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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CARICOM 

Communiqué Issued At The Conclusion Of The Twenty-Eighth Inter-Sessional Meeting Of The Conference Of Heads Of Government Of The Caribbean Community 16–17 Feb. 2017, Georgetown, Guyana

The Twenty-Eighth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held at Georgetown, Guyana, on 16-17 February 2017.  The President of Guyana, His Excellency Brigadier (Ret’d) David Granger, chaired the proceedings. Other members of the Conference in attendance were Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Honourable Gaston Browne; Prime Minister of Barbados, Rt. Honourable Freundel Stuart; Prime Minister of Dominica, Dr. the Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit; Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Rt. Honourable Keith Mitchell; President of Haiti, His Excellency Jovenel Moise; Prime…

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CARICOM 

Expedite full implementation of CSME – CARICOM Chairman

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) must expedite the full implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). This was the charge President of Guyana, His Excellency David Granger, issued to Heads of Government and delegates at the opening of the Twenty-Eighth Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM in Georgetown Guyana on Thursdaymorning. “Economic cooperation is a fundamental pillar of our Community. The Caribbean, if it is to escape the hazard of economic emasculation in today’s global environment, must expedite the full implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy…

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Business CARICOM 

PM Browne Addresses CARICOM Heads on Correspondent Banking

Prime Minister the Honourable Gaston Browne on Thursday took the floor during the first plenary session of the 28th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the CARICOM Heads of Government to address his colleagues on the issue of correspondent banking and its effects on CARICOM member states. The issue of correspondent banking was high on the agenda of CARICOM leaders, and PM Browne drew a clear picture of the existential threat posed to the economies of the member states by this phenomenon. In laying out his analysis, PM Browne reported on the Stakeholders Conference on Correspondent…

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CARICOM Regional News Technology 

Roadmap to single ICT space before CARICOM Heads

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 to deliberate on a number of critical issues including regional security, economic development and international relations. Speaking at the opening ceremony, CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque described the Roadmap as “an exciting prospect” to enhance the socio-economic development of the Community, rooted in Information and Communications Technology (ICT). “ICT is both an…

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CARICOM 

CARICOM to Implement System to Measure Results of Regional Integration

The reform process that is underway in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is working towards a Results Based Management (RBM) system that will measure the tangible results of regional integration mechanisms. CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque highlighted this move when he addressed the opening ceremony of the Twenty Eight Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of CARICOM Heads of Government at the Marriot Hotel in Georgetown, Guyana on Thursday 16 February 2017. He said gauging the impact of the regional integration movement was an integral part of the reform. “Reform is driving…

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