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  • April, 2017


    CARICOM Observer Mission set for Friday’s Election in Curacao

    27 April 2017 / 4

    CARICOM’s Electoral Observer Mission to Curacao’s General Election on Friday has arranged a full day of intensive coverage.“On Election Day, the Team intends to focus on the opening of the poll procedures, the unfolding of the polling process, and the closing of the polls and vote count in the polling stations where the opening of the polls was observed,” Chief of Mission, Dr.  Steve Surujbally said in an arrival statement.  He said a significant percentage...
  • Region moves to develop core indicators for 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

    26 April 2017 Reference Number: 73/2017 / 10

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     Statisticians began meeting in Roseau, Dominica, on Monday to develop core indicators as the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) moves towards fulfilling the requirements of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).At a Technical Workshop on the Indicator Framework for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, statisticians will craft robust recommendations on the core indicators for further review towards...
  • CARICOM extends sympathy to families of victims of recent terror attacks

    21 April 2017 / 32

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has extended its sympathy to the families of persons killed in recent brutal attacks in Sweden and Egypt, stating that incidents such as these serve to strengthen the resolve of the international community to defeat terrorism in all its forms.The attack in Stockholm, Sweden on 7 April in which a lorry was ploughed into pedestrians, claimed the lives of four persons from Sweden, Belgium and Great Britain. CARICOM Chairman, President David Granger of...
  • Private Sector capacity building and consultation: CARICOM strategy for regional implementation of the World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade Facilitation (TFA)

    20 April 2017 Reference Number: 68/2017 / 58

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat has convened a Private Sector Consultation and capacity building workshop on the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation (TFA) and the CARICOM Strategy for Regional Implementation.      The Meeting, intended for national Business Development Organisations from CARICOM WTO Members, takes place in Kingston, Jamaica, 19-20 April, 2017,   with the support of the Commonwealth Secretariat/European Union Hubs & Spokes II Programme,...
  • PANCAP hosts meeting of Youth to discuss ending AIDS by 2030 - Youth Leaders to formulate and agree on framework for regional youth advocacy

    18 April 2017 Reference Number: 67/2017 / 76

    The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) will host a meeting of youth leaders from 19 Caribbean countries on April 21 and 22, 2017 in Port of Spain, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.    The focus of the forum will be a discussion on the role of youth in the national and regional response to HIV and AIDS; participants will also be involved in formulating and agreeing on a framework for regional youth advocacy.   Senator the Hon. Robert T.L.V. Browne, Minister of...
  • CARICOM SG meets with FIFA President - says sports a valuable investment in Youth

    11 April 2017 Reference Number: 66/2017 / 104

    Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and President of the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), Mr Giovanni Infantino agreed on the importance of sport to youth development and to society as a whole.Mr Infantino paid a courtesy call on the Secretary-General on Tuesday at the Georgetown, Guyana Headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat.Ambassador LaRocque informed the FIFA President that sports persons were among the original...
  • Prime Minister Harris and regional health leaders discuss critical issues relating to the HIV/AIDS Agenda

    11 April 2017 / 116

     St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris was on Monday, April 10, 2017, updated on several critical issues relating to the HIV/AIDS agenda and its impact on the overall health of the Caribbean region.This was done during a brief meeting with the Prime Minister Harris, UN Secretary-General Special Envoy for HIV in the Caribbean, Dr. Edward Greene and Director of the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP) Coordinating Unit, Dereck Springer....
  • Antigua-Barbuda strongly objects to being listed as a tax haven by Illinois

    10 April 2017 / 100

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Antigua and Barbuda on Wednesday registered strong objections with the US state of Illinois, which has introduced legislation listing Antigua and Barbuda and ten Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries along with six other Caribbean jurisdictions as tax havens.In letters to Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Illinois General Assembly, Michael Madigan and House Representative Leader, Jim Durkin, Antigua and Barbuda’s ambassador to the United States...
  • Patients assured safe, high quality drugs with establishment of Caribbean Regulatory System

    10 April 2017 / 108

    Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.  April 7 2017.  The establishment of a Caribbean Regulatory System (CRS) will improve conditions for patients in the Region to receive safe, efficacious, high quality drugs.  Speaking at the Opening Ceremony of a Capacity-Building workshop on the Regulation of Medicines earlier this week, Executive Director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), Dr. C James Hospedales, stated, “Access to safe, efficacious and good quality drugs...
  • A life well lived – CARICOM remembers Sir Cuthbert Sebastian

    07 April 2017 / 96

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has extended sympathy to the family of former Governor General of St. Kitts and Nevis Sir Cuthbert Sebastian, and to its Government and People on his recent passingCARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, in a message of condolence to St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris, said Sir Cuthbert would be remembered not only for his extraordinary dedication to whatever tasks he undertook but for his mentorship of the youth, particularly...
  • PM Mitchell pushes collaborative approach to development of high quality statistics

    06 April 2017 / 108

    Prime Minister of Grenada, the Dr. the Hon. Keith Mitchell is on a mission to solicit increased support for the development of quality statistics.His mission comes in the wake of the approval of the CARICOM Statistics Action Plan last year, and as part of efforts to advance the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.The Prime Minister, who is CARICOM’s Lead Head of Government with responsibility for Science and Technology, laid out his vision and plans Wednesday during an address to...
  • CARICOM Chairman assures Russia of Caribbean Community’s solidarity in wake of deadly bombing

    05 April 2017 / 108

    Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) His Excellency Brigadier (ret) David Granger, President of Guyana, has condemned the bombing of the train in St. Petersburg, Russia.The Chairman, in a letter to His Excellency Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, in decrying this “latest terrorist assault on innocent citizens,” said the “unremitting slaughter of innocent people regardless of the objective can never be justified.”President Granger, in...
  • Investing in early childhood development essential to helping more children and communities thrive, reveals Lancet Series on ECD

    04 April 2017 / 162

    An estimated 43 percent—249 million—of children under five in low-and middle-income countries are at an elevated risk of poor development due to extreme poverty and stunting, according to findings from The Lancet’s Series, Advancing Early Childhood Development: from Science to Scale.The Caribbean Regional Launch of the series took place immediately following the 32 Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development COHSOD on Education, and was hosted by the United...
  • March, 2017


    CARICOM Human Resource Development Strategy gets attention of Regional Education Ministers

    31 March 2017 / 177

    Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Education Ministers met in Guyana, Friday, with much of their  attention focused on a Human Resource Development strategy to meet the Region’s requirements for its 21st century  economy and society.The Ministers, joined by senior education officials and other regional education stakeholders at   the  Thirty-second Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD), were scheduled to examine the  CARICOM Human...
  • Jamaica’s Prime Minister receives CARICOM Review Commission report – VIDEO

    31 March 2017 / 112

    Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Thursday (March 30) received the final report from the CARICOM Review Commission.Chairman of the Commission former Prime Minister Hon. Bruce Golding presented the report to Prime Minister Holness during a visit to the Office of the Prime Minister.The Commission comprised 17 members, along with ex-officio and support staff, from a wide cross section of sectors in Jamaica, including business, academia, the private sector and trade union am…ong...
  • Montague talks cyber security with regional security ministers

    30 March 2017 / 74

    Minister of National Security, Robert Montague recently met with St Lucia’s Minister of National Security, Hermangild Francis and the executive of the Regional Security System as they discussed a number of issues concerning multilateral areas of cooperation in securing the cyber capacity of the region. The meetings, which took place at the Caribbean Stakeholders conference on Cyber Security and Cybercrime in Antigua from March 20-24, was attended by national security ministers from the...
  • Secretariat hosts Netherlands delegation – cooperation the main focus of discussion

    29 March 2017 / 140

    A delegation from the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations of the Netherlands paid a courtesy visit to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat on Monday, 27 March 2017 to discuss, inter alia, developing a broader view of areas for cooperation within the Caribbean Region.The delegation which comprised  H.E. Jules Bijl, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Trinidad and Tobago;  Mr. Erwin Arkenbout, Director of Kingdom Relations, Ministry of  the Interior and...
  • What Walcott Knew

    27 March 2017 / 132

    “Biographies of poets are hard to believe,” warned Derek Walcott in an essay on Robert Lowell, for “[t]he moment they are published they become fiction, subject to the same symmetry of plot, incident, dialogue as the novel.” For close readers, however, there is always a more intimate account in the work itself; there we can watch the artist’s lonely toil in what TS Eliot called the “intolerable wrestle with words and meanings.” In Lowell’s case,...
  • Policy-makers discuss way forward for Region’s sugar industry

    27 March 2017 / 178

    The ability of sugar industry in the Region to survive after the removal of production quotas in the European Union (EU) on September 30, 2017, will depend on improved competitiveness and pragmatic diversification options, according to a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat official.The end of EU’s quota management for sugar is expected to lead to a fall in prices towards the international sugar price and a decrease in sugar imports from the African Caribbean and...
  • Derek Walcott laid to rest

    27 March 2017 / 162

    Sir Derek Walcott’s funeral was held on Saturday, drawing professors, writers and dignitaries from across the globe.(Photo via Government of Saint Lucia)The funeral of Sir Derek Alton Walcott KCSL, OBE, OCC, was held on Saturday, March 25, at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Castries.Sir Derek passed away on March 17 at his home in Cap Estate, Saint Lucia. He was 87 years old.The funeral service which took place in close proximity to the street where the poet and...
  • Private sector development in Caribbean pivotal – Barbados PM

    24 March 2017 / 152

    Prime Minister of Barbados, the Hon. Freundel Stuart, on Wednesday stressed that private sector development in the Caribbean remained pivotal and suggested that exporters must continue to be empowered to penetrate global markets. According to him, enabling and strengthening the private sector was the most effective way of ensuring continued economic growth in this Region.He urged the regional private sector to be proactive and creative and seek to increase the number of projects that could be...
  • PM Harris’ Statement on Deadly Explosion in St. Lucia

    23 March 2017 / 106

    Chairman of the OECS Authority, Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris sends his thoughts and prayers to the people affected by Tuesday’s [March 21st, 2017] explosion at Farrand Quarry in St. Lucia.“Your Caribbean neighbours offer deepest sympathy to you, the people of St. Lucia, especially the families and friends of the persons who were killed in the explosion.  We pray for their souls and for all of you, as well as for the injured and their loved...
  • PM Harris’ Statement on Deadly Explosion in St. Lucia

    23 March 2017 / 32

    Chairman of the OECS Authority, Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris sends his thoughts and prayers to the people affected by Tuesday’s [March 21st, 2017] explosion at Farrand Quarry in St. Lucia.“Your Caribbean neighbours offer deepest sympathy to you, the people of St. Lucia, especially the families and friends of the persons who were killed in the explosion.  We pray for their souls and for all of you, as well as for the injured and their loved...
  • Sugar Association of the Caribbean convenes: Industry Leaders to look at future of Sugar with end to EU Market Looming

    21 March 2017 Reference Number: 57/2017 / 144

    JOINT PRESS RELEASE BY SUGAR ASSOCIATION OF THE CARIBBEAN AND THE CARIBBEAN COUNCIL For immediate release 20th March 2017 – 12 noon   (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     The EU's quota management for sugar will end on 30 September 2017 and is expected to lead to a fall in prices towards the international sugar price and a decrease in sugar imports from the ACP, with particular impact on Caribbean...
  • Work moves apace to develop Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code

    21 March 2017 Reference Number: 56/2017 / 48

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     A Regional Project Team (RPT), established to develop a Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code (REEBC), among other mandates, will be launched in Kingston, Jamaica, next week.The launch and the first face-to-face Working Meeting with the contracted consultant will be held 30-31 March, at the Jamaica Bureau of Standards. Nine Member States - Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, The Bahamas, Belize, Guyana, Haiti,...
  • Introducing Banana Pasta

    20 March 2017 / 130

    If one Entrepreneur has her way, more consumers will be setting aside their wheat, cassava and sweet potato products for those made with green bananas. Tonya Ifill, owner and operator of Carlesa’s Enterprises pioneered flour and pasta made from the unripened fruit.Ifill was attending Agrofest when she spoke with BARBADOS BUSINESS AUTHORITY.She got the idea while participating in an agro-processing course at the Guyana School of Agriculture. As a group project,...
  • PANCAP ENHANCING CAPACITY OF NATIONAL AIDS PROGRAMME MANAGERS THROUGH ‘DATA FOR DECISION MAKING’ WORKSHOP - Emphasis placed on the importance of using data for programmes related to key populations

    17 March 2017 Reference Number: 53/2017 / 86

    The Pan-Caribbean Partnership Against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) hosted a one-day workshop on ‘Data for Decision Making’ on Friday, March 10 in Port of Spain, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago for fifteen (15) National AIDS Programme (NAP) Managers from Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Commonwealth of Dominica, Guyana, Grenada, Montserrat,  Turks and Caicos Islands, Trinidad and Tobago,  Saint Kitts and Nevis, and...
  • Prime Minister Chastanet honours Sir Derek as an icon

    17 March 2017 / 188

    Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has offered condolences to the wife and family of Saint Lucian poet, playwright, and Nobel Laureate, Sir Derek Alton Walcott.Sir Derek passed this morning, March 17, at his home in Cap Estate, Saint Lucia. He was 87 years old.“When everyone speaks of excellence, the two names that stand tall in Saint Lucia’s history are Sir Arthur Lewis, and Sir Derek Walcott. As such, today is a historical day, as it marks the passing of Sir Derek,” the...
  • Sir Derek Walcott was ‘a true Cultural Icon’ - CARICOM SG

    17 March 2017 / 204

    MESSAGE OF CONDOLENCEFROM THE SECRETARY-GENERAL, CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY (CARICOM) AMBASSADOR IRWIN LAROCQUE ON THE PASSING OFSIR DEREK ALTON WALCOTT, KCSL, OBE, OCC On behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), I wish to express profound sympathy on the passing of internationally acclaimed Caribbean poet and playwright, Saint Lucian born, Nobel Laureate, Sir Derek Walcott, OCC.Sir Derek, a prolific and accomplished writer who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992, has...
  • EU wants to advance common agenda with CARICOM in global fora

    17 March 2017 Reference Number: 52/2017 / 198

      The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Wednesday 17 March 2017 accredited a new Ambassador of the European Union (EU), with the new envoy advocating for the relationship to more effectively advance a common agenda in global and multilateral fora. In presenting her letters of credence to the CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Her Excellency Daniela Tramacere pledged that in the face of “populism on both shores of the...
  • Barbados Hosts Jamaica’s CSME Focal Point

    16 March 2017 Reference Number: 50/2017 / 96

        (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat continues its drive to ensure the smooth operation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). It is set to kick off...
  • Over 500 Students Attend CSME Presentation in Clarendon, Jamaica

    15 March 2017 / 222

    Teachers from secondary schools in Clarendon, Jamaica are planning to facilitate an annual activity on regional integration and the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).  Over five hundred students from nine secondary schools in Clarendon attended an informational session at Clarendon College on Tuesday, March 14 2017. The students and teachers who participated stated that the event was successful and they will use the information presented to assist with the topic regarding regional...
  • The Caribbean Community and Japan to discuss strengthening cooperation

    13 March 2017 / 234

    Senior officials from the Caribbean Community and Japan hold the 18th CARICOM-Japan Consultation on Tuesday 14 March at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana.The consultation will, among other things, review CARICOM-Japan cooperation since their last Ministerial Meeting in 2016,  and examine the CARICOM-Japan Friendship and Cooperation Fund and its current and planned projects.Technical cooperation between Japan and CARICOM since 2001 has been primarily through the...
  • CSME Education for 300 Secondary School Students in Clarendon, Jamaica

    10 March 2017 Reference Number: 43/2017 / 76

      CSME Education for 300 Secondary School Students in Clarendon, Jamaica The CARICOM Secretariat is collaborating with the Jamaica Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade to educate students on regional integration and the CARICOM Single Market and...
  • CARICOM, Cuba Foreign Ministers meet in Havana

    10 March 2017 Reference Number: 47/2017 / 234

     Foreign Ministers from the Caribbean Community and their counterpart from the Republic of Cuba are meeting on Saturday 11 March 2017 for their fifth Ministerial Meeting in Havana.The meeting  has an agenda replete with issues of regional and global importance, including regional integration within the context of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and the Association of Caribbean States (ACS). Critical focus is expected to be paid to issues relating to...
  • Rene Preval – quiet, unpretentious Caribbean Statesman:  CARICOM SG

    09 March 2017 Reference Number: 43/2017 / 210

     CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has praised the late former President of Haiti Mr. Rene Preval for his critical role in promoting stability, development, democracy and the rule of law in his country following trying periods of political turbulence and natural and man-made disasters.In his message of condolence to Mr. Preval’s family and the Government and people of Haiti, Ambassador LaRocque also noted that Mr. Preval’s was conscious  of the...
  • Statement by the Co-Chairs of the Every Caribbean Woman Every Caribbean Child Initiative On the occasion of the Observance of International Women’s Day 8 MARCH 2017

    08 March 2017 / 288

    Today,  on  the  occasion  of  International   Women's   Day 2017, we  join  the  voices  of  the  global  community   to celebrate  our women  and girls, those we have recognized  as well  as our unsung heroines. Despite the barriers,  women  have steadfastly  been the agents  of positive change in societies,  great  and small. It was...
  • Message From The Caribbean Community Secretariat To Commemorate International Women’s Day, 8 March, 2017

    08 March 2017 / 340

    The Caribbean Community joins with the global community in celebrating International Women’s Day 2017. The theme for this Forty-Second observance is #BeBoldForChange; a clarion call for all citizens of our Region and the world to play their part in forging more gender inclusive, just societies.  Over the past four decades, Member States of our Community have made legally binding commitments through various conventions and agreements to fulfill obligations related to human...
  • CARICOM RBM System ….a paradigm shift in the way work we work -

    07 March 2017 Reference Number: 39/2017 / 222

    This is the position of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Deputy Secretary-General, Dr. Manorma Soeknandan, who delivered remarks to  the Results Based Management (RBM) Workshop which opened at the CARICOM headquarters in Georgetown, Guyana on 6 March 2017. In her remarks, Dr. Soeknandan reiterated the necessity for the RBM System stating “the development, implementation and sustainability of the CARICOM RBM System is  necessary and timely to advance the...
  • CARICOM prepares positions on imminent UN oceans agreement

    06 March 2017 / 204

    Senior environment officials from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) met recently in Belize as CARICOM rationalises its position on the United Nations (UN) process to establish an international legally binding agreement on sustainable use of marine resources.The two-day workshop held 20-22 February 2017, in Belize City, Belize, was titled, ‘CARICOM Regional Workshop on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity beyond Areas of National...
  • Rene Preval, two-time president of Haiti, dead at 74 – Miami Herald

    06 March 2017 / 154

    Former Haitian President René Préval has died, his wife Elisabeth Delatour Préval confirmed to the Miami Herald. He was 74.Préval, who was president during Haiti’s tragic Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake, died at home in Laboule, a neighbourhood in Port-au-Prince. His wife, who wasn’t with him, said she had spoken to him “three times” Friday morning.“He was in excellent humour,” said Delatour Préval, who is traveling. “He...
  • Caribbean States must combine resources and expertise -President Granger on first day of official visit to The Bahamas

    03 March 2017 / 188

    (March 2, 2017) President David Granger, who arrived in The Bahamas on an official visit, this afternoon said that much of the economic and unemployment problems facing the Region can be solved if Caribbean States work to combine their resources, talents and expertise. The Head of State made these remarks, during an interview with ZNS News of the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas, following a meeting with the Governor General of that country, Dame Marguerite Pindling.Describing the...
  • Antigua and Barbuda to host CTU ICT Week and Symposium

    01 March 2017 / 188

    The Government of Antigua and Barbuda, in collaboration with the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), will host the ICT Week and Symposium at the Sandals Grande Resort and Spa from 20-24 March, 2017.The theme for the Symposium is ‘ICT: Driving 21st Century Intelligent Services’. CTU Secretary General, Ms. Bernadette Lewis explained that the purpose of the Week’s activities is “to raise awareness of the ICT revolution, the implications for policy, legislation...
  • February, 2017


    CARICOM-Republic of Korea commit to areas for closer cooperation

    28 February 2017 / 282

    CARICOM and the Republic of Korea held their first high-level meeting in Jamaica on Monday with agreement on a number of areas for closer cooperation.In a joint statement issued at the end of the meeting the two sides committed to further strengthen their ties of friendship and spirit of cooperation. They also agreed to reinvigorate a Consultation and Cooperation Mechanism which was established in 2006 to guide future CARICOM-Korea political and economic relations.In relation to some key...
  • Caribbean female voices say there are greater roles for first ladies

    27 February 2017 / 282

     Several women of prominence are calling for the Caribbean’s first ladies and the spouses of heads of government to be allowed more prominent roles in the development of their countries and the advancement of various causes.The call comes on the heels of the establishment of a Caribbean First Ladies/Spouses Network (CARIFLAN) to champion the ‘Every Caribbean Woman Every Caribbean Child’ (ECWECC) initiative.The United Nations Population Fund’s...
  • CSME – a journey not a destination: CARICOM Heads

    27 February 2017 Reference Number: 02/2017 / 342

    The review, mandated by the Heads at their previous meeting in July 2016, spoke to the achievements to date, the matters being held up by Member States or Community Organs, work that is in train or still to be done, and the challenges being faced.The Meeting agreed that there was significant progress in the implementation of the CSME, and noted that the areas of achievement include legal and institutional measures and mechanisms to support free movement of goods, services, skills...
  • Haiti names new prime minister

    24 February 2017 / 270

    PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Feb 23, CMC – President Jovenel Moise says he has appointed Dr. Jack Guy Lafontant , a professor of gastroenterology at the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of the State University of Haiti (UEH) as the country’s new Prime Minister.He replaces Enex Jean-Charles, who submitted his letter of resignation earlier this month to allow the new head of state to enter into discussions with the Presidents of both Houses of Parliament for his successor, as stipulated...
  • CARICOM SG lauds Saint Lucia’s leadership role on Sustainable Development on its 38th Independence Anniversary

    22 February 2017 / 264

    CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has extended the Caribbean Community’s congratulations to Saint. Lucia on its 38th anniversary as an independent nation.In a message to  Prime Minister Hon. Allen Chastanet, Ambassador LaRocque expressed the Community’s appreciation for Saint Lucia’s contributions at all levels of CARICOM and specifically its leadership role on the important issue of Sustainable Development.  Saint. Lucia has lead responsibility...
  • Legal sanctions and mandates must be reinforced… for lasting results …  PM Browne

    22 February 2017 / 348

    Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Hon. Gaston Browne, told the Forum of CARICOM  First Ladies and Spouses of Heads of State and Government that legal sanctions and mandates by themselves would not yield lasting results, but must be reinforced by other factors. These included reliable data; coordinated policies and programmes;  men and boys in the response; and promoting evidenced-based solutions.The Prime Minister’s  statement was made in reference to the Every...
  • CTO, CHTA applaud CARICOM decisions on tourism

    22 February 2017 / 290

    Two Regional tourism organisations have  applauded Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government for taking the lead in recognising the critical contribution of tourism to the economies of member countries and for their commitment to advancing a regional tourism agenda.The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), the region’s tourism development agency, and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), the umbrella private sector organisation,...
  • CARICOM Heads to champion ECWECC initiative: Violence against women and women’s and children’s health are priority interventions

    21 February 2017 / 402

    CARICOM Heads of the Government have agreed to champion the Every Caribbean Woman Every Caribbean Child (ECWECC) initiative and other activities focussed on addressing violence against women and women’s and children’s health.The ECWECC initiative revolves around opportunities to improve the lives of women, children and adolescents. It focuses on four priority issues: teenage pregnancy; violence against women and children (including trafficking in persons); cervical cancer and...
  • ‘Every citizen of this Community must count’ – President David Granger

    18 February 2017 / 334

    The Twenty-Eighth Intersessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government concluded a short while ago. I am very pleased to report that we had two successful days of discussions and decisions on issues that are important to moving the Community towards its objectives.During the course of our discussions, the Conference of Heads of Government reflected on the importance of the CARICOM ‘Brand’, and the pride that we have in our citizenship, citizenry and membership.Every citizen of...
  • Dominica’s Prime Minister wants quick access for the Region to climate change funding

    17 February 2017 / 262

    As the Region battles more intense and frequent climatic events, Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is hoping global funding initiatives for adaptation and mitigation do not take on the usual sluggish disbursement practices of other global initiatives.Prime Minister Skerrit, the outgoing CARICOM Chairman,  made the point in his address to the Opening Ceremony for the 28th Inter-Sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads in Guyana, Thursday, during which he recounted devastating...
  • CARICOM to implement system to measure results of integration

    17 February 2017 Reference Number: 24/2017 / 332

    The reform process that is underway in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is working towards a Results Based Management (RBM) system that will measure the tangible results of regional integration mechanisms.CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque highlighted this move when he addressed the opening ceremony of the Twenty Eight Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of CARICOM Heads of Government at the Marriot Hotel in Georgetown, Guyana on Thursday 16 February 2017.He said...
  • Expedite full implementation of CSME – CARICOM Chairman

    16 February 2017 / 358

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) must expedite the full implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).This was the charge President of Guyana, His Excellency David Granger, issued to Heads of Government and delegates at the opening of the Twenty-Eighth Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM in Georgetown Guyana on Thursday morning.“Economic cooperation is a fundamental pillar of our Community. The Caribbean, if it is to escape the...
  • Forum of CARICOM First Ladies and Spouses to move forward Every Caribbean Woman, Every Caribbean Child Initiative

    15 February 2017 / 332

    he high rate of violence against women will be among issues discussed when the Forum of the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM’s) Spouses of Heads of State and Government on the Every Caribbean Woman, Every Caribbean Child (ECWECC) initiative begins in Guyana tomorrow.The Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat said that the two-day meeting will seek to hammer out the specifics on the way forward for this initiative.The ECWECC initiative is expected to provide opportunities to improve the...
  • Crime and security ‘continues to pose a threat’ to region says CARICOM Secretary-General

    14 February 2017 / 352

    “It (Crime) continues to pose a threat to our community, it is not just a national issue for individual member states, it’s a regional one and hence it demands a regional solution,” CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said.According to Ambassador LaRocque, the issue of crime and security is top among the three broad areas that are up for discussion at the upcoming CARICOM 28th Intercessional meeting to be held here in Georgetown.He is of the opinion that...
  • ‘Take stock of the positive’ – CARICOM SG on integration movement

    14 February 2017 / 278

    “Can you imagine if there were no CARICOM? Things that we take for granted in our everyday lives… like CXC… that’s CARICOM at work. The fact that more than ninety-nine per cent of our goods is traded freely within our Region - that’s CARICOM at work. The fact that we can have a concerted effort at talking about correspondent banking,…can you imagine if Guyana went alone or Saint Lucia went alone to talk …about correspondent banking? The fact that we...
  • CARICOM Chairman briefed on upcoming Heads of Government Meeting

    10 February 2017 / 340

    CARICOM Chairman, President David Granger of Guyana (3rd left) and his team, including Foreign Minister Mr. Carl Greenidge (2nd left) met on Friday with CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (3rd right) and his team from the CARICOM Secretariat ahead of next week's 28th Inter-Sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government to be held at the Marriott Hotel, Georgetown, Guyana. The Meeting, on 16 - 17 February, will examine a wide range of issues issues of concern to the...
  • Statement by the Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Government His Excellency Brigadier (Ret’d) David A. Granger

    10 February 2017 / 318

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is deeply distressed at the violence which broke out in Dominica following a public meeting on Tuesday, 7 February.CARICOM recognizes the right of citizens to engage in peaceful protest. However, the Community condemns the vandalism which resulted in the destruction of private property and businesses.The Community urges all to act with restraint and maintain the orderly and peaceful society to which Dominicans and the wider Community are accustomed.
  • Technical working groups to boost human resource development

    10 February 2017 / 292

    Human Resource Development across the Caribbean Community will be further improved with the establishment or revival of five Technical Working Groups by the CARICOM Secretariat.The Working Groups will develop specific sector policies and standards for the broadening and deepening of equitable access and facilitate relevance and quality in Regional education and training. The Technical Working Groups are Taskforces comprising six key regional experts and one internationally renowned expert who...
  • CARIFESTA Grand Market registration opens

    09 February 2017 / 400

    Registration for the Grand Market and Buyers’ Mall for CARIFESTA XIII is now open.Producers of cultural products and services are encouraged to sign up for the event, which takes place during CARIFESTA XIII from August 17 to 27.The Grand Market and Buyers’ Mall will be held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Two Mile Hill, St. Michael. Interested persons may complete the registration form here.The Grand Market and Buyers’ Mall will give...
  • CARICOM Builds Consumer Protection Capacity

    09 February 2017 Reference Number: 17/2017 / 268

      The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat is ensuring that Member States are equipped to safeguard the health and safety of consumers.With the support of the European Union’s 10th European Development Fund, its latest initiative is a Risk Assessment and Product Safety Training Workshop which opens Wednesday at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Jamaica. The 3-day workshop is hosted in collaboration with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Organization of...
  • CARICOM and Switzerland – a potential model for north-south cooperation

    07 February 2017 / 418

    Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community Ambassador Irwin La Rocque accepted the Letters of Credence of His Excellency  Didier Chassot, Plenipotentiary Representative of Switzerland to CARICOM on 6 February 2017, deepening CARICOM’s relationship with Switzerland. In indicating his aspiration for a concrete programme of cooperation, Amb. LaRocque identified environmental protection, renewable energy, financial services, tourism and agri-business as areas of mutual...
  • We can, I can” Reduce My Risk of Cancer

    06 February 2017 / 332

    Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago The large number of deaths from breast and cervical cancer in the Caribbean is very alarming, since cervical cancer is largely preventable, and breast cancer can be detected early and treated successfully.Executive Director, Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), Dr C. James Hospedales said, “Common modifiable risk factors that contribute to the development of cancers include tobacco use, unhealthy diets, physical inactivity and harmful use of...
  • Caribbean Faith Leaders Consultation Concludes with Strategic Recommendations for Ending AIDS by 2030

    03 February 2017 / 416

     (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     The Caribbean Faith Leaders Consultation, held on 1-2 February 2017 in Trinidad and Tobago, concluded with strategic recommendations to improve the overall quality of life of People Living with and Affected by HIV and AIDS. The Consultation, which was supported by the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and AIDS...
  • Faith leaders urged to impact communities to end AIDS by 2030

    03 February 2017 Reference Number: 14/17 / 428

    Fifty-five religious leaders from  fourteen Caribbean countries  were urged to remain committed to the recommendations of  the Caribbean Faith Leaders Consultation on  their contribution to ending  AIDS by 2030, held in Trinidad and Tobago on 1-2 February 2017. Recommendations included “Seeking to engage representatives of key populations including men who have sex with men, sex workers, drug users and others in programmes aimed at identifying respective...
  • Recommendations of the Caribbean Faith Leaders Consultation on Ending HIV and AIDS by 2030

    03 February 2017 / 276

    Recommendations of the Caribbean Faith Leaders  Consultation on Ending HIV and AIDS by 20301-2 February 2017Trinidad and Tobago Endorsing the Targets in the 2016 UN High Level Political Declaration to fast-track the end of the AIDS epidemic by 2030;  Promoting healthy living of people at all ages of the life cycle by placing emphasis on plugging the prevention gaps includes stressing family values, age appropriate sexual education, creative communication approaches...
  • Caribbean better prepared to deal with crisis situations

    02 February 2017 / 490

    The Caribbean region’s ability to respond to crisis situations and its early warning capacity have been greatly strengthened, thanks to the Global Crisis Response Support Programme (GCRSP).The two-year programme received 2.6 million euros from the European Union to improve crisis management infrastructures in the Region, and included training courses, workshops, and a scenario/simulation exercise.  Participating agencies gave the Programme a thumbs-up as they believe the benefits...
  • Stakeholders want CARICOM Heads of Government to meet on Energy

    02 February 2017 Reference Number: 15/2017 / 478

    Participants at a recently concluded high level forum want energy to be placed squarely before the Caribbean 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...
  • January, 2017


    “CARICOM needs CELAC to help protect our countries …” President Granger

    27 January 2017 / 516

    Guyana’s President and current Chair of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), H.E. David Granger, called on the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) to satisfy the needs of all its members. He was addressing the Fifth Summit of Heads of State and Government, last Wednesday, 25 January 2017, in the Dominican Republic. President Granger told the “partnership of large and small states’ comprising 33 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America that it must...
  • PANCAP Partners with Caribbean Faith Leaders for Consultation on Ending HIV and Aids by 2030

    25 January 2017 / 454

    The Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP)and Caribbean Faith Leaders will host a consultation on ending HIV and AIDS by 2030. The consultation takes place on 1-2 February 2017, in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago and is being co-funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and AIDS HealthCare Foundation.The Consultation, which is being led by Faith Leaders with support from the PANCAP Coordinating Unit, has attracted approximately fifty-five religious...
  • The Netherlands flag key areas for cooperation expansion

    18 January 2017 Reference Number: 102/2017 / 682

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Netherlands on Wednesday renewed a mechanism for diplomatic cooperation with the accreditation of a new envoy to CARICOM, His Excellency Jules Bijl.In a simple ceremony at the Headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat on 18 January 2017, CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, said the Community was keen to learn more of Netherland’s experiences in a range of areas. They include environmental protection, water management, disaster...
  • Caribbean regional security, health and disaster agencies face comprehensive readiness test

    10 January 2017 / 510

    Security, public health and disaster management personnel from across the Caribbean will be put to the test as they participate in a training exercise aimed at improving regional responses during an emergency situation....
  • CARICOM Ministers Welcome the passing of the US-CARIBBEAN Strategic Engagement Act (H.R. 4939)

    10 January 2017 / 512

    STATEMENT FROM THE 39TH MEETING OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY (CARICOM) COUNCIL OF MINISTERSWe, the Ministers of Government of CARICOM Member States, gathered together at our Thirty-Ninth   Meeting of the Community Council of Ministers, on January 9 -10, 2017 in Georgetown, Guyana, welcome the recent passing in the United States Congress, on December 13, 2016 of the US-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act of 2016 (H.R. 4939), which calls for a new long-term strategy to strengthen...
  • Signing of the Memorandum Of Understanding on Gender Equality and The Empowerment of Women

    10 January 2017 Reference Number: 04/2017 / 596

    Brief Remarks By the SECRETARY-GENERAL CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on the Occasion of the Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding On GENDER EQUALTY AND THE EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN Georgetown, Guyana 9 January 2017 I want to thank the United Nations, through its Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women) for coming forward to assist the Secretariat and the Community to strengthen its support for issues related to Gender. It is particularly...
  • A crucial year for the Reform Process – CARICOM SG

    10 January 2017 Reference Number: 06/2017 / 622

    The Thirty-Ninth Meeting of the Community Council of Ministers opened on 9 January 2017, at the CARICOM headquarters, Guyana, under the chairmanship of Guyana’s Vice President and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Carl Greenidge. In his remarks to the Official Opening, Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community, Amb. Irwin LaRocque told the gathering that 2017 was “a crucial year for the Community’s Reform Process, as it was the mid-point of the five-year (2015-2019)...
  • CARICOM,UN-Women sign MOU on gender equality, empowerment

    09 January 2017 Reference Number: 05/2017 / 534

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with UN-Women to support the Community’s work on gender and regional statistics.The signing took place during the official opening of the Thirty-Ninth Meeting of the Community Council of Ministers at the CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana.The MOU on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women includes collaboration in the provision of Caribbean-wide data, statistics and...
  • CSME sensitization and capacity building for Suriname

    06 January 2017 / 654

    A sensitization session on the CSME (CARICOM Single Market and Economy) Regime for Free Movement of People is one of two workshops to be held in Suriname next week.More than 30 participants will attend the one-day sensitization training workshop on Tuesday 12 January in the Dutch-speaking CARICOM Member State.  The intervention will help to address the critical importance of stakeholder engagement, including with employers, the private sector and labour, to the successful operation of...
  • Secretary-General briefs new CARICOM Chairman

    06 January 2017 / 470

    CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque met on Friday with incoming CARICOM Chairman H.E. Brigadier (Retired) David Granger to brief him on his tenure as Chair for the next six months and preparations for the Inter-Sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government in February, over which he will preside.Also present at the briefing were Guyana's Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Greenidge and Sharlene Phoenix of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Neville Bissember, Advisor,...
  • CARICOM congratulates Haiti’s President-elect Jovenel Moise

    05 January 2017 Reference Number: 02/2017 / 606

    CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has congratulated Haiti’s President-elect Jovenel Moise who was this week declared winner of the country’s 20 November 2016 presidential elections.The 48 year old Moise, a banana exporter, won 55.6 percent of the votes in November’s first round of the elections. His major challengers, Jude Celestin, Jean-Charles Moise and Maryse Narcisse contested the count and after a verification process, the Haitian Provisional Electoral...
  • CARICOM cherishes Haiti’s membership – Secretary-General on its 213th Independence Anniversary

    03 January 2017 / 508

    CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has congratulated Haiti on its 213th anniversary as an Independent nation, saying the country’s liberation was a catalyst for independence for other countries in Latin America and later, of the Caribbean.Haiti gained its independence on 1 January 1804 after a hard fought anti-slavery and anti-colonial battle against the French colonisers.  It became a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on 1 July 2002.The Caribbean...
  • December, 2016


    New Year’s Message From The incoming Chairman of The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) His Excellency David Granger President of The Co-operative Republic of Guyana

    31 December 2016 Reference Number: 185/2016 / 598

    I extend to all best wishes for a bright, prosperous and productive New Year as we enter 2017, the Forty-Fourth Year of our Community. This year marks the mid-point of our Five-Year Strategic Plan for the period 2015-2019, a foundational element in the Community’s Reform Process.  That process is geared towards ensuring that our people feel the impact of the integration movement in their daily lives. Integration is not merely about systems and institutions. It is mostly...
  • Defining Guyana’s role in CARICOM Energy thrust

    30 December 2016 / 638

    Guyana is firmly committed to pursuing the path of renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE), and has taken initiatives that testify to that obligation. The country has embraced the concept of a Green Economy, which is intended to provide a holistic, integrated approach to national development. This encompasses areas such as effective waste management, efficient water management, clean transportation, energy efficiency and energy conservation, and renewable energy usage, according to...
  • Seeds of change began to bear fruit in 2016 – CARICOM Secretary-General

    23 December 2016 / 418

    “We have come to the end of another year of service to our Community.  When the history of this year is written, it will record that the seeds of change in our Secretariat and our Community began to bear fruit in 2016,” Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said.He made the assertion in an end-of-year message in which he provided details of the strides that were taken in the reform process that the Secretariat and Community have...
  • Statement by CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin Larocque on the passing of Sir Dwight Venner, Former Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB)

    23 December 2016 / 602

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) mourns the passing of the former Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) Sir Dwight Venner.  Sir Dwight was a true champion of regional integration.  During his more than two decades at the helm of the sub-regional Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), he was an outstanding contributor to discourse on regional economics and finance and prospects for a unified Caribbean.  His focused leadership at the Central Bank has been...
  • End of Year Message by the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque

    22 December 2016 / 584

    Seeds of change began to bear fruit in 2016 – CARICOM Secretary-GeneralWe have come to the end of another year of service to our Community.  When the history of this year is written, it will record that the seeds of change in our Secretariat and our Community began to bear fruit in 2016. The framework of our reform process has begun to take shape both within the Community and its Secretariat.  The Implementing Partners for the Strategic Plan, the Member States, the...
  • Studied, deliberate progress in integration movement – CARICOM Chairman

    20 December 2016 Reference Number: 184/2016 / 562

    END OF YEAR MESSAGE BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CARIBBEN COMMUNITY HONOURABLE ROOSEVELT SKERRIT PRIME MINISTER OF DOMINICA We have come to the end of an interesting and impactful year for our Caribbean Community (CARICOM). 2016 has seen studied and deliberate progress in our integration movement.  We continue to work to ensure that the people of the Community realise the benefit of our co-ordinated actions. The advancement of our reform process is a key element towards...
  • Opposition wins in Turks and Caicos Islands elections

    16 December 2016 / 514

    Preliminary results from yesterday’s general elections in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) gave victory to the main opposition Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) of attorney Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson.The 7,800 voters had three choices: the ruling Progressive National Party (PNP) led by Premier Dr. Rufus Ewing; the PDM and the People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) led by Oswald Skippings.
  • CDB approves US$436.7M country strategy for Trinidad and Tobago

    15 December 2016 / 368

    The Board of Directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved a country strategy for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago for the period 2017 to 2021. The strategy proposes financial support of US$436.7M from CDB.“This strategy underscores CDB’s longstanding commitment to helping Trinidad and Tobago achieve its development priorities. It will provide focused support that aims to unlock the country’s potential for economic and social development,...
  • First Marine Climate Change Report Card for Caribbean in works

    15 December 2016 / 380

    (CRFM)—The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) has been working with other Caribbean agencies and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), a marine science and technology agency sponsored by the UK’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. The agencies are preparing the first ever marine climate change report card for the Caribbean, under the Commonwealth Marine Economies Programme funded by the UK government.Peter A....
  • CDEMA and CARICAD Formalise Partnership for Regional Sustainable Development

    15 December 2016 / 366

    In a true demonstration of regional partnership, two CARICOM institutions have taken an important step to formalize their relationship towards enhancing sustainable development across the region.The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to demonstrate their synergistic relationship through more strategic collaboration. The MOU was signed by the Executive Director of...
  • Legislation to strengthen US-Caribbean Engagement heads to President Obama’s desk

    14 December 2016 / 446

    WASHINGTON—Representative Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), a former Chair of the Committee, today announced that their legislation to enhance U.S. engagement with the Caribbean has passed the House and Senate and is headed to the President for signature into law. The United States-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act (H.R. 4939) calls for a new, long-term strategy to strengthen ties between the...
  • Guyana mourns passing of “To Sir, With Love” author – President Granger

    14 December 2016 / 460

    His Excellency Brigadier David Granger, MSS, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana said that Guyana deeply mourns the passing of the late educator, author and diplomat,Mr. Edward Ricardo Braithwaite (E.R. Braithwaite), CCH, who passed away on Monday, December 12, 2016 at a hospital in Maryland, United States of America.President Granger said that Mr. Braithwaite was an eminent Guyanese and distinguished diplomat and extends condolences to his family at this time. Mr. Braithwaite...
  • CARICOM Secretariat leads discussions on services sector strategies in Belize

    13 December 2016 / 422

    Officials in Belize's Services sector have been developing enhanced services sector strategies with support from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat.The Secretariat convened two-days of national consultations for public and private sector officials on 7-8 December through funding under the 10th EDF programme.More than 35 officials from various Government Ministries and Public Sector agencies participated on day-one which targeted public sector officials. Day-two saw...
  • CARICOM and Cuba mark 44th anniversary of diplomatic relations with ‘growing friendship’

    08 December 2016 / 488

    Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica has hailed the ‘mutually beneficial relationship’ on the occasion of the 44th anniversary of CARICOM-Cuba diplomatic relations today, Thursday 8 December 2016.In a Statement to mark the occasion, Prime Minister Skerrit noted CARICOM’s steadfast advocacy for Cuba’s integration into the wider hemisphere, beginning with the historic step by the first four Member States in breaking...
  • Regional Training Centre being established for young people with disabilities

    08 December 2016 / 574

    Plans for a Regional Training Centre for young people with disabilities moved a step forward today with the signing of an agreement by the implementing parties.CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Guyana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Carl Greenidge, and Cuba’s Ambassador to Guyana H.E. Julio Cesar Gonsalez Marchante signed a Tripartite Cooperation and Technical Assistance Agreement at a Ceremony held at the CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana.  The...
  • Reform absolutely essential in ever-changing global environment - CARICOM SG

    05 December 2016 / 468

    CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRcoque, delivering the Feature Address on the occasion of Public Service Day, 2 December 2016, in the Commonwealth of Dominica:It is a real pleasure for me to be here tonight to celebrate with you as you acknowledge and reward your peers for excellence and service.  I congratulate all the awardees who I am sure would have put in the extra effort to ensure that the job was done.  There is nothing more satisfying than the feeling of a...
  • CSME Training for Saint Lucia’s Secondary School Teachers

    02 December 2016 Reference Number: 180/2016 / 708

    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 / 656

    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...