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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...

CARICOM Energy Month gets underway

November 14, 2016
CARICOM Energy Month gets underway GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Caribbean citizens will, over the next few weeks, have the opportunity to get in the know on how to cut their fuel costs while exchanging ideas on solutions to the energy challenges facing the Caribbean. All this, courtesy of the observation of November...

COTED urges Trinidad to resolve legal issues preventing duck imports from Suriname

October 31, 2016
COTED urges Trinidad to resolve legal issues preventing duck imports from Suriname GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- A trade dispute preventing Surinamese duck meat from entering the market in Trinidad and Tobago could be resolved as soon as the Trinidad government amends its Animal Act, a Trinidad official told the CARICOM Council for Trade and Economic...

CARICOM's 'political will' to move agriculture forward impresses Pacific Islands

October 31, 2016
CARICOM's 'political will' to move agriculture forward impresses Pacific Islands GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) may have made more progress in its agricultural sector than it realises, an official from the Pacific said, as his region took lessons from the Caribbean for its first Pacific Week of Agriculture, slated for next year.

CARICOM region urged to 'take a big view of agriculture'

October 28, 2016
CARICOM region urged to 'take a big view of agriculture' GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Stakeholders in the regional agricultural sector have been urged to take “a big view of agriculture” as Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nations continue to highlight the importance of food production to its economic and social development.

Poor transportation hampers growth of regional agriculture

October 27, 2016
Poor transportation hampers growth of regional agriculture GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Wastage of agricultural produce in the Caribbean will continue due to poor transportation a top official of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), said on Tuesday during the opening of the Agricultural Trade and Transport Seminar at the...

Amid new immigration crackdown, CARICOM nationals will now find it harder to travel to the UK

October 6, 2016
Amid new immigration crackdown, CARICOM nationals will now find it harder to travel to the UK LONDON, ENGLAND -- In preparation for the potential fallout from Brexit, UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced that foreigners would no longer be able to take up jobs in the UK that Britons can do, while the number of people coming to Britain to work and study will be...

St Lucia Reparations Committee welcomes new CARICOM Youth Ambassador

October 6, 2016
St Lucia Reparations Committee welcomes new CARICOM Youth Ambassador CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Saint Lucia National Reparations Committee (NRC) and the Saint Lucia National Preparatory Committee for the Jounen Kweyol CARICOM Reparations Baton Relay and Youth Rally have congratulated the island’s newest Caribbean Community (CARICOM)...

CARICOM to monitor elections in Haiti

October 3, 2016
CARICOM to monitor elections in Haiti GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is mounting a CARICOM electoral observer mission for the presidential elections in Haiti scheduled for Sunday, 9 October, 2016. Dr Steve Surujbally, chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission will lead the mission.

CARICOM not a failure, says former Jamaica prime minister

September 26, 2016
CARICOM not a failure, says former Jamaica prime minister KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Chairman of Jamaica’s Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Review Commission and former prime minister, Bruce Golding, says CARICOM is not a failure, having achieved successes in several areas. “I think we have done very well in terms of functional...

Fifteen CARICOM nationals start specialized fisheries training at top Australian university

September 24, 2016
Fifteen CARICOM nationals start specialized fisheries training at top Australian university BELIZE CITY, Belize (CRFM) -- Fifteen Caribbean Community (CARICOM) fisheries personnel, including senior fisheries officers, fisheries officers, analysts and policy officers, traveled to Australia this week to participate in a specialized training course on “Enhancing Fisheries Management...

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