Festival of Colours being observed today

Celebrate our culture, our diversity! Phagwah is a Hindu religious holiday observed in March to celebrate the triumph of good over evil. The festival of colours is being observed today.

CARICOM Member States recognise and respect the freedom of conscience of the individual to profess and practise his or her religion, belief or persuasion. CARICOM Member States also recognise that each culture has a dignity and a value which shall be respected; that every person has the right to preserve and to develop his or her culture; and that every person has the right to participate in the cultural life of his or her choice. (Source: CARICOM Charter of Civil Society)

Helping musicians in Caribbean cash in on global multi-billion dollar industry

February 28, 2018, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Streaming services, some with up to 140 million users worldwide, have revolutionised the business of music. Yet despite the earning potential these services present for industry practitioners – writers, publishers, performers and producers—the Caribbean Region has been slow to cash in.

Aiming to better help music industry professionals take advantage of this boom, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), in July 2016, commissioned a feasibility study and action plan for the digitalisation of Caribbean music, to enhance understanding of its effect on the music industry.

A team of Regional and international consultants met on February 21 and 22 in Barbados with industry insiders to present the study’s key findings, and discuss how best to develop and expand the Caribbean’s music industry. The two-day session, which also included a training component, focused primarily on digital and live music, and included discussions on mainstreaming participation in the industry by women. Overall, the number of women participating is low, and their roles are often limited to lower earning opportunities, such as performing.

 “We need more women in publishing and producing,” said industry expert Erica Smith, one of the regional consultants who presented at the two-day workshop.

Caribbean Development Bank
The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), is a regional financial institution which was established by an Agreement signed on October 18, 1969, in Kingston, Jamaica, and entered into force on January 26, 1970. The Bank came into existence for the purpose of contributing to the harmonious economic growth and development of the member countries in the Caribbean and promoting economic cooperation and integration among them, having special and urgent regard to the needs of the less developed members of the region (Article 1 of the Agreement establishing CDB). In the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, the CDB is recognised as an Associate Institution of CARICOM

Caribbean represented in blockbuster movie, ‘Black Panther’

Caribbean people, from the Bahamas to Guyana, are among the actors in the  highly acclaimed, superhero movie, Black Panther, which premiered in the US over the weekend.

Produced by Marvel Studios, the movie features actors who were born in Guyana – Letitia Wright and Shaunette Renee Wilson; Grenada – Sydelle Noel;  The Bahamas – Jason Elwood Hanna; and Trinidad and Tobago – Winston Duke; and a Brazilian of Jamaican heritage – Nabiyah Be.

They appear alongside stars such as Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Lupita Nyong’o.

The movie, which broke box office records, swelled regional pride with several news outlets reporting over the past few days on the roles the Caribbean actors played.

Read More at: The Karibbean Kollective

Happy 214th Haiti!

Haiti_flagCongratulatory Message to the President of Haiti HE Jovenel Moïse from CARICOM Chairman Ambassador Irwin LaRocque  to mark the country’s 214th Independence Anniversary, 1 January 2018.


The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) extends warmest congratulations to the Government and People of the Republic of Haiti on the occasion of the Two Hundred and Fourteenth Anniversary of Independence.

As a nation and also as a member of the Caribbean Community, this occasion is, indeed, cause for celebration since history has proven that the success of the Haitian Revolution extended into the success of the Region both socially and politically.

President of Haiti, His Excellency Jovenel Moise welcomes SG LaRocque to Haiti in December
President of Haiti, His Excellency Jovenel Moise welcomes Secretary-General LaRocque to Haiti

The Republic of Haiti has demonstrated its resilience to the world on numerous occasions.  The courage and fortitude of the Haitian people have served as an inspiration to the people of the Region.  The contribution of the country to the world of art, music, literature and academia has gained Haiti international renown.

Haiti has also made its mark on the Caribbean Community particularly through its commitment to the welfare of people with disabilities. CARICOM welcomes the chairmanship of Haiti from 1 January 2018 and looks forward to the leadership providing an enabling environment for the advancement of our integration efforts. 

The Caribbean Community salutes Haiti as it continues its journey of self determination.