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CARICOM continues consumer protection drive

August 1, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat is forging ahead with promoting a rapid consumer protection alert system throughout CARICOM member states. The CARICOM rapid alert system on the exchange of information on dangerous...

CARICOM leaders pleased with Japanese response on key issues

July 29, 2014
CARICOM leaders pleased with Japanese response on key issues PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) “were heartened” by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s positive response to a number of issues raised during their one-day summit on Monday. Speaking at a joint press announcement in Port of Spain...

CARICOM and Turkey to strengthen relations

July 29, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Turkey-Caribbean Community (CARICOM) consultation and cooperation mechanism meeting of foreign ministers re-committed to strengthen existing fields of cooperation and to explore new areas to deepen interaction, according to the outcome document.

Chairman of CARICOM Reparations Commission addresses British House of Commons

July 26, 2014
Chairman of CARICOM Reparations Commission addresses British House of Commons LONDON, England -- Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Reparations Commission Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, in a presentation to the British House of Commons on 16 July 2014, expressed the view that the reparations process will bring honour and dignity to the people of the Caribbean.

Caribbean Community's first strategic plan now online

July 26, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Executive Plan may be downloaded from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) website, or here. Further background papers will be provided in due course. CARICOM heads of government approved the strategic plan at their 35th regular meeting.

CARICOM Secretariat to empower Guyana's youth with animation skills

July 25, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- A group of young people in Guyana will get an opportunity to learn valuable animation skills through a project coordinated by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat. The project, which is being implemented in collaboration with Animae Caribe...

Commentary: China will cast a huge shadow as Japan meets CARICOM

July 25, 2014
Commentary: China will cast a huge shadow as Japan meets CARICOM The word will not be spoken in any formal speeches and it won’t be mentioned in final statements and declarations, but it will be talked about in the corridors and it will be at the back of everyone’s mind as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits five Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations from July 25 to August 2.

Discussions underway to address nursing shortage in Caribbean

July 24, 2014
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica’s minister of health, Dr Fenton Ferguson, says that discussions are underway to facilitate the seamless movement of nurses throughout the Caribbean in order to address needs in various areas. The aim is to address imbalances.

German-Caribbean cooperation on climate change entering critical phase

July 22, 2014
German-Caribbean cooperation on climate change entering critical phase PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the German government are supporting the efforts of eight CARICOM member states to adapt the management of their natural resources and economies to the ever-pressing and far-reaching socio-economic and environmental...

Turkey a reliable partner of CARICOM, says foreign minister

July 21, 2014
Turkey a reliable partner of CARICOM, says foreign minister ISTANBUL, Turkey -- “Turkey is and will remain as a reliable partner of CARICOM, amplifying your voice in different regions and countries of the globe, including international organizations. We will continue to work closely in the UN and carry on our cooperation and consultation...

First Turkey-CARICOM foreign ministers meeting opens in Istanbul

July 19, 2014
ISTANBUL, Turkey -- The first meeting of the foreign ministers of Turkey and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was due to be hosted by Ahmet Davutoğlu, minister of foreign affairs of Turkey, in Istanbul on Friday, according to a press release from the Turkish foreign ministry.

CARICOM and Japan to hold first summit in Trinidad

July 19, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the first ever CARICOM-Japan summit on 28 July 2014 in Trinidad and Tobago. Since 1993, CARICOM and Japan have enjoyed friendly relations.

Deported Jamaican artiste's lawyer awaits Dominica government response

July 17, 2014
Deported Jamaican artiste's lawyer awaits Dominica government response ROSEAU, Dominica -- Attorney-at-law Bert Samuels said he is currently awaiting a further response from the Dominican government in relation to the deportation of his client, dancehall artiste Tommy Lee Sparta, from that Caribbean state. In May, Samuels told the Jamaica Observer he would be filing a claim...

St Vincent PM pleased with CARICOM progress during his term as chairman

July 16, 2014
St Vincent PM pleased with CARICOM progress during his term as chairman BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- A period of consolidation and progress, that’s how St Vincent and the Grenadines prime minister, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, describes his six-month stint as chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) from January to June. “Consolidation on a range of matters related to...

Guyana foreign minister highlights challenges facing CARICOM

July 10, 2014
Guyana foreign minister highlights challenges facing CARICOM GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Guyana’s minister of foreign affairs Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett attended the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations ministerial meeting (ECOSOC) of the high level political forum on sustainable development at UN headquarters in New York on Monday.

Regional security a priority for IMPACS, says Barbados attorney general

July 9, 2014
Regional security a priority for IMPACS, says Barbados attorney general ST JOHN’S, Antigua (BGIS) -- Keeping Caribbean Community (CARICOM) territories secure is the number one priority for the Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS), Barbados attorney general and minister of home affairs, Adriel Brathwaite, made clear last Friday at the just concluded...

CARICOM to choose next Commonwealth secretary general

July 9, 2014
ST JOHN’S, Antigua (BGIS) -- The next Commonwealth secretary general will be from the Caribbean, Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart disclosed, as he spoke last Friday with members of the media at the close of the 35th regular meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government.

CARICOM heads call for coordinated regulation of economic citizenships

July 8, 2014
CARICOM heads call for coordinated regulation of economic citizenships ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- In a statement on regional citizenship by investment programmes issued at the conclusion of last week’s Caribbean Community (CARICOM) meeting in St John’s, Antigua, heads of government urged all member states to “co-operate and co-ordinate their regulatory systems”.

Jamaican PM urges joint CARICOM position on small island issues

July 8, 2014
Jamaican PM urges joint CARICOM position on small island issues ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has called on fellow heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to make the region’s voice heard in relation to issues facing small island developing states, climate change and the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

CARICOM heads approve region's first ever strategic plan

July 7, 2014
CARICOM heads approve region's first ever strategic plan ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- CARICOM heads of government have approved the first ever strategic plan for the Caribbean Community. This announcement was made by chair of the conference Gaston Browne, prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, during a press conference on Friday.

CARICOM to get debt advocacy team

July 7, 2014
ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- A Caribbean Community (CARICOM) debt advocacy team is to be appointed to campaign for debt relief and/or debt amelioration on behalf of highly indebted CARICOM member states. This was one of the key outcomes of the 35th conference of CARICOM heads.

Ban on Cuban diplomats breached CARICOM laws and constitutions, says Jamaican minister

July 7, 2014
Ban on Cuban diplomats breached CARICOM laws and constitutions, says Jamaican minister ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The government of Jamaica has made it clear that the recent ban by consumer goods distributor, PriceSmart, on Cuban diplomats shopping at that establishment ran counter to the non-discrimination provisions, not only of Jamaican law and constitution, but also...

Find collective solutions, says CARICOM secretary general

July 5, 2014
Find collective solutions, says CARICOM secretary general ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Even as the present cohort of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders returned to the place where political leaders in 1965 defined the integration ideals, CARICOM Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque on Tuesday stressed the urgency of finding solutions to...

Jamaican PM wants greater role for private sector in CARICOM

July 5, 2014
Jamaican PM wants greater role for private sector in CARICOM ST JOHN’S, Antigua (JIS) -- Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has urged the Caribbean business community to play a greater role in the mechanisms that have been created to encourage economic growth, employment, business expansion, social improvement and overall development.

CARICOM commission on the economy will continue its work, says Barbados PM

July 5, 2014
CARICOM commission on the economy will continue its work, says Barbados PM ST JOHN’S, Antigua (BGIS) -- Coming up with solutions to the socio-economic problems that are facing Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states, including Barbados, will be “a work in progress”. However, through the recommendations of the recently-established Commission on the Economy...

Montserrat to join CARICOM Single Market and Economy

July 5, 2014
Montserrat to join CARICOM Single Market and Economy ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The premier of Montserrat, Reuben Meade, announced at the meeting of heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in St John’s, Antigua, that Montserrat intends to accede to the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas and to participate in the CARICOM Single Market...

Business development is key discussion at CARICOM heads meeting

July 4, 2014
Business development is key discussion at CARICOM heads meeting ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- CARICOM heads of government engaged private sector ‘captains of industry’ on fostering business growth in the region, as several key development issues took centre stage on the first full day of the 35th annual CARICOM Heads of Government conference in St John’s, Antigua.

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