Economic development, crime and international relations among key issues for Inter-Sessional

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Economic Development, Crime and Security and International Relations are among the key issues for discussion by CARICOM Heads of Government at their Twenty Eighth Inter-Sessional Meeting  in Georgetown Guyana, 16 – 17 February 2017.

CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque  briefed the media  during a press Conference at the CARICOM Headquarters in Georgetown on Monday.

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OECS Commission supports development of geothermal energy in Region

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 — Financing and government policy have been identified as the major challenges to the development of geothermal energy in the Eastern Caribbean. That’s one of the findings of a Survey conducted by the Energy Unit of the OECS Commission. The Survey gathered the views of 86 persons involved in geothermal energy, half of whom were based in the OECS Region.

The respondents of the survey were geothermal stakeholders working with or with an interest in geothermal energy in the OECS region.   Most of the OECS respondents (82%), were employees of government or utility companies pursuing geothermal energy initiatives.   With respect to Non-OECS respondents, almost 50% were private sector geothermal experts with past experience working on geothermal projects.

There was clear consensus amongst all survey participants that finance and government policy are the main challenges to geothermal energy development in the region. These were followed closely by competition from other energy sources, and technological issues.

Read more at: Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States

CXC e-testing begins

The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) reported success as it officially launched its Electronic Testing Service to the region yesterday.

Some 500 candidates from seven countries – Jamaica, Grenada, Dominica, Cayman Islands, Anguilla, St Lucia and Montserrat and St Lucia – tested the online initiative which allowed students to use a computer or an electronic device to sit their Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Paper 1 (Multiple Choice) examination in more than 12 subjects.

Education Minister Ronald Jones gave thumbs up to the initiative which CXC said “would bring regional learners up to speed with worldwide test-taking practices and provide them with the flexibility to interact with images, video, audio and other resources during their examinations”.

Read more at: Barbados Today

Anguilla, Suriname sign Caribbean Regulatory System MOU

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As the implementation of its recently established Caribbean Regulatory System, or ‘CRS’ progresses, CARPHA has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the governments of Anguilla and Suriname.

These memoranda of understanding provide a mechanism to facilitate the rapid uptake of CRS registration recommendations for Marketing Authorisations in member states.  It further enables CARPHA to work more closely with its member states to help register essential generic medicines on their behalf, thus moving toward a central portal for market access to CARICOM’s 17 million people.

The CRS was approved by CARICOM Ministers of Health, and is part of a new value added service CARPHA is providing to Member States to strengthen regulatory capacity and improve availability, affordability, and quality of medicines in the Region.

The MOU template has been circulated to all member states for their consideration and it is anticipated that other member states will sign in the near future. Most countries/territories have already nominated focal points for CRS activities. Among other roles, focal points will be invited to participate in monthly discussions on products recommended for registration by the CRS.  This will help them to gain an understanding of the rationale for registration decisions and highlight any additional technical issues for consideration by the group. (CARPHA Press Release)