Spotlight on the Environment – Barbados Minister targets major upcoming UN meeting

Barbados’ Minister of Environment and Drainage Dr. Denis Lowe, speaks about the importance of the upcoming 3rd United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya taking place the first week of December 2017. Minister Lowe also addresses Barbados’ pollution challenges and asks everyone to join efforts towards a Pollution-Free Planet. #BeatPollution.

CARICOM and major international private sector company discuss hurricane recovery

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CARICOM Chairman Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell (centre) and Virgin’s founder Sir Richard Branson (right) at the discussion forum on post hurricane recovery and reconstruction in Washington, Friday

CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell and Founder of of the UK-headquartered Virgin Group of Companies Sir Richard Branson on Friday hosted a Discussion Forum on post hurricane recovery and reconstruction.  The event took place on the margins of this week’s annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington.

Several CARICOM Member States and Associate Members, including Dominica, Antigua/Barbuda, The Bahamas, Anguilla, BVI and Turks and Caicos Islands suffered from the destructive passage of Category Five Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September.  CARICOM has been at the forefront of the post hurricane recovery effort, including helping to coordinate a high-level Donor Conference.   Sir Richard, who has a home on Necker Island in the BVI, has been advocating a ‘Marshall Plan’ type recovery package for the devastated islands.

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Prime Ministers Gaston Browne of Antigua-Barbuda (2nd left) and Allen Chastanet of Saint Lucia (3rd right) along with Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (right) among high level participants at the discussions with Virgin’s Sir Richard Branson



Chairman pushes Region’s message at Washington meetings


CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell of Grenada (at podium); Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Mr. Allen Chastanet (left) and CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on the margins of  the annual meetings of the World Bank and IMF in Washington on Friday.

CARICOM and Commonwealth SGs hold talks



CARICOM engagement with the Commonwealth Secretariat on the margins of the annual World Bank IMF meetings in Washington, Friday.

Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (2nd left) is leading the CARICOM delegation and Commonwealth Secretary-General Baroness Patricia Scotland (directly opposite) is leading her team. Also on the CARICOM delegation are Assistant Secretary-General, Trade and Economic Integration Mr. Joseph Cox (left) and Director, Economic Policy and Development, Ms Evelyn Wayne (3rd left)

Online Platforms launched to promote regional trade and business

(From left) Barbados Labour Minister Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo; CARICOM Deputy Secretary-General Ambassador Manorma Soeknandan; Barbados Ambassador to CARICOM Robert Morris; Ms Gladys Young, CARICOM Secretariat; EU Representative Stephen Boyce

The Caribbean Community’s development of a Single Market and Economy has been given a boost with the launch of four new on-line platforms aimed at promoting trade and improving the ease of doing business.

CARICOM Deputy Secretary-General Ambassador Manorma Soeknandan addressing the Launch

The CARICOM Secretariat, with support from the European Union, on Monday launched the CARICOM Online Companies Registries; Labour Market Information System;  Community Public Procurement Notice Board; and the CARREX Platform and On-Line Public Portal, at a ceremony in Barbados.

The CARICOM Online Companies Registries provide a region-wide electronic platform for online name searches and name reservation,  business and company registration, public access to records, e-payment and e-signature, among other features. It will also facilitate a better overview of the prevailing business climate in the Region, helping for example, to identify areas of saturation, those with growth potential, and even the role of the informal economy.

Part of the audience at the Launch

The EU’s Dr Stephen Boyce, in remarks at the launch, said at least one recent high profile example illustrates the critical importance of this platform.

“A few years ago, the inflight magazine on LIAT was rebranded as LIME. This was just a few weeks before a telecommunications giant in the region acquired a similar moniker.  The result was a further rebranding to Zing to avoid any conclusion. A regional register would have avoided this,” he noted.

The development of this platform required automating the more than half of the national company registries in CARICOM which were still paper based, upgrading those already automated, and providing a functioning web software/application information system. (more…)