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  • April, 2018


    CARICOM SG briefed by his Commonwealth counterpart ahead of Summit

    17 April 2018 / 42

    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 / 54

    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 / 54

    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 / 66

    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 / 56

    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 / 54

    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 / 80

    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 / 66

    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 / 105

    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 / 132

    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 / 142

    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 / 150

    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%...
  • CARICOM to get German support for Marine Protection

    14 March 2018 / 176

    Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and Germany’s new Ambassador to (CARICOM) His Excellency Holger Michael signed an agreement totalling 25,700,000 euros on Monday for a Sustainable Financing Mechanism for Marine Protection in the Region.Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and Ambassador Holger Michael signed Financing AgreementAmbassador LaRocque had minutes earlier at the Secretariat’s Georgetown, Guyana headquarters...
  • CARICOM election mission to Grenada conducts initial assessments

    12 March 2018 / 166

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Election Observer Mission (CEOM) has conducted initial assessments and has met with key stakeholders as the March 13 General Elections in Grenada draws near.The CEOM, led by Chief of Mission Ms Pauline Welsh, Director of Legal Affairs, Development and Research, Electoral Office of Jamaica,   met with the Supervisor of Elections, the Commissioner of Police as well as the Conference of Churches, the Chamber of Commerce, the Council for...
  • ‘There is still work to be done’ – PANCAP Director in International Women’s Day message

    08 March 2018 / 184

       Message from the Director of PANCAP, Mr. Dereck Springer, on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2018 Thursday 8 March Theme: “Press for Progress”The observance of International Women’s Day is more significant than ever in 2018.  From well-organised marches to workshops and events in our region, women continue to make their fight for equality in health, economics, politics among others a very relevant part of our daily...
  • Message from Ambassador Irwin LaRocque Secretary-General, Caribbean Community on the occasion of International Women’s Day 8 March 2018

    07 March 2018 / 196

    It is a distinct honour and pleasure for me to celebrate our women and girls across the Caribbean Community on the occasion of the 107th Anniversary of International Women’s Day.  International Women’s Day affords us the opportunity to reflect on gender equality and the advancement of women and to continue to #PressForProgress as this year’s theme and call to action suggests.This year’s celebration is being observed in the wider context of significant global...
  • February, 2018


    Confront climate change challenges from position of strength, together - CARICOM Chairman

    27 February 2018 Reference Number: 23/2018 / 313

    With climate change at the centre of discussions among Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government, President of Haiti, His Excellency Jovenel Moise wants the Region to confront the challenges together, from a position of strength.He also wants a new mechanism for disaster risk funding that would assist affected Member States to quickly recover and reconstruct. The thinking behind the call for a new mechanism was to ensure that funds for reconstruction are chanelled through...
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines signs new Multilateral Air Services Agreement

    27 February 2018 / 244

    St. Vincent and the Grenadines signed on to the new CARICOM Multilateral Air Services Agreement (MASA) during the 29th Inter-Sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government at the Marriot Hotel Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday.The Agreement expands the scope for airlines owned by CARICOM nationals to provide air services throughout the Community. It allows for no restriction on routes, capacity or traffic rights and should facilitate increased intra-regional travel and provide more cargo...
  • CARICOM needs very concessional financing for climate resilience - Secretary-General LaRocque says

    27 February 2018 Reference Number: 21/2018 / 296

      The Caribbean Community’s goal of creating a climate resilient region requires significant grant funding and very concessional financing, CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said Monday. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 29th Inter-sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government at the Marriot Port-au-Prince Hotel in Haiti, he said “without access to such financing, already high debt levels across the Region would be...
  • Barbados Prime Minister signs Agreements at CARICOM Inter-Sessional

    27 February 2018 / 340

    Barbados Prime Minister Rt Hon Freundel Stuart signed the CARICOM Arrest Warrant Treaty and the Revised Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), during the second day of the 29th Inter-Sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government, at the Marriott Hotel, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday.The CARICOM Arrest Warrant Treaty, already signed by some other CARICOM Member Countries, simplifies the procedure of returning fugitives to the country where charges have been laid....
  • TWENTY-NINTH CARICOM INTER-SESSIONAL MEETING – OFFICIAL PHOTO

    26 February 2018 / 338

    The Twenty-ninth Inter-Sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government began Monday 26, and will continue Tuesday 27 February, at the Marriott Hotel, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.Here is the Official Photo of the Heads of Government and Heads of Delegation in attendance.(From left) Dr Hon. Kedrick Pickering, Deputy Premier, BVI ; Ambassador Colin Murdoch, Antigua and Barbuda; Hon. Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney-General, Belize; Hon. Carl Greenidge, 2nd Vice-President and Minister of Foreign...
  • Crime and Violence a heavy toll on (CARICOM) society – CARICOM SG

    26 February 2018 Reference Number: 20/2018 / 346

    Amb. Irwin LaRocque, Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), called on CARICOM to counteract the threat of crime and violence, when he addressed the opening of the   29th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government, earlier today in Port of Prince, Haiti.   “As we pool our resources and strategise to combat the damaging effects of climate change, we need to do so as well to counteract another threat to our societies…. I refer to...
  • Youths from disadvantaged background sing to CARICOM Heads in Haiti

    26 February 2018 / 238

    Students from the Institut National ele Musique d’Haiti – an institute in Central Haiti which uses cultural artforms in social intervention for the youth - were given the opportunity to perform for CARICOM Heads of Government and other delegates at the Opening of the twenty-ninth Inter-Sessional Meeting on Monday.The students performed a welcome song for the Heads, then the National Anthem of the Republic of Haiti and the CARICOM Song – Celebrating CARICOM.The Institute,...
  • Opening Session - 29th CARICOM Inter-Sessional on Monday morning

    25 February 2018 / 320

    CARICOM Chairman, President Jovenel Moise of Haiti, will address the Opening Session of the 29th Inter-sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government at the Marriott Hotel, Port-au-Prince, on Monday 26 February at 9:00 a.m. (10:00 a.m. ECT).Immediate-past Chairman, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell of Grenada and CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque will also deliver remarks.Heads will then deliberate on a range of pressing issues for the Caribbean Community, including...
  • Haiti gearing up to host CARICOM Heads

    24 February 2018 / 308

    Haiti is stepping up preparations to host the 29th Inter-Sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government on the 26 – 27 February.The organising Committee has posted welcoming banners at the airport and the Marriott Hotel in Port-au-Prince where the meeting will be held.  The Ministery of Trade on Friday evening also hosted a well attended private sector Forum to discussion opportunities and challenges for Haiti’s business relations with the rest of CARICOM.The 29th...
  • Haiti to discuss Challenges and Opportunities in CARICOM

    23 February 2018 / 308

    As Haiti gears up to host its fellow CARICOM member countries for the 29th Inter-Sessional Meeting on the 26 -27 February, the country’s Ministry of Trade will stage a Public Forum on Friday to discuss “Integration of Haiti in CARICOM: Challenges and Opportunities”.The Forum, to be attended by a wide cross section of the Haitian society, will address a number of trade and integration matters, including trade requirements, the demand in the Caribbean market for goods and...
  • Building a climate-resilient Community among matters for CARICOM 29th Inter-Sessional Meeting

    22 February 2018 / 360

    The Caribbean Community’s push to build a more climate-resilient Community following the devastating 2017 hurricane season is among matters for deliberation by CARICOM Heads of Government at their Twenty-ninth Inter-Sessional Meeting in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 26 – 27 February 2018.Irma and Maria, two back-to-back Category Five hurricanes, swept across the Caribbean in September, cutting a swathe of destruction, taking lives, devastating infrastructure and rolling back years of...
  • CARICOM SG commends Grenada’s unwavering commitment to integration

    07 February 2018 / 398

    As Grenada celebrates its Forty-Fourth Anniversary as an independent nation on Wednesday, 7 February, 2018, CARICOM Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque is commending its unwavering commitment to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).In a congratulatory message to the Prime Minister of Grenada, the Honourable Keith Mitchell, the Secretary-General lauded the commitment and leadership he demonstrated as Chairman of the Community during the past unprecedented hurricane season. He noted that Prime...
  • CARIFORUM States to build capacity to respond to drug problem:  Convenes Technical Meetings with National Stakeholders to discuss the 7th Round of the Multi-Lateral Evaluation Mechanism (MEM

    05 February 2018 Reference Number: 13/2018 / 402

    CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     Representatives of   the Forum of Caribbean States (CARIFORUM) will hold technical discussions on the Seventh Round of the Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism (MEM) process on 7 February 2017, in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  The one-day technical meeting will be followed by two days of intense training, 8 – 9 February, with senior policy-makers and technical staff from a number of line...
  • Key Population and Faith Leaders to engage in dialogue on Reducing Stigma and Discrimination at Caribbean Regional Consultation on the Right to Health and Well-being for all

    02 February 2018 / 348

    Friday, February 2 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, in collaboration with the Regional Consultative Steering Committee for the Implementation of Recommendations to end AIDS by 2030 will convene the Caribbean Regional Consultation of Key Populations and Religious Leaders on the Right to Health and...
  • CARICOM SG lauds Dominican heading PAHO for second term

    01 February 2018 / 354

    Dominican Dr Carissa Etienne was sworn in for a second term as Director of the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) on Thursday and was commended for the achievement by CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque.Delivering an address at the inauguration ceremony at PAHO Headquarters in Washington D.C   the CARICOM Secretary-General credited Dr. Etienne’s re-election to her achievements over her first five years in office.“Reward for good work is more hard...
  • January, 2018


    CARICOM, UN Environment discuss closer cooperation

    29 January 2018 / 392

    The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has expressed strong interest in strengthening its collaboration with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to improve environmental sustainability in the Region.Regional Director and Head of the UNEP Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, Mr. Leo Heileman, visited the CARICOM Secretariat on Wednesday, 24 January, during which he paid a courtesy call on CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque.He...
  • The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) embarks on the implementation of a harmonised Results-Based Management (RBM) System

    20 January 2018 / 448

    A series of sensitisation seminars on the CARICOM Results-Based Management (RBM) System, which promotes a more results-focused approach to programme and project management, will continue next Monday and Tuesday 22-23 January in Suriname. The  seminars, which began in Barbados 24-25 November last year, will continue throughout the year in other Member States.These sensitisation seminars will target a wide cross section of stakeholders including Parliamentarians, Permanent Secretaries,...
  • PANCAP hosts training to strengthen advocacy skills of Youth leaders

    19 January 2018 / 422

    (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, will host the PANCAP Training to Strengthen Advocacy Skills ofYouth Leaders, 19-20 January 2018 in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.   The intervention builds on the PANCAP Meeting of Youth Leaders held on April 21 - 22, 2017 in which youth leaders from...
  • Exploring SmartRoom Guyana – on the Journey to a Single Regional ICT Space

    18 January 2018 / 424

    With the vision of the Single Regional ICT space in mind, Staff at the CARICOM Secretariat on Thursday experienced a hands-on demonstration of SmartRoom Guyana, at Guyana’s National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD).SmartRooms are the beginning of smart cities which have been cited as one of the desired outcomes of the Single ICT space, for which CARICOM Heads approved a roadmap last year. SmartRooms are becoming central to development agenda across the world and now...
  • “EU’s assistance crucial… to sustainable development”  CARICOM/CARIFORUM SG

    18 January 2018 / 490

    CARICOM and CARIFORUM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, in his remarks at the launch of the Tenth EDF CARIFORUM Crime and Security Programme, on 17 January 2017, in Barbados, pointed to the “strength of cooperation” between the European Union (EU) and the Caribbean.Calling the EU a “long standing and staunch partner” in the Region’s thrust to attain sustainable development, Ambassador LaRocque said “its [EU] assistance has been...
  • CARICOM and Georgia look to strengthen ties – new Georgian Ambassador accredited

    17 January 2018 / 476

    The Republic of Georgia's new Ambassador to CARICOM HE David Solomonia on Wednesday presented his credentials to CARICOM's Deputy Secretary-General Ambassador Manorma Soeknandan at the Secretariat's Headquarters in Georgetown, Guyana.The Deputy Secretary-General noted that CARICOM is in the process of finalising a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation with Georgia, the purpose of which is to strengthen political, commercial, economic, environmental, technological,...
  • CARICOM and Georgia look to strengthen ties – new Georgian Ambassador accredited

    17 January 2018 / 128

    The Republic of Georgia’s new Ambassador to CARICOM HE David Solomonia on Wednesday presented his credentials to CARICOM’s Deputy Secretary-General Ambassador Manorma Soeknandan at the Secretariat’s Headquarters in Georgetown, Guyana.The Deputy Secretary-General noted that CARICOM is in the process of finalising a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation with Georgia, the purpose of which is to strengthen political, commercial, economic, environmental,...
  • The Fight against crime and for security moves forward:  CARIFORUM to launch 10th EDF on Crime and Security

    16 January 2018 Reference Number: 04/2018 / 452

    Cooperation to beat back the scourge of crime and violence  in the Caribbean advances further with the launch of the 10th European Development Fund CARIFORUM Crime and Security Cooperation Programme, on 17 January 2018, in Barbados.The Caribbean is a critical and central route between drug producers and large scale consumers and violence and crime remain a pressing problem. The Caribbean Community Strategic Plan, indicates that Citizen Security remains a priority for the Community, and...
  • The Fight against crime and for security moves forward:  CARIFORUM to launch 10th EDF on Crime and Security

    16 January 2018 Reference Number: 04/2018 / 162

    Cooperation to beat back the scourge of crime and violence  in the Caribbean advances further with the launch of the 10th European Development Fund CARIFORUM Crime and Security Cooperation Programme, on 17 January 2018, in Barbados.The Caribbean is a critical and central route between drug producers and large scale consumers and violence and crime remain a pressing problem. The Caribbean Community Strategic Plan, indicates that Citizen Security remains a priority for the Community, and...
  • ENSLAVEMENT OF AFRICAN MIGRANTS IN LIBYA

    15 January 2018 / 434

    The Community Council of Ministers of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), at its first sitting of 2018, expressed concern at the reports of the dehumanizing situation of African migrants in Libya being auctioned into slavery by criminal elements.Ministers joined in solidarity with the statements made by African and European leaders at the 5th African Union-European Union Summit on 29-30 November 2017 calling for “an immediate end of these criminal practices” and with that of the...
  • CARICOM’s unity drives it to surmount challenges: SG

    15 January 2018 / 422

    The unified strength of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has enabled it to surmount challenges posed over 44 years of regional integration, CARICOM Secretary-General said Monday, urging the Community Council of Ministers to use those weapons to forge ahead.CARICOM’s second highest organ held its 41st meeting at the Georgetown, Guyana Headquarters on Monday 15 January to discuss the provisional list of items for the agenda of the 29th Inter-sessional Meeting of Heads of Government in...
  • STATEMENT BY THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY (CARICOM) ON COMMENT MADE BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    13 January 2018 / 600

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is deeply disturbed by reports about the use of derogatory and repulsive language by the President of the United States in respect of our Member State, Haiti, and other developing countries. CARICOM condemns in the strongest terms, the unenlightened views reportedly expressed. Of additional concern, is this pattern of denigrating Haiti and its citizens in what seems to be a concerted attempt to perpetuate a negative narrative of the country. We are...
  • Barbados, St Vincent and the Grenadines reaffirm commitment to CARICOM

    12 January 2018 / 482

    The governments of Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines have signalled their unequivocal commitment to integration as they assigned two new envoys to join the family of CARICOM Ambassadors on Friday 12 January.Her Excellency Veronica Griffith, Plenipotentiary Representative of Barbados to CARICOM and His Excellency Allan Alexander, Plenipotentiary Representative of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to CARICOM were accredited by CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque in a...
  • Two new Ambassadors to CARICOM accredited

    12 January 2018 / 564

    Developing the world’s first climate resilient countries is a key focus for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) for 2018 which promises to be a year of “rebuilding and growth,” CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said Friday 12 January.He was at the time accrediting new ambassadors of Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines to CARICOM at the Headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana.Her Excellency Veronica Griffith, Plenipotentiary...
  • Barbados, St Vincent and the Grenadines reaffirm commitment to CARICOM

    12 January 2018 / 462

    Her Excellency Veronica Griffith, Plenipotentiary Representative of Barbados to CARICOM and His Excellency Allan Alexander, Plenipotentiary Representative of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to CARICOM were accredited by CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque in a short ceremony at the Secretariat’s headquarters in Georgetown, Guyana.The new Barbados Ambassador said her government endorsed the words of Right Excellent Errol Barrow in his last speech to the CARICOM Heads of...
  • CARICOM Committee of Ambassadors holds Sixth Meeting

    12 January 2018 / 521

    The CARICOM Committee of Ambassadors is continuing its role of providing strategic guidance to connect national and regional agendas in the integration architecture.The Committee is today holding its Sixth Meeting at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana under the Chairmanship of Haiti’s Ambassador to CARICOM, HE Noel Peterson. Established in 2015 through an agreement by CARICOM Heads of Government at their 26th Intersessional Meeting in The Bahamas, the Committee,...
  • St. Kitts and Nevis receives support for hurricane recovery effort

    10 January 2018 / 534

    St. Kitts and Nevis’ post-hurricane recovery efforts were boosted on Monday, January 8, 2018 when the Government of the State of Qatar made a financial contribution to the Government of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.The financial donation of $300,000 was presented by Non-Resident Ambassador of the State of Qatar to St. Kitts and Nevis, His Excellency Khamis Al-Sahouti during a courtesy call with Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris at Government Headquarters.In...
  • CARICOM support for hurricane devastated island continues

    09 January 2018 / 431

    Following on from the successful staging of the CARICOM-UN High Level Pledging Conference at UN Headquarters in New York on 21 November 2017, the Steering Committee has continued to meet with renewed focus on translating pledges into concrete programmes and initiatives.The Steering Committee, comprising representatives of the CARICOM Secretariat, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Regional Institutions and CARICOM Member States including those devastated by hurricanes Irma and...
  • Happy 214th Haiti!

    01 January 2018 / 508

    Congratulatory Message to the President of Haiti HE Jovenel Moïse from CARICOM Chairman Ambassador Irwin LaRocque  to mark the country’s 214th Independence Anniversary, 1 January 2018.            "Excellency The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) extends warmest congratulations to the Government and People of the Republic of Haiti on the occasion of the Two Hundred and Fourteenth Anniversary of Independence.As a nation...
  • December, 2017


    CARICOM moving to create the World’s first Climate Resilient Region in the year ahead – Incoming Chairman

    31 December 2017 / 593

    NEW YEAR’S MESSAGE FROM INCOMING CHAIRMAN OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY HIS EXCELLENCY JOVENEL MOÏSE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF HAITI2018 dawns for the Caribbean Community, with the prospect of seizing an opportunity out of a crisis.  As we begin the rebuilding process after the devastating hurricanes of last September, as well Hurricane Matthew, which pounded the region on October 3-4 , 2016, we do so with the aim of creating the first climate resilient Region in the world....
  • CARICOM records noteworthy successes in 2017 despite challenges

    28 December 2017 / 690

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) The more than US$2B pledged at the CARICOM-UN Conference for long-term recovery for hurricane-affected countries and the establishment of the regional renewable energy center are among the successes CARICOM recorded for 2017 in spite of the year’s challenges.Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said in his End of Year Message that the Community was ending 2017 with several...
  • Devastation brought out generosity, spirit of togetherness – CARICOM Chairman

    28 December 2017 / 584

    END OF YEAR MESSAGEBY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITYDR. THE HONOURABLE KEITH MITCHELLPRIME MINISTER OF GRENADAThere is no doubt that 2017 has been a most eventful year for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).  We experienced a scale of multi-country devastation never before seen in the Region as two category five Hurricanes, Irma and Maria, raged through the Caribbean within two weeks.The Governments and people of our Community immediately responded to assist their...
  • A year that will have a lasting impact – CARICOM Secretary-General

    27 December 2017 / 542

    End  of  Year Messageby the Secretary-Generalo f theCaribbean Community (CARICOM)Ambassador Irwin LaRocque There is no doubt that the events of 2017 will have a lasting impact on our Community.  The ravaging effects of this year’s hurricane season will cast a long shadow over our Community for some time yet.Six of our Members and several of our Caribbean neighbours experienced the wrath of unprecedented back-to-back Category 5 Hurricanes Irma and Maria....
  • STATEMENT BY THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY (CARICOM) ON EU LIST OF NON-COOPERATIVE TAX JURISDICTIONS

    19 December 2017 / 508

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) strongly objects to the disappointing decision of the European Union to “blacklist” four CARICOM jurisdictions under the guise that they maintain harmful preferential tax regimes or have failed to comply with international standards for tax transparency and good governance.  This classification will significantly damage the reputation of these jurisdictions even if they are eventually removed from the list.  The classification perpetuates...
  • CARICOM voices strong objection to new EU blacklist

    15 December 2017 / 454

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) strongly objects to the recent labelling of some of its Member States by the European Union as Non-cooperative tax jurisdictions, CARICOM Secretary-General said Wednesday 12 December 2017.He was at the time accrediting a new Ambassador of France to CARICOM, H.E. Antoine Joly at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana.The Secretary-General urged France to leverage its influence for the EU to desist from “taking such arbitrary and punitive actions...
  • CARICOM calls for focused global attention on impact of climate change on small vulnerable states – WTO Ministerial Meeting

    12 December 2017 / 550

    This year, many small and vulnerable economies in the Caribbean, including some in CARICOM, notably Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, The Bahamas,  Haiti, British Virgin Islands (BVI), Anguilla, Turks and Caicos suffered massive devastation and absolute destruction of critical infrastructure from two unprecedented hurricanes, fueled by global warming and climate change.Colleague Ministers, many of these countries are faced with the herculean task of reconstructing their entire economies....
  • The Bahamas strengthens CARICOM ties with new Ambassador

    11 December 2017 / 603

    The Bahamas on Monday underscored the importance of maintaining strong relations within CARICOM with the accreditation of a new Ambassador. The Ceremony took place at the Headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana.Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, in accepting the credentials of H.E. Reuben Rahming, noted that The Bahamas has been a valued member of CARICOM, promoting the Region’s interests in tourism, for which the Prime...
  • CARICOM-Cuba Summit agrees to stronger development, trade and economic cooperation

    09 December 2017 / 640

    Stronger cooperation in disaster risk management and in climate change adaptation and mitigation is among the major decisions of the Sixth CARICOM-Cuba Summit, held in Antigua and Barbuda on Friday 8 December 2017.Strengthening ties on this very topical and critical issue for both sides was underlined by the signing of an MOU between the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the Cuban Civil Defence Agency at the Summit.The severe opportunity costs of natural disasters...
  • DECLARATION OF ST. MARY’S ON THE OCCASION OF THE SIXTH CARICOM-CUBA SUMMIT.  ST. MARY’S, ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA, 8 DECEMBER 2017

    09 December 2017 / 554

    We, the Heads of State and Government of the Caribbean Community and the Republic of Cuba, meeting in St. Mary’s, Antigua and Barbuda, on 8 December 2017, on the occasion of the Sixth CARICOM-Cuba Summit and in commemoration of the forty-fifth anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations among the independent states of CARICOM and Cuba and the fifteenth anniversary of CARICOM-Cuba Day.Proud of our shared Caribbean identity and the strong and high level of bilateral and political...
  • “A Strong and Meaningful Relationship” -  SG at CARICOM-Cuba Summit

    08 December 2017 / 544

    I welcome you all to the Sixth Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Caribbean Community and the Republic of Cuba.  I extend my special appreciation to Prime Minister Gaston Browne and the Government of Antigua and Barbuda for assuming the responsibility of hosting the Summit at such a challenging period of time.Indeed our Region is going through a challenging time with the effects of climate change as evidenced by the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which caused extensive...
  • CARICOM, Cuba Heads to meet in Antigua

    07 December 2017 Reference Number: 210/17 / 496

     (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)      Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Republic of Cuba will hold the Sixth CARICOM-Cuba Summit in Antigua and Barbuda on Friday 8 December.The Meeting will be co-chaired by the Chairman of CARICOM, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell of Grenada,  and the President of  Cuba, Raúl Castro.This Meeting marks 45 years of diplomatic relations between CARICOM...
  • Push for change at individual level towards energy efficiency

    05 December 2017 Reference Number: 208/17 / 444

      (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)      The role of individuals in energy conservation and efficiency across the Region was underscored on Monday during the launch of the Regional Building Energy Efficiency Programme (RBEEP) at the CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana.Influencing a difference in their outlook and the way that people utilise energy in their own spheres, is one of the key outcomes that the RBEEP hopes to...
  • Push for change at individual level towards energy efficiency

    05 December 2017 Reference Number: 208/17 / 208

      (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)      The role of individuals in energy conservation and efficiency across the Region was underscored on Monday during the launch of the Regional Building Energy Efficiency Programme (RBEEP) at the CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana.Influencing a difference in their outlook and the way that people utilise energy in their own spheres, is one of the key outcomes that the RBEEP hopes to...
  • Machine readable CARICOM Laissez Passer for CARICOM staff

    04 December 2017 / 624

    Last November, a specimen of the new machine readable CARICOM Laissez Passer was introduced to representatives attending the Special Meeting of Chiefs of Immigration and Comptrollers of Customs (CICC), in Trinidad and Tobago. Heads of Immigration within the Caribbean Community received the specimen and a formal folder explaining the features and other technical aspects.According to Deputy Secretary-General of the Community, Dr. Manorma Soeknandan, it was the first phase and there is still...
  • CARICOM launches regional Building Energy Efficiency Programme

    03 December 2017 / 585

     Ensuring energy efficiency at CARICOM Secretariat The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) ,on December 4, will launch a programme to improve the use of energy in buildings across the Region. The Regional Building Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP) will be launched at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana.The launch follows the introduction of BEEPs at the CARICOM Secretariat in December 2014, and at the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)...
  • November, 2017


    CARICOM SG and Haiti’s President hold talks

    30 November 2017 / 650

    CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque met on Thursday with Haiti's President H.E. Jovenel Moise at the President's Office in Port-au-Prince.President Moise assumes the Chairmanship of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) from 1 January 2018 and the Secretary-General LaRocque used his meeting to provid his usual Briefing to the Incoming Chairman.Haiti will also host the Twenty-ninth Inter-Sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government in February and representatives...
  • Barbados has big impact on the world – CARICOM SG

    30 November 2017 / 502

    Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has lauded Barbados  as it celebrates its 51stIndependence Anniversary on 30 November, 2017, describing it as “a small state which has made a big impact on the world”.In a message to the Prime Minister of Barbados, the Rt Hon. Freundel Stuart, the Secretary-General said that regional integration has benefitted from the unwavering, valuable involvement of the Government and people of...
  • CARICOM lauds Suriname’s commitment to integration

    29 November 2017 / 210

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has lauded Suriname’s commitment to regional integration, particularly its championing for youth and cultural cooperation, key elements of its portfolio within the CARICOM Quasi Cabinet.In a message to the President of Suriname, His Excellency Desiré Bouterse, on the occasion of the country’s 42ndindependence on 25 November, 2017, Secretary-General of CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said the Community has witnessed and...
  • Caribbean can only ‘build back better’ with international support, urgent climate action – UN, CARICOM Chiefs and Heads of Government

    28 November 2017 / 212

    New York, 21 November 2017 – In view of the urgent needs of Caribbean islands affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the “CARICOM-UN High-level Pledging Conference: Building a more Climate-Resilient Community ” mobilised a broad partnership to support reconstruction efforts, including through over US$1.3 billion in pledges and over $1 billion in loans and debt relief.Support derived from nearly 400 high-level representatives from governments, multilateral and civil...
  • Giving the Region a more results-focused approach to project management

    24 November 2017 / 622

    Efforts to provide the Caribbean Community with a more results-focused approach to programme and project management are being advanced this week with a series of sensitisation seminars  in Barbados. The seminars will continue in Suriname next week and in other CARICOM Member States next year.Development of the Gender-sensitive CARICOM Results-based Management (RBM) system, was coordinated by the CARICOM Secretariat with support from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the...
  • Caribbean can only ‘build back better’ with international support and urgent climate action, UN, CARICOM Chiefs and Heads of Government

    21 November 2017 / 636

    Over US$2 billion pledged, half of which in loans and debt relief, to support affected women and men for long-term recovery in hurricane-affected Caribbean during CARICOM-UN ConferenceNew York, 21 November 2017 – In view of the urgent needs of Caribbean islands affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the “CARICOM-UN High-level Pledging Conference: Building a more Climate-Resilient Community ” mobilised a broad partnership to support reconstruction efforts, including through...
  • Former US President Bill Clinton to Address Pledging Conference

    21 November 2017 / 526

    Former US President Bill Clinton will be the Special Guest at the post-lunch session of the CARICOM-UN High-Level Pledging Conference, at the UN Headquarters in New York, Tuesday.Mr Clinton will lend his support to the efforts to mobilise international support and commitment of pledges to help rebuild the countries ravaged by the recent hurricanes and to assist the Region to build resilience, given its inherent vulnerabilities. With the support of Development Partners, there is an...
  • Strong CARICOM support for post hurricane Pledging Conference

    21 November 2017 / 202

         CARICOM Member States and Associate Members provided strong support for the CARICOM-UN High Level Pledging Conference for hurricane-ravaged countries at the UN Headquarters in New York Monday.The objective of this Conference is two-fold. It is to mobilise international support and commitment of pledges to help rebuild the countries ravaged by the recent hurricanes and  to assist the Region to build resilience, given its inherent...
  • Rebuilding immediate and urgent: CARICOM SG tells pledging conference

    20 November 2017 / 594

    Ahead of Tuesday’s   CARICOM-UN High Level Pledging Conference at UN Headquarters in New York, a number of participants engaged in Technical Consultations on Monday.The Pledging Conference is seeking to mobilise support and commitment of pledges to help rebuild the countries ravaged by the recent hurricanes and importantly, to assist the Region to build resilience, given its inherent vulnerabilities.Secretary-General of CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, told Monday’s...
  • Region must adapt to the reality of climate change – CARICOM SG

    20 November 2017 / 526

     Resources the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is mobilising to support reconstruction of hurricane-ravaged Member States are intended for them to build back smarter and better, against the existential threat of climate change.Secretary-General of CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, said that intention was in “full knowledge that we are into a new era,” when hurricanes had now become “game changers.”He was at the time speaking at the opening...
  • CARICOM SG makes case for climate-resilient rebuilding of hurricane-damaged islands

    20 November 2017 / 647

     CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque presenting remarks. Also at the Head Table are UNDP Administrator Mr Achim Steiner (l) and Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean Ms Jessica Faieta.CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque at the Technical Consultations for the CARICOM-UN High Level Conference at UN Headquarters, New York on Monday:We must prepare for the next catastrophic hurricane, flood or drought. We...
  • Region’s UN Representatives prepare for post-hurricanes Pledging Conference

    17 November 2017 / 606

    Permanent Representatives of CARICOM Member States to the United Nations met on Friday with CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and  Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Ms Jessica Faieta, ahead of next Tuesday’s CARICOM-UN High Level Pledging Conference.The Conference, to be held at UN Headquarters, New York,  will seek to mobilise international support...
  • All set for CARICOM UN High Level Pledging Conference

    17 November 2017 / 612

    CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (r) and Ms Jessica Faieta, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) share a photo at the Banner for the CARICOM-UN High Level Pledging Conference to be held at the UN Headquarters, New York on Tuesday 21 November 2017.The Conference is aimed at rebuilding the CARICOM Members devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria as the first climate...
  • IMF willing to help hurricane-ravaged Caribbean countries — Lagarde

    17 November 2017 / 262

     KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director, Christine Lagarde, says her organisation is willing to help the Caribbean countries severely affected by the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.“The IMF stands ready to do whatever it can to help in those situations — in assessing macroeconomic implications, determining financing needs, and providing financial support that would also help catalyse broader financing from the...
  • How to build back better after a hurricane with the next one a few months away

    17 November 2017 / 706

     OP-ED By Irwin LaRocque and Achim Steiner* Imagine relocating the entire population of your country in the face of a colossal hurricane and two months later still not being able to get back home. Now imagine spending several nights in a shelter and taking a stroll the next morning only to find what you used to call community, city or country reduced to an apocalyptic scene.This is no fiction. Irma and Maria, two back-to-back category 5 hurricanes, the...
  • Bolstering Resilience for Vulnerable Countries

    16 November 2017 / 614

    In light of the devastation caused by the recent hurricanes, and the anticipation of more frequent events of a similar nature, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) held an official COP23 Side Event on ‘Bolstering Resilience for Vulnerable Countries Facing Acute Risks and Sustainable Development Challenges’ on Tuesday, 13 November 2017 in Bonn, Germany.  The reality of increased frequency and intensity...
  • Help SIDS to help themselves – PM Chastanet issues call at COP23

    16 November 2017 / 694

    “I call on developed countries to help SIDS help themselves. We cannot wait till 2020 to see finance to deal with the emergency situations, build resilience in our countries as far as possible, and the loss and damage that is already occurring.“Our people have proven to be and will continue to be resilient. But here, on the international level, I say to you: all it takes is a pen; a pen to create the policies to prioritise the resources; a pen to change the protocols used to...
  • ‘Looming’ issue of de-risking in Region remains high on CFATF agenda

    16 November 2017 / 630

    Executive Director of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF), Calvin Wilson has said that de-risking or the loss of correspondent banking relations is looming largely across the Caribbean region because of what is being perceived by international financial institutions as “high-risk jurisdictions operating in a high-risk region.”Wilson is disagreeing with this perception on the basis that many of the countries have taken stringent steps to correct the deficiencies...
  • Obesity, physical inactivity put women at excess risk of diabetes

    16 November 2017 / 668

      Diabetes, a major contributor to premature death, is estimated to affect 10-15% of the adult population in the Caribbean Region. The disease is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attack and stroke and responsible for high rates of complications, such as lower limb amputation.The risk factors for Type 2 Diabetes are obesity (Body Mass Index (BMI) ≥30), abdominal obesity, physical inactivity, tobacco smoking, unhealthy diets and metabolic syndrome. Obesity is the...
  • CARICOM, UN Chiefs, Heads of Government call for support to build back better in Caribbean

    15 November 2017 / 618

      New York, 15 November 2017 – After two back-to-back category five hurricanes swept across the Caribbean two months ago cutting a swathe of destruction, taking lives and impacting livelihoods, recovery costs are estimated at over US$3billion. In some of the most impacted island states recovery needs are equivalent to over 200 percent of countries’ Gross Domestic Product (GDP).Aiming to mobilise support for affected countries to “build back...
  • CARICOM and UNDP share a side-event at COP 23

    14 November 2017 / 671

    CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell of Grenada and his Saint Lucian counterpart Prime Minister Allen Chastanet along with CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque were part of a Caribbean Community delegation at a CARICOM-UNDP side event at the COP 23 now taking place in Bonn , Germany.CARICOM, with support from the UNDP, will host a high-level Pledging Conference on 21 November 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York to mobilise support for the islands affected by...
  • COP 23 - CARICOM engages Green Climate Fund Executive Director

    14 November 2017 / 692

    Prime Minister Allen Chastanet of Saint Lucia, the Lead Prime Ministerial Spokesman on Sustainable Development in the CARICOM Quasi-Cabinet and CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on Tuesday met with the Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund Mr. Howard Bamsey on the margins of the COP 23 in Bonn, Germany.The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is a new global fund created to support the efforts of developing countries to respond to the challenge of climate change. The Fund...
  • CARICOM eyes key outcomes from UN climate change talks

    14 November 2017 Reference Number: 197/17 / 674

    Mitigating climate risks and building resilience against extreme weather events underpin key areas of focus for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) during the ongoing United Nations (UN) climate talks in Bonn, Germany.The Twenty Third Meeting of the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 23) is being held from 6-17 November under the presidency of Fiji.  This year’s climate talks mark the first time a member of the Alliance for Small Island...
  • Coordinated approach necessary to manage external relations – COTED hears

    10 November 2017 / 562

    The importance of effectively managing the external relations of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was strongly underscored at the opening of the 45th meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on Thursday in Georgetown, Guyana.Chair of the COTED, the Hon. Paula Gopie-Scoon, Trade and Industry Minister of Trinidad and Tobago,  and Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, CARICOM Secretary General referred to the current international trade climate and stressed the need...
  • More opportunities provided for private sector as CARICOM, Cuba expand duty-free market access

    10 November 2017 / 756

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba on Thursday signed the Second Protocol to an Agreement that will expand access to each other’s markets for goods.CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, and Cuban Ambassador to CARICOM, His Excellency Julio Cesar Gonzalez Marchante, signed the Second Protocol to the Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement between CARICOM and Cuba during the opening of the 45th Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic...
  • Seize opportunity to help hurricane-hit countries build back better – CARICOM SG

    10 November 2017 / 722

    Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States must seize the opportunity to help the countries that were devastated by the recent hurricanes to build back better and become the first climate-resilient nations in the world.CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, delivered this charge in remarks he made at the opening of the Forty-Fifth Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) at the Marriott Hotel in Georgetown, Guyana, Thursday morning.The...
  • Guyana’s contribution to regional integration lauded during accreditation of the country’s new Ambassador to CARICOM

    08 November 2017 / 604

    Guyana was on Wednesday lauded for its seminal role in the evolution of the regional integration movement, as the country’s new Ambassador to CARICOM Ms Charlene Phoenix presented her credentials to CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque.The Secretary-General, in remarks at the accreditation ceremony, recalled Guyana’s role, along with Barbados and Antigua and Barbuda, in restarting the integration process through the formation of the Caribbean Free Trade Association...
  • Canada commits to CARICOM-UN Pledging Conference for hurricane ravaged countries

    07 November 2017 / 692

    Canada has confirmed its participation in the upcoming CARICOM-UN Pledging Conference for the CARICOM countries devastated by the two recent Category Five Hurricanes, Irma and Maria.New Canadian Ambassador to CARICOM Her Excellency Lilian Chatterjee made the commitment while presenting her Credentials to CARICOM Secretary-General General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on Tuesday.CARICOM, with the help of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will hold the High-Level Pledging Conference...
  • Regional Commission on Marijuana holds national consultations in Guyana

    03 November 2017 Reference Number: 183/2017 / 906

     Guyana will host  consultations surrounding the use of marijuana on 6 November 2017; as part of the Caribbean Community’s  call for” careful in-depth research” to inform decision-making on the issue.The Regional Commission on Marijuana, established by CARICOM Heads of Government, will hold a number of focus groups with Youth, Faith-based organizations and special interests groups A Town Hall Meeting opened to the public, is scheduled for 5p.m. at the St....
  • Statistics must play vital role in reconstruction of hurricane-hit islands – Dr. Philomen Harrison

    02 November 2017 / 244

    There is a vital role for statistics to play in the reconstruction of Caribbean islands that were severely damaged by the recent hurricanes that swept through the Region, Project Director, Regional Statistics, Dr. Philomen Harrison said last week.At the opening of several regional Statistics events in the Cayman Islands, Dr. Harrison referred to the “utter desolation” the storms left in their wake, and called for a discourse on CARICOM Small Island Development States (SIDS) and...
  • Statistics must play vital role in reconstruction of hurricane-hit islands – Dr. Philomen Harrison

    02 November 2017 / 698

      There is a vital role for statistics to play in the reconstruction of Caribbean islands that were severely damaged by the recent hurricanes that swept through the Region, Project Director, Regional Statistics, Dr. Philomen Harrison said last week.At the opening of several regional Statistics events in the Cayman Islands, Dr. Harrison referred to the “utter desolation” the storms left in their wake, and called for a discourse on CARICOM Small Island Development...
  • CARICOM commends Antigua and Barbuda’s resilience on its 36th independence anniversary

    01 November 2017 / 663

    As Antigua and Barbuda marks its Thirty-sixth Anniversary of Independence, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has commended the country’s perseverance in the face of extreme adversity.Residents of Antigua’s sister island Barbuda had to be evacuated in September after Category Five hurricane Irma devastated the island. “Your resilience and steadfastness brings added strength to the Community”, CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said in his...
  • October, 2017


    High-level conference to mobilize resources for hurricane-ravaged CARICOM States coming in November

    28 October 2017 / 842

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM), with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will hold a High-level Donor Conference on 20-21 November at UN Headquarters in New York to mobilise international resources for its Members devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.This initiative is aimed at rebuilding the devastated Members as the first climate resilient countries in the world and helping the wider CARICOM Region improve its resilience.  International Development...
  • CARICOM Energy Month launches Monday in Haiti

    27 October 2017 / 742

     CARICOM Energy Month (CEM) gets underway on 1 November, 2017, following a launch in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Monday, 30 October, 2017. CEM is being held under the theme ‘Re-thinking Energy: Shaping a resilient Community’.The launch at the Quisqueya University will take the form of a half-day mini-symposium and exhibition. The goal of the Symposium is to bring students, civil society, private sector and energy professionals together with Senior Government officials and...