CARICOM, UN to strengthen cooperation at New York meeting

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CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque

Cooperation between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the United Nations (UN) System will be further strengthened around several issues including climate change, security, human development, health and education at the Ninth CARICOM-United Nations General Meeting this week.

The two-day meeting begins 20 July 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. It is happening against the backdrop of a changing international environment, replete with uncertainty and complexity, and requiring greater collaboration.

CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque is leading a delegation from the CARICOM Secretariat which also includes Ambassador Colin Granderson, Assistant Secretary-General, Foreign and Community Relations, and Dr. Douglas Slater, Assistant Secretary-General, Human and Social Development. The Community’s representatives are also drawn from regional organisations including the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD), Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), University of the West Indies (UWI), and the University of Guyana (UG). (more…)

‘We need you’ – Barbados Minister steers youth toward agriculture

Minister of Labour, Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo and IICA Representative, Ena Harvey, presenting Shem Wilson of Antigua with his prizes for copping the Most Outstanding Student Award at the IICA graduation ceremony last Friday. (Photo via C.Pitt/BGIS)
Minister of Labour, Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo and IICA Representative, Ena Harvey, presenting Shem Wilson of Antigua with his prizes for copping the Most Outstanding Student Award at the IICA graduation ceremony last Friday. (Photo via C.Pitt/BGIS)

Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development, Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo has re-iterated the importance of youth involvement in the future viability of the local agriculture sector.

She expressed this view recently while addressing the graduation ceremony of the Youth Farm 2016 held under the aegis of the Inter-American Institute on Cooperation in Agriculture, (IICA) in Building No.2, Harbour Industrial Estate, St. Michael.

Senator Byer Suckoo pointed out that while careers in medicine, pharmacy, plumbing, legal, engineering and information technology were important, so too were the skills of agricultural workers.

“My message to you [graduates] is simple – We need you. Whether it is [pursuing opportunities] as crop scientists, soil scientists, plant breeders, crop farmers, livestock farmers or greenhouse specialists, we need you all,” she insisted.

Read more at: Barbados Government Information Service

People will know CARICOM is working when they see, taste, feel – The Bahamas Prime Minister

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New Prime Minister of The Bahamas delivering his inaugural address to the Conference
New Prime Minister of The Bahamas delivering his inaugural address to the Conference
“CARICOM is a community of the people we serve, not a club of officials and politicians. We need to cast our nets far and wide to engage the combined spirit and the collective brain-trust of the Region. We must blend various languages and accents in order to speak to the world with one voice about the aspirations of our people and the mission of CARICOM.” Dr. Hubert Minnis
Dr. The Hon. Hubert Minnis, Prime Minister of The Bahamas, has signalled his readiness to help deliver the mandates of CARICOM to provide better, healthier and more prosperous lives for the people of the Community.

In doing so, the newest Member of the Conference of Heads of Government also expressed confidence in organs and institutions of the Caribbean Community to deliver benefits of integration.

His inaugural address to the Community, at the opening of the 38th CARICOM Summit, in Grand Anse, Grenada, Tuesday evening, was punctuated with an urgent call for unity. (more…)

World Bank official urges Caribbean countries to transit to blue economy

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Jorge Familiar, Vice President, Latin America and the Caribbean at the World Bank. (Photo via CMC)
Jorge Familiar, Vice President, Latin America and the Caribbean at the World Bank. (Photo via CMC)

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC) — A senior official of the World Bank said Wednesday that Caribbean countries have been more successful in reinventing themselves than some of the region’s giants.

“This region managed to find a niche in the highly competitive global industry after it lost its trade preference treatment with Europe in the 1980s,” said Jorge Familiar, Vice President, Latin America and the Caribbean at the World Bank.

Addressing Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders at their 38th annual summit here on development finance opportunities for small states and how the blue economy has become the next frontier for economic growth for the Caribbean, Familiar noted that Grenada is demonstrating its commitment to inclusive growth and enhancing investment in the blue economy.

“Often when we meet to discuss development prospects for Caribbean countries, we devote significant attention to common challenges: small scale, high debt, exposure to external shocks, and dependency on fossil fuels,” he said, noting that small economies are more open to trade and foreign investment.

Read more at: Jamaica Observer

See full text of the address here

Happy CARICOM Day!

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The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) comprises 15 Member States and five Associate Members.

At the Eighth Heads of Government Conference of the Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA) held in April 1973 in Georgetown, Guyana, the decision to establish the Caribbean Community was brought to fruition. The process through which it was established is set out in the Georgetown Accord issued by that Conference. The Accord which was agreed to in April 1973 contained the draft treaty which we now know as the Treaty of Chaguaramas.

The original signatories to the Treaty on 4 July, 1973, were Prime Ministers Hon. Errol Barrow for Barbados; Hon. Forbes Burnham for Guyana; Hon. Michael Manley for Jamaica; and Hon. Eric Williams for Trinidad and Tobago. By 1 May 1974, all other members of CARIFTA had signed the Agreement to become full members of CARICOM, except Antigua and Barbuda and St. Kitts and Nevis. They both signed the Agreement in July 1974. (more…)