CARICOM takes Single ICT Space, HRD Strategy to UNESCO International Forum in China

Ms. Jennifer Britton Deputy Programme Manager,  ICT for development (ICT4D) speaks at the conference
Ms. Jennifer Britton Deputy Programme Manager, ICT for Development (ICT4D) speaks at the conference

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat participated and presented at the UNESCO International Forum on ICT and Education 2030, held in Quindao, China, July 11-12, 2017.

Representatives from about 80 international and regional agencies participated in the conference.

During the session entitled ‘Promoting Digital Innovations for SDG 4: Global Partnerships’, Ms. Jennifer Britton, Deputy Programme Manager, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Development (ICT4D) at the CARICOM Secretariat, said that both the Human Resource Development (HRD) Strategy and the Single ICT space were considered transformative CARICOM inputs to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)4 as well as SDGs8 and 9. SDG 4 addresses quality education, while SDGs 8 and 9 focus on decent work and economic growth, and industry, innovation and infrastructure, respectively.


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New UWI Chancellor begins term as The UWI’s 6th Chancellor

New UWI Chancellor, Robert Bermudez
Incoming UWI Chancellor, Robert Bermudez (Photography by Maria Nunes)

The UWI Regional Headquarters, Jamaica W.I.  –  The University of the West Indies (The UWI)  on 17 July, 2017, marked a change in its leadership, as it welcomed a new Chancellor, the highest officeholder in The UWI system. Trinidad and Tobago national, Mr. Robert Bermudez assumed duties as the 6th Chancellor of the University, having been appointed at the University Council’s annual business meeting on April 27, 2017 to succeed Sir George Alleyne.

According to the University’s Statutes and Ordinances, “the Chancellor shall preside at meetings of the Council [the highest governing body of the regional university] and any Convocation and shall have such powers and perform such duties as may be conferred upon the holder of the office of Chancellor by The UWI Charter or any Statute, Ordinance or Regulation.”

Chancellor Bermudez—as he will be called—has been an entrepreneur for over 40 years. He led the growth of his family-owned firm, to a regional business throughout the Caribbean and Latin America and has enjoyed a distinguished career in business, serving as either Chairman or Board Director for several corporate bodies in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean. His vision for the University outlines a keen sense of the mission, effectiveness, relevance and interdependence of academia and the economy. His professional experience as a Caribbean-wide entrepreneur with business acumen garnered from across the region suggests that he will continue the outstanding tradition of Chancellorship at the University.

The University of the West Indies
Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website: www.uwi.edu.
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Haitian delegation visits Barbados to prepare for CARIFESTA XIII

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Haitian delegation
(L-R) Stephanie St. Louis and Philippe Dodard from Haiti, John Hunte Artistic Coordinator for Barbados, Andrea Wells Festival Director, Francine Charles Marketing Coordinator., Kim Butcher Programme Coordinator and David Reeves Logistics Coordinator for CARIFESTA XIII as they get down to fine tuning the details for the Haiti delegation.

As preparations for CARIFESTA XIII intensify, visiting delegations are also stepping up their plans to go to Barbados. Over the past weekend, the local CARIFESTA Secretariat welcomed a group from Haiti who visited the island to solidify plans for the upcoming Festival.

Phillippe Dodard Directeur General, Ecole Nationale Des Arts (Director General of the National Arts School) and Stephanie St. Louis Directrice à la Creation Artistique et Litteraire Ministére de la Culture (Director of Creative Art and Literature in the Ministry of Culture) met with Festival Director Andrea Wells and other local officials to firm up the plans for their own delegation which is expected to be between 80 and 100 persons.

At the meeting, they learnt of the programming for the 13th iteration of the Festival, and looked at locations where their delegation will be performing. The large contingent, which is going to be staggered in its attendance, will have persons coming in time to participate in the Opening Ceremony. Another group will head to Barbados for the Closing Ceremony. (more…)

Consultations get underway on comprehensive review of CET, Rules of Origin

The Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) mandated the Comprehensive Review
FLASHBACK:  A Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) in Georgetown, Guyana 

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat will next week begin consulting with regional stakeholders as it moves to undertake a comprehensive review of the Community’s main trade instruments – the Common External Tariff (CET) and the Rules of Origin.

The consultation will be held at the CARICOM Secretariat on 25 July, 2017, beginning at 9 am. It targets regional organisations that are interested in or likely to be affected by changes to the CET and the Rules of Origin, including Academia, Sector Organisations, Industry Associations, Regional Policy Advocacy Organisations, and Institutions of the Community.

The Consultation, which is in keeping with the Community’s Policy to encourage the inclusion of key stakeholders in policy-making processes, is supported by funding under the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID). (more…)

Haiti has chance to solidify stability before UN mission’s drawdown, Security Council told

UN Security Council meeting on the situation concerning Haiti. (Photo via UN/Eskinder Debebe)
UN Security Council meeting on the situation concerning Haiti. (Photo via UN/Eskinder Debebe)

UNITED NATIONS 18 July 2017 – With three months left before the current United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti transitions to a smaller one, a UN envoy stressed today that the Caribbean country faces the “window of opportunity” to solidify stability, following recent elections.

“Haiti has remained on the path of stabilisation and democratic consolidation,” the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Sandra Honoré, told the UN Security Council today.

“Looking ahead, for the country to make full use of the window of opportunity that emerged following the electoral process, additional measures will be needed to consolidate the security and stabilization gains of the past few years, create greater social and political cohesion and truly reinforce State institutions so that they can meet the needs of the Haitian people,” the Special Representative added.

Ms. Honoré noted that political space has opened up for the new Government to start addressing the many challenges facing the country, using this unique opportunity to tackle the root causes of instability, poverty, exclusion and impunity.

“Since then, initial steps aimed at overcoming longstanding problems in the areas of governance, rule of law and socio-economic development have been taken,” she said.

Sandra Honoré, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), briefs the Security Council. (Photo via UN/Eskinder Debebe)
Sandra Honoré, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), briefs the Security Council. (Photo via UN/Eskinder Debebe)

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