CARPHA and Guyana Launch Novel Public-Private Partnership Program to Boost Tourism and Health

(l-r) : Mr Indranauth Haralsingh, Director Guyana Tourism Authority; Dr Lisa Indar, Head CARPHA Regional Tourism and Health Programme; Dr C. James Hospedales, Executive Director CARPHA; Dr Karen Cummings, Minister within the Ministry of Public Health; and Dr Shamdeo Persad Chief Medical Officer Ministry of Public Health.

Georgetown, Guyana, 26 April 2017.  Tourism growth and sustainability in the Caribbean face serious health, safety and environmental (HSE) threats. These include disease outbreaks and deficiencies in food safety and environmental sanitation.  This contributes to reduced tourism arrivals which in turn impacts those whose livelihoods depend on the sector, and possibly lead to adverse economic and social burdens.

Recognising the critical need for public-private cross sectoral partnership to address these HSE threats, and to ensure the health and safety of its visitors and residents, the Ministry of Public Health Guyana, and the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) in collaboration with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) launched the Tourism and Health Programme, under the theme “Your Experience, Your Health, Your Safety Matters”.

The opening ceremony of the launch took place yesterday at the Umana Yana, and was marked by the presence of the Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr Karen Cummings and other high level officials and chaired by the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo Persad.   (more…)

Grenada PM presents vision for Small States Forum

Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Hon. Keith Mitchell
Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Hon. Keith Mitchell

 The new chairman of the World Bank’s Small States Forum, Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, presented his vision for the Forum’s future at the ‘Small States Engagement Update 2017′ held on April 20, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Prime Minister Mitchell outlined the agility of Small States and the need for a change in narrative where small size is not seen as a disadvantage but as a distinct advantage.

The 2015 Paris Agreement (COP21) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have shifted the World’s trajectory as it relates to the importance of the role that Small States occupy. Dr. Mitchell noted that some islands have up to 1,000 times more space at sea than they do on land and, as a result, have been at the forefront of the SDG 14 on oceans.

The Grenadian Prime Minister also remarked on the potential for Small States in areas such as the Blue Economy, renewable energy and technology.

“In the Pacific they have created ‘the OPEC of Tuna Fisheries,’ and the ‘Pacific Possible’ initiative seeks new opportunities beyond fisheries.”

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CARICOM mounts Observer Mission for Curaçao elections

Mr. Steve Surujbally
Dr. Steve Surujbally

At the invitation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is mounting a small CARICOM Electoral Observer Mission to monitor the general elections to be held in Curacao on 28 April 2017.

Following elections on 5 October, 2016, and after being in office for just over seven weeks, the Government of Curaçao led by Prime Minister Hensley Koeiman collapsed on 12 February when the coalition lost its majority.  The Governor subsequently ratified the National Decree of the Koeiman Cabinet to dissolve Parliament and call for new elections.

A four-member CARICOM Observer group headed by Dr. Steve Surubally, former Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission will arrive in Curacao on 25 April 2017 and depart on 30 April, 2017. The other members of the Mission are experts in electoral management from Barbados, Guyana and Jamaica. A representative from the CARICOM Secretariat will support the work of the observer group. (more…)

Region moves to develop core indicators for 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development


Dr. Philomen Harrison, Director, Regional Statistics, CARICOM Secretariat
Dr. Philomen Harrison, Director, Regional Statistics, CARICOM Secretariat

Regional statisticians began meeting in Roseau, Dominica, on Monday to develop core indicators as the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) moves towards fulfilling the requirements of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

At a Technical Workshop on the Indicator Framework for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, statisticians will craft robust recommendations on the core indicators for further review towards approval by the Standing Committee of Caribbean Statisticians (SCCS) and ultimately to the organs of the Community for endorsement.

The meeting will also develop a Technical Working Group (TWG), procedures for its operation/functioning, and also make recommendations on its work programme and on the way forward. Member States have been keen on establishing the TWG and 10 have already volunteered to participate.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Dr. Philomen Harrison, Director, Regional Statistics at the CARICOM Secretariat, pointed out that the SDGs “will be it us for a long time, and therefore the development of this TWG and its work” were critical and timely. The SIDS framework SAMOA Pathway must also be taken on board, she said.   (more…)