CET, Rules of Origin Review aims to further stimulate trade

Consultations to review the Common External Tariff (CET) and the Rules of Origin begin on Tuesday morning at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat.

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

Mr. Bernard Black, Senior Project Officer, Customs and Trade Policy at the CARICOM Secretariat, talks about the CET and the Rules of Origin and how they relate to the integration movement.

UN SG lauds CARICOM leadership on global issues


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As the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and United Nations (UN) meet in New York, USA, to discuss how the international body can better support the Region’s strategic goals, UN Secretary-General, His Excellency António Guterres, has lauded CARICOM’s leadership on many pressing global issues.

Speaking at the opening of the 9th Biennial CARICOM-UN General Meeting in New York on Thursday, 20 July, the UN SG said:

“This year marks the 25th anniversary of the decision by the General Assembly to grant the Caribbean Community observer status. Since then, we have worked productively together and, today, our organisations are both undergoing processes of review and strategic planning to better face the challenges of a changing international reality. We are grateful to have benefited from your leadership on many pressing global issues.”


CARICOM continues advocacy for SIDs at UN

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Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, has renewed his call for International Financial Institutions and development partners to review the criterion for access to concessionary development financing by small developing states.

He told the opening of the 9th Biennial CARICOM-United Nations (UN) General Meeting in New York on Thursday, 20 July, 2017, that access based on GDP per capita was not an adequate measurement since it did not take account of the inherent vulnerabilities of Small Island Low Lying Coastal Developing States (SIDs).

CARICOM and the UN Systems held the two-day meeting to build on areas of cooperation in relation to the regional and global development agenda.

As the Community leverages this engagement, Ambassador LaRocque said small and vulnerable states were not a factor in shaping the global changes which impact them. (more…)

Montserrat to attend CARIFESTA XIII


“…  It is imperative that we attend regional events not only to take part as performers, etc., but also to see what’s going on as so to gauge regional trends. What this does is inform us as to what our position is in the creative industries.” – Director of the Montserrat Arts Council, Chadd Cumberbatch
Montserrat is set to attend CARIFESTA 2017.

The 13th edition of CARIFESTA, short for Caribbean Festival of Arts, is scheduled for August 17th – 27th 2017 in the island of Barbados. The main purpose of the Festival is to gather artists, musicians and authors, and to exhibit the folkloric and artistic manifestations of the Caribbean region. There are also a number of learning and teaching opportunities presented at the Festival.

According to a release from the Montserrat Arts Council (MAC), the members of the delegation preparing to go to Barbados to represent Montserrat are local Entrepreneur, Christobel Daniel, artist Kelvin ‘Tabu’ Duberry, author and playwright Edgar Nkosi White, Tourism Representatives Rosetta West-Gerald and Cherise Aymer and Head of Planning & Production at MAC, Kenneth Silcott. The delegation will be headed by the Director of the Montserrat Arts Council, Chadd Cumberbatch.

Read more at: Discover Montserrat


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.