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CDEMA and CARICAD formalise partnership for regional sustainable development

December 9, 2016
CDEMA and CARICAD formalise partnership for regional sustainable development BRIDGETOWN, Barbados-- In a demonstration of regional partnership, two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) institutions have taken an important step to formalize their relationship towards enhancing sustainable development across the region. The Caribbean Disaster Emergency...

OAS highlights improvements; CARICOM observers satisfied with Haiti's elections

November 23, 2016
OAS highlights improvements; CARICOM observers satisfied with Haiti's elections PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The electoral observation mission of the Organization of American States (OAS/EOM) to Sunday's elections in Haiti highlighted improvements over recent elections in the process on Election Day, as part of the preliminary report presented by the mission.

CARICOM to monitor Sunday's elections in Haiti; OAS mission deployed

November 19, 2016
CARICOM to monitor Sunday's elections in Haiti; OAS mission deployed PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will be monitoring the presidential elections in Haiti, rescheduled to Sunday, 20 November 2016. The elections, which were initially scheduled for Sunday 9 October 2016, were postponed after Hurricane Matthew...

CARICOM Energy Month gets underway

November 14, 2016
CARICOM Energy Month gets underway GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Caribbean citizens will, over the next few weeks, have the opportunity to get in the know on how to cut their fuel costs while exchanging ideas on solutions to the energy challenges facing the Caribbean. All this, courtesy of the observation of November...

COTED urges Trinidad to resolve legal issues preventing duck imports from Suriname

October 31, 2016
COTED urges Trinidad to resolve legal issues preventing duck imports from Suriname GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- A trade dispute preventing Surinamese duck meat from entering the market in Trinidad and Tobago could be resolved as soon as the Trinidad government amends its Animal Act, a Trinidad official told the CARICOM Council for Trade and Economic...

CARICOM's 'political will' to move agriculture forward impresses Pacific Islands

October 31, 2016
CARICOM's 'political will' to move agriculture forward impresses Pacific Islands GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) may have made more progress in its agricultural sector than it realises, an official from the Pacific said, as his region took lessons from the Caribbean for its first Pacific Week of Agriculture, slated for next year.

CARICOM region urged to 'take a big view of agriculture'

October 28, 2016
CARICOM region urged to 'take a big view of agriculture' GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Stakeholders in the regional agricultural sector have been urged to take “a big view of agriculture” as Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nations continue to highlight the importance of food production to its economic and social development.

Poor transportation hampers growth of regional agriculture

October 27, 2016
Poor transportation hampers growth of regional agriculture GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Wastage of agricultural produce in the Caribbean will continue due to poor transportation a top official of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), said on Tuesday during the opening of the Agricultural Trade and Transport Seminar at the...

Amid new immigration crackdown, CARICOM nationals will now find it harder to travel to the UK

October 6, 2016
Amid new immigration crackdown, CARICOM nationals will now find it harder to travel to the UK LONDON, ENGLAND -- In preparation for the potential fallout from Brexit, UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced that foreigners would no longer be able to take up jobs in the UK that Britons can do, while the number of people coming to Britain to work and study will be...

St Lucia Reparations Committee welcomes new CARICOM Youth Ambassador

October 6, 2016
St Lucia Reparations Committee welcomes new CARICOM Youth Ambassador CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Saint Lucia National Reparations Committee (NRC) and the Saint Lucia National Preparatory Committee for the Jounen Kweyol CARICOM Reparations Baton Relay and Youth Rally have congratulated the island’s newest Caribbean Community (CARICOM)...

CARICOM to monitor elections in Haiti

October 3, 2016
CARICOM to monitor elections in Haiti GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is mounting a CARICOM electoral observer mission for the presidential elections in Haiti scheduled for Sunday, 9 October, 2016. Dr Steve Surujbally, chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission will lead the mission.

CARICOM not a failure, says former Jamaica prime minister

September 26, 2016
CARICOM not a failure, says former Jamaica prime minister KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Chairman of Jamaica’s Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Review Commission and former prime minister, Bruce Golding, says CARICOM is not a failure, having achieved successes in several areas. “I think we have done very well in terms of functional...

Fifteen CARICOM nationals start specialized fisheries training at top Australian university

September 24, 2016
Fifteen CARICOM nationals start specialized fisheries training at top Australian university BELIZE CITY, Belize (CRFM) -- Fifteen Caribbean Community (CARICOM) fisheries personnel, including senior fisheries officers, fisheries officers, analysts and policy officers, traveled to Australia this week to participate in a specialized training course on “Enhancing Fisheries Management...

Four CARICOM leaders at NAM summit in Venezuela

September 19, 2016
Four CARICOM leaders at NAM summit in Venezuela MARGARITA ISLAND, Venezuela -- Only four Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders were among the kings, presidents and prime ministers of the 120-member Non Aligned Movement (NAM), which started its two-day summit in Margarita Island, Venezuela on Saturday.

CDEMA jointly awarded silver medal for collaborative project

September 15, 2016
CDEMA jointly awarded silver medal for collaborative project GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) is the recipient of a Silver Medal award, which is shared with the Institute for Development in Economics and Administration (IDEA International). The award was sponsored by the International...

Regional partners meet on sustainable fisheries and healthier marine environment

September 15, 2016
Regional partners meet on sustainable fisheries and healthier marine environment MIAMI, USA -- Key partners of the Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystems Project (the UNDP/GEF CLME+ Project) assembled from 6 to 9 September in Miami to discuss and plan coordinated action towards the sustainable management and use of living marine...

St Lucia prime minister proposes CARICOM tourism summit

September 13, 2016
St Lucia prime minister proposes CARICOM tourism summit CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Saint Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has proposed the implementation of two initiatives that he believes will assist the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in finding solutions for surmounting some of the economic challenges confronting the regional body.

CARICOM Secretariat engages Jamaica's private sector and immigration officers

September 12, 2016
CARICOM Secretariat engages Jamaica's private sector and immigration officers KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat is ensuring that key stakeholders are knowledgeable about the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and how they can maximise benefits under the CSME processes. On Monday, the Secretariat...

IMPACT Justice Project releases overview of model sexual harassment legislation

August 25, 2016
IMPACT Justice Project releases overview of model sexual harassment legislation BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice), a five year regional justice reform project funded by the government of Canada, has release an overview of model sexual harassment legislation for the region. IMPACT Justice is implemented...

Training exercise held for CARICOM's primary disaster relief unit

August 17, 2016
Training exercise held for CARICOM's primary disaster relief unit BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Thirty-two participants from the disciplined forces, including police, military and fire services, successfully completed four days of training in preparation for their role in providing relief and humanitarian assistance in the event of a disaster. The annual training workshop...

Commentary: The View from Europe: It is time for a new CARICOM policy on marijuana

August 13, 2016
Commentary: The View from Europe: It is time for a new CARICOM policy on marijuana At the end of July, 11 individuals received jail sentences in Havana of between 15 to 30 years for attempting to traffic narcotics into Cuba from Jamaica. The convictions followed a number of co-ordinated operations to stop go-fast boats arriving with large quantities of marijuana.

Letter: De-risking and the future of indigenous banks in CARICOM: The effort of finance ministers

August 8, 2016
Letter: De-risking and the future of indigenous banks in CARICOM: The effort of finance ministers The case of Belize Bank, published in the August 4, 2016, edition of Caribbean News Now (Belize bank hit by withdrawals and corresponding banking de-risking) demonstrates the urgency of finding and implementing counter de-risking measures in a robust and unrelenting manner as promised...

Jamaica business leaders take part in CARICOM review

July 28, 2016
Jamaica business leaders take part in CARICOM review KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, has commended Jamaican business leaders for participating in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Review Commission. Johnson Smith also praised the leaders for their demonstrated interest...

Letter: De-risking issues and a CARICOM robust unrelenting advocacy

July 28, 2016
Letter: De-risking issues and a CARICOM robust unrelenting advocacy “De-risking” refers to foreign financial institutions closing the accounts of clients perceived as high risk for money laundering or terrorist financing abuse. These clients include money service businesses, (e.g. Moneygram, Western Union) nonprofit organizations, correspondent banks...

Commentary: The View from Europe: The Caribbean needs a full response to Brexit

July 23, 2016
Commentary: The View from Europe: The Caribbean needs a full response to Brexit Earlier this month, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government met in Georgetown, Guyana. Among the many issues they considered was Britain’s decision to leave the European Union. Their focus was on a secretariat paper largely intended for information. While they...

Letter: Concern over CARICOM's shortsightedness involving Guatemala's aggression

July 21, 2016
Letter: Concern over CARICOM's shortsightedness involving Guatemala's aggression During the 37th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the regional grouping demonstrated a most disturbing example of digressive group-think by embracing the government of Belize’s ill-conceived intent to appease Guatemala.

Letter: CARICOM in search of a response to de-risking

July 20, 2016
Letter: CARICOM in search of a response to de-risking A communiqué issued at the recently concluded 37th regular meeting of the conference of heads of CARICOM (“heads”) held in Georgetown, Guyana has described the process of de-risking and the limiting or negative effects of this process on the international operations of indigenous banking...

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