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  • June, 2018


    FAO: CARIBBEAN COUNTRIES PREPARE PROJECTS TO MOBILIZE “GREEN FUNDS”

    15 June 2018 / 36

    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 / 106

    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 / 84

    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 / 16

    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 / 14

    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 / 116

    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 / 118

    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 / 116

    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 / 102

    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 / 104

    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 / 138

    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 / 22

    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 / 140

    (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 / 186

    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 / 216

    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 / 234

    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 / 72

    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 / 214

    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 / 228

    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 / 162

    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 / 226

    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 / 256

    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 / 212

    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 / 268

    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 / 293

    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...
  • CARICOM BUSINESS 20 April 2018

    22 April 2018 / 289

     
  • Need for climate change financing in SIDS highlighted at CHOGM 2018

    21 April 2018 / 286

    Rt. Hon. Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica, this morning used the international platform of the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to reinforce the need for financing for Small Island and Developing States (SIDS) given the existential threats climate change poses for these countries.The Jamaican Prime Minister was speaking at the Combined Forum hosted at the Queen Elizabeth Centre, London, United Kingdom (UK).“The issue of climate change is not a...
  • Work advances to make CCREEE fully operational by June

    20 April 2018 / 280

    The just-concluded Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on Energy has made progress on the full operationalisation of the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) by the middle of this year.This was one of the key outcomes of the meeting which was held on 19 April, 2018, at theCARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, according to Chairman of the Meeting, Senator...
  • Region advancing protocol on Climate Change, Disaster Risk Management in Fisheries

    19 April 2018 / 242

    BELIZE CITY, BELIZE, THURSDAY, 19 April 2018 (CRFM)—Fisheries officials from Member States of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) met on 18 April, 2018, at the Montserrat Cultural Centre. The meeting was held 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.Experts from non-government stakeholders in fisheries/aquaculture,...
  • Fascinating, sophisticated displays at The Bishops’ High School CARICOM Project event

    19 April 2018 / 270

    The Bishops’ High School in Georgetown, Guyana, hosted its annual 9th Grade (3rd Form) CARICOM Project at the school on Friday, 13 April, 2018.This year’s activity was observed under the theme, ‘Climate: Resilience and Mitigation – Safeguarding Our Physical and Cultural Integrity’Two CARICOM Member States – Dominica, and Haiti – were featured this year. The other country featured was Puerto Rico.Form 3B, which presented on Dominica, won...
  • CCREEE, regional energy security among matters before Ministers at Special COTED

    19 April 2018 / 282

    Montserrat deposited its instruments of ratification of the Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE), on Tuesday. The CARICOM Member State became the fifth Member States to do so, effectively paving the way for the establishment of the Centre’s legal identity by mid next month.The Hon. Paul Lewis, Montserrat Minister of Communication, Works and Labour, handed over the document to Mr. Joseph Cox, CARICOM Assistant...
  • PM Harris says apologies by UK PM Theresa May and Home Secretary Amber Rudd mark the start of the dialogue on the WindRush Matter

    17 April 2018 / 208

       In the margins of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, and colleague Caribbean heads of government met today, Tuesday, April 17th, 2018, with H. E. Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, the Rt. Hon. Theresa May, at Downing Street in London, England, where she apologized to them over the Windrush generation controversy.Prime Minister Harris, speaking with BBC News today, reacted...
  • UK’s May apologises to Caribbean countries over treatment of post-war migrants

    17 April 2018 / 96

    LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May apologised to representatives from 12 Caribbean countries on Tuesday over recent harsh treatment by immigration bureaucrats of people who arrived in Britain as children between the late 1940s and the early 1970s.View image on TwitterHon. Mark Brantley@markbrantley3  Happening now! Historic meeting between #UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Caribbean Prime Ministers at Number 10 Downing Street to...
  • UK’s May apologises to Caribbean countries over treatment of post-war migrants

    17 April 2018 / 0

    LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May apologised to representatives from 12 Caribbean countries on Tuesday over recent harsh treatment by immigration bureaucrats of people who arrived in Britain as children between the late 1940s and the early 1970s.View image on TwitterHon. Mark Brantley@markbrantley3  Happening now! Historic meeting between #UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Caribbean Prime Ministers at Number 10 Downing Street to...
  • UK’s May apologises to Caribbean countries over treatment of post-war migrants

    17 April 2018 / 92

    LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May apologised to representatives from 12 Caribbean countries on Tuesday over recent harsh treatment by immigration bureaucrats of people who arrived in Britain as children between the late 1940s and the early 1970s.View image on TwitterHon. Mark Brantley@markbrantley3  Happening now! Historic meeting between #UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Caribbean Prime Ministers at Number 10 Downing Street to...
  • UK’s May apologises to Caribbean countries over treatment of post-war migrants

    17 April 2018 / 92

    LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May apologised to representatives from 12 Caribbean countries on Tuesday over recent harsh treatment by immigration bureaucrats of people who arrived in Britain as children between the late 1940s and the early 1970s.View image on TwitterHon. Mark Brantley@markbrantley3  Happening now! Historic meeting between #UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Caribbean Prime Ministers at Number 10 Downing Street to...
  • CARIFORUM Customs officials begin three-day workshop in Georgetown

    10 April 2018 / 372

    A Regional Workshop aimed at building capacity in the Caribbean Forum of African Caribbean and Pacific States (CARIFORUM), began this morning at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana.The Regional Workshop on the Single Administrative Document (SAD) and Customs Valuation brings together stakeholders from CARIFORUM States’ Customs Administrations.It is being facilitated by Mr. Paul Hilaire, Team Leader, and Mr. Martin Wilde, Customs expert....
  • Name change on the horizon for ACP Grouping

    10 April 2018 / 200

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – The Georgetown Agreement, which was signed in the capital of Guyana in 1975, bringing into being the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group, is undergoing a wide-ranging revision that could result in the 79-member grouping being referred to as the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACP).Last week, diplomats from the ACP region met for a special session of the Committee of Ambassadors of the ACP Group of States to examine proposals from...
  • Name change on the horizon for ACP Grouping

    10 April 2018 / 102

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – The Georgetown Agreement, which was signed in the capital of Guyana in 1975, bringing into being the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group, is undergoing a wide-ranging revision that could result in the 79-member grouping being referred to as the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACP).Last week, diplomats from the ACP region met for a special session of the Committee of Ambassadors of the ACP Group of States to examine proposals from...
  • Name change on the horizon for ACP Grouping

    10 April 2018 / 102

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – The Georgetown Agreement, which was signed in the capital of Guyana in 1975, bringing into being the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group, is undergoing a wide-ranging revision that could result in the 79-member grouping being referred to as the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACP).Last week, diplomats from the ACP region met for a special session of the Committee of Ambassadors of the ACP Group of States to examine proposals from...
  • Name change on the horizon for ACP Grouping

    10 April 2018 / 200

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – The Georgetown Agreement, which was signed in the capital of Guyana in 1975, bringing into being the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group, is undergoing a wide-ranging revision that could result in the 79-member grouping being referred to as the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACP).Last week, diplomats from the ACP region met for a special session of the Committee of Ambassadors of the ACP Group of States to examine proposals from...
  • Health is a critical resource for living – World Health Day Message from Dr. C. James Hospedales, CARPHA executive director

    07 April 2018 / 288

    “Health is a human right and a critical resource for living. There is general recognition that health and access to health services are essential to individual, community and national development. On this occasion of World Health Day 2018 the theme is Universal Health Coverage; which WHO summarises as what do you need to get, be and stay healthy.In addition to access to quality health services, safe medicines and treatments, people also need a safe and healthy environment to be and stay...
  • HIV Sustainability and Domestic Financing

    06 April 2018 / 258

    Thursday 5 April 2018, Georgetown Guyana: Sustainability of the Region’s HIV response continues to be a priority of the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP). Today, 5 April 2018, Director of PANCAP Mr Dereck Springer met with Finance Secretary Dr Hector Butts at the Ministry of Finance (Guyana) to discuss sustainability and HIV domestic financing.Mr Springer was accompanied by Dr Martin Oditt, UNAIDS Country Director and Dr Edward Greene, PANCAP Advisor.
  • Barbados Minister suggests bigger private sector role in regional standards

    05 April 2018 / 302

    Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development, Donville Inniss, has called on regional standards bodies to make greater use of the skills offered by the private sector.He made this suggestion while delivering the feature address at the opening ceremony of the 32nd Meeting of the Council of the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) at the Accra Beach Hotel and Spa in Rockley, Christ Church.  ...
  • Evidence-based, data-driven policies to address drug situation, other crimes – Khemraj Ramjattan

    04 April 2018 / 296

    The importance of drug observatories in the fight against the illegal drug situation was reiterated throughout the Opening Ceremony of the Regional Seminar for National Drug Observatories in the Caribbean on 4 April, 2018, at the Ramada Princess Hotel, in Georgetown, Guyana.Making the case for evidence-based, data-driven policies and practices, and international cooperation to address the illegal drug situation, feature speaker, Guyana Minister for Public Security, Hon. Khemraj...
  • March, 2018


    Caribbean must strengthen its Internet infrastructure

    31 March 2018 / 300

    Saturday, March 31, 2018 — Internet expert calls for greater regional network resilience and security. ST VINCENT: The Caribbean will have to strengthen its critical Internet infrastructure if it is to defend against the growing threat of climate-change-driven natural disasters and if it is to keep up with the world’s growing digital economy.This view was expressed by Internet-expert, Bevil Wooding, the Caribbean outreach director at the American Registry for Internet...
  • Standards, trade, health on agenda of CROSQ Council of Directors

    29 March 2018 / 338

    International and regional organisations are scheduled to be in Barbados from April 4-6, 2018, for the 32nd meeting of the Council of Directors of the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards & Quality (CROSQ).The Secretary General of the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), Mr. Sergio Mujica, as well as representatives of United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO) will...
  • Successor Cotonou Agreement must take into account Region’s vulnerabilities – CARIFORUM Council of Ministers

    29 March 2018 / 296

    The successor to Cotonou Partnership Agreement between the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States and the European Union must take into account the inherent and exogenous vulnerabilities of the Caribbean Forum of the ACP States (CARIFORUM) as critical elements in the negotiations.A Statement of the CARIFORUM Council of Ministers said that successor agreement also had to the take into account the development priorities of the ACP, including CARIFORUM’s priorities, and must aim...
  • CXC to conduct region-wide training for teachers for CAPE’s Green Engineering Subject

    29 March 2018 / 300

    Kingston, JAMAICA – In efforts to build the Caribbean’s capacity in the delivery of the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE)’s Green Engineering Syllabus, CXCwill be hosting a three day boot camp in Montego Bay, Jamaica.The boot camp which scheduled for the April 4-6, 2018 will see participants from thirteen CARICOM Member States and Associate Members. The main objective of the boot camp is to familiarise teachers with the resources that have been recently...
  • CARIFORUM stakeholders acknowledged for continuous preparation for fallout post-BREXIT

    27 March 2018 / 441

    Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): The Honourable Mark Brantley, Premier of Nevis and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Aviation in the Federal Government, applauded various key persons from CARIFORUM Member States for their continuous work in preparation for the fallout after the United Kingdom’s (UK) withdrawal from the European Union (EU) also known as ‘Brexit’. Speaking at the Special Meeting of the CARIFORUM Council of Ministers on Monday, March 26,...
  • CDB announces programme to support increased trade among CARICOM states

    23 March 2018 / 286

    The Board of Directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved USD750,000 in funding for a programme that will assist the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) with strengthening intra-regional trade.At least five countries – Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Guyana, Saint Lucia and Suriname – will benefit from three interventions to be implemented by the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ).“This programme will assist producers with overcoming...
  • PM Gaston Browne and Cabinet sworn in

    23 March 2018 / 366

    The Hon. Gaston Browne was on Thursday sworn in as Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda for the second time, following his landslide victory in general election held on Wednesday, 21 March, 2018. Attorney General Steadroy Benjamin and other Cabinet members were also sworn into office on Thursday. The Prime Minister led his Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) to victory in yesterday’s General Elections, winning 15 of the 17 seats at stake, according to the preliminary...
  • OECS MEMBER STATES CONTINUE STRUGGLE FOR REMOVAL FROM EU BLACKLISTING

    21 March 2018 / 366

     The Member States of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States have been working assiduously with the OECS Commission and their joint Embassy in Brussels to address the ongoing challenges raised by the European Union’s prescriptions on international standards on transparency and exchange of information in relation to financial services. The reality is that in an increasingly competitive and unpredictable global environment many traditional partners are...
  • CARICOM, World Customs Organisation, sign MOU for capacity-building support to Region’s Customs Administrations

    21 March 2018 / 350

    Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and the Secretary-General of the World Customs Organisation (WCO) His Excellency Kunio Mikuriya have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The signing ceremony took place at the CARICOM Secretariat  in Georgetown, Guyana on Tuesday, 20 March, 2018.The main objective of the MOU is enhancing the professionalism and effectiveness of CARICOM Customs administrations through...
  • First female President of Trinidad and Tobago sworn in

    20 March 2018 / 342

    Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes was sworn in today at the Queen’s Park Savannah as the sixth President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.A large crowd including Government Ministers, Members of Parliament and senior members of the Judiciary attended the swearing-in ceremony, the Office of the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago said.A number of students from primary and secondary schools also attended the event.
  • Saint Lucia gets CARICOM Development Fund support to jumpstart Village Tourism Initiative

    19 March 2018 / 415

    The Government of Saint Lucia on Friday signed on for the 2nd cycle from the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF). Since its establishment, Saint Lucia has benefited from the CDF. For the first funding cycle, the Saint Lucia CAP (Country Assistance Programme) was valued at approximately USD $6.1 million or XCD $16.47 million in loans and grants and was designed to enhance private sector competitiveness and youth entrepreneurship.During this second funding cycle, the CDF Board has approved...
  • Guyanese Girls Code

    19 March 2018 / 364

    The Ministry of Public Telecommunications in Guyana, in collaboration with National Center for Educational Resource Development (NCERD) presents: GUYANESE GIRLS CODE – a free 12-week pilot programme for 1st to 3rd Form girls in Guyana to learn beginners’ coding/programming.The aim of the programme is to increase the number of Guyanese women in Guyana’s ICT sector by teaching young girls to code/programme in order to empower them to innovate...
  • CARICOM mounts Observation Mission for elections in Antigua and Barbuda

    19 March 2018 / 386

    The Caribbean Community  (CARICOM) has mounted an Observation Mission for Antigua and Barbuda’s General Elections on 21 March 2018.The eight-member Mission, headed by Mr Keith Lowenfield, Chief Election Officer of the Guyana Elections Commission, and including experienced representatives from The Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago, and support staff from the CARICOM Secretariat, began...
  • Caribbean fish stocks dwindling as illegal fishing intensifies

    15 March 2018 / 378

    "Biodiversity in the Caribbean Sea is at serious risk, scientists are warning, with illegal fishing reducing fish stocks and placing the marine environment under increasing strain."“I cannot say what it’s due to or if there are external factors, but certainly in my more than 30 years in the profession I have seen a reduction in fish,” says Efe Vernal Nicholls, president of the Caribbean Network of Fishermen’s...
  • CARICOM making steady progress in empowering women – Guyana Minister tells UN Forum

    15 March 2018 / 384

    MINISTER of Social Protection, Amna Ally told a United Nations forum on Monday that despite the challenges affecting the region, CARICOM continues to progress in achieving regional and international goals for the empowerment and advancement of women and girls.Ally made the remarks while representing CARICOM at the United Nations, 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. She said the provision of education continues to be a strong focus in all of the CARICOM...
  • Systems must be in place to effectively monitor, evaluate integration journey – CARICOM official

    15 March 2018 / 414

       Dr. Richard Brown, Director, CARICOM Single Market and Sectoral Programmes CARICOM Secretariat. (Photo via Barbados Advocate)IT is imperative that systems be put in place to more effectively monitor and evaluate the CARICOM integration journey.So says Dr. Richard Brown, Director, CARICOM Single Market and Sectoral Programmes. He made the comments while delivering remarks at the start of a two-day workshop, which was held yesterday at the Radisson Aquatica...
  • Work to begin on new CARICOM strategic plan

    15 March 2018 / 354

    "By year end, the CARICOM Secretariat will be hard at work getting the framework in place for the new strategic plan for the Caribbean Community."That’s the word from Craig Beresford, Director of Strategic Management with the CARICOM Secretariat. He was speaking yesterday morning during the start of a two-day workshop held at the Radisson Aquatica Resort, on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) Monitoring Evaluation and Reporting Framework, as he...
  • CARICOM observer mission releases preliminary statement on Grenada elections

    15 March 2018 / 352

    PRELIMINARY STATEMENT OF OBSERVATIONS AND FINDINGSOF THE CARICOM ELECTION OBSERVATION MISSION (CEOM)TO THE GENERAL ELECTIONS OF GRENADAMARCH 13, 2018 At the invitation of the Government of Grenada the CARICOM Secretariat constituted an eleven-member team to observe Grenada’s Parliamentary Election held March 13, 2018.The Mission was led by Ms. Pauline Welsh, Director of Legal Affairs, Research and Development at the Electoral Commission of Jamaica and...
  • Tourism Congress to address theme of building resilience in tourism sector

    14 March 2018 / 416

    GEORGETOWN, Guyana (March 12, 2018) – When the XXIV Inter-American Congress of Ministers and High-Level Authorities of Tourism opens on Wednesday, March 21 at the Guyana Marriott Hotel, one of the key areas for presentations and discussions will be the matter of building resilience in the Tourism sector in the Americas.In the latter months of 2017, the hemisphere of the Americas received a painful reminder of the relevance and significance of this theme after several...
  • PM Mitchell returned to power in Grenada – News Reports

    14 March 2018 / 404

    News reports out of Grenada are that Dr. the Hon. Keith Mitchell and his New National Party (NNP) won a landslide victory at elections held today.Caribbean News Service is reporting that the NNP won all 15 seats. According to the news outfit, Dr. Mitchell said on radio that it was a “humbling experience and feeling.”CANA News Online said it was the third time that Dr Mitchell had achieved the feat of sweeping the seats.“It feels good, the people of my country (have)...
  • CDEMA to improve disaster response with new procurement procedures

    14 March 2018 / 378

    Bridgetown, Barbados, March 13th, 2018 (CDB) – The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), with support from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), has developed, and will implement new procurement and contract management procedures to facilitate a more streamlined and efficient use of their resource pool, including disaster management funds.After conducting a routine assessment of its operations, geared toward the continual improvement of financial management practices,...
  • Mr. Justice Adrian Saunders chosen as next CCJ President

    13 March 2018 / 387

    Port of Spain, Trinidad – The Honourable Mr. Justice Adrian Dudley Saunders, a citizen of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has been appointed as the incoming President of the Caribbean Court of Justice with effect from July 4, 2018.Sir Dennis ByronThe Heads of Government of CARICOM made the appointment at its last meeting, held in Haiti from February 26-27, 2018, acting on the nomination of the Regional Judicial and Legal Services Commission (RJLSC). The RJLSC had...
  • CDB launches project to improve disaster risk management and climate resilience in Ile-à-Vache, Haiti

    12 March 2018 / 386

     March 12, 2018, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – On Friday March 3, 2018, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Government of Haiti launched a project to improve climate resilience and disaster risk management on Ile-à-Vache, an island off the country’s southern peninsula.The Building Capacity for Disaster Risk Management and Climate Resilience Project is being funded through a CDB grant of USD5.5 million (mn), which includes a contribution of...
  • Protecting consumers in the digital era

    12 March 2018 / 398

    It is important to consider the protection of the consumer as many persons now engage suppliers in a different jurisdiction. This was posited by a senior official from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat during the Barbados Fair Trading Commission’s (FTC) annual lecture series held last evening, 8 March, 2018 at the Accra Beach Hotel & Spa in Barbados.Mr. Philip McClauren, Deputy Programme Manager, CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), was a co-presenter...
  • CARICOM Institutions talk CSME Free Movement of Persons

    09 March 2018 / 464

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat this week engaged regional institutions based in Barbados on the processes for Free Movement of persons under the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). Representatives from the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF), the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), and the Caribbean Export Development Agency among others met at the CSME Unit of the CARICOM Secretariat in Haggatt Hall yesterday, 7 March, 2018.The half-day...
  • CARICOM BUSINESS: Vol.1 No. 7

    05 March 2018 / 505

    A Weekly Business News Aggregation Service Vol.1 No. 7 compiled & edited by the Directorate of Trade & Economic Integration at the CARICOM Secretariat only as a convenience for the Member States. https://caricom.org/documents/16088/caricom_business_7_-_4_march_2018.pdf
  • CDB to establish first country office in Haiti this year

    05 March 2018 / 448

    Haiti’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Antonio Rodrigue (left) and Vice-President (Operations), Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Monica La Bennett (right), hold the signed country agreements after signing them on February 27, 2018. CDB will establish its first country office in the Republic of Haiti this year. (Photo via CDB)The Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) will establish its first country office in the Republic of Haiti later this year....
  • FAO and CDB Sign Framework Cooperation Agreement

    05 March 2018 / 298

    The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) have signed a Framework Cooperation Agreement for the Bank to approve a grant of US$1.2 million for the FAO to implement a cassava project in Dominica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.Titled: ‘Cassava Industry – Market Assessment and Technology Validation and Dissemination’, the project is to facilitate the testing of improved cassava varieties and production systems,...
  • Seriously re-examine cricket recommendations – PM Mitchell

    01 March 2018 / 452

    Outgoing Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, is calling for a serious re-examination of the recommendations of the Governance Review Panel on Cricket.In his address to the opening of the Twenty-Ninth Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM on Monday in Haiti, the Grenada Prime Minister raised West Indies cricket as a “burning issue for which our Community must take due responsibility”....
  • February, 2018


    Guyana signs CXC and MASA Agreements

    28 February 2018 / 522

    Guyana signed the Revised Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) and the CARICOM Multilateral Air Services Agreement (MASA) during the 29th Inter-Sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting in Haiti, Tuesday.Foreign Minister Hon Carl Greenidge, who is heading the country’s delegation to the Meeting signed the Agreements.The Revised Agreement Establishing the CXC seeks to update the CXC’s legal structure in light of subsequent organisational...
  • The Bahamas signs CARICOM Arrest Warrant Treaty

    28 February 2018 / 536

    The Bahamas signed the CARICOM Arrest Warrant Treaty during the 29th Inter-Sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday. Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon Darren Henfield signed on behalf of his country. The CARICOM Arrest Warrant Treaty, already signed by some other CARICOM Member Countries, simplifies the procedure of returning fugitives to the country where charges have been laid  
  • Montserrat signs two Agreements at CARICOM Inter-Sessional Meeting

    27 February 2018 / 180

    Montserrat’s Minister of Education, Health and Youth Hon Delmaude Ryan, who is heading the island’s delegation to the 29th Inter-Sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government in Haiti, signed two agreements during the second day of the meeting, Tuesday.Montserrat signed on to the Agreement establishing the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions, and the Agreement establishing the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy...
  • Barbados Prime Minister signs Agreements at CARICOM Inter-Sessional

    27 February 2018 / 528

    Barbados Prime Minister Rt Hon Freundel Stuart  signed the CARICOM Arrest Warrant Treaty and the Revised Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), during the second day of the 29th Inter-Sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government, at the Marriott Hotel, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday.The CARICOM Arrest Warrant Treaty, already signed by some other CARICOM Member Countries,  simplifies the procedure of returning fugitives to the country where charges have...
  • Be proactive, reduce your risk of catching the flu – CARPHA

    26 February 2018 / 472

     Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.  February 2018.  The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is urging persons to practice good personal hygiene in order to reduce the risk of transmission of influenza and other respiratory viruses.Influenza (flu), a contagious respiratory illness which affects thousands of people in the Caribbean each year.  Typically, the Flu season in the Region occurs between September to March when there is usually an increase in...
  • PM Skerrit calls for “collaborative approach” for first climate resilience nation

    21 February 2018 / 492

    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 / 552

    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 / 498

    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 / 500

    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 / 530

    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 / 552

    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 / 590

      “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 / 676

    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 / 674

    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 / 608

    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 / 410

     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 / 772

    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 / 670

    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 / 550

    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 / 620

    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 / 704

    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 / 637

    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...