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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...

CARICOM to continue robust advocacy against de-risking

July 11, 2016
CARICOM to continue robust advocacy against de-risking GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is advancing its efforts to address de-risking and its effects on the region and heads of government have taken the decision to approach the government of the United States directly. Prime minister of Jamaica...

Commentary: CARICOM must not retreat

July 11, 2016
Commentary: CARICOM must not retreat The heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) met in Guyana 4-6 July 2016 for their 37th regular conference. This meeting was held in the wake of growing uncertainty given the implications of the 23 June ‘Brexit’ vote, as well as the threat of de-risking posed...

CARICOM heads conclude latest summit in Guyana

July 9, 2016
CARICOM heads conclude latest summit in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The 37th regular meeting of the conference of heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) held in Georgetown, Guyana, on July 4 – 6, 2016, concluded on Wednesday. The prime minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, chaired the proceedings.

CARICOM ambassadors briefed on global health security agenda

July 9, 2016
CARICOM ambassadors briefed on global health security agenda WASHINGTON, USA -- Professor Goulda Downer, chair of the Caribbean Political Action Committee (C-PAC) and a member of Howard University Medical School Faculty, recently spearheaded a meeting with Caribbean ambassadors in Washington to brief them about the Global Health Security...

Commentary: Jamaica's CARICOM Review Commission - understanding the elephant

July 8, 2016
Commentary: Jamaica's CARICOM Review Commission - understanding the elephant Jamaica’s CARICOM Review Commission has been established and has had its first meeting. Quite what is the purpose of the Commission is not clear, nor is the prism through which the review will take place. But, the work of the Commission, headed by former Prime Minister Bruce Golding...

CARICOM to create new prime ministerial sub-committee on cricket

July 8, 2016
CARICOM to create new prime ministerial sub-committee on cricket GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Effective governance of Caribbean cricket has long been an issue under the radar of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders and incoming CARICOM chairman, prime minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, told media operatives...

CARICOM leaders briefed on political situation in Suriname

July 7, 2016
CARICOM leaders briefed on political situation in Suriname GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The president of Suriname, Desi Bouterse, briefed fellow heads of government attending the 37th Caribbean Community (CARICOM) summit in Guyana about the political and economic setbacks his country is experiencing. He called on leaders to...

CARICOM heads of government begin discussions in Guyana

July 6, 2016
CARICOM heads of government begin discussions in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The plenary sessions of the 37th meeting of the conference of heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) got underway in Georgetown, Guyana, on Tuesday morning. The heads of government will discuss a wide range of issues.

Advancing health and wellness a priority in CARICOM development

July 4, 2016
Advancing health and wellness a priority in CARICOM development PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad -- Health and wellness are essential factors to the Caribbean region’s development. Taking a very strong stance in reflecting what Caribbean Public Health Day, should mean to the people of the region, Dr C. James Hospedales, executive director of the...

CARICOM heads to tackle de-risking, Brexit

July 2, 2016
CARICOM heads to tackle de-risking, Brexit GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- When Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government meet in Georgetown, Guyana, next week, they will do so against the background of a number of threats to the region’s financial and economic stability. Chief among these are the threats posed by...

Athletes compete for CARICOM 10K title on Sunday

July 1, 2016
Athletes compete for CARICOM 10K title on Sunday GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The 12th Annual CARICOM 10K race takes place this Sunday at 6:00 am in Georgetown, Guyana, under the Theme ‘Promoting Healthy and Peaceful Societies’. The CARICOM 10K race is held to coincide with the regular meeting of the conference of...

Jamaica prime minister launches CARICOM review commission

June 30, 2016
Jamaica prime minister launches CARICOM review commission KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Tuesday afternoon launched the CARICOM Review Commission. The chairman of the commission is Bruce Golding, former prime minister. In his address, Holness said, “We cannot preempt what the commission...

Commentary: Governments failed the OAS at its 46th Assembly

June 17, 2016
Commentary: Governments failed the OAS at its 46th Assembly The 46th General Assembly of the Organisation of American States (OAS) was not a successful event. This judgement is in no way related to the government of the Dominican Republic (DR), the organisers and hosts of the Assembly, who did a superb job. The DR deserves every credit for...

Marijuana conversation moves forward in CARICOM

June 14, 2016
Marijuana conversation moves forward in CARICOM KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- The formal regional conversation around marijuana in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will move to another level when the first national consultation on the issue is held on Wednesday in St Vincent and the Grenadines. The Regional Commission on Marijuana...

Commentary: The View from Europe: A crowded space

June 11, 2016
Commentary: The View from Europe: A crowded space When it comes to regional and hemispheric institutions, the Caribbean and Latin America have become a crowded space. Over the last few years an extraordinary number of bodies have appeared; expanding their agendas to promote regional integration, sustainable development...

Exercise Tradewinds 2016 starts Sunday in Grenada

June 2, 2016
Exercise Tradewinds 2016 starts Sunday in Grenada ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Beginning Sunday, June 5, military and security forces from Caribbean nations will join the United States, Canada, France, and the United Kingdom for maritime and internal security and disaster response training in Grenada as part of Exercise Tradewinds 2016.

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...

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