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  • February, 2018


    CARICOM SG commends Grenada’s unwavering commitment to integration

    07 February 2018 / 94

    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 / 70

    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 / 92

    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 / 114

    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 / 132

    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 / 156

    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 / 152

    (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 / 160

    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 / 178

    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 / 174

    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 / 44

    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 / 170

    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 / 56

    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 / 158

    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 / 172

    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 / 264

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

    12 January 2018 / 184

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

    12 January 2018 / 208

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

    12 January 2018 / 174

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

    12 January 2018 / 207

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

    10 January 2018 / 202

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

    09 January 2018 / 188

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

    01 January 2018 / 224

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


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

    31 December 2017 / 287

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

    28 December 2017 / 308

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

    28 December 2017 / 260

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

    27 December 2017 / 246

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

    19 December 2017 / 240

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

    15 December 2017 / 230

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

    12 December 2017 / 276

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

    11 December 2017 / 278

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

    09 December 2017 / 304

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

    09 December 2017 / 302

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

    08 December 2017 / 290

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

    07 December 2017 Reference Number: 210/17 / 264

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

    05 December 2017 Reference Number: 208/17 / 242

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

    05 December 2017 Reference Number: 208/17 / 112

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

    04 December 2017 / 336

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

    03 December 2017 / 299

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


    CARICOM SG and Haiti’s President hold talks

    30 November 2017 / 352

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

    30 November 2017 / 274

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

    29 November 2017 / 106

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

    28 November 2017 / 94

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

    24 November 2017 / 346

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

    21 November 2017 / 398

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

    21 November 2017 / 288

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

    21 November 2017 / 120

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

    20 November 2017 / 340

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

    20 November 2017 / 316

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

    20 November 2017 / 374

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

    17 November 2017 / 368

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

    17 November 2017 / 382

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

    17 November 2017 / 152

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

    17 November 2017 / 440

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

    16 November 2017 / 386

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

    16 November 2017 / 394

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

    16 November 2017 / 360

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

    16 November 2017 / 390

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

    15 November 2017 / 370

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

    14 November 2017 / 413

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

    14 November 2017 / 418

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

    14 November 2017 Reference Number: 197/17 / 408

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

    10 November 2017 / 328

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

    10 November 2017 / 448

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

    10 November 2017 / 430

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

    08 November 2017 / 358

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

    07 November 2017 / 422

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

    03 November 2017 Reference Number: 183/2017 / 556

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

    02 November 2017 / 148

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

    02 November 2017 / 442

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

    01 November 2017 / 412

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


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

    28 October 2017 / 528

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

    27 October 2017 / 462

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

    26 October 2017 / 474

    We committed as part of our excellent support to our neighbours to accommodate students whose education had become disrupted as a consequence of the ravages by the two Hurricanes. I am advised that, so far, some 72 students of preschool, primary and secondary school age are being accommodated in our schools from 7 countries namely: Anguilla (15), BVI (24), Dominica (15), the mainland USA (6), St Thomas (3), and St Maarten (9). Of the 72 students being accommodated here, 35...
  • CARICOM-Mexico Summit: Joint Declaration

    26 October 2017 / 511

    We, the Heads of State and/or Government of the Caribbean Community Member States and Mexico, gathered in Belize City, Belize, to hold the Fourth CARICOM–Mexico Summit;Inspired by four decades of dialogue and friendship;Committed to strengthening ties between CARICOM and Mexico;Dedicated to the integrated regional development and the economic prosperity of our countries;Inspired by Mexico’s renewed commitment to deepen and broaden its relations with CARICOM through dialogue...
  • CARICOM-Mexico Summit: Secretary-General invites international support for hurricane recovery

    26 October 2017 / 414

    Resilience is the cornerstone of our recovery and rebuilding process.  These disasters provide an opportunity for our Region to build back better and smarter.  It offers the prospect of the affected states becoming the first climate change resilient countries in the world.But CARICOM cannot achieve that goal alone.  Cooperation with partners like Mexico is necessary for us to fulfil them, and continue our path to sustainable development for our people.  As we seek to...
  • CARICOM and Mexico agree to strengthen ties in disaster risk management; other critical areas

    26 October 2017 / 460

    CARICOM and Mexico, which both recently suffered devastating natural disasters, have agreed to strengthen cooperation in disaster risk management.The agreement forms part of a Joint Declaration issued at the end of the Fourth CARICOM-Mexico Summit held in Belize on Wednesday 25 October 2017 under the joint chairmanship of CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell of Grenada and the President of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto.   The Mexico-CARICOM Strategy for...
  • Belize to host pivotal CARICOM-Mexico Summit

    25 October 2017 / 436

    The CARICOM-Mexico Summit set for Wednesday 25 October 2017 in Belize is seen as a pivotal opportunity for the Caribbean Community to strengthen cooperation with Mexico, one of the world’s largest integrated economies.The Summit, at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza, brings together CARICOM Heads of Government and their Foreign Ministers, and the President of Mexico and his Foreign Minister.   It will be co-chaired by CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell...
  • Commonwealth finance ministers urged to change rules to make it easier to access funds

    16 October 2017 / 178

    In a powerful intervention at the Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting (CFMM) in Washington DC, the prime minister of Saint Lucia called for the rules to be changed so countries affected by natural disasters could access funds more quickly.Over the past few weeks the Caribbean has been battered by three category five hurricanes which have left devastation in their wake. Parts of South Asia have faced floods, leading to hundreds of deaths. In Africa, Commonwealth member states have had...
  • All hands needed on deck for post-hurricane recovery – WB Meeting hears

    16 October 2017 / 534

    Statement on High Level Meeting on Recovery and Resilience in the Caribbean   Washington, October 13th, 2017– Leaders and representatives of CARICOM countries and territories, and international partners, including the international financial institutions, and the representatives of territories in the region, convened (Friday) in a high-level round table on recovery and resilience in the Caribbean hosted by the World Bank Group (WBG), as part of the WBG-IMF Annual...
  • CARICOM and Virgin Group discuss hurricane recovery and reconstruction

    13 October 2017 / 510

    CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell and Founder of of the UK-headquartered Virgin Group of Companies Sir Richard Branson on Friday hosted a Discussion Forum on post hurricane recovery and reconstruction.  The event took place on the margins of this week's annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington.Several CARICOM Member States and Associate Members, including Dominica, Antigua/Barbuda, The Bahamas,...
  • Antigua and Barbuda adopts ‘different vision’ for agriculture

    11 October 2017 / 570

    With food security as its priority, the government of Antigua and Barbuda is pursuing a “different vision” as it moves to rebuild the agriculture sector of Barbuda which was destroyed following the passage of Hurricane Irma in September.That vision focuses on improving resilience and dealing with the impact of natural disasters, Minister of Agriculture, Lands, Fisheries and Barbuda Affairs, the Hon. Arthur Nibbs said Friday.  He was at the time delivering a statement to the...
  • Effects of climate change in focus at Agriculture Meeting

    09 October 2017 / 568

    The detrimental effect of climate change on the Region was brought in to sharp focus as a special Meeting of Agriculture Ministers got underway at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, on Friday.At the opening of the 71st Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic development (COTED), Chairman, His Excellency Soeresh Algoe, Agriculture Minister of Suriname, the Hon.Noel Holder, Minister of Agriculture of Guyana, and Ambassador Irwin...
  • Greater resilience necessary to confront ‘new normal’ – CARICOM Secretary-General at agriculture meeting

    06 October 2017 / 426

    CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, makes remarks at the Opening of the 71st Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) Agriculture, at the CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana.The catastrophic hurricanes that ripped through Caribbean territories recently were likely to be the “new normal”, and provided the evidence of the reality of climate change, Caribbean Community Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said Friday....
  • Strong focus on Disaster Prevention/Risk Reduction as CARICOM welcomes new Austrian Ambassador

    04 October 2017 / 530

    CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque accepted the Letters of Credence from the new Austrian Ambassador to the Caribbean Community on Wednesday and delivered the following remarks: Your Excellency, I am honoured to accept your Letters of Credence and to extend congratulations to you on your second tour of duty as the Plenipotentiary Representative of the Republic of Austria to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).I am pleased to welcome you once again to the Headquarters...
  • CSME Online Platforms launched to promote regional trade and business

    01 October 2017 / 648

    The Caribbean Community’s development of a Single Market and Economy has been given a boost with the launch of four new on-line platforms aimed at promoting trade and improving the ease of doing business.The CARICOM Secretariat, with support from the European Union, on Monday launched the CARICOM Online Companies Registries; Labour Market Information System;  Community Public Procurement Notice Board; and the CARREX Platform and On-Line Public Portal, at a ceremony in Barbados....
  • September, 2017


    Dominican Dr. Carissa Etienne re-elected for second term as PAHO Director

    28 September 2017 / 508

    Washington, D.C., September 27, 2017 (PAHO/WHO) — Dr. Carissa F. Etienne was re-elected today for a second five-year term as Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) by the Member States of the organization.Ministers of health meeting at the 29th Pan American Sanitary Conference voted unanimously to re-elect Dr. Etienne. Her candidacy, which was not contested, was submitted by the Government of Dominica, her native country. She will assume her second...
  • Strong CARICOM support for hurricane ravaged Dominica

    24 September 2017 / 657

    The Governments and people of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States continue to actively support their sister country Dominica following Monday night’s devastating passage of Category 5 Hurricane Maria.“We’ve lost all that money can buy”, Prime Minister Roosevelt had disclosed after surveying the widespread damage to houses and infrastructure.  A number of deaths have also been reported.The government of close neighbour Antigua and Barbuda, while still...
  • CARICOM representatives show solidarity with Dominica’s Prime Minister following passionate UN speech

    23 September 2017 / 510

    Representatives of CARICOM Member States and the CARICOM Secretariat were among the many delegates who expressed sympathy with Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit following his stirring speech to the UN General Assembly on Saturday.  The Prime Minister’s address came just a few days after Category 5 Hurricane Maria devastated his island, causing at least 15 deaths and widespread damage to houses and infrastructure.Mr Skerrit in his address said:Mr. President,We...
  • Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit addresses the UN General Assembly

    23 September 2017 / 662

    UNGA 72ND SESSION STATEMENT.Secretary General to the United Nations- H.E. Antonio Guterres,President of the General Assembly- H.E. Miroslav LajcakDistinguished Heads of Delegations,Excellencies,Ladies and Gentlemen:Mr. President;I come to you straight from the front line of the war on climate change.With physical and emotional difficulty I have left my bleeding nation to be with you here today because these are the moments for which the United Nations exists!It is why we...
  • CARICOM to Launch Online CSME Platforms

    22 September 2017 Reference Number: 154/2017 / 654

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)      The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat will officially launch four (4) online platforms on Monday 25 October 2017.  These online platforms have been developed to help make the benefits of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) more accessible to CARICOM Nationals.They were created with the assistance of  the Tenth European Development Fund (10th EDF) Grant Agreement between the...
  • CARICOM mourns the loss of life in Mexico

    22 September 2017 Reference Number: 155/2017 / 580

            The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has joined the international community in mourning the tragic loss of life wrought by the September 19th earthquake in Mexico City.CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador...
  • ‘It has been brutal’ – Prime Minister Skerrit

    21 September 2017 / 547

    A visibly emotional Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of Dominica, briefed the world on Thursday about the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria which directly hit the island on Monday evening.The island is now under a state of emergency and a curfew is imposed."It has been brutal," he said on a live programme hosted at ABSTV studios in Antigua and Barbuda. The Prime Minister had earlier flown into Antigua and Barbuda from Dominica where he also held a Town Hall Meeting with Dominicans...
  • SCLAN pledges its support for hurricane ravaged countries

    20 September 2017 Reference Number: 153/2017 / 656

                                    SCLAN pledges its support for hurricane ravaged countries(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     Chair of the  Spouses of the Caribbean Leaders Action Network (SCLAN), H.E. Kim Simplis Barrow, Spouse of the Prime Minister of Belize and Special Envoy for Women and Children in Belize extended deepest sympathy to the countries...
  • CARICOM gripped with compassion at widespread loss of life… – SG

    18 September 2017 Reference Number: 148/2017 / 632

      Caribbean Community Secretary-General, Amb. Irwin LaRocque, has expressed “profound condolences” to the President of the French Republic, His Excellency Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron.   Referring to the recent passage of Hurricane Irma over the Overseas French Caribbean Territories of St. Barthelemy and in particular Saint Martin, the Secretary-General in a Message of Condolence said –  ...
  • Cayman Islands Premier delivers relief aid for Anguilla hurricane recovery

    18 September 2017 / 690

      Hon. Alden McLaughlin, Premier of the Cayman Islands, on Friday 15 September 2017 delivered 15,000 lbs of relief aid to assist Anguilla in its post hurricane recovery.   Anguilla, an Associate Member of CARICOM was pummeled by one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record, hurricane Irma, on Tuesday 5 September. It damaged the main hospital, schools and 90 percent of the homes.   The Premier of the Cayman Islands, also a CARICOM...
  • CARICOM Delegation tours hurricane devastated islands – announced plans for Donors Conference

    14 September 2017 / 650

    CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell of Grenada and Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on Wednesday completed a tour of hurricane devastated islands and have indicated that arrangements are being made  to convene an international  Donors Conference to mobilise the ‘significant resources’ required for the recovery effort.The touring CARICOM Delegation included  Mr. Ronald Jackson, Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency...
  • “Communities have pulled closer together”  -  Anguilla’s Governor

    10 September 2017 / 582

    "The people of Anguilla have responded, as I knew they would. Communities have pulled closer together; neighbours are helping neighbors to overcome the challenges, and supporting each other. Most importantly, unlike what we may have heard from other places in the region, Anguilla remains calm and Anguillians as ever, remain respectful of the rule of law."FULL STATEMENT:Statement from the Governor of Anguilla on the passage of Hurricane Irma *****************On September 5th, Anguilla has...
  • We are a resilient people but this has shaken us to our core – BVI Premier

    10 September 2017 / 546

    Premier's Full StatementThe world is now aware of the destruction caused in the BVI by Hurricane Irma, a record category 5 hurricane. Like all of us, I am heartbroken by the loss of homes and businesses but above all the loss of life the hurricane has brought.We are a resilient people but this has shaken us to our core.However, I want to reassure people that whilst the situation across our islands is critical and will remain so in the coming weeks, firm steps have been taken to...
  • CDEMA STEPS UP HURRICANE RELIEF EFFORT

    10 September 2017 / 668

    Relief efforts for the countries affected by Hurricane Irma in the eastern Caribbean have been stepped up following the passage of Hurricane Jose out of the area.The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency’s (CDEMA) advance team,  is operating out of its staging post in Antigua, which was largely unaffected by the hurricanes.The advance team, consisting of the CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit (CDRU), Rapid Needs Assessment Team (RNAT), CARICOM Operational Support Team (COST),...