“… It is imperative that we attend regional events not only to take part as performers, etc., but also to see what’s going on as so to gauge regional trends. What this does is inform us as to what our position is in the creative industries.” – Director of the Montserrat Arts Council, Chadd Cumberbatch
Montserrat is set to attend CARIFESTA 2017.
The 13th edition of CARIFESTA, short for Caribbean Festival of Arts, is scheduled for August 17th – 27th 2017 in the island of Barbados. The main purpose of the Festival is to gather artists, musicians and authors, and to exhibit the folkloric and artistic manifestations of the Caribbean region. There are also a number of learning and teaching opportunities presented at the Festival.
According to a release from the Montserrat Arts Council (MAC), the members of the delegation preparing to go to Barbados to represent Montserrat are local Entrepreneur, Christobel Daniel, artist Kelvin ‘Tabu’ Duberry, author and playwright Edgar Nkosi White, Tourism Representatives Rosetta West-Gerald and Cherise Aymer and Head of Planning & Production at MAC, Kenneth Silcott. The delegation will be headed by the Director of the Montserrat Arts Council, Chadd Cumberbatch.
New Premier of Bermuda, the Hon. David Burt, was sworn in to office on Wednesday following his Progressive Labour Party victory at the polls on Tuesday. The 38-year old father of two is the youngest premier of Bermuda, an Associate Member of CARICOM.
PRESIDENT David Granger served as Chair of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) from January to July, 2017 and during his tenure, he emphasised the economic, environmental and physical security of the citizens who make up the populations of member states. The Guyanese Head of State placed at the top of the regional agenda our right, as members of the Community, to citizenship, to food security and economic viability, a safe and secure existence and the protection of our territorial integrity.
Recognising that the small states that make up the Region must stand firmly together in the face of a constantly changing global environment, President Granger believes that the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) is the key to addressing these bread and butter issues for CARICOM citizens.
Foreign Policy Coordination
Effective foreign policy coordination is viewed as an important enabler for building resilience by effectively positioning CARICOM and the Member States in the global arena through collaboration, cooperation and strategic alliances, the promotion and protection of the interest of CARICOM and other small states to mitigate vulnerability and the leveraging of resources for regional priorities. Heads of Government of CARICOM continue to articulate and harmonise policies and programmes to safeguard and promote the Community’s interests within the global environment. President Granger has attached great importance to foreign policy coordination, even as individual states within the Community pursue their national interests. He believes that foreign policy coordination is one of the four pillars on which the Caribbean Community stands.
Within a current international environment that is replete with uncertainty and complexity, President Granger warned that the efficacy of the Community’s international advocacy could be impaired if coordinated regional positions are weakened.
“The Caribbean Community cannot cling to an obsolete model of insularity in light of these international changes. The mirage of 15 airlines, 15 cricket teams, 15 defence forces and 15 embassies in the capitals of the world might mesmerise a few sentimental romantics, but could deplete the treasuries of our states. The Community, challenged by the constantly changing international situation, must redouble its efforts to ensure a more safe society for its citizens, more stable economies for its countries, deeper solidarity and a more secure hemisphere,” the President said.
Representatives from about 80 international and regional agencies participated in the conference.
During the session entitled ‘Promoting Digital Innovations for SDG 4: Global Partnerships’, Ms. Jennifer Britton, Deputy Programme Manager, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Development (ICT4D) at the CARICOM Secretariat, said that both the Human Resource Development (HRD) Strategy and the Single ICT space were considered transformative CARICOM inputs to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)4 as well as SDGs8 and 9. SDG 4 addresses quality education, while SDGs 8 and 9 focus on decent work and economic growth, and industry, innovation and infrastructure, respectively.