CDB Regional News 

CDB President Concludes Meetings in Washington, D.C.

President of the Caribbean Development Bank, Dr. Wm. Warren Smith, yesterday concluded a visit to Washington, D.C. for the 2017 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The President, accompanied by Vice-President (Operations), Monica La Bennett, attended high-level meetings, met with key stakeholders in the global development community, and held discussions with leaders from regional governments from October 9 to 15, 2017. During the Meetings, recovery and rehabilitation for hurricane-ravaged Caribbean nations emerged as a key theme. The President, who has reaffirmed the Bank’s support…

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Health Regional News 

Caribbean Countries to Receive Meat Safety Training Based on International Food Safety Standards

Public health and veterinary officials from 15 Caribbean community (CARICOM) countries will receive food safety training here this week, with a focus on meat hygiene. The training will emphasize the Codex principles of meat hygiene which have been developed by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC). The principles cover hygiene provisions for raw meat, meat preparations and manufactured meat from the time of live animal production up to the point of retail sale. Officially titled the Joint FAO/Switzerland Caribbean Food Safety Capacity Building Workshop on Foods of Animal Origin, the event will take place on Tuesday,…

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CDB Regional News 

CDB Unveils Plan for New Cycle of Poverty Reduction Programme

The Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDB) poverty-fighting flagship programme, the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) has unveiled an ambitious plan for its ninth cycle. The Bank has negotiated more funds for the BNTF, taken steps to improve the programme’s efficiency and effectiveness, and will strengthen partnerships with the private sector. These innovations are being outlined to BNTF stakeholders during a series of project launch workshops, which are taking place in the nine participating countries, where stakeholders will also receive guidance on implementing the new cycle. CDB’s Acting Portfolio Manager for BNTF,…

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Health Regional News 

Antigua and Barbuda represented at 27th Meeting of Executive Board of PANCAP

The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP) convened its 27th Meeting of the Executive Board on Wednesday, October 11th at the Beachcombers Hotel in St Vincent and the Grenadines. Antigua and Barbuda is being represented by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and the Environment Walter Christopher. The meeting is designed to assess the Partnership’s progress towards the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and Syphilis (EMTCT) and the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets – 90 percent of people living with HIV know they have the virus, 90 percent of those…

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Regional News 

Sandals Saint Lucia Delivers Aid to Dominica

A combined effort by Sandals Resorts’ 1500 team members in Saint Lucia resulted in a large shipment of relief supplies being delivered to the hurricane-ravaged island of Dominica this week. The Sandals Saint Lucia team, led by Managing Director Winston Anderson and General Managers Michael James and Chris Elliott, wanted to make a personal contribution to the cause, although the Sandals Foundation had already sent off hundreds of cases of water and other supplies the day after Hurricane Maria struck. “This was a labour of love by our team members…

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CDB Regional News 

Electricity System Upgrade and Expansion Project launched in Suriname

PARAMARIBO, Suriname – The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), and the Government of Suriname have partnered to deliver a more reliable, efficient and sustainable electricity supply in that country. The Electricity System Upgrade and Expansion Project, which will be implemented by utility company, N.V. EnergieBedrijven Suriname (EBS), was launched on Monday, September 25, 2017 at the Courtyard Marriott Paramaribo. Under the Project, EBS will undertake the upgrade of 36.6 kilometres of sub-transmission and distribution lines, the construction of five new substations, and the expansion or upgrade of three existing substations. It…

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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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Disaster Management Regional News 

Our Neighbour’s Keeper The UWI response to the Caribbean disaster

During the past month the Caribbean has been pummelled by two catastrophic category 5 hurricanes: Irma and Maria. The aftermath of these hurricanes has been the loss of lives and significant damage to infrastructure across several Caribbean islands. The University of the West Indies (The UWI), has been working closely with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), as well as Heads of Government to mobilise its resources and expertise to provide support and relief. Hurricane Irma, with maximum sustained winds near 185 mph on September 5, 2017, impacted the…

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Disaster Management Regional News 

NODS Warehouses Stockpile to Support Antigua & Barbuda and Regional Countries

The National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) is setting the record straight concerning relief supplies stored in the warehouses both at Coolidge and American Road. According to Director of NODS Philmore Mullin, there is a notion that everything in the warehouses belongs to Antigua and this type of false information can be clarified with a simple question. Mullin says the warehouse at Coolidge is part of a regional stockpile to support countries in the region that have been impacted by disasters. These include St Kitts/Nevis, Anguilla, Tortola, Turks and Caicos…

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Development Disaster Management Economic Politics Regional News 

ECCB Distributes EC$1M Grants to two Member Countries Impacted by Hurricane Irma

The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) is standing firmly with its member countries that have been impacted by Hurricane Irma. The Bank has disbursed a grant of EC$1 million each to the Governments of Anguilla and Antigua and Barbuda to support relief and early recovery. A delegation from the ECCB visited Anguilla on September 13 in solidarity and support. The delegation, which included the ECCB Monetary Council Member for St Kitts and Nevis, Prime Minister the Honourable Dr Timothy Harris and Governor Timothy N. J. Antoine, met with Chief Minister…

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