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UK commits to closer relations with CARICOM

June 26, 2017
UK commits to closer relations with CARICOM GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Even as the United Kingdom continues to face its fair share of challenging events, it has committed to closer relations with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). New high commissioner of the UK to the Eastern Caribbean and CARICOM, Janet Douglas said...

Short-lived CARICOM unity collapses at OAS summit

June 23, 2017
Short-lived CARICOM unity collapses at OAS summit CANCUN, Mexico -- The unity displayed earlier by Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries at the May 31 ‘meeting of consultation of ministers of foreign affairs’ of the 34-member Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington to discuss the situation in Venezuela, suffered a public collapse...

Put your money where your mouth is, says Barbados culture minister

June 23, 2017
Put your money where your mouth is, says Barbados culture minister GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Minister of culture, sports and youth of Barbados, Stephen Lashley, is of the view that regional governments needed to redirect some of their resources to the cultural industries if they were truly interested in regional economic expansion and development.

Commentary: CARICOM: Pride turned to gloom

June 23, 2017
Commentary: CARICOM: Pride turned to gloom Three weeks ago, I and many other committed Caribbean integrationists, declared that the unity displayed by Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries at the Organization of American States (OAS) on May 31 “was a moment for unbridled pride”.  What happened on Monday June 20, just days later...

St Vincent PM calls for regional condemnation of US reversal of Cuba policy

June 21, 2017
St Vincent PM calls for regional condemnation of US reversal of Cuba policy VARADERO BEACH, Cuba -- St Vincent and the Grenadines prime minister, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, has called on Caribbean governments and regional credit unions to loudly condemn US President Donald Trump’s reversal of recent positive advances in US-Cuba relations started by his...

CARICOM border officials commend CSME training

June 16, 2017
CARICOM border officials commend CSME training BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Caribbean Community (CARICOM) immigration and customs officers took the opportunity this week to discuss CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) processes at a training workshop. The two-day session in Barbados sought to ensure there was common...

CARICOM to clampdown on returning ISIS fighters

June 14, 2017
CARICOM to clampdown on returning ISIS fighters PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- A coordinated Caribbean Community (CARICOM) clampdown on returning foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs) – including targeting their assets – is being prepared for approval at next month’s heads of government meeting in Grenada. In the next three weeks, CARICOM...

CARICOM consumers may now submit complaints live online

June 13, 2017
CARICOM consumers may now submit complaints live online GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Caribbean Community (CARICOM) consumers now have access to the CARREX online electronic platform and the live public portal for providing alerts on dangerous non-foods consumer goods on the markets in all 15 CARICOM member states. The platform, which went live...

CARICOM immigration and customs officers to receive training on CSME

June 10, 2017
CARICOM immigration and customs officers to receive training on CSME BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Caribbean Community (CARICOM) immigration and customs officers will undergo training next week to clarify the roles and functions of border officers. The training is also geared at ensuring that there is a common understanding of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy...

Belize national sworn in as CCJ judge

June 5, 2017
Belize national sworn in as CCJ judge BELIZE CITY, Belize -- Mr Justice Denys Arthur Barrow was sworn in as judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Thursday at a ceremony in Belize City in his home country of Belize. Barrow, who was sworn in by Governor General Sir Colville Young, is the first citizen of Belize to be appointed to...

Rare CARICOM unity defeats anti-Venezuela declaration at OAS

June 2, 2017
Rare CARICOM unity defeats anti-Venezuela declaration at OAS WASHINGTON, USA -- In a rare display of regional unity, the 14 independent member states of the Caribbean Community (CARCOM) effectively blocked the adoption of a declaration by the Organisation of American States (OAS) criticising the Venezuelan government. Representatives of 33 out of the...

Commentary: CARICOM unified at the OAS - a moment for unbridled pride

June 2, 2017
Commentary: CARICOM unified at the OAS - a moment for unbridled pride Contrary to all who dismissed it as impossible, the 14 independent member states of the Caribbean Community (CARCOM) displayed strong solidarity at the Organisation of American States on Wednesday, May 31. In doing so, the CARICOM countries showed the ‘soft power’ that they can...

Regional trade promoted in the Dominican Republic

June 1, 2017
Regional trade promoted in the Dominican Republic BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Regional trade is a key component for economic stability across the Caribbean, and greater trade from the agricultural sector could significantly contribute towards the lowering of the regions food import bill from outside of the region. It is in view of this that the Caribbean...

Disciplined forces trained for CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit in Barbados

May 31, 2017
Disciplined forces trained for CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit in Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Thirty-one participants from the disciplined forces, including police, military and fire services are taking part in the annual Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Disaster Relief Unit (CDRU) training, which is being held at the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency...

National consultation on marijuana held in Antigua-Barbuda

May 23, 2017
National consultation on marijuana held in Antigua-Barbuda ST JOHN'S, Antigua -- The formal regional conversation on marijuana in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) continued on Monday with a national consultation in Antigua and Barbuda. The Regional Marijuana Commission hosted three focus group discussions and a town hall meeting.

New phase for hub and spokes trade initiative launched at Barbados workshop

May 23, 2017
New phase for hub and spokes trade initiative launched at Barbados workshop BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- An innovative trade initiative that is expanding opportunities for business, employment and prosperity in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries will be extended to February 2019. The hub and spokes programme is a joint initiative of the European Union...

CARICOM ministers approve integrated work plan for single ICT space

May 22, 2017
CARICOM ministers approve integrated work plan for single ICT space GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Caribbean Community (CARICOM) ministers with responsibility for information and communication technologies (ICT) on Friday approved the integrated work plan for the Community’s single ICT space. The approval came during discussions at the 68th special...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Jamaica-Dominican Republic accord should give pause for thought in CARICOM

May 22, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Jamaica-Dominican Republic accord should give pause for thought in CARICOM A few days ago, the prime minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, and the president of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, agreed to work towards a closer relationship. Beyond the widely-reported desire of both nations to increase trade and investment, the language contained in the joint...

Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Europe and US dodging demands for slavery reparations

May 11, 2017
Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Europe and US dodging demands for slavery reparations The recent furor in Grenada over whether slave history has a role in tourism promotion is an important development that fits smack in the middle of the ongoing Caribbean discussion on reparations from Europe for slavery and native genocide. Today, over 180 years after abolition, descendants of...

Bahamas election officials prepared for May 10 poll, CARICOM mission told

May 9, 2017
Bahamas election officials prepared for May 10 poll, CARICOM mission told NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) electoral observation mission for Wednesday’s general elections in The Bahamas has been assured that the Commission responsibly for the conduct of the poll is prepared, despite some concerns about the conduct of the advanced voting process.

CARICOM to send electoral mission to The Bahamas; OAS mission begins deployment

May 5, 2017
CARICOM to send electoral mission to The Bahamas; OAS mission begins deployment NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will mount an electoral observer mission for the May 10, 2017, general elections in The Bahamas. Meanwhile, the previously announced, Organization of American States electoral observation mission (OAS/EOM), led by its chief of mission...

OECS Commission working with partners towards improved customs procedures

May 5, 2017
OECS Commission working with partners towards improved customs procedures KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, with support from the Hubs and Spokes II Programme, the World Bank Group and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission have been working to implement the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO)...

US Customs and Border Protection hosts border security professional exchange in Barbados

May 5, 2017
US Customs and Border Protection hosts border security professional exchange in Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- On April 25-27, United States Customs and Border Protection hosted a border security professional exchange with Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) member states and regional partners focused on issues of...

Turks and Caicos signs on to CARICOM Advance Passenger Information System

May 5, 2017
Turks and Caicos signs on to CARICOM Advance Passenger Information System BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Deputy premier and minister with responsibilities for the ministry of border control and employment, Sean Astwood, led a delegation from the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) to Bridgetown, Barbados, for the signing of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Advance...

Commentary: Debt strangling a Caribbean generation

May 5, 2017
Commentary: Debt strangling a Caribbean generation There is a real prospect that, in dealing with unsustainable debt, 11 of 13 Caribbean small states will have lost the first three decades of the 21st century, and foregone opportunities for poverty reduction, transformation and growth. That judgement has been made by a leading development-economist...

Curacao election results reflect will of the people, says CARICOM observer mission

May 3, 2017
Curacao election results reflect will of the people, says CARICOM observer mission WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) election observation team to Friday’s general elections in Curacao has reported favourably on the conduct of the poll, labelling it peaceful and orderly, and noting that the results reflected the will of the people and reinforced...

Agriculture stakeholders discuss regional food safety

May 3, 2017
Agriculture stakeholders discuss regional food safety BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- In an effort to enhance the quality of agricultural produce in the region, food safety stakeholders convened in Barbados from April 25-26, 2017, to discuss the improvement of plant health in the region. The two-day consultations, conducted by the United States Department...

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