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Commentary: Some notes on the proposed Caribbean patent convention and regional stasis

August 31, 2015
Commentary: Some notes on the proposed Caribbean patent convention and regional stasis 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...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Improving the Dominican Republic-CARICOM relationship

August 29, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: Improving the Dominican Republic-CARICOM relationship 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...

CARIFESTA XII opens in Haiti with a bang despite rain

August 24, 2015
CARIFESTA XII opens in Haiti with a bang despite rain 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...

Commentary: CARICOM: A collective bargaining unit for rights

August 21, 2015
Commentary: CARICOM: A collective bargaining unit for rights The Caribbean regional integration project is often described and criticised almost entirely on the uneven benefits of trade to member countries. But, important as it is, there is more to the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) than trade. While the failure to progress the CARICOM Single Market...

CARICOM chair reiterates Community support of Guyana's territorial, maritime integrity

August 10, 2015
CARICOM chair reiterates Community support of Guyana's territorial, maritime integrity BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Current chair of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, on Friday met with Jorge Arreaza, vice president Venezuela, who was in Barbados as part of a regional tour to discuss Venezuela’s territorial and maritime claims.

Haiti prepares to host the 12th edition of CARIFESTA this month

August 7, 2015
Haiti prepares to host the 12th edition of CARIFESTA this month PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- CARIFESTA, which is the largest cultural and artistic event in the Caribbean, has fused all forms of expression of Latin America and the Caribbean since 1972 and Haiti opens its doors to welcome the Caribbean and the world from August 21 to August 30, 2015.

Commentary: Pedro Martinez - the opportune stage to make a statement for humanity, that wasn't

July 28, 2015
Commentary: Pedro Martinez - the opportune stage to make a statement for humanity, that wasn't Let me be the first to admit that I am not a baseball fan! The game, save for a few elements, holds very little for me along the lines of “excitement”. Yet, in the same breath, I must say that I am one who proactively recognises “excellence”, irrespective of the arena. In that regard, while visiting my 98-year-old...

Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association praises visionary remarks by outgoing CARICOM chairman

July 17, 2015
Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association praises visionary remarks by outgoing CARICOM chairman MIAMI, USA -- The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) officials have praised Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie, outgoing CARICOM chairman, for his remarks at the heads of government meeting recently, where he challenged his colleagues to embrace tourism as the quickest way to...

CARICOM considers debt relief proposal

July 14, 2015
CARICOM considers debt relief proposal KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is considering a proposal for the region to pursue gradual write-off of its multi-lateral debt as a means of economic prosperity. The debt relief strategy was put forward by the Economic Commission of Latin America and the Caribbean...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Recognising that tourism matters

July 11, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: Recognising that tourism matters When Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government met in Barbados at the start of the month, their proceeding were dominated by a discussion of Venezuela’s unjustified claim to much of Guyana’s coastline and most of its exclusive economic zone, and to the marine jurisdictions of a number of...

CARICOM summit a success, says Barbados PM

July 7, 2015
CARICOM summit a success, says Barbados PM BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, considers the just-concluded 36th CARICOM heads of government meeting, held in Barbados from July 2 to 4, a success. Speaking during the closing press conference...

Montserrat continues steps towards full implementation of CARICOM treaty

July 6, 2015
Montserrat continues steps towards full implementation of CARICOM treaty BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Montserrat is continuing to take steps towards the full implementation of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas. Premier Donaldson Romeo gave the assurance that Montserrat, a British Overseas Territory, was continuing its engagements to ensure the timely completion of the...

Sports Commentary: CARICOM needs renewed attention to sports

July 4, 2015
Sports Commentary: CARICOM needs renewed attention to sports Heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are meeting this week in Barbados for their annual conference, where they will discuss issues of regional importance, including addressing the economic challenges facing member countries. The leaders, representing 15 member states...

Packed agenda for CARICOM summit

July 3, 2015
Packed agenda for CARICOM summit BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- When Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders started their 36th regular summit in Barbados on Thursday, under the theme CARICOM: Vibrant Societies, Resilient Economies, they will have a packed agenda. Key topics will include: key issues and...

CDF gets thumbs up from independent evaluation

July 2, 2015
CDF gets thumbs up from independent evaluation BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) has received the thumbs up from an independent evaluation. Lorne McDonnough, CEO of the CDF, revealed this on the eve of demitting office, stating that the results of the evaluation conducted by Maxwell Stamp PLC were...

CARICOM Competition Commission to investigate telecoms merger

July 2, 2015
CARICOM Competition Commission to investigate telecoms merger PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The CARICOM Competition Commission (CCC) has, pursuant to Article 176.1 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTC), completed its preliminary examination of the agreement by Cable and Wireless Communications Plc (CWC) to acquire Columbus...

CARICOM heads urged to focus on crime and security agenda

July 1, 2015
CARICOM heads urged to focus on crime and security agenda BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- With increases in crime being recorded across the region, especially involving the use of firearms, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) governments are being urged to pay closer attention to the crime and security agenda agreed to by the heads of government in 2013.

St Kitts-Nevis PM champions reform for good governance in CARICOM

June 27, 2015
St Kitts-Nevis PM champions reform for good governance in CARICOM BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Some of the major challenges confronting Caribbean governments in relation to good governance and electoral reform, were placed in context by St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris at a recent regional forum in Antigua.

Reparations on CARICOM heads of government agenda

June 27, 2015
Reparations on CARICOM heads of government agenda BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- When the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government gather in Barbados early next month for their 36th regular meeting, they are expected to continue “fleshing out” the initiatives that have to be taken to push the reparations agenda forward.

CARICOM rejects tax haven listings

June 27, 2015
CARICOM rejects tax haven listings GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has stated its strong objection to the recent decision by the European Commission to “blacklist” a number of CARICOM member states for allegedly not co-operating on tax law enforcement with European Union countries.

CARICOM single market on the march, says Barbados PM

June 24, 2015
CARICOM single market on the march, says Barbados PM BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The single market component of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy is “on the march”, says Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, while the single economy element has been a little more challenging because it calls for more fundamental...

Caribbean anti-corruption commissions gather at Commonwealth conference in Grenada

June 23, 2015
Caribbean anti-corruption commissions gather at Commonwealth conference in Grenada ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Anti-corruption commissions from across the Caribbean are gathering in Grenada this week for a Commonwealth conference aimed at boosting regional cooperation and sharing innovations in the fight against graft. The first Commonwealth regional conference for heads of...

CARICOM heads hope to solve pressing issues

June 20, 2015
CARICOM heads hope to solve pressing issues BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- As heads of government from across the region prepare to gather in Barbados for their annual summit in two weeks, they will do so with hopes of solving some of the pressing issues that have taken centre stage in recent times. Leaders are also expected to share...

The View from Europe: CARICOM's continuing support in border dispute essential

June 20, 2015
The View from Europe: CARICOM's continuing support in border dispute essential Every time that CARICOM heads of government meet, they include language in their final communiqué on the Guyana-Venezuela border dispute. However, at their encounter next month in Barbados the matter will no longer be about a dormant claim, but one that has come alive and is potentially dangerous.

Commentary: Caribbean countries: Trapped?

June 19, 2015
Commentary: Caribbean countries: Trapped? A common market in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries would lead to a substantial rise in the regional exports. This is one of the findings of a new World Bank Report entitled, 'Trade matters: New opportunities for the Caribbean'. That statement might come as a surprise to many.

Antigua-Barbuda to host major CARICOM development forum

June 18, 2015
Antigua-Barbuda to host major CARICOM development forum ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- “CARICOM Overcoming Challenges: Pathway to Development” is the focus of a major regional forum to be held in Antigua and Barbuda on Tuesday, 23 June 2015. Prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Brown, will be among the forum’s list of high level presenters.

CARIFESTA XII: Haiti gives assurance of readiness

June 18, 2015
CARIFESTA XII: Haiti gives assurance of readiness GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Haiti is ready to host CARIFESTA (Caribbean Festival of Arts) and welcomes the interest shown by the other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member countries. This was stated by Haiti’s ambassador to CARICOM, Peterson Noel, in a press conference on CARIFESTA XII...

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