CARICOM 

EU’s Blacklisting of CARICOM Financial Centres- Beckles Opinion

In spite of being an environment ravished by the effects of global climate change, and the specific economic challenges of being small, open economies, CARICOM states have achieved and maintain the status of middle-income developing countries. They have maintained modest rates of economic growth although being the region most adversely affected by the global financial crisis. This accomplishment has necessitated building resilience, the identification of niches in the higher echelons of global value chains and continually improving their international competitiveness in a changing global economy.  Resilience has helped to ameliorate…

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CARICOM Politics Regional News 

President Castro in Antigua for Summit

President of the Republic of Cuba, His Excellency Mr. Raúl Castro arrived in Antigua on Thursday for the Sixth CARICOM-Cuba Summit today at the Carlisle Bay Resort and Spa. President Castro was met on arrival at the V.C. Bird International Airport, by Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne and members of his Cabinet and Cuban Government Ministers and officials from the Cuban Embassy in St. John.  The Cuban President was given a Guard of Honor for his first official visit to Antigua and Barbuda. The Sixth CARICOM-Cuba summit will be co-chaired by the…

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Business CARICOM Economic Foreign Affairs Regional News Technology 

Russia in the Caribbean – A New Dawn; First ever joint Russian/Eurasian-Caribbean economic, media and academic forum

November perhaps represents a new ‘Dawn’ for the Caribbean, with humble beginnings in the spice isle of Grenada, with one of the most powerful nations in the world – Russia tabling an interesting proposal. So, what was Russia doing in the tiny Caribbean island of Grenada? Ushering a New Dawn of course. This is the intrepid title given to a full day forum with some of the biggest names in academia, media and economic entities. The event saw regional journalist, Russian academia, tech and financial businessmen from Russia, USA and…

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CARICOM Regional News 

Event in Barbados Marks Closeout of EU-funded Regional Integration Programme

Regional integration through the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) is still the most efficient way for countries in the Caribbean to overcome the challenges posed by size, scale and limited capacity in the global markets, says Monica La Bennett, Vice-President (Operations), Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). She was speaking at the opening of the recently held two-day closeout workshop for the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and CSME Standby Facilities for Capacity Building. “Here in the Caribbean, factors such as small size, limited capacity, persistent vulnerability to natural disasters, high energy costs, infrastructure…

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CARICOM Politics 

Minister E. P. Chet Greene returns from CARICOM-Mexico Summit

Trade and Industry Minister the Hon. E. P. Chet Greene returns to Antigua Thursday from Belize where he led the country’s delegation to the Fourth Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Caribbean Community and the United Mexican States. Minister Greene, who is accompanied by Ambassador Dr.  Clarence Henry and Foreign Affairs Officer Babu Browne, said that the meeting addressed a wide range of issues to include Climate Change, Disaster Management, Agriculture, Trade and Investment and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Speaking on the margins of the Summit on Wednesday,…

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CARICOM Disaster Management Foreign Affairs Regional News 

Antigua and Barbuda stands in full solidarity with Dominica

Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda the Hon. Gaston Browne has given a pledge to stand in solidarity with his friend and colleague Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of the Commonwealth of Dominica, as that country grapples with the rebuilding process following the devastation caused by the passage of Hurricane Maria two weeks ago. Prime Minister Browne made the pledge during a visit to Dominica on Sunday, accompanied by Trinidadian and International soca star Machel Montano, members of his management team and officials from the Christian Charity Samaritan Purse. “I am standing…

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CARICOM Politics Regional News 

Antigua & Barbuda participates in first High-Level Meeting between the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)

Antigua and Barbuda last week participated in the Inaugural High-Level Meeting between the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) held in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The Republic of Korea was represented by His Excellency Mr. Lim Sung-nam, First Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of South Korea, and the CARICOM Secretariat by Her Excellency Manorma Soeknandan, CARICOM Deputy Secretary-General, and CARICOM Member States by Ambassadors, Permanent Secretaries and other Senior Officials of their respective Ministries of Foreign Affairs. The Meeting was co-chaired by Mrs. Sandy Peters-Philips, Acting Permanent Secretary…

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CARICOM Technology 

ICT agencies meet after Heads of Government approve Single ICT Space Roadmap

Following the approval of the CARICOM Single ICT Roadmap earlier in February, the ICT Cluster Agencies in the Region met on Friday to chart the way forward. The Meeting was held via videoconferencing that was anchored at the CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana and included representation from the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), as well as from the CARICOM Secretariat, CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS), Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD) and the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU). Discussions centred on developing an integrated work plan among the agencies towards the development…

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CARICOM CSME 

CSME – a journey not a destination: CARICOM Heads

A comprehensive review of the current status of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) was among the matters before Caribbean Community Heads of Government at their just ended 28th inter-Sessional Meeting in Guyana. The review, mandated by the Heads at their previous meeting in July 2016, spoke to the achievements to date, the matters being held up by Member States or Community Organs, work that is in train or still to be done, and the challenges being faced. The Meeting agreed that there was significant progress in the implementation of…

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CARICOM 

CARICOM Heads to champion ECWECC initiative: Violence against women and women’s and children’s health are priority interventions

CARICOM Heads of the Government have agreed to champion the Every Caribbean Woman Every Caribbean Child (ECWECC) initiative and other activities focussed on addressing violence against women and women’s and children’s health. The ECWECC initiative revolves around opportunities to improve the lives of women, children and adolescents. It focuses on four priority issues: teenage pregnancy; violence against women and children (including trafficking in persons); cervical cancer and mother to child transmission of HIV (MTCT)in the Caribbean. Assembling for their 28th Inter-sessional Meeting  on 16-17 February, in Guyana, the  Heads  received a…

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