Special Meeting of CARICOM Agriculture Ministers convenes Friday

The Meeting of Officials of the 71st Special Meeting of the Council for trade and Economic Development (COTED) underway at the CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana, 4 October, 2017
The Meeting of Officials of the 71st Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) underway at the CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana, 4 October, 2017

The 71st Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on Agriculture will be held on Friday, 6 October, 2017, at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat.

The Hon. Soeresh Algoe, Minister of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries of Suriname, Chair of the Meeting, the Hon. Noel Holder, Minister of Agriculture of Guyana, and CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, will make remarks at the Opening.

Representatives of the media are invited to cover the following:

Event: Opening Session, 71st Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development on Agriculture

Date: 6 October, 2017

Time: 09:00 hrs

Venue: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana

 

Kindly make every effort to be present at least 15 minutes before the Opening for ease of security clearance and timely coverage of this event.

Hurricane response: Caribbean disaster agency comes of age

Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), Mr.Ronald Jackson
Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), Mr.Ronald Jackson

Caribbean governments want to be “taken seriously” in humanitarian management, and this year’s hurricane crises are an opportunity for the UN to “let go”, says a senior regional official. The Caribbean is dealing with “something we’ve never experienced before” but proudly coping, Ronald Jackson, head of the 18-member Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, told IRIN, adding that CDEMA effectively playing a leadership role is a “glimpse of the future”.

At times, sharing and assigning responsibilities has been tricky in the rolling crises caused by recent hurricanes Irma, Jose, and Maria: Several sources close to the Caribbean operations had told IRIN of a tense relationship between CDEMA and parts of the deployed UN teams.

But Jackson, speaking to IRIN from the CDEMA office in Barbados, brushed such talk aside. He said CDEMA would play its mandated role at the forefront of the response and looked forward to a “posture of support” from the UN humanitarian system, which didn’t mean the UN should “disappear”. Referring to UN assistance in the past, he added: “you’ve held our hand while we crawled”, but now “we’re walking”.

Read more at: IRINNEWS

CDEMA stretched thin after Irma and Maria

Right, CDEMA's Ronald Jackson. CDEMA has never before dealt with multijurisdictional disasters within such a short time frame
At right, CDEMA’s Ronald Jackson on a mission to Dominica following Hurricane Maria.

Ronald Jackson, executive director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency and Management Agency (CDEMA), said that the severity of the devastation caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria, have not only challenged the immediate countries, but also the regional agency that is assisting with the relief efforts.

Speaking on OBSERVER AM yesterday, Jackson said that CDEMA has never before dealt with multi-jurisdictional disasters within such a short time frame.

“So many islands in the Caribbean are being impacted all at once, and at such high magnitude. We have had countries like Grenada and Jamaica which have had tremendous, widespread impact from hurricanes. This is now several that has led to the mobilisation of the regional response, across a wider geographic space, within the space of less than seven days,” he said.

Read more at: Daily Observer

CARICOM Chairman leads delegation to hurricane ravaged Dominica

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CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell (2nd right) led a regional delegation to hurricane-ravaged Dominica on Tuesday, and met with Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit (right).

The Chairman’s delegation included (from right) CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) Dr. Warren Smith, Executive Director of the Regional Security System (RSS) Captain Errington Shurland, and Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Ronald Jackson.

The Chairman assured Dominicans of the Caribbean Community’s full support in its recovery effort following the devastation caused by Category 5 Hurricane Maria

Dominica assured of continued CARICOM support – Chairman

CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell has assured hurricane-ravaged Dominica of continued support from the CARICOM Family.
Prime Minister Mitchell, along with CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Executive Director of CDEMA Ronald Jackson, Executive Director of the RSS Captain Errington Shurland, President of the CDB Dr Warren Smith and Barbados Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite toured Dominica, Tuesday.