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  • March, 2018

    Caribbean fish stocks dwindling as illegal fishing intensifies

    15 March 2018 / 26

    "Biodiversity in the Caribbean Sea is at serious risk, scientists are warning, with illegal fishing reducing fish stocks and placing the marine environment under increasing strain."“I cannot say what it’s due to or if there are external factors, but certainly in my more than 30 years in the profession I have seen a reduction in fish,” says Efe Vernal Nicholls, president of the Caribbean Network of Fishermen’s...
  • CARICOM making steady progress in empowering women – Guyana Minister tells UN Forum

    15 March 2018 / 22

    MINISTER of Social Protection, Amna Ally told a United Nations forum on Monday that despite the challenges affecting the region, CARICOM continues to progress in achieving regional and international goals for the empowerment and advancement of women and girls.Ally made the remarks while representing CARICOM at the United Nations, 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. She said the provision of education continues to be a strong focus in all of the CARICOM...
  • Systems must be in place to effectively monitor, evaluate integration journey – CARICOM official

    15 March 2018 / 26

       Dr. Richard Brown, Director, CARICOM Single Market and Sectoral Programmes CARICOM Secretariat. (Photo via Barbados Advocate)IT is imperative that systems be put in place to more effectively monitor and evaluate the CARICOM integration journey.So says Dr. Richard Brown, Director, CARICOM Single Market and Sectoral Programmes. He made the comments while delivering remarks at the start of a two-day workshop, which was held yesterday at the Radisson Aquatica...
  • Work to begin on new CARICOM strategic plan

    15 March 2018 / 36

    "By year end, the CARICOM Secretariat will be hard at work getting the framework in place for the new strategic plan for the Caribbean Community."That’s the word from Craig Beresford, Director of Strategic Management with the CARICOM Secretariat. He was speaking yesterday morning during the start of a two-day workshop held at the Radisson Aquatica Resort, on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) Monitoring Evaluation and Reporting Framework, as he...
  • CARICOM observer mission releases preliminary statement on Grenada elections

    15 March 2018 / 28

    PRELIMINARY STATEMENT OF OBSERVATIONS AND FINDINGSOF THE CARICOM ELECTION OBSERVATION MISSION (CEOM)TO THE GENERAL ELECTIONS OF GRENADAMARCH 13, 2018 At the invitation of the Government of Grenada the CARICOM Secretariat constituted an eleven-member team to observe Grenada’s Parliamentary Election held March 13, 2018.The Mission was led by Ms. Pauline Welsh, Director of Legal Affairs, Research and Development at the Electoral Commission of Jamaica and...
  • Tourism Congress to address theme of building resilience in tourism sector

    14 March 2018 / 36

    GEORGETOWN, Guyana (March 12, 2018) – When the XXIV Inter-American Congress of Ministers and High-Level Authorities of Tourism opens on Wednesday, March 21 at the Guyana Marriott Hotel, one of the key areas for presentations and discussions will be the matter of building resilience in the Tourism sector in the Americas.In the latter months of 2017, the hemisphere of the Americas received a painful reminder of the relevance and significance of this theme after several...
  • PM Mitchell returned to power in Grenada – News Reports

    14 March 2018 / 36

    News reports out of Grenada are that Dr. the Hon. Keith Mitchell and his New National Party (NNP) won a landslide victory at elections held today.Caribbean News Service is reporting that the NNP won all 15 seats. According to the news outfit, Dr. Mitchell said on radio that it was a “humbling experience and feeling.”CANA News Online said it was the third time that Dr Mitchell had achieved the feat of sweeping the seats.“It feels good, the people of my country (have)...
  • CDEMA to improve disaster response with new procurement procedures

    14 March 2018 / 46

    Bridgetown, Barbados, March 13th, 2018 (CDB) – The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), with support from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), has developed, and will implement new procurement and contract management procedures to facilitate a more streamlined and efficient use of their resource pool, including disaster management funds.After conducting a routine assessment of its operations, geared toward the continual improvement of financial management practices,...
  • Mr. Justice Adrian Saunders chosen as next CCJ President

    13 March 2018 / 64

    Port of Spain, Trinidad – The Honourable Mr. Justice Adrian Dudley Saunders, a citizen of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has been appointed as the incoming President of the Caribbean Court of Justice with effect from July 4, 2018.Sir Dennis ByronThe Heads of Government of CARICOM made the appointment at its last meeting, held in Haiti from February 26-27, 2018, acting on the nomination of the Regional Judicial and Legal Services Commission (RJLSC). The RJLSC had...
  • CDB launches project to improve disaster risk management and climate resilience in Ile-à-Vache, Haiti

    12 March 2018 / 62

     March 12, 2018, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – On Friday March 3, 2018, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Government of Haiti launched a project to improve climate resilience and disaster risk management on Ile-à-Vache, an island off the country’s southern peninsula.The Building Capacity for Disaster Risk Management and Climate Resilience Project is being funded through a CDB grant of USD5.5 million (mn), which includes a contribution of...
  • Protecting consumers in the digital era

    12 March 2018 / 46

    It is important to consider the protection of the consumer as many persons now engage suppliers in a different jurisdiction. This was posited by a senior official from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat during the Barbados Fair Trading Commission’s (FTC) annual lecture series held last evening, 8 March, 2018 at the Accra Beach Hotel & Spa in Barbados.Mr. Philip McClauren, Deputy Programme Manager, CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), was a co-presenter...
  • CARICOM Institutions talk CSME Free Movement of Persons

    09 March 2018 / 84

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat this week engaged regional institutions based in Barbados on the processes for Free Movement of persons under the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). Representatives from the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF), the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), and the Caribbean Export Development Agency among others met at the CSME Unit of the CARICOM Secretariat in Haggatt Hall yesterday, 7 March, 2018.The half-day...

    05 March 2018 / 128

    A Weekly Business News Aggregation Service Vol.1 No. 7 compiled & edited by the Directorate of Trade & Economic Integration at the CARICOM Secretariat only as a convenience for the Member States. https://caricom.org/documents/16088/caricom_business_7_-_4_march_2018.pdf
  • CDB to establish first country office in Haiti this year

    05 March 2018 / 112

    Haiti’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Antonio Rodrigue (left) and Vice-President (Operations), Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Monica La Bennett (right), hold the signed country agreements after signing them on February 27, 2018. CDB will establish its first country office in the Republic of Haiti this year. (Photo via CDB)The Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) will establish its first country office in the Republic of Haiti later this year....
  • Seriously re-examine cricket recommendations – PM Mitchell

    01 March 2018 / 102

    Outgoing Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, is calling for a serious re-examination of the recommendations of the Governance Review Panel on Cricket.In his address to the opening of the Twenty-Ninth Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM on Monday in Haiti, the Grenada Prime Minister raised West Indies cricket as a “burning issue for which our Community must take due responsibility”....
  • February, 2018

    Guyana signs CXC and MASA Agreements

    28 February 2018 / 152

    Guyana signed the Revised Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) and the CARICOM Multilateral Air Services Agreement (MASA) during the 29th Inter-Sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting in Haiti, Tuesday.Foreign Minister Hon Carl Greenidge, who is heading the country’s delegation to the Meeting signed the Agreements.The Revised Agreement Establishing the CXC seeks to update the CXC’s legal structure in light of subsequent organisational...
  • The Bahamas signs CARICOM Arrest Warrant Treaty

    28 February 2018 / 154

    The Bahamas signed the CARICOM Arrest Warrant Treaty during the 29th Inter-Sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday. Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon Darren Henfield signed on behalf of his country. The CARICOM Arrest Warrant Treaty, already signed by some other CARICOM Member Countries, simplifies the procedure of returning fugitives to the country where charges have been laid  
  • Montserrat signs two Agreements at CARICOM Inter-Sessional Meeting

    27 February 2018 / 58

    Montserrat’s Minister of Education, Health and Youth Hon Delmaude Ryan, who is heading the island’s delegation to the 29th Inter-Sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government in Haiti, signed two agreements during the second day of the meeting, Tuesday.Montserrat signed on to the Agreement establishing the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions, and the Agreement establishing the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy...
  • Barbados Prime Minister signs Agreements at CARICOM Inter-Sessional

    27 February 2018 / 142

    Barbados Prime Minister Rt Hon Freundel Stuart  signed the CARICOM Arrest Warrant Treaty and the Revised Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), during the second day of the 29th Inter-Sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government, at the Marriott Hotel, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday.The CARICOM Arrest Warrant Treaty, already signed by some other CARICOM Member Countries,  simplifies the procedure of returning fugitives to the country where charges have...
  • Be proactive, reduce your risk of catching the flu – CARPHA

    26 February 2018 / 122

     Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.  February 2018.  The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is urging persons to practice good personal hygiene in order to reduce the risk of transmission of influenza and other respiratory viruses.Influenza (flu), a contagious respiratory illness which affects thousands of people in the Caribbean each year.  Typically, the Flu season in the Region occurs between September to March when there is usually an increase in...
  • PM Skerrit calls for “collaborative approach” for first climate resilience nation

    21 February 2018 / 152

    Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has said a collaborative approach is needed to realize the government’s idea of making Dominica the first climate resilient country in the world.Speaking at a government-organized National Rebuilding and Economic Partnership Consultation on Monday, Skerrit said the government cannot do it alone.“Maria has placed even sharper focus, not only on the need to build back better but also the need to build resilience in all our sectors of our...
  • CARICOM Business News

    19 February 2018 / 156

    Please see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices.CARICOM Business 16 Feb 2018 
  • Building standards at forefront of UNDP Carnival Band

    16 February 2018 / 164

    Roseau, Dominica, 15 February, 2018— In keeping with its mandate to support the government’s effort to build back better, following the devastating effects of category 5 Hurricane Maria, the UNDP Dominica Project office capitalised on the large audience at the 2018 Carnival Monday parade as team members promoted Dominica’s building standards with an aptly themed float.The group, which also comprised engineers from civil society organisation, Engineers Without Borders (EWB),...
  • CDB, UNICEF partner to improve quality of early childhood education in the Caribbean

    15 February 2018 / 154

    Students of the Beacon Light of the Nazarene School, Antigua and Barbuda hand over newly launched Caribbean Early Childhood Development Good Practice Guide to (from left to right) Ms. Monica La Bennett, Vice-President (Operations), Caribbean Development Bank; Hon. Michael Browne, Minister Education, Antigua and Barbuda; Dr. Aloys Kamuragiye, UNICEF Representative, Office for the Eastern Caribbean. (Photo via CDB)February 15, 2018, ST. JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda–...
  • Dominica hurricane damage survey likely to help reduce disaster risk worldwide

    15 February 2018 / 156

    The biggest natural disaster to ever hit the Caribbean island of Dominica is now likely to provide guidelines for reducing the risk globally of disaster from hurricanes.Scientists led by disaster expert Dr. Richard Teeuw, of the University of Portsmouth, are surveying the damage to Dominica’s landscape, infrastructure and communities following the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria in 2017.Dominica was devastated by the hurricane last September which left 68 people dead or missing....
  • Commonwealth SG welcomes UN decision on Guyana-Venezuela border controversy

    15 February 2018 / 186

    The Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, welcomes the decision of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Gutteres, to refer the long-standing border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).The Secretary-General recalled that at the September 2017 meeting of the Commonwealth Ministerial Group on Guyana, Ministers noted Guyana’s concerns that this longstanding controversy has impacted on the...
  • SIDS must never be denied concessional financing for climate resilience -SG

    15 February 2018 / 212

      “It is crucial to increase the level of investment of climate finance for health.” - CARICOM Secretary-General,Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has called for the scaling up of climate finance for resilience in the health sector. He also posited that small vulnerable countries must never be denied access to concessional financing in their quest for resilience against climate change....
  • Government Says No To Recreational Marijuana Use

    09 February 2018 / 248

    Even though the Unity Labour Party (ULP) administration is exploring its options in the production of marijuana for medicinal purposes, it is not currently prepared to legalize ‘weed’ for recreational purposes.“Unregulated consumption of recreational marijuana poses a number of risks and challenges that we do not currently have the data on which to make informed decisions, or the capacity to manage effectively,” Minister of Finance Camillo Gonsalves told Parliament on...
  • [Antigua] Lower House passes “ganja bill”

    08 February 2018 / 258

    A bill to decriminalise up to 15 grammes of cannabis for personal use was passed in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.The Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) bill had its first reading in the House in December, but was subsequently sent to a select committee to allow for more public consultations.That engagement was held on January 23 with recommendations calling for the proposed decriminalised amount to be raised from 10 grammes to as much as two ounces as it is in Jamaica.Piloting the...
  • CARPHA launches regional system for Member States to report sub-standard falsified medicines

    07 February 2018 / 260

    The health of the Caribbean people can be at risk if medicines are not safe, effective and of good quality. Medicines safety and monitoring systems are often limited in the Region, and there has been a call for regional pooling of resources, sharing of information, and coordination of activities, that can lead to stronger systems.Recently, the Caribbean Regulatory System (CRS) launched VigiCarib, a voluntary regional system for CARICOM states to report adverse drug reactions (ADRs), suspected...
  • Saint Lucia adopts climate-smart cassava cultivation, encourages production of blended bread

    07 February 2018 / 162

     The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) is spearheading a project which will not only increase the cultivation of cassava throughout the Region but also encourages the production of cassava blended bread as a healthier alternative to the traditional white bread.Cassava is extensively cultivated as an annual crop in tropical and subtropical regions for its edible, starchy, tuberous root which is a major source of carbohydrates. The Ministry of Health and Wellness has...
  • Jamaica Prime Minister tables report on CARICOM in House of Representatives

    07 February 2018 / 322

    Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, tabled a copy of the Report of the Commission to Review Jamaica’s Relations within the CARICOM and CARIFORUM Frameworks in the House of Representatives, today (February 6).The Commission was charged with evaluating the effects of Jamaica’s membership in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on the country’s economic growth and development, with particular reference to trade in goods and services, investment, international...
  • CDB President announces up to US$800M for disaster recovery, amid strong Bank performance in 2017

    07 February 2018 / 302

    President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Dr. Wm. Warren Smith, today announced that the institution is making USD700 to 800 million (mn) available to help Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs) recover from the impact of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season. The funding, which the Bank is providing over the next five years, complements its ongoing work to build resilience in the Caribbean Region. “Disaster risk management and resilience building took centre-stage...
  • Former US President William “Bill” Clinton arrives in Dominica

    07 February 2018 / 226

    Former United States President, Bill Clinton, is in Dominica to view the island’s ongoing efforts to continue building back in the wake of last year’s hurricane season. See photo of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and his wife welcoming President Clinton, and a video clip of the President’s arrival at the Financial Centre earlier Tuesday morning:
  • January, 2018

    Culture Minister Receives Reparations Report

    31 January 2018 / 264

    Barbados has made another step towards the goal of obtaining regional reparations.This step comes as members of the island’s Reparations Task Force recently presented Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley, with an official report on arguments in support of reparations, in his Ministry’s Conference Room at Sky Mall.After receiving the document, Mr. Lashley noted that he was very pleased to see the work conducted by the Task Force, which was established in 2012....
  • Guyana Standards Bureau working with CROSQ on Energy Efficiency Standard

    23 January 2018 / 328

    The Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) is working collaboratively with the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) and other CARICOM countries to develop a standard that will address Minimum Energy Performance for Refrigerators, Air Conditioners and Lighting. This energy efficiency standard is expected to ensure that all appliances imported into Guyana and the CARICOM Region are labelled, that is, the labels must contain information regarding the energy...
  • Multi-faceted approach needed to address crime, security challenges

    23 January 2018 / 305

    Recognising the need for a multi-faceted approach to address various crime and security challenges in Barbados and across the region, a number of institutions will be working to implement the 10th EDF CARIFORUM Crime and Security Cooperation Programme. Myrna Bernard, Director of Human Development at the CARICOM Secretariat revealed the above recently, as the programme was launched in Barbados.“In order to address these problems jointly, CARIFORUM and the European Union concluded a...
  • December, 2017

    CARICOM Secretariat launches Housing Protocol

    28 December 2017 / 380

    The Office of the Deputy Secretary-General initiated the Launch of the CARICOM Secretariat Housing Protocol held on Thursday, 28 December 2017 at the CARICOM Secretariat’s Headquarters.  Those in attendance were landlords, property owners and real estate agents as well as the relative Secretariat Staff. The Housing Protocol has been developed within the framework of the Senior Management Committee and provided to the Executive Management Committee.  The Protocol entails...
  • CDB approves US$29M to rehabilitate infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Irma in Antigua and Barbuda

    15 December 2017 / 348

      The Board of Directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved US$29M in funding to the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, to assist with recovery efforts after the passage of Hurricane Irma in September. The funds will be used to rehabilitate and reconstruct critical infrastructure in the transportation, education, water and sanitation, and agriculture sectors.Hurricane Irma impacted the twin-island nation on September 6, 2017, making landfall in...
  • CARICOM calls for focused global attention on impact of climate change on small vulnerable states – WTO Ministerial Meeting

    13 December 2017 / 322

    This year, many small and vulnerable economies in the Caribbean, including some in CARICOM, notably Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, The Bahamas,  Haiti, British Virgin Islands (BVI), Anguilla, Turks and Caicos suffered massive devastation and absolute destruction of critical infrastructure from two unprecedented hurricanes, fueled by global warming and climate change.Colleague Ministers, many of these countries are faced with the herculean task of reconstructing their entire economies....
  • Dominica Press Conference

    11 December 2017 / 424

  • Our region needs to be a zone of peace”- PM tells CANSEC conference

    07 December 2017 / 462

     Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo has signalled the need for Guyana and the rest of the region to be a zone of peace, free from the scourge of money laundering, piracy and other illicit activities.Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo today at the opening of the two-day CANSEC Conference at the Guyana Marriot hotel.Addressing the opening of the 16th annual Caribbean Nations Security Conference (CANSEC), being held for the first time in Guyana at the Marriot International hotel, the...
  • Coconut Boost For Barbados & Region

    07 December 2017 / 502

    Barbados and the region can have a bustling coconut industry, despite being smaller than major growers such as Indonesia and The Philippines.This assertion was made by Maurice Wilson, who is the Regional Coconut Industry Coordinator at the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI).He was speaking with the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) following the inaugural meeting of the National Stakeholders Platform (NSP) on the coconut...
  • CARDI continues to play vital role in agricultural industries in Caribbean

    07 December 2017 / 462

    Basseterre, St. Kitts, December 05, 2017 (SKNIS): Minister of Agriculture of St. Kitts and Nevis, the Honourable Eugene Hamilton, commended the Caribbean Agriculture Research Development Institute (CARDI) for its support and outlined some of the key accomplishments the institute has brought to the agricultural sectors throughout the Caribbean.Minister Hamilton said that CARDI has been instrumental in assisting with facilitation of inter-regional agricultural trade and...
  • Bahamas PM warns region at great risk of climate change

    05 December 2017 / 444

      NASSAU, The Bahamas, Dec 5, CMC – The 10th Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) has begun here with Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis noting that small-island developing states in the region are at great risk of climate change.The conference, which ends on Saturday, is being held under the theme ‘CDM: The Road to Resilience Check Point 2017 – Building Resilience through Partnerships’.It is taking place as the region...
  • November, 2017

    Free Movement Of Labour – Holness urges greater cooperation within CARICOM

    20 November 2017 / 386

     Prime Minister Andrew Holness has said that the threat that climate change poses to Caribbean countries should spur regional leaders to work towards greater cooperation among states across the region.Speaking yesterday at the sixth High Level Caribbean Forum, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, Holness said that there was a tendency for regional states to focus on the free movement of goods without making a connection with the free movement of labour.“It...
  • Prince of Wales to visit Antigua and Barbuda, BVI, Dominica

    16 November 2017 / 530

    Caribbean Media Corporation) LONDON, Nov. 15, CMC – Britain’s Prince Charles is scheduled to visit Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and the British Virgin Islands for a first hand view of the widespread devastation caused by Hurricanes Maria and Irma.During the tour, the Prince of Wales will meet members of the local communities and hear about ways in which they have been recovering .Prince Charles is scheduled to arrive in Antigua and Barbuda on Friday.He will visit Barbuda...
  • CDB to promote resilient recovery, climate action for Caribbean at COP23

    13 November 2017 / 590

    November 13, 2017, BONN, Germany – A delegation from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has arrived at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany. While at the event, which runs until November 17, the Bank will join other regional stakeholders in reiterating the urgent need for climate action and resilient recovery in the Caribbean. Against the backdrop of this year’s devastating hurricane season, CDB will also underscore its...
  • Commonwealth Secretary-General pledges to challenge development assistance rules

    07 November 2017 / 460

    Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has promised to ramp up advocacy for the reform of development assistance rules which member states say are restricting aid to storm ravished countries in the Caribbean. The Secretary-General made the commitment at meetings with leaders in Antigua and Barbuda and Dominica during visits to the countries to discuss Commonwealth support after hurricanes Irma and Maria caused widespread devastation. Today she issued a statement about her trip to the...
  • President of Haiti calls for innovation, investment in energy sector

    03 November 2017 / 486

    Haiti President, His Excellency Jovenel Moise at the Launch Exhibition The 2017 edition of the CARICOM Energy Month (CEM) got off to an impressive start on Monday, 30 October, in Port au Prince, with His Excellency Jovenel Moïse, the President Haiti, participating in the opening session of a symposium. The event launched the CEM and brought together many of the actors in Haiti’s energy sector.In his assessment of the Haitian sector, the Haitian President...
  • CARICOM, IBM teams discuss private sector cooperation on Single ICT Space

    03 November 2017 / 584

    Private sector cooperation and support are pivotal to the successful delivery of the CARICOM Single ICT space.Against this background,staff members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat met with a team from International Business Machine (IBM) on Thursday, 2 November 2017, to discuss the Single ICT Space and other regional initiatives. The visiting team comprised Mr. Robin Ford, Business Development Executive, Caribbean Government Sector; Mr. Shaun Archer, Client...
  • HAPPENING NOW: Observances to mark Dominica’s 39th Independence anniversary

    03 November 2017 / 484

    On its 39th anniversary of Independence, Dominica is holding a National Day Parade and Ecumenical Service and Cultural Expose at Windor Park. Please follow the event:   
  • October, 2017

    Food Security: A Priority in Dominica

    31 October 2017 / 594

    Tuesday, October 31, 2017 — It has been just over a month since the Eastern Caribbean’s ‘food bowl’ was left bare following a direct hit from one of the strongest hurricanes to pass through the Caribbean basin – Hurricane Maria.Agricultural stakeholders in the sub-region, both private and public, are actively supporting efforts to ensure the future of Dominica’s agriculture sector through the replanting of fast growing crops paired with dedicated...
  • Strategic focus on energy, climate, disaster risk necessary – Energy Month launch hears

    31 October 2017 / 602

    In remarks at the launching of CARICOM Energy Month (CEM) at Quiskeya University in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, CARICOM Energy Programme Manager, Dr. Devon Gardner pointed to the  impact of the ferocious hurricanes on the energy sectors of CARICOM Member States and Associate Members .‘The recent spate of hurricanes – Irma, Jose and Maria, which impacted the Caribbean between August and September – has reshaped this year’s Energy Month agenda. Concomitant with...
  • Spain commits to post-hurricane economic recovery in CARICOM

    19 October 2017 / 556

    The Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) advocacy for resilient reconstruction within its Member States that were affected by the recent hurricanes, was positively acknowledged by the Government of Spain on Tuesday, 17 October, 2017.A newly accredited Plenipotentiary Representative of the Spain to CARICOM, His Excellency Javier Carbajosa Sanchez, said his country “will certainly contribute through the institutional channels already established, to promote economic...
  • Dominica Minister says Caribbean can learn from its rebuilding efforts

    19 October 2017 / 621

    Still recovering from the destruction caused by Tropical Storm Erika two years ago, the small island of Dominica was hit by Hurricane Maria – a category five storm about a month ago.The country’s entire infrastructure was left in ruins, leaving its population of approximately 74,000 people without potable water, electricity, shelter and food.Despite the challenges, Dominica’s Minister of Housing, Reginald Austrie told the News Room that other Caribbean States can use...
  • Hurricane recovery : Children to benefit from OECS-UNICEF “Return to Happiness Programme”

    19 October 2017 / 474

     214 children from Barbuda received psycho social  assistance, after the trauma of hurricane Irma, through the Return to Happiness Programme implemented from October 2-7 by 17 education specialists. The Saint-lucian elegation of volunteers, who successfully completed the first mission, will extend their operations to other affected countries.The passage of two category 5 hurricanes resulted in major material damage in several countries of the region and...
  • Message by the CARICOM Secretary-General on Caribbean Statistics Day

    13 October 2017 / 638

    MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY-GENERAL,CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY (CARICOM)AMBASSADOR IRWIN LAROCQUE ON THE OCCASION OF THENINTH OBSERVANCE OF CARIBBEAN STATISTICS DAY15 OCTOBER 2017This year’s observance takes place against the background of another significant achievement for Regional Statistics. CARICOM Heads of Government at their Thirty-Eighth Regular Meeting (July 2017) endorsed the preparation of a Regional Strategy for the Development of Statistics (RSDS) in CARICOM. ...
  • COTED green-lights Agriculture Regional Emergency Response team

    12 October 2017 / 558

    The Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) has approved the Regional Agriculture Emergency Response Sub-Committee to  provide prompt  action to help the agriculture sector in Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States to rebound after natural disasters.Approval came at the 71st Special Meeting of the COTED on Agriculture held at the CARICOM Secretariat on Friday 6 October, 2017.The 71st Meeting of COTED approved the Emergency Response Sub-CommitteeThe...
  • CARICOM Chair begins discussions in Washington

    11 October 2017 / 678

    Prime Minister Keith Mitchell at a meeting with World Bank team members responsible for the CaribbeanChairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and Grenada Prime Minister, Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, is currently in Washington DC. for the Small States Forum which he also chairs.He will also have talks with the International Financial Institutions. This morning, he met with World Bank representatives responsible for the Caribbean.Other CARICOM Heads of Government and...
  • CARICOM Secretary-General gets Guyana national award

    11 October 2017 / 588

    Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, on Friday received Guyana’s Cacique’s Crown of Honour (CCH). President of Guyana, His Excellency David Granger, bestowed the award on the Secretary-General at an investiture ceremony held at the National Cultural Centre in Georgetown, Guyana.Ambassador LaRocque was named among 69 persons honoured under the Order of Roraima of Guyana and the Order of  Service of Guyana, on the occasion...
  • September, 2017

    ‘Agriculture in Dominica, as we know it, now ceases to exist’ – OECS Commissioner

    27 September 2017 / 792

    Hurricane Maria has destroyed the agriculture sector in Dominica. The Category Five hurricane flattened Dominica on 18 September.Both the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) - which is leading the Community’s response to the disaster  – and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said that there was 100 per cent destruction of agriculture on the island. According to information released by...
  • Emotional PM Minnis outlines plan to assist Dominicans

    27 September 2017 / 762

    NASSAU, The Bahamas, Guardian – As he laid out a part of the government’s plan to assist Dominican children and their families today, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis choked back tears as he recounted the devastation that Hurricane Maria unleashed on the small island nation and expressed shame at the vitriolic response of some Bahamians to his pledge to assist Dominican students.“My government proposes to temporarily relax the immigration laws for a number of school children...
  • Dominica assured of continued CARICOM support – Chairman

    27 September 2017 / 662

    CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell has assured hurricane-ravaged Dominica of continued support from the CARICOM Family. Prime Minister Mitchell, along with CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Executive Director of CDEMA Ronald Jackson, Executive Director of the RSS Captain Errington Shurland, President of the CDB Dr Warren Smith and Barbados Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite toured Dominica, Tuesday.'  
  • Prime Minister Skerrit praises CARICOM solidarity as Chairman visits

    27 September 2017 / 576

    Prime Minister of hurricane-ravaged Dominica Roosevelt Skerrit on Tuesday welcomed CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell of Grenada to the island for a first hand view of the devastation.  Prime Minister Skerrit  praised the strong solidarity from CARICOM Governments and people.Share this:
  • Hurricane Maria could cost Dominica billions of dollars, says CDEMA

    26 September 2017 / 650

    REGIONAL disaster management and relief authorities are predicting that it will cost Dominica several billions of dollars to recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, which struck the Eastern Caribbean island last week, killing an estimated 20 people and leaving the small island nation in devastation. In the wake of the category five hurricane, there have been reports of persons desperately in need of food and shelter, while there have also been reports of security...
  • CARICOM Chairman leads delegation to hurricane ravaged Dominica

    26 September 2017 / 696

    CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell (2nd right) led a regional delegation to hurricane-ravaged Dominica on Tuesday, and met with Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit (right).The Chairman’s delegation included (from right) CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) Dr. Warren Smith, Executive Director of the Regional Security System (RSS) Captain Errington Shurland, and Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster...
  • Aid beginning to flow to Dominica – PM Skerrit

    26 September 2017 / 582

    Aid beginning to flow to Dominica – PM Skerrit Prime Minister of Dominica, the Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit has assured Dominicans, that aid was beginning to flow into the country.View image on TwitterIn an address on Monday morning, the Prime Minister, provided the assurance and detailed the forms of assistance that were imminent.Listen to his address:In an address on Monday morning, the Prime Minister, provided the assurance and detailed the...
  • Hurricane Maria relief efforts – comprehensive list, contact information

    25 September 2017 / 790

    Hurricane Maria relief efforts – comprehensive list, contact information September 25, 2017 @ 11:26 am  September 25, 2017 @ 11:26 am  No Comments Yet As you all know Hurricane Maria has left the nation of Dominica completely crippled, cutting off electricity, telecommunication and water supplies across the island. The destruction is unparalleled. Although assessments are still being made and communication is slowly being restored it has become...
  • Hurricane Maria Kills three in Haiti

    22 September 2017 / 586

    PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Sep. 22, CMC – Three people were killed on Thursday as heavy rains stemming from the close passage of the powerful Hurricane Maria, lashed sections of Haiti.The police report that early Thursday, a 45-year-old man drowned as he attempted to cross the Grand Ravine River and two people in the district of Cornillon were killed by lightning.The authorities reported that just over 33 shelters were opened in the Artibonite department in the western end of the country...
  • What Dominica Needs

    22 September 2017 / 690

       Prime Minister of Dominica, the Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit, has appealed for all to join forces to mobilise to bring relief to Dominicans in the wake of the devastation of Hurricane Maria.In an interview on Thursday on ABSTV in Antigua and Barbuda, he said that rebuilding the country will require everyone’s support, particularly the Dominican Diaspora.He underlined the need for beds/cots and bedding, hygiene kits, comfort kits, water and food...
  • CARPHA ready to assist Dominica

    21 September 2017 / 798

    The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), has deployed members of its staff, who have joined sister CARICOM institution, Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), to carry out rapid needs assessment in Dominica.Dominica suffered widespread devastation to homes and infrastructure after Hurricane Maria, the second major storm to hit the Caribbean this month made landfall on the island on Monday.CARPHA’s team will add its expertise to the water, sanitation and...
  • US stands in solidarity with Dominica, Caribbean

    21 September 2017 / 580

    The United States said it stands in solidarity with the people of Dominica and all those across the Caribbean region affected by the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria.A message of solidarity from the US Department of State said that the US stands “ready to work with you and our international partners to provide immediate disaster relief. We are in the process of coordinating the best possible package of assistance”.“The recent natural disasters...
  • Dominica beaten, but not down – Principal Adviser to PM Skerrit

    20 September 2017 / 720

    Speaking on ABSTV/Radio via satellite phone, Mr. Henry gave an update on the widespread damage that the island suffered following a direct hit by Hurricane Maria on Monday. He described the situation was “very grim”. Communication on the island is minimal. All cell towers and telephone systems are down and will be for “a little while”, he said. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is currently using satellite phone donated yesterday by the French government and...
  • Maria knocks out Montserrat’s electricity

    20 September 2017 / 736

    Montserrat’s National Disaster Preparedness Response Advisory Committee (NDPRAC) Press StatementThe National Disaster Preparedness Response Advisory Committee (NDPRAC) has issued a “ partial all clear” for Montserrat with immediate effect.This means that only essential services are allowed on the roads to ensure works are carried expeditiously to clear all roads and restore essential services island wide.Electricity is off island wide and most of the road network across...
  • Guyana’s land space can serve as ‘gift’ to the Caribbean battered by hurricanes – President Granger

    20 September 2017 / 820

     President David Granger speaking to the Guyanese media corps who are currently covering the United Nations General Assembly in New YorkNews Roon, Guyana  –  Guyana’s vast landscape can serve as a “gift” to Caribbean islands devastated by recent hurricanes, President David Granger said today as he sought to get the dangers posed by climate change firmly on the international agenda.“We are the largest CARICOM (Caribbean Community) state and we...
  • Early damage assessment in Dominica – Hurricane Maria

    20 September 2017 / 718

       he Regional Security System (RSS) conducted an aerial reconnaissance on September 19, 2017 using one of its C26 aircraft of #Dominica after the passage of #HurricaneMaria.See footage of some of the damaged areas above.
  • “Widespread Devastation!” – Dominica’s Prime Minister Skerrit

    19 September 2017 / 634

    "Statement by Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit following last night’s passage of Category 5 Hurricane Maria over the island.Prime Minister Roosevelt SkerritInitial reports are of widespread devastation. So far we have lost all what money can buy and replace. My greatest fear for the morning is that we will wake to news of serious physical injury and possible deaths as a result of likely landslides triggered by persistent rains.So, far the winds have swept away the...
  • Hurricane Maria pummels Caribbean island of Dominica as Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico brace for impact

    19 September 2017 / 740

    Hurricane Maria slammed into the Caribbean island of Dominica as a Category 5 storm with "merciless" 160 mph winds Monday night, and the storm, deemed "potentially catastrophic" by the National Hurricane Center, is now headed for the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.Maria is expected to move over the northeastern Caribbean Sea today and is forecast to "remain an extremely dangerous category 4 or 5 hurricane" as it approaches the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico tonight and Wednesday, the National...
  • CARPHA Deploys Staff to Assist Hurricane-Devastated British Virgin Islands

    16 September 2017 / 654

    On Sunday, September 10, 2017, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), as part of the Regional Response Mechanism (RRM) which is spearheaded by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency Coordinating Unit (CDEMA-CU), deployed a member of staff to assist the British Virgin Islands (BVI) in the post-Hurricane Irma Response.    Irma, a category 5 hurricane with winds up to 185 mph affected Anguilla, Barbuda, BVI, Haiti, Turks and Caicos and other islands earlier this month....
  • Devastated Barbuda - CARICOM Delegation continue asssessment

    14 September 2017 / 641

    Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Mr. Gaston Browne joined CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell of Grenada, and Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on a tour of the hurricane ravaged island of Barbuda, Wednesday.Hurricane Irma destroyed or damaged more than 90 percent of Barbuda’s houses and the entire population has since been transferred to Antigua.The CARICOM Chairman and Secretary-General got a first hand view of the devastation and the opportunity...
  • United Nations deploying aid and personnel to Irma-affected Caribbean territories

    06 September 2017 / 814

    THE UNITED NATIONS SYSTEM is deploying staff and assistance to meet the needs of vulnerable Caribbean citizens in the path of record-breaking Hurricane Irma. Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have unique economic, environmental and social vulnerabilities that are exacerbated in severe natural crises.“Hurricane Irma is an unprecedented threat to the Caribbean. The United Nations is working closely with the CDEMA-led Regional Response Mechanism (RRM) and the affected...
  • August, 2017

  • Regional Network launched to collaborate on Zika, other vector borne diseases

    30 August 2017 / 778

    [CariVecNet] Mosquito borne diseases continue to impact the Caribbean’s social, economic and health sectors. Recent outbreaks of Zika (2016), and Chikungunya (2014) and the continued circulation of Dengue, highlight the need for an integrated approach to the prevention and control of these vector borne diseases (VBDs), especially since many countries depend on tourism as a major source of revenue.  The need for a Caribbean Vector-Borne Diseases Network, to facilitate information...
  • PM: CARIFESTA XIII was a phenomenal success

    29 August 2017 / 792

    Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has described CARIFESTA XIII, held in Barbados from August 17 – 27, as being “a phenomenal success”.Mr. Stuart noted that in any undertaking, whether small or large, challenges often appeared at the last minute to thwart even the best laid plans. He noted that in Barbados, nature intervened to test to the limits the logistical skills of organisers.“Following the postponement of the opening ceremony and other arrangements due to the...
  • CARIFESTA XIII concludes; Trinidad and Tobago next host

    28 August 2017 / 930

    The curtains came down on the thirteenth edition of the Caribbean Festival of Arts CARIFESTA XIII last evening. The ten-day mega cultural event ended with a closing ceremony at Kensington Oval Ground, President Kennedy Drive, Bridgetown, Barbados.The night’s activities included a culmination of performances from various Caribbean countries that have performed throughout the festival and the passing of the baton to next host country of CARIFESTA XIIII, Trinidad and Tobago.There were...
  • Region on alert over spread of ‘red eye’

    28 August 2017 / 686

     Several Caribbean countries have reported outbreaks of conjunctivitis at health facilities and medical practices.  “The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is currently monitoring the situation and we want to urge persons to take the necessary precautions to prevent and reduce the spread of this illness,” said Dr Virginia Asin-Oostburg, Director, Surveillance, Disease Prevention and Control.Conjunctivitis refers to inflammation of the...
  • Barbados & Chile To Strengthen Relations

    25 August 2017 / 666

     Left to right) President of the Republic of Chile, Michelle Bachelet; Prime Minister Freundel Stuart; and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, during their meeting at Ilaro Court today. (C.Pitt/BGIS)Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and President of the Republic of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, have expressed a keen desire for both countries to strengthen and expand their 50-year-old friendship.They expressed this wish today during a courtesy call and...
  • Climate change, disaster prevention highlighted during Chilean President’s visit to CDEMA

    25 August 2017 / 660

     There is a lot that Barbados could learn from Chile, especially given that country’s experience with seismic matters.Minister of Home Affairs, Adriel Brathwaite, made this point today during a press briefing, following the official visit of the President of the Republic of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, at the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency’s (CDEMA) Lower Estate, St. Michael headquarters.“Your experience as a country in being...

    25 August 2017 / 821

    Basseterre, St. Kitts, August 25, 2017 (SKNIS): Although climate change has its disadvantages, it can also be used as an opportunity for Small Island Developing States (SIDS), especially St. Kitts and Nevis in a number of ways, said representatives from the Ministry of Tourism, Assistant Secretary, Diannille Taylor-Williams, and Annette Esquibel, Sustainable Tourism Coordinator.The duo appeared on Wednesday’s (August 23) edition of “Working for You” to engage in...
  • Boosting cassava production to improve Region’s food security

    24 August 2017 / 889

      “Cassava is the prioritized commodity for this project, and currently results in a two percent reduction on the food import bill within CARICOM.” Saint Lucia, as one of these CARICOM countries, must continue to contribute to the import bill’s further decline.” – Regional Project Coordinator for the FAO, Vermaran Extavour Minister for Agriculture, Hon Ezechiel Joseph, has voiced continued support for Saint Lucia’s cassava industry as...
  • CARICOM Chair congratulates Caribbean athletes, extends gratitude to Usain Bolt

    22 August 2017 / 810

     Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Dr. the Rt. Hon Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada, has extended congratulations to all the athletes who participated in the World Championships and made the Region very proud.In a congratulatory message to the athletes, Prime Minister Mitchell said he was “extremely proud” of their performances. He recognised the successes of Usain Bolt and extended best wishes to him as he transitioned from athletics. The...
  • CDB introduces Cultural and Creative Industries Innovation Fund to regional practitioners at CARIFESTA XIII

    22 August 2017 / 718

     Dr. Donna Greene, Director of Cultural Policy and Research (Ag), Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, Barbados, speaking at the opening of the Cultural Policy and Intellectual Property Rights workshop August 22, 2017, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Building on the recent announcement of its provision of initial capitalisation for the Cultural and Creative Industries Innovation Fund (CIIF), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) recently...
  • Cultural traditions, country colours, costumes on show as CARIFESTA XIII opens

    22 August 2017 / 930

    After having to be rescheduled due to Tropical storm Harvey, CARIFESTA XIII officially opened Sunday evening in Bridgetown, Barbados.The Caribbean Region’s premier festival was declared open by Barbados Culture Minister, the Hon. Stephen Lashley at a ceremony held at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown. Prime Minister of Barbados, the Right Hon. Freundel Stuart, and Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, as well...
  • Coconut industry benefits from CARDI project

    16 August 2017 / 890

    Since the implementation of the Caribbean Coconut Industry Development Project two-and-a-half years ago, the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) has made several strides in improving the local coconut industry through training as well as the establishment of new nurseries among other targeted initiatives.The four-year project was undertaken through a partnership between CARDI and the International Trade Centre (ITC), with funding provided by the...
  • Canada sending large contingent to CARIFESTA XIII

    16 August 2017 / 870

    More than 66 artists, spearheaded by the Canadian-Caribbean Arts Network (C-CAN), are heading to Barbados for CARIFESTA XIII which opens later this week, the TorontoCaribbean media outfit has reported.“I am still pinching myself because at one point in time I had given up hope that it would ever happen,” confessed Rhoma Spencer, Artistic Director of C-CAN as she sat down for an interview at the Black Artists’ Networks Dialogue art gallery following a special...