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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...

Crucial year for reform process, says CARICOM secretary general

January 10, 2017
Crucial year for reform process, says CARICOM secretary general GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The thirty-ninth meeting of the Community Council of Ministers opened on Monday at the CARICOM headquarters in Guyana, under the chairmanship of Guyana’s vice president and minister for foreign affairs, Carl Greenidge. In his remarks to the official opening...

2017 holds great promise, says incoming CARICOM chairman

January 3, 2017
2017 holds great promise, says incoming CARICOM chairman GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- “2017 holds great promise for us to advance our integration process which can only be possible through the involvement and participation of all. Let us resolve to play our part in strengthening our Caribbean Community and to making regional unity a living, breathing experience...

Several CARICOM countries failing to honour skills certificates

December 19, 2016
Several CARICOM countries failing to honour skills certificates GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- For those who had thought that any Guyanese citizen with an officially issued Caribbean Community (CARICOM) skills certificate can just roll into any CARICOM country and seek employment after showing the document to authorities will certainly have to think again.

EU to boost CARIBBEAN competitiveness by strengthening regional partnerships

December 12, 2016
EU to boost CARIBBEAN competitiveness by strengthening regional partnerships BASSE-TERRE, Guadeloupe -- The INTERREG V Caribbean, a multimillion dollar EU-funded program to strengthen regional partnerships, will be officially launched in Saint Lucia on Wednesday. In addition to boosting the economic competitiveness of the region's countries...

First marine climate change report card for the Caribbean in the works

December 10, 2016
First marine climate change report card for the Caribbean in the works BELIZE CITY, Belize (CRFM) -- The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) has been working with other Caribbean agencies and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), a marine science and technology agency sponsored by the...

CDEMA and CARICAD formalise partnership for regional sustainable development

December 9, 2016
CDEMA and CARICAD formalise partnership for regional sustainable development BRIDGETOWN, Barbados-- In a demonstration of regional partnership, two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) institutions have taken an important step to formalize their relationship towards enhancing sustainable development across the region. The Caribbean Disaster Emergency...

OAS highlights improvements; CARICOM observers satisfied with Haiti's elections

November 23, 2016
OAS highlights improvements; CARICOM observers satisfied with Haiti's elections PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The electoral observation mission of the Organization of American States (OAS/EOM) to Sunday's elections in Haiti highlighted improvements over recent elections in the process on Election Day, as part of the preliminary report presented by the mission.

CARICOM to monitor Sunday's elections in Haiti; OAS mission deployed

November 19, 2016
CARICOM to monitor Sunday's elections in Haiti; OAS mission deployed PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will be monitoring the presidential elections in Haiti, rescheduled to Sunday, 20 November 2016. The elections, which were initially scheduled for Sunday 9 October 2016, were postponed after Hurricane Matthew...

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