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  • Photo of CARICOM congratulates Suriname on 45th Independence Anniversary

    CARICOM congratulates Suriname on 45th Independence Anniversary

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has congratulated the Government and People of the Republic of Suriname on the country’s Forty-Fifth Anniversary of Independence, to be celebrated  on 25 November 2020. “The diligence, unity, creativity and innovation of the people of Suriname have been key to the continued development of the nation,” CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said in his congratulatory message…

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  • Photo of St Lucia to introduce Tourism Levy December 15:  CARICOM BUSINESS

    St Lucia to introduce Tourism Levy December 15: CARICOM BUSINESS

    The Government of St Lucia will introduce a tourism levy effective December 15, 2020 to aid in the financing of the industry marketing and development. In a two-tier system, guests will be charged either US$3 or US$6 per person per night depending on a room rate below or above US$120. A rate of 50% of the tourism levy will apply…

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  • Photo of CARICOM Education Ministers reminded of sector’s importance in post COVID-19 recovery

    CARICOM Education Ministers reminded of sector’s importance in post COVID-19 recovery

    Caribbean Community Education Ministers were reminded of Education’s critical role in the post COVID-19 economic recovery, as the 25th Special Meeting of CARICOM’s Council for Human and Social and Development (COHSOD) opened Tuesday. CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, remined the Meeting that there is no economic recovery and resilience without an education system designed to strengthen workforce capacity and innovation,…

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  • Photo of New company registrations soar in Jamaica:   CARICOM BUSINESS

    New company registrations soar in Jamaica: CARICOM BUSINESS

    Jamaica has recorded 3,586 new company registrations for the period January 1 to November 11, 2020. That’s according to data produced by the Companies Office of Jamaica and released on social media by Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke who noted that “in the middle of the pandemic and record economic contraction, Jamaicans are forming new companies at a rate not…

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  • Photo of Former energy ministers lead off Regional Energy Dialogue series

    Former energy ministers lead off Regional Energy Dialogue series

    Three former CARICOM Energy Ministers led the Regional Energy Dialogue series today (16 November 2020), one of the seminal activities of CARICOM Energy Month. Mr. Darcy Boyce of Barbados; Mr. Phillip Paulwell of Jamaica and Mr. Kevin Ramnarine of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, all former Ministers of Energy, reflected on the strides the region has made over the past 10 years towards sustainable…

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  • Photo of CARICOM SG congratulates new Belize Prime Minister

    CARICOM SG congratulates new Belize Prime Minister

    CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRoque has congratulated newly elected Prime Minister of Belize Mr John Briceño and his People’s United Party (PUP) on their comprehensive victory in the country’s 11 November 2020 General Elections. Mr. Briceño led his PUP to twenty-six of the thirty-one seats at stake in the elections. “The margin of victory indicates that the people of Belize…

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  • Photo of CARICOM SG congratulates re-elected Vincentian Prime Minister

    CARICOM SG congratulates re-elected Vincentian Prime Minister

    CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has congratulated St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves on his historic victory in the General Elections of 5 November 2020. “The winning of a fifth consecutive term demonstrates that the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines have the utmost confidence in your leadership, and your vision for their future,” the…

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  • Photo of CARICOM Election Observation Mission to Belize – PRELIMINARY STATEMENT

    CARICOM Election Observation Mission to Belize – PRELIMINARY STATEMENT

    The   Ministry   of  Foreign  Affairs  of  Belize,  by  way  of  Diplomatic  Note  dated 13 October 2020, invited the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to field a CARICOM Election Observation Mission (CEOM) to observe the conduct of the Belize General Elections to be held on 11 November 2020. As a result, a six-member CEOM comprised of electoral officials from several CARICOM Member States…

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  • Photo of Youth take Centre Stage as CARICOM Energy Month Activities continue

    Youth take Centre Stage as CARICOM Energy Month Activities continue

    Under the theme, “YOUth at the Centre of CARICOM’s Energy Future”, young people from across CARICOM member states will join energy experts, thought leaders and policymakers at the CARICOM Energy Month (#CEM2020) Virtual Youth Forum set to take place on Friday 13 November 2020 at 1 PM AST. The event is a collaboration between the CARICOM Secretariat, the UK Government,…

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  • Photo of CARICAD’s Transition to Remote Work during COVID-19: NEWSLETTER

    CARICAD’s Transition to Remote Work during COVID-19: NEWSLETTER

    Extract: “Fortunately, CARICAD was able to pivot to remote work for all staff members using the remote policy that was already in place. The internal experience on remote work was compared with information available from other sources. “The analysis offered perspectives and discussion points that supported our full-blown remote work experience and operations when the government ordered the shutdown. As…

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