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Commentary: De-risking a serious threat to Caribbean and hemispheric security

March 24, 2017
Commentary: De-risking a serious threat to Caribbean and hemispheric security For over a year in the Councils of the Organisation of American States (OAS), Caribbean countries have been warning of the threat to the region’s economic and political stability arising from the withdrawal by US banks of correspondent banking relations to Caribbean banks. Those relations...

Commentary: Nothing could be further from the truth in blaming the colonial mindset

March 23, 2017
Commentary: Nothing could be further from the truth in blaming the colonial mindset According to Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Justice Adrian Saunders, in a recent lecture in St Kitts, a "colonial mindset" is to blame for the reluctance on the part of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) governments to embrace the court as the final court of appeal. As someone who has litigated matters...

Regional energy efficiency building code project to be launched in Jamaica

March 22, 2017
Regional energy efficiency building code project to be launched in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A regional project team (RPT), established to develop a regional energy efficiency building code (REEBC), among other mandates, will be launched in Kingston, Jamaica, next week. The launch and the first face-to-face working meeting with the contracted consultant...

Finland signals interest in CARICOM's bioenergy

March 20, 2017
Finland signals interest in CARICOM's bioenergy GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The government of Finland, through its newly accredited envoy to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), has expressed strong interest in exploring the bioenergy potential in mainland territories of CARICOM. Speaking at the ceremony for the presentation...

EU wants to advance common agenda with CARICOM in global fora

March 18, 2017
EU wants to advance common agenda with CARICOM in global fora GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Wednesday accredited a new ambassador of the European Union (EU), with the new envoy advocating for the relationship to more effectively advance a common agenda in global and multilateral fora. In presenting her...

Colonial mindset blamed for slow accession to CCJ

March 14, 2017
Colonial mindset blamed for slow accession to CCJ BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) judge, Vincentian Adrian Saunders, says there is good reason for the remaining Caribbean Community (CARICOM) states that have not yet done so, to accede to the appellate jurisdiction of the CCJ.

Cuba extends preferential tariffs to CARICOM member states

March 14, 2017
Cuba extends preferential tariffs to CARICOM member states HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) – Cuba’s foreign trade and investment minister Rodrigo Malmierca has given Collin Granderson, assistant to the secretary general of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), an agreement that extends the number of products with preferential tariffs. In an exclusive interview...

Caribbean bracing for increase in criminal deportees

March 10, 2017
Caribbean bracing for increase in criminal deportees BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- An expected increase in the number of Caribbean nationals that will be deported from the US for serious crimes in the coming months is being considered by many Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries as a threat to their national security.

Commentary: CARICOM should have a diplomatic presence in Addis Ababa

March 7, 2017
Commentary: CARICOM should have a diplomatic presence in Addis Ababa Not a single Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member state has a diplomatic presence in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia and the diplomatic capital of Africa. Instead, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago, have missions in Pretoria, South Africa, and diplomats...

ICT agencies meet after CARICOM heads of government approve single ICT space roadmap

March 1, 2017
ICT agencies meet after CARICOM heads of government approve single ICT space roadmap GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Following the approval of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) single ICT roadmap earlier in February, the ICT cluster agencies in the region met last Friday to chart the way forward. The meeting was held via videoconferencing that was anchored at the CARICOM...

CTU secretary general presents roadmap for CARICOM ICT single space

February 22, 2017
CTU secretary general presents roadmap for CARICOM ICT single space GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The secretary general of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), Bernadette Lewis, addressed the 28th inter-sessional meeting of the conference of the heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on February 17, 2017, in Georgetown, Guyana.

CARICOM to complete CSME review by March 31

February 21, 2017
CARICOM to complete CSME review by March 31 GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member countries have a deadline of March 31 to submit comments on the review of the various regimes of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). The review shows the status of implementation, for each country...

Expedite full implementation of CSME, says CARICOM chairman

February 17, 2017
Expedite full implementation of CSME, says CARICOM chairman GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) must expedite the full implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). This was the charge president of Guyana, David Granger, issued to heads of government and delegates at the opening of the...

Roadmap to single ICT space submitted to CARICOM heads

February 17, 2017
Roadmap to single ICT space submitted to CARICOM heads GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- A roadmap towards creating a single ICT space for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is being tabled at the 28th Inter-sessional CARICOM summit for the approval of the conference of heads of government. The conference is meeting in Georgetown, Guyana...

Draft model arbitration bill for CARICOM states being reviewed by committee

February 15, 2017
Draft model arbitration bill for CARICOM states being reviewed by committee KINGSTON, Jamaica -- In response to requests by some CARICOM member states for updated arbitration legislation, the Canadian government-funded project Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) has drafted a Model Arbitration Bill for the region. This Bill will be reviewed...

CARICOM, Cuba agree to expand preferential market access

February 8, 2017
CARICOM, Cuba agree to expand preferential market access GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba have reached agreement for the expansion of preferential access to each other's markets. An agreement to this end came at the meeting between the two sides held at the end of last month.

CARICOM builds consumer protection capacity

February 8, 2017
CARICOM builds consumer protection capacity GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat is ensuring that member states are equipped to safeguard the health and safety of consumers. With the support of the European Union’s 10th European Development Fund, its latest initiative is a risk assessment...

Guyana to present arrest warrant treaty at CARICOM intercessional meeting

February 6, 2017
Guyana to present arrest warrant treaty at CARICOM intercessional meeting GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Guyana will be hosting the 28th intercessional meeting of the conference of heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on February 16 and 17. The host country will present the draft CARICOM Arrest Warrant Treaty for ratification at the meeting.

Caribbean embraces fisheries collaboration with Norway

February 4, 2017
Caribbean embraces fisheries collaboration with Norway BELIZE CITY, Belize (CRFM) -- The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and a team of Norwegian experts have concluded a successful two-week fact-finding mission in the Caribbean aimed at identifying critical ways in which Norway can support the sustainable development...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Time to improve the CARICOM-Dominican Republic relationship

February 4, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Time to improve the CARICOM-Dominican Republic relationship In a few days’ time, Jovenel Moïse will become Haiti’s 42nd president. His swearing in follows his first-round victory in the country’s November 20 election. A businessman from northern Haiti who has never held political office, Haiti’s president-to-be has said that amongst his first priorities...

Commentary: Political leadership in the Caribbean

February 3, 2017
Commentary: Political leadership in the Caribbean Fidel Castro is a controversial man of history. But he was a great Caribbean warrior and we in the region should never forget that. If as small countries, we have a voice today in the world, and we can resist the bullying of larger countries to some extent, it is because Fidel Castro showed us the way.

Stakeholders want CARICOM heads of government to meet on energy

February 2, 2017
Stakeholders want CARICOM heads of government to meet on energy NASSAU, Bahamas -- Participants at a recently concluded high level forum in The Bahamas want energy to be placed squarely before the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government to generate speedier action and firmer commitments to the transition to renewables.

Dominica's latest diplomatic passport scandal could hurt region

January 28, 2017
Dominica's latest diplomatic passport scandal could hurt region BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Concern has been expressed about the possible negative impact that the latest diplomatic passport scandal in which Dominica has found itself embroiled can have on the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) countries. An Iranian man accused...

CELAC must set up mechanisms to address problems faced by people of region, says CARICOM chair

January 27, 2017
CELAC must set up mechanisms to address problems faced by people of region, says CARICOM chair PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic -- Advancing economic relations and the development of trade between states; ensuring the security of small island developing states (SIDS); maintaining the Latin America and Caribbean as a zone of peace; and the creation of mechanisms...

Former Jamaican minister suggests cooperation beyond CARICOM to boost regional economy

January 27, 2017
Former Jamaican minister suggests cooperation beyond CARICOM to boost regional economy KINGSTON, JAMAICA -- Opposition spokesman on finance and planning and former minister of finance of Jamaica, Dr Peter Phillips, has proposed that Caribbean governments and private sector extend economic cooperation beyond the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in order to bring about...

Act with urgency on energy transition, region urged at close of forum in Bahamas

January 27, 2017
Act with urgency on energy transition, region urged at close of forum in Bahamas NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Fifth Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF) concluded in Nassau, Bahamas, on Thursday following two days of robust discussions centred on the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) transition to more efficient and clean energy. The forum elicited calls...

CARIFESTA XIII to be bigger and better, says Barbados minister

January 24, 2017
CARIFESTA XIII to be bigger and better, says Barbados minister BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- CARIFESTA XIII will be like no other before it, minister of culture, sports and youth, Stephen Lashley, said last week as he updated members of the media on plans for Barbados’ hosting of the upcoming regional arts festival. Lashley stated that CARIFESTA...

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