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CARICOM youth ambassador delighted with youth participation in human rights consultation

April 16, 2014
CARICOM youth ambassador delighted with youth participation in human rights consultation BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Sonia Boddie, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Youth Ambassador for the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis, was a part of the youth contingent selected from across the region, to participate in the Pan-Caribbean Partnership Against HIV and Aids (PANCAP) Caribbean Consultation...

New Swedish ambassador to CARICOM sees his appointment as historic

April 14, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The newly accredited ambassador of Sweden to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Claes Hammar, has described the formalisation of his country’s ties with the Community as an historic and significant step.

Bahamas foreign minister attends special interest meetings in Washington

April 14, 2014
Bahamas foreign minister attends special interest meetings in Washington WASHINGTON, USA -- Fred Mitchell, Bahamas minister of foreign affairs and immigration, spent a hectic two days in Washington, DC, last week participating in meetings at the US State Department and with members of Congress who serve on committees with oversight on matters of special interest.

Fundamental disequilibrium in CARICOM/Canada trade talks, says Bahamas PM

April 10, 2014
Fundamental disequilibrium in CARICOM/Canada trade talks, says Bahamas PM NASSAU, Bahamas -- Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie has hit out in relation to crucial trade talks between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Canada over continued access to its market, suggesting there is a “fundamental disequilibrium” in Canada’s approach to the matter.

St Lucia claims idea for common CARICOM approach to marijuana debate

April 9, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Prime minister of Saint Lucia, Dr Kenny Anthony, says he is pleased that CARICOM has decided to establish a Commission to deal with the marijuana debate now engaging the Caribbean Community. In a recent interview, Anthony claimed that the suggestion...

Two CARICOM agencies to convene regional symposium on dengue and chikungunya virus

April 8, 2014
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Monday was World Health Day, the theme of which is "small bites, big threats: protect yourself and your environment from vector-borne diseases". With this in mind, the Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network (CKLN) and the Caribbean Public Health Agency...

CARICOM Development Fund receives another US$2 million from Turkey

April 4, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Development Fund (CDF) has received another contribution of US$2 million from the government of Turkey, the second in less than a year. The funds, which are to be used in consultation with...

Mexico keen on deepening Caribbean relations

March 28, 2014
Mexico keen on deepening Caribbean relations BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The upcoming Caribbean Community (CARICOM)/Mexico conference and the sixth summit of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) and their benefits to the region were among the areas discussed when Mexico’s foreign affairs minister, José Meade Kuribreňa...

CARICOM-Cuba solidify diplomatic relations

March 27, 2014
CARICOM-Cuba solidify diplomatic relations GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Diplomatic relations between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba were further strengthened on Tuesday with the accreditation of Julio César González Marchante, at the headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana.

Grenada to co-host special meeting of CARIFORUM

March 26, 2014
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- The government of Grenada will co-host a special meeting of CARIFORUM officials from March 31 to April 1, 2014. The meeting will commence with an opening ceremony, when Minister Oliver Joseph will deliver the feature address.

Commentary: What role should CARICOM play in member states disputes?

March 24, 2014
Commentary: What role should CARICOM play in member states disputes? At the end of the intersessional meeting of CARICOM two weeks ago, the emotion-laden issue of whether CARICOM should address the motion of no confidence (MoNC) in St Kitts-Nevis became a heated discussion. When political situations call for blending institutional credibility with diplomacy...

Caribbean leaders support efforts to pass anti-money laundering bill in Guyana

March 22, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Several regional leaders have written to Guyana’s President Donald Ramotar, expressing their concerns about the failure of the local legislature to pass the critically needed Anti Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Amendment Bill.

Letter: CARICOM supports Venezuela whilst students are shot by Cuban snipers

March 22, 2014
CARICOM and its member governments may be judged as guilty of the deaths of Venezuelan protesters, as if they pulled the triggers themselves. In early 2014, a series of protests, political demonstrations, and civil unrest occurred throughout Venezuela. The protests erupted largely as a result...

C@ribNET - A crucial layer of the CARICOM single ICT space

March 21, 2014
ST GEORGE'S, Grenada -- The next two years can be very significant for the regional research and education network, C@ribNET, as the Caribbean moves towards a single information communication technology (ICT) space as the digital layer of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy.

CARICOM and UNDP review relationship

March 20, 2014
CARICOM and UNDP review relationship NEW YORK, USA -- Under the chairmanship of Suriname’s ambassador to the United Nations, Henry MacDonald, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) administrator, Helen Clark, former prime minister of New Zealand, held a meeting on Tuesday.

Caribbean reparatory justice programme outlined

March 19, 2014
Caribbean reparatory justice programme outlined KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- A Caribbean reparatory justice programme (CRJP) has been accepted by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government as a basis for discussions on reparations from slavery and native genocide. Chairman of CARICOM, Dr Ralph Gonsalves...

Jamaican PM upbeat about CARICOM focus on climate change

March 15, 2014
Jamaican PM upbeat about CARICOM focus on climate change KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has expressed satisfaction with the increased focus that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has placed on the issue of climate change, which is critical for the future sustainability of the region.

Former St Kitts-Nevis minister accuses CARICOM heads of bad leadership

March 15, 2014
Former St Kitts-Nevis minister accuses CARICOM heads of bad leadership BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) should be held accountable for “bad shepherding” of the region’s people, according to former St Kitts and Nevis government minister Dwyer Astaphan. The local activist accused the regional integration movement of washing its hands...

Guyana's land offer to help push regional food security still stands, says president

March 15, 2014
Guyana's land offer to help push regional food security still stands, says president GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Guyana’s President Donald Ramotar has maintained that the country’s position in the call for political, entrepreneurial, and popular will to achieve food security in the Caribbean region still stands. This was made clear by the president during the closing press conference...

Take tough decisions, fulfill obligations, say CARICOM chairs

March 14, 2014
Take tough decisions, fulfill obligations, say CARICOM chairs KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Taking tough decisions and fulfilling regional obligations were two areas that Caribbean Community (CARICOM) current and past chairs, Dr Ralph Gonsalves and Kamla Persad-Bissessar, identified as essential for solidifying integration and moving forward.

Grenada prime minister calls for speedy resolution of St Kitts-Nevis situation

March 14, 2014
Grenada prime minister calls for speedy resolution of St Kitts-Nevis situation BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Grenadian Prime Minister Keith Mitchell has said that he hopes the situation in St Kitts and Nevis can be resolved very soon. Mitchell recalled being in opposition prior to the last election in Grenada and not being able to access parliament for several months because of...

Regional commission to address issues regarding marijuana use

March 14, 2014
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have mandated that a regional commission be set up to address issues identified in relation to marijuana use. This announcement was made by chairman of the Conference of Heads of Government...

CARICOM heads of government to engage business leaders

March 14, 2014
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will engage business leaders as part of the overall effort to improve the economic situation of the region. This was announced by chair of the Conference of Heads of Government, Dr Ralph Gonsalves...

CARICOM moves ahead with single ICT space

March 14, 2014
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will focus over the next two years on unveiling the single information communication technology ICT space as the digital layer of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).

Bahamas endorses CARICOM push for reparations

March 13, 2014
Bahamas endorses CARICOM push for reparations KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- The Bahamas has endorsed an action plan to seek reparations for slavery from former colonizers, including Britain, France and the Netherlands, according to government officials. CARICOM heads of government have agreed to establish a ten-point plan.

St Kitts-Nevis opposition leader takes a swipe at CARICOM

March 13, 2014
St Kitts-Nevis opposition leader takes a swipe at CARICOM BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- More criticism is being heaped on the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) because the regional grouping has refused to make the motion of no confidence stalemate in St Kitts and Nevis one of its priorities. The leader of the federal opposition in Basseterre, Mark Brantley...

Jamaican PM suggests non-confrontational approach on issue of reparations

March 13, 2014
Jamaican PM suggests non-confrontational approach on issue of reparations KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (JIS) -- Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says a non-confrontational approach needs to be taken by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on the issue of reparations. She noted that the matter, which is important given the history and modern consequences of slavery...

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