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  • Photo of Statement 28th Special COHSOD 12th May 2021

    Statement 28th Special COHSOD 12th May 2021

    The Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) Council of Human and Social Development (COHSOD) met in Special session on Tuesday 12 May to examine concerns related to the administration of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) Exams for 2021. The concerns arose out of recommendations made to CXC at a meeting of the COHSOD in March 2021.    COHSOD, in noting that the authority…

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  • Photo of CARICOM accredits first Ambassador from the Republic of Azerbaijan

    CARICOM accredits first Ambassador from the Republic of Azerbaijan

    CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque received the Letter of Credence of H.E. Elkhan Polukhov on Wednesday 12 May 2021, accrediting him as the first Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Below we present the Remarks presented at the virtual ceremony by Ambassador Polukhov and the Secretary-General. We also present links to the photos and video…

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  • Photo of History-making selection of first female Secretary-General hailed

    History-making selection of first female Secretary-General hailed

    Congratulations poured in overnight following the announcement that Heads of Government had selected Belizean, Dr. Carla Barnett, as the new CARICOM Secretary-General. Dr. Barnett will succeed Ambassador Irwin LaRocque whose tenure as Secretary-General concludes in three months. She takes up her position on 15 August. The selection was unanimous at a Special Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government…

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  • Photo of Statement from the Chairman of the Caribbean  Community (CARICOM),  Dr the Honourable Keith Rowley, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, on the  selection of the new CARICOM Secretary-General

    Statement from the Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Dr the Honourable Keith Rowley, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, on the selection of the new CARICOM Secretary-General

    Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) meeting virtually in Special Session on Tuesday 11 May unanimously agreed to appoint Dr. Carla Natalie Barnett as the 8th CARICOM Secretary-General. Dr Barnett, a national of Belize, is the first woman and the first Belizean to be selected for the post. She will replace Ambassador Irwin LaRocque who is completing his…

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  • Photo of Teaching Regional Integration and the CSME in CARICOM classrooms

    Teaching Regional Integration and the CSME in CARICOM classrooms

    Approximately fifty high school students from Belize and Guyana participated in a merged on-line classroom on Monday, that was taught by Ms. Eletha Stewart-Johnson of Queen’s College in Guyana. This was the first leg of a pilot activity on teaching regional integration and the CSME in CARICOM classrooms and Ms. Stewart-Johnson taught the class of Mr. Abdiel Medina of the…

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  • Photo of Barbados and IMF reach staff level agreement: CARICOM BUSINESS

    Barbados and IMF reach staff level agreement: CARICOM BUSINESS

    The IMF and Barbados have reached a staff-level agreement on the completion of the fifth review under the EFF arrangement, which was conducted virtually between May 3-7, 2021. According to the IMF, the economy remains severely depressed by the ongoing global pandemic with tourism operating at a fraction of normal levels. Economic growth for 2021 is premised on a modest…

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  • Photo of CARICOM Foreign Ministers engage US National Security Adviser

    CARICOM Foreign Ministers engage US National Security Adviser

    Foreign Ministers of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) engaged with US National Security Advisor, Mr. Jake Sullivan on Friday 7 April. The discussions, in which the Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr the Honourable Ralph Gonsalves participated, were viewed as introductory as well as an opportunity to exchange views on issues of mutual interest. Emphasis was placed on…

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  • Photo of Twenty-Fourth Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR), Virtual, 6-7 May 2021 – COMMUNIQUE

    Twenty-Fourth Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR), Virtual, 6-7 May 2021 – COMMUNIQUE

    The Twenty-Fourth Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held virtually on the 6-7 May 2021, under the Chairmanship of the Honourable Eamon Courtenay, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belize. The COFCOR was attended by Honourable E. P. Chet Greene, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Trade of Antigua and Barbuda;…

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  • Photo of Remarks by the Secretary-General:  Twenty-Fourth Meeting of COFCOR

    Remarks by the Secretary-General: Twenty-Fourth Meeting of COFCOR

    REMARKS BY the SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY (CARICOM) AMBASSADOR IRWIN LAROCQUE ON THE OCCASION OF THE TWENTY-FOURTH REGULAR MEETING OF THE COUNCIL FOR FOREIGN AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS (COFCOR) Via videoconference 6-7 MAY 2021 Honourable Eamon Courtenay, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belize, and Chairman of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR); His Excellency Dr. Claude Joseph, Prime…

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  • Photo of Dr. Gene Leon takes office as CDB President

    Dr. Gene Leon takes office as CDB President

    Dr Hyginus ‘Gene’ Leon today took office as President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), becoming the sixth chief executive of the regional multilateral institution. The seasoned economist will lead a team of more than 200 employees headquartered in Bridgetown, Barbados. He comes to the assignment with 35 years of experience in economics, financial policy development and executive management, more than…

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