News from CARICOM:
Caribbean Community (CARICOM)
October 2, 2015
NEW YORK, USA -- Caribbean Community (CARICOM) foreign ministers have welcomed Venezuela’s decision to receive a United Nations technical team that will provide recommendations to the UN secretary general on the way forward to a full and final solution to the Guyana-Venezuela territorial controversy.
September 30, 2015
NEW YORK, USA -- Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta used his visit to New York attend the 70th anniversary of the United Nations to rally support from Caribbean countries to change an International Criminal Court (ICC) rule at the upcoming November meeting of the Assembly of State Parties.
September 21, 2015
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Barbados-based CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) has a new chief executive officer (CEO), who will lead that organisation through its Second Funding Cycle, 2015-2020. He is Rodinald Soomer, an economist, who was previously employed in the Division of...
September 17, 2015
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The secretary-general of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Irwin LaRocque, met with a delegation from St Maarten – one of five Caribbean countries seeking associate membership in CARICOM – on Monday at CARICOM Headquarters in Georgetown, Guyana.
September 10, 2015
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (GIS) -- A Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Science, Technology and Innovation Committee (CSTIC) team will visit Cuba from September 14-17, 2015, to explore collaboration and cooperation in the field of science and technology. Professor Emeritus Harold Ramkissoon...
September 10, 2015
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- A recently formed Model Arbitration Legislation Committee will review legislation from around the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) region to develop a model arbitration bill. The committee, coordinated by the Canadian government funded Improved Access to Justice in the...
September 4, 2015
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will send a CARICOM electoral observer mission to monitor the general elections to be held in Trinidad and Tobago on Monday, September 7, 2015. The chief of mission is Orrette Fisher, director of elections, Electoral Commission of Jamaica.
August 31, 2015
The creation of the Caribbean Patent Convention under the auspices of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is a long awaited and most welcome development towards the harmonization of intellectual property laws in the region. Even more importantly, it is an indication that CARICOM leadership...
August 29, 2015
Mutual incomprehension perhaps best sums up the way in which the Anglophone Caribbean and the Dominican Republic presently regard one another. Although in recent months the focus has been on the complex concerns surrounding Haitian migration and residence, the regional divide has much...
August 24, 2015
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The twelfth edition of the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA XII) opened on Friday night with exciting performances, speeches and fireworks. The event began with a parade of all the countries represented, dressed in their traditional national dress and arriving in the Haitian...
August 21, 2015
The Caribbean regional integration project is often described and criticised almost entirely on the uneven benefits of trade to member countries. But, important as it is, there is more to the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) than trade. While the failure to progress the CARICOM Single Market...
August 10, 2015
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Current chair of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, on Friday met with Jorge Arreaza, vice president Venezuela, who was in Barbados as part of a regional tour to discuss Venezuela’s territorial and maritime claims.
August 7, 2015
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- CARIFESTA, which is the largest cultural and artistic event in the Caribbean, has fused all forms of expression of Latin America and the Caribbean since 1972 and Haiti opens its doors to welcome the Caribbean and the world from August 21 to August 30, 2015.
July 28, 2015
Let me be the first to admit that I am not a baseball fan! The game, save for a few elements, holds very little for me along the lines of “excitement”. Yet, in the same breath, I must say that I am one who proactively recognises “excellence”, irrespective of the arena. In that regard, while visiting my 98-year-old...
July 17, 2015
MIAMI, USA -- The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) officials have praised Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie, outgoing CARICOM chairman, for his remarks at the heads of government meeting recently, where he challenged his colleagues to embrace tourism as the quickest way to...
July 14, 2015
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is considering a proposal for the region to pursue gradual write-off of its multi-lateral debt as a means of economic prosperity. The debt relief strategy was put forward by the Economic Commission of Latin America and the Caribbean...
July 11, 2015
When Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government met in Barbados at the start of the month, their proceeding were dominated by a discussion of Venezuela’s unjustified claim to much of Guyana’s coastline and most of its exclusive economic zone, and to the marine jurisdictions of a number of...
July 7, 2015
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, considers the just-concluded 36th CARICOM heads of government meeting, held in Barbados from July 2 to 4, a success. Speaking during the closing press conference...
July 6, 2015
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Montserrat is continuing to take steps towards the full implementation of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas. Premier Donaldson Romeo gave the assurance that Montserrat, a British Overseas Territory, was continuing its engagements to ensure the timely completion of the...
July 4, 2015
Heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are meeting this week in Barbados for their annual conference, where they will discuss issues of regional importance, including addressing the economic challenges facing member countries. The leaders, representing 15 member states...
July 3, 2015
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- When Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders started their 36th regular summit in Barbados on Thursday, under the theme CARICOM: Vibrant Societies, Resilient Economies, they will have a packed agenda. Key topics will include: key issues and...
July 2, 2015
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) has received the thumbs up from an independent evaluation. Lorne McDonnough, CEO of the CDF, revealed this on the eve of demitting office, stating that the results of the evaluation conducted by Maxwell Stamp PLC were...
July 2, 2015
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The CARICOM Competition Commission (CCC) has, pursuant to Article 176.1 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTC), completed its preliminary examination of the agreement by Cable and Wireless Communications Plc (CWC) to acquire Columbus...
July 1, 2015
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- With increases in crime being recorded across the region, especially involving the use of firearms, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) governments are being urged to pay closer attention to the crime and security agenda agreed to by the heads of government in 2013.
June 27, 2015
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Some of the major challenges confronting Caribbean governments in relation to good governance and electoral reform, were placed in context by St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris at a recent regional forum in Antigua.
June 27, 2015
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- When the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government gather in Barbados early next month for their 36th regular meeting, they are expected to continue “fleshing out” the initiatives that have to be taken to push the reparations agenda forward.
June 27, 2015
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has stated its strong objection to the recent decision by the European Commission to “blacklist” a number of CARICOM member states for allegedly not co-operating on tax law enforcement with European Union countries.