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  • August, 2018


    CARICOM mourns the loss of VS Naipaul

    13 August 2018 / 4

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

    07 August 2018 / 22

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

    06 August 2018 / 24

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

    03 August 2018 / 30

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

    03 August 2018 / 42

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


    Barbados PM leads talks with CARICOM Secretariat on CSME

    27 July 2018 / 50

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

    25 July 2018 / 92

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

    15 July 2018 / 106

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

    13 July 2018 / 124

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

    10 July 2018 / 122

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

    09 July 2018 / 138

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

    09 July 2018 / 152

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

    07 July 2018 / 144

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

    06 July 2018 / 207

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

    06 July 2018 / 160

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

    06 July 2018 / 140

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

    06 July 2018 Reference Number: 110/2018 / 186

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

    06 July 2018 / 162

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

    05 July 2018 / 214

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

    05 July 2018 / 262

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

    05 July 2018 / 182

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

    03 July 2018 / 293

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


    CARICOM targets year’s end for regional biodiversity strategy

    28 June 2018 / 166

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

    27 June 2018 Reference Number: 103/2018 / 172

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

    25 June 2018 / 330

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

    22 June 2018 / 262

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

    20 June 2018 / 252

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

    18 June 2018 / 326

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

    14 June 2018 / 294

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

    14 June 2018 / 330

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

    12 June 2018 / 364

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

    12 June 2018 / 347

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

    11 June 2018 / 324

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

    09 June 2018 / 312

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

    08 June 2018 / 362

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

    08 June 2018 / 294

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

    07 June 2018 / 404

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

    07 June 2018 / 412

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

    01 June 2018 / 362

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


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

    25 May 2018 / 366

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

    25 May 2018 / 354

    CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has congratulated new Barbados Prime Minister Hon. Mia Mottley on her ‘truly historic achievements’ following Thursday’s General Elections, and said it will be his pleasure to welcome her to the next meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government in Jamaica on 4-6 July.Ms Mottley’s  Barbados Labour Party (BLP) won all 30 seats in the Barbados House of Assembly, making her the country’s first female Prime Minister....
  • CARICOM continues implementation of a harmonised Results-Based Management (RBM) System with visit to Haiti

    23 May 2018 / 396

    Sensitisation seminars on the CARICOM Results-Based Management (RBM) System moved to Haiti on Wednesday following visits to other Member States.The RBM System, which promotes a more results-focused approach to programme and project management, is targeting a wide cross section of stakeholders including parliamentarians, Permanent Secretaries, International Development Partners, Regional Institutions, Directors and Corporate Planners, the Private Sector, Non-Governmental Organisations and the...
  • SG URGES LITHUANIA TO ADVOCATE FOR CARICOM

    23 May 2018 / 358

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

    22 May 2018 / 368

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

    21 May 2018 / 400

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

    18 May 2018 / 390

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

    18 May 2018 / 398

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

    18 May 2018 / 404

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

    17 May 2018 / 428

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

    16 May 2018 / 390

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

    14 May 2018 / 430

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

    11 May 2018 / 440

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

    03 May 2018 Reference Number: 63/2018 / 474

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

    03 May 2018 / 410

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

    03 May 2018 / 478

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

    03 May 2018 / 528

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


    Statement by CARICOM

    28 April 2018 / 498

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

    17 April 2018 / 526

    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 / 706

    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 / 572

    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 / 692

    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 / 524

    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 / 514

    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 / 566

    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 / 526

    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 / 583

    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 / 618

    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 / 558

    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 / 624

    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 / 662

    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 / 590

    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 / 610

       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 / 684

    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 / 827

    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 / 743

    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 / 797

      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 / 779

    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 / 828

    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 / 846

    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 / 674

    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 / 768

    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 / 754

    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 / 784

    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 / 868

    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 / 836

    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 / 880

    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 / 793

    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 / 792

    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 / 830

    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 / 964

    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 / 888

    (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 / 902

    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 / 988

    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 / 986

    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 / 310

    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 / 942

    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 / 340

    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 / 906

    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 / 880

    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 / 1062

    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...