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  • Photo of Investment, partnerships critical to agriculture

    Investment, partnerships critical to agriculture

    Agriculture requires investment for the sector to flourish and be sustained, and policy-makers must create the environment which is attractive to investors. Policies and programmes that facilitate ongoing development, stimulate economic growth within the Region and promote food security also have to be put in place as a priority. This was the focus of the speakers at the Opening Plenary Session…

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  • Photo of Perspectives on the 2016 Youth Development Index: Role of youth in building resilient economies for small states

    Perspectives on the 2016 Youth Development Index: Role of youth in building resilient economies for small states

    By Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Secretary-General, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) I am pleased to provide a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) perspective for the 2016 Youth Development Index, which is an important resource for youth stakeholders across the globe. Approximately sixty-three percent or nine million of the Caribbean Community’s population is under the age of 30. This implies that special policies should be developed…

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  • Photo of PM Outlines Action Plan For Aid To Haiti And Bahamas

    PM Outlines Action Plan For Aid To Haiti And Bahamas

    The Honourable Prime Minister and Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit, on Friday, outlined a plan of action to be taken by member states in aid of Haiti and the Bahamas. The Honourable Prime Minister held a press conference on Friday, October 14th, to report on his visit to the two islands following Hurricane Matthew. At the…

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  • Photo of CARICOM to support relief and recovery efforts in Haiti and The Bahamas post Hurricane Matthew

    CARICOM to support relief and recovery efforts in Haiti and The Bahamas post Hurricane Matthew

    Barbados, October 14, 2016 (CDEMA) – The Caribbean Community will rally support for its Member States, Haiti and The Bahamas, following the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew. This was presented during CARICOM’s high level mission to both countries from October 11 – 13, 2016. The delegation which was led by Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community,…

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  • Photo of Region observes Caribbean Statistics Day

    Region observes Caribbean Statistics Day

    Caribbean Statistics Day will be observed on Saturday, 15 October, 2016, ahead of World Statistics Day on 20 October. The theme of Caribbean Statistics Day is Improving the Lives of People – Advancing the Action Plan for Statistics in CARICOM. For the past eight years, the Region has been observing the Day that was identified to create more awareness of the production,…

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  • Photo of CARICOM Chair and SG meet Haiti’s Interim President

    CARICOM Chair and SG meet Haiti’s Interim President

    CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica and Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque met on Tuesday with the interim President of hurricane devastated Haiti H.E Jocelerme Privert. The Chairman and Secretary-General are in Haiti for a first hand look at the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew, which hit the country last week with winds of up to 145 miles an…

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  • Photo of CARICOM Chairman leads delegation to Haiti, The Bahamas

    CARICOM Chairman leads delegation to Haiti, The Bahamas

    A high level delegation will visit Haiti and The Bahamas between October 11 and 13, 2016 to undertake discussions with the leadership of the affected Member States and to confirm additional areas where theCaribbean Community (CARICOM) can provide support. The high level mission includes the Honourable Roosevelt Skerritt, Prime Minister of Dominica and Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Government…

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  • Photo of CDEMA offers operational support to Civil Protection Directorate in Haiti post Hurricane Matthew

    CDEMA offers operational support to Civil Protection Directorate in Haiti post Hurricane Matthew

    Six (6) experts from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) drawn from the CDEMA Coordinating Unit and the Participating States of Saint Lucia and Jamaica are now stationed in Haiti to provide operational support to the Civil Protection Directorate (CPD) in response to the widespread devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew. The experts are members of the CARICOM Operational Support…

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  • Photo of CARICOM fully engaged in assisting recovery and rebuilding post Matthew – Secretary-General

    CARICOM fully engaged in assisting recovery and rebuilding post Matthew – Secretary-General

    CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has expressed sadness with the loss of lives, homes and  property during the passage of hurricane Matthew, and he gave the assurance that CARICOM is fully engaged in assisting affected countries with their recovery and  rebuilding efforts. Haiti was the most seriously affected CARICOM Member State with more than 800 deaths, thousand displaced and widespread…

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  • Photo of Caribbean leaders at UN warn of region’s ‘economic collapse’ under US, EU decision on banking

    Caribbean leaders at UN warn of region’s ‘economic collapse’ under US, EU decision on banking

    Given their size and limited choices for economic expansion, small island States like Saint Lucia have looked to the more advanced economies for innovative means of economic development, the tiny country’s Prime Minister told the United Nations today, among many speakers from the region who said they now find themselves being penalised as tax havens by the very architects of…

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