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CELAC adopts CARICOM call for reparations

February 3, 2016
CELAC adopts CARICOM call for reparations QUITO, Ecuador -- The Community of Latin and American States CELAC Parliamentary group has adopted the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) call for reparations for native genocide and the enslavement of African people in the Caribbean through the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.

St Vincent agriculture ministry calls on CARICOM to consolidate commodity supply

February 3, 2016
St Vincent agriculture ministry calls on CARICOM to consolidate commodity supply KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- St Vincent and the Grenadines minister of agriculture, Saboto Ceasar, has called on policymakers in Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states to identify a commodity or commodities for consolidated supply to regional and international markets.

High Commissions under scrutiny in Barbados and region

January 27, 2016
High Commissions under scrutiny in Barbados and region BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- High Commissions in Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are under scrutiny for alleged infractions in human resources practices related to staff who are recruited from the local pool across the region. Lured by competitive salaries and the appearance...

CARICOM calls for urgent resolution of Haiti's political crisis

January 27, 2016
CARICOM calls for urgent resolution of Haiti's political crisis GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has called on all the stakeholders in Haiti’s electoral process to do their utmost to resolve the current political crisis. The Community, in a statement on Tuesday, condemned the acts of violence that have marred the electoral...

CARICOM reform moving apace, says secretary general

January 16, 2016
CARICOM reform moving apace, says secretary general GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat is proceeding apace with implementing the Community Strategic Plan 2015-2019, including the preparation of a strategic business plan for the Secretariat, guided by the recently established Change Management Office.

Incoming CARICOM chair prioritises benefits for people in 2016

January 4, 2016
Incoming CARICOM chair prioritises benefits for people in 2016 BELMOPAN, Belize -- Dean Barrow, prime minister of Belize, assumed the six-month chairmanship of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) from January 1, 2016, succeeding Freundel Stuart, prime minister of Barbados. In a message to usher in the New Year, Barrow pointed out that...

Commentary: The View from Europe: CARICOM and climate change

December 29, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: CARICOM and climate change On December 12 in Paris, France’s foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, brought to a close the UN climate change conference, COP 21. “I now invite the COP to adopt the decision entitled Paris Agreement outlined in the document,” he said, and then seconds later: “Looking out to the room I see that...

WICB retains legal advisor to review CARICOM recommendations

December 14, 2015
WICB retains legal advisor to review CARICOM recommendations RODNEY BAY, St Lucia -- The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), which hosted its regular quarterly meeting with its directors over the weekend, has retained the services of noted counsel, Anthony Astaphan SC, as an advisor to look at the recommendations of the Caribbean Community...

CARICOM ministers sign project with Italy to combat climate change

December 10, 2015
CARICOM ministers sign project with Italy to combat climate change PARIS, France -- Ministers of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Francesco La Camera, director general of Italy’s ministry of environment, on Tuesday signed a €6 million project to assist CARICOM member states to mitigate climate variability and change. This project, which was negotiated between...

CARICOM to send election observation mission to St Vincent and the Grenadines

December 5, 2015
CARICOM to send election observation mission to St Vincent and the Grenadines KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will send an electoral observation mission to monitor the general elections to be held in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) on Wednesday, December 9, 2015. The chief of mission is Gasper Jn Baptiste, chief elections officer...

St Kitts-Nevis PM calls for consensus on Commonwealth nominee

November 20, 2015
St Kitts-Nevis PM calls for consensus on Commonwealth nominee ROSEAU, Dominica -- St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris has called on his regional colleagues to finalise a single regional candidate for the post of Commonwealth secretary general. “We are facing Malta very soon, as the prime minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica...

Zika virus reaches the Caribbean Community

November 13, 2015
Zika virus reaches the Caribbean Community PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- On Monday, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) confirmed five case of Zika virus in a territory of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Earlier this year, suspected cases of the mosquito-borne disease were reported in Brazil and the Dominican Republic.

Commentary: The View from Europe: Context is everything - Venezuela's changing Caribbean approach

November 7, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: Context is everything - Venezuela's changing Caribbean approach As with so much in politics it is often what is not seen, said or fully understood that drives events. This is particularly so in the case of Venezuela’s changing relationship with the countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). In recent months Caracas has been deepening its sub-regional relations.

CARICOM opportunities to come through education, says Barbados ambassador

November 6, 2015
CARICOM opportunities to come through education, says Barbados ambassador BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados’ ambassador to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Robert Morris, is of the view that however the nation evolves, it will be based on the efforts and contribution of those who are employed. The ambassador was at the time addressing fourth and...

Commentary: In face of 'tax haven' attack, CARICOM must unite

November 6, 2015
Commentary: In face of 'tax haven' attack, CARICOM must unite No member state of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) ranks among the top 20 jurisdictions worldwide for financial secrecy. The United States of America (at number 3), Germany (8), Japan (12) and Britain (15), all rate as bigger tax havens than any CARICOM jurisdiction, according to the Tax Justice...

WICB acknowledges CARICOM report on governance

November 4, 2015
WICB acknowledges CARICOM report on governance KINGSTON, Jamaica -- With just over a month to go before the West Indies Cricket Board’s quarterly scheduled meeting on December 12 in St. Lucia, the WICB president, Dave Cameron has acknowledged a report received from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on the governance of cricket.

CARICOM election mission to Haiti notes issues that could lead to 'undesirable sequels'

October 30, 2015
CARICOM election mission to Haiti notes issues that could lead to 'undesirable sequels' PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Election Observation Mission (CEOM) to Haiti has issued its Immediate post-election statement in which it highlighted areas that could lead to “undesirable sequels” if not corrected. Those areas included anomalies pertaining...

Suriname takes lead in Islamic banking within CARICOM

October 29, 2015
Suriname takes lead in Islamic banking within CARICOM PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- In an effort to expand its economic partners, Suriname has forged strong ties with the Islamic world by accelerating its engagement with the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) over the past five years. Paramaribo has now positioned itself as the leader in Islamic banking in the region.

CARICOM and Brazil strengthening relations as secretary-general pays official visit

October 29, 2015
CARICOM and Brazil strengthening relations as secretary-general pays official visit BRASILIA, Brazil -- Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque paid an official visit to Brazil on 26 October 2015 at the request of the foreign minister of Brazil, Mauro Luiz Vieira. In the course of the visit, the secretary-general met with the foreign minister and senior officials.

CARICOM mission to observe Haiti elections

October 23, 2015
CARICOM mission to observe Haiti elections PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will mount an election observation mission in Haiti for the first round of the presidential elections and the second round of the legislative elections, which will take place on Sunday. The fielding of this mission comes at the request...

CARICOM-US cooperation hailed for tangible benefits

October 22, 2015
CARICOM-US cooperation hailed for tangible benefits GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- deepening cooperation in security, health and energy between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the United States was underscored on Tuesday as Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque received new US Ambassador to CARICOM Perry Holloway.

CARICOM secretary general advocates for concessional financing of vulnerable states

October 19, 2015
CARICOM secretary general advocates for concessional financing of vulnerable states LIMA, Peru -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary General Irwin LaRocque continues to champion the cause for vulnerable states to receive concessional financing due to issues related to climate change. LaRocque has been focusing on this matter in many of his recent engagements.

Call for more political dialogue between CARICOM and EU

October 9, 2015
Call for more political dialogue between CARICOM and EU GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The need for greater political dialogue and co-operation between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the European Union was emphasised as the new EU ambassador to CARICOM presented his credentials on Wednesday. CARICOM Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque...

Curacao must become a member of CARICOM, says MP

October 7, 2015
Curacao must become a member of CARICOM, says MP WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Recently the prime minister of Curacao, Dr Bernard Whiteman, was in New York as part of a delegation from the Dutch Kingdom that attended the General Assembly of the United Nations. Whiteman made use of this opportunity to meet with the leaders of various island nations.

CSME a work in progress, says Barbados ambassador

October 7, 2015
CSME a work in progress, says Barbados ambassador BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Although the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) is 71 percent complete, more needs to be done “to complete the dream of engineering that will make the Caribbean and CARICOM realise their dreams and foster a unity of purpose”. This is according to...

CARICOM Development Fund well positioned for second funding cycle 2015 - 2020

October 7, 2015
CARICOM Development Fund well positioned for second funding cycle 2015 - 2020 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) is well positioned for its second funding cycle 2015 to 2020 after establishing a solid base during its first cycle and an in-depth review of its operations. Word of this came from chairman of the CDF Board of Directors, Dr Alvin Hilaire.

CARICOM and Cuba to meet in Havana

October 6, 2015
CARICOM and Cuba to meet in Havana HAVANA, Cuba -- The ninth meeting of the Joint Commission under the Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba will take place in Havana, Cuba on 6 – 7 October 2015. The meeting will primarily focus on the conclusion of market...

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