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CARICOM Ebola meeting postponed

October 30, 2014
CARICOM Ebola meeting postponed PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- A meeting of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government to discuss the region’s approach to tackling the Ebola virus has been postponed. This was revealed by Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bisessar during a news conference.

CSME and EPA steering committees to consider eight projects

October 29, 2014
CSME and EPA steering committees to consider eight projects BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The steering committees of the CARICOM Single Market Economy (CSME) and CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) standby facilities will consider a combined eight project proposals for funding when they meet at the Caribbean Development Bank.

Caribbean ministers give medical laboratories an urgent assignment

October 22, 2014
Caribbean ministers give medical laboratories an urgent assignment WASHINGTON, USA -- The 19th Special Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) held in Washington DC, 27-28 September, has endorsed an initiative that the Caribbean Med Labs Foundation (CMLF) is facilitating under its CARICOM-PANCAP Global Fund Programme.

CARICOM chair 'disappointed' at current state of affairs of West Indian cricket

October 21, 2014
CARICOM chair 'disappointed' at current state of affairs of West Indian cricket ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Chairman of the Caribbean Community, (CARICOM) and prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, has expressed “profound disappointment over the current state of affairs of West Indian cricket.” In a statement on Monday, Browne said the abrupt termination...

Trinidad coup leader wants CARICOM to intervene in his detention in Jamaica

October 20, 2014
Trinidad coup leader wants CARICOM to intervene in his detention in Jamaica PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Leader of the Jamaat-Al-Muslimeen group in Trinidad and Tobago, Yasin Abu Bakr, who staged a violent, unsuccessful coup attempt in 1990, sat immediately beneath a sign at his Mucarapo Secondary School that read: “Islam is the way” when he told the media...

Caribbean common fisheries policy for authorised for implementation

October 18, 2014
Caribbean common fisheries policy for authorised for implementation PARAMARIBO, Suriname (CRFM) -- The Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED), comprised of ministers responsible for agriculture from across the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), has confirmed the Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy as a final policy document.

CARICOM, Turkey to strengthen trade links

October 17, 2014
CARICOM, Turkey to strengthen trade links GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Turkey will continue to strengthen their relations with the accreditation of Ambassador Sulé Oztunç, as new plenipotentiary representative of Turkey to the Community. In accepting her credentials on Tuesday...

'Reparations torch' passed to Antigua-Barbuda PM at second regional conference

October 16, 2014
'Reparations torch' passed to Antigua-Barbuda PM at second regional conference ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- P.J. Patterson, former prime minister of Jamaica, in a rousing address to the opening ceremony of the second regional conference on reparations in Antigua on Sunday night, gave the charge and entrusted the continuity of the pursuit of reparations for native genocide and slavery...

CARICOM, India affirm value of diplomatic cooperation

October 7, 2014
CARICOM, India affirm value of diplomatic cooperation GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and India on Friday affirmed the importance they attached to diplomatic cooperation as a new Indian envoy was accredited to CARICOM. During a short ceremony at the Secretariat, in which high commissioner of India to CARICOM...

CARICOM leading charge against chikungunya, Ebola threat

October 1, 2014
CARICOM leading charge against chikungunya, Ebola threat WASHINGTON, USA -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) continues to be at the forefront of efforts to deal with the chikungunya epidemic and the Ebola threat. CARICOM secretary general Irwin LaRocque held discussions at the weekend with representatives of the governments of Brazil and Argentina.

Editorial: A simple question for CARICOM governments

October 1, 2014
Here is a simple and straightforward question for regional media and voters to ask their respective minister of foreign affairs: “Why did you permit a sitting member of the British parliament to participate in a meeting to discuss sensitive and confidential regional foreign affairs issues...

CARICOM member states urged to support CDF for second funding cycle

September 30, 2014
CARICOM member states urged to support CDF for second funding cycle BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Chief executive officer of the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF), Lorne McDonnough, has urged member states to renew their commitment to the organisation for the upcoming second funding cycle despite the difficult economic times.

Dominica confuses and embarrasses CARICOM

September 29, 2014
Dominica confuses and embarrasses CARICOM NEW YORK, USA -- The insistence by the government of Dominica to sponsor the candidacy of a sitting member of the British parliament and former minister in the British government for the post of Commonwealth secretary-general when the office comes up for election in November 2015...

Briefing session held on new CARICOM statistics project

September 27, 2014
Briefing session held on new CARICOM statistics project GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Staff members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and representatives of GOPA Worldwide Consultants on Thursday participated in an interactive briefing session on a new project that is aimed at boosting the capacity of national statistics offices.

Letter: Re-inventing CARICOM's world-renowned botanical gardens

September 26, 2014
Letter: Re-inventing CARICOM's world-renowned botanical gardens A member of CARICOM was wholly responsible for the foundation of the premier Kew Gardens in England. Indeed, it was also the inspiration, way-station and nursery for the Botanical Gardens in Kingston, Jamaica, as well. This colonial phenomenon attracted global attention.

CARICOM, El Salvador enter new era of cooperation

September 22, 2014
CARICOM, El Salvador enter new era of cooperation GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- What was described as a “new era” of diplomatic relations between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and El Salvador began on Friday when Irwin LaRocque, CARICOM secretary-general accredited a new envoy from the Central American country.

CARICOM TVET strategy for workforce development and economic competitiveness to be launched

September 18, 2014
CARICOM TVET strategy for workforce development and economic competitiveness to be launched PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Caribbean Association of National Training Agencies (CANTA) will formally launch the CARICOM regional TVET strategy for workforce development and economic competitiveness on Monday in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Support services for domestic workers and artisans moving to work in CSME countries launched

September 17, 2014
Support services for domestic workers and artisans moving to work in CSME countries launched BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Domestic workers and artisans in five countries who want to move to another country within the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) now have access to support services through collaboration with the Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC).

'Wellness revolution' continues at CARICOM Secretariat

September 10, 2014
'Wellness revolution' continues at CARICOM Secretariat GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The headquarters of the Caribbean Community, the CARICOM Secretariat on Monday commenced a week of activities to commemorate Caribbean Wellness Day (CWD) 2014 and to sustain the ‘wellness revolution’ that began in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

CARICOM consults on draft legislation for CSME

September 9, 2014
CARICOM consults on draft legislation for CSME BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) continues its drive to establish a single economic space through the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). A regional consultation to consider draft model legislation to address legislative gaps common to all member states...

CARICOM secretary-general calls for innovative alternatives to finance SIDS development

September 8, 2014
CARICOM secretary-general calls for innovative alternatives to finance SIDS development APIA, Samoa -- Even as the small island developing states (SIDS) examined the issue of financing sustainable development for SIDS in Apia, Samoa, CARICOM secretary-general Irwin LaRocque has suggested the need for new and innovative alternatives. Moderating a side event...

CARICOM makes case for sustainable development of SIDS at UN conference

September 6, 2014
CARICOM makes case for sustainable development of SIDS at UN conference APIA, Samoa -- Caribbean Community (CARICOM) officials at the Third United Nations Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) made the case for the peculiar vulnerabilities of SIDS to be considered when the international community formulates economic policies for those countries.

St Vincent PM to address CARICOM Development Fund meeting

September 4, 2014
St Vincent PM to address CARICOM Development Fund meeting BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, will be the featured speaker at the CARICOM Development Fund’s (CDF) fourth annual meeting of contributors and development partners to be held in Barbados on Thursday, September 18.

CARICOM kicks off government procurement consultations

August 30, 2014
CARICOM kicks off government procurement consultations GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat has convened three regional consultations to discuss the findings of a major consultancy on government procurement in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). The consultations are being facilitated by...

Small arms control training workshop opens in Port of Spain

August 26, 2014
Small arms control training workshop opens in Port of Spain PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean Community Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS) is hosting a three-day regional training of trainers workshop on the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) and its assessment tool in Port of Spain.

UNSIDS conference outcome important for CARICOM

August 25, 2014
UNSIDS conference outcome important for CARICOM GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) views the third international meeting on small island developing states (UNSIDS) in Apia, Samoa, 1-4 September, 2014 as an important opportunity to engage the international community on the development challenges facing the region.

CARICOM Secretariat strengthens internal risks management system

August 22, 2014
CARICOM Secretariat strengthens internal risks management system GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat is actively pursuing enhancements to systems and procedures required of organisations to be entrusted with resources and budget implementation tasks under protocols designed by development partners.

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