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Commentary: After Africa, Israel seeks to break CARICOM's Palestine unity

August 28, 2017
Commentary: After Africa, Israel seeks to break CARICOM's Palestine unity News is out that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is ardently working to have a summit-like meeting with Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders on the sidelines of the upcoming United Nations General Assembly in September. Israel is making an aggressive push to end its isolation, and...

Colourful display as CARIFESTA XIII gets underway

August 22, 2017
Colourful display as CARIFESTA XIII gets underway BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- After being rescheduled from Friday due to the passage of Tropical Storm Harvey, the official opening ceremony for CARIFESTA XIII took place on Sunday, with Barbados minister of culture Stephen Lashley declaring the festival open. The ceremony at the Kensington Oval...

CARICOM secretary-general asks Sweden for help on blacklisting issue

August 18, 2017
CARICOM secretary-general asks Sweden for help on blacklisting issue GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Secretary-general of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Irwin LaRocque, has urged Sweden to use its position in two major international organisations to highlight the unfair labelling of some of the Community’s member states as “non-cooperative tax jurisdictions”.

Caribbean Export brings regional designers to CARIFESTA XIII

August 11, 2017
Caribbean Export brings regional designers to CARIFESTA XIII BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- At this year’s CARIFESTA XIII hosted in Barbados, the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) will be facilitating the participation of designers and artisans from across CARIFORUM within their Design Caribbean and Caribbean Essence export promotion...

Commentary: Playing a role in Venezuelan crisis

August 11, 2017
Commentary: Playing a role in Venezuelan crisis Continuing conflict in Venezuela between the government of President Nicolas Maduro and opposition political parties will not be resolved by external forces taking sides. In this regard, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government were right at their August 8 meeting to reject suggestions that...

CARICOM heads of government hold emergency meeting on Venezuela

August 10, 2017
CARICOM heads of government hold emergency meeting on Venezuela ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Dr Keith Mitchell, prime minister of Grenada and current chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), convened a special emergency meeting of heads of government of CARICOM on Tuesday by video conference, to discuss matters relating to the ongoing situation...

St Kitts-Nevis to become first in OECS and CARICOM to eliminate mother to child HIV transmission

August 4, 2017
St Kitts-Nevis to become first in OECS and CARICOM to eliminate mother to child HIV transmission BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- St Kitts and Nevis is expected to become the first country in the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Americas, outside of Cuba, to bring an end to mother to child transmission of HIV, as indicated by health officials.

Commentary: Whither goeth CARICOM?

July 18, 2017
Commentary: Whither goeth CARICOM? The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was established on July 4, 1973, by the Treaty of Chagaramus. Its main objectives are to promote integration and cooperation among its members and to coordinate foreign policy. The first Monday in July was designated CARICOM Day. However, it appears...

Invitation to CARICOM to mediate in Venezuela gets lost in mail

July 17, 2017
Invitation to CARICOM to mediate in Venezuela gets lost in mail ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- In a letter dated July 7, 2017, president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, formally extended an invitation for dialogue to the current Caribbean Community (CARICOM) chairman, prime minister of Grenada, Dr Keith Mitchell. However, the letter delivered to Grenada's ministry of...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Who will reform CARICOM?

July 15, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Who will reform CARICOM? There is a pervasive view within and beyond the Caribbean that the regional integration process is foundering, and that its progress is being held back by an absence of political compromise and a failing bureaucracy. The outcome of the recently held Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads...

CSME the best response to changes in Europe, says outgoing CARICOM chair

July 8, 2017
CSME the best response to changes in Europe, says outgoing CARICOM chair ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Single Market and Economy (CSME) is the Community's best response to the inevitable changes in its traditional markets in Europe, the prevalence of economic liberalization and the emergence of economic blocs, the...

CARICOM discord further exposed at Grenada summit

July 6, 2017
CARICOM discord further exposed at Grenada summit ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Following the very public collapse of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member unity at last month’s Organization of American States summit in Mexico, the bloc’s disharmony was further exposed at the heads of government meeting currently taking place in Grenada.

CSME's struggling status up for discussion at CARICOM summit in Grenada

July 5, 2017
CSME's struggling status up for discussion at CARICOM summit in Grenada ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (WINN) -- Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government, as they did at last year’s annual summit, intend taking another critical look at what’s known as the CSME – the CARICOM Single Market and Economy. At last year’s summit in Guyana, heads of...

Commentary: Venezuela divides CARICOM - Implications for Guyana

July 5, 2017
Commentary: Venezuela divides CARICOM - Implications for Guyana Venezuela divides the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and it was obvious at the recent Organisation of American States (OAS) meeting of foreign ministers in Mexico when at the last minute, according to diplomats present at the meeting, Suriname alleged that one sentence in the CARICOM.....

Trade policy experts offer solutions to the issues affecting trade in the Caribbean

June 30, 2017
Trade policy experts offer solutions to the issues affecting trade in the Caribbean CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Strategies to deal with the effects of global issues affecting trade in the Caribbean were advanced at a recent meeting of international and regional stakeholders that sought to outline trade policy challenges impacting Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and Caribbean...

Commentary: CARICOM Single Market and Economy: A development conundrum

June 28, 2017
Commentary: CARICOM Single Market and Economy: A development conundrum On February 16, 2017, the 28th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held in Georgetown, Guyana. Secretary General Irwin LaRocque reaffirmed CARICOM’s need to collectively work towards economic development, regional security, and...

UK commits to closer relations with CARICOM

June 26, 2017
UK commits to closer relations with CARICOM GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Even as the United Kingdom continues to face its fair share of challenging events, it has committed to closer relations with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). New high commissioner of the UK to the Eastern Caribbean and CARICOM, Janet Douglas said...

Short-lived CARICOM unity collapses at OAS summit

June 23, 2017
Short-lived CARICOM unity collapses at OAS summit CANCUN, Mexico -- The unity displayed earlier by Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries at the May 31 ‘meeting of consultation of ministers of foreign affairs’ of the 34-member Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington to discuss the situation in Venezuela, suffered a public collapse...

Put your money where your mouth is, says Barbados culture minister

June 23, 2017
Put your money where your mouth is, says Barbados culture minister GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Minister of culture, sports and youth of Barbados, Stephen Lashley, is of the view that regional governments needed to redirect some of their resources to the cultural industries if they were truly interested in regional economic expansion and development.

Commentary: CARICOM: Pride turned to gloom

June 23, 2017
Commentary: CARICOM: Pride turned to gloom Three weeks ago, I and many other committed Caribbean integrationists, declared that the unity displayed by Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries at the Organization of American States (OAS) on May 31 “was a moment for unbridled pride”.  What happened on Monday June 20, just days later...

St Vincent PM calls for regional condemnation of US reversal of Cuba policy

June 21, 2017
St Vincent PM calls for regional condemnation of US reversal of Cuba policy VARADERO BEACH, Cuba -- St Vincent and the Grenadines prime minister, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, has called on Caribbean governments and regional credit unions to loudly condemn US President Donald Trump’s reversal of recent positive advances in US-Cuba relations started by his...

CARICOM border officials commend CSME training

June 16, 2017
CARICOM border officials commend CSME training BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Caribbean Community (CARICOM) immigration and customs officers took the opportunity this week to discuss CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) processes at a training workshop. The two-day session in Barbados sought to ensure there was common...

CARICOM to clampdown on returning ISIS fighters

June 14, 2017
CARICOM to clampdown on returning ISIS fighters PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- A coordinated Caribbean Community (CARICOM) clampdown on returning foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs) – including targeting their assets – is being prepared for approval at next month’s heads of government meeting in Grenada. In the next three weeks, CARICOM...

CARICOM consumers may now submit complaints live online

June 13, 2017
CARICOM consumers may now submit complaints live online GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Caribbean Community (CARICOM) consumers now have access to the CARREX online electronic platform and the live public portal for providing alerts on dangerous non-foods consumer goods on the markets in all 15 CARICOM member states. The platform, which went live...

CARICOM immigration and customs officers to receive training on CSME

June 10, 2017
CARICOM immigration and customs officers to receive training on CSME BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Caribbean Community (CARICOM) immigration and customs officers will undergo training next week to clarify the roles and functions of border officers. The training is also geared at ensuring that there is a common understanding of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy...

Belize national sworn in as CCJ judge

June 5, 2017
Belize national sworn in as CCJ judge BELIZE CITY, Belize -- Mr Justice Denys Arthur Barrow was sworn in as judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Thursday at a ceremony in Belize City in his home country of Belize. Barrow, who was sworn in by Governor General Sir Colville Young, is the first citizen of Belize to be appointed to...

Rare CARICOM unity defeats anti-Venezuela declaration at OAS

June 2, 2017
Rare CARICOM unity defeats anti-Venezuela declaration at OAS WASHINGTON, USA -- In a rare display of regional unity, the 14 independent member states of the Caribbean Community (CARCOM) effectively blocked the adoption of a declaration by the Organisation of American States (OAS) criticising the Venezuelan government. Representatives of 33 out of the...

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