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Cut out corruption, US vice president tells Caribbean leaders

January 28, 2015
Cut out corruption, US vice president tells Caribbean leaders WASHINGTON, USA -- Speaking at the Caribbean Energy Security Summit in Washington on Monday, US Vice President Joe Biden told Caribbean leaders to get a handle on corruption and pick the projects that make the most sense. Otherwise, he said, while the United States was ready...

New capacity-building project to provide support for CARIFORUM-EU EPA

January 28, 2015
New capacity-building project to provide support for CARIFORUM-EU EPA GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Key partners involved in a new capacity-building project to support effective implementation of the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) met in Georgetown, Guyana, on 19 January 2015, to chart the way forward. The project, valued at €3,099,915...

Trinidad PM proposes new fund to address Caribbean energy security

January 27, 2015
Trinidad PM proposes new fund to address Caribbean energy security WASHINGTON, USA -- Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, has proposed a Caribbean Energy Thematic Fund for CARICOM member states, to address regional energy security. Speaking at the first Caribbean Energy Security Summit...

US vice president thanks CARICOM for Cuba 'encouragement'

January 27, 2015
US vice president thanks CARICOM for Cuba 'encouragement' WASHINGTON, USA -- US Vice President Joseph Biden thanked the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Monday for its “encouragement” to his country to “make the change” with Cuba. CARICOM has long been advocating for an end to the economic and trade embargo on Cuba.

Cuba to strengthen support to CARICOM

January 27, 2015
Cuba to strengthen support to CARICOM KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) stands to benefit from increased support from Cuba in the areas of health, education, disaster response, and support for the disabled. Cuba’s Ambassador to Jamaica, Bernardo Guanche Hernández, said his government...

French Guiana seeks associate membership of CARICOM

January 27, 2015
French Guiana seeks associate membership of CARICOM GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque met on Thursday with a team from French Guiana led by the president of the Regional Council Rodolphe Alexandre, as the French territories in the Caribbean begin discussions with CARICOM on...

St Vincent government welcomes CSME orientation of public and private sector stakeholders

January 23, 2015
St Vincent government welcomes CSME orientation of public and private sector stakeholders KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Vincentian public and private sector personnel are receiving one-on-one orientation sessions on the CARICOM Single Market (CSM) through a schedule of worksite meetings organized by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and the Regional Integration and...

Commentary: Does Caribbean integration have practical value? Astute reflections of Owen Arthur

January 23, 2015
Commentary: Does Caribbean integration have practical value? Astute reflections of Owen Arthur There is no doubt about the passion of Owen Arthur, one of the Caribbean’s foremost economists and thinkers, for the economic integration of the region. As the prime minister of Barbados and the member of the Bureau of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) responsible for...

CARICOM Secretariat to host statistics workshop in St Vincent

January 20, 2015
CARICOM Secretariat to host statistics workshop in St Vincent KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- In its continuing quest to train personnel and boost the profile of statistics in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the CARICOM Secretariat will host a training workshop on merchandise trade statistics in Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Bahamas hosts retreat for CARICOM ambassadors

January 19, 2015
Bahamas hosts retreat for CARICOM ambassadors WASHINGTON, USA -- Guided by an agenda covering a broad array of issues of common interest to their respective countries, ambassadors to the United States and permanent representatives to the Organization of American States (OAS) or their alternates from Caribbean Community (CARICOM)...

Commentary: CARICOM and intellectual property law and policy: What next?

January 19, 2015
Commentary: CARICOM and intellectual property law and policy: What next? The year 2015 has dawned as usual with the fanfare of greater things to come. Caribbean projects are in the pipeline, along with activities to enhance competitiveness and many gallant efforts by well-meaning non-governmental and international organizations. The research has shown...

'CSME in the Classroom' training for Grenadian teachers

January 16, 2015
'CSME in the Classroom' training for Grenadian teachers ST GEORGE'S, Grenada -- Grenadian teachers at the CXC and CCLC level got the opportunity to build on their skills to bring the CARICOM Single Market and its opportunities to life for students. The Tuesday, January 13, workshop was made possible under the Improving Information Flows...

Antigua-Barbuda to access over US$4 million through CDF country assistance programme

January 10, 2015
Antigua-Barbuda to access over US$4 million through CDF country assistance programme BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The government of Antigua and Barbuda now has access to US$4.02 million dollars (EC$10.86 million) from the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) for two development projects. This follows the approval by the board of the Barbados-based organization of the...

EU and ILO to support CARIFORUM labour, private sector and employers to fulfil EPA obligations

December 26, 2014
EU and ILO to support CARIFORUM labour, private sector and employers to fulfil EPA obligations PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Chargé d' affaires of the delegation of the European Union to Trinidad and Tobago, Daniela Tramacere, on behalf of Ambassador Robert Kopecký, head of delegation of the European Union to Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and for the Dutch overseas...

Commentary: Cuba - challenges and chances for the Caribbean

December 26, 2014
Commentary: Cuba - challenges and chances for the Caribbean With the best intentions on the part of the Cuban government, the new relationship between the United States and Cuba – welcome as it undoubtedly is – will pose serious challenges for the 15-nation Caribbean Community (CARICOM). The challenges will come in two crucial areas: tourism and...

CARICOM chair welcomes US-Cuba rapprochement

December 19, 2014
CARICOM chair welcomes US-Cuba rapprochement ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, has welcomed the historic decision announced on Wednesday by US President Barack Obama to ease restrictions on the movement of people...

Normalisation of US-Cuba relations welcomed throughout the region

December 18, 2014
Normalisation of US-Cuba relations welcomed throughout the region PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- International, hemispheric and regional organisations as well as a number of Caribbean government leaders have welcomed the resumption of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba severed since 1961. US President Barack Obama made...

Dominica stakeholders strategise national CSME communication plan

December 18, 2014
Dominica stakeholders strategise national CSME communication plan ROSEAU, Dominica -- The Dominica ministry of employment, trade, industry and Diaspora affairs, in partnership with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, is developing a CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) communication plan. A recent workshop brought representatives...

CARICOM hosts regional monitoring and evaluation workshop

December 17, 2014
CARICOM hosts regional monitoring and evaluation workshop GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Two-day regional monitoring and evaluation workshop to provide training in the use of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) online monitoring and evaluation tool began on Monday at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana. Participants at the workshop include...

CARICOM to partner with WICB for 'Pitch in Schools Project'

December 17, 2014
CARICOM to partner with WICB for 'Pitch in Schools Project' GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- A new era for cricket in schools across the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) region is about to begin with an innovative initiative from the CARICOM Secretariat called the “Pitch in Schools Project”. The project will pioneer fresh innings for primary and secondary schools...

CARICOM chair criticised for comments on political crisis in Guyana

December 15, 2014
CARICOM chair criticised for comments on political crisis in Guyana NEW YORK, USA -- The New York-based Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID) said the assertion by Caribbean Community (CARICOM) chairman, Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda, that CARICOM “respects the right of Guyana’s President Donald Ramotar to prorogue...

CARICOM Competition Commission to assess regional telecoms merger

December 12, 2014
CARICOM Competition Commission to assess regional telecoms merger PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Competition Commission, as part of its monitoring of business activity in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) said it has taken note of the announced acquisition on November 6, 2014, by Cable and Wireless Communications...

CARICOM chair calls for an end to US embargo on Cuba

December 11, 2014
CARICOM chair calls for an end to US embargo on Cuba HAVANA, Cuba -- Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Gaston Browne, prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda called on the United States president and congress to end its “senseless embargo of Cuba now.” Browne was speaking at the opening ceremony of the fifth CARICOM-Cuba Summit.

CARICOM-Cuba summit stresses Caribbean unity and integration

December 10, 2014
CARICOM-Cuba summit stresses Caribbean unity and integration HAVANA, Cuba -- The fifth Caribbean Community (CARICOM)-Cuba summit held in Havana on Monday adopted a final declaration aiming at the strengthening of unity and regional integration and expressing the firm stance of the member states of CARICOM. The following are the highlights of the declaration...

Caribbean heads arrive in Havana for CARICOM-Cuba summit

December 8, 2014
Caribbean heads arrive in Havana for CARICOM-Cuba summit HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Heads of state and government of the member nations of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), together with officials from regional organizations, began arriving on Saturday in Havana to participate in Monday’s fifth CARICOM-Cuba summit.

CARICOM sends mission to observe Dominica general elections

December 6, 2014
CARICOM sends mission to observe Dominica general elections ROSEAU, Dominica -- On the invitation of the government of Dominica, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has mounted a CARICOM electoral observer mission to monitor the general elections to be held on 8 December 2014. The CARICOM electoral observer mission comprises members from...

CARICOM, Cuba leaders to talk trade in Havana

December 6, 2014
CARICOM, Cuba leaders to talk trade in Havana HAVANA, Cuba -- Economic and trade relations will be among the issues discussed at the fifth summit of the heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba, which takes place in Havana, Cuba, on Monday. The summit will be preceded on Sunday by...

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