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  • October, 2017


    Commonwealth finance ministers urged to change rules to make it easier to access funds

    16 October 2017 / 6

    In a powerful intervention at the Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting (CFMM) in Washington DC, the prime minister of Saint Lucia called for the rules to be changed so countries affected by natural disasters could access funds more quickly.Over the past few weeks the Caribbean has been battered by three category five hurricanes which have left devastation in their wake. Parts of South Asia have faced floods, leading to hundreds of deaths. In Africa, Commonwealth member states have had...
  • All hands needed on deck for post-hurricane recovery – WB Meeting hears

    16 October 2017 / 24

    Statement on High Level Meeting on Recovery and Resilience in the Caribbean   Washington, October 13th, 2017– Leaders and representatives of CARICOM countries and territories, and international partners, including the international financial institutions, and the representatives of territories in the region, convened (Friday) in a high-level round table on recovery and resilience in the Caribbean hosted by the World Bank Group (WBG), as part of the WBG-IMF Annual...
  • CARICOM and Virgin Group discuss hurricane recovery and reconstruction

    13 October 2017 / 24

    CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell and Founder of of the UK-headquartered Virgin Group of Companies Sir Richard Branson on Friday hosted a Discussion Forum on post hurricane recovery and reconstruction.  The event took place on the margins of this week's annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington.Several CARICOM Member States and Associate Members, including Dominica, Antigua/Barbuda, The Bahamas,...
  • Antigua and Barbuda adopts ‘different vision’ for agriculture

    11 October 2017 / 56

    With food security as its priority, the government of Antigua and Barbuda is pursuing a “different vision” as it moves to rebuild the agriculture sector of Barbuda which was destroyed following the passage of Hurricane Irma in September.That vision focuses on improving resilience and dealing with the impact of natural disasters, Minister of Agriculture, Lands, Fisheries and Barbuda Affairs, the Hon. Arthur Nibbs said Friday.  He was at the time delivering a statement to the...
  • Effects of climate change in focus at Agriculture Meeting

    09 October 2017 / 62

    The detrimental effect of climate change on the Region was brought in to sharp focus as a special Meeting of Agriculture Ministers got underway at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, on Friday.At the opening of the 71st Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic development (COTED), Chairman, His Excellency Soeresh Algoe, Agriculture Minister of Suriname, the Hon.Noel Holder, Minister of Agriculture of Guyana, and Ambassador Irwin...
  • Greater resilience necessary to confront ‘new normal’ – CARICOM Secretary-General at agriculture meeting

    06 October 2017 / 50

    CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, makes remarks at the Opening of the 71st Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) Agriculture, at the CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana.The catastrophic hurricanes that ripped through Caribbean territories recently were likely to be the “new normal”, and provided the evidence of the reality of climate change, Caribbean Community Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said Friday....
  • Strong focus on Disaster Prevention/Risk Reduction as CARICOM welcomes new Austrian Ambassador

    04 October 2017 / 58

    CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque accepted the Letters of Credence from the new Austrian Ambassador to the Caribbean Community on Wednesday and delivered the following remarks: Your Excellency, I am honoured to accept your Letters of Credence and to extend congratulations to you on your second tour of duty as the Plenipotentiary Representative of the Republic of Austria to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).I am pleased to welcome you once again to the Headquarters...
  • CSME Online Platforms launched to promote regional trade and business

    01 October 2017 / 102

    The Caribbean Community’s development of a Single Market and Economy has been given a boost with the launch of four new on-line platforms aimed at promoting trade and improving the ease of doing business.The CARICOM Secretariat, with support from the European Union, on Monday launched the CARICOM Online Companies Registries; Labour Market Information System;  Community Public Procurement Notice Board; and the CARREX Platform and On-Line Public Portal, at a ceremony in Barbados....
  • September, 2017


    Dominican Dr. Carissa Etienne re-elected for second term as PAHO Director

    28 September 2017 / 94

    Washington, D.C., September 27, 2017 (PAHO/WHO) — Dr. Carissa F. Etienne was re-elected today for a second five-year term as Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) by the Member States of the organization.Ministers of health meeting at the 29th Pan American Sanitary Conference voted unanimously to re-elect Dr. Etienne. Her candidacy, which was not contested, was submitted by the Government of Dominica, her native country. She will assume her second...
  • Strong CARICOM support for hurricane ravaged Dominica

    24 September 2017 / 148

    The Governments and people of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States continue to actively support their sister country Dominica following Monday night’s devastating passage of Category 5 Hurricane Maria.“We’ve lost all that money can buy”, Prime Minister Roosevelt had disclosed after surveying the widespread damage to houses and infrastructure.  A number of deaths have also been reported.The government of close neighbour Antigua and Barbuda, while still...
  • CARICOM representatives show solidarity with Dominica’s Prime Minister following passionate UN speech

    23 September 2017 / 104

    Representatives of CARICOM Member States and the CARICOM Secretariat were among the many delegates who expressed sympathy with Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit following his stirring speech to the UN General Assembly on Saturday.  The Prime Minister’s address came just a few days after Category 5 Hurricane Maria devastated his island, causing at least 15 deaths and widespread damage to houses and infrastructure.Mr Skerrit in his address said:Mr. President,We...
  • Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit addresses the UN General Assembly

    23 September 2017 / 168

    UNGA 72ND SESSION STATEMENT.Secretary General to the United Nations- H.E. Antonio Guterres,President of the General Assembly- H.E. Miroslav LajcakDistinguished Heads of Delegations,Excellencies,Ladies and Gentlemen:Mr. President;I come to you straight from the front line of the war on climate change.With physical and emotional difficulty I have left my bleeding nation to be with you here today because these are the moments for which the United Nations exists!It is why we...
  • CARICOM to Launch Online CSME Platforms

    22 September 2017 Reference Number: 154/2017 / 136

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)      The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat will officially launch four (4) online platforms on Monday 25 October 2017.  These online platforms have been developed to help make the benefits of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) more accessible to CARICOM Nationals.They were created with the assistance of  the Tenth European Development Fund (10th EDF) Grant Agreement between the...
  • CARICOM mourns the loss of life in Mexico

    22 September 2017 Reference Number: 155/2017 / 116

            The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has joined the international community in mourning the tragic loss of life wrought by the September 19th earthquake in Mexico City.CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador...
  • ‘It has been brutal’ – Prime Minister Skerrit

    21 September 2017 / 120

    A visibly emotional Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of Dominica, briefed the world on Thursday about the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria which directly hit the island on Monday evening.The island is now under a state of emergency and a curfew is imposed."It has been brutal," he said on a live programme hosted at ABSTV studios in Antigua and Barbuda. The Prime Minister had earlier flown into Antigua and Barbuda from Dominica where he also held a Town Hall Meeting with Dominicans...
  • SCLAN pledges its support for hurricane ravaged countries

    20 September 2017 Reference Number: 153/2017 / 126

                                    SCLAN pledges its support for hurricane ravaged countries(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     Chair of the  Spouses of the Caribbean Leaders Action Network (SCLAN), H.E. Kim Simplis Barrow, Spouse of the Prime Minister of Belize and Special Envoy for Women and Children in Belize extended deepest sympathy to the countries...
  • CARICOM gripped with compassion at widespread loss of life… – SG

    18 September 2017 Reference Number: 148/2017 / 168

      Caribbean Community Secretary-General, Amb. Irwin LaRocque, has expressed “profound condolences” to the President of the French Republic, His Excellency Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron.   Referring to the recent passage of Hurricane Irma over the Overseas French Caribbean Territories of St. Barthelemy and in particular Saint Martin, the Secretary-General in a Message of Condolence said –  ...
  • Cayman Islands Premier delivers relief aid for Anguilla hurricane recovery

    18 September 2017 / 184

      Hon. Alden McLaughlin, Premier of the Cayman Islands, on Friday 15 September 2017 delivered 15,000 lbs of relief aid to assist Anguilla in its post hurricane recovery.   Anguilla, an Associate Member of CARICOM was pummeled by one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record, hurricane Irma, on Tuesday 5 September. It damaged the main hospital, schools and 90 percent of the homes.   The Premier of the Cayman Islands, also a CARICOM...
  • CARICOM Delegation tours hurricane devastated islands – announced plans for Donors Conference

    14 September 2017 / 202

    CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell of Grenada and Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on Wednesday completed a tour of hurricane devastated islands and have indicated that arrangements are being made  to convene an international  Donors Conference to mobilise the ‘significant resources’ required for the recovery effort.The touring CARICOM Delegation included  Mr. Ronald Jackson, Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency...
  • Donors Conference among CARICOM’s Plans for Hurricane-damaged islands

    13 September 2017 / 246

    CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell of Grenada and Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque have stressed the Community’s commitment to the recovery effort in islands damaged by Hurricane Irma.They were part of a CARICOM delegation which visited affected areas on the BVI  Tuesday.  
  • “Communities have pulled closer together”  -  Anguilla’s Governor

    10 September 2017 / 180

    "The people of Anguilla have responded, as I knew they would. Communities have pulled closer together; neighbours are helping neighbors to overcome the challenges, and supporting each other. Most importantly, unlike what we may have heard from other places in the region, Anguilla remains calm and Anguillians as ever, remain respectful of the rule of law."FULL STATEMENT:Statement from the Governor of Anguilla on the passage of Hurricane Irma *****************On September 5th, Anguilla has...
  • We are a resilient people but this has shaken us to our core – BVI Premier

    10 September 2017 / 154

    Premier's Full StatementThe world is now aware of the destruction caused in the BVI by Hurricane Irma, a record category 5 hurricane. Like all of us, I am heartbroken by the loss of homes and businesses but above all the loss of life the hurricane has brought.We are a resilient people but this has shaken us to our core.However, I want to reassure people that whilst the situation across our islands is critical and will remain so in the coming weeks, firm steps have been taken to...
  • CDEMA STEPS UP HURRICANE RELIEF EFFORT

    10 September 2017 / 198

    Relief efforts for the countries affected by Hurricane Irma in the eastern Caribbean have been stepped up following the passage of Hurricane Jose out of the area.The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency’s (CDEMA) advance team,  is operating out of its staging post in Antigua, which was largely unaffected by the hurricanes.The advance team, consisting of the CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit (CDRU), Rapid Needs Assessment Team (RNAT), CARICOM Operational Support Team (COST),...
  • CARICOM Heads of Government meet on Hurricane situation

    09 September 2017 / 156

    Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) met in special emergency session today, Saturday 10 September to receive an update on the effects of the impact of Hurricanes Irma and Jose on the Region and progress on the co-ordinated response to provide relief for those affected.The meeting, presided over by CARICOM Chairman, Dr the Rt Honourable Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada, received a full briefing on the situation from representatives of the affected countries, the...
  • Government Assessing Irma Damage- Checking on Jamaicans

    09 September 2017 / 140

    Prime Minister Andrew Holness is today (September 6) making contact with his colleague Prime Ministers across the Caribbean who have been affected by Hurricane Irma.Prime Minister Holness in expressing concern about the damage says “this is a period of assessment and planning to ascertain what Jamaica can do to assist our Caribbean brothers and sisters who have been significantly impacted by the most powerful hurricane to have emerged in the Atlantic Ocean”.The prime minister...
  • CCRIF to pay US15.6 Million to Antigua/Barbuda, Anguilla, St. Kitts/Nevis after Irma

    08 September 2017 / 156

    Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, September 7, 2017 – CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) will be making payouts totalling approximately US$15.6 million (EC$42 million) to the Governments of Antigua & Barbuda, Anguilla and St. Kitts & Nevis as a result of the passage of Hurricane Irma which triggered payments on these countries’ Tropical Cyclone policies. Preliminary calculations of the payouts for each country are:Antigua & Barbuda...
  • CARICOM Secretary-General - Statement on Hurricane Irma

    07 September 2017 / 188

    Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has expressed his sadness at the deaths caused by Hurricane Irma in its path through the region.“I am saddened to hear of the loss of life the Secretary-General said.  “I extend my sympathies to the families of the deceased and to the Governments and People of the countries,” he added.Secretary-General LaRocque noted that reports were still coming in with respect to damage in the...
  • Jamaica Government Assessing Irma Damage- Checking on Jamaicans

    07 September 2017 / 230

    Prime Minister Andrew Holness is today (September 6) making contact with his colleague Prime Ministers across the Caribbean who have been affected by Hurricane Irma.Prime Minister Holness in expressing concern about the damage says “this is a period of assessment and planning to ascertain what Jamaica can do to assist our Caribbean brothers and sisters who have been significantly impacted by the most powerful hurricane to have emerged in the Atlantic Ocean”.The prime minister...
  • Trinidad and Tobago assist hurricane damaged Antigua and Barbuda

    07 September 2017 / 240

    The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has been communicating with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda with respect to the devastation suffered in Barbuda as a result of Hurricane Irma.The Government has agreed to provide assistance to Antigua and Barbuda by providing a helicopter and crew for the period of a week to directly contribute to the provision of relief and aid for Barbuda.The Government has carefully considered the current difficult economic circumstances and despite these...
  • Barbuda, Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands hammered by Hurricane Irma

    07 September 2017 / 182

    “What we experienced is like something you see in a horror movie…cars flying over our heads…40-foot containers flying left and right…persons were literally tying themselves to their roofs with ropes.” Shared a visibly shaken resident of Barbuda, recounting her experience to the ABS (Antigua/Barbuda Broadcasting Services) Television/Radio when the “most powerful hurricane ever recorded over the Atlantic Ocean” – Hurricane Irma, ravaged the...
  • CARICOM Chairman -  The Community stands ready to assist post-Irma recovery efforts

    07 September 2017 / 212

    The Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Dr the Rt Honourable Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada, has expressed his sorrow at the deaths caused by Hurricane Irma.“This massive storm has already claimed lives in many of the countries and has inflicted severe damage to infrastructure in the affected islands,” the Prime Minister said. “I extend condolences to the family of the deceased and to the Governments and Peoples of the countries.  It is almost...
  • CariWaC ADVANCES -  First Ladies/Spouses Network formally launched

    06 September 2017 / 208

    First Ladies and Spouses of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) launched  its network," Spouses of Caribbean Leaders Action Network (SCLAN)" to tackle issues related to the health and wellbeing  of women, adolescents and children in the Caribbean. SCLAN is the advocacy and action platform to advance the Every Caribbean Women Every Caribbean Child (ECWECC) initiative, now re-titled Caribbean Woman Caribbean Child (CariWaC)"  H.E. Ms. Kim Simplis Barrow...
  • ‘Exceptional story of resilience’ – Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister following Hurricane Irma’s passage

    06 September 2017 / 186

    "My first words must be of thanks. Thanks to Almighty God in all his forms for standing at our side at a time of great adversity. There is no doubt that the Good Lord is on our side. We in Antigua have weathered the most powerful hurricane ever to storm its way through the Caribbean. And we have done so with stunning results. The forecast was that Antigua would be devastated, our infrastructure demolished, people killed and our economy destroyed. In the light of day, the picture is very...
  • And now, Jose!

    05 September 2017 / 160

    Even as residents in the Leeward Islands brace form the potentially catastrophic Hurricane Irma, they are also being urged to keep an eye on another weather system – Tropical Storm Jose.At midday Tuesday, Jose was located near latitude 12.3 North, longitude 39.1 West, and moving towards the west-northwest at 13 miles (20 km) per hour.  The Maximum sustained winds are near 40 miles (65 km) per hour and Jose should become a hurricane by Friday.No Warnings or Watches have been...
  • Potentially Catastrophic Category 5 Hurricane Irma Heading toward the Leeward Islands

    05 September 2017 / 190

    Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis and the British Virgin Islands on Tuesday remain under a Hurricane Warning as Irma churns its way towards  the northern Leeward Islands.A Hurricane Watch has also been issued for Haiti, the Turks and Caicos Islands and parts of the Bahamas and a Tropical Storm for Dominica.At 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, the ‘extremely dangerous’ Irma was located near latitude 16.8 North, longitude 58.4 West,  or about 225 miles...
  • Eastern/Northern Caribbean bracing for Hurricane Irma

    04 September 2017 / 166

    A Hurricane Warning has been issued for the following islands as hurricane Irma churns its way across the Atlantic towards the Eastern and Northern Caribbean:Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, the British Virgin Islands, Sana, St. Eustatius, Sint Martin, St. Martin and Saint Barthelemy.  A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warming area and it is typically issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence...
  • PANCAP Champions for Change Relaunched

    04 September 2017 / 190

    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, will relaunch the PANCAP Champions for Change initiative after an eleven-year hiatus.  The two-day event will be held from Tuesday, September 12 to Wednesday, September 13 at the Guyana Marriott Hotel, Georgetown, Guyana.  The keynote speaker will be the Rt. Hon. Sir Charles Michael Dennis Byron, President of...
  • August, 2017


    Caribbean Fashion Designers meet with Italian Fashion Industry Experts at CARIFESTA XIII in Barbados

    31 August 2017 / 192

    Fashion designers participating in the Fashion component at the recently held CARIFESTA XIII in Barbados had an opportunity to meet with Italian fashion industry experts and benefit from fashion workshops, fashion shows and business meetings. The event, which took place in the CARIFESTA XIII Buyers Shopping Mall at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Conference Centre from 21-25 August 2017, was facilitated by the CARICOM Secretariat with support from the Government of Italy.The CARICOM - Italy...
  • CARICOM congratulates Trinidad and Tobago on its Fifty-fifth Independence Anniversary

    31 August 2017 / 154

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has congratulated its Member State Trinidad and Tobago on attaining fifty-five years of Independence, praising both its progress at the national level, and its significant contribution to promoting regional integration.Its  congratulatory message to Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley noted that the people’s creativity and resilience has ensured that the country maintains a dynamism that has secured for it a place of prominence in many fields,...
  • Regional network launched to collaborate on Zika, other vector-borne diseases

    30 August 2017 / 128

    [CariVecNet] Mosquito borne diseases continue to impact the Caribbean’s social, economic and health sectors. Recent outbreaks of Zika (2016), and Chikungunya (2014) and the continued circulation of Dengue, highlight the need for an integrated approach to the prevention and control of these vector borne diseases (VBDs), especially since many countries depend on tourism as a major source of revenue.  The need for a Caribbean Vector-Borne Diseases Network, to facilitate...
  • CARICOM extends sympathy to hurricane-damaged US

    29 August 2017 / 232

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has extended its sympathies to the Government and people of the United States and especially the State of Texas on the loss of lives and extensive damage to property and infrastructure following the passage of Hurricane Harvey.CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, in a message to US President Mr. Donald Trump, expressed the Community’s confidence that the people of Texas and the wider USA have the resilience to recover from the disaster,...
  • CARIFESTA XIII ends in true Regional integration style

    28 August 2017 / 274

    The Region’s cultural performers transformed the Kensington Oval in Barbados into a sea of Regional integration as they brought the curtains down on CARIFESTA XIII, Sunday night.  The Closing Ceremony for the ten-day festival featured performances from some of the region’s top music and dance groups, steel bands, and individual artistes, while delegates and patrons partied to the regional cultural mix. Headlining attendance at the ceremony were Barbados’...
  • Colourful display as CARIFESTA XIII gets underway

    21 August 2017 / 276

    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 / 236

    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 / 220

    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 / 260

    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 / 280

    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 / 284

    (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 / 284

    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 / 332

    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 / 386

    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 / 340

    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 / 366

    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 / 320

    (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 / 316

    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 / 368

    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 / 523

      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 / 504

    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 / 524

    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 / 512

    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 / 489

    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 / 512

    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 / 340

    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 / 422

    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 / 472

    “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 / 378

    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 / 496

    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 / 493

    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 / 468

    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 / 474

    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 / 457

    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 / 558

    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 / 437

    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 / 448

    - 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 / 522

    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 / 484

    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 / 510

    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 / 430

    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 / 432

    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 / 568

    (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 / 540

    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 / 540

    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 / 514

    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 / 584

    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 / 484

    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 / 426

    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 / 462

    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 / 360

    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 / 356

    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 / 554

    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 / 518

    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 / 428

    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 / 448

    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 / 404

    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 / 604

    - 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 / 542

    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 / 492

    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 / 428

    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 / 550

    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...