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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...

Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Venezuela to 'Vexit' the OAS, but where does CARICOM stand?

May 3, 2017
Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Venezuela to 'Vexit' the OAS, but where does CARICOM stand? The wider Caribbean finds itself slap dash in the middle of an unfolding situation that’s already tearing apart the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and possibly the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), even as it unfolds. The English-speaking part of the region is being separated over...

Trinidad and Tobago president disappointed CCJ is not final court for all CARICOM states

April 26, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago president disappointed CCJ is not final court for all CARICOM states BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) states of St Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Lucia and Grenada are among Caribbean states being criticized by a regional head of state for not having replaced the London-based Privy Council...

CARICOM sends observer mission for Curacao elections

April 26, 2017
CARICOM sends observer mission for Curacao elections GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- At the invitation of the Netherlands, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is sending a small CARICOM electoral observer mission to monitor the general elections to be held in Curacao on 28 April 2017. Following elections on 5 October 2016, and after being in office...

Commentary: Cabral Douglas v Dominica

April 22, 2017
Commentary: Cabral Douglas v Dominica The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in its capacity as an international tribunal with sole authority for interpreting and applying the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTC) recently denied an application by Cabral Douglas for leave to commence proceedings against the Commonwealth of...

CARICOM Secretariat convenes trade consultation

April 21, 2017
CARICOM Secretariat convenes trade consultation KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat convened a private sector consultation and capacity building workshop on the WTO agreement on trade facilitation (TFA) and the CARICOM strategy for regional implementation. The meeting, intended for national business...

CCJ denies corruption allegations

April 17, 2017
CCJ denies corruption allegations ROSEAU, Dominica -- The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has issued a media statement denying allegations of corruption made by Dominican lawyer and show promoter, Cabral Douglas. "Mr Douglas' claim of a politically motivated decision appears to stem from the presence of the court’s president...

Aggrieved CCJ plaintiff files formal complaint with legal services commission

April 8, 2017
Aggrieved CCJ plaintiff files formal complaint with legal services commission PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Citing what he described as several procedural irregularities, Cabral Douglas, the unsuccessful applicant in a recent case against Dominica before the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), has filed a formal complaint with the Regional and Judicial Legal Services...

Commentary: Corruption at the CCJ?

April 4, 2017
Commentary: Corruption at the CCJ? "Hostile, emotional and irrational..." are just some of the unsavoury adjectives used by Emile Ferdinand QC to describe me in a recent interview. Indeed, the senior Caribbean jurist came out swinging in defence of Sir Dennis Byron, and his colleagues at the CCJ, in defence against corruption...

Commentary: The View from Europe: How might the Caribbean respond to Brexit?

April 1, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: How might the Caribbean respond to Brexit? On March 29, after 40 years of membership, the British government formally gave notice that it will leave the European Union (EU) in 2019. In a carefully worded, conciliatory letter, the British prime minister, Teresa May, told the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, that, after separating...

Stakeholders discuss way forward for regional sugar industry

March 28, 2017
Stakeholders discuss way forward for regional sugar industry KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The ability of sugar industry in the region to survive after the removal of production quotas in the European Union (EU) on 30 September, 2017, will depend on improved competitiveness and pragmatic diversification options, according to a Caribbean Community (CARICOM)...

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...

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