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  • September, 2019


    CARICOM, India reaffirm decades-old ties -  India donates US1 Million to The Bahamas relief efforts

    18 September 2019 / 8

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and India have reaffirmed decades-old ties with the accreditation of a new envoy to CARICOM, His Excellency Dr. K. J Srinivasa.In accepting his letters of credence on Thursday, last, CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque described India as “an important partner for the Caribbean Community.”He thanked the South Asian country for its support, demonstrate most recently, in a US$ 1Million contribution towards recovery and...
  • Belize impressive tourism growth continues - CARICOM Business Vol 2 No 37

    16 September 2019 / 18

    Featured story from CARICOM Business:"Belize continues to record impressive tourism growth with visitor arrivals increasing by 110% over the last decade moving from 232,249 in 2009 to 489,261 in 2018. This growth trend continues in 2019 with visitor arrivals for January to June being recorded at 284,576, a 6% increase over the first half of 2018. Belize also welcomed 697,767 cruise ship passengers, which represents a 10.8% increase in cruise ship visits compared to the first half of 2018. The...
  • Rethinking Masculinity, Understanding Gender Equality as a Means of Ending Gender-Based Violence in Caribbean Schools

    13 September 2019 / 26

    On Monday, 9 September 2019, the first of five country workshops under the theme “Rethinking Masculinity, Understanding Gender Equality as a Means of Ending Gender-Based Violence in Caribbean Schools” opened in Trinidad and Tobago under the auspices of the CARICOM Secretariat, with support from the European Union’s 10th EDF Crime and Security CARIFORUM Project, and the Office of the Prime Minister (Gender and Child Affairs), Trinidad and Tobago. This initial workshop will...
  • CARICOM’s advocacy for resilience financing intensifies -  optimism in Finland’s support

    12 September 2019 / 28

    (CARICOM Secretariat, 12 September 2019) The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has reiterated its call for international financial institutions to accept that the vulnerability of Small Island and low-lying coastal Developing States (SIDS), should be the main criterion for eligibility for concessional development financing, instead of GDP per capita.As yet another CARICOM Member State reels from an extreme climate-related disaster, Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has lamented –...
  • PANCAP STAKEHOLDERS URGED TO WORK TOGETHER FOR THE COMMON GOOD OF HUMANITY

    11 September 2019 / 52

    Tuesday 10 September 2019 (PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat): The Pan-Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), the mechanism that provides a structured and unified approach to the Caribbean’s response to the HIV epidemic, convened the Second joint regional dialogue with parliamentarians, faith leaders, civil society leaders, national AIDS programme managers and youth leaders in Port-of-Spain, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on 10 September 2019.Mr Ian Ramdahin...
  • CARICOM Chairman Leads Delegation to The Bahamas

    05 September 2019 / 86

    Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Chairman and Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Honourable Allen. M. Chastanet will on Thursday September 05th lead a High Level delegation to The Bahamas, which has been ravaged by Hurricane Dorian over the past few days.The slow-moving hurricane brought strong winds, heavy rain and a life-threatening storm surge to The Bahamas, flooding homes and entire villages; with the death toll linked to the hurricane rising to seven.CARICOM and OECS Member Countries...
  • Message from CARICOM Chairman Honourable Allen M. Chastanet on the situation in The Bahamas regarding Hurricane Dorian

    03 September 2019 / 112

    Today, the hearts of the people of the Caribbean are heavy.  Once again one of our Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States has been devastated by a dangerous hurricane as our Region continues to experience the effects of climate change.Initial reports from The Bahamas indicate that the country has taken a severe battering from Hurricane Dorian with five deaths reported thus far in what Prime Minister Hubert Minnis has described as “a historic tragedy”.As Chairman of...
  • CARICOM Business -  Jamaica records 18 consecutive quarters of growth

    01 September 2019 / 52

    Extract from CARICOM Business: Vol 2 No 35The Jamaican economy recorded growth of one per cent in the April to June 2019 quarter, extending Jamaica's growth trend to 18 consecutive quarters or four-and-a-half years. That’s the word from Dr. Wayne Henry, Director General, Planning Institute of Jamaica. Growth in the economy was however negatively affected by drought conditions, which led to a 2.5% contraction of the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry & impacted further by...
  • August, 2019


    Barbados to abolish immigration/customs forms: CARICOM Business Vol 2 No 34

    25 August 2019 / 90

    A feature story from CARICOM Business Vol 2 No 34Passengers arriving at the Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados will no longer be required to fill out immigration/customs forms, also known as ED forms, as of September 1 after a recent Cabinet decision gave the nod for the use of the forms to be scrapped. According to Minister of Home Affairs Edmund Hinkson, starting next month, there will be a full transition to the use of the 48 kiosks at the airport. He advised that the...
  • CSME is not a dream : ASG Cox - CARICOM Business Newsletter Vol. 2 No 33

    19 August 2019 / 126

    From CARICOM Business Newsletter Vol 2 No 33The CSME is not a dream. “First of all, for those who say that we’re in a dream, I would urge them to wake up, because guess what, it’s a reality and it’s happening.” That’s the emphatic declaration of CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General for Trade and Economic Integration, Joseph Cox.  In a recent television interview on CNC3 in Trinidad, Cox cited some of the gains that have already been realized by the...
  • CARICOM STATEMENT ON US MASS SHOOTINGS

    15 August 2019 / 132

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is deeply shocked and saddened by the recent mass shootings that took place in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, in the United States, and which resulted in the loss of 31 lives.CARICOM condemns in the strongest terms these heinous attacks which have deeply shaken the affected communities. The Community extends its deepest sympathies to the relatives and friends of those who lost their lives and wishes a full and speedy recovery to the injured.The Community...
  • 2nd Edition of the CARICOM Trader Magazine issued

    13 August 2019 / 134

    The second edition of the CARICOM Trader Magazine has been issued.The CARICOM Trader Magazine features quarterly trade updates, articles and information to support the efforts of individual traders, farmers, and producers, as well as  independent professionals, cultural practitioners, private sector firms and businesses to capitalize on the many trade and commercial opportunities  across the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). Your on-line copy can be accessed...
  • Evidenced-based policy decisions to minimize crime and violence in schools - Guyana Minister of Public Security

    09 August 2019 Reference Number: 124/2019 / 188

     (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     Evidence based policy decisions  and a multi-sectoral approach to address youth crime particularly in schools were underscored by Guyana’s Second Vice President and Minister for Public Security, Hon Khemraj Ramjattan, when he addressed the official opening of the crime and violence prevention mitigation training, on 8 August 2019, in Georgetown, Guyana.The consultation is an activity of the...
  • Crime and violence initiatives continue in CARIFORUM:  Guyana consultation to agree on Crime and Violence and Mitigation Training

    08 August 2019 / 192

    A national consultation with stakeholders from the business and public sectors (primarily  the Ministries of Education and Public Security) in Guyana to agree on crime and violence prevention mitigation training in primary schools will be held on 8-9 August 2019, at the Roraima Duke Lodge, in Georgetown, Guyana.The consultation is an activity of the Crime and Violence Project component of the CARIFORUM–EU Crime and Security Programme under the Tenth European Development Fund. This...
  • CARICOM SG congratulates Jamaica on Independence Anniversary

    05 August 2019 / 142

    CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has congratulated the Government and People of Jamaica on the celebration of the country’s 57th Anniversary of Independence on 6 August.“Jamaica’s contribution to the global community, particularly in the fields of culture, music, sports and academia, is testimony to the skills, talents and industrious nature of its citizens. These have been applied to contribute to the development of the country since the attainment of...
  • July, 2019


    CARIFORUM Embarks on critical Human Trafficking study

    29 July 2019 / 208

    Efforts to address the issue of Human Trafficking in the CARIFORUM Region are being bolstered with a new study on Human Trafficking that is expected to provide a greater understanding of the problem within and across its borders.Canadian firm, Dunn, Pierre, Barnett and Company, Canada Limited, has been engaged by CARIFORUM to conduct the comprehensive study. The countries involved include Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic Grenada, Guyana, Haiti,...
  • Region’s Tax Administrators meet in Turks and Caicos Islands

    26 July 2019 / 178

    Transforming Tax Administrations in the Age of Digitalization is the focus of the 25th Biennial General Meeting and Technical Conference of the Caribbean Organisation of Tax Administrators (COTA), being held in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The TCI’s Revenue Department is hosting the 22-26 July 2019 event.COTA Conferences debate important technical issues of current concern to its membership, which is drawn from Member States and Associate Members of the Caribbean Community. The issues...
  • CARICOM Secretariat building on course for full solar power generation

    20 July 2019 / 238

    Plans are advancing for the Headquarters of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat to be fully powered by solar energy by the end of 2020.Commencing next February, installation of a photo voltaic system as well as an energy management mechanism will begin at the CARICOM Secretariat’s Headquarters in Georgetown, Guyana. It is part of a wider programme that is supported by the Government of Japan to improve renewable energy and power supply systems in Guyana.It is anticipated...
  • CARICOM IMPACS and the Commonwealth Secretariat Collaborating to Prevent and Counter Violent Extremism in the Region

    19 July 2019 / 261

    The CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS) and the Commonwealth Secretariat have collaborated to build the capacity of over 110 participants from Trinidad and Tobago and over 300 regional participants to prevent and counter violent extremism in the Region, at a three-day Course on 23rd - 25thJuly 2019 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.    Titled: Preventing Violent Extremism Course in CARICOM, the course advances the CARICOM Counter...
  • Imposing tax rules outside OECD structure unacceptable: CARICOM SG

    05 July 2019 / 321

    The arbitrary imposition of tax governance and anti-money laundering rules by countries and groups of countries other than the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), without meaningful consultation with the affected States, is unacceptable.This was the position of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, during his address to the opening ceremony of the 40th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM. The...
  • Promote citizen security to shore up CARICOM societies’ resilience – UNSG

    05 July 2019 / 362

    (CARICOM Secretariat) Resilience and sustainable development were at the heart of the  United Nations (UN) Secretary-General (SG), António Guterres’ address to the 40th Regular Meeting of Caribbean Community Heads of Government, which opened in Saint Lucia on 3 July 2019. Climate-related disasters and their impacts on families; murder rates; violence among women and girls; and concessional development financing were among the issues raised by the UNSG.In connecting the...
  • CARICOM has role to play in Venezuela situation says PM Harris

    05 July 2019 / 340

    Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis and outgoing Chairman of the CARICOM Conference of Heads, Dr. Timothy Harris has said that the Region’s engagement in the attempts at resolving the situation in Venezuela has demonstrated that there is a role for CARICOM to play.Dr. Harris was speaking at the opening ceremony of the 40th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM being held in Saint Lucia, 3-5 July, 2019.He outlined that the CARICOM Heads, Foreign Ministers and...
  • CARICOM integration journey a standard bearer: Secretary-General LaRocque

    05 July 2019 / 335

    In setting the tone for the 40th CARICOM Heads of Government Summit which opened in Saint Lucia on Wednesday, 3 July, Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, said that CARICOM’s journey is recognised as the standard bearer by other developing countries seeking to build their own regional integration arrangements.“From across the globe, they have come to study our systems, our institutions, and our integration movement as a model for improving theirs. They understand that...
  • CARICOM integration journey a standard bearer - SG

    04 July 2019 / 359

    In setting the tone for CARICOM Heads of Government Summit which opened in Saint Lucia on Wednesday 3 July, CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said that CARICOM’s integration journey is recognised as the standard bearer by other developing countries seeking to build their own regional integration arrangements. “From across the globe, they have come to study our systems, our institutions, and our integration movement as a model for improving theirs.  They...
  • CARICOM Chairman wants serious introspection, creative solutions

    04 July 2019 / 383

    (CARICOM Secretariat)  “The most important question we must ask ourselves as leaders is: How do we recapture the imagination of our people? How do we truly make CARICOM the driving force of change? Have we done everything within our control to assure the prosperity of our region and to the benefit of our citizens? Can we say we are satisfied with our current status? Do we believe that all our citizens or even the majority are satisfied? Are we achieving our full potential? We must...
  • ‘The resilience we seek to build must be built within the CARICOM Single Market and Economy’ – CARICOM SG

    04 July 2019 / 350

    (CARICOM Secretariat) The 40th Regular Meeting of the Conference of CARICOM Heads of Government, opened on Wednesday evening under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Allen Chastanet of Saint Lucia, at the Royalton St Lucian Resort, with strong calls to strengthen regional integration mechanisms.In the first of four addresses during the opening ceremony, CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said the Community’s resilience must reside within the CARICOM Single Market and...
  • CARICOM Chairman addresses the Opening Ceremony - 40th Regular Meeting

    04 July 2019 / 416

    I consider it a great honour to preside over this 40th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of the Caribbean Community.I want to welcome our specially invited guests to this conference and hope that this experience enables you to gain a deeper insight into what we as Caribbean people are facing so that we may gain your understanding and support.Let me also thank outgoing Chairman, Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis, The Honourable Timothy Harris, for his stewardship of the organization...
  • Outgoing Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris addresses Opening Ceremony

    04 July 2019 / 393

    Let me at the outset express my sincere appreciation to the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia and Chair of the Caribbean Community, the Honourable Allen Chastanet, his Government and people, for the generous hospitality and the excellent arrangements put in place for our Meeting.   I speak on behalf of my colleague Heads of Government when I say that I am confident that, given the conducive and salubrious environment provided, we will have a most productive and fruitful Meeting.   I am...
  • Fight against rising global temperature and ocean degradation, UNSG tells 40th CARICOM Heads

    03 July 2019 / 374

    United Nations (UN) Secretary-General (SG) António Guterres addressed the opening of the Fortieth Regular Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government on 3 July in Saint Lucia, focussing on issues related to climate change and other obstacles to sustainable development.The UNSG in zeroing on the issue of climate change, called for collective advocacy to ensure that global temperature rise does not go beyond 1.5 degrees; new models of economic development and affordable reliable energy access...
  • UN SG is Special Guest at Opening Ceremony for CARICOM Heads Meeting Wednesday

    03 July 2019 / 385

    CARICOM Heads of Government begin their 40th Regular Meeting in Saint Lucia on Wednesday with the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as Special Guest Speaker at the Opening Ceremony.The Ceremony, expected to set the tone for two packed days of discussions on pressing economic development and international relations matters, will also be addressed by the incoming CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet of Saint Lucia, outgoing Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris...
  • CARICOM Youth Ambassador, Vishal Hulbert Joseph, has eyes set on future

    02 July 2019 / 308

    Guyana Chronicle)LIFE has not always been smooth sailing for Vishal Hulbert Joseph, who was forced to make a few decisions that would prove crucial to his future endeavours. In fact, at just 17, he was practically on his own, pursuing sixth form studies and a job at the same time.Vishal shared his story just recently with the Guyana Chronicle, and he could not help but reflect on how well his life has turned out, even though he had quite a few bumpy roads to travel.A...
  • Scores participate in CARICOM Day parade in Guyana

    02 July 2019 / 320

    (Guyana Chronicle) THE Communities Development Council (CDC) of the mining town of Linden on Sunday hosted an inaugural CARICOM parade and exhibition in observance of CARICOM Day, today.The parade saw participation from Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.Those representing these countries were delegates who will participate in a...
  • Region’s Youths question CARICOM SG on greater roles

    01 July 2019 / 316

    Under the theme “Moving away from Tokenism – Youth a Critical Part of Decision Making”, the annual Youth Dialogue between the Region’s young people and the CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque was held on Monday 1 July 2019, in Saint Lucia.Saint Lucia’s Youth Ambassadors McAllister Hunt and Ezbai Francis coordinated the two-hour session with a live audience of young Saint Lucians at the studios of the Government Information Service and an active...
  • June, 2019


    St Vincent and the Grenadines sweep CARICOM 10-K titles

    30 June 2019 / 302

    St. Vincent and the Grenadines swept the Male and Female categories in the 14th CARICOM 10-K road race in Saint Lucia, Sunday, with female runner Linda McDowald recording a hattrick of victories in the event.Secretary-General with 1st Place Male Winner Junior Ashton Mc Dowald crossed the finish line in 40.40 to add to earlier victories in the 12th and 13th editions, held in Guyana and Jamaica respectively. She also placed second in the 11th edition in Barbados, behind Guyanese Andrea...
  • #ASKSG - CARICOM Secretary General to once again engage youth in one on one session

    27 June 2019 / 387

    Young people across the region will once again have an opportunity to raise pertinent issues with the Secretary General of the Caribbean Community in a public Forum. The Secretary General will be engaging with the youth in the annual “Ask SG” event which is usually held just ahead of the Regular Meeting of the Conference of the CARICOM Heads of Government. This year “Ask SG’ will be held on 1 July, 2019 at the Saint . Lucia Government information Service’s Studio....
  • CARICOM Competition Commission Launches Regional Youth Essay Writing Competition for Students

    26 June 2019 / 364

    The CARICOM Competition Commission (CCC) was established under Article 171 of the Revised Treat of Chaguaramas (RTC) of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).  In anticipation of the growth in trade and investments which was expected to emerge from the introduction of the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME), CARICOM took the decision to enhance its competition laws and policy and this was the basis for the introduction of the CCC.      The CCC was inaugurated in...
  • Energy and water among areas targeted for German support

    20 June 2019 / 344

    Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque exchanged notes with Ms. Ulrike Metzger, Head of Division, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development in regard to two projects funded by Germany.The funds support use of energy efficient appliances in CARICOM through services of a regionally coordinated quality infrastructure and the continuation and strengthening of activities under the Coastal and Aqua Terrestrial Solutions (CATS) Project...
  • CARICOM SG congratulates Kazakhstan’s President on Inauguration

    19 June 2019 / 326

    Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has extended congratulations to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, His Excellency Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, on the occasion of his inauguration into office.In a message to Mr Tokayev, Ambassador LaRocque congratulated him on his victory in the country’s June 9 presidential elections. Mr Tokayev was sworn in to Office on June 12.   The Secretary-General told the President that Kazakhstan and...
  • CARICOM Secretary-General Meets Guyana’s President

    19 June 2019 / 352

    President David Granger, this morning, met with CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque at the Ministry of the Presidency. The President indicated to Ambassador LaRocque that his Government respects the rule of law and will abide by the ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). “I am prepared to comply with every ruling of the court,” the President said. President Granger committed to the holding of credible elections and noted that he will be...
  • Cuba expresses gratitude for CARICOM’s support

    14 June 2019 / 368

    Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba, Honourable Bruno Rodriguez on Friday 14 June said his country feels it has a “permanent debt of gratitude” to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) for its historical and fraternal support.“We recognize your resolute and irrevocable decision to join us in rejecting the genocidal economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against our country and the fair claim to put an end to it,” he told...
  • Cuba expresses gratitude for CARICOM’s support

    14 June 2019 / 308

    We, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Republic of Cuba, having met in Georgetown, Guyana, on June 14th, 2019, on the occasion of the Sixth CARICOM-Cuba Ministerial Meeting.Recalling the Summit Declarations of Havana 2002, Bridgetown 2005, Santiago de Cuba 2008, Port of Spain 2011, Havana 2014 and St. Mary’s 2017; as well as the periodic meetings of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of CARICOM and Cuba; and highlighting their indisputable...
  • Declaration Adopted At The Conclusion Of The Sixth Meeting Of Ministers Of Foreign Affairs Of CARICOM And Cuba

    14 June 2019 / 474

    We, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Republic of Cuba, having met in Georgetown, Guyana, on June 14th, 2019, on the occasion of the Sixth CARICOM-Cuba Ministerial Meeting.Recalling the Summit Declarations of Havana 2002, Bridgetown 2005, Santiago de Cuba 2008, Port of Spain 2011, Havana 2014 and St. Mary’s 2017; as well as the periodic meetings of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of CARICOM and Cuba; and highlighting their indisputable...
  • Ninth CARICOM/US CBSI concludes: At-Risk and Vulnerable Youth targeted for Crime Prevention Initiatives

    14 June 2019 Reference Number: 90/2019 / 404

    The Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBSI) Technical Working Group on Crime Prevention  wrapped up its ninth meeting  on 13 June, in the Dominican Republic, committing to specific actions to advance its priorities related to juvenile justice reform, strengthening evidence for crime prevention, community level youth violence prevention and reduction.Under the theme Youth, Women and Vulnerable Populations Driving Peace and Justice, the meeting issued an Action Statement which...
  • Colombia is willing to participate in CARIFESTA

    12 June 2019 / 389

    Colombia’s new Ambassador to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Wednesday said her country will make every effort to participate in the Caribbean mega festival of arts: CARIFESTA XIV, scheduled for August 16-25 in Trinidad and Tobago.Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque extended the invitation to Her Excellency Martha Pinilla, as he received her credentials at the Georgetown, Guyana Headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat.Underscoring the importance of people-to-people...
  • CAIRFESTA Brand Becoming More Uniformed

    10 June 2019 / 390

    In a quest to make one of the Region’s most iconic cultural events, the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA) more standardised, a permanent logo has been designed and approved for the Festival.The approval was given by Ministers of Culture and Officials at the recently-concluded meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) in Georgetown, Guyana.Traditionally, each CARIFESTA host country was required to design a logo to be used in their branding of the Festival,...
  • Message by CARICOM Chairman on St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Election to the UN Security Council

    08 June 2019 / 400

    Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Dr the Honourable Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, has hailed the election of St Vincent and the Grenadines to the United Nations Security Council as a victory for small states.“The importance of multi-lateral fora being seen to cater for all nations is critical to their credibility”, the Chairman said.  St Vincent and the Grenadines, CARICOM’s candidate, was elected to the non-permanent seat reserved...
  • Press Statement on the Election of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to the United Nations Security Council

    07 June 2019 / 418

    Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has welcomed the election of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to the Security Council of the United Nations (UN), as an opportunity for a small state to bring a unique perspective to threats to international peace and security.“I congratulate Prime Minister Gonsalves and his team and the diplomats of our Member States on this successful bid by a CARICOM candidate”, Ambassador LaRocque said.  The...
  • Culture plays important role in Region’s sustainable growth, development - CARICOM SG

    07 June 2019 Reference Number: 84/2019 / 362

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, has reiterated that culture played a significant role in the Region's sustainable growth and development.He was speaking at the opening of the Thirty-Sixth Meeting of the Council on Human and Social Development (COHSOD) on Thursday, 6 June 2019, at the CARICOM Headquarters in Georgetown, Guyana.The two-day meeting is being held under the...
  • Guyana Agreement remembered on ACP Day

    07 June 2019 / 372

    Friday, June 7, 2019 is celebrated as ACP Day..The Georgetown Agreement establishing the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States was signed on Friday, June 6, 1975 in Georgetown, Guyana.46 countries signed the Agreement, 37 African, 6 Caribbean and 3 Pacific. Today, the ACP, headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, has a membership of 79 countries, 48 African, 16 Caribbean and 15 Pacific.[caption id="attachment_36349" align="alignleft" width="300"] ACP General Secretary Dr P.I....
  • CARICOM Secretariat on the occasion of World Oceans Day, June 8th 2019

    06 June 2019 / 388

    Article by the CARICOM Secretariat's Sustainable Development UnitThe International Community will mark World Oceans Day on June 8th under the theme “Together we can protect and restore our oceans”. This theme resonates with the spirit of the Revised Treaty of collective effort for the benefit of all Caribbean people.  Ocean management should be no different. The importance of the Caribbean marine environment has been exemplified on several occasions globally...
  • World Environment Day 2019 – Beat Air Pollution

    05 June 2019 / 380

    World Environment Day 2019 – Beat Air PollutionWorld Environment Day which takes place annually on June 5 is the United Nations day encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. It first began in 1974, and is now widely celebrated in over 100 countries including several CARICOM countries. The theme for this year’s celebration of World Environment Day 2019 calls for action at the local, national and global level to Beat Air PollutionThe choice for this...
  • German support for Caribbean Biodiversity Fund

    04 June 2019 / 416

    Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and Germany’s Ambassador to the Community His Excellency Holger Michael exchanged Letters of Agreement in respect of a financial contribution of 25,500,000 euros from the German Development Bank (KfW) to the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF).The exchange took place at the CARICOM Secretariat’s, Georgetown, Guyana Headquarters on Tuesday during Ambassador Michael’s farewell call on the...
  • May, 2019


    Jamaica, Caribbean Community have lost a towering figure – CARICOM SG on Seaga

    31 May 2019 / 396

    Message of Condolence from CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on the passing of the former Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Edward Seaga: “The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) mourns the passing of the former Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Edward Seaga, ON.Jamaica’s fifth Prime Minister, Mr. Seaga made an indelible contribution to the development of his country in many spheres.  Constitutionally, Politically, Financially,...
  • Benefits for the people stressed as the CARICOM SG and Heads of Community Institutions meet

    20 May 2019 / 457

    The CARICOM Secretary-General and Heads of Caribbean Community Institutions met in Georgetown, Guyana on Monday, with Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque stressing the importance of building cohesion to ensure benefits accrue to the people of the Community.This ninth Meeting was held as the Region assesses the progress and lessons learnt from its first Community Strategic Plan which comes to an end this year. The Secretary-General, in urging full support by the Institutions, noted...
  • Remarks delivered by Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)  Ambassador Irwin LaRocque   At the Opening of the   22nd Meeting of the Council For Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR)  St. George’s, Grenada 13-14 May 2019

    14 May 2019 Reference Number: 75/2019 / 562

    I welcome you all to this Twenty-Second Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR).  I am confident that I can speak on your behalf in thanking the Hon. Peter David and the Government and People of Grenada for the generous hospitality and excellent arrangements that they have put in place to facilitate this Meeting.I wish to extend a special welcome to the Honourable Dr. Karen Cummings, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guyana, who is attending the COFCOR for the...
  • Remarks delivered by The Honourable Darren A. Henfield, MP,  Outgoing Chair of COFCOR.  at the opening of the 22nd Meeting of the COFCOR by Bahamas’ Minister of Foreign Affairs,  St. George’s, Grenada 13 to 14 May 2019

    14 May 2019 Reference Number: 74/2019 / 522

    It is with distinct pleasure that I have been able to preside over this very important organ of the Caribbean Community, the Council for Foreign and Community Relations, for the past twelve months.When we met last May in Nassau, I underscored The Bahamas’ commitment to regional, hemispheric and international organizations, whilst promoting and maintaining close relations with our neighbours.  It is safe to say that we managed to achieve this, having had ongoing discourse over...
  • Remarks delivered at the opening of the 22nd Meeting of the COFCOR by Grenada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, The Honourable Peter David, Chair of COFCOR.  Radisson Beach Resort, St. George’s, Grenada

    14 May 2019 Reference Number: 73/2019 / 558

    A warm welcome to you all, and in particular, a warm welcome to my fellow Foreign Ministers, His Excellency Irwin LaRocque and his team to the Isle of Spice, Grenada.  I am sure that this is not the first time that many of you have visited.  As I recall, the last COFCOR hosted by Grenada was in 2006, and Grenada was also host to the Conference of Heads in July of 2017.This time I urge you to take a few brief moments aside from our intense deliberations to savour Pure Grenada, the...
  • CARICOM united on peaceful resolution of Venezuela crisis

    03 May 2019 / 570

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) remains united in its desire for a peaceful resolution to the crisis in Venezuela.Underscoring that point, the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia the Honourable Allen Chastanet said despite the differences on certain aspects of the issue, the Community’s guiding principles were supported by all Member States.These principles which the Community reiterated in a statement on the situation in Venezuela issued on Friday are non-interference and...
  • Citizens’ Security and Safety emphasised as Nineteenth Special Meeting of CARICOM Heads on Security opens

    03 May 2019 / 580

    Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis delivered remarks to the Nineteenth Special Meeting of the Conference of CARICOM Heads of Government on Security which began on 3 May 2019, in Trinidad and Tobago.Prime Minister Harris who is the current Chair of the Conference noted that the meeting was taking place against the backdrop of “deep concern about the level of crime in the Community and the need to strengthen cooperation in security”.“There is...
  • Safety and Security of Citizens key to CARCOM’s sustainable development says Lead Head for Security

    03 May 2019 / 554

    The Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) at its Nineteenth Special Meeting, which opened on 3 May 2019 in Trinidad and Tobago, will focus on Security, specifically the management of the Regional Security Framework.Delivering remarks to the meeting, Dr. The Hon. Keith Rowley, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago and Lead Head with responsibility for Crime and Security, reiterated that Heads were aware that the sustainable development of the Community depended...
  • April, 2019


    CARICOM SG urges US to maintain duty-free market access

    30 April 2019 / 522

    CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has expressed CARICOM’s interest in the renewal of legislation for the extension of the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA) and the WTO waiver beyond December 2019 to allow continued duty-free access to the US market.The Secretary-General made the case as he accredited the new US envoy to CARICOM, Her Excellency Sarah-Ann Lynch, at the Secretariat’s Headquarters in Georgetown, Guyana on Tuesday.  He said the...
  • ‘Implementation cannot be a shifting target’ – CARICOM Secretary-General

    30 April 2019 / 560

    Implementation of decisions cannot be a shifting target, CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, cautioned on Monday.He was at the time delivering remarks at the opening of the Forty-Eighth Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development which is underway in Georgetown, Guyana.“Implementation cannot be a shifting target. We cannot come to meeting after meeting and agree to a Plan and not carry forward the work”, the CARICOM Secretary-General told regional...
  • Remarks by the Secretary-General Caribbean Community Ambassador Irwin LaRocque at the Opening Ceremony of the   Forty-Eighth Meeting of the Council for Trade and Econoic Development (COTED)  Georgetown, Guyana 29 April 2019

    30 April 2019 / 558

    In welcoming you all to this Forty-Eighth Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED), I wish to pay tribute to Sir Alister McIntyre who passed away last weekend.Sir Alister was the second Secretary-General of CARICOM serving from 1974-77. He was also appointed by Heads of Government as the Chief Technical Adviser to the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery which was the forerunner to the current Office of Trade Negotiations. He was also appointed to the West Indian...
  • CARICOM 48th COTED opens: Takeaways from Secretary-General’s Remarks

    30 April 2019 / 608

    Ambassador Irwin  LaRocque, CARICOM Secretary-General, delivered  remarks at the opening  of the Forty-Eighth Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development  (COTED) taking place  from 29 to 30 April 2019,  in Georgetown. Guyana. Following are some takeaways from the Secretary-General’s remarks:An urgency to complete the agreed measures and make the CSME a lived reality for our citizens, has been the hallmark of the recent discussions...
  • CARICOM Secretariat collaborates with partners to celebrate International Girls in ICT Day

    18 April 2019 / 571

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat joins the rest of the world in celebrating girls and young women in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) on Girls in ICT Day – Thursday, 25 April 2019.International Girls in ICT Day is an International Telecommunication Union (ITU) initiative and is celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday of April under the theme ‘Expand Horizons, Change Attitudes’. The objective of the initiative is to empower and encourage girls...
  • Regional Security Ministers push for greater collaboration

    13 April 2019 / 680

    The crime and security situation in the Region demands greater collaboration and co-operation among the Member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). This was the view of the 20th Meeting of the Caribbean Community’s Ministerial Council for National Security and Law Enforcement (CONSLE).Meeting in St. Georges on Friday 12 April, under the chairmanship of Dr the Rt Honourable Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada, the Council agreed that increased co-ordination would achieve...
  • Our fight against crime is a collective one PM Mitchell tells 20th CARICOM CONSLE

    12 April 2019 / 600

    Chair of the 20th Meeting of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Council for Security and Law Enforcement (CONSLE), Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Rt.  Hon. Keith Mitchell, emphasised the necessity for a collective approach to effectively address security in the Region, when he spoke at the opening of the meeting on 12 April  in St. Georges, Grenada.“We need each other as our fight against crime is a collective one”, he said. “As small fledgling economies we...
  • CARICOM vital to regional development: Grenada’s new envoy

    05 April 2019 / 616

    CARICOM has been an indispensable force in the development of the Region, the new envoy of Grenada to the Caribbean Community said Thursday, as he submitted his letter of credence to Ambassador Irwin LaRocque.During a brief ceremony at the CARICOM Secretariat headquarters, Georgetown, Guyana, Ambassador Arley Salimbi Gill assured the Secretary-General LaRocque that Grenada “will remain steadfast to the ideals” of regional integration and support the work of the CARICOM...
  • Cadre of Trainers to be established to respond to youth crime and violence in CARICOM

    02 April 2019 Reference Number: 51/2019 / 632

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)  As part of the approach to fight crime and violence from a social perspective, several persons associated with youth development will benefit from training in five Member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) over the next month. The training is aimed at establishing a cadre of trainers to build capacity of youths at risk of, or are already in conflict with the law.The training which will be held in the Member States of...
  • March, 2019


    A permanent logo is coming soon for CARIFESTA

    29 March 2019 / 578

     (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     A permanent logo is coming soon for CARIFESTA. Members of the Regional Cultural Committee (RCC) were on Thursday presented with possible logo designs to represent the region’s iconic mega cultural Festival. Members of the committee reviewed the designs which have been created by a vendor that was engaged by the CARICOM Secretariat.The group provided feedback which will be...
  • CARICOM Meeting with the International Contact Group on 28 March

    28 March 2019 / 654

    A delegation from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) led by the Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Government, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, and including the CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, met with the International Contact Group (ICG) on Venezuela in Quito, Ecuador, on 28 March 2019.The discussions took place at the invitation of Frederica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union, and Jose Valencia, Minister of...
  • CARICOM STATEMENT ON REVISED EU BLACKLIST OF MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY

    27 March 2019 / 749

    On Tuesday, 12 March 2019, the European Union issued a revised list of countries purportedly not adhering to tax good governance which included five (5) Members of the Caribbean Community, Barbados, Belize Dominica, Trinidad and Tobago and Bermuda.Seven (7) other Members of the Community have been placed on a monitoring list having made commitments to undertake reforms by December 2019 and are making efforts in that regard.  These are Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, St Kitts and Nevis,...
  • Statement on Completion of a preliminary assessment and intention to request preliminary examination pursuant to Article 176(1) of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTC) on the sale of assets by the Bank of Nova Scotia to Republic Financial Holdings and Sagicor Financial Corporation

    27 March 2019 / 564

    On 5th December 2018, the Commission advised the public that it took note of an announcement on 28th  November 2018 by the Bank of Nova Scotia (“Scotiabank”) of an intended sale of banking assets  in  nine  (9)  territories  in  the  Caribbean  to  Republic  Financial  Holdings  Ltd  (“Republic Financial”) and life insurance operations in another two (2) territories (Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago) to...
  • Meeting Between CARICOM Foreign Ministers Delegation and Mr. Juan Guaidó

    24 March 2019 / 754

    In accordance with the decision of CARICOM Heads of Government to provide good offices in facilitating a peaceful resolution to the Venezuela crisis through a meaningful internal process, a delegation of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Foreign Ministers met with Mr. Guaido and a delegation of his representatives in Bridgetown, Barbados, on 23 March 2019. Mr. Guaidó joined the discussion via videoconference.CARICOM Foreign Ministers acknowledged the meeting as a significant initial step...
  • CARIFORUM Member States sign Agreement to preserve trade with the United Kingdom after Brexit

    22 March 2019 / 846

    CARIFORUM Member Countries on Friday began signing an Agreement with the United Kingdom  which will govern their trade after the UK leaves  the European Union.Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines were the signatories from CARIFORUM (a grouping of CARICOM Member States and the Dominican Republic).  Other Members Countries have signaled their intention to sign in the coming days. ...
  • Collaborate on innovations to reach key populations – NAPS Managers, civil society advised

    15 March 2019 / 688

     (PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat) The Pan-Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) commenced the Seventh Meeting of National AIDS Programme (NAP) Managers and Key Partners in Port-of-Spain, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on Monday, 11 March 2019.The meeting was hosted 22 months ahead of the end of 2020 deadline for reaching the UNAIDS 90–90–90 Targets — 90% of people living with HIV diagnosed, 90% of diagnosed people on treatment and 90% of...
  • CARICOM Secretary-General highlights Region’s Climate Change and EU Blacklisting concerns at International Conference in Romania

    12 March 2019 / 744

    Address by the CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque to the International Conference on Building Resilience to Natural Disasters, Bucharest, Romania, 12 March 2019  This forum is extremely timely and in keeping with our thrust in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) as we have embraced building resilience, including to natural disasters, as a matter of priority. The Caribbean along with the Pacific Islands are among the most disaster-prone regions in the world.I...
  • CARICOM Secretary-General and Romania’s Foreign Minister sign MOU to advance CARICOM-Romania co-operation

    12 March 2019 / 722

    CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and Romania's Foreign Minister Mr Teodor Melescanu on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding setting up a Mechanism for advancing cooperation between CARICOM and Romania in a number of areas, including science and technology, education, research, climate change and disaster management, and agriculture.(from left) Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Romanian Foreign Minister Mr Teodor Melescanu and Bahamian Foreign...
  • CARICOM Secretary-General meets Mexico’s Foreign Minister

    10 March 2019 / 712

    In the course of a short visit to Mexico on 7 March 2019, the CARICOM Secretary-General, H. E Irwin Larocque, pursued several areas of priority interest to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). His meeting with the Foreign Minister of Mexico, H.E. Marcelo Ebrard, facilitated a timely exchange of views on the current worrying situation in Venezuela. In this regard, the initial activities of the Montevideo Mechanism put in place by Mexico, Uruguay and CARICOM on 6 February 2019 to facilitate a...
  • COTA Launches Sixth Essay Competition

    08 March 2019 / 656

    The Caribbean Organisation of Tax Administrators (COTA) launched its Sixth Essay Competition for secondary school students on 18 February 2019...(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     The Caribbean Organisation of Tax Administrators (COTA) launched its Sixth Essay Competition for secondary school students on 18 February 2019.The Competition topic is ‘Digitalization – Moving Today’s Tax Administration Beyond the Twenty-First...
  • STATEMENT ON ESCALATING TENSIONS IN VENEZUELA ISSUED BY THE THIRTIETH INTER-SESSIONAL MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENT OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY

    01 March 2019 / 852

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is deeply concerned by the recent further escalation of tensions in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the ensuing increase in hardship and suffering of the population exacerbated by the imposition of sanctions.The people of Venezuela must be allowed to decide their own future in accordance with the principles of the United Nations Charter - non-intervention, non-interference, prohibition of the threat or use of force, respect for the rule of law, human...
  • February, 2019


    Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago sign CARICOM Multilateral Air Services Agreement

    27 February 2019 / 938

    Prime Ministers Andrew Holness of Jamaica and Dr Keith Rowley of Trinidad and Tobago signed the CARICOM Multilateral Air Services Agreement (MASA) at the 30th Inter-Sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government in St. Kitts/Nevis, Wednesday.Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley of Trinidad and TobagoThe CARICOM Multilateral Air Services Agreement expands the scope for airlines owned by CARICOM nationals to provide air services throughout the Community. It allows for no restriction on routes,...
  • CARICOM SG reiterates call for calm in Haiti

    27 February 2019 Reference Number: 34/2019 / 714

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on Tuesday reiterated the call for calm and cessation of violence in Haiti, as he charged that the shadows cast by those issues, could not weaken the Community’s development trajectory.In that context, he said progress in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy, regional transportation and security architecture, were paramount in...
  • EU’s shifting tax compliance requirements encroaching on CARICOM’s sovereignty - SG

    27 February 2019 Reference Number: 35/2019 / 742

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on Tuesday 26 February 2019 expressed strong disquiet that the constantly shifting parameters for good tax governance set out by the European Union (EU), are encroaching on the Region’s sovereignty.Addressing the opening of the 30th Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of CARICOM Heads of Government, in Frigate Bay, St. Kitts...
  • Two Caribbean Community Institutions to collaborate in Health Training and Research

    26 February 2019 / 728

    On the margins of the 30th Inter-Sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government, the  Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris of St Kitts and Nevis on Tuesday witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the   Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).The MOU will aim at strengthening evidence-informed Health Services and Policy decision-making through Training and Research.UWI was represented by Vice Chancellor...
  • Estonia’s President keen to share her country’s e-governance successes

    26 February 2019 / 750

    CARICOM Chairman Prime Minister Timothy Harris of St Kitts/Nevis and Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque in conversation with Estonia's President Kersti Kaljulaid at the Inter-Sessional Meeting in St Kitts/Nevis, Tuesday. #CARICOMHeadsMeeting #StKittsNevisThe President is keen to share her country's highly successful experience in e-governance.
  • CARICOM Heads of Government and Delegation at 30th Inter-Sessional

    26 February 2019 / 784

    Front row – (l-r) : Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves; Prime Minister of Dominica Hon Roosevelt Skerrit; Prime Minister of Barbados Hon Mia Mottley; Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Dr Hubert Minnis; Prime Minister of Saint Lucia Hon Allen Chastanet; Prime Minister of Jamaica, Hon Andrew Holness; Chairman of CARICOM, Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Timothy Harris; CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque; Prime Minister of Grenada; Dr...
  • CARICOM Heads engage the President of Estonia at their 30th Inter-Sessional Meeting

    26 February 2019 / 739

    Front row – (l-r) : Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves; Prime Minister of Dominica Hon Roosevelt Skerrit; Prime Minister of Barbados Hon Mia Mottley; Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Dr Hubert Minnis; Prime Minister of Saint Lucia Hon Allen Chastanet; Prime Minister of Jamaica, Hon Andrew Holness; Chairman of CARICOM, Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Timothy Harris; President of Estonia HE Kersti Kaljulaid; CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin...
  • Work together to preserve the peace – CARICOM Chairman

    26 February 2019 / 682

    St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister and Chair of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Dr. The Hon. Timothy Harris, reminded that “unity of purpose” was the foundation of the Community,   when he addressed the Thirtieth Inter-Sessional Meeting of  the Conference which opened earlier today, in Kitts and Nevis.“Unity of purpose must be at the fulcrum of our efforts” to build a strong, progressive and prosperous Community, the Prime Minister said.To...
  • PM Holness encourages Heads to deliver on commitments made during his tenure

    26 February 2019 Reference Number: 33/2019 / 684

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     Outgoing Chairman of the CARICOM Conference of Heads of Government, Hon. Andrew Holness, is encouraging his fellow leaders to deliver on the bold steps and strong joint recommitment to the regional process that they made during his tenure. Mr. Holness, who is also Prime Minister of Jamaica, was speaking on Tuesday morning at the opening of the 30th Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of...
  • Calls for more investment in statistics systems, focus on literacy

    25 February 2019 / 789

    Greater investment in statistics, and the infusion of statistics in the school system to help to demystify the science and attract younger minds, were among the rallying calls at the Third High Level Advocacy Forum on Statistics.The Forum got underway Friday morning at the Grenada Trade Centre in St. George’s under the theme ‘Investing in Statistics to Build Resilience and to Achieve Sustainable Economic Growth and Development in the Caribbean Community’. It followed a...
  • St. Kitts and Nevis preparing to host the 30th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), 26-27 February

    22 February 2019 / 843

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

    22 February 2019 / 822

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

    21 February 2019 / 754

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

    19 February 2019 / 773

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

    18 February 2019 / 815

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

    14 February 2019 / 774

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

    12 February 2019 / 884

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

    06 February 2019 / 1344

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