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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...

PANCAP partners with Caribbean faith leaders for consultation on ending HIV and Aids by 2030

January 24, 2017
PANCAP partners with Caribbean faith leaders for consultation on ending HIV and Aids by 2030 GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) and Caribbean faith leaders will host a consultation on ending HIV and AIDS by 2030. The consultation takes place on 1-2 February 2017, in Port of Spain, Trinidad, and is being co-funded by...

Caribbean sustainable energy forum gets underway on Monday in Bahamas

January 23, 2017
Caribbean sustainable energy forum gets underway on Monday in Bahamas NASSAU, Bahamas -- The fifth Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF) gets underway in Nassau, Bahamas, on Monday evening under the theme ‘Future Energy, 2027’. Prime minister of The Bahamas, Perry Christie, will deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony of the forum.

Full discussion needed on CSME, says Barbados PM

January 21, 2017
Full discussion needed on CSME, says Barbados PM BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart believes the time has come to have “full and frank discussions” on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). Stuart, who is the lead Caribbean Community (CARICOM) head with responsibility for CSME...

CARICOM and the Netherlands renew cooperation mechanism

January 21, 2017
CARICOM and the Netherlands renew cooperation mechanism GEORGETOWN, Guyana) -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Netherlands on Wednesday renewed a mechanism for diplomatic cooperation with the accreditation of a new envoy to CARICOM, Jules Bijl. In a ceremony at the Headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat on...

Raising the Bar: Sir Dennis Byron charts new course for Caribbean justice

January 21, 2017
Raising the Bar: Sir Dennis Byron charts new course for Caribbean justice PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- After Sir Dennis Byron was sworn in as president of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in September 2011, it was no surprise that he immediately set about transforming the institution. His reputation as an innovator and court reformer by then had already been...

Commentary: Trump, trade and the Caribbean

January 20, 2017
Commentary: Trump, trade and the Caribbean Trade between the US and other countries of the world, particularly China, was a major plank of Donald Trump’s campaign for the presidency. He regarded all the trade deals as inimical to US interests. So, is there reason for Caribbean Community Common Market (CARICOM) countries...

CSME training for Guyana's secondary school teachers

January 17, 2017
CSME training for Guyana's secondary school teachers GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Secondary school teachers in Guyana are set to be more knowledgeable about the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). This is due to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat’s hosting of a two-day CSME training workshop starting on Tuesday...

Number of Jamaicans denied entry to Trinidad and Tobago reduced by 64 percent

January 14, 2017
Number of Jamaicans denied entry to Trinidad and Tobago reduced by 64 percent KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade has reported a 64 per cent reduction in the number of Jamaicans who have been denied entry to Trinidad and Tobago for the period March to December 2016. Portfolio minister, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith...

CARICOM/UN-Women sign MOU on gender equality and empowerment

January 11, 2017
CARICOM/UN-Women sign MOU on gender equality and empowerment GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- On Monday, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat signed a memorandum of understanding with UN-Women to support the Community's work on gender and regional statistics. The MOU on gender equality and the empowerment of women includes...

Caribbean regional security, health and disaster agencies face comprehensive readiness test

January 11, 2017
Caribbean regional security, health and disaster agencies face comprehensive readiness test BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Security, public health and disaster management personnel from across the Caribbean will be put to the test as they participate in a training exercise aimed at improving regional responses during an emergency situation. The exercise, Synergy 2017, will present...

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