Regional patriotism, CSME in focus at end-of-summit press conference

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The CARICOM Conference of Heads of Government recently concluded their Inter-Sessional meeting, which was was held  on February 16 -17, 2017 in Georgetown, Guyana. The meeting ended with a press briefing at the Marriott Hotel, which was addressed by Chairman of the Conference, His Excellency David Granger, President of Guyana, Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Hon. Keith Mitchell who will be the next Chairman, as well as CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque. Some of the topics addressed included  the CSME, Correspondent Banking, CARICOM-US Relations, Regional Security, Tourism, and CARIFESTA, which will be held in Barbados this August.  More in this video report:


Stirring opening to CARICOM Inter-Sessional – Video highlights

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The Twenty-Eighth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) opened Thursday morning at the Marriott Hotel, Georgetown, Guyana.

Speakers at the Opening included CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque,  Prime Minister of Dominica, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit, and CARICOM Chairman and President of Guyana, HE David Granger.

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Strategic financing, better partnerships needed to move Region’s energy transition

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The transition to a mix of energy systems from regional electricity grids that are based solely on fossil fuels requires major strategic financing, according to bankers and energy officials.

Finance was as a key topic of discussion at the Fifth Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF V) held in The Bahamas in 23-25 January, 2017, under the theme ‘Future Energy 2027′, with key figures calling for appropriate means of funding energy transition.

One of the main objectives of the Forum was to propose actions to support the ability of Member States to attract the right type of capital that is capable of delivering sufficient financing for sustainable energy deployment. During one of the panel discussions on the final day of the energy forum, participants explored the structure and level of funding, and the kinds of partnerships required to move energy transition along. There was a clear call for more private sector involvement and for a special component at the next Energy Forum that would focus on engagement with the business community to shape the culture that has to evolve to attract investment.

Financial viability, technical assistance and capacity-building, transparent procurement systems and absorptive capacity, were among the matters that participants felt were critical to attracting the kind of investment in energy in the Region. (more…)

CARICOM Intersessional Meeting opens Thursday morning in Georgetown

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The Twenty-Eighth Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) takes place at the Marriott Hotel, Georgetown, Guyana on 16 – 17 February, 2017.

An Opening Session will be held from 9:00 a.m. on Thursday 16 February at the Meeting Venue.

Accredited Media Representatives are invited to cover the Opening Session.

Remarks will be delivered by:

  • Secretary-General, Caribbean Community, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque
  • Outgoing Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Government, Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of Dominica
  • Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Government, His Excellency Brigadier (Ret’d) David A. Granger, President of the Republic of Guyana


Please make every to arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of the session to facilitate security clearance and the set up of equipment.

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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