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  • October, 2018


    St. Kitts and Nevis joins other CARICOM Member States in observing Caribbean Statistics Day 2018

    17 October 2018 / 4

    (SKNIS): Staff from the Department of Statistics in St. Kitts and Nevis used Caribbean Statistics Day (CSD), observed on October 15 under the theme: “Building Resilience of the Caribbean Community”, to engage in a one-day retreat aimed at increasing efficiency and enhancing the working environment.  “The idea is to promote the use of statistics and heighten the interest of public on the use of statistics. So as a department, we decided to use the day to kind of do some...
  • United States, Belize Sign Open Skies Air Transport Agreement

    17 October 2018 / 6

    (US Department of State Press Release)Today the United States and Belize signed a new Air Transport Agreement. This Open Skies Agreement expands the two countries’ already strong commercial and economic ties by facilitating greater air travel and commerce.It will benefit airlines, travelers, businesses, shippers, airports, and localities by permitting unrestricted reciprocal market access for passenger and all-cargo airlines to fly between our two countries and beyond.The Agreement...
  • The Caribbean Reiterates “1.5 Degrees Celsius to Stay Alive”

    16 October 2018 / 12

    By Kenton X. ChanceBRIDGETOWN, (InterPressService) – If there is one lesson that Dominican Reginald Austrie has learnt from the devastation Hurricane Maria brought to his country last September, it is the need for “resilience, resilience, resilience”.And it is not just because he is his country’s minister of agriculture.When the category 5 hurricane made landfall in Dominica, Austrie, then the country’s minister of housing, was weeks away from...
  • New Energy Information Portal to Boost Investments, Improve Decision-making within Caribbean Energy Sector

    16 October 2018 / 18

    News of an impending natural gas price hike across Europe, and deepening volatility surrounding Middle Eastern Oil, has within the past week been met with a more promising refrain from a Region traditionally viewed as a pawn amongst kings and rooks within the global energy sector.Energy sector stakeholders from across the Caribbean last Thursday converged on Miami, Florida for a special forum that sought to identify specific user needs and functions for the Caribbean Energy Knowledge Hub...
  • Fisheries Ministers approve climate change protocol for CRFM Member States

    16 October 2018 / 18

    (CRFM Press Release)—A Protocol on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management in Fisheries and Aquaculture was approved for CARICOM States during a recent high-level meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM).At the 8th Special Meeting of the CRFM Ministerial Council held in Barbados on Thursday, 11 October, 2018, the ministers approved the protocol to the Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy (CCCFP). The CCCFP...
  • Fisheries Ministers approve climate change protocol for CRFM Member States

    16 October 2018 / 0

    (CRFM Press Release)—A Protocol on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management in Fisheries and Aquaculture was approved for CARICOM States during a recent high-level meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM).At the 8th Special Meeting of the CRFM Ministerial Council held in Barbados on Thursday, 11 October, 2018, the ministers approved the protocol to the Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy (CCCFP). The CCCFP...
  • Govts paying up – UWI

    15 October 2018 / 14

    (Barbados Today) 12 October, 2018 – A CARICOM leader’s “shuttle diplomacy” appears to be prompting governments to clear arrears in contributions to the University of the West Indies (UWI) as the Vice Chancellor reports progress in recouping millions of dollars.Sir Hilary Beckles revealed this morning during a news conference at the Cave Hill Campus that the CARICOM leaders’ selection of Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis Timothy Harris...
  • CARIFORUM DG urges training participants to use what they have learnt in their jobs

    12 October 2018 / 28

    Director General of CARIFORUM Mr. Percival Marie has urged participants on a training course that was conducted for implementers of EDF funded projects to utilize the training they have received in their everyday jobs.Mr. Marie was speaking at the closing ceremony of a 10-day training programme for projects funded by the European Development Fund . The programme concluded on Wednesday, October 9, 2018, at the Grand Coastal Hotel in Georgetown Guyana.In his remarks, the...
  • Panama stands ready for closer cooperation with CARICOM

    11 October 2018 / 38

    (Caribbean Community Secretariat) As Panama derives growth based on policies aimed at achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and oriented towards attracting foreign direct investment that provides resources and transfer of knowledge, it intends to be a cooperation provider country.According to the recently accredited first envoy of Panama to CARICOM, Her Excellency Soraya Cano Franco, Panama’s policies have facilitated growth of the economy and have allowed the country to,...
  • Caribbean Fisheries Ministers to consider climate change protocol at 8th Special Meeting in Barbados

    11 October 2018 / 46

    (Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism Press Release)—Fisheries ministers from Member States of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) are expected to deliberate upon a new Protocol on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management in Fisheries and Aquaculture when they meet at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, 11 October 2018, at the Hilton Hotel in Bridgetown, Barbados.The ministers have been invited to attend the 8th Special Meeting of the CRFM Ministerial Council, the...
  • International Day of the Girl Child 2018: A Skilled Girlforce Need of the Hour

    11 October 2018 / 36

    International Day of the Girl Child 2018 is being observed today i.e. 11th October 2018 across the globe and puts the spotlight on enhancing skillset of girls so they enter the future workforce on equal terms as their male counterparts.(News18) To raise awareness of the issues and challenges that girls are vulnerable to worldwide, the United Nations declared 11th October as the International Day of the Girl Child in December 2011. The first International Day of the Girl Child was observed on...
  • CARICOM Secretary-General discusses stronger cooperation with Head of IICA

    11 October 2018 / 44

    Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque met with Director General of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) Manuel Otero, Thursday morning for discussions on strengthening cooperation.The meeting was one of the Secretary-General’s engagements during Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) which opened in Barbados, Wednesday night.
  • CARICOM saddened by loss of life after earthquake in Haiti

    09 October 2018 / 44

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is deeply saddened by the loss of life following the 5.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on Sunday 7 October, 2018. At least 15 people were killed and more than 300 were injured.In a message to Haiti President, His Excellency Jovenel Moise, CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque extended condolences the families who lost loved ones.“The Community extends its condolences to the families who lost their loved one, its best...
  • Haiti struck by deadly earthquake

    08 October 2018 / 54

    (BBC) At least 10 people have been killed by an earthquake that struck off the north of Haiti, officials say.The magnitude 5.9 quake was one of the strongest to hit the Caribbean nation since a major tremor in 2010 killed more than 200,000 people.Several buildings are reported to have been destroyed. President Jovenel Moise has urged people to remain calm.Government spokesman Eddy Jackson Alexis said a disaster response task force had been set up.The US Geological Survey said the...
  • NAO Representatives of CARIFORUM States, regional organizations being trained to implement EDF-funded projects

    02 October 2018 / 66

    Representatives of National Authorizing Offices of CARIFORUM States and regional organizations/institutions involved in EDF-funded programmes are currently in Guyana for a training programme for projects funded by the European Development Fund. The event is being held at the Grand Coastal Hotel and is being facilitated by the Caribbean Forum of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (CARIFORUM). It began on Monday and will conclude on 10 October, 2018.Speaking at a brief...
  • NAO Representatives of CARIFORUM States, regional organizations being trained to implement EDF-funded projects

    02 October 2018 / 18

    Representatives of National Authorizing Offices of CARIFORUM States and regional organizations/institutions involved in EDF-funded programmes are currently in Guyana for a training programme for projects funded by the European Development Fund. The event is being held at the Grand Coastal Hotel and is being facilitated by the Caribbean Forum of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (CARIFORUM). It began on Monday and will conclude on 10 October, 2018.Speaking at a brief...
  • Jamaica Makes First Shipment Of Medical Marijuana To Canada

    01 October 2018 / 70

    (Jamaica Gleaner) Jamaica has made its first shipment of medical marijuana extract oil to Canada.The shipment marks the first step in positioning Jamaica as the medical marijuana hub for the world.In making the announcement, Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw, “Jamaica is uniquely positioned to be a global player and we are committed to providing the leadership and resources required for opening the international markets including Canada and Europe...
  • Caribbean ICT Ministers endorse idea for enhancement of Single ICT Space; outline challenges

    01 October 2018 / 62

    (St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service) Basseterre, St. Kitts, September 28, 2018 : Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Ministers from across the Caribbean region endorse the idea for enhancement of a Single ICT Space, as it is important to streamline economic development to promote a common identity via travel that facilitates integration of culture.This was echoed during a question and answer session at the 17th Caribbean Ministerial Strategic ICT Seminar, as part of ICT Week...
  • September, 2018


    Caribbean To Fight For IPCC Special Report On 1.5°C Temperature Rise

    28 September 2018 / 60

    (Jamaica Gleaner) CARIBBEAN ISLANDS are prepared to fight for the acceptance of the final draft of the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) of the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius.The document will come up for approval at next week’s plenary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Incheon, Korea.“It is a very big deal. This is the document that will basically tell us why all the islands, for years, have been asking that we restrict the warming...
  • New Rankings put The UWI among top 5 percent of best Universities in the world

    28 September 2018 / 76

    (The UWI Press Release), September 27, 2018—The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has broken into the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for the first time. The 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings has ranked The UWI among the world’s top institutions. The rankings show that The UWI is located among the 1,258 top universities in world for 2019. This puts The UWI in the elite band of the top 5% of universities worldwide based on data...
  • CARICOM Heads of Government recommit efforts to combat NCDs with launch of ‘Caribbean moves’ campaign

    27 September 2018 / 92

    (Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, September 27, 2018– Leaders within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) attending the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York met for close to an hour this morning (Thursday, September 27) at a High-Level Breakfast Meeting to assess the progress made in combating Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) in the region, and to recommit their support for innovative approaches for addressing the NCDs...
  • SCLAN, PANCAP collaborate on health, well-being of women, children, adolescents

    26 September 2018 / 98

    (PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat):  The Spouses of CARICOM Leaders Action Network (SCLAN) and the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) hosted a special forum as a side event during the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Monday, 24 September, 2018.The Forum was titled “Pressing forward for the health and well-being of women, children and adolescents”. It was designed to increase awareness and to stimulate...
  • Caribbean health ministers agree to strengthen actions to prevent vector-borne diseases

    26 September 2018 / 88

    (Caribbean Media Corporation) – Caribbean health ministers have joined their counterparts from the Americas in agreeing to implement a series of actions over the next five years to more effectively control the vectors that transmit diseases such as malaria, dengue, Zika and Chagas disease.The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), which organised the meeting here on Monday, said that the aim of the plan is to prevent communicable diseases of this type and reduce their spread....
  • Eastern Caribbean bracing for strengthening Tropical Storm Kirk

    26 September 2018 / 86

    Barbados, Saint Lucia, Dominica, Martinique and Guadeloupe are under a Tropical Storm Warning and St. Vincent and the Grenadines under a Tropical Storm Watch as Tropical Storm Kirk churns its way towards the Eastern Caribbean.Kirk which was earlier this week downgraded to a Tropical depression has regained strength and is currently packing winds of 45 miles-per-hour (75 km/h). At 11:00 a.m. it was located near 12.1 North, 54.3 West or 360 miles (575 km) East of Barbados.Forecasters expect...
  • Guyana to sign economic cooperation agreement with Barbados

    24 September 2018 / 101

    (Department of Public Information) Guyana is looking to Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) and the Caribbean Agriculture Week meeting to strengthen agricultural collaboration with Trinidad and other Caribbean countries.Minister of Agriculture, Noel Holder speaking on the sidelines of the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Guyana and Trinidad for partnership in the energy and other economic sectors said several issues of mutual interest were...
  • Guyana looks to Caribbean Week of Agriculture, COTED, to facilitate greater collaboration with CARICOM neighbours

    21 September 2018 / 116

    (Department of Public Information) Guyana is looking to Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) and the Caribbean Agriculture Week meeting to strengthen agricultural collaboration with Trinidad and other Caribbean countries.Minister of Agriculture, Noel Holder speaking on the sidelines of the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Guyana and Trinidad for partnership in the energy and other economic sectors said several issues of mutual interest were...
  • Wholehearted Caribbean Community support for Belize on its 37th Independence Anniversary

    21 September 2018 / 100

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has restated its wholehearted support for Belize’s stance on its sovereignty as the country celebrates 37 years of independence.CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque in a congratulatory message to Prime Minister Dean Barrow  noted that the theme of the celebrations, “Belize Da Fi Wi – Now and Forever 8867!”, highlights the staunch position of Belizeans that their country unequivocally belongs to them, a position...
  • Rihanna named Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Barbados

    20 September 2018 / 104

    (Barbados Government Information Service) Government has appointed international pop icon, Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty, as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, with specific responsibility for promoting education, tourism and investment for the island.Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley stated that Government was honoured to be able to confer the title on this outstanding Barbadian who has contributed significantly to raising the island’s profile across the world....
  • Leverage influence to promote HIV prevention – PANCAP Director urges religious leaders

    20 September 2018 / 114

    (PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat): Director of PANCAP, Dereck Springer recently held discussions with the Inter Religious Organization of Guyana (IRO) on the role of faith leaders in ending AIDS. The Director is advocating for faith leaders to leverage their influence with the communities they serve, youth and vulnerable populations to propagate HIV prevention including testing and other issues related to the achievement of the 90-90-90 Targets and the 2030 goal of ending...
  • Prime Minister Rowley and President Granger Sign Energy MOU

    20 September 2018 / 116

    (Office of the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago) Prime Minister Dr the Honourable Keith Rowley and President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana His Excellency Brigadier David Granger signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Energy Sector Cooperation today Wednesday 19 September, 2018 (at State House, Georgetown, Guyana).Prime Minister Rowley said today represents a documentation of his country’s commitment to do more in its neighbourly relations with Guyana with respect to the...
  • CARICOM Secretariat and TnT Ministers hold talks

    20 September 2018 / 106

    CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and a team from the CARICOM Secretariat met on Wednesday with Trinidad and Tobago’s Energy Minister Mr. Franklin Khan and Planning and Development Minister Ms. Camille Robinson-Regis.The Ministers were part of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s delegation to Guyana for talks with President David Granger.Sharing a light moment – (l-r) Mr Neville Bissember, Advisor, Office of the Secretary-General; Dr Devon Gardner,...
  • CARICOM acknowledges St. Kitts/Nevis’ role in Regional Integration on its 35th Independence Anniversary On Sep 18, 2018

    19 September 2018 / 118

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has congratulated the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis on the country’s 35th Anniversary of Independence, and noted that the Community has benefitted from the commitment of the country’s government and people towards the integration movement.Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, in a congratulatory message to Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris especially acknowledged  the role of St. Kitts and Nevis in advancing issues related to...
  • CARICOM and Japan exploring further cooperation

    18 September 2018 / 152

    Strengthening CARICOM-Japan relations, Asia’s potential as a source of tourism, and the importance of presenting CARICOM to that part of the world.These formed part of an exchange of views when a delegation from Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry paid a courtesy visit to the CARICOM Secretariat’s Headquarters in Georgetown, Guyana on Monday. The possibility of Japan hosting World Expo 2025, for which it is bidding, was seen as an excellent opportunity to...
  • Isaac expected to reach Eastern Caribbean islands Thursday

    12 September 2018 / 164

    A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Dominica, Guadeloupe and Martinique, and a Tropical Storm Watch for Antigua/Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Kitts/Nevis, Saba and St. Eustatius.  However, forecasters say  Tropical Storm Isaac’s maximum sustained winds have decreased from 75 to about 60 mph (95 km/h) and further gradual weakening is expected during the next few days.The latest Advisory puts Isaac’s centre at 15.1 North, 55.7 West or 370 miles  East of...
  • CARICOM Secretary-General hosts Estonia delegation

    10 September 2018 / 178

    The Secretary-General of CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, and senior officials of the CARICOM Secretariat met with Ambassador Margus Kolga of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia, to discuss cooperation between CARICOM and Estonia in information and communications technology, including e-government initiatives to benefit CARICOM Member States. Ambassador Kolga was accompanied by Ms. Mari Tomingas, also from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia....
  • CSME challenges being addressed at Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee meeting in Barbados

    05 September 2018 / 264

    As a sign of the ongoing commitment of CARICOM Heads of Government to make the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) more effective, the body which provides political oversight and strategic direction will meet today to iron out challenges to the way forward.This ninth Meeting of the Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on CSME is being held in Barbados under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Mia Mottley who has lead responsibility for the Single Market and Economy in the CARICOM...
  • Issues impacting lives of CARICOM Citizens get attention at COFAP Meeting in Barbados

    04 September 2018 / 216

    CARICOM Finance and Planning Ministers were meeting in Barbados Tuesday to advance a number of development initiatives geared towards enhancing the use and operation of the Single Market and Economy.It is the sixth Special Meeting of the Council for Finance and Planning (COFAP) and was convened under the Chairmanship of Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Mr Gaston Browne. “The deliberations of this Council today touch on issues that affect the...
  • August, 2018


    CARICOM SG recognises significant contribution of Trinidad and Tobago to regional integration

    31 August 2018 / 64

    CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, has extended congratulations to the government and people of Trinidad and Tobago on the occasion of their 56th independence anniversary. The anniversary will be observed on 31 August.In a message to Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. the Hon. Keith Rowley, Amb. LaRocque paid tribute to the creativity and dynamism of the people of Trinidad and Tobago.He also recognised the significant contributions that the Member State – a...
  • Establishing the Caribbean Single ICT Space, with Jennifer Britton

    29 August 2018 / 257

    The Caribbean Single ICT Space is an ambitious undertaking that will transform the region’s ICT space as we know it. However, as important as that project is, most people have no idea what it is about, or what to expect. To help us get in the know, Jennifer Britton, of the CARICOM Secretariat, explains what the Single ICT Space is all about, shares with us a few of the upcoming milestones, and why it is crucial for the countries of the region to also transition to a digital economy.We...
  • Technology can improve the state of the world: Kofi Annan

    27 August 2018 / 206

    Editor’s note: Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, passed away on 18 August. In the below keynote speech, delivered at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2015, he shares his views on how technological advancements could improve the state of the world.Several crises are today playing out on the world stage, simultaneously. Democracy is threatened by autocratic governments which use fraudulent elections to wrap themselves in a veneer of...
  • CARPHA Concludes Risk of Getting Zika in the Caribbean Low at this Time

    14 August 2018 / 246

    Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) Media ReleaseTuesday, August 14, 2018 — Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, August 13, 2018:  The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has concluded that Zika virus transmission in the Caribbean Region has been interrupted, and that the risk to residents and visitors to the Region of acquiring Zika is low. This follows a review by CARPHA of the data of the last 30 months pertinent to the situation.Zika Virus (ZIKV) was first detected in...
  • 192 countries coming for ICAO Air Transport Meeting

    04 August 2018 / 228

    …Field says 16 hotels booked, Guyana all setGUYANA is all set to host for the first time the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) Air Transport Meeting from November 21-23, 2018, with several large companies indicating sponsorship of the event.The conference will see discourse on maximising economic benefits of aviation, harmonising air transport regulatory framework, liberalisation of air cargo in the Region and globally, air transportation and tourism, and...
  • Final Report - Report of the CARICOM Regional Commission on Marijuana

    03 August 2018 / 585

    Responding to the increasing calls from the public, NGOs and other stakeholders in the region and amidst the changing global environment, the CARICOM Conference of Heads of Government at its Twenty-Fifth Inter-Sessional Meeting convened in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 10 -11 March 2014, mandated the establishment of a Commission to interrogate the issue of possible reform to the legal regimes regulating cannabis/ marijuana in CARICOM countries. The Heads were deeply concerned that thousands...
  • July, 2018


    Regional statisticians meeting in Georgetown to prepare for 2020 Census

    25 July 2018 / 294

    Member States begin their census exercises from next year until 2022.The statisticians and other stakeholders began a week-long meeting at the CARICOM Secretariat on Monday. Their activities include a meeting of the Regional Census Coordinating Committee (RCCC) and a Training Workshop in Census Management and Planning.The RCCC sessions are aimed at improving the readiness of Member States for the Census, via a well-structured roadmap. The workshop covers a range of topics including...
  • Regional statisticians meeting in Georgetown to prepare for 2020 Census Last updated J

    25 July 2018 / 98

    Member States begin their census exercises from next year until 2022.The statisticians and other stakeholders began a week-long meeting at the CARICOM Secretariat on Monday. Their activities include a meeting of the Regional Census Coordinating Committee (RCCC) and a Training Workshop in Census Management and Planning.The RCCC sessions are aimed at improving the readiness of Member States for the Census, via a well-structured roadmap. The workshop covers a range of topics including...
  • Barbados Working To Implement CSME-Related Decisions

    24 July 2018 / 276

    23 July,2018 (Barbados Government Information Service Press Release) Barbados has started its mobilisation campaign to implement decisions related to the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), for which it has lead responsibility, as mandated by Heads of Government at the recently concluded 39th Regular Meeting in Jamaica.An important phase of this process got under way (on Monday), when Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley met with key stakeholders at Government...
  • Barbados Working To Implement CSME-Related Decisions

    24 July 2018 / 110

    23 July,2018 (Barbados Government Information Service Press Release) Barbados has started its mobilisation campaign to implement decisions related to the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), for which it has lead responsibility, as mandated by Heads of Government at the recently concluded 39th Regular Meeting in Jamaica.An important phase of this process got under way (on Monday), when Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley met with key stakeholders at Government...
  • CARICOM and stakeholders to host youth forum in Guyana this week

    24 July 2018 / 360

    The CARICOM Secretariat is collaborating with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), EU Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, (UNECLAC), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Commonwealth Secretariat and other partners to organise the Caribbean Forum on Population, Youth and Development. The Forum will be held 24 -26 July at the Marriott Hotel in Georgetown, Guyana.  The Forum will bring together senior government...
  • CARICOM Fights Against Gun Crime

    18 July 2018 / 253

    The  Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS), with funding from the 10th European Development Fund Project (EDF), delivered  advanced training on double casting techniques to local law enforcement ballistics specialists during the period July 10-13, 2018, in St. Kitts and Nevis.  The training, consistent with international standards, was conducted by  Arquebus, a UK based company specialising in ballistics intelligence. ...
  • CARICOM Fights Against Gun Crime

    18 July 2018 / 114

    The  Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS), with funding from the 10th European Development Fund Project (EDF), delivered  advanced training on double casting techniques to local law enforcement ballistics specialists during the period July 10-13, 2018, in St. Kitts and Nevis.  The training, consistent with international standards, was conducted by  Arquebus, a UK based company specialising in ballistics intelligence. ...
  • European Union steps up support for Caribbean countries

    17 July 2018 / 468

    Ministers of Foreign Affairs from the EU and from the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) are meeting in Brussels on 16-17 July. In the margins of the 2nd EU-CELAC Foreign Ministers Meeting, Stefano Manservisi, Director-General for International Cooperation and Development, has signed three new agreements with the Minister for Foreign Affairs and CARICOM Affairs of Dominica, Francine Baron, with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Saint Lucia representing CARIFORUM, Sarah...
  • CARICOM fine-tuning financing mechanisms for Cultural Industries

    16 July 2018 / 392

    ​As the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) continues to create the enabling environment for Cultural Industries to thrive, people involved in the creation, production, and distribution of cultural products could soon access additional sources of financing.Dr. Hilary BrownDr. Hilary Brown, Programme Manager for Culture and Community Development within the Directorate of Human and Social Development in the CARICOM Secretariat said the recently-concluded 26th...
  • Heads of Government endorse Regional Strategy for the Development of Statistics (RSDS)

    12 July 2018 / 444

    The Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have endorsed the framework for the Regional Strategy for the Development of Statistics (RSDS).The RSDS is being developed to strengthen and improve the availability of quality statistics for evidence-based decision-making across the Region. It is considered to be the Region’s gateway to building resilience and achieving sustainable development that is anchored on sound data.The Heads of Government made their...
  • Measures to Fast-Track Full Implementation of CSME

    11 July 2018 / 482

    (Jamaica Information Service Pres Release) Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)have put measures in place to fast-track the full implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).Among the strategies is a special meeting of CARICOM Heads to focus solely on the CSME. It is to be held in Trinidad and Tobago in November this year. View image on Twitter This was disclosed by Prime Minister and CARICOM Chairman, the Most...
  • Health, Education Benefits for Spouses and Dependents of CARICOM Nationals

    08 July 2018 / 474

    Spouses and dependents of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nationals, who relocate to other Member States, will now be entitled to access benefits such as health and education services, which were not previously afforded to them.This applies to individuals and their families, who move across the region to work, provide services and establish companies within the framework of the free movement regime under the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).Jamaica is among six CARICOM countries that...
  • PM Of Barbados Proposes Change to Process of Certificate Verification

    06 July 2018 / 564

    Prime Minister of Barbados, Hon. Mia Mottley, is proposing that the process to verify Certificates of Recognition of CARICOM Skills Qualification be revamped to shorten the time in which this exercise is undertaken.This, she suggested, can be done by adjusting existing legislation to allow the burden of proof to be shifted to the applicant to swear to the authenticity of the certificate, and if later found to be fraudulent, to show cause why the document should not be revoked.“If we...
  • Deeper commitment, greater strength, urgent renewed unity needed – PM Gaston Browne

    05 July 2018 / 512

    Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Hon. Gaston Browne has called for urgent renewed unity among CARICOM countries. He was addressing the opening of the Thirty-Ninth Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM on Wednesday evening in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The conference takes place July 4-6, 2018.He said no single CARICOM country had the capacity to face the present or future challenges alone, and noted that there was an unavoidable interdependence...
  • Start with the Single Domestic Space for hassle free travel – PM Mottley

    04 July 2018 / 596

    Prime Minister of Barbados, Hon. Mia Mottley, addressed the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government, which opened on 4 July in Montego Bay, Jamaica and reminded of the “purpose and passion” of the integration movement.Stating that the purpose and passion was the people, she cautioned that they, particularly the young ones, would not wait around for much longer for results. Time is “running out”, she said.The Prime Minister singled out a number...
  • Mottley: Time to act is now

    04 July 2018 / 522

    The region’s young people will not wait another ten years nor will they forgive present leaders for procrastination or lack of courage.And Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, told her colleagues if they were serious about making the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) work, it was time to move past the talk.Mottley was making her maiden address at the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community(CARICOM) in Montego Bay,...
  • CARICOM Heads Begin Three-Day Meeting Today

    04 July 2018 / 501

    The 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) takes place at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James from July 4-6 under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness.The opening ceremony began at 4:00 pm on Wednesday (July 4) with presentations from Prime Minister Holness; outgoing CARICOM Chairman, President Jovenel Moise of Haiti; and CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque.The Conference...
  • CSME in focus as CARICOM Heads of Government meet in Montego Bay

    04 July 2018 / 524

    CARICOM leaders head to the scenic Montego Bay, Jamaica, for their Thirty-Ninth Regular Meeting. The Meeting will be held 4-6 July at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.As it was, more than two decades ago when Jamaica hosted the Eighteenth Meeting of the Conference in Montego Bay in 1997, the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) is the main focus. The Heads of Government gather this time around in a global environment that is different from what was occurring in 1997. The current...
  • CARICOM Council for Planning and Finance Meets

    04 July 2018 / 572

    The CARICOM Council for Finance and Planning (COFAP), which has responsibility for economic policy coordination and financial and monetary integration, met Wednesday morning in Montego Bay, Jamaica, ahead of the 39th CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting.The Council, comprising Finance and Economic Development Ministers, will present its economic policy recommendations to the Heads for deliberation during their 4-6 July Meeting. 
  • CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting begins tomorrow

    03 July 2018 / 666

    The Thirty-Ninth Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM begins at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, Jamaica. The Jamaica Information Service tells us more 
  • Decisions of CARICOM Heads of Government to be published…

    03 July 2018 / 514

    (Jamaica Information Service, 2 July, 2018) Decisions taken by delegates attending the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM in Montego Bay, St. James, will be communicated to the public following the event.This was disclosed by Secretary-General, CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, during a press conference at The Jamaica Pegasus in New Kingston on Monday (July 2). We intend to publish the decisions of the Heads of Government… ....
  • CARICOM Day Greetings, Guyana!

    02 July 2018 / 440

    In observance of the day, and as a prelude to the upcoming 39th Heads of Government Meeting in Montego Bay, Jamaica, here’s a quote by CARICOM Founding Father, The Hon. Forbes Burnham, then Prime Minister of Guyana, on 14 August 1967, at the Officials Conference to plan for the implementation of economic integration:Integrate or perish “Either we weld ourselves into a regional grouping, serving primarily Caribbean needs, or lacking a common positive policy, have our various...
  • June, 2018


    Two Hundred Foreign Officials for CARICOM Meeting: All Heads of Government Confirmed

    29 June 2018 / 555

    Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, said Jamaica welcomes the opportunity to host the conference, which is expected to address a number of critical issues that impact the economic and social advancement of the countries of the Region.“We are honoured by it (chairmanship), as it gives us the great chance to play a major role in the development of the implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and, of course, the...
  • CCJ strikes down mandatory death penalty in Barbados

    27 June 2018 / 476

    Judgments were delivered by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in a pair of unrelated death penalty cases from Barbados. The cases, Jabari Sensimania Nervais v The Queen and Dwayne Omar Severin v The Queen, were consolidated because both appeals challenged the murder convictions of each of the men and the constitutionality of the mandatory death sentence for murder in Barbados.The Court stated that a section of the Offences Against the Person Act was unconstitutional because it...
  • CARICAD Board meets

    27 June 2018 / 318

    The 35th meeting of the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD) will be held at the Courtleigh Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica, on Wednesday, 27 June, 2018.Under the theme, ‘Re-shaping the Public Service in the Caribbean for the Future — The Role of CARICAD’, the board meeting was preceded by a Board of Directors Forum on Tuesday, 26 June.Topics addressed at the forum included, “Economic Performance in the Caribbean and the...
  • CARICAD Board meets

    27 June 2018 / 186

    The 35th meeting of the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD) will be held at the Courtleigh Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica, on Wednesday, 27 June, 2018.Under the theme, ‘Re-shaping the Public Service in the Caribbean for the Future — The Role of CARICAD’, the board meeting was preceded by a Board of Directors Forum on Tuesday, 26 June.Topics addressed at the forum included, “Economic Performance in the Caribbean and the...
  • CARIFESTA XIV tops agenda of Regional Cultural Committee Meeting

    26 June 2018 / 546

    The hosting of the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA XIV) in August 2019 in Trinidad and Tobago is at the top of the agenda of the Twenty-Sixth Meeting of the Regional Cultural Committee (RCC) being held this week at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana.Directors of Culture as well as representatives from various Regional Cultural stakeholders converged at the Secretariat to discuss cultural matters, chief of which is CARIFESTA XIV. Issues such as leveraging CARICOM’s...
  • Regional Workshop on Intra family and Domestic Violence

    22 June 2018 / 551

    A Regional Workshop on Intra-family and Domestic Violence is currently being held at the CARICOM Secretariatin Georgetown, Guyana. The Regional Workshop, which is being held 20-22 June, targets statisticians and gender experts from all CARICOM Member States, as well as policy makers, law enforcement officers and shelter managers who work with victims/perpetrators of domestic/family.At the end of the workshop, it is expected that participants will...
  • FAO: CARIBBEAN COUNTRIES PREPARE PROJECTS TO MOBILIZE “GREEN FUNDS”

    15 June 2018 / 518

    June 14, 2018, Santiago, Chile - Fourteen countries of the Community of Caribbean States (CARICOM) will design multiple projects to mobilize resources from international sources, which will allow them to improve the resilience and adaptation of their agriculture, food systems and rural communities to change climate. The projects will be possible thanks to a new fund created by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Mexican Agency for International...
  • Single ICT Space, cyber security for discussion at ICT officials’ meeting

    06 June 2018 / 656

    Progress on the development of the Single ICT space in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and cyber security, are among the main areas that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) officials will discuss when they meet on 7 June.The virtual meeting of officials that will be anchored at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, is in preparation for a Special Meeting of Ministers of ICT in the last quarter of this year.The COTED ICT has agreed to meet at least twice per year to...
  • CDEMA implements post-Hurricane Irma legacy project in Antigua and Barbuda

    06 June 2018 / 584

    Barbados — In the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria which significantly impacted the islands of the Caribbean in September 2017, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) launched the “CDEMA Legacy Project” to support the recovery and reconstruction efforts in Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, British Virgin Islands (BVI), and Turks & Caicos Islands.Emphasis is placed on assisting single, female-headed families, the elderly, and people with physical...
  • PM of Antigua and Barbuda: Better air transport essential for regional economic resilience

    05 June 2018 / 506

    The Hon. Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, has made a call for regional governments to embrace the reforms that are needed to create a sustainable air transport sector in the Caribbean. The Prime Minister was speaking at a seminar on Air Transport Connectivity and Competitiveness, hosted by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) in Grenada.Reliable connectivity of air transport in the region is quintessential to the movement of people, to the movement of goods. So it is...
  • Holistic approach needed to create resilient cities in the Caribbean

    04 June 2018 / 498

    Building resilient cities across the Caribbean will require a holistic approach. According to Timothy Antoine, Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), any approach to strengthening the Region’s ability to withstand natural disasters will require countries to focus on restructuring fiscal policies and strengthening infrastructure, and to implement psychosocial interventions. Antoine was speaking at a seminar, “Building Resilient Cities”, which was held as...
  • May, 2018


    CARICOM, Cuba pledge to strengthen relations

    30 May 2018 / 618

    CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (right) accepts the Letter of Credence of His Excellency Narciso Reinaldo Amador Socorro, new Plenipotentiary Representative of Cuba to CARICOMSecretary-General of the Caribbean Community, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, and His Excellency Narciso Reinaldo Amador Socorro, the new Plenipotentiary Representative of the Republic of Cuba to CARICOM, pledged to strengthen even further the fraternal relations between CARICOM and Cuba.The...
  • CARICOM congratulates Barbados new Prime Minister

    26 May 2018 / 574

    The 15-mmber Caribbean Community (CARICOM) grouping has congratulated Mia Mottley, the first ever woman to head a government in Barbados with Secretary general Irwin la Rocque saying he is looking forward to welcoming her at the grouping’s next summit to be held in Jamaica in July.In a congratulatory message following her Barbados Labour Party (BLP)’s historic 30-nil victory over the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) of former Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, the CARICOM Secretary...
  • New Barbados Prime Minister sworn in

    25 May 2018 / 630

    The Hon. Mia Mottley was earlier today sworn in as Prime Minister of Barbados following her party’s landslide victory at the polls yesterday. Please see the swearing in ceremony via the Barbados Government Information Service:Read More 
  • New Barbados Prime Minister sworn in

    25 May 2018 / 544

    The Hon. Mia Mottley was earlier today sworn in as Prime Minister of Barbados following her party’s landslide victory at the polls yesterday. Please see the swearing in ceremony via the Barbados Government Information Service:Read More 
  • Secretary-General looks forward to welcoming PM Mottley to next CARICOM Heads Meeting

    25 May 2018 / 546

    CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has congratulated new Barbados Prime Minister Hon. Mia Mottley on her ‘truly historic achievements’ following Thursday’s General Elections, and said it will be his pleasure to welcome her to the next meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government in Jamaica on 4-6 July.Ms Mottley’s  Barbados Labour Party (BLP) won all 30 seats in the Barbados House of Assembly, making her the country’s first female Prime Minister....
  • HRD Strategy belongs to Caribbean Community

    23 May 2018 / 608

    Programme Manager, Human Resource Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, Dr. Laurette Bristol, has stressed that the HRD Strategy belonged to the Caribbean Community and not to the CARICOM Secretariat.She was speaking at the opening of the first regional workshop aimed at strengthening national capacity to support the 2030 Human Resource Development Strategy (2030 HRDS). The workshop is being held at the Courtyard Marriott in Barbados, May 22-25, 2018.Dr. Bristol encouraged...
  • CARICOM Regional Statistics Strategy advances to the Conference of Heads of Government

    16 May 2018 / 556

    Ministers responsible for CARICOM affairs have recommended that the Strategic Framework of the CARICOM Regional Strategy for the Development of Statistics (RSDS) be placed before CARICOM Heads of Government for endorsement at their July 2018 Meeting in Jamaica.The recommendation came after the Ministers deliberated on the Strategic Framework of the CARICOM RSDS during the Forty-Second Meeting of the Community Council of Ministers (Council) in Georgetown, Guyana, on 16 May, 2018.Also to be...
  • CARPHA urges region to prepare for possibility of severe dengue outbreak

    14 May 2018 / 536

    (CARPHA PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – While chikungunya and zika, which swept the region in 2014 and 2016 are not expected back anytime soon, CARPHA is warning, “gear-up for the possibility of a major outbreak of dengue fever in 2018.”This because as before, the pre-conditions of abundant mosquito vector levels still exist, and increased levels of dengue are being reported in Latin America and elsewhere.It is imperative as rainy season begins in many countries that...
  • CCJ affirms Professor Ventose’s right to vote in Barbados

    14 May 2018 / 712

    The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) (on Sunday) ordered that Saint Lucian, Professor Eddy Ventose, is to be added to the register of voters in Barbados.The Court declared that it was satisfied that the legal and regulatory conditions for his registration have been met. The Court then ordered the Chief Electoral Officer, who participated in the hearing, to ensure that Professor Ventose is registered before 12 noon on Monday, 14 May, 2018. If this is not done, the CCJ President, the...
  • CARICOM and Indonesia strengthen links

    03 May 2018 / 721

    Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque described the presentation of credentials by Indonesia’s Ambassador as “a hallmark in relations” between the Community and Indonesia.His Excellency Drs. Dominicus Supratikto, became the first Ambassador of Indonesia to CARICOM when he presented his letters of credence to the Secretary-General on Wednesday at the CARICOM Secretariat Headquarters, Georgetown, Guyana. Ambassador...
  • COHSOD meeting this week to focus on implementation of HRD Strategy

    02 May 2018 / 776

    The Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) will meet this week from the 2–4 May, 2018. The main focus of the meeting will be the implementation of the  Human Resource Development (HRD) 2030 Strategy. The Strategy was endorsed by the Conference of Heads of Government at its Thirty-Eighth Regular Meeting in Grenada in July 2017, based on prior consideration and approval by COHSOD XXXII in March of the same year.The COHSOD will also focus on the discussion...
  • April, 2018


  • COTED officials hold preparatory meeting

    28 April 2018 / 260

    Work in preparation for the Forty-Sixth Ministerial Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) began on Thursday.The two-day Meeting of Trade Officials is being held at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, with some delegates joining via videoconferencing.The officials are discussing matters including the implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), trade in goods, and external economic relations, such as...
  • COTED officials hold preparatory meeting

    27 April 2018 / 672

    Work in preparation for the Forty-Sixth Ministerial Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) began on Thursday.The two-day Meeting of Trade Officials is being held at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, with some delegates joining via videoconferencing.The officials are discussing matters including the implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), trade in goods, and external economic relations, such as...
  • Commonwealth SG visits Caribbean as hurricane countdown approaches

    27 April 2018 / 722

    GIS) – Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, is meeting with leaders in the Caribbean to explore the Commonwealth’s role in minimising the impact of extreme weather events as the region’s hurricane season approaches.The Secretary-General said it was a worrying time for leaders.“The threat of life-changing, economy-decimating, apocalyptic storms and hurricanes is beginning to cast a long shadow on the sunny islands of the Caribbean. June 1 is the...
  • No need to fear Brexit – UK diplomat assures

    26 April 2018 / 537

    The United Kingdom’s (UK) top envoy in the Eastern Caribbean is assuring that the UK’s relationship with the region will not be adversely affected by its pending exit from the European Union (EU).In fact, British High Commissioner Janet Douglas said a trade deal was currently being worked on which is similar to that which currently exists.The UK has long been a major trading partner of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). However, following the June 2016 vote by British...
  • Health Minister encourages other countries to replicate ‘Jamaica Moves’ campaign

    26 April 2018 / 762

    Minister of Health, the Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, is encouraging other Caribbean countries to join forces and replicate the ‘Jamaica Moves’ campaign into ‘Caribbean Moves’, with the objective of reducing the region’s growing rate of persons living with non-communicable diseases (NCDs).Jamaica Moves is part of the National Strategy and Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs, which covers seven main categories of diseases – cardiovascular...
  • CARICOM Secretariat salutes women, girls in ICT, STEM fields

    26 April 2018 / 838

    Girls in ICT photo via International Telecommunications Union (ITU) The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat takes pleasure in commemorating “Girls in ICT day” 2018 with the rest of the world and takes the opportunity to salute all women and girls in the fields of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).This day places focus on the achievements of girls and women in ICT and also serves as a good...
  • ‘Sadness mixed with revulsion’ – CARICOM SG to Canada’s Prime Minister on Toronto tragic incident

    26 April 2018 / 676

    CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, has sent a message of condolence to the Prime Minister of Canada, Mr. Justin Trudeau, following the tragic incident in Toronto on Monday which left at least 10 people dead and several others injured.“It is with great sadness mixed with revulsion that I, and the entire Caribbean Community, have reacted to the horror of the deadly vehicle rampage unleashed on unsuspecting, innocent persons in Toronto on 23 April, 2018”, the...
  • Hub and Spokes Programme: providing critical Trade Support to Caribbean economies

    25 April 2018 / 774

    Georgetown, Guyana (April 23, 2018) – Caribbean development partners and beneficiaries of the Hub and Spokes Programme, an aid-for-trade initiative, began a three-day regional planning workshop (April 23 – 25), with appreciation of the programmes tangible impact on the ground. The workshop is being held at the Guyana Marriott Hotel Georgetown, Guyana.Caribbean Country beneficiaries and Advisers will work to develop a new framework that is likely to govern the implementation...
  • CARPHA executive director urges caution on decriminalisation of marijuana

    25 April 2018 / 855

    BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) — The executive director of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), Dr. James Hosepdales, is urging regional countries to “proceed with an abundance of caution” when it come to the decriminalisation of marijuana.Hospedales, who spoke on a government radio programme “Working for you”, said there is much discussion on the decriminalisation issue and that there have been several times in history where populations...
  • CRFM convenes meeting in Montserrat to advance protocol on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management in Fisheries

    23 April 2018 / 474

    BELIZE CITY, BELIZE, THURSDAY, 19 April 2018 (CRFM)—Fisheries officials from Member States of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) are meeting on Wednesday, 18 April 2018, at the Montserrat Cultural Centre to review and validate the Draft Protocol to Integrate Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management in Fisheries and Aquaculture into the Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy. Also attending the one-day meeting are experts from non-government...