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CARICOM kicks off government procurement consultations

August 30, 2014
CARICOM kicks off government procurement consultations GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat has convened three regional consultations to discuss the findings of a major consultancy on government procurement in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). The consultations are being facilitated by...

Small arms control training workshop opens in Port of Spain

August 26, 2014
Small arms control training workshop opens in Port of Spain PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean Community Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS) is hosting a three-day regional training of trainers workshop on the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) and its assessment tool in Port of Spain.

UNSIDS conference outcome important for CARICOM

August 25, 2014
UNSIDS conference outcome important for CARICOM GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) views the third international meeting on small island developing states (UNSIDS) in Apia, Samoa, 1-4 September, 2014 as an important opportunity to engage the international community on the development challenges facing the region.

CARICOM Secretariat strengthens internal risks management system

August 22, 2014
CARICOM Secretariat strengthens internal risks management system GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat is actively pursuing enhancements to systems and procedures required of organisations to be entrusted with resources and budget implementation tasks under protocols designed by development partners.

Commentary: Kamla is right: Joint Caribbean action vital to ensure no health crisis

August 22, 2014
Commentary: Kamla is right: Joint Caribbean action vital to ensure no health crisis Trinidad and Tobago’s prime minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, is right to have called for a special meeting of leaders of the 15-nation Caribbean Community (CARICOM) “to take pre-emptive measures to ensure the safety, health and well-being of millions of citizens of the Caribbean region”.

Trinidad and Tobago PM calls for CARICOM meeting to discuss public health measures

August 20, 2014
Trinidad and Tobago PM calls for CARICOM meeting to discuss public health measures PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, has called for a special Caribbean Community (CARICOM) meeting to determine a coordinated response to the two main public health threats facing the world, namely the Ebola and chikungunya outbreaks.

CARICOM approach needed to consumer protection, says Barbados minister

August 16, 2014
CARICOM approach needed to consumer protection, says Barbados minister BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- There is a need for greater co-operation and coordination of action of regional bodies with regard to the issue of protecting the health and safety of consumers. Barbados industry minister, Donville Inniss, who is also responsible for consumer matters, expressed this view.

CARICOM moves to harmonize business rules in CSME

August 15, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has started work towards creating a harmonized framework within which companies and other businesses can be established and operate in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).

Commentary: No Caribbean appetite for a rum fight

August 8, 2014
Commentary: No Caribbean appetite for a rum fight It is alarming that Barbados’ Ambassador to the United States, John Beale, has publicly stated that CARICOM (the 15-nation Caribbean Community) is “inactive” and needs to take a position on the issue of Caribbean rums being wiped-out of the US market. Inactivity is not in the interest of CARICOM...

CARICOM-Canada project improving regional flow of CSME information

August 7, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- As part of its ongoing efforts to advance the full implementation of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Single Market and Economy (CSME), the CARICOM Secretariat is undertaking a six month project aimed at enhancing the distribution of information.

Commentary: Sabotage: Jomo's take on Hilary Beckles' speech

August 7, 2014
Commentary: Sabotage: Jomo's take on Hilary Beckles' speech My purpose, in this article, is to expose unacceptable behaviour by one leading official in the government of St Vincent and the Grenadines. Unless Jomo Thomas has been given permission by Mr Hilary Beckles to alter his speech and to use that altered document for nefarious political purposes.

OAS and CARICOM IMPACS sign agreement on security cooperation

August 5, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Caribbean Community Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS) signed a memorandum of understanding on July 28 to promote and facilitate cooperation and collaboration.

Regional youth business training programme expands

August 4, 2014
Regional youth business training programme expands KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Training for the region’s at-risk youth continues to grow, with the launch of the creativity for employment and business (CEBO) programme in St Vincent and the Grenadines, July 21-26 2014. Targeting at-risk youth age 15-29, CEBO is a tool to engage, inspire and create...

CARICOM continues consumer protection drive

August 1, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat is forging ahead with promoting a rapid consumer protection alert system throughout CARICOM member states. The CARICOM rapid alert system on the exchange of information on dangerous...

CARICOM leaders pleased with Japanese response on key issues

July 29, 2014
CARICOM leaders pleased with Japanese response on key issues PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) “were heartened” by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s positive response to a number of issues raised during their one-day summit on Monday. Speaking at a joint press announcement in Port of Spain...

CARICOM and Turkey to strengthen relations

July 29, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Turkey-Caribbean Community (CARICOM) consultation and cooperation mechanism meeting of foreign ministers re-committed to strengthen existing fields of cooperation and to explore new areas to deepen interaction, according to the outcome document.

Chairman of CARICOM Reparations Commission addresses British House of Commons

July 26, 2014
Chairman of CARICOM Reparations Commission addresses British House of Commons LONDON, England -- Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Reparations Commission Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, in a presentation to the British House of Commons on 16 July 2014, expressed the view that the reparations process will bring honour and dignity to the people of the Caribbean.

Caribbean Community's first strategic plan now online

July 26, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Executive Plan may be downloaded from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) website, or here. Further background papers will be provided in due course. CARICOM heads of government approved the strategic plan at their 35th regular meeting.

CARICOM Secretariat to empower Guyana's youth with animation skills

July 25, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- A group of young people in Guyana will get an opportunity to learn valuable animation skills through a project coordinated by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat. The project, which is being implemented in collaboration with Animae Caribe...

Commentary: China will cast a huge shadow as Japan meets CARICOM

July 25, 2014
Commentary: China will cast a huge shadow as Japan meets CARICOM The word will not be spoken in any formal speeches and it won’t be mentioned in final statements and declarations, but it will be talked about in the corridors and it will be at the back of everyone’s mind as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits five Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations from July 25 to August 2.

Discussions underway to address nursing shortage in Caribbean

July 24, 2014
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica’s minister of health, Dr Fenton Ferguson, says that discussions are underway to facilitate the seamless movement of nurses throughout the Caribbean in order to address needs in various areas. The aim is to address imbalances.

German-Caribbean cooperation on climate change entering critical phase

July 22, 2014
German-Caribbean cooperation on climate change entering critical phase PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the German government are supporting the efforts of eight CARICOM member states to adapt the management of their natural resources and economies to the ever-pressing and far-reaching socio-economic and environmental...

Turkey a reliable partner of CARICOM, says foreign minister

July 21, 2014
Turkey a reliable partner of CARICOM, says foreign minister ISTANBUL, Turkey -- “Turkey is and will remain as a reliable partner of CARICOM, amplifying your voice in different regions and countries of the globe, including international organizations. We will continue to work closely in the UN and carry on our cooperation and consultation...

First Turkey-CARICOM foreign ministers meeting opens in Istanbul

July 19, 2014
ISTANBUL, Turkey -- The first meeting of the foreign ministers of Turkey and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was due to be hosted by Ahmet Davutoğlu, minister of foreign affairs of Turkey, in Istanbul on Friday, according to a press release from the Turkish foreign ministry.

CARICOM and Japan to hold first summit in Trinidad

July 19, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the first ever CARICOM-Japan summit on 28 July 2014 in Trinidad and Tobago. Since 1993, CARICOM and Japan have enjoyed friendly relations.

Deported Jamaican artiste's lawyer awaits Dominica government response

July 17, 2014
Deported Jamaican artiste's lawyer awaits Dominica government response ROSEAU, Dominica -- Attorney-at-law Bert Samuels said he is currently awaiting a further response from the Dominican government in relation to the deportation of his client, dancehall artiste Tommy Lee Sparta, from that Caribbean state. In May, Samuels told the Jamaica Observer he would be filing a claim...

St Vincent PM pleased with CARICOM progress during his term as chairman

July 16, 2014
St Vincent PM pleased with CARICOM progress during his term as chairman BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- A period of consolidation and progress, that’s how St Vincent and the Grenadines prime minister, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, describes his six-month stint as chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) from January to June. “Consolidation on a range of matters related to...

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