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  • Photo of Bank of Jamaica developing digital currency as legal tender: CARICOM BUSINESS

    Bank of Jamaica developing digital currency as legal tender: CARICOM BUSINESS

    The Bank of Jamaica, BOJ, plans to test a digital currency as an alternative to cash later in 2020. The Central Bank Digital Currency, or CBDC, would be additional to banknotes and coins, and backed by the Central Bank as legal tender. It will be tenable in Jamaica only. According to the BOJ, the digital currency will be issued to…

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  • Photo of Statement from the Caribbean Community on  the Guyana Elections Declaration

    Statement from the Caribbean Community on the Guyana Elections Declaration

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) welcomes the conclusion of the Guyana General and Regional Elections of 2 March 2020 with the declaration of the final results. The Community congratulates His Excellency Mohammed Irfaan Ali, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, and the Peoples Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) on their victory at the polls. The Chairman of CARICOM, Dr. the Honourable Ralph…

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  • Photo of Guyana gets new President

    Guyana gets new President

    Presidential candidate of the Peoples Progressive Party/Civic Dr Mohamed Irfan Ali was sworn in as Guyana’s ninth Executive President on Sunday. The swearing-in brought an end to a protracted period of challenges to the results of the 2 March General and Regional elections.  It was done shortly after the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) declared Ali the President-elect from those elections.…

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  • Photo of Message From CARICOM Chairman On the 186th Anniversary Of The Abolition Of Slavery

    Message From CARICOM Chairman On the 186th Anniversary Of The Abolition Of Slavery

    THE 186th ANNIVERSARY OF THE ABOLITION OF SLAVERY IN THE CARICOM MEMBER-COUNTRIES WHICH WERE COLONISED BY BRITAIN BY DR. THE HONOURABLE RALPH E. GONSALVES PRIME MINISTER OF ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES AND CHAIRMAN OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY (CARICOM) On August 1, 2020, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) commemorates the l86th  anniversary of the abolition of the enslavement of Africans in…

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  • Photo of Statement by the CARICOM Secretary-General on the passing of former Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur

    Statement by the CARICOM Secretary-General on the passing of former Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur

    STATEMENT BY AMBASSADOR IRWIN LAROCQUE, SECRETARY-GENERAL, CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY (CARICOM) ON THE PASSING OF PROFESSOR OWEN ARTHUR, FORMER PRIME MINISTER OF BARBADOS It is with deep regret that I learnt of the passing of Professor Owen Arthur, the former Prime Minister of Barbados. During his tenure as Prime Minister for an unprecedented three consecutive terms from 1994 to 2008, Professor Arthur…

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  • Photo of CARICOM Chairman’s Statement on the passing of former Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur

    CARICOM Chairman’s Statement on the passing of former Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur

    Statement on the Passing of Owen Seymour Arthur, former Prime Minister of Barbados by Dr. the Hon. Ralph E. Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Owen Seymour Arthur, the distinguished former Prime Minister of Barbados, a titan of regional integration, and a most esteemed son of our Caribbean civilisation, passed…

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  • Photo of CARICOM Covid-19 Response Agri-Food Plan
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    CARICOM Covid-19 Response Agri-Food Plan

    The Caribbean Community is committed to reducing its food import bill by at least 25% over the next five years. So says Mr. Joseph Cox, Assistant Secretary-General Trade and Economic Integration at the CARICOM Secretariat. The senior regional public servant recently opined that the Covid- 19 Pandemic has further highlighted the need to ensure affordable access to food and this…

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  • Photo of CAL launches its EC service as LIAT reorganizes: CARICOM BUSINESS

    CAL launches its EC service as LIAT reorganizes: CARICOM BUSINESS

    Caribbean Airlines (CAL) has launched it service to the Eastern Caribbean using Barbados as its temporary hub. The first flights commenced on July 22. According to CAL “Flights will initially operate between Barbados to St Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada with other destinations to be added once the regulatory approvals are received. ”The move by CAL comes in the…

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  • Photo of CARICOM countries receive COVID-19 essential medical supplies

    CARICOM countries receive COVID-19 essential medical supplies

    BGIS, Bridgetown – Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley on Sunday accepted a donation of COVID-19 essential medical supplies for CARICOM countries, from the World Health Organization WHO/Jack Ma Foundation. And, she said the surgical and N95 masks would greatly assist the governments in protecting their frontline workers. Ms. Mottley made the comments at the Grantley Adams International Airport shortly…

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  • Photo of VIRTUAL SECURITY CONFERENCE 2020

    VIRTUAL SECURITY CONFERENCE 2020

    From 27 – 31 July 2020, CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) will host the first ever Virtual Security Conference in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), under the heading of ‘Securing Our Caribbean Community Within The Era Of Covid-19 and Beyond’. The crisis presented by coronavirus (COVID-19) is unprecedented in CARICOM. In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Governments across…

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