‘Every citizen of this Community must count’ – President David Granger

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Chairman of CARICOM, President David Granger addresses the opening ceremony of the Twenty-Eighth Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM
Chairman of CARICOM, President David Granger 

“Every citizen of this Community must count; every citizen of this Community has rights, and, wherever our citizens are, they have the right to be treated as Caribbean citizens.

“There is no such thing as a ‘stateless person’ in our Community. There should be no such occurrence as a citizen of a Caribbean state being treated as inferior in any jurisdiction in the Community.”

So said President David Granger, Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) at a press conference at the conclusion of the Twenty-Eighth Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government on Friday afternoon.

He told representatives of the media that during the two-day Conference, Heads of Government reflected on the importance of the CARICOM ‘Brand’, and the “pride that we have in our citizenship, citizenry and membership”.

Read more in the President’s Statement

 

 

Stirring opening to CARICOM Inter-Sessional – Video highlights

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The Twenty-Eighth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) opened Thursday morning at the Marriott Hotel, Georgetown, Guyana.

Speakers at the Opening included CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque,  Prime Minister of Dominica, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit, and CARICOM Chairman and President of Guyana, HE David Granger.

More in this video report:

Spirit of Chaguaramas inspires us to intensify regional integration – President Granger

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Chairman of CARICOM, President David Granger addresses the opening ceremony of the Twenty-Eighth Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM
Chairman of CARICOM, President David Granger addresses the opening ceremony of the Twenty-Eighth Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM

“The ‘Spirit of Chaguaramas’ is not the ghost or ‘jumbie’ of a dead project. It is the vital breath of life that inspires us to intensify regional integration.” – CARICOM Chairman, President David Granger
Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) His Excellency David Granger, President of Guyana, said on Thursday that the spirit of Chaguaramas was not “the ghost or ‘jumbie’ of a dead project”.

Rather, it was the “vital breath of life that inspires us to intensify regional integration”, he said in reference to the Community’s founding Treaty of Chaguaramas.

The President was at the time addressing the opening ceremony of the two-day Twenty-Eighth Intersessional Meeting of the CARICOM Heads of Government at the Marriott Hotel in Georgetown, Guyana.

“The Treaty of Chaguaramas was a response to the challenges of the post-colonial era. The Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas was the response to the post-Cold War era, a time of increasing trade liberalisation and the growth of regional organisations,” the President said.

Delegate at the Opening ceremony.
Delegates at the Opening ceremony at the Marriott Hotel, Georgetown, Guyana

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Strategic financing, better partnerships needed to move Region’s energy transition

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The transition to a mix of energy systems from regional electricity grids that are based solely on fossil fuels requires major strategic financing, according to bankers and energy officials.

Finance was as a key topic of discussion at the Fifth Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF V) held in The Bahamas in 23-25 January, 2017, under the theme ‘Future Energy 2027′, with key figures calling for appropriate means of funding energy transition.

One of the main objectives of the Forum was to propose actions to support the ability of Member States to attract the right type of capital that is capable of delivering sufficient financing for sustainable energy deployment. During one of the panel discussions on the final day of the energy forum, participants explored the structure and level of funding, and the kinds of partnerships required to move energy transition along. There was a clear call for more private sector involvement and for a special component at the next Energy Forum that would focus on engagement with the business community to shape the culture that has to evolve to attract investment.

Financial viability, technical assistance and capacity-building, transparent procurement systems and absorptive capacity, were among the matters that participants felt were critical to attracting the kind of investment in energy in the Region. (more…)