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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...

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.

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