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  • March, 2017


    What Walcott Knew

    27 March 2017 / 12

    “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 / 20

    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 / 32

    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 / 28

    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 / 28

    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 / 4

    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 / 54

    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 / 6

    (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 / 52

    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 / 14

    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 / 64

    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 / 90

    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 / 90

      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 / 20

        (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 / 88

    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 / 120

    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 / 12

      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 / 102

     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 / 100

     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 / 160

    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 / 166

    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...
  • We must rally around the Every Caribbean Woman Every Caribbean Child Initiative - UNSE

    07 March 2017 / 184

    This is the  charge from the United Nations Secretary-General Special Envoy(UNSE)  for HIV and AIDS in the Caribbean, Dr. Edward Greene, in his message on the occasion of the International Women’s Day 2017, being observed on 8 March 2017. Titled Let us together do what it takes to #be bold for Change, the UNSE also called  for the “…support of programmes intended to make the Caribbean the first region in the world to eliminate mother-to-child...
  • CARICOM RBM System ….a paradigm shift in the way work we work -

    07 March 2017 Reference Number: 39/2017 / 126

    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 / 124

    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 / 78

    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 / 120

    (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 / 106

    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 / 158

    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 / 168

     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 / 208

    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 / 162

    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 / 144

    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 / 224

    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 / 170

    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 / 298

    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 / 218

    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 / 162

    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 / 220

    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 / 234

    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 / 228

    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 / 234

    “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 / 178

    “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 / 224

    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 / 230

    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 / 187

    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 / 276

    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 / 188

      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 / 302

    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 / 256

    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 / 310

     (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 / 326

    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 / 188

    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 / 358

    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 / 362

    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 / 400

    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 / 362

    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 / 540

    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 / 422

    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 / 418

    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 / 482

    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 / 504

    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 / 438

    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 / 534

    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 / 388

    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 / 490

    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 / 422

    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 / 488

    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 / 532

    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 / 340

    “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 / 490

    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 / 494

    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 / 482

    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 / 426

    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 / 288

    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 / 304

    (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 / 300

    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 / 372

    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 / 386

    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 / 336

    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 / 406

    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 / 468

    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 / 380

    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 / 602

    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 / 566

    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 / 416

    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 / 524

    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 / 498

    '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 / 534

    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 / 546

    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 / 510

    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 / 512

    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 / 544

    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 / 514

    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 / 486

     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 / 648

      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 / 650

     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 / 624

    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 / 568

    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 / 621

    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 / 584

    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...