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  • July, 2018


    Final Report - Report of the CARICOM Regional Commission on Marijuana

    03 August 2018 / 51

    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 / 56

    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...
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    25 July 2018 / 24

    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 / 64

    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 / 26

    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 / 90

    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 / 75

    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 / 30

    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 / 120

    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 / 114

    ​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 / 138

    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 / 156

    (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 / 132

    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 / 204

    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 / 224

    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 / 272

    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 / 232

    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 / 231

    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 / 250

    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 / 249

    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 / 266

    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 / 238

    (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 / 184

    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 / 269

    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 / 218

    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 / 148

    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 / 66

    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 / 238

    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 / 276

    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 / 256

    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 / 358

    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 / 302

    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 / 238

    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 / 242

    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 / 346

    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 / 344

    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 / 342

    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 / 316

    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 / 314

    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 / 340

    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 / 250

    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 / 336

    (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 / 424

    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 / 458

    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 / 470

    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 / 148

    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 / 420

    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 / 432

    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 / 323

    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 / 456

    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 / 524

    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 / 444

    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 / 498

    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 / 552

    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 / 202

    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...
  • CARICOM BUSINESS 20 April 2018

    22 April 2018 / 533

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

    21 April 2018 / 536

    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 / 554

    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 / 442

    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 / 528

    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 / 496

    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 / 388

       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 / 188

    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 / 169

    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 / 169

    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 / 730

    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 / 346

    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 / 170

    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 / 170

    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 / 354

    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 / 516

    “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 / 466

    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 / 534

    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 / 524

    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 / 528

    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 / 590

    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 / 542

    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 / 518

    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 / 737

    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 / 502

    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 / 594

    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 / 600

     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 / 560

    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 / 560

    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 / 677

    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 / 598

    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 / 602

    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 / 606

    "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 / 618

    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 / 648

       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 / 574

    "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 / 560

    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 / 648

    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 / 628

    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 / 600

    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,...