CARICOM Committee of Ambassadors discussing key issues of integration

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Ambassadors of Member States accredited to CARICOM are meeting in Guyana Tuesday to deliberate on a number of key matters of importance to the Caribbean Community.

The CARICOM Committee  of Ambassadors is an important element in the Community’s governance structure, focusing on advancing the integration movement, and providing strategic advice and recommendations to the Community Council towards achieving that goal.  The Community Council, which comprises Ministers responsible for CARICOM Affairs in Member States and which is the second highest organ of the Community,  meets on Friday, also in Guyana.

MEDIA ADVISORY: 46th Meeting of COTED

The Forty-Sixth Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) will be held in Georgetown, Guyana, 16-17 May, 2018.

Matters to be addressed by the Ministers with responsibility for trade include the implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), trade in goods, and external economic relations, such as future trade with the United Kingdom after BREXIT.

Representatives of the Media are invited to cover the following:

EVENT: Opening Ceremony, Forty-Sixth Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED)

DATE: 16 May, 2018

VENUE: CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana

TIME: 9:30 am

Kindly make every effort to be present by at least 15 minutes before the start of the ceremony for timely coverage of the event.

William G. Demas Memorial Lecture to focus on social impact of natural disasters

The social impact of natural disasters will come into focus when Professor Mark Pelling of King’s College London delivers the 19th William G. Demas Memorial Lecture on May 29 in Grenada. The highly regarded researcher will speak on the topic, “From Social Resilience to Survivor-Led Reconstruction” at the event, which is part of the agenda of the Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).

Scheduled to take place at St. George’s University, the prestigious Lecture will feature Pelling taking a fresh look at resilience and reconstruction and examining the often-overlooked social dimensions of natural disasters in his keynote speech. More than 200 delegates attending CDB’s Annual Meeting, officials from the Government of Grenada and representatives from academia are expected to attend.

Pelling, who has widely researched and published work on the topic of resilience, is the author of 80 peer-review papers and book chapters, and seven books, including Adaptation to Climate Change: From Resilience to Transformation and The Vulnerability of Cities: Social Resilience and Natural Disaster.

Read more at: Caribbean Development Bank

Outgoing CCJ president to be honoured at special court sitting in Antigua

Outgoing President of the Trinidad and Tobago-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Sir Dennis Byron, will be honoured with a special sitting of the regional court at the High Court of Antigua and Barbuda next Wednesday.

“It is with much pride that I leave the CCJ after serving as President of the Court for seven years. I am most pleased to be marking the end of this phase of my career with a special sitting in Antigua and Barbuda, because of the very special place that the country has in my heart”, Sir Dennis stated.

The CCJ President’s tenure will end on July 3, 2018.

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CARICOM RBM sensitisation continues in Dominica

A series of sensitisation seminars on the CARICOM Results-Based Management (RBM) System  continues this week with sensitisation sessions in Dominica. The  seminars, which began in Barbados 24-25, November last year, will continue throughout the year in other Member States.

The RBM System promotes a more results-focused approach to programme and project management.

These sensitisation seminars will target a wide cross-section of stakeholders including Parliamentarians, Permanent Secretaries, International Development Partners, Regional Institutions, Directors and Corporate Planners, the Private Sector, Non-governmental Organisations (NGO’s) and the Media.

CARICOM Deputy Secretary General, Amb. Manorma Soeknandan PhD., (centre) is flanked by Dominica’s Ambassador to CARICOM His Excellency Felix Gregoire (r) and CARICOM Director, Strategic Management,Craig Beresford

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