Turks and Caicos Islands to host CDB’s 47th Annual Meeting

 

The CDB delegation during an official visit to the Premier of Turks and Caicos Islands on February 3, 2017. From left to right: Dr. William Warren Smith, President, CDB; Hon. Sharlene Cartwright Robinson, Premier, Turks and Caicos Islands; Yvette Lemonias-Seale, Vice-President (Corporate Services) and Bank Secretary, CDB; and Volville Forsythe, Assistant Bank Secretary, CDB. (Photo via CDB)
The CDB delegation during an official visit to the Premier of Turks and Caicos Islands on February 3, 2017. From left, Dr. William Warren Smith, President, CDB; Hon. Sharlene Cartwright Robinson, Premier, Turks and Caicos Islands; Ms. Yvette Lemonias-Seale, Vice-President (Corporate Services) and Bank Secretary, CDB; and Mr. Volville Forsythe, Assistant Bank Secretary, CDB. (Photo via CDB)

 

Grand Turk, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS –  The Turks and Caicos Islands will host the 47th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). Dr. William Warren Smith, CDB President, made the announcement on February 3, during an official visit with the country’s Premier, Hon. Sharlene Cartwright Robinson.

Approximately 500 delegates are expected to attend the Meeting, which will take place May 24 and 25, 2017. Participants will include Ministers and Government officials, private sector representatives, members of civil society and academia, and media. The flagship event will highlight the impact of the Bank’s investments in its 19 borrowing member countries (BMCs). In addition, stakeholders will take part in strategic discussions on resolving some of the Caribbean Region’s most pressing economic and social development issues.

“We extend our appreciation and thanks to the Government and people of the Turks and Caicos Islands for agreeing to host the Bank’s 47th Annual Meeting. This is the second time that TCI is hosting this event.  We see this as a strong show of support for our institution and the work we do in helping to drive economic and social development across the Caribbean Region,” said Dr. Smith.

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Climate change will lead to annual coral bleaching in the C’bean – study

(Photo via Jamaica Observer)
(Photo via Jamaica Observer)

UNITED NATIONS (CMC) — A new study has predicted that if current trends continue and the world fails to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, nearly all of the world’s coral reefs, including many in the Caribbean, will suffer severe bleaching – the gravest threat to one of the Earth’s most important ecosystems – on annual basis.

The finding is part of a study funded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners, which reviewed new climate change projections to predict which corals, will be affected first and at what rate.

The report is published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports. Researchers found that the reefs in Taiwan and the Turks and Caicos archipelago will be among the first to experience annual bleaching, followed by reefs off the coast of Bahrain, in Chile and in French Polynesia.

Read more at: Jamaica Observer

New Turks and Caicos cabinet sworn-in

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Governor Dr John Freeman (2L) with Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson (2R), along with other members of the newly appointed Cabinet (Photo via Caribbean News Now)
Governor Dr John Freeman (second from left) with Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson (second from right), and other members of the newly appointed Cabinet (Photo via Caribbean News Now)

GRAND TURK, TCI — On Tuesday morning, governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), Dr John Freeman, held a ceremony to swear-in the newly elected premier, Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, and other members of the Cabinet appointed following the general elections held on December 15.

The governor congratulated the new premier on her election victory and said that he looked forward to working closely with her and her government in the period ahead.

On Tuesday afternoon, Freeman also signed the appointment instrument of the new leader of the opposition, Washington Misick.

Read more at:  Caribbean News Now

Seeds of change began to bear fruit in 2016 – CARICOM Secretary-General

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CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque
CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque

“We have come to the end of another year of service to our Community.  When the history of this year is written, it will record that the seeds of change in our Secretariat and our Community began to bear fruit in 2016,” Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said.

He made the assertion in an end-of-year message in which he provided details of the strides that were taken in the reform process that the Secretariat and Community have embarked on.

The framework of the reform process had begun to take shape both within the Community and its Secretariat, the Secretary-General said. He added that the Implementing Partners for the Strategic Plan, the Member States, the Regional Institutions and the Secretariat, were embracing the challenge as the groundwork for the cohesive approach had been laid.

 “As difficult and challenging as reform is, it is absolutely essential in order to confront the ever-changing nature of today’s global environment.  This reform is not an end in itself but a means of ensuring that the citizens of CARICOM derive the maximum benefit from our integration process. At the end of it all, our regional integration process would be much more efficient and effective, in serving the interests of our people.

Please read the Secretary-General’s-end-of-year-Message

 

Studied, deliberate progress in integration movement – CARICOM Chairman

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Chair of CARICOM, the Hon Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of Dominica
Chair of CARICOM, the Hon Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of Dominica

“2016 has seen studied and deliberate progress in our integration movement. We continue to work to ensure that the people of the Community realise the benefit of our co-ordinated actions. The advancement of our reform process is a key element towards achieving that goal and I applaud the headway being made in that regard. – CARICOM Chairman, PM Roosevelt Skerrit
There was studied, deliberate progress in the regional integration movement in 2016, Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit said Tuesday, singling out the advancement in the Community’s reform process.

In an end-of-year message, Mr. Skerrit, Prime Minister of Dominica, stressed the strength and value of togetherness and community spirit.

He highlighted the celebration of the 50th Independence anniversary celebrations in Guyana and Barbados, which he said “allowed us to reflect on an era when such co-operation was manifested by the two countries having a joint diplomatic mission in London”.

“It was a fine example of the spirit and substance of unity that, today, we must embrace in order to advance our interests domestically and globally.

 

Please read the Chairman’s-end-of-year-message