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…)

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…)

Customs and Immigration Officers urged not to fall prey to corruption

Customs and Immigration Officers are being urged not to fall prey to corruption. This call was made by CARICOM Assistant Secretary General, Dr. Douglas Slater. Dr. Slater delivered the keynote address during the opening ceremony of the sixth Joint National Border Security Training held at the Police Officer’s Training Centre, Camp Road, Georgetown, Guyana.

The aim of the training is to enhance the capacity of border security officials in Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states to prevent, detect and minimize the opportunity of illegal activities. Dr. Slater noted that due to the economic situation in the Caribbean, law enforcement agents are faced with the temptation of corruption. The Assistant Secretary General told the participants that it is important that they refrain from such inducements.

“We know that our workers including our border protection agencies, they do have temptations and the criminals are out there and will be making offers. You have a responsibility and I expect you to uphold that responsibility to desist from such temptations, because if you do not have proper discipline and professionalism chaos will result”, Dr. Slater explained.

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APIS Bill strengthens St. Kitts and Nevis’ efforts to advance national, global security

Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris
Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, 24 MAY, 2017 (PRESS SEC) – The passing of a bill that provides for the management of the automated electronic data interchange of Advance Passenger Information (API) and the screening of API against a Watch List has necessitated a slight amendment to the Immigration Act.

The duty to provide advance passenger information has been removed from the ambit of the Immigration Act, giving the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) its own framework to operate in, with respect to the sharing with other States of any information that can assist in identifying persons who may pose security risks.  This duty is now entrenched exclusively in the bill that was passed yesterday.

Importantly, the APIS Bill strengthens St. Kitts and Nevis’ ongoing collaboration with global law enforcement and security agencies, including CARICOM’s Implementing Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) and its sub-agency the Joint Regional Communications Centre (JRCC).

Speaking in Parliament, Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, who is the Minister of National Security, explained on Tuesday, 23 May, 2017, that, “Currently, the primary piece of information which makes the provision for the administration of the APIS legislation in St. Kitts and Nevis is the Immigration Act, and it is noteworthy, Mr. Speaker, that within the CARICOM Member States APIS is being regulated by its own independent legislation.”APIS image (more…)