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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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  • Photo of International Women’s Day – Secretary-General’s Message

    International Women’s Day – Secretary-General’s Message

    MESSAGE FROM AMBASSADOR IRWIN LAROCQUE, SECRETARY-GENERAL, CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY, ON THE OCCASION OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 8 March 2021 On 8 March 2021, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) joins the rest of the world in celebrating International Women’s Day, a special observance that was adopted by the United Nations 46 years ago in 1975, during International Women’s Year.   The annual celebration…

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  • Photo of Agreement reached on administration of 2021 regional examinations

    Agreement reached on administration of 2021 regional examinations

    In recognition of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic to the education sector, candidates registered for CAPE®, CSEC® and CCLSC®  will sit these Exams during the period June/July 2021. Ministries of Education will receive the results in the last week of September. CARICOM Ministers of Education reached those and other critical agreements for the Administration of the 2021 CAPE…

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  • Photo of PANCAP launches Social Contracting Toolkit to boost HIV Response during COVID-19

    PANCAP launches Social Contracting Toolkit to boost HIV Response during COVID-19

    (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, officially launched a toolkit for social contracting during a virtual event attended by key stakeholders from the Region’s HIV response including Government, civil society organisations (CSOs) and the CARICOM Secretariat.…

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