News from CARICOM:
Caribbean Community (CARICOM)
November 20, 2015
ROSEAU, Dominica -- St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris has called on his regional colleagues to finalise a single regional candidate for the post of Commonwealth secretary general. “We are facing Malta very soon, as the prime minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica...
November 13, 2015
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- On Monday, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) confirmed five case of Zika virus in a territory of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Earlier this year, suspected cases of the mosquito-borne disease were reported in Brazil and the Dominican Republic.
November 7, 2015
As with so much in politics it is often what is not seen, said or fully understood that drives events. This is particularly so in the case of Venezuela’s changing relationship with the countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). In recent months Caracas has been deepening its sub-regional relations.
November 6, 2015
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados’ ambassador to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Robert Morris, is of the view that however the nation evolves, it will be based on the efforts and contribution of those who are employed. The ambassador was at the time addressing fourth and...
November 6, 2015
No member state of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) ranks among the top 20 jurisdictions worldwide for financial secrecy. The United States of America (at number 3), Germany (8), Japan (12) and Britain (15), all rate as bigger tax havens than any CARICOM jurisdiction, according to the Tax Justice...
November 4, 2015
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- With just over a month to go before the West Indies Cricket Board’s quarterly scheduled meeting on December 12 in St. Lucia, the WICB president, Dave Cameron has acknowledged a report received from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on the governance of cricket.
October 30, 2015
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Election Observation Mission (CEOM) to Haiti has issued its Immediate post-election statement in which it highlighted areas that could lead to “undesirable sequels” if not corrected. Those areas included anomalies pertaining...
October 29, 2015
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- In an effort to expand its economic partners, Suriname has forged strong ties with the Islamic world by accelerating its engagement with the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) over the past five years. Paramaribo has now positioned itself as the leader in Islamic banking in the region.
October 29, 2015
BRASILIA, Brazil -- Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque paid an official visit to Brazil on 26 October 2015 at the request of the foreign minister of Brazil, Mauro Luiz Vieira. In the course of the visit, the secretary-general met with the foreign minister and senior officials.
October 23, 2015
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will mount an election observation mission in Haiti for the first round of the presidential elections and the second round of the legislative elections, which will take place on Sunday. The fielding of this mission comes at the request...
October 22, 2015
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- deepening cooperation in security, health and energy between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the United States was underscored on Tuesday as Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque received new US Ambassador to CARICOM Perry Holloway.
October 19, 2015
LIMA, Peru -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary General Irwin LaRocque continues to champion the cause for vulnerable states to receive concessional financing due to issues related to climate change. LaRocque has been focusing on this matter in many of his recent engagements.
October 9, 2015
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The need for greater political dialogue and co-operation between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the European Union was emphasised as the new EU ambassador to CARICOM presented his credentials on Wednesday. CARICOM Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque...
October 7, 2015
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Recently the prime minister of Curacao, Dr Bernard Whiteman, was in New York as part of a delegation from the Dutch Kingdom that attended the General Assembly of the United Nations. Whiteman made use of this opportunity to meet with the leaders of various island nations.
October 7, 2015
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Although the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) is 71 percent complete, more needs to be done “to complete the dream of engineering that will make the Caribbean and CARICOM realise their dreams and foster a unity of purpose”. This is according to...
October 7, 2015
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) is well positioned for its second funding cycle 2015 to 2020 after establishing a solid base during its first cycle and an in-depth review of its operations. Word of this came from chairman of the CDF Board of Directors, Dr Alvin Hilaire.
October 6, 2015
HAVANA, Cuba -- The ninth meeting of the Joint Commission under the Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba will take place in Havana, Cuba on 6 – 7 October 2015. The meeting will primarily focus on the conclusion of market...
October 2, 2015
NEW YORK, USA -- Caribbean Community (CARICOM) foreign ministers have welcomed Venezuela’s decision to receive a United Nations technical team that will provide recommendations to the UN secretary general on the way forward to a full and final solution to the Guyana-Venezuela territorial controversy.
September 30, 2015
NEW YORK, USA -- Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta used his visit to New York attend the 70th anniversary of the United Nations to rally support from Caribbean countries to change an International Criminal Court (ICC) rule at the upcoming November meeting of the Assembly of State Parties.
September 21, 2015
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Barbados-based CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) has a new chief executive officer (CEO), who will lead that organisation through its Second Funding Cycle, 2015-2020. He is Rodinald Soomer, an economist, who was previously employed in the Division of...
September 17, 2015
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The secretary-general of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Irwin LaRocque, met with a delegation from St Maarten – one of five Caribbean countries seeking associate membership in CARICOM – on Monday at CARICOM Headquarters in Georgetown, Guyana.
September 10, 2015
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (GIS) -- A Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Science, Technology and Innovation Committee (CSTIC) team will visit Cuba from September 14-17, 2015, to explore collaboration and cooperation in the field of science and technology. Professor Emeritus Harold Ramkissoon...
September 10, 2015
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- A recently formed Model Arbitration Legislation Committee will review legislation from around the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) region to develop a model arbitration bill. The committee, coordinated by the Canadian government funded Improved Access to Justice in the...
September 4, 2015
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will send a CARICOM electoral observer mission to monitor the general elections to be held in Trinidad and Tobago on Monday, September 7, 2015. The chief of mission is Orrette Fisher, director of elections, Electoral Commission of Jamaica.
August 31, 2015
The creation of the Caribbean Patent Convention under the auspices of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is a long awaited and most welcome development towards the harmonization of intellectual property laws in the region. Even more importantly, it is an indication that CARICOM leadership...
August 29, 2015
Mutual incomprehension perhaps best sums up the way in which the Anglophone Caribbean and the Dominican Republic presently regard one another. Although in recent months the focus has been on the complex concerns surrounding Haitian migration and residence, the regional divide has much...
August 24, 2015
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The twelfth edition of the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA XII) opened on Friday night with exciting performances, speeches and fireworks. The event began with a parade of all the countries represented, dressed in their traditional national dress and arriving in the Haitian...