CARICOM Institutions talk CSME Free Movement of Persons

Representatives of regional institutions based in Barbados during the discussions on Wednesday
Representatives of regional institutions based in Barbados during the discussions on Wednesday

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat this week engaged regional institutions based in Barbados on the processes for Free Movement of persons under the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). Representatives from the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF), the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), and the Caribbean Export Development Agency among others met at the CSME Unit of the CARICOM Secretariat in Haggatt Hall yesterday, 7 March, 2018.

The half-day meeting discussed the right of CARICOM nationals to enter another Member State; the right of six months’ automatic stay, the issuing of the CARICOM Skills Certificates, the right of establishment, and the provision of services among other areas. The exceptions to such rights and the CARICOM Complaints procedure were also addressed.

Some of the exchanges focused on monitoring CSME implementation and the need for increased advocacy and outreach on the CSME at the national level.

The exercise is part of the Secretariat’s on-going efforts to sensitise persons within the Community on the CSME and regional integration.

Region’s top CXC Performers in St. Kitts-Nevis

CXC logo(EMU) – St. Kitts, December, 10, 2017: The region’s top academic performers for 2017 will be guests of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) and the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis as they are awarded as part of the 2017 Governance meeting scheduled for December 11-17.

Students from throughout the region including a contingent from Guyana from which the region’s number-one performer hails started arriving in the Federation this weekend in anticipation of the event.

The week long activity will include Meetings of the CXC Council; School Principals and Education Officials; the Examinations Committee; CXC Registrars as well as Senior Managers.

The highlight of the week will be the Opening of Council and Presentation of the Regional Top Awards on Thursday December 14th at 7pm at the St Kitts Marriott Resort.

Core to CXC’s role as the regional examination body is the need to showcase and reward excellent performance in its examinations. As such, CXC introduced Regional Awards for outstanding performances at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) level in 1988.

Read more at: St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service

CARICOM, IBM teams discuss private sector cooperation on Single ICT Space

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Private sector cooperation and support are pivotal to the successful delivery of the CARICOM Single ICT space.

Against this background,staff members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat met with a team from International Business Machine (IBM) on Thursday, 2 November 2017, to discuss the Single ICT Space and other regional initiatives. The visiting team comprised Mr. Robin Ford, Business Development Executive, Caribbean Government Sector; Mr. Shaun Archer, Client Technical Leader, IBM Caribbean; Mr. Don Leahy, Cloud Portfolio Executive, Cloud Services, IBM Canada and Mr. Anil Singh, Authorised Client representative Guyana.

The Single ICT Space represents the digital arm of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). It is an ICT-enabled borderless space that fosters economic, social and cultural integration for the betterment of Caribbean citizens. It comprises regionally harmonised ICT policies, legislation, regulations, technical standards, best practices, networks and services.

IBM is a worldwide leading technology organisation and is the first regional service provider to meet with the CARICOM Secretariat to discuss issues related to opportunities for cooperation and corporate social responsibility in the development of the Single ICT Space. The CARICOM Secretariat has been emphasising partnerships as a critical component in the delivery of the goals as well as implementing the Single ICT Space Work Plan, with all stakeholders, including government, private sector, academia, and civil society, all citizens, as well as regional and international agencies. (more…)

President of Haiti calls for innovation, investment in energy sector

The 2017 edition of the CARICOM Energy Month (CEM) got off to an impressive start on Monday, 30 October, in Port au Prince, with His Excellency Jovenel Moïse, the President Haiti, participating in the opening session of a symposium. The event launched the CEM and brought together many of the actors in Haiti’s energy sector.

In his assessment of the Haitian sector, the Haitian President declared that he intended to “make universal and reliable access to energy a key factor of economic development”. He highlighted the country’s potential to utilise and develop clean, renewable sources of energy.

 “But it’s not only a question of producing energy and making it accessible to people” said the President. “We also have to collect revenue. Energy cannot be free; everywhere in the world one has to pay for energy. This has to be properly reflected in our energy policy”.

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 Happy World Development Information Day!


The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat joins the world in celebrating World Development Information Day – a Day that was set aside by the United Nations for the world to be aware of the development problems that exist and to solve these problems by strengthening international cooperation.

The CARICOM Secretariat continues to foster its relationship with international organisations and recognises their contributions in the development of the Caribbean Community.

Dissemination of information is critical to bringing awareness to and with CARICOM. Traditional media has its role in sharing information. However, with the advancement of technology, there are a number of new methods or systems whereby information can be accessed and shared in an instant.

In this regard, the CARICOM Single ICT Space and other regional initiatives will provide more opportunities for international cooperation, as well as more avenues for access to and sharing of information across the Region. There are already a number of ways that the CARICOM Secretariat shares information to the Community including websites and social media sites. The ICT for Development Programme at the CARICOM Secretariat will continue to share information on the CARICOM Single ICT Space so that the public is aware of its role in the development of the Single ICT Space, and its benefits to each sector.