‘We must do better’ – CARICOM SG (with Video)

CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry of Suriname, the Hon Ferdinand Welzijn and Assistant Secretary-General, Trade and Economic Integration, Mr.  Joseph Cox at the opening of the 44th Meeting of COTED
CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry of Suriname, the Hon Ferdinand Welzijn and Assistant Secretary-General, Trade and Economic Integration, Mr. Joseph Cox at the opening of the 44th Meeting of COTED

While the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has significantly advanced the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), “we must do better”, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Secretary-General said Thursday.

“Yes, we have done a lot, but we must do better.

“The private sector is asking us to do better.

“The people of the Region are asking us to do better”, the Secretary-General said.

He was at the time delivering remarks at the opening of the Forty-Fourth Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) at the Pegasus Hotel in Georgetown, Guyana. The COTED is responsible for the promotion of trade and economic development of CARICOM. In particular, it is required to oversee the development, operation and implementation of the CSME.

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Climate Change adaptation project under discussion in Jamaica

Minister Daryl Vaz
Minister Daryl Vaz

PRESS RELEASE via CCCCC – Belmopan, Belize – Senior officers from the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) are meeting in Jamaica with counterparts from the German Development Bank (KfW) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for discussions on a regional Coastal Protection for Climate Change Adaptation (CPCCA) Project being implemented in four Caribbean States.

The teams will be on the island between May 8 and 17 to have talks with grantees and partner organisations, and to visit the four sites that have been approved for funding support under the project for the Local Adaptation Measures (LAMs) aimed at improving the ability of vulnerable communities to withstand the impacts of Climate Change.

The CPCCA Project is being implemented by the CCCCC also called the 5Cs, with technical support from IUCN and with €12.9 million in grant funding from the KfW. It seeks to minimise the adverse impacts from climate change by restoring the protective services offered by natural eco-systems like coastal mangrove forests and coral reefs in some areas while restoring and building man-made structures such as groynes and revetments in others. (more…)

Bahamian election officials prepared for May 10 Poll, CARICOM Electoral Observation Mission told

Josephine-Tamai
Chief of Mission, Ms. Josephine Tamai, Chief Elections Officer of the Elections and Boundaries Department of Belize

The CARICOM Electoral Observation Mission for Wednesday’s General Elections in The Bahamas has been assured that the Commission responsibly for the conduct of the poll is prepared, despite some concerns about the conduct of the advanced voting process.

The Mission, in an Arrival Statement, said acting Parliamentary Commissioner Mr. Charles Albury gave the assurance that despite the advanced voting concern and the fact that he only took up his acting position  five (5) days prior to the scheduled date of the elections,  he and his team of competent staff would ensure a smooth electoral process.

Orette_Fisher
Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr. Orrette Fisher, Director of Elections of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica.

The CARICOM eleven member Mission, which began arriving in The Bahamas on 4 May, is headed by the Chief of Mission Ms. Josephine Tamai, the Chief Elections Officer of Belize, with Mr. Orette Fisher, Director of the Elections Commission of Jamaica as Deputy Chief of Mission.  The other Members, who all have election management and observation experience, are nationals of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.  They are supported by two staff members of the CARICOM Secretariat.

In addition to the acting Parliamentary Commissioner, the Mission has met the National Youth Council, the Commissioner of Police, the Democratic National Alliance (DNS) and the Bahamas Constitution Party (BCP).  It plans to also meet with other political parties and stakeholders including the media and civil society groups in an effort to obtain an overview of the general atmosphere and level of preparedness for the elections.

The Mission will observe Election Day activities including the opening of the polls through to the tabulation and announcement of the results.  Following the elections, it will issue a Preliminary Statement outlining its initial assessment of the process, followed by a Final Report which will be submitted to CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque.

 

Read Arrival Statement: ARRIVAL STATEMENT_CEOM_ THE BAHAMAS

 

CDF Head calls on President Granger

President David Granger and Chief Executive Officer of the Caribbean Development Fund, Mr. Rodinald Soomer at State House (Photo via Ministry of the Presidency)
President David Granger and Chief Executive Officer of the Caribbean Development Fund, Mr. Rodinald Soomer at State House (Photo via Ministry of the Presidency)

Ministry of the Presidency, Georgetown, Guyana, May 3, 2017 – President David Granger, (on Wednesday), met with Chief Executive Officer of the Caribbean Development Fund (CDF), Mr. Rodinald Soomer, who lauded Guyana for its excellent track record in paying its contribution to the organisation as well as implementation of development projects. The meeting was held at State House.

The CDF is a 12-member body established under Article 158 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas signed in January 2001. The Agreement Relating to the Operations of the Fund was signed in July 2008 and the CDF began operating in August 2009. Its objective is to assist its members to maximise the benefits arising from participation in the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) by reducing intra-regional disparities through effective partnerships and the provision of financial and technical assistance. Its members include Guyana, Suriname, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.

Last year, Guyana signed its second financing agreement for a blended loan facility with the CDF valued at US$10,432,263.

CSME Important – Betton-Nayo

Jamaica's CSME Focal Point, Ms. Symone Betton-Nayo interacts with students
FLASHBACK: Jamaica’s CSME Focal Point, Ms. Symone Betton-Nayo interacts with students
“When we look at other regional bonds being formed around the world, such as the European Union (EU) etc., then we can begin to understand the power that comes with speaking with one voice. The CSME is that important.” Symone Betton-Nayo
Head of the Trade Agreements Implementation Coordination Unit in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Symone Betton-Nayo, says Jamaicans need to be more aware of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and the many benefits it offers.

She noted that the CSME must be viewed as something that belongs to the people and for which they must take ownership.

“It is about people, it is about services, it is about free movement,” she pointed out.

“We need to understand it and be appreciative of all the benefits that come with it. When we look at other regional bonds being formed around the world, such as the European Union (EU) etc., then we can begin to understand the power that comes with speaking with one voice. The CSME is that important,” she added.

She was speaking in an interview with JIS News at a recent CSME forum for high-school students held at the William Knibb Memorial High School in Trelawny.

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