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Commentary: The View from Europe: Three issues to measure CARICOM heads by

February 21, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: Three issues to measure CARICOM heads by When the prime minister of The Bahamas, Perry Christie, opens the 26th Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government intercessional meeting on February 26 in Nassau, one might be forgiven for wondering if this regional summit will be perceived any more positively than those in the recent past.

St Vincent teachers learn about CARICOM Single Market and Economy

February 17, 2015
St Vincent teachers learn about CARICOM Single Market and Economy KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Vincentian teachers sat in the learners’ seat on February 12 to receive an orientation in teaching methods that can help them to effectively integrate the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) into their learning plans. With a single market space now in effect...

Jamaican teachers learn about right to work, travel and do business in CARICOM

February 16, 2015
Jamaican teachers learn about right to work, travel and do business in CARICOM MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- Teachers from more than 20 schools in western Jamaica will learn how to teach students about their right to work, travel and do business in 13 Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries, in a special two day workshop starting on Monday in Montego Bay.

Guadeloupe seeks associate membership in CARICOM

February 14, 2015
Guadeloupe seeks associate membership in CARICOM GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque met on Wednesday with a delegation from Guadeloupe, which is one of five Caribbean territories that have applied for associate membership of CARICOM. The delegation from the Regional Council...

CARICOM-Canada project brings CSME to life in Antigua-Barbuda workplace

February 12, 2015
CARICOM-Canada project brings CSME to life in Antigua-Barbuda workplace ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Antigua and Barbuda’s ministry of trade, industry and commerce hosted meetings last Friday, 6 February, as part of a series of public education outreach activities currently being held in Antigua. The outreach is led by regional consulting firm Deloitte & Touche.

CICAD and CARICOM explore opportunities for deepening cooperation

February 12, 2015
CICAD and CARICOM explore opportunities for deepening cooperation GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Organization of American States (OAS), through the Executive Secretariat (ES) of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) and the Organization of American States (OAS) Office in Guyana, met with the Secretariat of the Caribbean Community.

Jamaica environment minister calls for regional action on sustainable development

February 10, 2015
Jamaica environment minister calls for regional action on sustainable development GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Jamaica’s minister of water, land, environment, sustainable development and climate change, Robert Pickersgill, has issued a call to all Caribbean Community (CARICOM) stakeholders to shape the sustainable development agenda of the region.

CARICOM-Canada project improving regional flow of CSME information

February 4, 2015
CARICOM-Canada project improving regional flow of CSME information ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- A cadre of public and private sector officials from Antigua and Barbuda are scheduled to benefit from training aimed at equipping them to speak on matters related to the CARICOM Single Market and Economy. The training will be held in Antigua on Wednesday and Thursday.

ICT sector fundamental to CARICOM growth and development, says secretary general

February 4, 2015
ICT sector fundamental to CARICOM growth and development, says secretary general PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Irwin LaRocque, secretary-general of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), on Monday underscored the critical role that the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) had to play in the integration architecture. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the CTU's...

Telecoms merger has potential to prejudice trade, says CARICOM Competition Commission

January 30, 2015
Telecoms merger has potential to prejudice trade, says CARICOM Competition Commission PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Competition Commission has concluded that the agreement by Cable and Wireless Communications Plc (CWC) to acquire Columbus International Inc. (Columbus) has the potential to prejudice trade and prevent, restrict or...

Cut out corruption, US vice president tells Caribbean leaders

January 28, 2015
Cut out corruption, US vice president tells Caribbean leaders WASHINGTON, USA -- Speaking at the Caribbean Energy Security Summit in Washington on Monday, US Vice President Joe Biden told Caribbean leaders to get a handle on corruption and pick the projects that make the most sense. Otherwise, he said, while the United States was ready...

New capacity-building project to provide support for CARIFORUM-EU EPA

January 28, 2015
New capacity-building project to provide support for CARIFORUM-EU EPA GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Key partners involved in a new capacity-building project to support effective implementation of the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) met in Georgetown, Guyana, on 19 January 2015, to chart the way forward. The project, valued at €3,099,915...

Trinidad PM proposes new fund to address Caribbean energy security

January 27, 2015
Trinidad PM proposes new fund to address Caribbean energy security WASHINGTON, USA -- Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, has proposed a Caribbean Energy Thematic Fund for CARICOM member states, to address regional energy security. Speaking at the first Caribbean Energy Security Summit...

US vice president thanks CARICOM for Cuba 'encouragement'

January 27, 2015
US vice president thanks CARICOM for Cuba 'encouragement' WASHINGTON, USA -- US Vice President Joseph Biden thanked the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Monday for its “encouragement” to his country to “make the change” with Cuba. CARICOM has long been advocating for an end to the economic and trade embargo on Cuba.

Cuba to strengthen support to CARICOM

January 27, 2015
Cuba to strengthen support to CARICOM KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) stands to benefit from increased support from Cuba in the areas of health, education, disaster response, and support for the disabled. Cuba’s Ambassador to Jamaica, Bernardo Guanche Hernández, said his government...

French Guiana seeks associate membership of CARICOM

January 27, 2015
French Guiana seeks associate membership of CARICOM GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque met on Thursday with a team from French Guiana led by the president of the Regional Council Rodolphe Alexandre, as the French territories in the Caribbean begin discussions with CARICOM on...

St Vincent government welcomes CSME orientation of public and private sector stakeholders

January 23, 2015
St Vincent government welcomes CSME orientation of public and private sector stakeholders KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Vincentian public and private sector personnel are receiving one-on-one orientation sessions on the CARICOM Single Market (CSM) through a schedule of worksite meetings organized by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and the Regional Integration and...

Commentary: Does Caribbean integration have practical value? Astute reflections of Owen Arthur

January 23, 2015
Commentary: Does Caribbean integration have practical value? Astute reflections of Owen Arthur There is no doubt about the passion of Owen Arthur, one of the Caribbean’s foremost economists and thinkers, for the economic integration of the region. As the prime minister of Barbados and the member of the Bureau of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) responsible for...

CARICOM Secretariat to host statistics workshop in St Vincent

January 20, 2015
CARICOM Secretariat to host statistics workshop in St Vincent KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- In its continuing quest to train personnel and boost the profile of statistics in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the CARICOM Secretariat will host a training workshop on merchandise trade statistics in Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Bahamas hosts retreat for CARICOM ambassadors

January 19, 2015
Bahamas hosts retreat for CARICOM ambassadors WASHINGTON, USA -- Guided by an agenda covering a broad array of issues of common interest to their respective countries, ambassadors to the United States and permanent representatives to the Organization of American States (OAS) or their alternates from Caribbean Community (CARICOM)...

Commentary: CARICOM and intellectual property law and policy: What next?

January 19, 2015
Commentary: CARICOM and intellectual property law and policy: What next? The year 2015 has dawned as usual with the fanfare of greater things to come. Caribbean projects are in the pipeline, along with activities to enhance competitiveness and many gallant efforts by well-meaning non-governmental and international organizations. The research has shown...

'CSME in the Classroom' training for Grenadian teachers

January 16, 2015
'CSME in the Classroom' training for Grenadian teachers ST GEORGE'S, Grenada -- Grenadian teachers at the CXC and CCLC level got the opportunity to build on their skills to bring the CARICOM Single Market and its opportunities to life for students. The Tuesday, January 13, workshop was made possible under the Improving Information Flows...

Antigua-Barbuda to access over US$4 million through CDF country assistance programme

January 10, 2015
Antigua-Barbuda to access over US$4 million through CDF country assistance programme BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The government of Antigua and Barbuda now has access to US$4.02 million dollars (EC$10.86 million) from the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) for two development projects. This follows the approval by the board of the Barbados-based organization of the...

EU and ILO to support CARIFORUM labour, private sector and employers to fulfil EPA obligations

December 26, 2014
EU and ILO to support CARIFORUM labour, private sector and employers to fulfil EPA obligations PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Chargé d' affaires of the delegation of the European Union to Trinidad and Tobago, Daniela Tramacere, on behalf of Ambassador Robert Kopecký, head of delegation of the European Union to Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and for the Dutch overseas...

Commentary: Cuba - challenges and chances for the Caribbean

December 26, 2014
Commentary: Cuba - challenges and chances for the Caribbean With the best intentions on the part of the Cuban government, the new relationship between the United States and Cuba – welcome as it undoubtedly is – will pose serious challenges for the 15-nation Caribbean Community (CARICOM). The challenges will come in two crucial areas: tourism and...

CARICOM chair welcomes US-Cuba rapprochement

December 19, 2014
CARICOM chair welcomes US-Cuba rapprochement ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, has welcomed the historic decision announced on Wednesday by US President Barack Obama to ease restrictions on the movement of people...

Normalisation of US-Cuba relations welcomed throughout the region

December 18, 2014
Normalisation of US-Cuba relations welcomed throughout the region PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- International, hemispheric and regional organisations as well as a number of Caribbean government leaders have welcomed the resumption of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba severed since 1961. US President Barack Obama made...

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