Standing Committee of Caribbean Statisticians (SCCS) under the theme “Improving...
  • Special COTED to focus on agri investment, trade, help for Haiti

    28 October 2016 / 182

    Technical officials in the agriculture sector on Tuesday morning began preparatory discussions ahead of the Special Ministerial Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) in the Cayman Islands on Friday.The Ministerial Meeting is one of the key events of the Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) now underway in Grand Cayman under the theme ‘Investing in Food and Agriculture’.In keeping with the theme, the COTED will hold discussions on main agenda item:...
  • CARICOM urged to ‘take a big view of agriculture’

    27 October 2016 / 168

    GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, Oct. 27, 2016 – Stakeholders in the regional agricultural sector have been urged to take “a big view of agriculture” as Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nations continue to highlight the importance of food production to its economic and social development.The call on Wednesday by Executive Director of the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), Barton Clarke, came as he addressed the opening ceremony of Caribbean Week of...
  • Staying on track with global civil aviation developments – CCS

    27 October 2016 / 158

    As air transportation continues to be an important area of focus for the Region, the CARICOM Secretariat participated in the latest Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), which establishes policy and reviews technical, economic and legal areas of the Organisation’s work.The Secretariat’s Adviser, Single Market, Sectoral Programme Ms Desiree Field-Ridley and Deputy Programme Manager, Transportation, Dr. Pauline Yearwood joined over two thousand Ministers...
  • Role for public, private sectors in agriculture sector development

    26 October 2016 / 170

    There are important investment roles for both the public and private sector in the Region’s quest to be competitive, for import substitution, alleviation of food security risks and for increased contribution to economic development.Speaking at the Opening Ceremony of the Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2016 in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said the opportunities were there for those who were willing to take it.The CWA is being held...
  • Special COTED to focus on agri investment, trade, help for Haiti

    25 October 2016 / 168

    Technical officials in the agriculture sector on Tuesday morning began preparatory discussions ahead of the Special Ministerial Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) in the Cayman Islands on Friday.The Ministerial Meeting is one of the key events of the Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) now underway in Grand Cayman under the theme ‘Investing in Food and Agriculture’.In keeping with the theme, the COTED will hold discussions on main agenda item:...
  • Guyana public sector representatives benefit from Competition Law and Policy training

    24 October 2016 / 136

    More than fifteen public sector  representatives in Guyana are now more empowered to address issues  related to competition law and policy, as a result of training received at a CARIFORUM-EU workshop held from 17 -21 October 2016, in Georgetown.The workshop on competition law and policy was designed to increase knowledge and awareness and to build the intuitional capacity of agencies to implement the CARIFORIM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). Director General of...
  • CARICOM HRD consultations continue with OECS Member States

    24 October 2016 / 176

    National consultations that are expected to help shape the Region’s education and human resources continued in Saint Lucia on Monday. The CARICOM Secretariat, in collaboration with the Human Resource Development Commission, embarked on these consultations which will be crucial to molding the Region’s youth and future employees.The consultations are being held across the CARICOM Member States and are expected to provide insight for the crafting of a second draft of a...
  • Free Movement Sensitization for Labour Stakeholders

    21 October 2016 Reference Number: 154/2016 / 210

    Employers and workers organizations as well as other labour-related entities across the region are to become more aware of the free movement provisions of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). This is due to a series of free movement sensitization sessions by the CARICOM Secretariat which began earlier this year. The latest activity is set for Dominica and will take place from Monday October 24 to Tuesday, October 25 at the Fort Young Hotel. This initiative is being facilitated under...
  • Guyana Education Minister expresses support for HRD Consultations

    17 October 2016 / 197

    The Guyana Minister of Education Hon. Rupert Roopnaraine has expressed the support of his Ministry and the Guyana Government for the national consultations on Human Resources Development that were launched in Guyana on Monday. Minister Roopnarine expressed those views in an interview with the CARICOM Secretariat following the opening ceremony for the first HRD Consultation at the  National Centre for Education Resource Development (NCERD). The Education Minister  said his...
  • Consultations to improve Region’s education and human resources launched in Guyana

    17 October 2016 / 172

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Monday, 17 October, in Guyana, launched the first in a series of consultations geared to improve the Region’s education system and human resources. Other consultations will be held across the CARICOM Member States  and are expected to provide insight for the crafting of a Regional Education and Human Resource Development Strategy.Speaking at the official opening at the   National Centre for Education Resource Development...
  • HRD Consultations to kick off Monday in Guyana

    15 October 2016 / 260

    The CARICOM Secretariat along with the Human Resource Development Commission will be hosting a series of national consultations across the Region in its quest to develop a strategy that will shape the future of the Region’s education and human resources.The first consultation will be held in National Centre for Education Resource Development (NCERD), Georgetown, Guyana on 17 October, 2016.  Other consultations will be held in Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago,...
  • CARICOM to support relief and recovery efforts in Haiti and The Bahamas post Hurricane Matthew

    14 October 2016 / 230

    Barbados, October 14, 2016 (CDEMA) – The Caribbean Community will rally support for its Member States, Haiti and The Bahamas, following the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew. This was presented during CARICOM’s high level mission to both countries from October 11 – 13, 2016. The delegation which was led by Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and the Secretary General of CARICOM,...
  • Workshop participants pleased with prep for CBD COP

    14 October 2016 / 184

    Dr. Thérèse Yarde from Caribbean Community on Vimeo.Participants at a CARICOM workshop geared at preparing Member States’ representatives for the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to be held in Mexico in December said they were very pleased with the activity.The workshop, which was being hosted by the CARICOM ACP-MEAs project at the Grand Coastal Hotel in Guyana, concluded on Thursday. More than 5 000...
  • Region to target growth opportunities in Services Sector

    14 October 2016 Reference Number: 150/2016 / 194

    Stakeholders in the Services Sector across the Region will seek to develop Regional Strategies and Action Plans to boost investment, output, employment and trade in the sector when they meet at a Regional Symposium in Antigua and Barbuda, 17 – 19 October, 2016.The event, which will bring together public and private sector representatives from CARICOM/CARIFORUM Member States will focus on increasing business in several priority areas including:Professional Services Information and...
  • CCRIF to make additional payouts to countries affected by Hurricane Matthew

    14 October 2016 / 168

    GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, Oct. 13, CMC – CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) is now preparing to make additional payouts totaling almost US$8 million to CCRIF member countries that were affected by Hurricane Matthew.The scheduled payouts have been triggered by the Excess Rainfall policies of Haiti, Barbados, St Lucia and St. Vincent & the Grenadines .Last week CCRIF announced that the Government of Haiti is due a payout of approximately...
  • Region observes Caribbean Statistics Day

    14 October 2016 / 226

    Caribbean Statistics Day will be observed on Saturday, 15 October, 2016, ahead of World Statistics Day on 20 October. The theme of Caribbean Statistics Day is Improving the Lives of People – Advancing the Action Plan for Statistics in CARICOM. For the past eight years, the Region has been observing the Day that was identified to create more awareness of the production, dissemination and use of statistics in decision-making.CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque...
  • PM Christie welcomes CARICOM Chairman and SG to hurricane damaged The Bahamas

    12 October 2016 / 228

    The Chairman of CARICOM, Prime Minister Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica and Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin laRocque are in The Bahamas, Wednesday for a first hand look at the damage caused during the passage of hurricane Matthew.  They were received by Bahamian Prime Minister Hon. Perry Christie.Cleaning up in The Bahamas after MatthewHurricane Matthew crashed into The Bahamas last Wednesday and Thursday with up to 145 mile-per-hour winds, storm surges and torrential rains,...
  • CARICOM Chair and SG meet Haiti’s Interim President

    12 October 2016 / 228

    CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica and Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque met on Tuesday with the interim President of hurricane devastated Haiti H.E Jocelerme Privert.The Chairman and Secretary-General are in Haiti for a first hand look at the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew, which hit the country last week with winds of up to 145 miles an hour and torrential rains, leaving hundreds dead and thousands displaced.Both the Chairman and the...
  • CARICOM Chairman, Secretary-General tour Haiti’s hurricane devastated areas

    12 October 2016 / 184

    CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica and Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque joined Haiti’s Prime Minister Enex Jean-Charles for a helicopter tour of areas devastated by hurricane Matthew’s passage over Haiti last weekend.Matthew’s powerful winds and torrential rains left hundreds dead, thousands displaced and caused widespread flooding.Both the Chairman and the Secretary-General have given assurances of CARICOM’s commitment to...
  • CARICOM Chairman leads delegation to Haiti, The Bahamas

    11 October 2016 / 218

    A high level delegation will visit Haiti and The Bahamas between October 11 and 13, 2016 to undertake discussions with the leadership of the affected Member States and to confirm additional areas where theCaribbean Community (CARICOM) can provide support.The high level mission includes the Honourable Roosevelt Skerritt, Prime Minister of Dominica and Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, Secretary-General of CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque; Executive Director...
  • Climatic events should spur renewable energy efforts: CARICOM SG

    11 October 2016 / 266

    Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Irwin LaRocque on Monday said the recent climatic events that affected Haiti, The Bahamas, Saint Lucia, Barbados, Dominica, Cuba and the Dominican Republic emphasized the need to intensify efforts to maximise the Region’s renewable energy potential.Addressing the opening of the EU-Caribbean Sustainable Energy Conference in Bridgetown, Barbados on 10 October 2016, the Secretary-General said the “erratic and prolonged intensity”...
  • Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2016 in Cayman Islands

    10 October 2016 / 312

    Organisers are putting the final touches on preparations for the Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) to be held in the Cayman Islands later this month.The CWA, the Region’s premier agriculture event, will be held in Grand Cayman, 24-28 October, 2016, under the theme ‘Investing in food and agriculture’. This is the first time that an Associate Member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will hold the CWA.An investment forum to explore the needs and...
  • CARICOM Secretariat streamlining IT infrastructure with Indian Government support

    10 October 2016 / 230

    The CARICOM Secretariat will be getting an upgrade of its IT infrastructure and associated software through a project funded by the Government of India.The project moved a step forward this week with a visit by an IT team from the implementing agency, the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC). C-DAC will implement the recommendations from an assessment of the Secretariat’s IT needs that was conducted in May 2015 by a team of experts from the Ministry of Electronics and...
  • Youth in Agriculture – Focusing on youth agri-preneurs at CWA 2016

    10 October 2016 / 262

    The Youth and Agriculture Programmes at the CARICOM Secretariat are collaborating to have a Youth Pavillion during the upcoming Caribbean Week of Agriculture in the Cayman Islands,  24-28 October 2016.There will be ten youth entrepreneurs exhibiting at the Youth Pavilion during the CWA.Leading up to the CWA, we will highlight the youth who will be participating in the exhibition. These young agri-preneurs have participated in a CEBO, Agriculture CEBO or any other youth related...
  • CARICOM fully engaged in assisting recovery and rebuilding post Matthew – Secretary-General

    08 October 2016 / 250

    CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has expressed sadness with the loss of lives, homes and  property during the passage of hurricane Matthew, and he gave the assurance that CARICOM is fully engaged in assisting affected countries with their recovery and  rebuilding efforts.Haiti was the most seriously affected CARICOM Member State with more than 800 deaths, thousand displaced and widespread devastation.  Matthew also affected Barbados, St. Vincent and the...
  • Hurricane Matthew forces postponement of Haiti presidential elections

    07 October 2016 / 192

    The presidential elections in Haiti, which were scheduled to be held on Sunday 9 October, have been postponed and an announcement is to be made on a new date next week.Category Four Hurricane Matthew pummeled Haiti earlier in the week leaving in its wake death, destruction and displacement of persons. Assessments and the mobilisation of assistance are now underway.CARICOM last week had announced the mounting of an observer mission to Haiti.The Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) reported on...
  • CCRIF Ready to Pay Haiti a little over US$20 Million Following Passage of Hurricane Matthew

    07 October 2016 / 220

    CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) is preparing to make a payout to the Government of Haiti as a result of the passage of Hurricane Matthew which triggered payments on the country’s Tropical Cyclone policy. Based on preliminary calculations, Haiti will receive a little over US$20 million – the largest payment ever made by CCRIF. This was revealed this afternoon by CCRIF Chairman Milo Pearson at the IMF/World Bank Group Annual Meetings. He also...
  • CDEMA deploys response teams to Haiti and The Bahamas following Hurricane Matthew

    07 October 2016 / 234

    The islands of The Bahamas and Haiti suffered severe impact from the passage of Hurricane Matthew. In efforts to assist these countries in dealing with the aftermath of the hurricane, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) has deployed 2 sets of specialized response teams to Haiti and The Bahamas. At the request of the Government of Haiti and based on priority needs identified, CDEMA will deploy a 6 member CARICOM Operational Support Team (COST) to Haiti on Friday, October...
  • CARICOM Chairman appeals for help for Haiti and The Bahamas

    07 October 2016 / 264

    Chairman of the 15-member regional integration movement, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit Friday urged support for Haiti and the Bahamas, the two CARICOM countries severely affected by the passage of Hurricane Matthew earlier this week.At least 500 people were reported killed in Haiti, CARICOM’s only French-speaking country, as the Category 4 storm tore through the nation on its way to causing damage to the Bahamas, where so far there are no reported deaths. The hurricane, the strongest...
  • Consultation on the CARICOM Strategy for Regional Implementation of the World Trade

    07 October 2016 / 218

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, with the support of the World Bank Group (WBG) is convening a Consultation on the CARICOM  Strategy for Regional Implementation of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Trade Facilitation (TFA). The Meeting, intended for CARICOM State Officials with responsibility for WTO Trade Facilitation, will take place in Bridgetown, Barbados on 10-12 October, 2016, and is funded by the WBG.The Consultation will facilitate the...
  • CARICOM Kicks Off LMIS Training in Trinidad and Tobago

    07 October 2016 / 264

    The region is set to benefit from a major effort by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat to establish a labour market information system (LMIS) as a vital element of the smooth functioning of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). As part of this effort, the Secretariat is undertaking a series of LMIS training workshops in Member States. The first one gets underway in Trinidad and Tobago from Monday, October 3 and lasts 4 days at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The aim of these...
  • Barbados Considers CARICOM Model Bill for Public Procurement

    07 October 2016 / 260

    A major national consultation on public procurement gets underway in Barbados today. The one-day consultation is to examine the Draft CARICOM Model Bill to facilitate the national implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) Public Procurement Regime. The proposed regime aims to establish an integrated and single public procurement space for Member States. Representatives of public and private sector organizations as well as procuring entities are attending the consultation at...
  • Greater CSME Awareness for Barbados Private Sector and Rural Communities

    05 October 2016 / 266

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat is ensuring that vital stakeholders continue to be well informed about the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and its significant benefits. On Wednesday, October 5, a one-day CSME sensitization workshop is being hosted in Barbados. Approximately 30 participants from private sector bodies and rural communities  will convene at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre for information sharing and dialogue regarding the CSME. The activity is...
  • September, 2016


    September focus on statistics

    27 September 2016 / 266

    The Caribbean Community( CARICOM) Secretariat earlier this month participated in a series of meetings that were geared at promoting the production and use of quality statistics in the Region.CARICOM Secretariat representatives participated in sessions on Disability Measurement Statistics in Bridgetown, Barbados, and the Caribbean Conference on Transformative Agenda for Official Statistics, also in Barbados.In remarks at the Meeting on Disability Measurement...
  • Ministers endorse ICT Single Space roadmap

    24 September 2016 / 316

    Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Minsters of Information and Communications Technologies have endorsed the Roadmap for the Region’s Single ICT Space.The endorsement was made at a Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development held in Barbados on Wednesday, 21 September, 2016. The Hon. Guy Joseph, Minister of Economic Development, Housing, Urban renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation of Saint Lucia chaired the Meeting.The Roadmap will now go for approval before Heads of...
  • Your development has been impressive – CARICOM SG to Belize on 35th Anniversary

    20 September 2016 Reference Number: 134/2016 / 258

    CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has congratulated Belize on 35 years of Independence, describing the country’s development over the period as impressive. In his congratulatory letter to Belize Prime Minister Mr. Dean Barrow, Ambassador LaRocque praised the commitment, pride and resolve of the Belizean people. It’s a spirit, he said, that resonates with the theme of this year’s celebrations, “Sovereign and Strong – Together as...
  • CSME Public Procurement Training Gets Underway

    20 September 2016 Reference Number: 133/2016 / 332

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat continues its drive toward establishing an integrated and single CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) Public Procurement Regime. A week-long train- the-trainers workshop began on Monday, September 19 at the Secretariat’s CSME Unit in Barbados. The workshop’s aim is to train procurement specialists on the instruments that make up such a regime. Representatives from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and...
  • Consultations underway to improve social protection in Region

    20 September 2016 / 262

    Regional representatives converged at the CARICOM Headquarters in Georgetown, Guyana, on Monday to discuss measures to improve social protection within the Region.Social Protection refers to interventions from public, private, voluntary organisation and social networks, to support communities, households and individuals, in their efforts to prevent, manage and overcome a defined set of risks and vulnerabilities.The Regional representatives are attending a Consultation on the Establishment...
  • Notes Of Congratulations Pour In From Near And Far For St. Kitts And Nevis’ 33rd Anniversary Of Independence

    16 September 2016 / 256

    BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2016 (PRESS SEC) – Numerous expressions of congratulations and well wishes are pouring in from world leaders and organizations to Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, his government and the people of St. Kitts and Nevis on the joyous occasion of our 33rd Anniversary of Independence. Republic of China (Taiwan):The Republic of China (Taiwan) sent a congratulatory letter signed by Premier Lin Chuan.  It reads in part:...
  • CTO and CHTA working with regional partners to build climate resilience in the tourism sector

    16 September 2016 / 208

    September 16, 2016 (Bridgetown, Barbados) -- Regional tourism development agency, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and regional hospitality agency, the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) today signed a Letter of Agreement (LoA) to join other regional agencies and institutions representing climate sensitive sectors as joint Tourism Partners on the Consortium of Regional Sectoral Early Warning Information Systems Across Climate Timescales (EWISACTs) Coordination Partners...
  • CARICOM Tackles Regional Social Dialogue and Social Protection

    16 September 2016 Reference Number: 131/2016 / 352

     (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat is hosting a one-day regional consultation on the establishment of a regional tripartite social dialogue mechanism and a regional social protection floor. It takes place on Monday, September 19 at the Secretariat’s headquarters in Georgetown, Guyana. The aim is to discuss a proposed social dialogue mechanism and social protection for the region in order to provide...
  • ‘There is much to be proud of’ – SG tells St. Kitts and Nevis

    16 September 2016 / 298

    Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said that there was much to be proud of as St Kitts and Nevis reflected on its period of nationhood.On the eve of the observance of the St Kitts and Nevis’ 33rd anniversary of Independence on Monday, the Secretary-General pointed to the substantial progress that the CARICOM Member State had made in its quest for sustainable development.In a message to Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris, the...
  • ICT Ministers meet in Barbados next week

    14 September 2016 / 334

    A Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on Information and Communication Technology will be held in Barbados on 21 September, 2016.The meeting will focus on the Draft Roadmap for the CARICOM Single ICT Space which is to be approved by Heads of Government. At their Regular Meeting in July in Georgetown, Guyana, the CARICOM Heads of Government mandated the COTED (ICT) to convene before the end of September.Developing a Single CARICOM ICT Space to enhance...
  • CARICOM among key partners discussing management of region’s marine resources

    14 September 2016 / 252

    Key partners of the Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystems Project recently held discussions on the sustainable management and use of living marine resources in the Region.Project partners of the UNDP/GEF Caribbean Sea Large Marine Ecosystem (CLME+ Project), including a representative of the CARICOM Secretariat, met in Miami, 6-9 September, for the talks on coordinated action.Pollution, habitat degradation and unsustainable fisheries and fishing practices have...
  • Impact of cooling technologies under discussion in St. Kitts and NEvis

    13 September 2016 / 296

    Basseterre, St. Kitts, (SKNIS): Delegates from across the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have convened in St. Kitts and Nevis to discuss the growth of cooling technologies such, as air conditioners and refrigerators. They will also consider ways to reduce the environmental impact and  high operating costs of those technologies.The participants comprise officials of government departments and agencies responsible for energy and finance; public and private project owners and developers,...
  • CARICOM Secretariat partners with CESO: More than 80 staff members trained

    13 September 2016 / 286

    Eighty CARICOM Secretariat staffers received certificates on Thursday, 8 September, 2016, after an intensive week-long training on Writing with Impact. The professional development initiative, spearheaded by the Secretariat’s Office of the Deputy Secretary-General in collaboration with the Canadian Executive Service Organisation (CESO), updated staff on current developments in the field.The training was also intended to bring staff of all levels from all directorates of the Secretariat...
  • Youth Development, Human Resource Development getting focused CARICOM attention – SG

    12 September 2016 / 300

    I would like to offer some information on what we are doing on two of the areas covered in the Report, namely, Youth Development and Human Resource Development.The CARICOM Commission on Youth Development’s landmark report, “Eye on the Future”, has spawned the CARICOM Youth Development Action Plan. It promotes the development of secure, valued and empowered adolescents and other youth, realising their full potential, and contributing to a sustainable Caribbean Community....
  • CARICOM Secretariat Engages Jamaica’s Private Sector and Immigration Officers

    09 September 2016 / 356

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat is ensuring that key stakeholders are knowledgeable about the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and how they can maximise benefits under the CSME [carcom_csme] processes. On Monday, September 12, the Secretariat is convening a one-day CSME sensitization workshop for the private sector in Jamaica at The Pegasus Hotel. Approximately 35 participants from Jamaica’s corporate community are expected to attend the event. The CARICOM...
  • CARICOM Secretary-General congratulates CDEMA on 25th anniversary

    09 September 2016 / 280

    Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has extended congratulations to CDEMA (Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency) on its 25th Anniversary being observed today.“The Community appreciates your contribution to its well-being over the past 25 years,” the Secretary-General said.On 9 September, 25 years ago, CARICOM Heads of Government, established a regional CARICOM Mechanism for emergency response and disaster relief. This move...
  • Regional Trade officials put spotlight on services

    07 September 2016 / 360

    The CARICOM Secretariat’s Office of Trade Negotiations in collaboration with the Inter‑American Development Bank (IDB), through its Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean (INTAL) and the IDB Integration and Trade Sector is hosting a Regional Workshop for CARICOM Trade Officials on the Trade and Services Agreement (TiSA) Negotiations and the Negative List Approach to Services and Investment Liberalization. The event, which takes  place in...
  • PANCAP Convenes Governance Meetings in Guyana

    07 September 2016 / 338

    The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) will convene the Twenty-Fifth Meeting of the Executive Board and the Twelfth Meeting of the Regional Coordinating Mechanism for Global Fund Projects on 7 - 8 September 2016 at the CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Guyana. Senator the Honourable Mary Isaac, Minister for Health and Wellness of Saint Lucia will chair these meetings. The Chair will be supported by Dr Donald Simeon, Deputy Chair and Mr Dereck Springer, Director of the PANCAP...
  • CARICOM Promotes Public Awareness of Free Movement

    02 September 2016 Reference Number: 126/2016 / 420

    The CARICOM Secretariat is pressing ahead with its public education programme regarding the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). It will be hosting a series of three (3) public sensitisation sessions on the facilitation of travel within the CSME. The first of these will be held in Dominica on Friday, September 9 and a wide cross-section of the public is expected to attend. These sessions are being facilitated by resource persons from the Secretariat and implemented with assistance provided...
  • Consider CMS as conservation tool - environmentalists urged

    01 September 2016 / 411

    Environmentalists were on Wednesday encouraged to seriously consider the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) as a mechanism that can support Regional conservation objectives.The advice came from Dr. Thérèse Yarde, Project Coordinator, Caribbean Hub Capacity-Building ACP-MEAs at the CARICOM Secretariat. She was at the time making brief remarks at the opening ceremony of a three-day Regional Capacity-Building Workshop for CMS Non-Parties...
  • August, 2016


    CARICOM congratulates Trinidad and Tobago on 54th Independence anniversary

    30 August 2016 / 338

    Trinidad and Tobago celebrates its 54th anniversary of Independence on Wednesday 31 August.In a congratulatory message to Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Keith Rowley, CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque spoke of Trinidad and Tobago’s great economic success that has redounded meaningfully to the benefit of the Region. Having been a founding member of the Community, Trinidad and Tobago has made and continues to make significant contributions to the...
  • CARICOM Secretariat Conducts Staff Development Sessions

    29 August 2016 / 210

    Under the auspices of the Office of the Deputy Secretary-General, Dr Manorma Soeknandan, with assistance from the Canadian Executive Service Organisation (CESO), the CARICOM Secretariat will deliver the first training with a broad focus on writing with impact, conducted from 30 August to 9 September 2016.  Participants will benefit from modules that will be theoretically and practically delivered on report writing, speech writing and writing of briefs. This initiative is...
  • Be smart – CARICOM ASG advises Guyana, Suriname animators

    28 August 2016 / 366

    That’s a bit of sound advice that Assistant Secretary-General, Trade and Economic Integration at theCARICOM Secretariat, Mr. Joseph Cox offered animators from Guyana and Suriname.The animators from the Guyana Animation Network and the Suriname Animation Network visited the CARICOM Secretariat on Friday and interacted with Deputy Secretary-General, Ambassador Manorma Soeknandan PhD., Mr. Cox, Deputy Programme Manager, Information and Communication Technologies for Development, Ms....
  • CARICOM partners with UNEP to raise awareness on Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals

    27 August 2016 / 350

    The CARICOM Secretariat and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) are partnering to raise awareness in the Region of the conservation and sustainable use of migratory animals and their habitats.CARICOM and the UNEP/Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Secretariat will host a Regional Capacity-Building Workshop for CMS Non-Parties of the Caribbean Regionin Bridgetown, Barbados, 31 August – 2 September.The purpose of the...
  • CARICOM sympathises with Italy after earthquake

    25 August 2016 Reference Number: 121/2016 / 340

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has extended deep sympathy to the government and people of Italy following a deadly 6.2-magnitude earthquake there on Wednesday.In a message of condolence, CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said that it was the Community's hope that rescue teams were successful in their efforts to save those who survived the quake and might be trapped in the rubble.Please see full text of the message below:“The Caribbean...
  • CARICOM immensely proud of Member States’ athletes

    24 August 2016 Reference Number: 120/2016 / 378

    The performance of athletes from CARICOM Member States at the just-concluded Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, underlined the “tremendous skills and talent” of the Community’s youth, CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said.The Secretary-General added that the athletes also demonstrated that the Region had the capacity to lead the world in any sphere, provided that “we apply the necessary discipline, commitment and focus”.His comments...
  • Belize decision a significant Human Rights landmark – Edward Greene

    18 August 2016 / 430

    The decision of the Government of Belize to accept the judgment of the High Court to decriminalise consensual sexual acts between adults in private has been described as a significant Human Rights landmark.Dr. Edward Greene, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Special Envoy for HIV and AIDS in the Caribbean congratulated the Government and Parliament of Belize following the judgement last week which amended Section 53 of the Belize Criminal Code.The National Evangelical Association...
  • CARICOM SG elated over Bolt, Thompson 100m victories

    16 August 2016 / 384

    Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, has extended “heartiest congratulations” to Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson on their respective victories in the Rio Olympics 100 meters races, noting that CARICOM was elated. “CARICOM is elated over this historic performance of Mr. Bolt who became the first man to win three consecutive Olympic titles at the distance.”He lauded Ms. Thompson for “continuing the fine tradition of...
  • Bolt’s feat fills ‘our Community with pride’ – CARICOM Chair

    16 August 2016 / 338

    Usain Bolt’s feat of three consecutive gold medals in the 100 metres at the Olympics is “unprecedented” and “fills our Community with pride”, Chair of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerritt said.“His excellence is an example of the skill and talents which our youths possess and is a beacon of the greatness which beckons those who are willing to make the necessary sacrifices to achieve great...
  • In Youth Day message: CYAs emphasise sustainable development, poverty elimination

    12 August 2016 / 584

    Today is being celebrated as International Youth Day!In a message to commemorate the day the CARICOM Youth Ambassadors have emphasised the significance of sustainable development and the importance of collaborative efforts to eliminate poverty. Please see the CYAs’ message below.The CARICOM Youth Ambassadors (CYA) Corps is dedicated to addressing the many social issues affecting the Caribbean youth today. Our primary vision seeks to galvanise and sustain a movement which...