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  • February, 2019


    St. Kitts and Nevis preparing to host the 30th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), 26-27 February

    22 February 2019 / 20

    Basseterre, St. Kitts, (SKNIS): St. Kitts and Nevis, under the CARICOM (Caribbean Community) chairmanship of Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, is finalizing plans to host the 30th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the CARICOM, which takes place from 26-27th February 2019, at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort and Royal Beach Casino. To date, 15 Member States and Associate Members, eight regional organizations and 145 delegates have registered....
  • Regional Transportation, CSME among matters for CARICOM Heads’ attention

    22 February 2019 / 18

    Enhancing regional air and maritime transportation and further advancing the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) are among matters for deliberation when CARICOM Heads of Government hold their 30th Inter-Sessional Meeting in Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis, 26-27 February.Heads of Government will examine recommendations from a Special Meeting of the CARICOM Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on Transportation, held in St Vincent and the Grenadines on 18 February, which...
  • “Funding non-governmental organizations to reach out and support vulnerable persons is integral to the response,” says Minister of Health, Trinidad and Tobago

    21 February 2019 / 20

    .  Minister Deyalsingh addressed the Fourth Meeting of the PANCAP Advisory Group on Resource Mobilization with a call for more emphasis on exploring key populations’ vulnerability to HIV   Thursday 21 February 2019 (PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat): The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), the mechanism that provides a structured and unified approach to the Caribbean’s response to the HIV epidemic, convened the Fourth Meeting of the...
  • Statement by the Chairman of CARICOM on the Tweet by the Secretary-General of the Organisation of American States

    19 February 2019 / 30

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) remains deeply concerned by the actions and statements of the Secretary-General of the Organisation of American States (OAS) which are outside the bounds of his remit as the Head of an international organisation.His Tweet of 7 February 2019, associating himself with a suggestion that Dominica will not conduct free and fair upcoming elections is the latest manifestation of his inappropriate behaviour.  Further, it is disturbing that without first...
  • Special COTED on transportation matters being held in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

    18 February 2019 / 24

    A special meeting of the Council or Trade and Economic Development (COTED) focusing on Transportation, will be held Monday in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. the Hon. Ralph Gonsalves, who is lead Head of Government with responsibility for Air and Maritime Transportation, will host the Meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Regional Ministers with responsibility for the Transport sector will hold discussions on a number of critical...
  • CARICOM SG receives New Zealand Ambassador’s credentials

    14 February 2019 / 46

    Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has welcomed the assistance of New Zealand to the Region in the field of renewable energy.In accepting the credentials of His Excellency Anton Ojala as New Zealand’s second Ambassador to CARICOM, the Secretary-General noted the country’s assistance to the development of geo-thermal energy in Member States of the Community. The presentation ceremony was held at the Georgetown, Guyana headquarters of...
  • Statement by the Chairman of CARICOM on the Violent Protests in Haiti

    12 February 2019 / 104

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is deeply concerned about the continuing violent protests in Haiti, which have resulted in the loss of life, property, destruction of infrastructure and caused grave distress.The Community calls for calm and a cessation of the violence, appealing to all involved to engage in constructive dialogue and to respect the Constitution, the rule of law and democratic processes so that issues can be resolved in a peaceful atmosphere and allow for the return to a state...
  • CARICOM signs on to Mechanism of Montevideo following talks in Uruguay on situation in Venezuela

    06 February 2019 / 348

    The governments of Mexico, Uruguay and CARICOM, in response to the call of the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, agree that the most appropriate way to address the complex situation that prevails in Venezuela is through dialogue for a negotiation, from a position of respect for International Law and Human Rights. The historical stance of our countries is and will always be to privilege diplomacy over other alternatives, as it is the only way to achieve sustainable,...
  • CARICOM-Mexico-Uruguay-led Conference on the Situation in Venezuela to be held Thursday in Montevideo

    06 February 2019 / 236

    OPM St. Kitts-Nevis - The Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) – Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis – and members of his delegation touched down on Tuesday in Montevideo, Uruguay, where a CARICOM-Mexico-Uruguay-led conference on the situation in Venezuela is set to take place Wednesday, 6 February.This afternoon, the Uruguayan Foreign Minister, Rodolfo Nin Novoa, hosted the CARICOM and Mexico delegations at a welcome luncheon...
  • Representatives of Border Agencies and Private Sector meet on WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

    06 February 2019 / 170

    Approximately 108 representatives of Border Agencies and the Private Sector from CARICOM WTO Members and Observer countries participated in a Regional Capacity Building Workshop on the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation, organized by the WTO and CARICOM Secretariats,  in Saint Lucia from 28 January to 1 February 2019.   The Workshop,  which focused on border agency co-ordination and co-operation, was facilitated by regional and international experts from the Caribbean...
  • CARIFORUM Capacity Building Intervention starts:  Youth investment, policies and prevention programmes, partnerships emphasised

    05 February 2019 / 196

    The importance of investing in youth, including treatment and rehabilitation for those who are using and addicted to alcohol and other drugs, was underscored at the Official Opening of the Regional Adolescent Training Workshops on 4 February 2019 in Trinidad and Tobago. To this end, partnerships, relevant policies and adolescents’ prevention programmes, among others, were emphasised by speakers who represented the CARICOM Secretariat, Delegation of the European Union, Organisation of the...
  • CARICOM lauds Grenada’s global impact

    04 February 2019 / 186

    As Grenada celebrates its Forty-Fifth Anniversary of Independence on Wednesday 7 February, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has lauded its “global mark” in academia, diplomacy and sport as “impressive.” The Secretary-General offered the Community’s “warmest congratulations” to the people and government of Grenada, noting that they have “shown great resilience in maintaining a steady path in the...
  • CARIFORUM Regional Adolescent Training Workshops opens:  Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation critical to advance economic development

    04 February 2019 / 204

    Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat Assistant Secretary-General (ASG), Dr. Douglas Slater, emphasised the critical link between human resource development and economic development and, in this regard, the importance of treatment and rehabilitation for persons with problematic drug use and misuse. The ASG was speaking at the Opening of the Regional Adolescent Training Workshop earlier today, in Trinidad and Tobago.“Human resource development and economic development can be likened...
  • January, 2019


    Statement on second day of visit to the UN by Delegation of CARICOM Member States

    31 January 2019 / 236

    On Tuesday, 30 January 2019, the delegation of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) comprising Dr the Hon. Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of S.Kitts and Nevis (Chairman of CARICOM) and Dr the Hon. Keith Rowley, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, the Hon. Peter David, Foreign Minister of Grenada, H.E. Irwin LaRocque, CARICOM Secretary-General, as well as the Permanent Representatives of these countries continued its engagements at the United Nations and at the Trinidad and Tobago Permanent...
  • SPOUSES OF CARICOM LEADERS ACTION NETWORK (SCLAN) APPOINT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    31 January 2019 Reference Number: 15/2019 / 120

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     The Executive Directors of the Spouses of CARICOM Leaders Action Network (SCLAN) are pleased to announce the appointment of Jacqueline Dragone as the new Executive Director, effective March 1, 2019.Ms. Dragone will be responsible for leading the Coordinating Mechanism beginning with the implementation of the project activities under the Gilead Sciences Inc. grant funding for the two demonstration projects...
  • Visit of Delegation of CARICOM Member States to the UN Secretary-General

    28 January 2019 / 162

    On Monday, 28 January 2019 a delegation of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), comprising Dr the Hon. Timothy Harris, Chairman of CARICOM, the Hon. Mia Mottley and Dr. the Hon. Keith Rowley, Prime Ministers of St. Kitts and Nevis, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago, respectively, and the Hon. Peter David,  Foreign Minister of Grenada, H.E. Irwin LaRocque, CARICOM Secretary-General, as well as the Permanent Representatives of these countries met with the United Nations Secretary-General H.E....
  • CARICOM Delegation to meet UN Secretary-General on crisis in Venezuela

    27 January 2019 / 206

    Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Dr the Honourable Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis leads a delegation from the Community to meet with United Nations (UN) Secretary-General His Excellency Antonio Guterres on Monday morning to discuss the crisis in Venezuela.The meeting will take place at UN Headquarters, New York USA. Prime Minister Harris will be accompanied by the Honourable Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados, Dr the Honourable Keith Rowley, Prime...
  • STATEMENT BY THE CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENT OF CARICOM ON THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN THE SITUATION IN THE BOLIVARIAN REPUBLIC OF VENEZUELA

    24 January 2019 / 383

    The following Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) - Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago; Foreign Ministers of Grenada and Suriname [1] ;, meeting by video-conference on 24 January 2019, issued the following statement. “Heads of Government are following closely the current unsatisfactory situation in Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, a...
  • CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) Signs US$ 1 million Contribution Agreement with Government of India

    24 January 2019 / 200

    The Government of India and the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) signed a Contribution Agreement on Saturday January 19th, 2019, in Paramaribo Suriname, which provides for a grant allocation of US$ 1 million to the CDF’s capital fund. India becomes the latest International Development Partner to have established formal ties with the CDF during its Second contribution and subvention cycle, which runs from 2015 to 2020, and this comes on the heels of the recent celebration of the 10th...
  • Romania sympathetic to CARICOM’s blacklisting concerns

    24 January 2019 / 162

    The Government of Romania is sympathetic to the concerns of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) with respect to the blacklisting of some of its Member States by the European Union (EU).The sentiment was conveyed by His Excellency Ambassador Stefan Mera as he presented his credentials on Thursday to CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque as his country’s first Ambassador to the Caribbean Community.Some CARICOM Member States have been blacklisted by EU despite having...
  • CARICOM draft Model School Drug Policy to be developed Workshop opens in Saint Lucia

    23 January 2019 / 192

    More than 20 representatives from government ministries and non-governmental organisations in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are attending a regional workshop to develop a draft Model School Drug Policy. The workshop opened on 21 January 2019, in Castries.The use of licit and illicit substances, including alcohol; inhalants; and marijuana has been increasing, particularly by students across the Region.A 2016 Report  of a study undertaken in 13 CARICOM countries by the Inter American...
  • Progress, but impact of HIV prevention response inadequate, particularly among key populations – PANCAP Evaluation

    22 January 2019 / 132

    The Caribbean has made progress in responding to the HIV epidemic, but an evaluation done last year has found that the impact of the prevention response has been inadequate, particularly among key populations.Of concern, according to the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP), is that the annual number of new HIV infections among adults in the Caribbean declined by only 18% from 2010 to 2017, from 19,000 [14,000–31,000] to 15,000 [11,000–26,000]. Key...
  • Crime and Security – a regional problem…  CARICOM SG tells Caribbean Youth Violence Prevention Summit

    16 January 2019 / 138

    Caribbean Community, (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin La Rocque, called for the full cooperation of all stakeholders within Member States to respond to the issue of crime and security, which he described as a regional problem that demands a regional solution.“The multi-state, multi sectoral response to this challenge is vital for us to succeed in defeating it” [crime], the Secretary-General said.He alluded to the findings of recent studies which show that the majority of victims, as...
  • December, 2018


    CARICOM SG congratulates Haiti on 215th Independence Anniversary

    31 December 2018 / 200

    CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has extended the Caribbean Community’s congratulations to Haiti on its Two Hundred and Fifteenth Anniversary of Independence, 1 January 2019, noting the continued significance of the occasion as a symbol of triumph over adversity.Ambassador LaRocque, in his congratulatory message to Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise also said the resilience, courage and determination of Haitians continue to be an inspiration to all.The...
  • CMO Chief Retires -  New Chief Onboard

    29 December 2018 / 206

    The CARICOM Secretariat today announced the retirement at the end of November 2018 of Mr Tyrone Sutherland, long-serving Coordinating Director of the Caribbean Meteorological Organization (CMO).The Caribbean Meteorological Organization, established in 1973 with headquarters in Port of Spain, Trinidad, is one of the oldest Caribbean institutions.  A member organization of CARICOM, the CMO coordinates the joint activities of the Meteorological and Hydrometeorological Services of 16...
  • New Year’s Message from Incoming Chairman of the Caribbean Community Dr. The Honourable Timothy Harris Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis

    29 December 2018 / 232

    As the Caribbean Community enters this New Year 2019, it is with a renewed vigour and determination to maintain the momentum with which we ended 2018.This is the final year of our first five-year Strategic Plan and preparations have already begun for the second Plan which will build on the accomplishments of its predecessor.There is no doubt that the CARICOM Single Market and Economy is the linchpin of our efforts at sustainable growth and development and in the coming year we will be...
  • End of Year Message by the Chairman of the Caribbean Community The Most Honourable Andrew Holness Prime Minister of Jamaica

    28 December 2018 / 218

    I bring season’s greetings to the people of our Caribbean Community on behalf of all Heads of Government at this joyous time of year.The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has had an eventful year both regionally and internationally.  We have seen advances in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy, (CSME), the signing of the New Multi-Lateral Air Services Agreement and we have been invited to participate in meetings of major international partners.A proper functioning CSME is essential...
  • STATEMENT ON THE VENEZUELAN INTERCEPTION OF A RESEARCH VESSEL IN GUYANA’S EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENT OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY (CARICOM) THE MOST HONOURABLE ANDREW HOLNESS PRIME MINISTER OF JAMAICA

    24 December 2018 / 284

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) views with grave concern the reported interception by the Venezuelan navy on Saturday, 22 December 2018 of a seismic research vessel flagged by the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, in the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana.Such acts violate the sovereign rights of Guyana under international law, its entitlement to a territorial sea, Exclusive Economic Zone and continental shelf, and pose a threat to Guyana’s...
  • End of Year Message by the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque

    24 December 2018 / 198

    As we end another year in this festive season, it is a time for peace, joy and reflection.In the past year the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has made some significant advances. Agreements have been reached and legal instruments have been signed as the Member States demonstrated their commitment to strengthening integration.As is to be expected the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) has been at the forefront of our activities, culminating in the St Ann’s Declaration on the CSME...
  • CARICOM and Argentina looking towards closer cooperation

    19 December 2018 / 220

    Argentina is offering the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) a platform to engage the global community when it hosts the “Second United Nations High Level Conference on South-South Cooperation, PABA 40” in March next year.It has proposed, as a side-event, a conference with the invited countries and organisations, which are expected to include some of the major economies of the world, agencies of the United Nations, other international organisations, and NGO’s. CARICOM will also...
  • 2019 ANSA Caribbean Awards Laureates Announced

    17 December 2018 / 208

    The Anthony N Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence  has named four laureates for 2019 and announced that its Awards ceremony will be held in Barbados on March 30, 2019.  The Laureates are:For Arts and Letters, Ms Danielle Dieffenthaller,  a Trinidadian television and film producer, director, writer and a passionate advocate for a strong Caribbean film industry;For Entrepreneurship, Ms Kimala Bennett, a Jamaican filmmaker, entrepreneur, strategist, creative thinker and...
  • Prime Minister Harris meets CARICOM Secretary-General ahead of assuming CARICOM Chairmanship and hosting 30th Inter-Sessional

    17 December 2018 / 256

    Bassterre, St. Kitts and Nevis, OPM - Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris met today, Monday, December 17th, 2018, with the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, in the Office of the Prime Minister at Government Headquarters.Prime Minister Harris said it was a special privilege to receive a visit from CARICOM’s Secretary-General.  Chef de Cabinet in the Office of the Secretary-General, Mrs. Charmaine Atkinson-Jordan...
  • REGIONAL STATEMENT ON THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL PANEL ON CLIMATE CHANGE (IPCC) SPECIAL REPORT ON THE IMPACTS OF GLOBAL WARMING OF 1.5 °C ABOVE PRE-INDUSTRIAL LEVELS (1.5 °C SPECIAL REPORT)

    12 December 2018 / 228

    We, the Ministers responsible for addressing climate change in the Caribbean Community: Recalling the escalated climate change impacts that the region has experienced in recent years with warming of 1.0 °C above pre-industrial levels, including the devastating impacts from hurricanes and tropical storms and other weather-related extreme events, and the adverse effects these impacts have had on particularly vulnerable countries and communities; Also recalling, the...
  • CARICOM SG holds talks with Aruba on Associate Membership

    12 December 2018 / 238

    Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque met on Wednesday with Prime Minister of Aruba Hon Evelyn Wever-Croes on Associate Membership in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)  for the Dutch Territory. The Secretary-General will also visit Curacao and St. Maarten this week.CARICOM Heads of Government earlier this year mandated the Secretary-General to begin the process of negotiations with the Dutch Territories in order to better determine their expectations of Associate Membership, and...
  • Statement - Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on CSME

    12 December 2018 / 230

    Conceived as an instrument to facilitate economic development, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Single Market and Economy (CSME) is the manifestation of the intent to deepen the integration process that began with the signing of the Treaty of Chaguaramas in 1973.  That Treaty was later revised and the Community is now governed by the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas Establishing the Caribbean Community Including the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) which was signed by Heads of...
  • Value of Early Warning Systems to the Region highlighted at Climate Change Conference

    11 December 2018 / 204

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has been highlighting the importance of early warning systems to the hurricane prone region, at COP 24 – the Climate Change Conference taking place in Katowice, Poland.The CARICOM Secretariat’s Assistant Secretary-General for Human and Social Development Dr Douglas Slater joined an international panel discussion at the Conference on Tuesday to address the question, “After the devastation from last year’s hurricanes, how is the...
  • Trinidad and Tobago signs CARIFESTA XIV Host Country Agreement.

    11 December 2018 / 222

    As the excitement builds in the lead up to this country’s hosting of the Caribbean’s premiere Festival of the Arts in 2019, Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago signed the Host Country Agreement for CARIFESTA XIV with Ambassador Irwin La Rocque, Secretary General of CARICOM. The signing took place on Tuesday December 4th, 2018 at the end of the 18th Special Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community on the CARICOM...
  • Statement to mark CARICOM-Cuba Day, 8 December 2018

    07 December 2018 / 266

    The 8th of December 2018 marks the Forty-Sixth Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago, the four CARICOM countries independent at that time, and Cuba.  That historic and courageous act of 8 December 1972 has grown over the years into a strong fraternal relationship between all the Member States of the Caribbean Community and Cuba.The friendly and close relationship that unites CARICOM and Cuba is a shining...
  • CARICOM Committee of Ambassadors charting enhanced role

    06 December 2018 / 296

    The CARICOM Committee of Ambassadors is holding its 8th meeting in Guyana, Thursday, with heightened expectations of the group following the ground-breaking Special Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government on the CSME, in Trinidad and Tobago earlier this week.CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque in welcome remarks, told the Ambassadors their role, both individually as the link between the regional and the national, and as a constituent group within the governance structure of the...
  • CARICOM Competition Commission issues statement on the sale of banking and insurance assets by the Bank of Nova Scotia to Republic Financial Holdings and Sagicor Financial Corporation

    05 December 2018 / 286

    The Statement reads: The CARICOM Competition Commission (“the Commission”) was established by Article 171 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (“RTC”), with a mandate to promote and protect competition within the community.The Commission in its monitoring of business activity in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), has taken note of the  announcement  on 28th November 2018 by the Bank of Nova Scotia (“Scotiabank”) of its...
  • ST ANN’S DECLARATION ON CSME

    04 December 2018 / 383

    WE, the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), meeting at Port of Spain Trinidad and Tobago 3-4 December, 2018 on the occasion of the 18th Special Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM;Recalling the 1989 Declaration of Grand Anse which initiated the process towards the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), the signing of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas in 2001, which established the CSME and the launch of the CSME in 2006;Convinced that the...
  • ‘If not now, when’ – Prime Minister Rowley on CSME

    03 December 2018 / 372

    Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government were challenged to move the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) forward by Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley.Speaking this morning at the start of their 18th Special Meeting which is focused on the CSME at the Hilton Hotel in Port of Spain, the host Prime Minster posed the question, “if not now, when; if not us, who?”​The two-day meeting is looking at increasing the rate of...
  • November, 2018


    Happy 52nd Barbados!

    29 November 2018 / 274

    Congratulatory Message from CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque to Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados on the occasion of the country's 52nd Independence Anniversary, 30 November 2018.Honourable Prime Minister:On behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), I extend warmest congratulations to the Government and People of Barbados on the occasion of the Fifty-Second Anniversary of Independence which is being celebrated under the theme, “Building Together - One...
  • Secretary-General Holds Talks With Japanese Ambassador

    29 November 2018 / 276

    As the Caribbean Community continues to strengthen cooperation with Japan, Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on Wednesday met with Japanese Ambassador to CARICOM HE Mr Mitsuhiko Okada.  The Secretary-General was joined at the meeting by Assistant Secretary-General, Foreign and Community Relations Ambassador Colin Granderson and other Secretariat officials.  Ambassador Okada was accompanied by Mrs Mari Okada and First Secretary Ms Chiharu Hoshiai.  The meeting was held...
  • Antigua and Barbuda to host results-focused Seminars

    29 November 2018 / 266

    Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Hon Gaston Browne this morning welcomed Deputy Secretary-General Ambassador Manorma Soeknandan and her Secretariat team to St. Johns for the Antigua/Barbuda leg of the regional sensitization seminars on the CARICOM Results-Based Management (RBM) System.It is the third stop for the team this week, following visits to Montserrat and St. Kitts/Nevis.  Tomorrow the Secretariat team will conduct seminars for State-actors including Parliamentarians...
  • St Kitts/Nevis gets Results-based Management sensitization

    27 November 2018 / 272

    St. Kitts and Nevis is benefitting from sensitization seminars on the CARICOM Results-Based Management (RBM) system.A CARICOM Secretariat team, led by Deputy Secretary-General Ambassador Manorma Soeknandan, is in Basseterre to conduct the seminars which are targeting a wide cross section of stakeholders including Parliamentarians, Permanent Secretaries, International Development Partners, representatives of Regional Institutions, Corporate Planners, the Private Sector, Non-Governmental...
  • CARICOM continues implementation of a harmonised Results-Based Management (RBM) System with visit to Montserrat

    26 November 2018 / 268

    Montserrat on Monday hosted the latest in a regional series of sensitization seminars on the CARICOM Results-Based Management ((RBM) System.  A team from the CARICOM Secretariat, led by Deputy Secretary-General Ambassador Manorma Soeknandan, visited the island to conduct the exercise. The RBM System, which promotes a more results-focused approach to programme and project management, is targeting a wide cross section of stakeholders including parliamentarians, Permanent Secretaries,...
  • October, 2018


    CARICOM congratulates Antigua/Barbuda on its 37th Independence Anniversary

    31 October 2018 / 430

    Antigua and Barbuda’s ‘invaluable contribution’ to regional integration and ‘active participation in the Councils’ of the Caribbean Community have been highlighted as CARICOM congratulates the country on 37 years of Independence.Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, in a congratulatory message to Prime Minister Hon. Gaston Browne said:“Under your leadership as Head of Government responsible for Services within the CARICOM Quasi-Cabinet, Antigua and...
  • Secretary General meets with Prime Minister Rowley in advance of CSME Special Meeting

    30 October 2018 / 452

    The upcoming Special Meeting of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) will be the focus of a meeting on Thursday between, CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr the Honourable Keith Rowley.The discussions will take place in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, the venue for the Special Meeting which will be held on 3-4 December 2018. At their meeting in Montego...
  • CARICOM Special Rapporteur on Disability appointed

    29 October 2018 / 482

     The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has appointed a Special Rapporteur on Disability, as it works towards an inclusive Region for persons with disabilities.  The Thirty-Fifth Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) – Health, in September 2018, endorsed the recommendation that Senator Dr. Floyd Morris be appointed to the position, and “urged Ministries of Health to facilitate the Special Rapporteur in the conduct of his duties at the national...
  • CARICOM Secretariat releases biodiversity management ‘report card’

    26 October 2018 / 440

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has recorded a significant milestone with the release of a report on the state of biodiversity management in the Region.The report examines how CARICOM Member States have progressed in meeting their commitments under the Aichi Biodiversity Targets within the framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Titled: The State of Biodiversity in the Caribbean – A review of the progress towards the Aichi biodiversity targets, the report was...
  • CARICOM Secretariat urges sound ecosystem management

    25 October 2018 / 348

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) – Future regional economic development will depend on sound management of natural resources, the CARICOM Secretariat’s Ambassador Colin Granderson has said, noting that healthy ecosystems improve a country’s ability to bounce back from catastrophic events.The Assistant Secretary-General for Foreign and Foreign Relations, who is also acting as Officer-in-Charge of the CARICOM Secretariat, was at the time speaking to...
  • Suriname National Faith Leaders Consultation - Faith Leaders to establish the main goals for an Inter-Religious Faith Leaders Network in Suriname with emphasis on contributing to end AIDS

    19 October 2018 / 434

    The Pan-Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), with funding from the CARIFORUM 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Programme of Support for Wider Caribbean Cooperation will host the Suriname National Faith Leaders Consultation in Suriname on the 19 and 20 October 2018. This Consultation is a follow-up to a series of engagements with faith leaders in Suriname under the PANCAP Justice for All programme. This consultation will facilitate the development of an action plan for...
  • Singapore keen on sharing development experience with CARICOM

    18 October 2018 / 472

    Singapore has said it is happy to share its development experience with the Caribbean Community, as the country’s second Ambassador to CARICOM  was accredited Wednesday.Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque accepted the Letters of Credence of Her Excellency Karen Tan, Plenipotentiary Representative of Singapore to CARICOM, at the Secretariat’s Headquarters in Georgetown Guyana.Ambassador Tan said her appointment represented Singapore’s commitment to...
  • CARICOM, Norway strengthening already good relations

    17 October 2018 Reference Number: 143/2018 / 494

     (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on Tuesday accredited the first Ambassador of Norway to CARICOM noting that the appointment strengthens “already good” relations and signals a new chapter in a long standing friendship with the Kingdom of Norway.Her Excellency Ingrid Mollestad presented her Letters of Credence to the Secretary-General at the Headquarters of the CARICOM...
  • CARICOM expresses solidarity with Indonesia

    03 October 2018 / 490

    Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has expressed the Community’s deepest solidarity with Indonesia in the wake of the recent catastrophes.In a message of condolence to the President of the Republic of Indonesia, His Excellency Joko Widodo, Ambassador LaRocque said CARICOM’s thoughts are with the families and loved ones of those who perished in the devastating earthquake of 28 September 2018 and the resulting tsunami on the island of...
  • September, 2018


  • CARICOM SG accredits Panama’s first Ambassador

    13 September 2018 / 612

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Thursday 13 September 2018 formalised diplomatic ties with Panama, accrediting the first Ambassador of the Central American country to the Community.CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, received the letter of credence of Her Excellency Soraya Cano Franco during a short ceremony at the Headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat, in Georgetown, Guyana.He said Panama and the Community have had strong people to people contact since the 19th...
  • CARICOM extends condolences on passing of former Montserrat Chief Minister

    12 September 2018 / 631

    CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has expressed the Community’s condolences to the family of Montserrat’s former Chief Minister Mr Bertrand Osborne and to the Government and people, on his passing.   Mr Osborne, who died last Wednesday, served as Chief Minister of Montserrat from November 13th 1996 to August 27th 1997, a particularly difficult time in the island’s history during the height of the volcanic crisis.Ambassador LaRocque, in his...
  • Successful COFAP and CSME Meetings in Barbados

    06 September 2018 / 778

    CARICOM Citizens can rest assured that their leaders are moving with “renewed passion and energy” to make sure that the Community is functioning.This was pointed out by Chairman of CARICOM, Prime Minister Andrew Holness of Jamaica and Chairman of the Council on Finance and Planning, Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua, at a briefing to close the Sixth Meeting of the Council on Finance and Planning and The Ninth Special Meeting of The Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on the CSME...
  • Spouses of CARICOM Leaders Action Network (SCLAN) gets Grant Funding from Gilead Sciences Inc.

    06 September 2018 / 742

    The Spouses of CARICOM Leaders Action Network (SCLAN) is pleased to announce the receipt of grant funding from Gilead Sciences Inc. for initiatives under the theme “Transforming Lives through Innovation: Implementation of high-impact prevention programs for adolescents, young men and women”.The Grant will facilitate the establishment of the SCLAN Secretariat that will be housed in Belize, and two demonstration projects in Belize and Guyana. The Secretariat will be...
  • August, 2018


    Energy Services Customers to Benefit Most from New CARICOM-led Credit Risk Initiative

    21 August 2018 Reference Number: 130/2018 / 886

      (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)    Customers for energy services across the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are expected to be the main beneficiaries of an ongoing initiative that seeks to facilitate ease of access to credit for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) within the Region’s energy sector.The Credit Risk Abatement Facility (CRAF) is currently being developed by the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) – a...
  • Jamaican Officials Engaged On CARICOM Results-Based Management System

    16 August 2018 / 786

    Parliamentarians and senior public sector officials in Jamaica participated in day-two of the series of sensitization seminars on the CARICOM Results-Based Management (RBM) system, Wednesday.The session with Parliamentarians at the Houses of Parliament was addressed by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign trade Kamina Johnson Smith. A separate engagement for Permanent Secretaries  and other officials, held at the Office of the Prime Minister,  was addressed by Cabinet Secretary...
  • CARICOM mourns the loss of VS Naipaul

    13 August 2018 / 770

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) mourns the loss of the great writer Sir Vidia Naipaul.The Trinidad and Tobago born Nobel Laureate was a prolific author of both fiction and non-fiction works which elicited much critical acclaim and earned him many literary awards. He was acknowledged as a master in the use of language.His unsparing critique of post-colonial societies across the globe was the basis of much of his work and provoked a great deal of thought and discussion.On behalf of the...
  • Use collective strength to push SIDS priorities, CARICOM SG urges

    07 August 2018 / 798

    CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque is urging close collaboration between Caribbean Small Island and Low-lying Developing States (SIDS) and those in the Indian Ocean and Pacific States to achieve greater results when SIDS development priorities   come before a global forum next year  .The Secretary-General made the point during the Opening Ceremony for a meeting of Caribbean SIDS preparing  for a mid-term review of the Samoa Pathway (SIDS Accelerated...
  • CARICOM benefits from Jamaica’s Commitment – Secretary General

    06 August 2018 / 806

    CARICOM has greatly benefited from the commitment and dedication of the Government and people of Jamaica, Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has said as he extended congratulations on the country’s 56th Anniversary of Independence.“Over the years, your country has contributed significantly to the integration movement and I look forward to continuing this strong track record of dedication to regional integration with you and your administration”, the...
  • CARICOM and the African Union discuss working together, formalising relationship

    03 August 2018 / 860

    Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and Deputy Chair of the African Union Commission (AUC), His Excellency Kwesi Quartey discussed the need for continued ACP solidarity in the negotiations for the Post-Coutonou Agreement with the European Union (EU).Negotiations for the Co-operation Agreement between the African Caribbean Pacific Group of Countries (ACP) and the EU were among the issues discussed when Mr Quartey and his delegation paid a courtesy...
  • Pushing Regional Transportation issues at hemispheric meeting

    03 August 2018 / 776

    CARICOM’s Multilateral Air Services Agreement (MASA) was among matters presented to a meeting of the North American, Central American and Caribbean Directors of Civil Aviation, held this week in Ottawa, Canada.CARICOM Secretariat’s Head of the Transportation Unit, Dr. Pauline Yearwood delivered a presentation on ‘Assistance towards the Finalization of the MASA’.   This Agreement recognizes that the principal means of transport within CARICOM, particularly for...
  • July, 2018


    Barbados PM leads talks with CARICOM Secretariat on CSME

    27 July 2018 / 849

    Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley, the Lead Head of Government in the CARICOM Quasi-Cabinet with responsibility for the CARICOM Single Market and Economy, on Friday held the first of her planned monthly meeting with the CARICOM Secretariat, on the CSME.The Secretariat’s team for this meeting was led by Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque. Prime Minister Mottley was accompanied by Members of her Cabinet and other government officials.Friday’s discussions come ahead of a...
  • Decisive action at highest level of government needed to mainstream youth development – CARICOM ASG

    25 July 2018 / 776

     (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     Decisive action at the highest level of government is necessary to mainstream youth development. That was the opinion shared by Assistant Secretary General (ASG), Human and Social Development at the CARICOM Secretariat Dr. Douglas Slater at the opening of the Caribbean Forum on Youth Population and Development. The forum is being held at the Marriott Hotel in Georgetown, Guyana, July 24-26,...
  • CARICOM joins Japan in mourning flood deaths

    15 July 2018 / 736

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has expressed deepest condolences to the Government and People of Japan in the face of the tragic loss of life, widespread destruction and continuing suffering wrought by torrential rains and floods in Central and Western Japan.“The Caribbean Community conveys its heartfelt sympathies to the families of those who lost their lives and the families of the missing. The Community also sympathizes with those displaced by the disaster, ” CARICOM...
  • CARICOM values close, friendly relations with Mexico – President-elect told

    13 July 2018 / 854

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) expressed deep appreciation for Mexico’s longstanding readiness to collaborate, as it extended congratulations to President-Elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador on his landslide victory in the country’s 1 July 2018 Presidential elections.“CARICOM attaches great value to the close and friendly relationship that it has forged with Mexico over the years,”  Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said in his message of...
  • CARICOM joins ‘Celebrate Bahamas’ Independence festivities

    10 July 2018 / 819

    The rest of the CARICOM family joined Bahamians in celebrating the country’s forty-fifth anniversary of Independence Tuesday.Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque extended the Caribbean Community’s best wishes in a congratulatory message to Bahamian Prime Minister, Dr Hubert Minnis.“The Bahamas has made great progress in the 45 years since nationhood, making its mark particularly in the services sector and in sports,” the Secretary-General noted.“Prime...
  • PROJET DE DECLARATION SUR HAÏTI

    09 July 2018 / 730

    La Communauté Caribéenne (CARICOM) est profondément préoccupée par les manifestations violentes en Haïti, un État Membre de la Communauté.Le Président de la CARICOM, le Très Honorable Andrew Holness, s'exprimant au nom de la Communauté, a déclaré : "La Communauté déplore les pertes en vies humaines, les dégâts matériels et les dommages causés aux...
  • CARICOM STATEMENT ON HAITI

    09 July 2018 / 1032

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is deeply concerned at the violent protest in Haiti, a Member State of the Community.The Chairman of CARICOM, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness speaking on behalf of the community stated "The Community deplores the loss of life, property and the damage to infrastructure and calls for restraint and an end to the protests and the violence."The Community notes that the issues that have triggered these protests can only be resolved in an atmosphere of calm. In...
  • Vincentian and Jamaican Athletes take CARICOM 10K Titles

    07 July 2018 / 792

    Vincentian Athlete Linda McDowald copped her 2nd title in the women’s leg of the annual CARICOM 10K Race in Montego Bay, Jamaica on Saturday with a winning time of 39 mins 50 secs.  This was slightly slower than the 37:57 run for her first title in 2016 in Guyana.Second place in Saturday’s race went to Grenadian Kenisha Pascal who crossed the finish line in 40:21 while 3rd place went to Carlie Pipe of Barbados in 46:12.Jamaica took the top two places in the men’s leg...
  • CARICOM Heads meet Chilean President on cooperation matters

    06 July 2018 / 1156

    CARICOM Heads of Governments on Friday met with President of Chile His Excellency Sebastian Pinera Echenique as the two sides look to further strengthen cooperation.  The President was a Special Guest at the 39th Regular CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting in Montego Bay, Jamaica, which ends Friday.CARICOM-Chile relations were formalised in 1996 with the signing of an Agreement on Scientific and Technical Cooperation that paved the way for cooperation in agriculture, health and...
  • Jamaica’s Prime Minister signs CARICOM Agreements on cooperation in Education and Security

    06 July 2018 / 908

    Jamaica’s Prime Minister Mr Andrew Holness on Friday signed three Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Agreements during the 39th Regular Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government in Montego Bay, Jamaica.The agreements signed were the:Protocol Amending the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas to incorporate the Council for National Security and Law Enforcement as an organ of the Community and the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) as an Institution of the Community.The...
  • Place STEM, ICT at heart of ‘what we want to accomplish’ – PM Mitchell

    06 July 2018 / 692

    Information and Communication Technology (ICT) must be at the heart of the goals of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) instead of being viewed as peripheral or simply a subject to be added to the education curriculum.This is according to Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, Lead Head of Government on Science and Technology in the CARICOM Quasi Cabinet.At the opening of the Thirty-Ninth CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting in Montego Bay, Jamaica, on Wednesday,...
  • Exploit efficiencies to deliver benefits for the people of CARICOM and to remain relevant

    06 July 2018 Reference Number: 110/2018 / 939

    CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     Exploiting efficiencies and opportunities to deliver benefits to the people, was the central chord of Barbados’ Prime Minister, Hon. Mia Mottley’s address to the opening of the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government in Montego Bay, Jamaica, on 4 July.The Prime Minister reminded the gathering, which included Heads of State and Government of all fifteen Member States and four...
  • Germany offers Region Climate Resilience and Energy project

    06 July 2018 / 862

    CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and Germany’s Ambassador to CARICOM HE Mr Holger Michael on Wednesday exchanged notes for a project to build Climate Resilience and Sustainable Energy in the Region.The project, to be financed by the Government of Germany in the amount of 2.3 million Euros, represents a further step in the country’s support to the Region in areas of mutual interest.In March, the then newly accredited Ambassador signed an agreement totalling 25,...
  • What unites us is stronger than what could isolate and divide us - Outgoing Chairman tells 39th CARICOM Summit

    05 July 2018 / 994

        (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)    Each country working alone would not get the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) where it needs to be, outgoing Chairman, H.E Jovenel Moïse, President of Haiti, warned his colleagues last evening in Montego Bay, Jamaica.Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 39th Meeting of the Conference of CARICOM Heads of Government, President Moïse said a strengthened CARICOM could...
  • We must do more and do it more quickly - SG urged CARICOM Heads on CSME

    05 July 2018 / 1137

     (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     As the CARICOM Single Market and Economy returns to Jamaica, its place of induction, for a review, the CARICOM Secretary-General said while much has been accomplished under its regimes, the Region has not achieved as much as it should have by now. The humbugs, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque posited ,were that “major policy decisions and adoption of legal instruments take much too long to be...
  • CARICOM must reposition to respond to new normal – PM Mitchell

    05 July 2018 / 892

    Crafting a strategy to reposition itself to respond to the “new normal” was one of the key tasks of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Hon Keith Mitchell said Wednesday.Placing the Community at the “centre of global changes”, the Prime Minister pointed to economic, social and political inequality, climate change and vulnerability that were having deleterious impacts on Member States.Prime Minister Mitchell was one of six speakers at...
  • Packed week of events around CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting

    03 July 2018 / 1182

    The Thirty-Ninth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will take place at the Convention Centre, Montego Bay, Jamaica on the 4 – 6 July 2018, under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Hon. Andrew Holness.An Opening Ceremony will be held on Wednesday 4 July from 4:00 pm (Jamaica time).  The Conference will welcome its newest Member, the Prime Minister of Barbados, Hon Mia Mottley, who was elected to office...
  • June, 2018


    CARICOM targets year’s end for regional biodiversity strategy

    28 June 2018 / 712

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat has resolved to present to the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) by year’s end, a CARICOM Biodiversity Strategy (CBS) that will guide the protection and sustainable use the Community’s natural resources.This effort, according to Assistant Secretary-General of the Directorate of Human and Social Development, Dr Douglas Slater, is...
  • PANCAP AIMS TO INCREASE MIGRANTS AND MOBILE POPULATIONS ACCESS TO HIV PREVENTION, CARE AND SUPPORT   REGIONAL FORUM WITH EXPERTS TO DEVELOP FRAMEWORK FOR STRENGTHENING INCLUSION OF MIGRANT POPULATIONS IN REGIONAL AND NATIONAL HIV RESPONSES

    27 June 2018 Reference Number: 103/2018 / 736

      (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)   The Pan-Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), the mechanism that provides a structured and unified approach to the Caribbean’s response to the HIV epidemic, will convene a Regional Forum for the Development of a Regional Rights-Based Framework to increase access of Migrants and Mobile Populations to HIV prevention, care, support and treatment.  The forum will be...
  • CARICOM continues implementation of a harmonised Results-Based Management (RBM) System with visit to The Bahamas

    25 June 2018 / 1068

    The Bahamas is this week benefitting from the regional series of sensitization seminars on the CARICOM Results-Based Management ((RBM) System.  A team from the CARICOM Secretariat, led by Director, Strategic Management Unit, Mr Craig Beresford, is in Nassau conducting the exercise. The RBM System, which promotes a more results-focused approach to programme and project management, is targeting a wide cross section of stakeholders including parliamentarians, Permanent Secretaries,...
  • CARICOM Secretary-General briefs new Barbados Prime Minister

    22 June 2018 / 1051

    CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on Friday met with new Barbados Prime Minister Ms Mia Mottley.The Secretary-General, as is customary, updated the new Prime Minister on developments in the regional integration movement, including the CARICOM Single Market and Economy for which the Barbadian Leader has responsibility in the CARICOM Quasi-Cabinet.Prime Minister Mottley led her Barbados Labour Party to office in the country's May 24 General Elections.The Prime...
  • CARICOM Advisory Group on Statistics meets in Georgetown

    20 June 2018 / 833

    The Twenty-Second Regional Workshop of the CARICOM Advisory Group on Statistics began at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, on Monday, 18 June, 2018.The main objectives of the workshop are strengthening capacity in order to enable the collection of administrative data on Gender Based Violence (GBV) which includes both intra-family and domestic violence; identify issues and concerns around GBV so as to inform data collection and disaggregation; and developing a...
  • CARICOM targets year-end for regional biodiversity strategy

    18 June 2018 / 1051

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat has resolved to present to the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) by the end of the year, a CARICOM Biodiversity Strategy (CBS). The Strategy will guide the protection and sustainable use the Community’s natural resources.This effort, according to CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General, Directorate of Human and Social Development, Dr. Douglas Slater, is collective and timely to accelerate progress in achieving regional...
  • Disabilities Project, Trade, key areas of cooperation between CARICOM, Cuba

    14 June 2018 / 1054

    CARICOM and Cuba committed to further strengthening their relations during a meeting at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana on Wednesday at which matters related to a joint Disabilities Project,  the extension of Art programmes at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Jamaica, and trade were discussed.CARICOM Assistant Secretary General, Human and Social Development  Dr. Douglas Slater, and Vice Minister of the Republic of Cuba, the Hon....
  • CARICOM SECRETARY-GENERAL ATTENDS UN FORUM ON INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND SECURITY

    14 June 2018 / 1102

    On the invitation of United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque attended a High-level Interactive Dialogue with other Heads of Regional and other Organisations on 12-13 June 2018 in New York. The Dialogue was  aimed at strengthening strategic and operational cooperation in the area of international peace and security.Discussions were structured in three thematic sessions, exploring issues related to i) transnational and...
  • CSME necessary; Consultation raises concerns over architecture

    12 June 2018 / 1110

    Stakeholders at the just-concluded Stakeholder consultation on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) agree that there is value in, and benefits to be derived from the CSME.The common thread of the two-day Consultation held in Georgetown, Guyana, was that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) needed the CSME which seeks to create a single, enlarged, economic space by removing restrictions resulting in the free movement of goods, services, people, capital and technology. The Single...
  • Communications Strategy being formulated for Sustainable Energy in CARICOM

    12 June 2018 / 1191

    The Energy Unit of the CARICOM Secretariat has launched an initiative to formulate a Region-wide communications strategy for sustainable energy. The purpose of the strategy will be to create and increase awareness of challenges and opportunities in the energy sector; to facilitate behavioural change at all levels; to encourage innovation; and to facilitate the transition to new energy systems.Over the coming weeks, an Advisory Group facilitated by the CARICOM Secretariat will conduct research...
  • PANCAP aims to enhance HIV prevention, care, treatment and support with Knowledge Exchange Event

    11 June 2018 / 1060

    MULTI-DISCIPLINARY TEAM FROM JAMAICA, SURINAME AND THE REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO EXPOSED TO DOMINICAN REPUBLIC'S SUCCESSFUL MODEL OF CAREMonday, 11 June 2018 (PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat): The Pan-Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), the mechanism that provides a structured and unified approach to the Caribbean’s response to the HIV epidemic, collaborated with the Integral Orientation and Research Center/ Centro de Orientación e...
  • New Ambassador of Belize to CARICOM accredited

    09 June 2018 / 1034

    New Ambassador of Belize to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Mr Lawrence Sylvester presented his Credentials to Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on Friday 8 June 2018, in  Georgetown, Guyana.
  • Stakeholders zero in on implementation as CSME Consultation gets underway

    08 June 2018 / 1054

    Is the architecture on which the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) was built appropriate today? Is the CSME overly ambitious? Is there political will and courage to continue the progress on the CSME? Why is there a deficit in the implementation of decisions?Is the Region taking account of the global context? Are we ready for the changes that are coming? Is the capacity of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States adequate to put in place the infrastructure necessary for the CSME?...
  • STATEMENT BY THE SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY (CARICOM) AMBASSADOR IRWIN LAROCQUE   ON THE OCCASION OF WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY, 5 JUNE 2018 AND WORLD OCEANS DAY, 8 JUNE 2018

    08 June 2018 / 922

    It gives me pleasure to bring greetings as the International Community marks World Environment Day on 5 June and World Oceans Day on 8 June.  This year finds both celebrations having synergistic themes namely “Beat Plastic Pollution” (World Environment Day) and “Preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean” (World Oceans Day).  2018 also marks the celebration of the Third International Year of the Reef (IYOR).  It is therefore...
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves and Former Prime Minister of Jamaica Mr. Bruce Golding to attend Regional Consultation on the CSME

    07 June 2018 / 1172

    Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Dr. Hon. Ralph Gonsalves and former Prime Minister of Jamaica, Mr. Bruce Golding are scheduled to participate in the regional stakeholder consultation on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). The activity takes place in Guyana 8-9 June 2018 at the Ramada Princess Hotel and is being hosted by Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque.Former Jamaica Prime Minister Bruce Golding  Both Prime...