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  • February, 2017


    ‘Every citizen of this Community must count’ – President David Granger

    18 February 2017 / 10

    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 / 24

    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 / 32

    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 / 36

    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 / 66

    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 / 50

    “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 / 40

    “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 / 88

    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 / 82

    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 / 57

    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 / 104

    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 / 72

      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 / 128

    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 / 130

    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 / 176

     (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 / 154

    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 / 82

    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 / 194

    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 / 216

    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 / 250

    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 / 204

    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 / 354

    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 / 270

    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 / 306

    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 / 302

    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 / 356

    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 / 296

    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 / 360

    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 / 266

    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 / 314

    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 / 286

    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 / 362

    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 / 378

    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 / 240

    “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 / 334

    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 / 334

    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 / 344

    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 / 290

    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 / 198

    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 / 202

    (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 / 194

    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 / 246

    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 / 258

    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 / 230

    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 / 276

    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 / 342

    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 / 264

    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 / 430

    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 / 390

    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 / 306

    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 / 384

    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 / 370

    '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 / 394

    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 / 392

    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 / 380

    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 / 368

    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 / 390

    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 / 372

    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 / 374

     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 / 480

      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 / 478

     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 / 454

    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 / 414

    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 / 451

    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 / 420

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

    21 November 2016 Reference Number: 165/2016 / 462

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

    18 November 2016 / 292

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

    18 November 2016 / 396

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

    18 November 2016 / 322

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

    18 November 2016 Reference Number: 164/2016 / 430

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

    17 November 2016 / 394

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

    14 November 2016 / 444

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

    14 November 2016 / 482

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

    14 November 2016 / 242

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

    14 November 2016 / 270

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

    10 November 2016 / 288

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

    09 November 2016 / 250

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

    09 November 2016 / 306

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

    09 November 2016 / 296

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

    09 November 2016 / 494

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

    02 November 2016 / 500

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


    Way forward identified on correspondent banking challenge – PM Browne

    31 October 2016 / 482

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

    28 October 2016 / 518

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

    28 October 2016 / 486

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

    28 October 2016 / 532

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

    27 October 2016 / 528

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

    27 October 2016 / 490

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

    26 October 2016 / 490

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

    25 October 2016 / 516

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

    24 October 2016 / 458

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

    24 October 2016 / 474

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

    21 October 2016 Reference Number: 154/2016 / 562

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

    17 October 2016 / 546

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

    17 October 2016 / 439

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

    15 October 2016 / 607

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

    14 October 2016 / 524

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

    14 October 2016 / 482

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

    14 October 2016 Reference Number: 150/2016 / 468

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

    14 October 2016 / 456

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

    14 October 2016 / 538

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