Foreign Policy and Community Relations

  • Photo of CARICOM SG accredits Panama’s first Ambassador

    CARICOM SG accredits Panama’s first Ambassador

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Thursday 13 September 2018 formalised diplomatic ties with Panama, accrediting the first Ambassador of the Central American country to the Community. CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, received the letter of credence of Her Excellency Soraya Cano Franco during a short ceremony at the Headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat, in Georgetown, Guyana. He said Panama and…

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  • Photo of CARICOM extends condolences on passing of former Montserrat Chief Minister

    CARICOM extends condolences on passing of former Montserrat Chief Minister

    CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has expressed the Community’s condolences to the family of Montserrat’s former Chief Minister Mr Bertrand Osborne and to the Government and people, on his passing.    Mr Osborne, who died last Wednesday, served as Chief Minister of Montserrat from November 13th 1996 to August 27th 1997, a particularly difficult time in the island’s history during…

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  • Photo of Successful COFAP and CSME Meetings in Barbados

    Successful COFAP and CSME Meetings in Barbados

    CARICOM Citizens can rest assured that their leaders are moving with “renewed passion and energy” to make sure that the Community is functioning. This was pointed out by Chairman of CARICOM, Prime Minister Andrew Holness of Jamaica and Chairman of the Council on Finance and Planning, Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua, at a briefing to close the Sixth Meeting…

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  • Photo of CARICOM benefits from Jamaica’s Commitment – Secretary General

    CARICOM benefits from Jamaica’s Commitment – Secretary General

    CARICOM has greatly benefited from the commitment and dedication of the Government and people of Jamaica, Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has said as he extended congratulations on the country’s 56th Anniversary of Independence. “Over the years, your country has contributed significantly to the integration movement and I look forward to continuing this strong track record of dedication to regional integration…

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  • Photo of CARICOM and the African Union discuss working together, formalising relationship

    CARICOM and the African Union discuss working together, formalising relationship

    Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and Deputy Chair of the African Union Commission (AUC), His Excellency Kwesi Quartey discussed the need for continued ACP solidarity in the negotiations for the Post-Coutonou Agreement with the European Union (EU). Negotiations for the Co-operation Agreement between the African Caribbean Pacific Group of Countries (ACP) and the EU were…

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  • Photo of Barbados PM leads talks with CARICOM Secretariat on CSME

    Barbados PM leads talks with CARICOM Secretariat on CSME

    Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley, the Lead Head of Government in the CARICOM Quasi-Cabinet with responsibility for the CARICOM Single Market and Economy, on Friday held the first of her planned monthly meeting with the CARICOM Secretariat, on the CSME. The Secretariat’s team for this meeting was led by Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque. Prime Minister Mottley was accompanied by Members…

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  • Photo of CARICOM values close, friendly relations with Mexico – President-elect told

    CARICOM values close, friendly relations with Mexico – President-elect told

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) expressed deep appreciation for Mexico’s longstanding readiness to collaborate, as it extended congratulations to President-Elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador on his landslide victory in the country’s 1 July 2018 Presidential elections. “CARICOM attaches great value to the close and friendly relationship that it has forged with Mexico over the years,”  Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said in…

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  • Photo of CARICOM joins ‘Celebrate Bahamas’ Independence festivities

    CARICOM joins ‘Celebrate Bahamas’ Independence festivities

    The rest of the CARICOM family joined Bahamians in celebrating the country’s forty-fifth anniversary of Independence Tuesday. Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque extended the Caribbean Community’s best wishes in a congratulatory message to Bahamian Prime Minister, Dr Hubert Minnis. “The Bahamas has made great progress in the 45 years since nationhood, making its mark particularly in the services sector and in…

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  • Photo of Vincentian and Jamaican Athletes take CARICOM 10K Titles

    Vincentian and Jamaican Athletes take CARICOM 10K Titles

    Vincentian Athlete Linda McDowald copped her 2nd title in the women’s leg of the annual CARICOM 10K Race in Montego Bay, Jamaica on Saturday with a winning time of 39 mins 50 secs.  This was slightly slower than the 37:57 run for her first title in 2016 in Guyana. Second place in Saturday’s race went to Grenadian Kenisha Pascal who…

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  • Photo of CARICOM Heads meet Chilean President on cooperation matters

    CARICOM Heads meet Chilean President on cooperation matters

    CARICOM Heads of Governments on Friday met with President of Chile His Excellency Sebastian Pinera Echenique as the two sides look to further strengthen cooperation.  The President was a Special Guest at the 39th Regular CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting in Montego Bay, Jamaica, which ends Friday. CARICOM-Chile relations were formalised in 1996 with the signing of an Agreement on…

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