Dr. Keith Mitchell sworn in; calls for togetherness

Friday 16 March 2018 proved to be yet another historic moment for Dr. the Rt. Keith Mitchell, as he was sworn in for the 5th time as Prime Minister of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. The swearing-in ceremony took place at the Grenada Trade Center, which was packed with delegates, official members of the New National Party (NNP), supporters and on-lookers.

After being congratulated by Governor General Dame Cecile La Grenade, Prime Minister Mitchell addressed the gathering, and called on the Grenadian public to pray for him and his administration.

During Dr Mitchell’s address, he stated that he knows he can never repay the nation, but he will certainly try his utmost best, as he comes with a sincere heart and strong determination. According to him, what motivates him most, is knowing where he came from and knowing where Grenadians can go together. Therefore, he remains committed to leading a “united nation,” and called upon the leadership of the defeated National Democratic Congress (NDC) as well as their supporters, to come together, as “this nation belongs to all of us.” The PM urged the the leader of the NDC to take this proposal seriously.

According to Dr Mitchell, at this juncture, the aim should be to lead supporters out of what he referred to as extreme partisanship.

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Southern African grouping observes CARICOM’s operations

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A team from the Southern African Customs Union (SACU), led by Ms. Paulina Elago, its Executive Secretary, is the latest from an integration grouping to look at the operations of the Caribbean Community and its Secretariat.

The delegation which includes Ms. Ndibo Oitsile Chief Legal Officer, Mr. Abed Iyambo, Senior Office Manager and Mr. Donald Ndwandwe Deputy Director Revenue Management paid a courtesy call on Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on Thursday. The team has been meeting with Secretariat officials in a bid to glean information in a number of key areas.

Among them is tariff setting processes and applications within CARICOM. In that context, the delegation is seeking an understanding of CARICOM’s approach to industrial development, the linkages between regional and national industrial policies, the trade in services regime, and competition policy. The SACU team is also interested in dispute settlement as well as the use, benefits, and challenges of an electronic documentation and records management system.

This visit follows one last September from a representative of the CARICOM who made a presentation to the SACU trade officials at a workshop in Namibia on Tariff Setting and Trade Remedies for SACU.

This familiarisation tour is the latest from organisations who view CARICOM as a model among integration groupings of developing countries. The Community has been the subject of study visits to the Secretariat by the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Pacific Islands Forum and the Central American Integration System (SICA). The Secretariat has also been host to the African Union Commission and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

The SACU delegation leaves Guyana on Saturday.

Young people at centre of sustainable energy thrust

Listen as Dr. Devon Gardner, Energy Programme Manager at the CARICOM Secretariat, chats on CARICOM Today about the winners of the 2017 CARICOM Energy Month competitions, and the importance of youth to sustainable development:

Winners of CARICOM Energy Month Competitions announced from Caribbean Community on Vimeo.

According to Dr. Gardner, the youth-centric focus of competitions – held in observance of CARICOM Energy Month last November – was in recognition of the importance of their involvement in shaping their future; a future that is built on a foundation of sustainable energy. (more…)

Observing International Women’s Day 2018 at the CARICOM Secretariat


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The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat joined the world in observing International Women’s Day last Thursday. A Forum under the theme Gender Equality: A Pre requisite for Progress was organised by the Human and Social Development  (HSD) Directorate of the Secretariat and the Secretariat’s Staff Association at the Georgetown-based headquarters.

In remarks at the Forum, Mr. Timothy Odle, President of the Staff Association pointed out that 66% of the staff members at the Secretariat were highly skilled and trained women.

CARICOM Deputy Secretary-General, Ambassador Manorma Soeknandan PhD., in her remarks, focused on gender-based violence in the Region and impressed upon the gathering the need to examine their values and parenting skills.  (more…)

PM Mitchell returned to power in Grenada – News Reports

News reports out of Grenada are that Dr. the Hon. Keith Mitchell and his New National Party (NNP) won a landslide victory at elections held today.

Caribbean News Service is reporting that the NNP won all 15 seats. According to the news outfit, Dr. Mitchell said on radio that it was a “humbling experience and feeling.”

CANA News Online said it was the third time that Dr Mitchell had achieved the feat of sweeping the seats. (more…)