Foreign Policy and Community Relations

  • Photo of CARICOM gripped with compassion at widespread loss of life… – SG

    CARICOM gripped with compassion at widespread loss of life… – SG

      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 –    “…the disruption, destruction…

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  • Photo of CARICOM congratulates Trinidad and Tobago on its Fifty-fifth Independence Anniversary

    CARICOM congratulates Trinidad and Tobago on its Fifty-fifth Independence Anniversary

    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…

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  • Photo of CARICOM extends sympathy to hurricane-damaged US

    CARICOM extends sympathy to hurricane-damaged US

    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…

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  • Photo of Barbados & Chile To Strengthen Relations

    Barbados & Chile To Strengthen Relations

      Left to right) President of the Republic of Chile, Michelle Bachelet; Prime Minister Freundel Stuart; and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, during their meeting at Ilaro Court today. (C.Pitt/BGIS) Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and President of the Republic of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, have expressed a keen desire for both countries to strengthen and expand…

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  • Photo of Climate change, disaster prevention highlighted during Chilean President’s visit to CDEMA

    Climate change, disaster prevention highlighted during Chilean President’s visit to CDEMA

      There is a lot that Barbados could learn from Chile, especially given that country’s experience with seismic matters. Minister of Home Affairs, Adriel Brathwaite, made this point today during a press briefing, following the official visit of the President of the Republic of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, at the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency’s (CDEMA) Lower Estate, St. Michael headquarters. “Your experience…

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  • Photo of CARICOM Chairman condemns ‘callous’ terrorist attacks in Spain

    CARICOM Chairman condemns ‘callous’ terrorist attacks in Spain

    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…

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  • Photo of CARICOM SG ASKS SWEDEN’S HELP ON BLACKLISTING ISSUE

    CARICOM SG ASKS SWEDEN’S HELP ON BLACKLISTING ISSUE

    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…

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  • Photo of CARICOM SG calls for new model for development finance

    CARICOM SG calls for new model for development finance

    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…

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  • Photo of UN SG lauds CARICOM leadership on global issues

    UN SG lauds CARICOM leadership on global issues

    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…

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  • Photo of CARICOM Secretary-General pushes development issues at UN

    CARICOM Secretary-General pushes development issues at UN

    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…

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