Statements and Declarations

  • Photo of CARICOM sends message of condolence to Tsunami-hit Tonga

    CARICOM sends message of condolence to Tsunami-hit Tonga

    The Caribbean Community CARICOM has expressed ‘heartfelt sorrow’ at the tragic loss of life from the recent tsunami in Tonga. CARICOM Secretary-General Dr Carla Barnett shared the Community’s concern in a message of condolence to the Prime Minister of Tonga, H.E. Siaosi Sovaleni: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) views with deep concern the tragic effects on Tonga of the nearby volcano…

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  • Photo of Secretary-General’s Remarks at the Ministerial Meeting of the International Partners of Haiti – 21 January 2022

    Secretary-General’s Remarks at the Ministerial Meeting of the International Partners of Haiti – 21 January 2022

    Foreign Minister of Canada Melanie Joly,Prime Minister Ariel HenryPrime Minister Ralph GonsalvesForeign Ministers and Representatives of the international partners of HaitiRepresentatives of International Institutions Greetings I welcome the invitation to participate in this timely and important meeting on Haiti, a Member State of our Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Let me first commend the Government of Canada for having taken the initiative…

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

    CARICOM SG congratulates re-elected Barbados Prime Minister

    CARICOM Secretary-General Dr Carla Barnett has congratulated the Prime Minister of Barbados Hon Mia Mottley on her resounding triumph in the General Elections of 19 January. Here is the Secretary-General’s congratulatory message: “Honourable Prime Minister, On behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), I offer my sincere congratulations to you and the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) on your resounding victory in…

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  • Photo of Remarks by Secretary-General Dr Carla Barnett to the 48th Meeting of the Community Council of Ministers

    Remarks by Secretary-General Dr Carla Barnett to the 48th Meeting of the Community Council of Ministers

    14 January 2022 Hon. Eamon Courtenay, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Immigration of Belize, and Chair of the Community Council; Other Honourable Ministers and other Heads of Delegation; Deputy Secretary-General, other Members of EMC and Staff of the Secretariat; Distinguished Delegates; Ladies and Gentlemen. I wish everyone a very happy and productive 2022, as I welcome all to…

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  • Photo of On Energy, CARICOM Secretariat practising what we preach: Secretary-General

    On Energy, CARICOM Secretariat practising what we preach: Secretary-General

    Remarks by CARICOM Secretary-General Dr Carla Barnett at the Handover Ceremony for the Solar Photovoltaic Power Generation Plant with Battery and Power Conditioning Systems at the CARICOM Secretariat Your Excellency Mohamed Irfaan Ali, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana;Hon. Brigadier (Ret’d.) Mark Phillips, Prime Minister and First Vice-President;Hon. Hugh Todd, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation;Your Excellency Tatsuo…

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  • Photo of CARICOM condemns attack on Haiti’s Prime Minister

    CARICOM condemns attack on Haiti’s Prime Minister

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) condemns the armed attack on the Prime Minister of Haiti and his delegation at Gonaives on Saturday 1 January 2022 during the traditional ceremony commemorating the 218th anniversary of Haiti’s independence. The attendance of the Prime Minister of Haiti and his delegation of high officials at the traditional celebration of the anniversary of Haiti’s Independence, which…

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  • Photo of New Year Statement by the Chairman  of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Honourable JOHN BRICEÑO Prime Minister of Belize

    New Year Statement by the Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Honourable JOHN BRICEÑO Prime Minister of Belize

    A Happy New Year to all, as we usher in 2022 with hope and optimism. The past two years have seen all plans affected by the COVID-19 virus which has caused profound social and economic turmoil. The prospects for our recovery hinge on the urgent acceleration  of vaccinations, which remains alarmingly low in our Community. Further delay in equitable access…

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  • Photo of End of Year Statement by the outgoing Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Hon. Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda

    End of Year Statement by the outgoing Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Hon. Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda

    We have come to the end of what has been a very challenging year for our Community and its Member States.  However, we have used our collective wit, wisdom and strength to combat the adversity with which we have been confronted. We have endured the shocking assassination of a sitting Head of State and Government, the continuing spectre of COVID-19,…

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  • Photo of Statement by CARICOM Secretary-General on Death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu

    Statement by CARICOM Secretary-General on Death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is profoundly saddened by the death of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu of South Africa. Archbishop Tutu’s strong moral voice was a very significant factor in the successful struggle against the brutal racist policy of apartheid in his homeland. His compassionate leadership of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission during the sensitive transition period that followed the…

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  • Photo of End of Year Message  from the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Dr Carla N. Barnett

    End of Year Message from the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Dr Carla N. Barnett

    The joy of this festive period is once again tempered by the continuing onslaught of the  COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout the year, our immediate concern has been how best to secure lives and livelihoods in our Member States, as the virus’ lingering presence slows the recovery of the economic and social well-being of the people of our Community. The primary focus has…

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