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  • December, 2018


    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 / 4

    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 / 6

    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 / 10

    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 / 14

    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 / 10

    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 / 28

    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 / 44

    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 / 68

    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 / 73

    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 / 74

    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 / 64

    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 / 72

    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 / 80

    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 / 88

    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 / 84

    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 / 180

    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 / 206

    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 / 210

     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 / 210

    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 / 150

    (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 / 226

    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 / 228

    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 / 248

     (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 / 276

    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 / 382

    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 / 387

    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 / 498

    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 / 506

    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 / 600

      (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 / 550

    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 / 532

    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 / 558

    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 / 532

    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 / 601

    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 / 562

    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 / 579

    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 / 550

     (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 / 522

    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 / 624

    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 / 595

    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 / 558

    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 / 770

    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 / 598

    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 / 854

    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 / 690

    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 / 508

    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 / 699

    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 / 650

    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 / 740

        (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 / 875

     (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 / 678

    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 / 876

    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 / 524

    (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 / 558

      (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 / 858

    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 / 802

    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 / 662

    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 / 817

    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 / 830

    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 / 858

    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 / 870

    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 / 893

    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 / 830

    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 / 798

    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 / 836

    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 / 720

    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 / 918

    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...
  • Regional Stakeholders Consultation to Look at Making the CSME More Effective

    07 June 2018 / 892

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque is hosting on behalf of the lead Head of Government for the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), a Stakeholders consultation on the CSME on 8-9 June 2018 in Guyana. State and non-State stakeholders will examine the CSME and its implementation as currently configured and identify what is necessary to make it more effective and used. The findings and recommendations from the Consultation are intended to be...
  • The Hurricane Season is here

    01 June 2018 / 856

    Friday 1 June, marks the official start of the 2018 hurricane season.Forecasters are predicting an average season with about 13 named storms, six of which will become hurricanes and two major hurricanes.The 2017 season will be remembered for major Hurricanes Irma and Maria – two Category Five storms which battered the Caribbean within one week during the months of September.  The ferocity of these mega storms brought devastation to a number of CARICOM Member States. In Dominica,...
  • May, 2018


    Guyana lauded for fostering Caribbean unity on its 52nd Independence Anniversary

    25 May 2018 / 816

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has congratulated Guyana on its 52nd Anniversary of Independence, praising its role ‘at the forefront of all initiatives fostering Caribbean unity’.Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, in a congratulatory message to Guyana’s President HE David Granger, also noted that the country’s five decades of self rule has seen it advance socially, economically and in other spheres.“Guyana has made major global contributions...
  • Secretary-General looks forward to welcoming PM Mottley to next CARICOM Heads Meeting

    25 May 2018 / 823

    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....
  • CARICOM continues implementation of a harmonised Results-Based Management (RBM) System with visit to Haiti

    23 May 2018 / 958

    Sensitisation seminars on the CARICOM Results-Based Management (RBM) System moved to Haiti on Wednesday following visits to other Member States.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, International Development Partners, Regional Institutions, Directors and Corporate Planners, the Private Sector, Non-Governmental Organisations and the...
  • SG URGES LITHUANIA TO ADVOCATE FOR CARICOM

    23 May 2018 / 826

    Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque urged Lithuania to advocate on behalf of CARICOM in fora where the Region had no voice.The Secretary-General on Wednesday accepted the credentials of Lithuania’s new representative to CARICOM Ambassador Audra Plepytė, at the Secretariat’s Georgetown Headquarters.In noting the country’s accession to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and its membership in...
  • International Day of Biological Diversity – Statement by CARICOM Secretary-General

    22 May 2018 / 814

    The year 2018 marks 25 years since the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) entered into force on 29 December 1993 after the 30th ratification.  It is significant that five CARICOM Member States ratified the Convention (Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados and Saint Kitts and Nevis) or acceded to it (Saint Lucia) to bring about this significant outcome.  From 28 November to 9 December 1994, the first Conference of Parties to the CBD (COP1) was held in Nassau, Bahamas, an...
  • Second Regional Meeting of Youth Leaders on Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV and AIDS

    21 May 2018 / 918

    YOUTHS CHALLENGED TO ADVOCATE FOR CHANGES TO DISSONANCE BETWEEN THE AGE OF CONSENT FOR SEX AND THE AGE FOR INDEPENDENT ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE AT OPENING OF SECOND REGIONAL YOUTH MEETING   COMPREHENSIVE SEXUALITY EDUCATION IN ALL SCHOOLS AND GENDER INCLUSIVE LAWS ALSO FORM KEY ASPECTS OF THE DISCUSSION     Friday, 18 May 2018 (PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat): The Pan-Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), the mechanism that...
  • CARICOM shares Cuba’s grief over tragic plane crash

    18 May 2018 / 908

    CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on Friday sent a message of condolence to the President of Cuba  His Excellency Miguel Díaz Canel in the wake of today’s tragic plane crash in Havana.The Secretary-General’s message reads:“The Caribbean Community expresses its condolences and its solidarity with the Government and People of the Republic of Cuba following the tragic crash of a plane carrying some 100 passengers shortly after takeoff from the...
  • CARICOM Secretary-General receives Indonesia’s Foreign Minister

    18 May 2018 / 910

    Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Her Excellency Madam Rento L.P. Marsudi paid a courtesy call on Secretary-General  Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on Friday.The Minister was accompanied by a number of Foreign Ministry officials. Indonesia accredited its first Ambassador to CARICOM, HE Drs. Dominicus Supratikto, on 2 May 2018.The Ambassador noted at the time that the forming of official links allowed for more engagement between the two parties and this latest...
  • Ministers responsible for CARICOM Affairs meet in Georgetown

    18 May 2018 / 864

    Ministers responsibly for #CARICOM Affairs in Member States are meeting in Guyana today.This forty-second Meeting of the Community Council - CARICOM's 2nd highest organ - is deliberating on matters which will go before Heads of Government at their 4-6 July meeting in Montego Bay #Jamaica.The meeting is being chaired by HE Mr Antonio Rodrigue, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship, Haiti.
  • CARICOM Secretary-General meets with World Bank Regional Director

    17 May 2018 / 926

    On Thursday 17 May 2018, CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque met with Ms. Tasheen Sayed, the World Bank's Regional Director for the Caribbean. Ms. Sayed was accompanied by Mr. Zafer Mustafaoglu, Practice Manager, Finance and Competitiveness for the Caribbean Region.Accompanying SG LaRocque from the CARICOM Secretariat were: (from 3rd left) Chef de Cabinet, Office of the Secretary-General, Ms. Charmaine Atkinson-Jordan; Ms. Evelyn Wayne, Director, Economic Policy and...
  • Statement by the Caribbean Community on the Palestine Israel Conflict

    16 May 2018 / 832

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) condemns the use of force by the Israel Defence Force firing on largely unarmed Palestinians protesting along the Gaza-Israel border. The Community has followed with increasing alarm the mounting toll of fatalities and injured among the demonstrators.On Monday 14 May, some sixty protesters, mostly young men and boys, were said to have been killed and seventeen hundred wounded during the clashes.In the midst of these troubling developments, the Caribbean...
  • Hurricanes Irma and Maria a hint of what the future holds

    14 May 2018 / 898

    Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque warned that Hurricanes Irma and Maria which devastated many countries in the Region last year were “a hint at what the future holds”.Speaking at the opening of a meeting with the Heads of Institutions of the Community at the Marriott Hotel, Georgetown, Guyana on Monday, the Secretary-General noted that the long-term forecasts for climatic activity in the Region were even “more foreboding as the...
  • WTO Members appoint Guyanese as new chair of Agriculture Talks

    11 May 2018 / 945

    Ambassador John Deep Ford of Guyana has taken over as chair of the WTO farm trade talks. WTO members confirmed his appointment at a meeting of the Committee on Agriculture in Special Session on 9 April. In addition to the ongoing negotiations on agricultural reform, Ambassador Ford will also facilitate the negotiations on cotton.Ambassador Ford replaces Kenya’s Ambassador Stephen Ndung’u Karau. He thanked his predecessor for investing enormous energy and wisdom in guiding members...
  • Implementation of HRD Strategy will address issues articulated by youth, parents, community

    03 May 2018 Reference Number: 63/2018 / 980

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     Chairman of the Council on Human and Social Development (COHSOD) and Minister of Education, Science and Culture of Suriname, the Hon. Lilian Ferrier, said that the implementation of the CARICOM Human Resource Development Strategy will focus on issues that have been raised by youth, parents and communities of the Region in a 2010 Report of the Commission on Youth Development. She was giving an...
  • CARICOM SG congratulates new Cuban President

    03 May 2018 / 908

    Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has congratulated new President of the Republic of Cuba, His Excellency Miguel Díaz Canel, on his assumption of office on April 19.Secretary-General LaRocque said Mr. Canel’s concurrent responsibilities as President of the Cuban Council of State and Council of Ministers attest to the confidence placed in his leadership abilities.He assured the new Cuban President of the “great value”...
  • CARICOM and Commonwealth Secretariats sign cooperation agreement

    03 May 2018 / 992

    The CARICOM and Commonwealth Secretariats signed a new Memorandum of Understanding to further strengthen cooperation between the two Organisations, at a ceremony at the Pegasus in Georgetown, Guyana, Thursday.CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and Commonwealth Secretary-General Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland signed the MOU, which will facilitate joint implementation of programmes and projects while harnessing the experience and resources of the two Organisations.  It will...
  • HRD Strategy: another step in evolution of development of regional capital – CARICOM SG

    03 May 2018 / 1044

    Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, has described the Human Resource Development (HRD) Strategy as another step in the evolution of the development of human capital in the Region.The Secretary-General was speaking at the opening ceremony of the Council for Human and Social Development COHSOD. The ceremony was held at the Theatre Guild Playhouse in Guyana on Wednesday and included a Thought Forum which focused on the theme...
  • April, 2018


    Statement by CARICOM

    28 April 2018 / 1044

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) recognises that global security and financial crime are increasingly intertwined and therefore supports the work of the FATF and its regional bodies in developing international AML/CFT standards to combat money laundering and terrorist financing.  Within the Community, our Member States and Associate Members have expended considerable resources towards achieving compliance with AML/CFT standards. Countries in the region have also supported global...
  • CARICOM SG briefed by his Commonwealth counterpart ahead of Summit

    17 April 2018 / 1046

    Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque was this morning briefed by Commonwealth Secretary-General Baroness Patricia Scotland on the issues before this week's Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 (CHOGM 2018).A number of CARICOM Member States are part of the community of 53 nations which are participating in the CHOGM,  being held under the theme "Towards a Common Future".The Meeting will have among its areas of focus, building...
  • Great benefit in strengthened regional relations – CARIFORUM DG, EU Ambassador

    12 April 2018 / 1245

    A Regional Consultation on effective platforms for Wider Caribbean Dialogue being hosted by the CARIFORUM Directorate has been described as a timely initiative by the CARIFORUM Director General, Mr. Percival Marie, and the Ambassador of the European Union Delegation in Barbados, Her Excellency Daniela Tramacere. They were speaking at the opening of the consultation which is being held at the Radisson Aquatic Resort in Barbados, 11-12 April, 2018.According to Mr. Marie, the consultation was...
  • CARICOM Secretary-General addresses Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers Association’s AGM

    11 April 2018 / 1114

    Thank you for the invitation to address your Annual General Meeting this morning.  I always welcome the opportunity to interact with the private sector in our Community, since you are an important stakeholder in our integration arrangements.   The fact that this Association has been serving its members continuously for 62 years is testimony to its value.  It has also become an important private sector voice in the national and regional conversation. As...
  • CARIFORUM to host Regional Consultation on effective platforms for Wider Caribbean Dialogue in Barbados this week

    10 April 2018 / 1260

    The Caribbean Forum of the Group of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States (CARIFORUM) will host a consultation to assess the development of a Framework for an effective platform for structured and continuous dialogue between CARIFORUM and the French Caribbean Outermost Regions (FCORs) and British and Dutch Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs).  The consultation will be held at the Radisson Barbados, April 11-12, 2018. According to Director General of CARIFORUM, Mr....
  • Dialogue on Faith Leaders’ role in ending AIDS continues with consultation in Guyana

    09 April 2018 / 1066

    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, hosted the Guyana Chapter of the Faith Leaders Consultation at the CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Georgetown Guyana. The forum was held less than a month before the Joint Regional Dialogue with Faith Leaders, Parliamentarians, Civil Society Leaders, National AIDS Programme Managers and Youth Leaders which is...
  • National Drug Observatories critical to the fight against drugs in CARICOM

    05 April 2018 / 1039

    The critical importance of Drug Observatories (DOs) was underscored at the Opening of the Regional Seminar for Drug Observatories in the Caribbean on 4 April 2018, in Georgetown, Guyana. The importance of international cooperation and synergies in the fight against illicit drugs was emphasized also to the gathering mainly of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) practitioners, policy makers and researchers in the field.Beverly Reynolds, Coordinator for Health and Human Development, CARICOM...
  • Clinton Global Action Network on post-disaster recovery launched with CARICOM participation

    03 April 2018 / 1076

    Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque were among high profile participants at the formal launch of the Clinton Global Initiative Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery, at the University of Miami, Tuesday.The Action Network, being spearheaded by former US President Bill Clinton, brought together leaders from government, business and civil society to develop solutions to meet the immediate and long term hurricane recovery...
  • CARICOM participating in launch of Action Network for Post-Disaster Recovery

    03 April 2018 / 1022

    Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque are among high profile participants at the formal launch of the Clinton Global Initiative Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery, at the University of Miami, Tuesday.The Action Network, being spearheaded by former US President Bill Clinton, has brought together leaders from government, business and civil society to develop solutions to meet the immediate and long term hurricane recovery...
  • March, 2018


    Slovenia, CARICOM forging closer relations

    23 March 2018 / 1085

    The Republic of Slovenia and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are moving to further deepen relations.New Ambassador of Slovenia to CARICOM, His Excellency Stanislav Vidovič, in a ceremony for the presentation of his credentials to Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Wednesday, pointed to several areas for closer cooperation including sustainable development, environmental issues, climate change and economic integration.He said as a member of the European Union,...
  • Preliminary Statement - CARICOM Election Observation Mission, Antigua/Barbuda

    22 March 2018 / 1130

    The CARICOM Election Observation Mission to Antigua/Barbuda’s 21 March General Elections has said while there are issues related to the electoral process, for which it will make recommendations, the results reflect the will of the voters.The incumbent Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) of Prime Minister Hon Gaston Browne was reelected with 15 of the 17 seats at stake, with one seat each going to the main opposition United Progressive Party (UPP) and the Barbuda People’s...
  • Southern African grouping observes CARICOM’s operations

    16 March 2018 / 1052

    A team from the Southern African Customs Union (SACU), led by Ms. Paulina Elago, its Executive Secretary, is the latest from an integration grouping to look at the operations of the Caribbean Community and its Secretariat.The delegation which includes Ms. Ndibo Oitsile Chief Legal Officer, Mr. Abed Iyambo, Senior Office Manager and Mr. Donald Ndwandwe Deputy Director Revenue Management paid a courtesy call on Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on Thursday. The team has been meeting...
  • Observing International Women’s Day 2018 at the CARICOM Secretariat

    15 March 2018 / 1100

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat joined the world in observing International Women’s Day last Thursday. A Forum under the theme Gender Equality: A Pre requisite for Progress was organised by the Human and Social Development  (HSD) Directorate of the Secretariat and the Secretariat’s Staff Association at the Georgetown-based headquarters.In remarks at the Forum, Mr. Timothy Odle, President of the Staff Association pointed out that 66%...