CARICOM voices strong objection to new EU blacklist

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Plenipotentiary Representative of France to CARICOM, His Excellency Antoine Joly (left), presents his Letter of Credence to CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque
Plenipotentiary Representative of France to CARICOM, His Excellency Antoine Joly (left), presents his Letter of Credence to CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque

(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) strongly objects to the recent labelling of some of its Member States by the European Union as Non-cooperative tax jurisdictions, CARICOM Secretary-General said Wednesday, 12 December, 2017.

He was at the time accrediting a new Ambassador of France to CARICOM, His Excellency Antoine Joly at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana.

The Secretary-General urged France to leverage its influence for the EU to desist from “taking such arbitrary and punitive actions against,” those CARICOM Member States it had blacklisted. Those countries, he emphasised, have not been so labelled by the relevant regulatory authorities such as the Financial Action Task Force and the OECD Global Forum. (more…)

CDB approves US$29M to rehabilitate infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Irma in Antigua and Barbuda

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What's left of buildings in Barbuda after Hurricane Irma made landfall in September
What’s left of buildings in Barbuda after Hurricane Irma made landfall in September

December 14, 2017, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Board of Directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved US$29M in funding to the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, to assist with recovery efforts after the passage of Hurricane Irma in September. The funds will be used to rehabilitate and reconstruct critical infrastructure in the transportation, education, water and sanitation, and agriculture sectors.

Hurricane Irma impacted the twin-island nation on September 6, 2017, making landfall in Barbuda as a category five hurricane. In Barbuda, the hurricane destroyed housing, crops, livestock and fishing vessels, and also severely impacted the island’s water supply. The Antigua State College was also affected by heavy winds and rains, while storm surges and flooding caused additional damage to many roads.

The destruction caused by Hurricane Irma adversely impacted the lives of many citizens of Antigua and Barbuda. At CDB, we worked very closely with our in-country counterparts to develop the interventions captured in this project, which will support the Government’s efforts towards a comprehensive and sustainable approach to the redevelopment process, as it aims to ‘build back better’. We expect the project to significantly contribute to the restoration of livelihoods that were adversely impacted by the passage of the hurricane. The outcome for Antigua and Barbuda will not only be more resilient infrastructure but also more resilient institutions and people,” said Director of Projects at CDB, Daniel Best.

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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

‘Some don’t have bodies to bury’: My journey back to Dominica after the hurricane

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This year the Caribbean experienced its most destructive hurricane season in decades. While large countries dominated the headlines, the small island nation of Dominica suffered the worst devastation it has ever seen. Josh Toussaint-Strauss visits his family in the country and asks, with next year forecast to be worse, how Dominicans see their future. (The Guardian)

CARPHA achieves international accreditation for testing quality of medicines

CARPHA's Drug Testing Laboratory (DTL)  recently received international accreditation for laboratory testing services

Kingston, Jamaica - Access to healthcare and essential quality medicines and pharmaceutical products is critical for the Caribbean population’s well-being and optimal health.

Recently, the Drug Testing Laboratory (DTL) of Caribbean Public Health Agency received international accreditation for laboratory testing services. Conformity with the ISO17025:2005 standard marks a significant endorsement for the Agency’s capabilities to test the quality of pharmaceutical finished products such as capsules, tablets, creams, ointments, suspensions, syrups, and lotions.

The accreditation certificate was granted to CARPHA-DTL by the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) at a ceremony which took place at CARPHA-DTL offices.

As Jamaica’s national accreditation body, JANAAC supports the effective development of the Jamaican economy by providing Conformity Assessment Bodies such as testing laboratories with internationally recognized accreditation services thereby fostering global confidence and facilitating trade between Jamaica and its regional and international partners.

CARPHA’s specialised laboratories provide support for the surveillance, prevention, promotion and control of important public health problems in the Region.