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CARICOM-US discuss threat of lawsuit over queen conch, and IUU fishing

May 30, 2016
CARICOM-US discuss threat of lawsuit over queen conch, and IUU fishing BELIZE CITY, Belize (CRFM) -- Officials from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the United States advanced talks in Washington last week at the seventh annual meeting of the CARICOM-US Trade and Investment Council, on several key concerns affecting trade between...

Commentary: The Caribbean Court: An example to Latin America

May 28, 2016
Commentary: The Caribbean Court: An example to Latin America Two events at the Organisation of American States (OAS) in recent months have underscored the soundness of the system by which the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is financed. It is a tribute to Caribbean creativity and innovation that the CCJ is one of the few courts in the world...

Commentary: Innovation, intellectual property and the donor industry in CARICOM countries

May 26, 2016
Commentary: Innovation, intellectual property and the donor industry in CARICOM countries The focus on innovation and technology has become synonymous with the narrative on the advancement of so-called developing countries as one of the most important means by which countries can move from low to high levels of economic development, to the extent that some are...

Commentary: CARICOM deficiencies leading to fragmentation and weakness

May 20, 2016
Commentary: CARICOM deficiencies leading to fragmentation and weakness I start with the now proven premise that no Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nation is able to prosper on its own. No protestations to the contrary erase the evidence that, without aid from external sources, these countries could not deliver the goods and services that their people expect.

CARICOM Human Resource Development Commission launches Thursday in Barbados

May 9, 2016
CARICOM Human Resource Development Commission launches Thursday in Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- A commission charged with creating a human resource development strategy for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will be launched on Thursday in Barbados. The ceremony will be hosted at the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).

Commentary: The View from Europe: Reading the writing on the wall

May 7, 2016
Commentary: The View from Europe: Reading the writing on the wall In Havana on April 28, the Dominican Republic and Cuba agreed to explore the possibility of a partial scope trade agreement. There Cuba’s deputy minister of foreign trade and investment, Ileana Nunez, and Cesar Dargan, the Dominican Republic deputy foreign minister for commercial affairs...

'Frank and cordial' talks at CARICOM-UK Forum

May 2, 2016
'Frank and cordial' talks at CARICOM-UK Forum FREEPORT, Bahamas -- Foreign ministers of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the British foreign secretary ended two sessions of “frank and cordial” talks in Freeport, The Bahamas at the Ninth Caribbean-UK Forum. Co-chairs Fred Mitchell, foreign minister of The Bahamas...

Jamaica to take full advantage of CARICOM benefits

April 29, 2016
Jamaica to take full advantage of CARICOM benefits KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The government of Jamaica will be appointing a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Review Commission, aimed at positioning the country to take full advantage of benefits under the organisation. This was announced by Prime Minister Andrew Holness...

Antigua-Barbuda calls on region to speak out on issues relating to financial services

April 23, 2016
Antigua-Barbuda calls on region to speak out on issues relating to financial services GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Antigua and Barbuda will continue to speak out against the false allegations against the region as “high risk” for financial services and the label of “tax havens”, said the country’s minister of trade, E.P. Chet Greene at a CARICOM trade ministers meeting in Guyana.

COTED convenes Thursday: CSME, correspondent banking in focus

April 21, 2016
COTED convenes Thursday: CSME, correspondent banking in focus GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Matters that impact on the economic health of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) come under focus in Georgetown, Guyana, when the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) meets on Thursday and Friday. Regional ministers with...

Stakeholders set path for establishment of regional creative industries body

April 15, 2016
Stakeholders set path for establishment of regional creative industries body KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Caribbean is renowned worldwide for its creative culture, including music, folklore, crafts, festivals and carnivals. Despite making some progress in developing the cultural and creative sectors, the region has lagged in translating its creativity into...

CARICOM concerned about resurgence of 'tax havens' label in wake of Panama Papers leak

April 9, 2016
CARICOM concerned about resurgence of 'tax havens' label in wake of Panama Papers leak GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has expressed concern that the designation of “tax havens” is again being attached to the financial services centres in member states and associate members, following the leak of the “Panama Papers”.

There are no personal issues between CARICOM and WICB, says Grenada PM

April 5, 2016
There are no personal issues between CARICOM and WICB, says Grenada PM ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Prime minister of Grenada and chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Sub-committee on Cricket Governance, Dr Keith Mitchell, has reiterated that there are no personal issues between regional leaders and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

Commentary: Immigration and trade in politics - Part One

March 11, 2016
Commentary: Immigration and trade in politics - Part One Trade has become an issue in the political party primaries of the US presidential elections that holds lessons for the countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). I note first that, as far as I am aware, trade has never been an issue in the general elections of the 15 member...

Regional officials gather in Guyana for electoral workshop

March 8, 2016
Regional officials gather in Guyana for electoral workshop GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Senior electoral officials, experts from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and representatives of other regional organisations have gathered in Guyana for a three-day discussion aimed at facilitating the sharing of experiences and good practices.

Netherlands foreign minister to discuss ties between Dutch islands and CARICOM

February 29, 2016
Netherlands foreign minister to discuss ties between Dutch islands and CARICOM WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Ties between the Dutch islands and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will be discussed at the Kingdom of the Netherlands level, according to a report of the Kingdom delegation activities in late September in New York during the 70th UN General Assembly.

CARICOM explores new platforms in fight against youth crime, violence

February 29, 2016
CARICOM explores new platforms in fight against youth crime, violence GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Each year, approximately 200,000 youths aged 10 to 29 die, and many more sustain serious injuries because of violence across the world. Youth violence is a global challenge that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) knows only too well: its young people...

OAS and CARICOM missions report on Jamaica's general elections

February 27, 2016
OAS and CARICOM missions report on Jamaica's general elections KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The electoral observation mission of the Organization of American States (OAS/EOM) to the February 25 general parliamentary elections in Jamaica highlighted good practices and formulated recommendations to further assist the country in its efforts to continue...

CARICOM mounts observer mission for Jamaica elections

February 23, 2016
CARICOM mounts observer mission for Jamaica elections KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is mounting an electoral observer mission to monitor the general elections to be held in Jamaica on Thursday. The mission is headed by Josephine Tamai, chief elections officer, Elections and Boundaries Department, Belize.

Correspondent banking a worry for CARICOM

February 22, 2016
Correspondent banking a worry for CARICOM PLACENCIA, Belize (BGIS) -- The economies of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states could be ruined if the issue of correspondent banking is not addressed at the highest level. Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart made this assertion as the 27th inter-sessional conference...

Shake-up needed for West Indies cricket, say CARICOM heads

February 22, 2016
Shake-up needed for West Indies cricket, say CARICOM heads PLACENCIA, Belize (BGIS) -- Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders are so concerned about the problems facing West Indies cricket, including its governance, that they intend to approach the International Cricket Council (ICC). This was disclosed by Barbados Prime Minister...

All options to be pursued for solution to banking sector threat, says CARICOM chair

February 19, 2016
All options to be pursued for solution to banking sector threat, says CARICOM chair PLACENCIA, Belize -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will employ the full range of options available to it to confront the banking crisis that is threatening the region, chair of the community and prime minister of Belize, Dean Barrow, said. He underscored the necessity of collective...

CARICOM heads decide on measures to curb zika virus spread

February 19, 2016
CARICOM heads decide on measures to curb zika virus spread PLACENCIA, Belize -- Prime minister of Belize and current chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Dean Barrow, on Wednesday announced a series of actions that CARICOM member states will take to confront the zika virus that is affecting the region. The course of action includes...

CARICOM can be a force for change, says Barbados PM

February 17, 2016
CARICOM can be a force for change, says Barbados PM PLACENCIA, Belize (BGIS) -- Prime minister of Barbados Freundel Stuart wants the people of the region to know that, when the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) speaks with one voice, it can be a powerful force in facilitating change, both in the region and in the international community.

CARICOM must wage relentless campaign against threat to banking sector, says Belize PM

February 17, 2016
CARICOM must wage relentless campaign against threat to banking sector, says Belize PM PLACENCIA, Belize -- The threats to the region’s banking sector via the phenomenon of de-risking could have “cataclysmic ramifications” for the Caribbean, and a “relentless” campaign must be waged against it, incoming chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and prime minister...

Threat to regional finance sector to get CARICOM heads' attention

February 16, 2016
Threat to regional finance sector to get CARICOM heads' attention PLACENCIA, Belize -- Ahead of Monday night’s opening of the CARICOM heads of government inter-sessional meeting in Belize, finance ministers deliberated in the morning on a regional response to a threat to the banking sector in member states. The issue is the threat to correspondent...

CARICOM heads to tackle key development issues at Belize meeting

February 15, 2016
CARICOM heads to tackle key development issues at Belize meeting PLACENCIA, Belize -- Advancing the regional response to the zika virus threat will be among matters engaging Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government at their 27th inter-sessional meeting in Placencia, Belize, on 16-17 February. The heads are also expected to focus on measures...

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