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    COMMUNIQUE – Tenth United Kingdom-Caribbean Ministerial Forum

    TENTH UK-CARIBBEAN FORUM: COMMUNIQUÉ Introduction The Tenth United Kingdom-Caribbean Ministerial Forum was held virtually on 18 March 2021. The Governments of the United Kingdom and the Caribbean again reaffirmed their commitment to the Forum as an important vehicle for dialogue, partnership and cooperation, reflecting the special relationship that exists between the United Kingdom, the Caribbean States and the British Overseas…

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  • Photo of Statement by new Ambassador of Kenya to CARICOM

    Statement by new Ambassador of Kenya to CARICOM

    Statement by Ambassador Anthony M. Muchiri, Plenipotentiary Representative of the Republic of Kenya to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on the occasion of the presentation of Credentials to Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Secretary-General of CARICOM, 17 March 2021 It is my honour to present today, the first time for Kenya, my Credentials as Plenipotentiary Representative of the Republic of Kenya to the…

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  • Photo of Secretary-General’s Remarks at Accreditation of Kenya’s Ambassador to CARICOM

    Secretary-General’s Remarks at Accreditation of Kenya’s Ambassador to CARICOM

    Remarks BY Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, SECRETARY-GENERAL of The CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY (CARICOM) on the occasion of THE PRESENTATION OF CREDENTIALS BY HIS EXCELLENCY ANTHONY MWANIKI MUCHIRI, PLENIPOTENTIARY REPRESENTATIVE DESIGNATE OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA TO THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY GEORGETOWN, GUYANA Wednesday, 17 MARCH 2021 Your Excellency Anthony Mwaniki Muchiri, Plenipotentiary Representative of the Republic of Kenya to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM);…

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  • Photo of Jamaica opens fiscal year with cash reserves of $90 billion:  CARICOM BUSINESS

    Jamaica opens fiscal year with cash reserves of $90 billion: CARICOM BUSINESS

    Jamaica’s Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr Nigel Clarke, says the island opened the 2020/21 fiscal year with cash reserves of approximately $90 billion, or more than 4% of GDP. Clarke attributed this was to the policy of amassing the country’s cash reserves to pay down debt. This resulted in Jamaica’s ability to finance a 3.5% fiscal deficit without…

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  • Photo of CARPHA Statement on the Brazil Variant (P.1)

    CARPHA Statement on the Brazil Variant (P.1)

    Given the nature of the virus (SARS-CoV-2) that causes COVID-19, variants are likely to emerge and several have emerged all over the world. Variants are a natural part of viral infection and replication. In this regard, the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 variants that cause COVID-19, such as Brazil, UK and South African  variants, is normal and expected. Some variants have been reported…

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  • Photo of Regional Public Health Practitioners  to Benefit from Clinical Management of HIV Course

    Regional Public Health Practitioners to Benefit from Clinical Management of HIV Course

    Friday, 12 March 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, is facilitating an exciting educational and capacity building opportunity for Public Health practitioners working in the Region’s HIV response.  PANCAP is providing financial support for twenty (20)…

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  • Photo of Update from the Caribbean Public Health Agency on COVID-19 Vaccines and Variants

    Update from the Caribbean Public Health Agency on COVID-19 Vaccines and Variants

    The Caribbean Public Health Agency is aware that some countries in the European Union have suspended their AstraZeneca vaccination campaign, as a result of reports of rare blood coagulation disorders in people who had received the vaccine.   This was done as a precautionary measure while a full investigation is conducted into the reports.  At present, it cannot be determined whether…

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  • Photo of CARICOM SG congratulates new Turks and Caicos Islands Premier

    CARICOM SG congratulates new Turks and Caicos Islands Premier

    CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has congratulated the Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands Hon Charles Washington Misick and his Progressive National Party (PNP) on their resounding victory in the Territory’s recent General Elections. The Secretary-General also commented the citizens of the Territory for their determination to participate in the polls despite the on-going challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.…

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  • Photo of CARICOM Youth Ambassadors observe International Women’s Day

    CARICOM Youth Ambassadors observe International Women’s Day

    Message from the CARICOM Youth Ambassadors Programme on International Women’s Day, March 8th 2021 Message by Mr. Yakub Nestor, CARICOM Youth Ambassador, St. Lucia The COVID-19 pandemic has erased decades of progress towards gender equality. From high job losses to exploding burdens of unpaid care, from disrupted schooling to an escalating crisis of domestic violence and exploitation, women’s lives have…

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  • Photo of Loan market hits trillion-dollar mark in Jamaica

    Loan market hits trillion-dollar mark in Jamaica

    Outstanding banks loans in Jamaica hit a new record of $1 trillion at the end of 2020, but non-performing loans (NPL) loans grew by more than 40%. Total loans across the banking system increased by 9%, from $915 billion to just over $1.03 trillion at the end of December, but grew by 17% in 2019. In its Quarterly Monetary Policy…

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