CARICOM Regional Statistics Strategy advances to Heads of Government

Ministers responsible for CARICOM Affairs have recommended that the Strategic Framework of the CARICOM Regional Strategy for the Development of Statistics (RSDS) be placed before CARICOM Heads of Government in July for endorsement.

The recommendation came after the Ministers deliberated on the Strategic Framework of the CARICOM RSDS during the Forty-Second Meeting of the Community Council of Ministers (Council) in Georgetown, Guyana, on 18 May, 2018.

Also to be placed before the Heads of Government for endorsement are the next steps such as the development of a comprehensive implementation plan for the RSDS. The plan will include costing, a Resource Mobilisation Strategy, a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework and an Advocacy and Communication Strategy.

The RSDS should play a strategic role in strengthening statistics in the Region and improving its availability for evidence-based decision-making. It constitutes a shared foundation upon which statistical capacity will be developed. (more…)

Caribbean Fisheries Ministers endorse protocol for securing small-scale fisheries

BELIZE CITY, BELIZE, WEDNESDAY, 23 May 2018 (CRFM)—Fisheries Ministers have endorsed a newly drafted protocol on Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the region. The endorsement came at the recently concluded 12th Regular Meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), held in Montserrat on Friday, 18 May, 2018,

CRFM Executive Director, Milton Haughton, noted that small-scale fisheries are the mainstay of the fisheries industry, both in the Region and around the globe. He said that small-scale fisheries account for more than 95% of fisheries in CARICOM and are vital for food security and employment, particularly in coastal communities. Globally, it accounts for 90% of all the fisheries produced, Haughton said.

He explained that the Protocol had been developed within the framework of the Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy (CCCFP), accepted by CRFM Member States in 2014. The protocol, which addresses principles and standards for securing and strengthening small-scale fisheries, is the first protocol under the CCCFP, he added.

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HRD Strategy belongs to Caribbean Community

Programme Manager, Human Resource Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, Dr. Laurette Bristol, has stressed that the HRD Strategy belonged to the Caribbean Community and not to the CARICOM Secretariat.

She was speaking at the opening of the first regional workshop aimed at strengthening national capacity to support the 2030 Human Resource Development Strategy (2030 HRDS). The workshop is being held at the Courtyard Marriott in Barbados, May 22-25, 2018.

Dr. Bristol encouraged participants to be willing to give of themselves and learn from each other while being willing to accept responsibility for their part in the success of the Strategy.

“We need to reach out to each other in the Region and create strong networks, share best practices, foster national development and promote regional resilience and sustainability”, she opined.

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CARICOM, CDB to host first regional workshop for National Human Resource Development Coordinators

The CARICOM Secretariat and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) are collaborating to host the first regional workshop aimed at strengthening national capacity to support the 2030 Human Resource Development Strategy (2030 HRDS).

The workshop targets National Coordinators responsible for the coordination, monitoring and reporting associated with the implementation of the Strategy at the national level. It will be held at the Courtyard Marriott in Barbados, May 22-24, 2018. (more…)

Caribbean Fisheries Ministers meet Friday

BELIZE CITY, BELIZE, THURSDAY, 17 May 2018 (CRFM)—Caribbean Fisheries Ministers from  Member States of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) meet on Friday in Montserrat. The Ministers are expected to consider management plans for two vital fisheries, a protocol on small-scale fisheries and a policy on gender equality mainstreaming at their 12th Meeting.

The Hon. David Osborne, Minister of Agriculture, Trade, Lands, Housing and the Environment in Montserrat, will assume chairmanship of the CRFM Ministerial Council. He succeeds the Hon. Noel Holder, Minister of Agriculture of Guyana.

The Ministers will be asked to approve the Sub-Regional Fisheries Management Plan for Blackfin Tuna, and the management plan for fisheries conducted using fish aggregating devices (FAD), which is a growing fishery in the Region. (more…)