COTED plays crucial role in advancing integration – CARICOM SG

CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, said matters under consideration at the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) presented an opportunity to provide solutions that would advance the regional integration movement.

He was speaking on Wednesday morning at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, during the opening session of the Forty-Sixth Meeting of the COTED.

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Hurricanes Irma, Maria cost Caribbean tourism more than US$700M

Just under a million less tourists visited the Caribbean following hurricanes Irma and Maria last year, costing the region over $700 million, according to a report from the London-based World Travel & Tourism Council.

“The hurricane season resulted in an estimated (loss) in 2017 of 826,100 visitors to the Caribbean, compared to pre-hurricane forecasts,” said the report.

Those tourists could have spent US$741 million and sustained more than 11,000 jobs, it said.

With their turquoise waters and coral reefs, Caribbean island destinations rely heavily on tourism, which provides 15.2 per cent of the region’s gross domestic product and sustains 14 per cent of its labor force, according to the report.

Worldwide, the average contribution of tourism to GDP is 10.4 per cent.

Read more at: Jamaica Observer

 

CARICOM Committee of Ambassadors discussing key issues of integration

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Ambassadors of Member States accredited to CARICOM are meeting in Guyana Tuesday to deliberate on a number of key matters of importance to the Caribbean Community.

The CARICOM Committee  of Ambassadors is an important element in the Community’s governance structure, focusing on advancing the integration movement, and providing strategic advice and recommendations to the Community Council towards achieving that goal.  The Community Council, which comprises Ministers responsible for CARICOM Affairs in Member States and which is the second highest organ of the Community,  meets on Friday, also in Guyana.

Following CCJ ruling, Barbados EBC registers Saint Lucian academic

“All of the litigants in the matter have been registered and have received confirmation that they are on the voters’ list,” attorney Gregory Nicholls, who is part of the legal team representing the litigants, told Barbados TODAY this afternoon.

Nicholls said since the lawsuit was filed, a number of Commonwealth citizens had contacted the legal team advising that they had registered but their names did not appear on the voters’ list, adding that he was not certain about their fate.

Read more at: Barbados Today

MEDIA ADVISORY: 46th Meeting of COTED

The Forty-Sixth Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) will be held in Georgetown, Guyana, 16-17 May, 2018.

Matters to be addressed by the Ministers with responsibility for trade include the implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), trade in goods, and external economic relations, such as future trade with the United Kingdom after BREXIT.

Representatives of the Media are invited to cover the following:

EVENT: Opening Ceremony, Forty-Sixth Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED)

DATE: 16 May, 2018

VENUE: CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana

TIME: 9:30 am

Kindly make every effort to be present by at least 15 minutes before the start of the ceremony for timely coverage of the event.