Need for climate change financing in SIDS highlighted at CHOGM 2018

RT. Hon. Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica, this morning used the international platform of the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to reinforce the need for financing for Small Island and Developing States (SIDS) given the existential threats climate change poses for these countries.

The Jamaican Prime Minister was speaking at the Combined Forum hosted at the Queen Elizabeth Centre, London, United Kingdom (UK).

“The issue of climate change is not a philosophical one, we don’t have time in defending the credibility of whether or not it is real or fake. It is an existential threat, in the real sense of SIDS such as those in the Caribbean and the Pacific,” he pointed out.

Read more at: Department of Public Information

CAHFSA recognised as 10th Regional Plant Protection Organisation

The Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA) was recognised as a Regional Plant Protection Organisation (RPPO) by the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM-13) being held this week at the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Headquarters in Rome. The IPPC Community attending the CPM congratulated and wished the newly recognised organisation a fruitful work.

Ms. Juliet Goldsmith, CAHFSA Plant Health Expert, thanked all individuals who were instrumental in this recognition. She acknowledged the member countries of CAHFSA and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) as well as its associate members and territories; the Caribbean Plant Health Directors’ Forum (CPHD); partner countries of the Caribbean Basin, in particular the USA;, and organisations such as IICA and OIRSA (the RPPO for Central America); who worked together for the best interest of plant health in the region in the absence of a formal RPPO in the Caribbean. She invited Contracting Parties, RPPOs and partner agencies to continue to cooperate and support CAHFSA to help it to grow into a mature and functional RPPO.

CAHFSA was an observer to the Technical Consultation of Regional Plant Protection Organisations (TC-RPPO) for the last two years. During the 29th TC-RPPO held last November in Paris, CAHFSA asked the IPPC Secretariat to initiate the procedure required for their recognition as a RPPO, under Article IX of the IPPC.

CAHFSA/CARICOM is composed of the following Member States: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and of the following Associate Members: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands.

Recent Consultation met its objectives – CARIFORUM Director-General

The Regional Consultation to assess the development of a Framework for an effective platform for structured and continuous dialogue between CARIFORUM and French Caribbean Outermost Regions (FCORs), and British and Dutch Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs), has met its objectives. This is according to Director-General of the CARIFORUM Directorate, Mr. Percival Marie.

The main objective of the Consultation, which was held recently in Barbados, was to examine CARIFORUM’s relationship with the FCORs and the OCTS. The relationship was previously promoted through four Thematic Task Forces (TTFs) in the areas of Natural Disaster Management, HIV/AIDS, Trade and Investment, and Interconnection.

In an interview following the Consultation, Mr. Marie said that it undoubtedly met its objectives.

See the above clip for details on the recommendations coming out of the engagement.





MEDIA ADVISORY: Special Meeting of COTED on Energy

The 73rd Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) (Energy) will be held at the  Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat on Thursday, 19 April, 2018.

The meeting will be chaired by Senator, the Hon. Darcy Boyce, Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister of Barbados.

Representatives of the Media are invited to cover the following:

EVENT: Opening Ceremony, 73rd Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) (Energy)

DATE: 19 April, 2018

Time: 10 o’clock

VENUE: CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana

Kindly make every effort to be present by at least 15 minutes before the start of the ceremony for timely coverage of the event.

CAPAM extends deadline for submissions for international innovations awards

Deadline for submission 24 April, 2018

The Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM) is accepting submissions for the 2018 International Innovations Awards (IIA).

The intent of this Award is to celebrate the spirit of innovation in the public service by recognising organisations that have made significant contributions to governance and services.

All Commonwealth countries and beyond are encouraged to showcase their government innovations so that the international community might discover and recognise their work.

Learn more about the IIA category descriptions, criteria, submission process timelines and eligibility:

For more about the Biennial Conference, visit