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  • March, 2019


    CARIFORUM Member States sign Agreement to preserve trade with the United Kingdom after Brexit

    22 March 2019 / 26

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

    15 March 2019 / 34

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

    12 March 2019 / 64

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

    12 March 2019 / 68

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

    10 March 2019 / 64

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

    08 March 2019 / 34

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

    01 March 2019 / 102

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


    Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago sign CARICOM Multilateral Air Services Agreement

    27 February 2019 / 124

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

    27 February 2019 Reference Number: 34/2019 / 110

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

    27 February 2019 Reference Number: 35/2019 / 126

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

    26 February 2019 / 116

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

    26 February 2019 / 118

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

    26 February 2019 / 132

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

    26 February 2019 / 124

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

    26 February 2019 / 138

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

    26 February 2019 Reference Number: 33/2019 / 92

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

    25 February 2019 / 102

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

    22 February 2019 / 167

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

    22 February 2019 / 136

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

    21 February 2019 / 122

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

    19 February 2019 / 149

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

    18 February 2019 / 150

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

    14 February 2019 / 150

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

    12 February 2019 / 206

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

    06 February 2019 / 502

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

    06 February 2019 / 352

    OPM St. Kitts-Nevis - The Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) – Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis – and members of his delegation touched down on Tuesday in Montevideo, Uruguay, where a CARICOM-Mexico-Uruguay-led conference on the situation in Venezuela is set to take place Wednesday, 6 February.This afternoon, the Uruguayan Foreign Minister, Rodolfo Nin Novoa, hosted the CARICOM and Mexico delegations at a welcome luncheon...
  • Representatives of Border Agencies and Private Sector meet on WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

    06 February 2019 / 276

    Approximately 108 representatives of Border Agencies and the Private Sector from CARICOM WTO Members and Observer countries participated in a Regional Capacity Building Workshop on the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation, organized by the WTO and CARICOM Secretariats,  in Saint Lucia from 28 January to 1 February 2019.   The Workshop,  which focused on border agency co-ordination and co-operation, was facilitated by regional and international experts from the Caribbean...
  • CARIFORUM Capacity Building Intervention starts:  Youth investment, policies and prevention programmes, partnerships emphasised

    05 February 2019 / 300

    The importance of investing in youth, including treatment and rehabilitation for those who are using and addicted to alcohol and other drugs, was underscored at the Official Opening of the Regional Adolescent Training Workshops on 4 February 2019 in Trinidad and Tobago. To this end, partnerships, relevant policies and adolescents’ prevention programmes, among others, were emphasised by speakers who represented the CARICOM Secretariat, Delegation of the European Union, Organisation of the...
  • CARICOM lauds Grenada’s global impact

    04 February 2019 / 270

    As Grenada celebrates its Forty-Fifth Anniversary of Independence on Wednesday 7 February, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has lauded its “global mark” in academia, diplomacy and sport as “impressive.” The Secretary-General offered the Community’s “warmest congratulations” to the people and government of Grenada, noting that they have “shown great resilience in maintaining a steady path in the...
  • CARIFORUM Regional Adolescent Training Workshops opens:  Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation critical to advance economic development

    04 February 2019 / 304

    Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat Assistant Secretary-General (ASG), Dr. Douglas Slater, emphasised the critical link between human resource development and economic development and, in this regard, the importance of treatment and rehabilitation for persons with problematic drug use and misuse. The ASG was speaking at the Opening of the Regional Adolescent Training Workshop earlier today, in Trinidad and Tobago.“Human resource development and economic development can be likened...
  • January, 2019


    Statement on second day of visit to the UN by Delegation of CARICOM Member States

    31 January 2019 / 328

    On Tuesday, 30 January 2019, the delegation of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) comprising Dr the Hon. Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of S.Kitts and Nevis (Chairman of CARICOM) and Dr the Hon. Keith Rowley, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, the Hon. Peter David, Foreign Minister of Grenada, H.E. Irwin LaRocque, CARICOM Secretary-General, as well as the Permanent Representatives of these countries continued its engagements at the United Nations and at the Trinidad and Tobago Permanent...
  • SPOUSES OF CARICOM LEADERS ACTION NETWORK (SCLAN) APPOINT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    31 January 2019 Reference Number: 15/2019 / 224

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     The Executive Directors of the Spouses of CARICOM Leaders Action Network (SCLAN) are pleased to announce the appointment of Jacqueline Dragone as the new Executive Director, effective March 1, 2019.Ms. Dragone will be responsible for leading the Coordinating Mechanism beginning with the implementation of the project activities under the Gilead Sciences Inc. grant funding for the two demonstration projects...
  • Visit of Delegation of CARICOM Member States to the UN Secretary-General

    28 January 2019 / 264

    On Monday, 28 January 2019 a delegation of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), comprising Dr the Hon. Timothy Harris, Chairman of CARICOM, the Hon. Mia Mottley and Dr. the Hon. Keith Rowley, Prime Ministers of St. Kitts and Nevis, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago, respectively, and the Hon. Peter David,  Foreign Minister of Grenada, H.E. Irwin LaRocque, CARICOM Secretary-General, as well as the Permanent Representatives of these countries met with the United Nations Secretary-General H.E....
  • CARICOM Delegation to meet UN Secretary-General on crisis in Venezuela

    27 January 2019 / 332

    Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Dr the Honourable Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis leads a delegation from the Community to meet with United Nations (UN) Secretary-General His Excellency Antonio Guterres on Monday morning to discuss the crisis in Venezuela.The meeting will take place at UN Headquarters, New York USA. Prime Minister Harris will be accompanied by the Honourable Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados, Dr the Honourable Keith Rowley, Prime...
  • STATEMENT BY THE CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENT OF CARICOM ON THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN THE SITUATION IN THE BOLIVARIAN REPUBLIC OF VENEZUELA

    24 January 2019 / 533

    The following Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) - Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago; Foreign Ministers of Grenada and Suriname [1] ;, meeting by video-conference on 24 January 2019, issued the following statement. “Heads of Government are following closely the current unsatisfactory situation in Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, a...
  • CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) Signs US$ 1 million Contribution Agreement with Government of India

    24 January 2019 / 308

    The Government of India and the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) signed a Contribution Agreement on Saturday January 19th, 2019, in Paramaribo Suriname, which provides for a grant allocation of US$ 1 million to the CDF’s capital fund. India becomes the latest International Development Partner to have established formal ties with the CDF during its Second contribution and subvention cycle, which runs from 2015 to 2020, and this comes on the heels of the recent celebration of the 10th...
  • Romania sympathetic to CARICOM’s blacklisting concerns

    24 January 2019 / 264

    The Government of Romania is sympathetic to the concerns of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) with respect to the blacklisting of some of its Member States by the European Union (EU).The sentiment was conveyed by His Excellency Ambassador Stefan Mera as he presented his credentials on Thursday to CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque as his country’s first Ambassador to the Caribbean Community.Some CARICOM Member States have been blacklisted by EU despite having...
  • CARICOM draft Model School Drug Policy to be developed Workshop opens in Saint Lucia

    23 January 2019 / 306

    More than 20 representatives from government ministries and non-governmental organisations in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are attending a regional workshop to develop a draft Model School Drug Policy. The workshop opened on 21 January 2019, in Castries.The use of licit and illicit substances, including alcohol; inhalants; and marijuana has been increasing, particularly by students across the Region.A 2016 Report  of a study undertaken in 13 CARICOM countries by the Inter American...
  • Progress, but impact of HIV prevention response inadequate, particularly among key populations – PANCAP Evaluation

    22 January 2019 / 232

    The Caribbean has made progress in responding to the HIV epidemic, but an evaluation done last year has found that the impact of the prevention response has been inadequate, particularly among key populations.Of concern, according to the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP), is that the annual number of new HIV infections among adults in the Caribbean declined by only 18% from 2010 to 2017, from 19,000 [14,000–31,000] to 15,000 [11,000–26,000]. Key...
  • Crime and Security – a regional problem…  CARICOM SG tells Caribbean Youth Violence Prevention Summit

    16 January 2019 / 250

    Caribbean Community, (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin La Rocque, called for the full cooperation of all stakeholders within Member States to respond to the issue of crime and security, which he described as a regional problem that demands a regional solution.“The multi-state, multi sectoral response to this challenge is vital for us to succeed in defeating it” [crime], the Secretary-General said.He alluded to the findings of recent studies which show that the majority of victims, as...
  • December, 2018


    CARICOM SG congratulates Haiti on 215th Independence Anniversary

    31 December 2018 / 306

    CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has extended the Caribbean Community’s congratulations to Haiti on its Two Hundred and Fifteenth Anniversary of Independence, 1 January 2019, noting the continued significance of the occasion as a symbol of triumph over adversity.Ambassador LaRocque, in his congratulatory message to Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise also said the resilience, courage and determination of Haitians continue to be an inspiration to all.The...
  • CMO Chief Retires -  New Chief Onboard

    29 December 2018 / 315

    The CARICOM Secretariat today announced the retirement at the end of November 2018 of Mr Tyrone Sutherland, long-serving Coordinating Director of the Caribbean Meteorological Organization (CMO).The Caribbean Meteorological Organization, established in 1973 with headquarters in Port of Spain, Trinidad, is one of the oldest Caribbean institutions.  A member organization of CARICOM, the CMO coordinates the joint activities of the Meteorological and Hydrometeorological Services of 16...
  • New Year’s Message from Incoming Chairman of the Caribbean Community Dr. The Honourable Timothy Harris Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis

    29 December 2018 / 356

    As the Caribbean Community enters this New Year 2019, it is with a renewed vigour and determination to maintain the momentum with which we ended 2018.This is the final year of our first five-year Strategic Plan and preparations have already begun for the second Plan which will build on the accomplishments of its predecessor.There is no doubt that the CARICOM Single Market and Economy is the linchpin of our efforts at sustainable growth and development and in the coming year we will be...
  • End of Year Message by the Chairman of the Caribbean Community The Most Honourable Andrew Holness Prime Minister of Jamaica

    28 December 2018 / 314

    I bring season’s greetings to the people of our Caribbean Community on behalf of all Heads of Government at this joyous time of year.The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has had an eventful year both regionally and internationally.  We have seen advances in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy, (CSME), the signing of the New Multi-Lateral Air Services Agreement and we have been invited to participate in meetings of major international partners.A proper functioning CSME is essential...
  • STATEMENT ON THE VENEZUELAN INTERCEPTION OF A RESEARCH VESSEL IN GUYANA’S EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENT OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY (CARICOM) THE MOST HONOURABLE ANDREW HOLNESS PRIME MINISTER OF JAMAICA

    24 December 2018 / 408

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) views with grave concern the reported interception by the Venezuelan navy on Saturday, 22 December 2018 of a seismic research vessel flagged by the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, in the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana.Such acts violate the sovereign rights of Guyana under international law, its entitlement to a territorial sea, Exclusive Economic Zone and continental shelf, and pose a threat to Guyana’s...
  • End of Year Message by the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque

    24 December 2018 / 292

    As we end another year in this festive season, it is a time for peace, joy and reflection.In the past year the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has made some significant advances. Agreements have been reached and legal instruments have been signed as the Member States demonstrated their commitment to strengthening integration.As is to be expected the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) has been at the forefront of our activities, culminating in the St Ann’s Declaration on the CSME...
  • CARICOM and Argentina looking towards closer cooperation

    19 December 2018 / 328

    Argentina is offering the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) a platform to engage the global community when it hosts the “Second United Nations High Level Conference on South-South Cooperation, PABA 40” in March next year.It has proposed, as a side-event, a conference with the invited countries and organisations, which are expected to include some of the major economies of the world, agencies of the United Nations, other international organisations, and NGO’s. CARICOM will also...
  • 2019 ANSA Caribbean Awards Laureates Announced

    17 December 2018 / 292

    The Anthony N Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence  has named four laureates for 2019 and announced that its Awards ceremony will be held in Barbados on March 30, 2019.  The Laureates are:For Arts and Letters, Ms Danielle Dieffenthaller,  a Trinidadian television and film producer, director, writer and a passionate advocate for a strong Caribbean film industry;For Entrepreneurship, Ms Kimala Bennett, a Jamaican filmmaker, entrepreneur, strategist, creative thinker and...
  • Prime Minister Harris meets CARICOM Secretary-General ahead of assuming CARICOM Chairmanship and hosting 30th Inter-Sessional

    17 December 2018 / 356

    Bassterre, St. Kitts and Nevis, OPM - Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris met today, Monday, December 17th, 2018, with the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, in the Office of the Prime Minister at Government Headquarters.Prime Minister Harris said it was a special privilege to receive a visit from CARICOM’s Secretary-General.  Chef de Cabinet in the Office of the Secretary-General, Mrs. Charmaine Atkinson-Jordan...
  • REGIONAL STATEMENT ON THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL PANEL ON CLIMATE CHANGE (IPCC) SPECIAL REPORT ON THE IMPACTS OF GLOBAL WARMING OF 1.5 °C ABOVE PRE-INDUSTRIAL LEVELS (1.5 °C SPECIAL REPORT)

    12 December 2018 / 332

    We, the Ministers responsible for addressing climate change in the Caribbean Community: Recalling the escalated climate change impacts that the region has experienced in recent years with warming of 1.0 °C above pre-industrial levels, including the devastating impacts from hurricanes and tropical storms and other weather-related extreme events, and the adverse effects these impacts have had on particularly vulnerable countries and communities; Also recalling, the...
  • CARICOM SG holds talks with Aruba on Associate Membership

    12 December 2018 / 330

    Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque met on Wednesday with Prime Minister of Aruba Hon Evelyn Wever-Croes on Associate Membership in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)  for the Dutch Territory. The Secretary-General will also visit Curacao and St. Maarten this week.CARICOM Heads of Government earlier this year mandated the Secretary-General to begin the process of negotiations with the Dutch Territories in order to better determine their expectations of Associate Membership, and...
  • Statement - Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on CSME

    12 December 2018 / 356

    Conceived as an instrument to facilitate economic development, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Single Market and Economy (CSME) is the manifestation of the intent to deepen the integration process that began with the signing of the Treaty of Chaguaramas in 1973.  That Treaty was later revised and the Community is now governed by the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas Establishing the Caribbean Community Including the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) which was signed by Heads of...
  • Value of Early Warning Systems to the Region highlighted at Climate Change Conference

    11 December 2018 / 298

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has been highlighting the importance of early warning systems to the hurricane prone region, at COP 24 – the Climate Change Conference taking place in Katowice, Poland.The CARICOM Secretariat’s Assistant Secretary-General for Human and Social Development Dr Douglas Slater joined an international panel discussion at the Conference on Tuesday to address the question, “After the devastation from last year’s hurricanes, how is the...
  • Trinidad and Tobago signs CARIFESTA XIV Host Country Agreement.

    11 December 2018 / 320

    As the excitement builds in the lead up to this country’s hosting of the Caribbean’s premiere Festival of the Arts in 2019, Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago signed the Host Country Agreement for CARIFESTA XIV with Ambassador Irwin La Rocque, Secretary General of CARICOM. The signing took place on Tuesday December 4th, 2018 at the end of the 18th Special Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community on the CARICOM...
  • Statement to mark CARICOM-Cuba Day, 8 December 2018

    07 December 2018 / 384

    The 8th of December 2018 marks the Forty-Sixth Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago, the four CARICOM countries independent at that time, and Cuba.  That historic and courageous act of 8 December 1972 has grown over the years into a strong fraternal relationship between all the Member States of the Caribbean Community and Cuba.The friendly and close relationship that unites CARICOM and Cuba is a shining...
  • CARICOM Committee of Ambassadors charting enhanced role

    06 December 2018 / 402

    The CARICOM Committee of Ambassadors is holding its 8th meeting in Guyana, Thursday, with heightened expectations of the group following the ground-breaking Special Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government on the CSME, in Trinidad and Tobago earlier this week.CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque in welcome remarks, told the Ambassadors their role, both individually as the link between the regional and the national, and as a constituent group within the governance structure of the...
  • CARICOM Competition Commission issues statement on the sale of banking and insurance assets by the Bank of Nova Scotia to Republic Financial Holdings and Sagicor Financial Corporation

    05 December 2018 / 388

    The Statement reads: The CARICOM Competition Commission (“the Commission”) was established by Article 171 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (“RTC”), with a mandate to promote and protect competition within the community.The Commission in its monitoring of business activity in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), has taken note of the  announcement  on 28th November 2018 by the Bank of Nova Scotia (“Scotiabank”) of its...
  • ST ANN’S DECLARATION ON CSME

    04 December 2018 / 507

    WE, the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), meeting at Port of Spain Trinidad and Tobago 3-4 December, 2018 on the occasion of the 18th Special Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM;Recalling the 1989 Declaration of Grand Anse which initiated the process towards the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), the signing of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas in 2001, which established the CSME and the launch of the CSME in 2006;Convinced that the...
  • ‘If not now, when’ – Prime Minister Rowley on CSME

    03 December 2018 / 490

    Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government were challenged to move the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) forward by Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley.Speaking this morning at the start of their 18th Special Meeting which is focused on the CSME at the Hilton Hotel in Port of Spain, the host Prime Minster posed the question, “if not now, when; if not us, who?”​The two-day meeting is looking at increasing the rate of...
  • November, 2018


    Happy 52nd Barbados!

    29 November 2018 / 374

    Congratulatory Message from CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque to Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados on the occasion of the country's 52nd Independence Anniversary, 30 November 2018.Honourable Prime Minister:On behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), I extend warmest congratulations to the Government and People of Barbados on the occasion of the Fifty-Second Anniversary of Independence which is being celebrated under the theme, “Building Together - One...
  • Secretary-General Holds Talks With Japanese Ambassador

    29 November 2018 / 374

    As the Caribbean Community continues to strengthen cooperation with Japan, Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on Wednesday met with Japanese Ambassador to CARICOM HE Mr Mitsuhiko Okada.  The Secretary-General was joined at the meeting by Assistant Secretary-General, Foreign and Community Relations Ambassador Colin Granderson and other Secretariat officials.  Ambassador Okada was accompanied by Mrs Mari Okada and First Secretary Ms Chiharu Hoshiai.  The meeting was held...
  • Antigua and Barbuda to host results-focused Seminars

    29 November 2018 / 366

    Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Hon Gaston Browne this morning welcomed Deputy Secretary-General Ambassador Manorma Soeknandan and her Secretariat team to St. Johns for the Antigua/Barbuda leg of the regional sensitization seminars on the CARICOM Results-Based Management (RBM) System.It is the third stop for the team this week, following visits to Montserrat and St. Kitts/Nevis.  Tomorrow the Secretariat team will conduct seminars for State-actors including Parliamentarians...
  • St Kitts/Nevis gets Results-based Management sensitization

    27 November 2018 / 362

    St. Kitts and Nevis is benefitting from sensitization seminars on the CARICOM Results-Based Management (RBM) system.A CARICOM Secretariat team, led by Deputy Secretary-General Ambassador Manorma Soeknandan, is in Basseterre to conduct the seminars which are targeting a wide cross section of stakeholders including Parliamentarians, Permanent Secretaries, International Development Partners, representatives of Regional Institutions, Corporate Planners, the Private Sector, Non-Governmental...
  • CARICOM continues implementation of a harmonised Results-Based Management (RBM) System with visit to Montserrat

    26 November 2018 / 346

    Montserrat on Monday hosted the latest in a regional series of sensitization seminars on the CARICOM Results-Based Management ((RBM) System.  A team from the CARICOM Secretariat, led by Deputy Secretary-General Ambassador Manorma Soeknandan, visited the island to conduct the exercise. The RBM System, which promotes a more results-focused approach to programme and project management, is targeting a wide cross section of stakeholders including parliamentarians, Permanent Secretaries,...
  • October, 2018


    CARICOM congratulates Antigua/Barbuda on its 37th Independence Anniversary

    31 October 2018 / 520

    Antigua and Barbuda’s ‘invaluable contribution’ to regional integration and ‘active participation in the Councils’ of the Caribbean Community have been highlighted as CARICOM congratulates the country on 37 years of Independence.Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, in a congratulatory message to Prime Minister Hon. Gaston Browne said:“Under your leadership as Head of Government responsible for Services within the CARICOM Quasi-Cabinet, Antigua and...
  • Secretary General meets with Prime Minister Rowley in advance of CSME Special Meeting

    30 October 2018 / 554

    The upcoming Special Meeting of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) will be the focus of a meeting on Thursday between, CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr the Honourable Keith Rowley.The discussions will take place in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, the venue for the Special Meeting which will be held on 3-4 December 2018. At their meeting in Montego...
  • CARICOM Special Rapporteur on Disability appointed

    29 October 2018 / 600

     The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has appointed a Special Rapporteur on Disability, as it works towards an inclusive Region for persons with disabilities.  The Thirty-Fifth Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) – Health, in September 2018, endorsed the recommendation that Senator Dr. Floyd Morris be appointed to the position, and “urged Ministries of Health to facilitate the Special Rapporteur in the conduct of his duties at the national...
  • CARICOM Secretariat releases biodiversity management ‘report card’

    26 October 2018 / 544

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has recorded a significant milestone with the release of a report on the state of biodiversity management in the Region.The report examines how CARICOM Member States have progressed in meeting their commitments under the Aichi Biodiversity Targets within the framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Titled: The State of Biodiversity in the Caribbean – A review of the progress towards the Aichi biodiversity targets, the report was...
  • CARICOM Secretariat urges sound ecosystem management

    25 October 2018 / 441

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) – Future regional economic development will depend on sound management of natural resources, the CARICOM Secretariat’s Ambassador Colin Granderson has said, noting that healthy ecosystems improve a country’s ability to bounce back from catastrophic events.The Assistant Secretary-General for Foreign and Foreign Relations, who is also acting as Officer-in-Charge of the CARICOM Secretariat, was at the time speaking to...
  • Suriname National Faith Leaders Consultation - Faith Leaders to establish the main goals for an Inter-Religious Faith Leaders Network in Suriname with emphasis on contributing to end AIDS

    19 October 2018 / 522

    The Pan-Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), with funding from the CARIFORUM 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Programme of Support for Wider Caribbean Cooperation will host the Suriname National Faith Leaders Consultation in Suriname on the 19 and 20 October 2018. This Consultation is a follow-up to a series of engagements with faith leaders in Suriname under the PANCAP Justice for All programme. This consultation will facilitate the development of an action plan for...
  • Singapore keen on sharing development experience with CARICOM

    18 October 2018 / 600

    Singapore has said it is happy to share its development experience with the Caribbean Community, as the country’s second Ambassador to CARICOM  was accredited Wednesday.Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque accepted the Letters of Credence of Her Excellency Karen Tan, Plenipotentiary Representative of Singapore to CARICOM, at the Secretariat’s Headquarters in Georgetown Guyana.Ambassador Tan said her appointment represented Singapore’s commitment to...
  • CARICOM, Norway strengthening already good relations

    17 October 2018 Reference Number: 143/2018 / 592

     (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on Tuesday accredited the first Ambassador of Norway to CARICOM noting that the appointment strengthens “already good” relations and signals a new chapter in a long standing friendship with the Kingdom of Norway.Her Excellency Ingrid Mollestad presented her Letters of Credence to the Secretary-General at the Headquarters of the CARICOM...
  • CARICOM expresses solidarity with Indonesia

    03 October 2018 / 588

    Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has expressed the Community’s deepest solidarity with Indonesia in the wake of the recent catastrophes.In a message of condolence to the President of the Republic of Indonesia, His Excellency Joko Widodo, Ambassador LaRocque said CARICOM’s thoughts are with the families and loved ones of those who perished in the devastating earthquake of 28 September 2018 and the resulting tsunami on the island of...
  • September, 2018


  • CARICOM SG accredits Panama’s first Ambassador

    13 September 2018 / 703

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Thursday 13 September 2018 formalised diplomatic ties with Panama, accrediting the first Ambassador of the Central American country to the Community.CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, received the letter of credence of Her Excellency Soraya Cano Franco during a short ceremony at the Headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat, in Georgetown, Guyana.He said Panama and the Community have had strong people to people contact since the 19th...
  • CARICOM extends condolences on passing of former Montserrat Chief Minister

    12 September 2018 / 737

    CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has expressed the Community’s condolences to the family of Montserrat’s former Chief Minister Mr Bertrand Osborne and to the Government and people, on his passing.   Mr Osborne, who died last Wednesday, served as Chief Minister of Montserrat from November 13th 1996 to August 27th 1997, a particularly difficult time in the island’s history during the height of the volcanic crisis.Ambassador LaRocque, in his...
  • Successful COFAP and CSME Meetings in Barbados

    06 September 2018 / 892

    CARICOM Citizens can rest assured that their leaders are moving with “renewed passion and energy” to make sure that the Community is functioning.This was pointed out by Chairman of CARICOM, Prime Minister Andrew Holness of Jamaica and Chairman of the Council on Finance and Planning, Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua, at a briefing to close the Sixth Meeting of the Council on Finance and Planning and The Ninth Special Meeting of The Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on the CSME...
  • Spouses of CARICOM Leaders Action Network (SCLAN) gets Grant Funding from Gilead Sciences Inc.

    06 September 2018 / 862

    The Spouses of CARICOM Leaders Action Network (SCLAN) is pleased to announce the receipt of grant funding from Gilead Sciences Inc. for initiatives under the theme “Transforming Lives through Innovation: Implementation of high-impact prevention programs for adolescents, young men and women”.The Grant will facilitate the establishment of the SCLAN Secretariat that will be housed in Belize, and two demonstration projects in Belize and Guyana. The Secretariat will be...
  • August, 2018


    Energy Services Customers to Benefit Most from New CARICOM-led Credit Risk Initiative

    21 August 2018 Reference Number: 130/2018 / 1012

      (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)    Customers for energy services across the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are expected to be the main beneficiaries of an ongoing initiative that seeks to facilitate ease of access to credit for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) within the Region’s energy sector.The Credit Risk Abatement Facility (CRAF) is currently being developed by the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) – a...
  • Jamaican Officials Engaged On CARICOM Results-Based Management System

    16 August 2018 / 896

    Parliamentarians and senior public sector officials in Jamaica participated in day-two of the series of sensitization seminars on the CARICOM Results-Based Management (RBM) system, Wednesday.The session with Parliamentarians at the Houses of Parliament was addressed by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign trade Kamina Johnson Smith. A separate engagement for Permanent Secretaries  and other officials, held at the Office of the Prime Minister,  was addressed by Cabinet Secretary...
  • CARICOM mourns the loss of VS Naipaul

    13 August 2018 / 866

    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 / 904

    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 / 910

    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 / 976

    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 / 878

    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 / 973

    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 / 878

     (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 / 832

    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 / 952

    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 / 917

    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 / 814

    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 / 1156

    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 / 880

    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 / 1293

    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 / 1006

    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 / 774

    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 / 1037

    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 / 942

    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 / 1086

        (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 / 1247

     (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...