Trade and Economic Issues

  • Photo of Special COTED Meeting Discusses Transportation Matters

    Special COTED Meeting Discusses Transportation Matters

    Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ministers with responsibility for Transportation, met on Thursday, 6 June for a special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development that dealt with transportation matters. Dr. the Hon. Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Lead for Transportation in the CARICOM Quasi-Cabinet, chaired the half-day, virtual meeting that saw the participation of…

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  • Photo of Address by Mr. Joseph Cox, CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General, on the occasion of the Caribbean Poultry Association’s 7th Annual International Technical Symposium

    Address by Mr. Joseph Cox, CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General, on the occasion of the Caribbean Poultry Association’s 7th Annual International Technical Symposium

    “… As we gather here in the vibrant city of Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, I remind you of Vision 25 by 2025 which was created to support the transformation of the Region’s food system to one that is sustainable and resilient, ensuring food security and improved livelihoods to the people of the Region. The poultry industry, encompassing the…

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  • Photo of Veterinarians at forefront of 25 by 2025 initiative

    Veterinarians at forefront of 25 by 2025 initiative

    Veterinarians continue to be at the forefront of the Region’s quest to reduce its food import bill by 25 per cent by 2025. The acknowledgment came at the opening of the Twenty-Fourth Meeting of the Chief Veterinary Officers (CVOs) in Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, on Thursday, 25 April 2024, where speakers highlighted the CVOs’ role in the development…

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  • Photo of CRFM Ministerial Council approves resolutions, discusses climate resilience, fisheries crimes, Caribbean blue economy

    CRFM Ministerial Council approves resolutions, discusses climate resilience, fisheries crimes, Caribbean blue economy

    Regional Fisheries Ministers on Friday approved 32 resolutions providing policy direction and guidance on a wide range of matters such as the updated CARICOM Common Fisheries Policy. The Ministers responsible for Fisheries, Aquaculture, and the Blue Economy of Member States of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism gave the approvals at the 18th Regular Meeting of the Ministerial Council of the…

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  • Photo of Keynote Address by CARICOM Secretary-General at ‘CARICOM at Fifty’ Symposium

    Keynote Address by CARICOM Secretary-General at ‘CARICOM at Fifty’ Symposium

    CARICOM Secretary-General, Dr. Carla Barnett, delivered the keynote address Friday morning (14 April 2023) at the opening ceremony of a symposium to mark the 50th anniversary of the Caribbean Community being observed this year. The virtual symposium, titled ‘CARICOM at the Crossroads: Rising to the Challenge of a New Era’, was organised by the CARICOM Secretariat in collaboration with the…

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  • Photo of CARICOM Secretariat’s energy use under state-of-the-art energy management system

    CARICOM Secretariat’s energy use under state-of-the-art energy management system

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana) – Energy at the CARICOM Secretariat is now managed through a state-of-the-art Building Energy Management System (BEMS). This information technology allows the tracking of energy supplied and used by the national grid and from the Solar Photovoltaic Power Generation Plant, which was constructed on the grounds of the CARICOM Secretariat. The staff of the Information Integrated…

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  • Photo of CARICOM had strong team at ocean biodiversity treaty negotiations

    CARICOM had strong team at ocean biodiversity treaty negotiations

    CARICOM’s strong negotiating team for the just-agreed Marine Biodiversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction treaty (BBNJ) comprised representatives of the Region’s Permanent Missions to the United Nations and capital base experts supported by scientific and legal experts drawn from the regional institutions (the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (and the University of the West Indies) with the CARICOM Secretariat providing technical,…

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  • Photo of Treaty launches new chapter for equity in world’s ocean

    Treaty launches new chapter for equity in world’s ocean

    March 4, 2023 marked a historic moment for the world’s oceans. After a marathon of intense, sometimes overnight negotiations, Member States of the United Nations agreed on the provisions of the ocean biodiversity treaty on the conservation and sustainable use of marine Biodiversity of areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ). With this treaty, a new chapter for equity in the world’s…

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  • Photo of CARICOM Statement On The Legally Binding Instrument Of The Conservation And Sustainable Use Of Marine Biodiversity Of Areas Beyond National Jurisdictions (BBNJ)

    CARICOM Statement On The Legally Binding Instrument Of The Conservation And Sustainable Use Of Marine Biodiversity Of Areas Beyond National Jurisdictions (BBNJ)

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) remains deeply concerned that human actions, including the emissions of greenhouse gases, have led to the rapid ongoing decline of marine ecosystems from coastal to deep sea, with particularly acute and large historical losses in coastal marine ecosystems. The Community is also concerned that the human influence on the degradation and alteration of the world’s ocean…

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  • Photo of Remarks by Dr. Carla Barnett, CARICOM Secretary-General, Opening 55th Meeting of COTED, 28 November 2022

    Remarks by Dr. Carla Barnett, CARICOM Secretary-General, Opening 55th Meeting of COTED, 28 November 2022

    Honourable, Alva Baptiste, Minister of External Affairs International Trade, Civil Aviation and Diaspora Affairs of Saint Lucia and Chair of Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED); Other Honourable Ministers and Heads of Delegations; Representatives of Regional Institutions; Distinguished Delegates; Ladies and Gentlemen. It is my pleasure to say a few words of welcome to this Fifty-Fifth Regular Meeting of…

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