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  • Photo of CARICOM Heads of Government to address key development issues at their Meeting on Monday and Tuesday

    CARICOM Heads of Government to address key development issues at their Meeting on Monday and Tuesday

    Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government have the COVID-19 pandemic and the Region’s response high on the agenda for their 42nd Regular Meeting to he held online on the 5-6 July 2021. The impact of recent natural disasters, including the eruption of La Soufriere volcano in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and the widespread flooding in Guyana and Suriname will…

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  • Photo of Jamaica tourism sector rebounds:  CARICOM BUSINESS

    Jamaica tourism sector rebounds: CARICOM BUSINESS

    Jamaica’s tourism sector continues to lead the recovery efforts for the island’s economy, earning US$1.31 billion, of which US$97.58 million has been accrued directly by the Government. According to Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, “Based on our run rate forecast of visitor arrivals for June 2021, Jamaica would have received an estimated total of 816,632 visitors since reopening in June 2020.…

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  • Photo of Elizabeth Riley appointed Executive Director of CDEMA

    Elizabeth Riley appointed Executive Director of CDEMA

    (Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency Press Release) The Chairman of the Council of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the Honorable Vincent Byron Jr, Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, St Kitts-Nevis, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Elizabeth Riley as Executive Director of the Agency with effect from July 1, 2021. Ms. Riley,…

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  • Photo of Barbados delivers benefits to 88% of its unemployed:  CARICOM BUSINESS

    Barbados delivers benefits to 88% of its unemployed: CARICOM BUSINESS

    Barbados leads the Region in protecting its citizens during the pandemic through unemployment payments, delivering benefits to 88% of unemployed workers, while The Bahamas captured about 26%. That’s the information contained in the World Bank’s report, titled “Employment in Crisis” which asserts that only about one-third of the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) offer a national unemployment…

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  • Photo of Region needs to strengthen its resolve to advance a green resilient recovery post-COVID-19: CARICOM SG to USAID Climate Change Symposium

    Region needs to strengthen its resolve to advance a green resilient recovery post-COVID-19: CARICOM SG to USAID Climate Change Symposium

    “All of us gathered here are well-seized of the fact that climate change and the pandemic, as separate occurrences, are devastating for CARICOM Small Island and Low-lying Coastal Developing States (SIDS).  That double threat compounded by the recent eruption of La Soufrière Volcano in St. Vincent and the Grenadines has stretched our limited human and financial resources. “This has been…

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  • Photo of CARICOM SG gets courtesy call from Guyana’s Ambassador Designate to the US

    CARICOM SG gets courtesy call from Guyana’s Ambassador Designate to the US

    CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque received a courtesy call from Guyana’s Ambassador Designate to the United States Mr Sam Hinds at the Secretariat this morning. IN PHOTO (from left) – Mr Neville Bissember Special Adviser to the Secretary-General; Ambassador Colin Granderson, Assistant Secretary-General, Foreign and Community Relations; SG LaRocque; Mr Hinds; Mr Juan Edghill Jr. Research Officer, Ministry of Foreign…

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  • Photo of PANCAP Meeting opens with call to Sustain HIV Response as Public Health Systems are Challenged with COVID-19

    PANCAP Meeting opens with call to Sustain HIV Response as Public Health Systems are Challenged with COVID-19

    Wednesday, 2 June 2021 (PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat): The Pan-Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), the mechanism that provides a structured and unified approach to the Caribbean’s response to the HIV epidemic, commenced the Second Special Meeting of National AIDS Programme (NAP) Managers and Key Partners (Virtual), Wednesday, 2 June 2021.   The three-day meeting focused on the impact…

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  • Photo of Lightning Specialists Gather across Continents to Help Build Lightning Safe Communities during CMO/WMO Virtual Symposium

    Lightning Specialists Gather across Continents to Help Build Lightning Safe Communities during CMO/WMO Virtual Symposium

    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, May 31, 2021—The first-ever Symposium on Lightning and Lightning Safety Awareness, hosted jointly by the Caribbean Meteorological Organization (CMO) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on May 19-20, brought together lightning specialists from a wide range of disciplines. The event was part of CMO’s initiative to foster collaboration to better understand lightning risk and improve safety…

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  • Photo of CARICOM SG calls for fairness in international financing for SIDs

    CARICOM SG calls for fairness in international financing for SIDs

    Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has made a call for fairness in international financing for Small Island Developing States (SIDs), noting that they have been experiencing a battering from climate impacts, not of their own making. “We have had to face the sharp end of climate change impacts in conjunction with our other inherent vulnerabilities.  It is, therefore,…

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  • Photo of Be more strategic, press on urgently with CSME – Trade Ministers advised

    Be more strategic, press on urgently with CSME – Trade Ministers advised

    The Organs of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) must move to adopt a greater sense of urgency and clarity of purpose if the Region is to successfully navigate the current difficult circumstances. Prime Minister of Barbados, the Hon. Mia Mottley delivered this charge Tuesday at the opening of the Fifty-Second Meeting of the COTED. Prime Minister Mottley, who is Lead Head…

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