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Sports Commentary: CARICOM needs renewed attention to sports

July 4, 2015
Sports Commentary: CARICOM needs renewed attention to sports 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...

Packed agenda for CARICOM summit

July 3, 2015
Packed agenda for CARICOM summit 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...

CDF gets thumbs up from independent evaluation

July 2, 2015
CDF gets thumbs up from independent evaluation 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...

CARICOM Competition Commission to investigate telecoms merger

July 2, 2015
CARICOM Competition Commission to investigate telecoms merger 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...

CARICOM heads urged to focus on crime and security agenda

July 1, 2015
CARICOM heads urged to focus on crime and security agenda 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.

St Kitts-Nevis PM champions reform for good governance in CARICOM

June 27, 2015
St Kitts-Nevis PM champions reform for good governance in CARICOM 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.

Reparations on CARICOM heads of government agenda

June 27, 2015
Reparations on CARICOM heads of government agenda 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.

CARICOM rejects tax haven listings

June 27, 2015
CARICOM rejects tax haven listings 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.

CARICOM single market on the march, says Barbados PM

June 24, 2015
CARICOM single market on the march, says Barbados PM BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The single market component of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy is “on the march”, says Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, while the single economy element has been a little more challenging because it calls for more fundamental...

Caribbean anti-corruption commissions gather at Commonwealth conference in Grenada

June 23, 2015
Caribbean anti-corruption commissions gather at Commonwealth conference in Grenada ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Anti-corruption commissions from across the Caribbean are gathering in Grenada this week for a Commonwealth conference aimed at boosting regional cooperation and sharing innovations in the fight against graft. The first Commonwealth regional conference for heads of...

CARICOM heads hope to solve pressing issues

June 20, 2015
CARICOM heads hope to solve pressing issues BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- As heads of government from across the region prepare to gather in Barbados for their annual summit in two weeks, they will do so with hopes of solving some of the pressing issues that have taken centre stage in recent times. Leaders are also expected to share...

The View from Europe: CARICOM's continuing support in border dispute essential

June 20, 2015
The View from Europe: CARICOM's continuing support in border dispute essential Every time that CARICOM heads of government meet, they include language in their final communiqué on the Guyana-Venezuela border dispute. However, at their encounter next month in Barbados the matter will no longer be about a dormant claim, but one that has come alive and is potentially dangerous.

Commentary: Caribbean countries: Trapped?

June 19, 2015
Commentary: Caribbean countries: Trapped? A common market in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries would lead to a substantial rise in the regional exports. This is one of the findings of a new World Bank Report entitled, 'Trade matters: New opportunities for the Caribbean'. That statement might come as a surprise to many.

Antigua-Barbuda to host major CARICOM development forum

June 18, 2015
Antigua-Barbuda to host major CARICOM development forum ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- “CARICOM Overcoming Challenges: Pathway to Development” is the focus of a major regional forum to be held in Antigua and Barbuda on Tuesday, 23 June 2015. Prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Brown, will be among the forum’s list of high level presenters.

CARIFESTA XII: Haiti gives assurance of readiness

June 18, 2015
CARIFESTA XII: Haiti gives assurance of readiness GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Haiti is ready to host CARIFESTA (Caribbean Festival of Arts) and welcomes the interest shown by the other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member countries. This was stated by Haiti’s ambassador to CARICOM, Peterson Noel, in a press conference on CARIFESTA XII...

CARICOM summit to address critical issues

June 12, 2015
CARICOM summit to address critical issues BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Prime ministers from across the region will be taking several critical decisions on the implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), as well as a single position on several international negotiations when the heads of government conference...

Commentary: CSME still an empty shell after 25 years

June 9, 2015
Commentary: CSME still an empty shell after 25 years The CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) was intended to benefit the people of the region by providing more and better opportunities to produce and sell their goods and services and to attract investment in a larger economic space. Sir Ronald Sanders, a regional diplomat, hit the nail on the...

Suriname elections transparent, free and fair, says CARICOM observer mission

May 30, 2015
Suriname elections transparent, free and fair, says CARICOM observer mission PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- According to a preliminary statement by the CARICOM election observation mission (CEOM) to Suriname, the results of the activity on polling day on Monday, May 25, monitored by CEOM proved that the process was transparent, free and fair. Electors cast their vote without fear.

Commentary: The View from Europe: Is Caribbean integration no longer practical?

May 30, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: Is Caribbean integration no longer practical? Earlier this year, Owen Arthur, the former prime minister of Barbados, described the malaise that now affects much of the Anglophone Caribbean. Delivering the 15th Archibald Nedd Memorial Lecture in Grenada, Mr Arthur observed that the typical Caribbean nation now has to rely for material progress...

Bahamas signs on to major agreements at COFCOR meeting

May 27, 2015
Bahamas signs on to major agreements at COFCOR meeting CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Bahamas used the occasion of the just-ended 18th meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) in Saint Lucia to sign instruments of accession to three agreements. Bahamian minister of foreign affairs Fred Mitchell signed on to the...

St Kitts-Nevis PM calls for more integrated regional approach

May 23, 2015
BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Chairman of the board of governors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Dr Timothy Harris, prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis, has suggested that Caribbean countries should take a fresh look at a more integrated approach to tackling the region’s...

CARICOM observers to monitor Suriname general elections

May 21, 2015
CARICOM observers to monitor Suriname general elections PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is sending an electoral observer mission to monitor the general elections to be held in Suriname on Monday, 25 May, 2015. The mission will be headed by Ian Browne, the deputy chief elections officer in Barbados.

New Guyana president seeks to strengthen bilateral ties

May 20, 2015
New Guyana president seeks to strengthen bilateral ties GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- High on the agenda of Guyana’s newly-elected President David Granger and his soon-to-be-sworn in administration will be to accelerate infrastructural and economic developments with CARICOM and Guyana’s other immediate neighbours.

CARICOM to commit US$65 million to CDF

May 11, 2015
CARICOM to commit US$65 million to CDF BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Lorne McDonnough, CEO of the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF), has confirmed that Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states will provide US$65,840,931 (approximately EC$177.660 million) in new funding for the CDF in its second funding cycle.

Barbados to host CARICOM heads of government conference in July

May 9, 2015
Barbados to host CARICOM heads of government conference in July BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The 36th regular conference of heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will be held in Barbados from July 2 to 4 this year. The conference will start with an opening ceremony, which will be addressed by heads of government elected since...

Diversifying the EU-CARIFORUM trade dynamic

May 1, 2015
Diversifying the EU-CARIFORUM trade dynamic MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- The recently concluded third CARIFORUM-EU Business Forum in Jamaica succeeded in strengthening Caribbean-EU trade relations. Over a two-day period, well over 100 representatives and entrepreneurs took part in focused meetings to discuss the potential of...

CSM, private sector engagement, Cuba feature prominently at COTED

April 30, 2015
CSM, private sector engagement, Cuba feature prominently at COTED GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Action to ensure that the CARICOM Single Market (CSM) is placed on a more efficient footing to benefit Caribbean Community nationals; the importance of standards and consumer protection; and the role of the private sector in regional development, were among...

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