Happy 51st Guyana!

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CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (l) greets President of Guyana H.E. David Granger

Congratulatory Message from the Secretary-General of CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque

on the occasion of the Fifty-First Anniversary of Independence of Guyana

on 26 May 2017.

 

On behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) I extend warm congratulations to the Government and People of Guyana on the occasion of the 51st Anniversary of the country’s Independence.

Guyana has a proud tradition of being a leader in regional integration and has provided leadership to the Community in the area of Agriculture in its role as the country responsible for that sector in the CARICOM Quasi-Cabinet.
The progress made by Guyana over the last five decades is indicative of the determination and resilience of its citizens.  This allied with the country’s natural resources, fertile agricultural lands, and thrust to a green economy bodes well for the nation’s future.  This is underscored by the theme for this year’s celebration – Unity in Diversity in a Green Economy.

Guyana has a proud tradition of being a leader in regional integration and has provided leadership to the Community in the area of Agriculture in its role as the country responsible for that sector in the CARICOM Quasi-Cabinet.

The Caribbean Community joins with the Government and People of Guyana in their celebration of this milestone and looks forward to continuing the journey together towards further progress of the country and the Region.”

 

APIS Bill strengthens St. Kitts and Nevis’ efforts to advance national, global security

Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris
Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, 24 MAY, 2017 (PRESS SEC) – The passing of a bill that provides for the management of the automated electronic data interchange of Advance Passenger Information (API) and the screening of API against a Watch List has necessitated a slight amendment to the Immigration Act.

The duty to provide advance passenger information has been removed from the ambit of the Immigration Act, giving the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) its own framework to operate in, with respect to the sharing with other States of any information that can assist in identifying persons who may pose security risks.  This duty is now entrenched exclusively in the bill that was passed yesterday.

Importantly, the APIS Bill strengthens St. Kitts and Nevis’ ongoing collaboration with global law enforcement and security agencies, including CARICOM’s Implementing Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) and its sub-agency the Joint Regional Communications Centre (JRCC).

Speaking in Parliament, Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, who is the Minister of National Security, explained on Tuesday, 23 May, 2017, that, “Currently, the primary piece of information which makes the provision for the administration of the APIS legislation in St. Kitts and Nevis is the Immigration Act, and it is noteworthy, Mr. Speaker, that within the CARICOM Member States APIS is being regulated by its own independent legislation.”APIS image (more…)

World Bank Deputy Chief Economist urges Region to think big about small economies

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands, May 24, 2017 – It is time for the Caribbean Region to think big about its small economies, says Deputy Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean at the World Bank, Dr. Daniel Lederman. Further, small economies can be successful by being open and nimble. Lederman delivered the 18th William G. Demas Memorial Lecture, which took place in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands on May 23, 2017, ahead of the start of the Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).

Lederman, joining a distinguished roster of speakers who have delivered the Lecture, spoke on the topic, ‘Thinking Big about Small Economies: From ‘Open and Nimble’ to Talented Workforce’.

The Deputy Chief Economist noted that the characteristic of being small helps ameliorate the volatility caused by fluctuations in global demand for specific goods and services.

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Cayman Islands – Election Day!

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Leader of the incumbent People’s Progressive Movement (PPM) Mr. Alden McLaughlin
Cayman-Islands_McKeeva Bush
Leader of the main opposition Cayman Democratic Party (CDP) Mr. McKeeva Bush

The people of the Cayman Islands vote in an historic general election today – the first with single candidate constituencies under new election regulations.

Just over twenty-one thousand registered voters are eligible to vote in today’s poll.  The race is seen as a straight fight between the incumbent People’s Progressive Movement (PPM) of Premier Mr. Alden McLaughlin, and the  main opposition Cayman Democratic Party (CDP) led by Mr. McKeeva Bush.  There are also twenty-three independent candidates.

Polling stations which opened at 7:00 this morning will close at 6:00 p.m.

Cayman Islands
An Associate Member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) from 12 May 2002