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  • August, 2017


    Colourful display as CARIFESTA XIII gets underway

    21 August 2017 / 4

    After having to be rescheduled from Friday due to the passage of Tropical Storm Harvey, the official Opening Ceremony for CARIFESTA XIII took place on Sunday, with Barbados’ Minister of Culture Hon. Stephen Lashley declaring the festival open.The ceremony at  the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown was attended by Barbados’ Prime the Rt. Hon. Freundel Stuart;  Secretary General of the Caribbean Community Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, local and regional Ministers of Government,...
  • CARICOM Chairman condemns ‘callous’ terrorist attacks in Spain

    18 August 2017 / 6

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has condemned this week’s ‘shocking and callous’ terrorist attacks in Spain which killed 14 civilians and left more than 100 injured.CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell of Grenada, expressed the Region’s position in a message of condolence to the Prime Minister of Spain, the Most Excellent Mariano Rajoy Brey.Dr. Mitchell said in denouncing those orchestrated attacks perpetrated against innocent civilians, he aligned...
  • CARICOM SG ASKS SWEDEN’S HELP ON BLACKLISTING ISSUE

    18 August 2017 / 8

    Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has urged Sweden to use its position in two major international organisations to highlight the unfair labelling of some of the Community’s Member States as “non-cooperative tax jurisdictions”. Speaking at the CARICOM Secretariat’s Turkeyen, Guyana headquarters during the accreditation ceremony of Sweden’s news Ambassador to the Community, the Secretary-General said, “as we...
  • CARICOM SG calls for new model for development finance

    16 August 2017 / 32

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) believes that a new model for development finance needs to be considered.Speaking during the accreditation ceremony for the new Swedish Ambassador to the Community on Wednesday at the CARICOM Secretariat’s, Turkeyen, Guyana headquarters, CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque stated that GDP per capita should not be the principal measurement used in determining the development status of a country.“We will continue to advocate for...
  • CARIFESTA XIII – An opportunity for Regional economic progress

    16 August 2017 / 36

    Asserting our future, celebrating ourselves is the theme for the thirteenth  Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA XIII), which  takes place in Barbados on August 17-27, 2017.CARIFESTA has been the Caribbean Community’s premier art and culture festival since 1972. This roving event attracts artists and culture professionals from over 30 countries in the Region and has been held 12 times across eight Member States. The thirteenth staging of this mega cultural showcase will see...
  • PANCAP HOSTS HIV EDUTAINMENT EVENT   Over 50 children of employees will participate in interactive HIV awareness activities

    09 August 2017 Reference Number: 128/17 / 50

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)      The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), the mechanism that provides a structured and unified approach to the Caribbean’s response to the HIV epidemic, upon the initiative and request from the Office of the Deputy Secretary-General will facilitate an awareness activity on HIV and AIDS titled ‘HIV Edutainment Hangout’.  The special initiative will focus on the...
  • CARICOM lauds Jamaica on 55th Independence

    04 August 2017 Reference Number: 128/2017 / 68

    Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has lauded the distinguished contribution of Jamaica to the world as the country celebrates its Fifty-Fifth independence anniversary on 6 August 2017.In a message to the Government and People of Jamaica, the Secretary-General said Jamaica’s development has been fueled by the “renowned creativity of its people,” since it attained nationhood.The country has achieved significant progress while...
  • App development critical to Single ICT Space - CARICOM official

    02 August 2017 / 84

    Powered by flickr embed.Gratis Botón Facebook like generadorGratis Botón Facebook like generadorThe development of applications such as the recently launched CXC Connect, is critical to the CARICOM Single ICT Space. Speaking at the Guyana launch of the application on Monday, 31 July, 2017, Deputy Programme Manager ICT4D at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, Ms. Jennifer Britton said that the Single ICT Space was one of the initiatives undertaken by the CARICOM...
  • July, 2017


    CARICOM opens environment policy, action plan for discussions

    31 July 2017 Reference Number: 126/2017 / 112

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat has opened the draft CARICOM Environment and Natural Resources Policy, as well as the Action Plan for national, sub-regional and regional discussions beginning early August.The consultations have been planned for Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, the OECS Sub-region and Trinidad and Tobago involving wide-ranging stakeholders drawn from the public and private sectors, civil society, CARICOM Institutions, and academia. Discussions are scheduled for August...
  • CET, Rules of Origin Review aims to further stimulate trade

    23 July 2017 / 120

    Consultations to review the Common External Tariff (CET) and the Rules of Origin begin on Tuesday morning at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat.The Consultation is in keeping with the Community’s Policy to encourage the inclusion of key stakeholders in policy-making processes. It is supported by funding under the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID). Mr. Bernard Black, Senior Project Officer, Customs and Trade Policy at the CARICOM Secretariat,...
  • UN SG lauds CARICOM leadership on global issues

    21 July 2017 Reference Number: 124/2017 / 128

    As CARICOM and United Nations meet in New York to discuss how the international body can better support the Region’s strategic goals, UN Secretary-General, H.E. António Guterres has lauded CARICOM’s leadership on many pressing global issues.Speaking at the opening of the 9th Biennial CARICOM-UN General Meeting in New York on Thursday 20 July, the UN SG said:“This year marks the 25th anniversary of the decision by the General Assembly to grant the Caribbean Community...
  • CARICOM continues advocacy for SIDs at UN

    21 July 2017 Reference Number: 123/2017 / 110

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has renewed his call for International Financial Institutions and development partners to review the criterion for access to concessionary development financing by small developing states.He told the opening of the 9th Biennial CARICOM-UN General Meeting in New York on Thursday 20 July 2017 that access based on GDP per capita was not an adequate measurement since it does not take...
  • UN SG lauds CARICOM leadership on global issues

    21 July 2017 / 118

    As CARICOM and United Nations meet in New York to discuss how the international body can better support the Region’s strategic goals, UN Secretary-General, H.E. Antonio Guterres has lauded CARICOM’s leadership on many pressing global issues.Speaking at the opening of the 9th Biennial CARICOM-UN General Meeting in New York on Thursday 20 July, the UN SG said:“This year marks the 25th anniversary of the decision by the General Assembly to grant the Caribbean Community...
  • CARICOM Secretary-General pushes development issues at UN

    21 July 2017 / 138

    CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has renewed his call for International Financial Institutions and development partners to review the criterion for access to concessionary development financing by small developing states.He told the opening of the 9th Biennial CARICOM-UN General Meeting in New York on Thursday 20 July 2017 that access based on GDP per capita was not an adequate measurement since it does not take account of the inherent vulnerability of SIDs. CARICOM...
  • Human Resource Development Strategy gets green light

    07 July 2017 / 231

      The CARICOM Heads of Government have approved a Human Resource Development 2030 Strategy and Action Plan. The strategy is intended to form the basis for converged action by Member States in unlocking Caribbean human potential. This disclosure was made by Chairman of the CARICOM Conference of the Heads and Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. Keith Mitchell, at the closing press conference following the 38th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM in Grenada. According to...
  • CARICOM Single ICT Space Integrated Work Plan and Budget approved

    07 July 2017 / 240

    Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell (second from left) announcing the approval of the ICT Integrated Work Plan and Budget. Also in photograph are, from left, CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, President of Guyana, His Excellency David Granger and Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Hon. Andrew Holness[/caption] Just five months after signing off on the Vision and Roadmap for the CARICOM Single ICT Space, Heads of Government have signalled that their approval...
  • CSME the best response to changes in Europe – Outgoing Chair

    06 July 2017 Reference Number: 116/2017 / 232

    CSME the best response to changes in Europe – Outgoing Chair(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     The CSME is the Community's best response to the inevitable changes in its traditional markets in Europe, the prevalence of economic liberalization and the emergence of economic blocs, Outgoing Chairman of the Caribbean Community said Tuesday evening.Speaking to the opening of the 38th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government at...
  • People will know CARICOM is working when they see, taste and feel - Bahamas Prime Minister

    06 July 2017 Reference Number: 115/2017 / 237

    People will know CARICOM is working when they see, taste and feel - Bahamas Prime MinisterDr. The Honourable Hubert Minnis, Prime Minister of The Bahamas has signalled his readiness to help deliver the mandates of CARICOM to provide better, healthier and more prosperous lives for the people of the Community.In doing so, the newest Member of the Conference of Heads of Government also expressed confidence in organs and institutions of the Caribbean Community to deliver benefits of...
  • CSME remains best vehicle for sustainable economic growth in the Region - CARICOM SG

    06 July 2017 Reference Number: 111/2017 / 212

    CSME remains best vehicle for sustainable economic growth in the Region - CARICOM SG (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     Secretary General of the Caribbean Community, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, is of the view that the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) is still the most viable way for sustainable development in the Region. He made this disclosure at the Opening Ceremony of the Thirty Eighth Regular Meeting...
  • President Moise reaffirms Haiti’s commitment to Regional Integration

    05 July 2017 / 244

    President Jovenel Moise of Haiti has given the reassurance that Haiti continues to be committed to regional integration. He was speaking at the opening ceremony of the Thirty Eighth Regular Meeting of the CARICOM Conference of Heads of Government on Tuesday evening in Grenada.President Moise said his presence at the Meeting indicated his country’s renewed commitment to the process of integration. He said he strongly believed that the economic and social reforms...
  • Twelfth CARICOM Triennial Woman Awardee calls for support to reduce the scourge of violence against women and girls

    05 July 2017 / 144

    Twelfth  CARICOM Triennial Woman Awardee calls for support to reduce the scourgeof violence against women and girls Ms. Shirley Pryce received the Twelfth CARICOM Triennial Award for Women during the Official Opening of the 38th Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community on 4 July 2017, in St. George’s Grenada.In her acceptance speech, she called on governments, political and other leaders for their support in ending the “scourge of violence...
  • Close political gap between integration arrangements, demands of the people – CARICOM Chairman

    05 July 2017 / 231

    Developing inclusive mechanisms to close the political distance between integration arrangements and the demands of the people of the Region is a task that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) must confront.Incoming Chairman of CARICOM, Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada, issued this charge to his colleagues at the Opening Ceremony of the Thirty-Eighth Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, 4 July, 2017. The Ceremony was held at the Grenada Trade...
  • Outgoing CARICOM Chairman makes impassioned plea for closer unity

    05 July 2017 / 237

    “The Community, challenged by the constantly changing international situation, must redouble its efforts to ensure a more safe society for its citizens, more stable economies for its countries, deeper solidarity and a more secure hemisphere.”This impassioned plea for closer unity within CARICOM was issued by outgoing Chairman, His Excellency David Granger, President of Guyana, in his address to the opening of the Thirty-Eighth CARICOM Regular Meeting of the...
  • PANCAP Launches Redesigned Website to Expand Knowledge-Sharing on HIV in the Caribbean

    04 July 2017 / 156

    The Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) will officially launch a redesigned website on Friday, July 7 at the CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana.The new site will offer improved functionality, interactive features and aims to intensify the level of knowledge sharing, capacity building and networking among the PANCAP partners including civil society organisations, National AIDS Programme Managers, clinicians, technical experts in HIV, key populations (and...
  • Grand Anse and beyond

    04 July 2017 / 236

    Today, we continue to place the spotlight on Grenada ahead of the Thirty-Eighth Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM. We flash back through Grenada’s milestones as a champion of closer integration among the territories of the Region. The Regular Meeting of CARICOM  Heads of Government will be held from 4 – 6 July at the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort. The Opening Ceremony will be held this afternoon at the Grenada Trade Centre.  ...
  • Maximising the benefits of CARICOM Chairmanship

    03 July 2017 / 252

    Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada, the Chairmanship of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on 1 July, 2017. See the Grenada National Report broadcast below that highlights the areas Grenada will focus on during its six-months as Chair.
  • Lauding Grenada’s rich history in regional integration

    02 July 2017 / 238

    Grenada will continue its historically prominent role at the forefront of regional integration when it hosts the 38th Regular Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government from 4 – 6 July, at the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort. An Opening Ceremony, on 4 July, will be held at the Grenada Trade Centre.Grenada’s Prime Minister, Dr. Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, will chair the Meeting. Dr. Mitchell, on 1 July 2017, assumed the six-month rotating Chairmanship of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM),...
  • June, 2017


    CELEBRATING WOMEN IN DEVELOPMENT: Domestic Workers Rights Leader is Twelfth CARICOM Triennial Women Awardee

    30 June 2017 / 239

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) CARICOM will pay formal recognition to yet another distinguished daughter of the soil when it confers its prestigious Triennial Award for Women on Ms. Shirley Pryce of Jamaica.Ms. Shirley Pryce, a veteran advocate for Domestic workers rights, motivational speaker and an “example of women’s empowerment”, joins the rank of some of the Caribbean’s most excellent and exemplary, courageous, committed and creative women. She is the recipient...
  • What’s the picture a decade after signing Declaration on NCDs?

    30 June 2017 / 214

    This year marks the 10th anniversary of the signing of the landmark CARICOM Heads of Government Port-of-Spain Declaration on non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The Thirty-Eighth CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting in St. George’s, Grenada, July 4-6, is expected to celebrate this momentous achievement. In 2007, the Caribbean led the world in convening the very first conference of Heads of Government on NCDs which in turn paved the way for the United Nations High-level Meeting on NCDs...
  • Chatting CARICOM - Part 3 of 4

    29 June 2017 / 300

    The third programme in the live television series, “Chatting CARICOM” was broadcast across the Region on Wednesday 28 June 2017 at 8 pm.The panel featured the Barbados Ambassador to #CARICOMorg, Mr. Robert Morris and the Officer-in-Charge of the CSME Unit, Ms. Gladys Young.The focus was on the Free Movement of Skills.The programme is part of the visibility for the projects carried out under the 10th EDF but also gives an update on the work being  done by the...
  • UK commits to closer relations with CARICOM

    24 June 2017 / 225

    Even as the United Kingdom continues to face its fair share of challenging events, it has committed to closer relations with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).New High Commissioner of the UK to the Eastern Caribbean and CARICOM, Her Excellency Janet Douglas said on Thursday, 22 June, that her country wanted to infuse fresh vigour in its relations with the Region. She was at time presenting her Letter of Credence to CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, at the CARICOM...
  • PANCAP CONGRATULATES GOVERNMENT OF BARBADOS AND LADYMEADE REFERENCE UNIT ON 15 YEAR MILESTONE AND SUCCESSFUL IMPLEMENTATION OF ‘TREAT ALL’ PROGRAMME

    22 June 2017 / 222

    - Director of PANCAP lauds Ladymeade Reference Unit for integral role in ‘Treat All’ Implementation Thursday, June 22, 2017 (PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat): The Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) congratulates the Government of Barbados and the Ladymeade Reference Unit (LRU) on 15 years of providing quality HIV and STI services for the people of Barbados and the wider Caribbean Region. PANCAP also acknowledges the significant...
  • CARICOM Official lauds work of Regional Cultural Committee

    22 June 2017 / 282

    Director of Human Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, Ms Myrna Bernard, on Wednesday lauded the Regional Cultural Committee (RCC) for its many achievements over the past two decades.Ms. Bernard was speaking at the opening ceremony of the Twenty-Fifth Meeting of the Regional Cultural Committee at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, 21-23 July, 2017. Ms. Myrna Bernard  said the RCC was instrumental in developing a Regional cultural policy in...
  • CARICOM Border Officials Commend CSME Training

    15 June 2017 Reference Number: 103/2017 / 252

    Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Immigration and Customs Officers took the opportunity this week to discuss CARICOM Single Market and Economy processes at a training workshop. The two-day session in Barbados sought to ensure there was common understanding of the Free Movement of Persons regime. Participants were also involved in training in Customer Service and the Right of Establishment and Provision of Services.There was representation from all Member States who are significantly participating...
  • CARICOM, Korea formalise decade-old friendship

    13 June 2017 / 276

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Republic of Korea on Tuesday formalised a decade-old friendship with the accreditation of the first non-permanent Plenipotentiary Representative of the East Asian country to CARICOM.Deputy Secretary-General of CARICOM, Ambassador Manorma Soeknandan accepted the Letter of Credence from H.E. Mr. Ki-Mo Lim in a simple ceremony at the Headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat on Tuesday 13 June, 2017.She said CARICOM welcomed and celebrated this formal...
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ presentation to the Plenary - UN Oceans Conference

    13 June 2017 / 234

    Statement byMinister Hon. Saboto Ceasar, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries andRural Transformation, Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesAt theUnited Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of SustainableDevelopment Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas andmarine resources for sustainable developmentJune 8,2017 Mr President, Excellencies, Distinguished Representatives, Ladies and GentlemenSaint Vincent and the Grenadines wishes to...
  • Antigua and Barbuda’s presentation to the Plenary - UN Oceans Conference

    13 June 2017 / 230

    STATEMENT BY H.E. DR. WALTON WEBSON AMBAS SADOR, PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF ANTIGUA AND BARBUDADURINGTHEUNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE TO SUPPORT THE IMPLEMENTATION OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL 14JUNE8,2017 "Our ocean, our future: partnering for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14"Presidents of the Conference, President of the General Assembly Secretary General, Excellences,Mr President, On behalf of the Government and people of Antigua and Barbuda, allow...
  • CARICOM Immigration, Customs Officers to receive training on CSME

    09 June 2017 Reference Number: 100/2017 / 306

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) CARICOM Immigration and Customs Officers will undergo training next week to clarify the roles and functions of Border Officers. The training is also geared at ensuring that there is a common understanding of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) in general, and the Free Movement of Persons (FMP) in particular.The Train-the-Trainers Workshop for Immigration and Customs Officers is being held by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)...
  • Trinidadian winners of CARICOM Energy Month contests get prizes

    09 June 2017 / 298

    Nationals of Trinidad and Tobago who won places in the CARICOM Energy Month Photography and Art and Video competitions, received their prizes earlier this week.The prizes were presented to the winners at a simple ceremony held at the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries, Trinidad and Tobago.Candice Sobers and Seon Thompson, both of Trinidad and Tobago placed second, and third, respectively, in the Photo and Art Competition, and won US$2000 and US$1000, respectively. Guyanese...
  • CARICOM – Strengthening regional and global networks to achieve sustainable development goals

    08 June 2017 / 336

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) staged its Side-Event at the UN Oceans Conference in New York, Wednesday, with a strong focus on networking and collaboration to help the region achieve its sustainable development goals.The event, titled “Ocean Governance and SIDS Sustainable Development”, was convened as a partnership involving CARICOM Member States, led by Barbados and Belize; CARICOM Institutions led by the University of the West Indies (UWI); and the CARICOM Secretariat....
  • Guyana developing suite of services to better manage coastal ecosystem – Minister Trotman

    08 June 2017 / 318

    Guyana’s Minister for Natural Resources, Hon Raphael Trotman addresses the UN Oceans Conference, UN Headquarters, New York, 5-9 June 2017.Mr. President,Guyana, firstly, wishes to place on record its appreciation to you, Mr President, for convening this important Conference in support of the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14, which is to conserve and sustainably use our oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.This Conference, bringing together...
  • Address by Jamaica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith to the Plenary Session of the UN Oceans Conference, Tuesday 6 June

    07 June 2017 / 374

    Co-Presidents, On behalf of the Jamaican delegation, I extend warm congratulations to you and your Vice Presidents on being elected to lead this Conference.Please be assured of our best wishes for a productive engagement and meaningful outcome to our deliberations. We are pleased to align ourselves with the statements made on behalf of the Group of 77 and Chin, as well as on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States.Recognizing that oceans, seas and coastal areas form an integrated and...
  • Statement delivered by Belize   Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development & Climate Change Dr. Omar Figueroa, to the United Nations Ocean Conference 6 June 2017, New York

    06 June 2017 / 294

    Mr. Co-presidents, On behalf of the Government and people of Belize, I wish to extend our congratulations to you for the initiative and leadership you have demonstrated to support the implementation of sustainable development goal 14.For the first time since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, we are jointly examining two agendas - the environmental and the development - that have long existed in parallel and that are better understood for their tension than for their...
  • Barbados Foreign Minister, Hon Maxine McClean addresses the Plenary Session at the UN Oceans Conference, UN General Assembly Hall, New York, Tuesday 6 June 2017

    06 June 2017 / 260

    Mr. President, Barbados is pleased to participate in this important Conference, convened under the theme "Our Oceans, our future: partnering for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG 14)".It provides an important opportunity to focus the attention of the international community on our collective responsibility to preserve and protect our marine environment. We are especially pleased with the format of the Conference -which brings together all stakeholders to discuss how...
  • SG LaRocque condemns London attacks

    06 June 2017 / 266

    Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, has condemned the attacks in London and has pledged solidarity with the people of the United kingdom.Please see his full statement on the issue below: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) condemns unequivocally the murderous attacks on innocent people in London last Saturday night. These callous and cowardly acts can further no cause and only serve to stiffen resolve in the fight against...
  • CARICOM at UN Oceans Conference – Day Two

    06 June 2017 / 222

    CARICOM Member States and Institutions will continue to demonstrate their strong commitment to saving the oceans on Day Two of the UN Oceans Conference in New York on Tuesday, 6 June 2017.The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism, a CARICOM Institution based in Belize, will join the Secretariat of the African and Pacific Group of States, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Government of Seychelles and the Secretariat of the Pacific Island Forum for a presentation on “Harnessing the Blue...
  • Strong CARICOM participation on Day One of UN Ocean Conference

    06 June 2017 / 216

    Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States sent a strong signal about their commitment to saving the oceans by taking lead roles in a number of the activities on Day One of the UN Oceans conference in New York, Monday 5 June, 2017.Grenada facilitated two strongly supported events on the Blue Economy:  ‘Financing for the Blue Economy in Small Island Developing States’, and ‘Transitioning to the Blue Economy: Partnerships, Innovation and Approaches for Small Island...
  • CARICOM ASG highlights progress in Youth Development

    05 June 2017 / 338

    Assistant Secretary General In Charge of Human and Social Development at the CARICOM Secretariat Dr, Douglas Slater  has highlighted a number of areas where progress has been made in youth development in the Region. Dr. Slater was speaking at the opening ceremony for a CARICOM Youth Ambassadors Orientation and Capacity Building Workshop. The event is being held at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana and will conclude on Thursday 8 June, 2017.Assistant Secretary...
  • The destiny of the planet is in our hands…We must lead – CARICOM SG on World Environment Day

    05 June 2017 / 290

    Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)  Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has charged the Region to lead in ensuring the destiny of the planet. His charge came in a statement to commemorate World Environment Day today, Monday 5 June 2017.See below the statement from the CARICOM SG:On the occasion of World Environment Day, the Caribbean Community would like to remind the Region that environmental stewardship is the responsibility of everyone.We support this...
  • UN Secretary - General opens Ocean Conference , call ing on countries to set aside short - term gain to avoid catastrophe

    05 June 2017 / 232

    New York, 5 June — Warning that the special relationship between people and the ocean that brings untold benefits for life is under threat as never before, United Nations Secretary - General António Guterres told the opening of the Ocean Conference that the problems of the ocean — all created by human activity, can all be reversed and prevented with decisive, coordinated action. “ Oceans are a testing ground for t he principle of multilateralism, ” he said....
  • Sustainable use of our marine resources: Caribbean Community at UN Ocean Conference – Day one

    05 June 2017 / 244

    The global High Level Conference which will seek agreement on a Call For Action to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development opens Monday at UN Headquarters in New York.Day One  of the five-day Conference will feature several activities with strong participation by Caribbean Community delegates. These include:A Partnership Dialogue on Marine Pollution, at which Jamaica, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada and St. Kitts...
  • Caribbean Community to push for strong outcome at critical UN Oceans Conference

    04 June 2017 / 240

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will participate actively and pursue positive outcomes at the 5-9 June 2017 High Level United Nations Conference, which is expected to agree on a Call For Action to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. The Conference supports implementation of  Goal 14 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to transform the world –  part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by...
  • Statement by the Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Government His Excellency Brigadier David A. Granger, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana on the United States withdrawal from the Paris Agreement

    04 June 2017 / 362

    - CARICOM dismayed and disappointed by US withdrawal from Paris AgreementThe Paris Agreement on Climate Change was more than just another international agreement on another complex international issue.  It reflects the acknowledgment and acceptance that climate change is a global issue requiring global solutions.The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is therefore deeply dismayed and disappointed by the decision of the United States to withdraw from the Agreement.For us Climate Change is...
  • Regional cooperation critical in current global environment –UN Permanent Coordinator, Guyana

    02 June 2017 / 332

    United Nations (UN) Permanent Coordinator in Guyana, Ms Mikiko Tanaka on Friday underscored the critical importance of regional cooperation amidst fundamental shifts spawned by changes in policies of the US and Britain vis-a-vis the EU.She expressed this conviction at the onset of discussions between the CARICOM Secretariat and the UN System in Caribbean on mechanisms for the effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Meeting of the Regional Steering...
  • Belizean national sworn in as CCJ Judge

    02 June 2017 / 290

    The Honourable Mr. Justice Denys Arthur Barrow was sworn in as Judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) today at a ceremony at the Best Western Plus Belize Biltmore Plaza, in his home country of Belize. The Honourable Mr Justice Barrow, who was sworn in by His Excellency Sir Colville Young, is the first citizen of Belize to be appointed to the CCJ bench.Mr. Justice Barrow brings to the CCJ bench a forty-year legal career together with various stints of judicial appointments in...
  • PANCAP Regional Parliamentarians Forum concludes with call for non-partisan approach to issues related to stigma, discrimination and HIV transmission

    01 June 2017 / 258

    Deputy Secretary General, CARICOM Secretariat,challenges parliamentarians to implement CARICOM Model Anti-Discrimination Bill   The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) Regional Parliamentarians Forum, 30 - 31 May, Kingston, Jamaica, concluded with recommendations from parliamentarians on a non-partisan approach to issues related to stigma, discrimination and HIV transmission.Approximately 60 regional parliamentarians engaged in intense discussions...
  • May, 2017


    Regional Human Resource Development Strategy will not sit on a shelf waiting to be implemented – Director, Human Development

    30 May 2017 / 356

    Director of Human Development at the CARICOM Secretariat Ms. Myrna Bernard has given the assurance that the Human Resource Development 2030 Strategy will be implemented. She said she was aware that there were many other similar strategies across the Region that have sat waiting to be executed but reassured that it would be different with the HRD Strategy.Ms Bernard was giving welcome remarks at a Planning Workshop for the CARICOM Human Resource 2030 Strategy Regional...
  • MINISTER OF JUSTICE, JAMAICA, CALLS ON PARLIAMENTARIANS TO BE ADVOCATES FOR ENDING AIDS

    30 May 2017 / 324

    Tuesday, May 30, 2017 (PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat): The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) Regional Parliamentarians Forum, 30 - 31 May, Kingston, Jamaica, commenced with a stirring keynote address by the Hon. Delroy Chuck, Minister of Justice, Jamaica.Minister Chuck addressed the need for parliamentarians to engage in more advocacy for People Living with and Affected by HIV and AIDS at the policymaking level. ‘We, the parliamentarians need...
  • Community Council Meets in Guyana

    29 May 2017 / 334

    The Fortieth Meeting of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Council of Ministers is taking place at the CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana, today Monday 29 May 2017, with preparations for the upcoming 38th Regular Meeting of Heads of Government among matters listed for the Ministers’ attention.The 38th Meeting of Heads of Government is scheduled for Grenada on 4 – 6 July 2017, and the Community Council, the second-highest decision-making organ of CARICOM, has...
  • Working towards Regional Health Security in the Caribbean

    29 May 2017 / 330

    Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. May 25, 2017.    “We live in a global village where situations related to health security impact us and we in turn can have an impact on the world. Therefore, we see keeping residents and visitors in the Caribbean region safe by controlling the spread of infectious diseases as key to regional health security.”  These were the words of Dr C James Hospedales, Executive Director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA),...
  • “A distinct honour’:  CARICOM SG on Award from the Government of Guyana

    26 May 2017 / 324

    CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has been awarded Guyana’s Cacique’s Crown of Honour, the second highest award in the Order of Service of Guyana.Ambassador LaRocque was named among 69 persons honoured under the Order of Roraima of Guyana and the Order of  Service of Guyana, on the occasion of Guyana’s 51st Anniversary of Independence.  President David Granger announced the appointments during the national flag raising ceremony on Thursday night....
  • CARICOM Bureau holds meeting

    26 May 2017 / 328

    CARICOM Chairman, President Granger of Guyana  hosting a meeting of the Bureau of the Conference, via video conference, from the Headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, Friday.The Bureau is a Sub-Committee of the Conference of Heads of Government, comprising the Incoming, Incumbent and Outgoing Chairpersons of the Conference, identified in accordance with the approved Rotation Schedule for the Chairmanship of the Conference.Its principal responsibilities...
  • Happy 51st Guyana!

    25 May 2017 / 304

    Congratulatory Message from the Secretary-General of CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin LaRocqueon the occasion of the Fifty-First Anniversary of Independence of Guyanaon 26 May 2017. On behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) I extend warm congratulations to the Government and People of Guyana on the occasion of the 51st Anniversary of the country’s Independence.The progress made by Guyana over the last five decades is indicative of the determination and resilience of its...
  • Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) - Statement on the Situation in Venezuela

    23 May 2017 / 136

    Foreign Ministers of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) gathered in Bridgetown, Barbados, at the Twentieth Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) deliberated on the changes taking place in the international environment as well as in their wider regional environment and on their implications for the coordinated foreign policy positioning of their countries.They reiterated the importance they accord to maintenance of the rule of law, respect for human rights and...
  • STATEMENT BY THE SECRETARY-GENERAL, CARICOM,  AMBASSADOR IRWIN LAROCQUE ON THE MANCHESTER BOMBING

    23 May 2017 / 338

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) strongly condemns the vicious terrorist attack perpetrated in Manchester, United Kingdom, on Monday evening.The fact that the majority of the victims were children and young people makes this vile action even more heart-rending. The compassionate and helpful reaction by the citizens of Manchester to those in distress after the carnage, exemplifies the qualities of empathy and resilience of the people of the United Kingdom.CARICOM extends its deepest...
  • Communique - 20th Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR), Bridgetown, Barbados, 18 - 19 May 2017

    23 May 2017 / 348

    The Twentieth Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) took place in Bridgetown, Barbados on 18-19 May 2017, under the Chairmanship of Senator the Honourable Maxine McClean, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Barbados.The COFCOR was attended by the Honourable H. Charles Fernandez, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade  and Immigration of Antigua and Barbuda; Honourable Wilfred Peter Elrington,...
  • Ministers green-light Single ICT Space Integrated Work Plan

    19 May 2017 / 362

    Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ministers with responsibility for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) on Friday, 19 May, 2017, approved the Integrated Work Plan for the Community’s Single ICT Space.The approval came during discussions at the Sixty-Eighth Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on ICT. The Virtual Meeting was anchored at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana.The Single ICT Space is conceptualised as the digital layer...
  • Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) Statement on the Situation in Venezuela

    19 May 2017 / 394

    Foreign Ministers of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) gathered in Bridgetown, Barbados, at the Twentieth Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) deliberated on the changes taking place in the international environment as well as in their wider regional environment and on their implications for the coordinated foreign policy positioning of their countries.They reiterated the importance they accord to maintenance of the rule of law, respect for human rights and...
  • Incoming COFCOR Chair Stresses Unity

    18 May 2017 / 348

    BGIS, Bridgetown: - The present and future global environment demand that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) engages in a process of “evaluation, revision and consolidation”.This advice was given by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, while addressing the opening ceremony of the Twentieth Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR), at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, this morning.Senator McClean, the incoming Chairman...
  • CARICOM collaborates to host workshop on implementing SDGs in St. Kitts and Nevis

    18 May 2017 / 334

    Environmental stakeholders in St. Kitts and Nevis are being taught how to implement and mainstream the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at a workshop organized by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat in partnership with the St. Kitts and Nevis Department of Environment.The workshop is an activity under the European Union and UN Environment funded programme for capacity-building related to multilateral environmental agreements in African, Caribbean...
  • Ministers meet on moving Single ICT Space forward

    18 May 2017 / 338

    Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ministers with responsibility for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) meet tomorrow, 19 May, 2017, as effort continue to move on the establishment of the CARICOM Single ICT Space.The Ministers convene for the Sixty-Eighth Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on ICT via videoconferencing anchored at the CARICOM Secretariat.Several preparatory meetings of officials were held to advance work on the Integrated Work...
  • Fisheries Ministers from CRFM Member States meet Friday in Guyana

    18 May 2017 / 340

    The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) will host the 11th Meeting of its Ministerial Council—the highest ranking decision-making body of the regional fisheries organization—starting at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, May 19, at the Pegasus Hotel in Georgetown, Guyana.Ministers who hold the portfolio for fisheries from the 17 Member States of the CRFM, or their appointed delegates, are slated to attend the event, at which Guyana is expected to be elected as the new chair of the...
  • CARICOM SG says regional integration provides resilience

    18 May 2017 / 344

    The strength of the regional integration movement provides a solid platform upon which the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) can build its resilience within a global environment constantly in flux.That sentiment was expressed by the Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, earlier today, Thursday 18 May 2017, when he addressed the opening of the 20th Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR). Barbados is host of the two-day meeting, being chaired by Hon. Maxine...
  • CARICOM Observation Mission gives The Bahamas elections high marks but notes pre-election day concerns

    16 May 2017 / 360

    The CARICOM Electoral Observation Mission to the 10 May 2017 General Elections in the Bahamas has praised the polling day activities, describing them as being “of a very high standard comparable with anywhere else in the Region”.The Mission, in its Preliminary Statement, reported that polling stations opened on time,  were fully staffed and were conveniently located and easily accessible to the voters including the disabled.  They also noted the adequate supplies of...
  • CARICOM SG ready to welcome new Bahamian PM’s fresh ideas

    16 May 2017 / 356

    CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque is looking forward to an early briefing with new Prime Minister of The Bahamas Dr. Hubert Minnis on matters relating to the Caribbean Community and the Prime Minister’s portfolio in the quasi-cabinet of the CARICOM Heads of Government, that of Tourism.“I look forward, Prime Minister, to the fresh ideas that you will undoubtedly bring to assist in the progress of our integration process,” the Secretary-General said in his...
  • St Kitt sand Nevis Prime Minister to attend PANCAP Regional Parliamentarians Forum

    12 May 2017 / 402

    Friday, May 12, 2017 (PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat): The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) will host the Hon. Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis at the PANCAP Regional Parliamentarians Forum from 30 - 31 May, 2017 in Kingston, Jamaica.  In addition to the Prime Minister, parliamentarians from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St...
  • ‘We must do better’ – CARICOM Secretary-General

    11 May 2017 / 422

    While the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has significantly advanced the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), "we must do better", Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Secretary-General said Thursday."Yes, we have done a lot, but we must do better."The private sector is asking us to do better. "The people of the Region are asking us to do better", the Secretary-General said.He was at the time delivering remarks at the opening of the Forty-Fourth Meeting of the Council for...
  • CARICOM Secretariat moving to become Region’s model in energy efficiency

    08 May 2017 / 464

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat is positioning itself to be a model in energy efficiency in the Region.At a simple handing over ceremony on Tuesday, 2 May, of a piece of software to monitor and measure energy use in the Secretariat, CARICOM Deputy Secretary-General, Ambassador Manorma Soeknandan PhD., said that the efficiency that could be gained from use of the software would accelerate financial savings in the organisation. Smart use of energy could also lead to a change in...
  • Strengthening Cooperation – three Caribbean Community Institutions sign MOU

    04 May 2017 / 452

    Three Caribbean Community Institutions, Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) through which to cooperate, coordinate and combine their resources, experience and expertise in the discharge of their obligations to the Community.The signing by the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ), the Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA), and the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), took place on the sidelines of the First Joint...
  • Agriculture stakeholders discuss regional food safety

    03 May 2017 / 460

    May 2, 2017 — In an effort to enhance the quality of agricultural produce in the Region, food safety stakeholders convened in Barbados from April 25-26, 2017 to discuss the improvement of plant health in the Region.The two-day consultations, conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services Services (APHIS), and the Greater Caribbean Safeguarding Initiative (GCIS), discussed the implementation of programmes to safeguard...
  • Curacao election results reflect will of the people – CARICOM Observer Mission

    03 May 2017 Reference Number: 74/2017 / 404

     The CARICOM Election Observation Team to Friday’s General Elections in Curacao has reported favourably on the conduct of the poll, labelling it peaceful and orderly, and noting that the results reflected the will of the people and reinforced their commitment to the democratic process.The four-member CARICOM Team, led by Chief of Mission Dr. Steve Surujbally of Guyana, in a Preliminary Statement, applauded the polling day security, the resolute and steady poll workers, the...
  • Region needs to develop digital financial services sector – CTU President

    02 May 2017 / 338

    Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago – “The ITU, UNECLAC, the CTU, the various bankers’ associations, the central bankers, the anti-money laundering regulators, the digital financial Services technology providers, the cyber security experts and the consumer protection officials need to see how we, as a region, can develop our regional DFS sector,” stated Hon. Darcy W. Boyce, the President of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union, and Senator in the Office of the...
  • April, 2017


    Region moves to develop core indicators for 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

    26 April 2017 Reference Number: 73/2017 / 374

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

    21 April 2017 / 438

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

    20 April 2017 Reference Number: 68/2017 / 514

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

    18 April 2017 Reference Number: 67/2017 / 524

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

    11 April 2017 Reference Number: 66/2017 / 532

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

    11 April 2017 / 558

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

    10 April 2017 / 496

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

    10 April 2017 / 526

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

    07 April 2017 / 558

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

    06 April 2017 / 500

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

    05 April 2017 / 540

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

    04 April 2017 / 614

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


    CARICOM Human Resource Development Strategy gets attention of Regional Education Ministers

    31 March 2017 / 718

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

    31 March 2017 / 470

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

    30 March 2017 / 410

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

    29 March 2017 / 544

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

    27 March 2017 / 520

    “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,...