Antigua, the island of 365 beaches, was the location of the ICT Week and Symposium. The Government of Antigua and Barbuda, in collaboration with the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), hosted this event from 20th – 24th March 2017, the theme of which was ICT – Driving 21st Century Intelligent Services.
Hon. Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Minister of Finance and Corporate Governance, in delivering the feature address at the Opening Ceremony, stated that everyone needs to get involved in ICT. “ICT is inclusive and all empowering. Promoting ICT is everyone’s responsibility; it is everyone’s business. We need to apply digital thinking and digital policies everywhere.”
The Secretary General of the CTU Ms. Bernadette Lewis in her opening remarks noted the global changes as a result of rapid technological innovation.
“The world has changed at a fundamental level as a result of rapid technological innovation and convergence of information and communication technologies, creating new modes of communication, erasing geographical boundaries, compressing time, providing real-time access to a global audience, changing the way business is conducted presenting a virtual reality into which more and more of our lives are becoming entwined,” she said. (more…)
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. 24th March, 2017. Every year, thousands of people in the Caribbean experience food-borne illnesses, after exposure to contaminated food or drink. Persons affected usually experience severe diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach pain, sometimes accompanied by fever, headaches and other symptoms. Recent increases in reported incidents of foodborne diseases (FBDs), have now made this common health issue a regional priority. (more…)
STATEMENT ON CONCERNS RELATING TO UNWHOLESOMENESS OF PROCESSED MEAT & MEAT PRODUCTS ORIGINATING FROM BRAZIL
The Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA) has been monitoring the issue relating to the sale of unwholesome meat and meat products originating from Brazil. Several Member States have already instituted measures to restrict the importation of some or all meat products from Brazil.
It is noted that China, the European Union, and Chile have also instituted restrictive measures. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has redoubled its food inspection efforts on beef products from Brazil although none of the slaughtering or processing facilities implicated in the Brazilian scandal shipped meat products to the U.S. The Department said it is still conducting “additional pathogen testing” of all shipments of raw beef and ready-to-eat products from Brazil.
CAHFSA, which is based in Suriname and has been operational since 2014, performs a coordinating and organizing role for the establishment of an effective and efficient regional sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) regime, and executes on behalf of Member States such SPS actions and activities that can be more effectively and efficiently executed through a regional mechanism.