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Urgent dialogue called for on developing framework for regional trade in energy

November 21, 2014
Urgent dialogue called for on developing framework for regional trade in energy LOWLANDS BAY, St Vincent -- There is an urgent need for dialogue that identifies the commitments and the steps that are necessary for developing a framework for regional trade in energy, said Dr Devon Gardner, programme manager, energy, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat.

CARICOM members to discuss CDF replenishment

November 21, 2014
CARICOM members to discuss CDF replenishment BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The second meeting of the technical working group (TWG) established by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to make recommendations on the replenishment of the capital fund of the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) is meeting in Barbados.

Foreign ministers follow up on first CARICOM-Japan summit

November 20, 2014
Foreign ministers follow up on first CARICOM-Japan summit TOKYO, Japan -- The just concluded Caribbean Community (CARICOM)-Japan meeting of foreign ministers, in which a joint statement of areas of cooperation was issued, builds on the momentum of the successful first CARICOM-Japan summit of 28 July 2014, in Trinidad and Tobago.

Haiti to benefit from CARICOM Development Fund country assistance programme

November 15, 2014
Haiti to benefit from CARICOM Development Fund country assistance programme BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Haiti is on track to benefit from a Country Assistance Programme (CAP) of the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) when that Barbados-based organisation’s second funding cycle starts in July 2015. The CDF provides technical and financial resources to...

CARICOM governments to increase quality information on CSM to nationals

November 15, 2014
CARICOM governments to increase quality information on CSM to nationals GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nationals in six member states are to benefit from a greater flow of tailored information on the CARICOM Single Market (CSM). This is under a new project that aims to connect nationals with the information they need to work, travel and...

COTED to engage private sector on more continuous basis

November 12, 2014
COTED to engage private sector on more continuous basis GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Engagement with the private sector and Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on a more continuous basis will be facilitated following a meeting of the trade ministerial body that concluded last Friday. On the first day of the 39th meeting of the COTED on Thursday...

CARICOM holds CSME labour stakeholders workshop in Dominica

November 11, 2014
CARICOM holds CSME labour stakeholders workshop in Dominica ROSEAU, Dominica -- Employers’ and workers’ associations from across the region will be sensitized and updated on the CSME regimes for free movement of skills and labour, at a major regional CARICOM and Single Market and Economy (CSME) labour stakeholders workshop in Dominica.

CARICOM heads agree ten-point plan to fight Ebola

November 6, 2014
CARICOM heads agree ten-point plan to fight Ebola PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) met in special session in Port of Spain, Trinidad, on Tuesday to discuss two current public health challenges facing the Community: Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and the chikungunya outbreak.

US offers technical assistance for CARICOM agriculture imports

November 6, 2014
US offers technical assistance for CARICOM agriculture imports NASSAU, Bahamas -- The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) are developing a food safety training program – expected to be operational before the end of 2014 – aimed at helping Caribbean Community (CARICOM)...

CARICOM meeting on Ebola and chikungunya to take place in Trinidad on Tuesday

November 3, 2014
CARICOM meeting on Ebola and chikungunya to take place in Trinidad on Tuesday PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar has announced she will host the 17th special meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to discuss the Ebola and chikungunya diseases.

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.

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