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  • February, 2018


    PM Skerrit calls for “collaborative approach” for first climate resilience nation

    21 February 2018 / 20

    Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has said a collaborative approach is needed to realize the government’s idea of making Dominica the first climate resilient country in the world.Speaking at a government-organized National Rebuilding and Economic Partnership Consultation on Monday, Skerrit said the government cannot do it alone.“Maria has placed even sharper focus, not only on the need to build back better but also the need to build resilience in all our sectors of our...
  • CARICOM Business News

    19 February 2018 / 24

    Please see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices.CARICOM Business 16 Feb 2018 
  • Building standards at forefront of UNDP Carnival Band

    16 February 2018 / 34

    Roseau, Dominica, 15 February, 2018— In keeping with its mandate to support the government’s effort to build back better, following the devastating effects of category 5 Hurricane Maria, the UNDP Dominica Project office capitalised on the large audience at the 2018 Carnival Monday parade as team members promoted Dominica’s building standards with an aptly themed float.The group, which also comprised engineers from civil society organisation, Engineers Without Borders (EWB),...
  • CDB, UNICEF partner to improve quality of early childhood education in the Caribbean

    15 February 2018 / 44

    Students of the Beacon Light of the Nazarene School, Antigua and Barbuda hand over newly launched Caribbean Early Childhood Development Good Practice Guide to (from left to right) Ms. Monica La Bennett, Vice-President (Operations), Caribbean Development Bank; Hon. Michael Browne, Minister Education, Antigua and Barbuda; Dr. Aloys Kamuragiye, UNICEF Representative, Office for the Eastern Caribbean. (Photo via CDB)February 15, 2018, ST. JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda–...
  • Dominica hurricane damage survey likely to help reduce disaster risk worldwide

    15 February 2018 / 44

    The biggest natural disaster to ever hit the Caribbean island of Dominica is now likely to provide guidelines for reducing the risk globally of disaster from hurricanes.Scientists led by disaster expert Dr. Richard Teeuw, of the University of Portsmouth, are surveying the damage to Dominica’s landscape, infrastructure and communities following the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria in 2017.Dominica was devastated by the hurricane last September which left 68 people dead or missing....
  • Commonwealth SG welcomes UN decision on Guyana-Venezuela border controversy

    15 February 2018 / 54

    The Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, welcomes the decision of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Gutteres, to refer the long-standing border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).The Secretary-General recalled that at the September 2017 meeting of the Commonwealth Ministerial Group on Guyana, Ministers noted Guyana’s concerns that this longstanding controversy has impacted on the...
  • SIDS must never be denied concessional financing for climate resilience -SG

    15 February 2018 / 60

      “It is crucial to increase the level of investment of climate finance for health.” - CARICOM Secretary-General,Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has called for the scaling up of climate finance for resilience in the health sector. He also posited that small vulnerable countries must never be denied access to concessional financing in their quest for resilience against climate change....
  • Government Says No To Recreational Marijuana Use

    09 February 2018 / 87

    Even though the Unity Labour Party (ULP) administration is exploring its options in the production of marijuana for medicinal purposes, it is not currently prepared to legalize ‘weed’ for recreational purposes.“Unregulated consumption of recreational marijuana poses a number of risks and challenges that we do not currently have the data on which to make informed decisions, or the capacity to manage effectively,” Minister of Finance Camillo Gonsalves told Parliament on...
  • [Antigua] Lower House passes “ganja bill”

    08 February 2018 / 116

    A bill to decriminalise up to 15 grammes of cannabis for personal use was passed in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.The Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) bill had its first reading in the House in December, but was subsequently sent to a select committee to allow for more public consultations.That engagement was held on January 23 with recommendations calling for the proposed decriminalised amount to be raised from 10 grammes to as much as two ounces as it is in Jamaica.Piloting the...
  • CARPHA launches regional system for Member States to report sub-standard falsified medicines

    07 February 2018 / 98

    The health of the Caribbean people can be at risk if medicines are not safe, effective and of good quality. Medicines safety and monitoring systems are often limited in the Region, and there has been a call for regional pooling of resources, sharing of information, and coordination of activities, that can lead to stronger systems.Recently, the Caribbean Regulatory System (CRS) launched VigiCarib, a voluntary regional system for CARICOM states to report adverse drug reactions (ADRs), suspected...
  • Saint Lucia adopts climate-smart cassava cultivation, encourages production of blended bread

    07 February 2018 / 74

     The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) is spearheading a project which will not only increase the cultivation of cassava throughout the Region but also encourages the production of cassava blended bread as a healthier alternative to the traditional white bread.Cassava is extensively cultivated as an annual crop in tropical and subtropical regions for its edible, starchy, tuberous root which is a major source of carbohydrates. The Ministry of Health and Wellness has...
  • Jamaica Prime Minister tables report on CARICOM in House of Representatives

    07 February 2018 / 132

    Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, tabled a copy of the Report of the Commission to Review Jamaica’s Relations within the CARICOM and CARIFORUM Frameworks in the House of Representatives, today (February 6).The Commission was charged with evaluating the effects of Jamaica’s membership in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on the country’s economic growth and development, with particular reference to trade in goods and services, investment, international...
  • CDB President announces up to US$800M for disaster recovery, amid strong Bank performance in 2017

    07 February 2018 / 136

    President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Dr. Wm. Warren Smith, today announced that the institution is making USD700 to 800 million (mn) available to help Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs) recover from the impact of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season. The funding, which the Bank is providing over the next five years, complements its ongoing work to build resilience in the Caribbean Region. “Disaster risk management and resilience building took centre-stage...
  • Former US President William “Bill” Clinton arrives in Dominica

    07 February 2018 / 106

    Former United States President, Bill Clinton, is in Dominica to view the island’s ongoing efforts to continue building back in the wake of last year’s hurricane season. See photo of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and his wife welcoming President Clinton, and a video clip of the President’s arrival at the Financial Centre earlier Tuesday morning:
  • January, 2018


    Culture Minister Receives Reparations Report

    31 January 2018 / 122

    Barbados has made another step towards the goal of obtaining regional reparations.This step comes as members of the island’s Reparations Task Force recently presented Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley, with an official report on arguments in support of reparations, in his Ministry’s Conference Room at Sky Mall.After receiving the document, Mr. Lashley noted that he was very pleased to see the work conducted by the Task Force, which was established in 2012....
  • Guyana Standards Bureau working with CROSQ on Energy Efficiency Standard

    23 January 2018 / 174

    The Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) is working collaboratively with the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) and other CARICOM countries to develop a standard that will address Minimum Energy Performance for Refrigerators, Air Conditioners and Lighting. This energy efficiency standard is expected to ensure that all appliances imported into Guyana and the CARICOM Region are labelled, that is, the labels must contain information regarding the energy...
  • Multi-faceted approach needed to address crime, security challenges

    23 January 2018 / 173

    Recognising the need for a multi-faceted approach to address various crime and security challenges in Barbados and across the region, a number of institutions will be working to implement the 10th EDF CARIFORUM Crime and Security Cooperation Programme. Myrna Bernard, Director of Human Development at the CARICOM Secretariat revealed the above recently, as the programme was launched in Barbados.“In order to address these problems jointly, CARIFORUM and the European Union concluded a...
  • December, 2017


    CARICOM Secretariat launches Housing Protocol

    28 December 2017 / 236

    The Office of the Deputy Secretary-General initiated the Launch of the CARICOM Secretariat Housing Protocol held on Thursday, 28 December 2017 at the CARICOM Secretariat’s Headquarters.  Those in attendance were landlords, property owners and real estate agents as well as the relative Secretariat Staff. The Housing Protocol has been developed within the framework of the Senior Management Committee and provided to the Executive Management Committee.  The Protocol entails...
  • CDB approves US$29M to rehabilitate infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Irma in Antigua and Barbuda

    15 December 2017 / 240

      The Board of Directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved US$29M in funding to the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, to assist with recovery efforts after the passage of Hurricane Irma in September. The funds will be used to rehabilitate and reconstruct critical infrastructure in the transportation, education, water and sanitation, and agriculture sectors.Hurricane Irma impacted the twin-island nation on September 6, 2017, making landfall in...
  • CARICOM calls for focused global attention on impact of climate change on small vulnerable states – WTO Ministerial Meeting

    13 December 2017 / 228

    This year, many small and vulnerable economies in the Caribbean, including some in CARICOM, notably Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, The Bahamas,  Haiti, British Virgin Islands (BVI), Anguilla, Turks and Caicos suffered massive devastation and absolute destruction of critical infrastructure from two unprecedented hurricanes, fueled by global warming and climate change.Colleague Ministers, many of these countries are faced with the herculean task of reconstructing their entire economies....
  • Dominica Press Conference

    11 December 2017 / 282

  • Our region needs to be a zone of peace”- PM tells CANSEC conference

    07 December 2017 / 316

     Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo has signalled the need for Guyana and the rest of the region to be a zone of peace, free from the scourge of money laundering, piracy and other illicit activities.Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo today at the opening of the two-day CANSEC Conference at the Guyana Marriot hotel.Addressing the opening of the 16th annual Caribbean Nations Security Conference (CANSEC), being held for the first time in Guyana at the Marriot International hotel, the...
  • Coconut Boost For Barbados & Region

    07 December 2017 / 340

    Barbados and the region can have a bustling coconut industry, despite being smaller than major growers such as Indonesia and The Philippines.This assertion was made by Maurice Wilson, who is the Regional Coconut Industry Coordinator at the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI).He was speaking with the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) following the inaugural meeting of the National Stakeholders Platform (NSP) on the coconut...
  • CARDI continues to play vital role in agricultural industries in Caribbean

    07 December 2017 / 326

    Basseterre, St. Kitts, December 05, 2017 (SKNIS): Minister of Agriculture of St. Kitts and Nevis, the Honourable Eugene Hamilton, commended the Caribbean Agriculture Research Development Institute (CARDI) for its support and outlined some of the key accomplishments the institute has brought to the agricultural sectors throughout the Caribbean.Minister Hamilton said that CARDI has been instrumental in assisting with facilitation of inter-regional agricultural trade and...
  • Bahamas PM warns region at great risk of climate change

    05 December 2017 / 318

      NASSAU, The Bahamas, Dec 5, CMC – The 10th Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) has begun here with Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis noting that small-island developing states in the region are at great risk of climate change.The conference, which ends on Saturday, is being held under the theme ‘CDM: The Road to Resilience Check Point 2017 – Building Resilience through Partnerships’.It is taking place as the region...
  • November, 2017


    Free Movement Of Labour – Holness urges greater cooperation within CARICOM

    20 November 2017 / 314

     Prime Minister Andrew Holness has said that the threat that climate change poses to Caribbean countries should spur regional leaders to work towards greater cooperation among states across the region.Speaking yesterday at the sixth High Level Caribbean Forum, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, Holness said that there was a tendency for regional states to focus on the free movement of goods without making a connection with the free movement of labour.“It...
  • Prince of Wales to visit Antigua and Barbuda, BVI, Dominica

    16 November 2017 / 404

    Caribbean Media Corporation) LONDON, Nov. 15, CMC – Britain’s Prince Charles is scheduled to visit Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and the British Virgin Islands for a first hand view of the widespread devastation caused by Hurricanes Maria and Irma.During the tour, the Prince of Wales will meet members of the local communities and hear about ways in which they have been recovering .Prince Charles is scheduled to arrive in Antigua and Barbuda on Friday.He will visit Barbuda...
  • CDB to promote resilient recovery, climate action for Caribbean at COP23

    13 November 2017 / 474

    November 13, 2017, BONN, Germany – A delegation from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has arrived at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany. While at the event, which runs until November 17, the Bank will join other regional stakeholders in reiterating the urgent need for climate action and resilient recovery in the Caribbean. Against the backdrop of this year’s devastating hurricane season, CDB will also underscore its...
  • Commonwealth Secretary-General pledges to challenge development assistance rules

    07 November 2017 / 376

    Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has promised to ramp up advocacy for the reform of development assistance rules which member states say are restricting aid to storm ravished countries in the Caribbean. The Secretary-General made the commitment at meetings with leaders in Antigua and Barbuda and Dominica during visits to the countries to discuss Commonwealth support after hurricanes Irma and Maria caused widespread devastation. Today she issued a statement about her trip to the...
  • President of Haiti calls for innovation, investment in energy sector

    03 November 2017 / 382

    Haiti President, His Excellency Jovenel Moise at the Launch Exhibition The 2017 edition of the CARICOM Energy Month (CEM) got off to an impressive start on Monday, 30 October, in Port au Prince, with His Excellency Jovenel Moïse, the President Haiti, participating in the opening session of a symposium. The event launched the CEM and brought together many of the actors in Haiti’s energy sector.In his assessment of the Haitian sector, the Haitian President...
  • CARICOM, IBM teams discuss private sector cooperation on Single ICT Space

    03 November 2017 / 448

    Private sector cooperation and support are pivotal to the successful delivery of the CARICOM Single ICT space.Against this background,staff members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat met with a team from International Business Machine (IBM) on Thursday, 2 November 2017, to discuss the Single ICT Space and other regional initiatives. The visiting team comprised Mr. Robin Ford, Business Development Executive, Caribbean Government Sector; Mr. Shaun Archer, Client...
  • HAPPENING NOW: Observances to mark Dominica’s 39th Independence anniversary

    03 November 2017 / 378

    On its 39th anniversary of Independence, Dominica is holding a National Day Parade and Ecumenical Service and Cultural Expose at Windor Park. Please follow the event:   
  • October, 2017


    Food Security: A Priority in Dominica

    31 October 2017 / 464

    Tuesday, October 31, 2017 — It has been just over a month since the Eastern Caribbean’s ‘food bowl’ was left bare following a direct hit from one of the strongest hurricanes to pass through the Caribbean basin – Hurricane Maria.Agricultural stakeholders in the sub-region, both private and public, are actively supporting efforts to ensure the future of Dominica’s agriculture sector through the replanting of fast growing crops paired with dedicated...
  • Strategic focus on energy, climate, disaster risk necessary – Energy Month launch hears

    31 October 2017 / 470

    In remarks at the launching of CARICOM Energy Month (CEM) at Quiskeya University in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, CARICOM Energy Programme Manager, Dr. Devon Gardner pointed to the  impact of the ferocious hurricanes on the energy sectors of CARICOM Member States and Associate Members .‘The recent spate of hurricanes – Irma, Jose and Maria, which impacted the Caribbean between August and September – has reshaped this year’s Energy Month agenda. Concomitant with...
  • Spain commits to post-hurricane economic recovery in CARICOM

    19 October 2017 / 436

    The Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) advocacy for resilient reconstruction within its Member States that were affected by the recent hurricanes, was positively acknowledged by the Government of Spain on Tuesday, 17 October, 2017.A newly accredited Plenipotentiary Representative of the Spain to CARICOM, His Excellency Javier Carbajosa Sanchez, said his country “will certainly contribute through the institutional channels already established, to promote economic...
  • Dominica Minister says Caribbean can learn from its rebuilding efforts

    19 October 2017 / 517

    Still recovering from the destruction caused by Tropical Storm Erika two years ago, the small island of Dominica was hit by Hurricane Maria – a category five storm about a month ago.The country’s entire infrastructure was left in ruins, leaving its population of approximately 74,000 people without potable water, electricity, shelter and food.Despite the challenges, Dominica’s Minister of Housing, Reginald Austrie told the News Room that other Caribbean States can use...
  • Hurricane recovery : Children to benefit from OECS-UNICEF “Return to Happiness Programme”

    19 October 2017 / 372

     214 children from Barbuda received psycho social  assistance, after the trauma of hurricane Irma, through the Return to Happiness Programme implemented from October 2-7 by 17 education specialists. The Saint-lucian elegation of volunteers, who successfully completed the first mission, will extend their operations to other affected countries.The passage of two category 5 hurricanes resulted in major material damage in several countries of the region and...
  • Message by the CARICOM Secretary-General on Caribbean Statistics Day

    13 October 2017 / 516

    MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY-GENERAL,CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY (CARICOM)AMBASSADOR IRWIN LAROCQUE ON THE OCCASION OF THENINTH OBSERVANCE OF CARIBBEAN STATISTICS DAY15 OCTOBER 2017This year’s observance takes place against the background of another significant achievement for Regional Statistics. CARICOM Heads of Government at their Thirty-Eighth Regular Meeting (July 2017) endorsed the preparation of a Regional Strategy for the Development of Statistics (RSDS) in CARICOM. ...
  • COTED green-lights Agriculture Regional Emergency Response team

    12 October 2017 / 464

    The Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) has approved the Regional Agriculture Emergency Response Sub-Committee to  provide prompt  action to help the agriculture sector in Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States to rebound after natural disasters.Approval came at the 71st Special Meeting of the COTED on Agriculture held at the CARICOM Secretariat on Friday 6 October, 2017.The 71st Meeting of COTED approved the Emergency Response Sub-CommitteeThe...
  • CARICOM Chair begins discussions in Washington

    11 October 2017 / 552

    Prime Minister Keith Mitchell at a meeting with World Bank team members responsible for the CaribbeanChairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and Grenada Prime Minister, Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, is currently in Washington DC. for the Small States Forum which he also chairs.He will also have talks with the International Financial Institutions. This morning, he met with World Bank representatives responsible for the Caribbean.Other CARICOM Heads of Government and...
  • CARICOM Secretary-General gets Guyana national award

    11 October 2017 / 486

    Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, on Friday received Guyana’s Cacique’s Crown of Honour (CCH). President of Guyana, His Excellency David Granger, bestowed the award on the Secretary-General at an investiture ceremony held at the National Cultural Centre in Georgetown, Guyana.Ambassador LaRocque was named among 69 persons honoured under the Order of Roraima of Guyana and the Order of  Service of Guyana, on the occasion...
  • September, 2017


    ‘Agriculture in Dominica, as we know it, now ceases to exist’ – OECS Commissioner

    27 September 2017 / 644

    Hurricane Maria has destroyed the agriculture sector in Dominica. The Category Five hurricane flattened Dominica on 18 September.Both the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) - which is leading the Community’s response to the disaster  – and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said that there was 100 per cent destruction of agriculture on the island. According to information released by...
  • Emotional PM Minnis outlines plan to assist Dominicans

    27 September 2017 / 646

    NASSAU, The Bahamas, Guardian – As he laid out a part of the government’s plan to assist Dominican children and their families today, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis choked back tears as he recounted the devastation that Hurricane Maria unleashed on the small island nation and expressed shame at the vitriolic response of some Bahamians to his pledge to assist Dominican students.“My government proposes to temporarily relax the immigration laws for a number of school children...
  • Dominica assured of continued CARICOM support – Chairman

    27 September 2017 / 554

    CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell has assured hurricane-ravaged Dominica of continued support from the CARICOM Family. Prime Minister Mitchell, along with CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Executive Director of CDEMA Ronald Jackson, Executive Director of the RSS Captain Errington Shurland, President of the CDB Dr Warren Smith and Barbados Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite toured Dominica, Tuesday.'  
  • Prime Minister Skerrit praises CARICOM solidarity as Chairman visits

    27 September 2017 / 476

    Prime Minister of hurricane-ravaged Dominica Roosevelt Skerrit on Tuesday welcomed CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell of Grenada to the island for a first hand view of the devastation.  Prime Minister Skerrit  praised the strong solidarity from CARICOM Governments and people.Share this:
  • Hurricane Maria could cost Dominica billions of dollars, says CDEMA

    26 September 2017 / 544

    REGIONAL disaster management and relief authorities are predicting that it will cost Dominica several billions of dollars to recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, which struck the Eastern Caribbean island last week, killing an estimated 20 people and leaving the small island nation in devastation. In the wake of the category five hurricane, there have been reports of persons desperately in need of food and shelter, while there have also been reports of security...
  • CARICOM Chairman leads delegation to hurricane ravaged Dominica

    26 September 2017 / 584

    CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell (2nd right) led a regional delegation to hurricane-ravaged Dominica on Tuesday, and met with Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit (right).The Chairman’s delegation included (from right) CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) Dr. Warren Smith, Executive Director of the Regional Security System (RSS) Captain Errington Shurland, and Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster...
  • Aid beginning to flow to Dominica – PM Skerrit

    26 September 2017 / 482

    Aid beginning to flow to Dominica – PM Skerrit Prime Minister of Dominica, the Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit has assured Dominicans, that aid was beginning to flow into the country.View image on TwitterIn an address on Monday morning, the Prime Minister, provided the assurance and detailed the forms of assistance that were imminent.Listen to his address:In an address on Monday morning, the Prime Minister, provided the assurance and detailed the...
  • Hurricane Maria relief efforts – comprehensive list, contact information

    25 September 2017 / 676

    Hurricane Maria relief efforts – comprehensive list, contact information September 25, 2017 @ 11:26 am  September 25, 2017 @ 11:26 am  No Comments Yet As you all know Hurricane Maria has left the nation of Dominica completely crippled, cutting off electricity, telecommunication and water supplies across the island. The destruction is unparalleled. Although assessments are still being made and communication is slowly being restored it has become...
  • Hurricane Maria Kills three in Haiti

    22 September 2017 / 498

    PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Sep. 22, CMC – Three people were killed on Thursday as heavy rains stemming from the close passage of the powerful Hurricane Maria, lashed sections of Haiti.The police report that early Thursday, a 45-year-old man drowned as he attempted to cross the Grand Ravine River and two people in the district of Cornillon were killed by lightning.The authorities reported that just over 33 shelters were opened in the Artibonite department in the western end of the country...
  • What Dominica Needs

    22 September 2017 / 568

       Prime Minister of Dominica, the Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit, has appealed for all to join forces to mobilise to bring relief to Dominicans in the wake of the devastation of Hurricane Maria.In an interview on Thursday on ABSTV in Antigua and Barbuda, he said that rebuilding the country will require everyone’s support, particularly the Dominican Diaspora.He underlined the need for beds/cots and bedding, hygiene kits, comfort kits, water and food...
  • CARPHA ready to assist Dominica

    21 September 2017 / 656

    The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), has deployed members of its staff, who have joined sister CARICOM institution, Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), to carry out rapid needs assessment in Dominica.Dominica suffered widespread devastation to homes and infrastructure after Hurricane Maria, the second major storm to hit the Caribbean this month made landfall on the island on Monday.CARPHA’s team will add its expertise to the water, sanitation and...
  • US stands in solidarity with Dominica, Caribbean

    21 September 2017 / 474

    The United States said it stands in solidarity with the people of Dominica and all those across the Caribbean region affected by the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria.A message of solidarity from the US Department of State said that the US stands “ready to work with you and our international partners to provide immediate disaster relief. We are in the process of coordinating the best possible package of assistance”.“The recent natural disasters...
  • Dominica beaten, but not down – Principal Adviser to PM Skerrit

    20 September 2017 / 594

    Speaking on ABSTV/Radio via satellite phone, Mr. Henry gave an update on the widespread damage that the island suffered following a direct hit by Hurricane Maria on Monday. He described the situation was “very grim”. Communication on the island is minimal. All cell towers and telephone systems are down and will be for “a little while”, he said. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is currently using satellite phone donated yesterday by the French government and...
  • Maria knocks out Montserrat’s electricity

    20 September 2017 / 602

    Montserrat’s National Disaster Preparedness Response Advisory Committee (NDPRAC) Press StatementThe National Disaster Preparedness Response Advisory Committee (NDPRAC) has issued a “ partial all clear” for Montserrat with immediate effect.This means that only essential services are allowed on the roads to ensure works are carried expeditiously to clear all roads and restore essential services island wide.Electricity is off island wide and most of the road network across...
  • Guyana’s land space can serve as ‘gift’ to the Caribbean battered by hurricanes – President Granger

    20 September 2017 / 680

     President David Granger speaking to the Guyanese media corps who are currently covering the United Nations General Assembly in New YorkNews Roon, Guyana  –  Guyana’s vast landscape can serve as a “gift” to Caribbean islands devastated by recent hurricanes, President David Granger said today as he sought to get the dangers posed by climate change firmly on the international agenda.“We are the largest CARICOM (Caribbean Community) state and we...
  • Early damage assessment in Dominica – Hurricane Maria

    20 September 2017 / 592

       he Regional Security System (RSS) conducted an aerial reconnaissance on September 19, 2017 using one of its C26 aircraft of #Dominica after the passage of #HurricaneMaria.See footage of some of the damaged areas above.
  • “Widespread Devastation!” – Dominica’s Prime Minister Skerrit

    19 September 2017 / 536

    "Statement by Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit following last night’s passage of Category 5 Hurricane Maria over the island.Prime Minister Roosevelt SkerritInitial reports are of widespread devastation. So far we have lost all what money can buy and replace. My greatest fear for the morning is that we will wake to news of serious physical injury and possible deaths as a result of likely landslides triggered by persistent rains.So, far the winds have swept away the...
  • Hurricane Maria pummels Caribbean island of Dominica as Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico brace for impact

    19 September 2017 / 630

    Hurricane Maria slammed into the Caribbean island of Dominica as a Category 5 storm with "merciless" 160 mph winds Monday night, and the storm, deemed "potentially catastrophic" by the National Hurricane Center, is now headed for the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.Maria is expected to move over the northeastern Caribbean Sea today and is forecast to "remain an extremely dangerous category 4 or 5 hurricane" as it approaches the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico tonight and Wednesday, the National...
  • CARPHA Deploys Staff to Assist Hurricane-Devastated British Virgin Islands

    16 September 2017 / 546

    On Sunday, September 10, 2017, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), as part of the Regional Response Mechanism (RRM) which is spearheaded by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency Coordinating Unit (CDEMA-CU), deployed a member of staff to assist the British Virgin Islands (BVI) in the post-Hurricane Irma Response.    Irma, a category 5 hurricane with winds up to 185 mph affected Anguilla, Barbuda, BVI, Haiti, Turks and Caicos and other islands earlier this month....
  • Devastated Barbuda - CARICOM Delegation continue asssessment

    14 September 2017 / 561

    Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Mr. Gaston Browne joined CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell of Grenada, and Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on a tour of the hurricane ravaged island of Barbuda, Wednesday.Hurricane Irma destroyed or damaged more than 90 percent of Barbuda’s houses and the entire population has since been transferred to Antigua.The CARICOM Chairman and Secretary-General got a first hand view of the devastation and the opportunity...
  • United Nations deploying aid and personnel to Irma-affected Caribbean territories

    06 September 2017 / 674

    THE UNITED NATIONS SYSTEM is deploying staff and assistance to meet the needs of vulnerable Caribbean citizens in the path of record-breaking Hurricane Irma. Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have unique economic, environmental and social vulnerabilities that are exacerbated in severe natural crises.“Hurricane Irma is an unprecedented threat to the Caribbean. The United Nations is working closely with the CDEMA-led Regional Response Mechanism (RRM) and the affected...
  • August, 2017


  • Regional Network launched to collaborate on Zika, other vector borne diseases

    30 August 2017 / 658

    [CariVecNet] Mosquito borne diseases continue to impact the Caribbean’s social, economic and health sectors. Recent outbreaks of Zika (2016), and Chikungunya (2014) and the continued circulation of Dengue, highlight the need for an integrated approach to the prevention and control of these vector borne diseases (VBDs), especially since many countries depend on tourism as a major source of revenue.  The need for a Caribbean Vector-Borne Diseases Network, to facilitate information...
  • PM: CARIFESTA XIII was a phenomenal success

    29 August 2017 / 676

    Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has described CARIFESTA XIII, held in Barbados from August 17 – 27, as being “a phenomenal success”.Mr. Stuart noted that in any undertaking, whether small or large, challenges often appeared at the last minute to thwart even the best laid plans. He noted that in Barbados, nature intervened to test to the limits the logistical skills of organisers.“Following the postponement of the opening ceremony and other arrangements due to the...
  • CARIFESTA XIII concludes; Trinidad and Tobago next host

    28 August 2017 / 770

    The curtains came down on the thirteenth edition of the Caribbean Festival of Arts CARIFESTA XIII last evening. The ten-day mega cultural event ended with a closing ceremony at Kensington Oval Ground, President Kennedy Drive, Bridgetown, Barbados.The night’s activities included a culmination of performances from various Caribbean countries that have performed throughout the festival and the passing of the baton to next host country of CARIFESTA XIIII, Trinidad and Tobago.There were...
  • Region on alert over spread of ‘red eye’

    28 August 2017 / 590

     Several Caribbean countries have reported outbreaks of conjunctivitis at health facilities and medical practices.  “The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is currently monitoring the situation and we want to urge persons to take the necessary precautions to prevent and reduce the spread of this illness,” said Dr Virginia Asin-Oostburg, Director, Surveillance, Disease Prevention and Control.Conjunctivitis refers to inflammation of the...
  • Barbados & Chile To Strengthen Relations

    25 August 2017 / 586

     Left to right) President of the Republic of Chile, Michelle Bachelet; Prime Minister Freundel Stuart; and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, during their meeting at Ilaro Court today. (C.Pitt/BGIS)Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and President of the Republic of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, have expressed a keen desire for both countries to strengthen and expand their 50-year-old friendship.They expressed this wish today during a courtesy call and...
  • Climate change, disaster prevention highlighted during Chilean President’s visit to CDEMA

    25 August 2017 / 572

     There is a lot that Barbados could learn from Chile, especially given that country’s experience with seismic matters.Minister of Home Affairs, Adriel Brathwaite, made this point today during a press briefing, following the official visit of the President of the Republic of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, at the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency’s (CDEMA) Lower Estate, St. Michael headquarters.“Your experience as a country in being...
  • CLIMATE CHANGE PRESENTS OPPORTUNITIES FOR SMALL ISLAND DEVELOPING STATES

    25 August 2017 / 699

    Basseterre, St. Kitts, August 25, 2017 (SKNIS): Although climate change has its disadvantages, it can also be used as an opportunity for Small Island Developing States (SIDS), especially St. Kitts and Nevis in a number of ways, said representatives from the Ministry of Tourism, Assistant Secretary, Diannille Taylor-Williams, and Annette Esquibel, Sustainable Tourism Coordinator.The duo appeared on Wednesday’s (August 23) edition of “Working for You” to engage in...
  • Boosting cassava production to improve Region’s food security

    24 August 2017 / 753

      “Cassava is the prioritized commodity for this project, and currently results in a two percent reduction on the food import bill within CARICOM.” Saint Lucia, as one of these CARICOM countries, must continue to contribute to the import bill’s further decline.” – Regional Project Coordinator for the FAO, Vermaran Extavour Minister for Agriculture, Hon Ezechiel Joseph, has voiced continued support for Saint Lucia’s cassava industry as...
  • CARICOM Chair congratulates Caribbean athletes, extends gratitude to Usain Bolt

    22 August 2017 / 690

     Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Dr. the Rt. Hon Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada, has extended congratulations to all the athletes who participated in the World Championships and made the Region very proud.In a congratulatory message to the athletes, Prime Minister Mitchell said he was “extremely proud” of their performances. He recognised the successes of Usain Bolt and extended best wishes to him as he transitioned from athletics. The...
  • CDB introduces Cultural and Creative Industries Innovation Fund to regional practitioners at CARIFESTA XIII

    22 August 2017 / 616

     Dr. Donna Greene, Director of Cultural Policy and Research (Ag), Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, Barbados, speaking at the opening of the Cultural Policy and Intellectual Property Rights workshop August 22, 2017, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Building on the recent announcement of its provision of initial capitalisation for the Cultural and Creative Industries Innovation Fund (CIIF), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) recently...
  • Cultural traditions, country colours, costumes on show as CARIFESTA XIII opens

    22 August 2017 / 796

    After having to be rescheduled due to Tropical storm Harvey, CARIFESTA XIII officially opened Sunday evening in Bridgetown, Barbados.The Caribbean Region’s premier festival was declared open by Barbados Culture Minister, the Hon. Stephen Lashley at a ceremony held at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown. Prime Minister of Barbados, the Right Hon. Freundel Stuart, and Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, as well...
  • Coconut industry benefits from CARDI project

    16 August 2017 / 762

    Since the implementation of the Caribbean Coconut Industry Development Project two-and-a-half years ago, the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) has made several strides in improving the local coconut industry through training as well as the establishment of new nurseries among other targeted initiatives.The four-year project was undertaken through a partnership between CARDI and the International Trade Centre (ITC), with funding provided by the...
  • Canada sending large contingent to CARIFESTA XIII

    16 August 2017 / 746

    More than 66 artists, spearheaded by the Canadian-Caribbean Arts Network (C-CAN), are heading to Barbados for CARIFESTA XIII which opens later this week, the TorontoCaribbean media outfit has reported.“I am still pinching myself because at one point in time I had given up hope that it would ever happen,” confessed Rhoma Spencer, Artistic Director of C-CAN as she sat down for an interview at the Black Artists’ Networks Dialogue art gallery following a special...
  • Caribbean Export brings regional designers to CARIFESTA XIII

    14 August 2017 / 608

    At this year’s CARIFESTA XIII hosted in Barbados, the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) will be facilitating the participation of designers and artisans from across CARIFORUM within their Design Caribbean and Caribbean Essence export promotion platforms. The assistance, in the tune of 50 000 euros is funded by the European Union (EU) via the 11th EDF Regional Private Sector Development Programme (RPSDP), will allow seven fashion designers and four...
  • CARIFESTA Rock Hall Living Museum

    14 August 2017 / 600

    Members of the public are invited to the CARIFESTA Rock Hall Living Museum, which takes place on Sunday, August 20, at the Rock Hall Freedom Village, St. Thomas, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.According to the Focal Point for Heritage in the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, Sheron Johnson, the free event which celebrates the establishment of the first free Barbadian village in 1841 after Emancipation, will commemorate “elements of African ancestry and the...
  • Regional Nursing Body Meets in Guyana

    11 August 2017 / 750

    Nurses from across the Caribbean Community are currently gathered at the CARICOM Secretariat for the Forty-Fourth General Meeting of the Regional Nursing Body. The meeting got underway on Tuesday with an opening ceremony and will continue until Friday August 11, 2017.Speaking at the opening, Director, Human Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, Ms. Myrna Bernard, said the Human Resource Development (HRD) Strategy, which aims to develop human resources for the 21st century, will assist with...
  • CHTA JOINS FORCES WITH TRAVEL ASSOCIATIONS WORLDWIDE TO UNIFY SECTOR

    10 August 2017 / 682

    MIAMI (August 9, 2017) - The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is partnering with travel associations around the world to strengthen the tourism sector in the region.  President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) Karolin Troubetzkoy disclosed that under the stewardship of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), CHTA has joined forces with close to a dozen regional and national travel organizations to advocate for the sector among governments,...
  • British Virgin Islands cleans up after flash flood

    10 August 2017 / 712

    (Photo via Caribbean News Service)Tortola, British Virgin Islands – The British Virgin Islands (BVI) is in full “clean up mode” following extensive flooding in certain areas of the Territory with the hardest impact occurring on the island of Tortola. Heavy and steady precipitation from the tropical wave caused flooding in low lying areas as well as damage to streets and sporadic landslides.Through the resilience of the residents and collaboration between...
  • CARIFESTA XIII – What’s in store!

    09 August 2017 / 618

    #Cropover is over! It’s now time for #CARIFESTAXIII….Here’s a glimpse of what’s in store!
  • CET, Rules of Origin critical to viability, competitiveness of indigenous industries – Review Consultation hears

    09 August 2017 / 708

    The protection of indigenous industries to ensure their viability and competitiveness on the global market and the harmonisation of rates across CARICOM were among the key concerns raised at a Consultation on the revision of CARICOM’s two trade instruments.The trade and revenue instruments are the CARICOM Common External Tariff (CET) and the Rules of Origin.At the brief opening ceremony of the one-day Consultation on 25 July, 2017, at the CARICOM Secretariat, CARICOM Assistant...
  • CDF grant ensures further development of ‘De Strip’

    09 August 2017 / 788

    BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, (Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) – Development on the South Frigate Bay Beach Enhancement Project, popularly known as “De Strip”, is set to enter a new phase, after the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis signed an agreement effectively securing additional financing for the project.The Frigate Bay Strip in St. Kitts and Nevis (Photo via SKNIS)The South Frigate Bay Enhancement Project was commissioned in November 2016 to...
  • British Virgin Islands To Host Ctu’s Caribbean Internet Governance Forum

    03 August 2017 / 774

    Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (3rd  August 2017) – The island of powdery white-sand beaches, lush green mountains, and sheltered, yacht-filled harbours, Tortola, the British Virgin Island’s largest and capital island, will host the world’s oldest Internet forum - the 13th Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF). The event will take place from 21st to 23rd August 2017, at the Government’s Training Division, Bettito Frett...
  • St Kitts and Nevis to be region’s first nation to eliminate mother-child HIV transmissions

    03 August 2017 / 802

    St Kitts and Nevis looks set to become the first country in the Organisation of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), CARICOM, and the Americas – outside of Cuba – to end to mother-to-child HIV transmission.Prime Minister Timothy Harris made the announcement during his month press conference.The news follows his recent trip to New York City, where he attended a forum to promote healthcare partnerships. Harris is CARICOM’s lead head responsible for human resource...
  • Parliamentarians fighting against hunger in Latin America, Caribbean

    03 August 2017 / 810

    Bridgetown, Barbados  – The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), Sub-Regional Office for the Caribbean in Barbados, last month hosted parliamentarians from 13CARICOM Member States to address the issues of food insecurity, hunger and malnutrition in the region.Member States represented were: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint...
  • Maximum Exposure For CARIFESTA XIII

    02 August 2017 / 756

      CARIFESTA XIII will not lack for exposure thanks to the signing of two agreements – The Host Broadcasters Agreement with the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC); and a Memorandum of Understanding with the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU).In a brief signing ceremony this afternoon at his Ministry in Sky Mall, Culture Minister, Stephen Lashley, announced that CBC had been appointed the host country’s broadcasting agency responsible for all the television...
  • July, 2017


    Regional Laboratories Prepare To Detect And Respond To New And Emerging Diseases

    31 July 2017 / 690

    “Public health laboratories play a critical role in the fight against communicable diseases, specifically vector-borne diseases, to better prepare the Region to detect and respond to new and emerging threats,” stated Dr Karen Polson-Edwards, Acting Director, Surveillance, Disease Prevention and Control at CARPHA.    Dr Polson-Edwards was speaking at the opening of a two-day technical and policy forum for laboratory directors from 19 English and Dutch speaking public health...
  • UWI launches Faculty of Sport

    28 July 2017 / 786

    “If there's one industry that we can develop right now to diversify our economies and make our economies competitive, it is to build a sporting industry in our region.”The University of the West Indies (The UWI) Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles made the statement at the official launch of The University's Faculty of Sport on Wednesday at The UWI Regional Headquarters in Jamaica.Vice-Chancellor Beckles referenced a report which assessed the global sport...
  • CXC launches first interactive Mobile App

    28 July 2017 / 934

    - app changing the job landscapeForget walking with CXC certificates and hoping not to lose or crease them and forget not having your credentials when you bump into a potential employer on the street. With the new CXC Connect mobile app those days are gone.The job landscape for millennials is going to look very different and the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) is seeking to be an efficient and effective tool for students who will be future employees and employers.With the newly...
  • CARICOM seeking support for women, teenage girls and children

    26 July 2017 / 820

    he prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis had the ear of former US President Bill Clinton yesterday at a Clinton Global Initiative event in New York City.Timothy Harris was there in his capacity as CARICOM’s lead head on human resources, health and HIV/AIDS, holding discussions aimed at promoting and safeguarding the sexual and reproductive health of women, adolescent girls and children in the Caribbean.Among the others in attendance were Juliet Holness, wife of Jamaica PM Andrew...
  • Tax Administrators Assemble in St. Kitts And Nevis for the 24th General Assembly And Technical Conference Of COTA

    25 July 2017 / 712

    Basseterre, St. Kitts, July 25, 2017 (SKNIS):  A number of tax administrators from across the CARICOM region are currently in St. Kitts and Nevis attending the 24th General Assembly and Technical Conference of the Caribbean Organization of Tax Administrators (COTA), with the aims of encouraging deliberations on topical issues relating to the efficient mobilization of tax revenues to support growth process in member states, as well as the sharing of experiences among tax administrators in...
  • Regional Climate Centre established in Barbados

    18 July 2017 / 782

    Barbados is now home to the first Regional Climate Centre (RCC) in the western hemisphere.The centre, which is housed at the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) in Husbands, St James, was financed to the tune of US$5 million by the United States Agency for International Development.United States Ambassador to Barbados and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Linda Taglialatela noted the importance of having such a centre in the region.“In the...
  • Bahamas PM to chair new tourism committee

    06 July 2017 / 880

    Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders have agreed to establish a committee that will look at ways at incorporating both the public and private sector in the overall development of the regional tourism industry, Bahamas Prime Minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis, has said.Minnis, who is attending his first CARICOM summit after leading his Free National Movement to victory in that Caribbean country, said the idea also is to “have funding available for a sustained marketing and increasing our...
  • Region needs full implementation of CSME, says PM Holness

    06 July 2017 / 1135

    Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (10th left) and other regional leaders at the opening ceremony of the 38th Regular Meeting of Heads of Government of CARICOM at the Grenada Trade Centre, Grand Anse, St. George’s, on July 4. (Photo via JIS)Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday (July 5) urged his colleague Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), to fully implement the Single Market and Economy, CSME.The Prime Minister was contributing to...