CARICOM Consumers can now transmit complaints live on-line

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Caribbean Community (CARICOM) consumers now have access to the CARREX Online Electronic Platform and the live public portal for providing alerts on dangerous non-foods consumer goods on the markets in all fifteen CARICOM Member States. The platform, which went live recently, can be accessed via

Registered National Contact Points (NCPs) and their alternates, national authorities and economic operators, will be able to transmit notifications on this IT platform. It was developed with assistance under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) Economic Integration Programme.

Through the online platform, consumers and consumer organisations will be able to submit complaints about products that may have caused or have the potential to cause harm to them. The facility can also be used by the public to submit complaints electronically to consumer protection agencies on defective products purchased from suppliers in the Community. (more…)

CYA Workshop in Photos!

CARICOM Youth Ambassadors from 13 CARICOM Member States and Associate Member visited Guyana  last week for an Orientation and Capacity Building Workshop. The event was held at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana. See photo highlights from the workshop below:


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LIAT pilots stage crippling pay protest


At the end of day one of a crippling pilots’ strike, there’s no word of a settlement to the pay impasse between management of the Antigua-based carrier and the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA).

This means that regional passengers – including those travelling in and out of Barbados – who are booked on LIAT flights this week, must brace themselves for the possibility of more disruption, after hundreds were caught off guard today by flight delays and cancellations.

The two parties to the current impasse held talks at the carrier’s Antigua headquarters today with the airline virtually grounded and pilots refusing to fly the ATR 72 aircraft until an agreement was reached on their previously publicized pay concerns.

The ATR 72 aircraft, which seats 48 passengers, was acquired by LIAT back in 2013 as a part of fleet modernization and overall network improvements.

Read more at: Barbados Today

SG LaRocque condemns London attacks

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Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, has condemned the attacks in London and has pledged solidarity with the people of the United kingdom.

Please see his full statement on the issue below:


The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) condemns unequivocally the murderous attacks on innocent people in London last Saturday night. These callous and cowardly acts can further no cause and only serve to stiffen resolve in the fight against the purveyors of terror.

The Community stands in solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom whose resilience in the face of adversity is well-chronicled.

CARICOM extends its deep sympathy to the families of the deceased and to the Government and people of the United Kingdom and wishes the injured a full and speedy recovery.

CARICOM SG engages in frank discussion with Youth Ambassadors

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Secretary General of the Caribbean Community Ambassador Irwin LaRocque met with CARICOM Youth Ambassadors on Monday during an orientation and capacity building workshop being hosted at the CARICOM Secretariat June 5-8,2017. Among the issues ventilated by the CYAs were policies in relation to the importation of GMOs in the Region, more national support for youth initiatives and capacity building for the youth.

The Secretary General also made a brief statement where he told the youngsters that their advocacy was important in the integration movement.  According to SG LaRocque integration was not just the Secretariat’s path but a path for everyone. He said integration was a journey that was never finished.

It is not a sprint but a marathon. We are here for the long run!