Full, safe, unhindered access to Single Market needed for sustainable growth – COTED Chair

Chairman of COTED,  the Hon. Ferdinand Welzijn, Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry of Suriname
Chairman of COTED, the Hon. Ferdinand Welzijn, Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry of Suriname

The private sector’s full, safe and unhindered access to the CARICOM Single Market was important for the promotion and  sustainability of economic growth, Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry of Suriname, the Hon. Ferdinand Welzijn, said on Thursday.

Delivering remarks at the opening of the Forty-Fourth Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) in Georgetown, Guyana, Minister Welzijn, who is chairing the Meeting, said that development depended on public-private partnership.

 “After all it is the private sector that trades and does business,” he pointed out.

His remarks were made in the context of one the main  item for discussion at the Meeting – the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).  The Minister said that his background in the private sector provided a full understanding of the concerns and frustration of entrepreneurs who were facing trade difficulties within CARICOM. (more…)

‘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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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.

Border security professional exchange launched in Barbados

 

(Photo via US Embassy in Barbados)
(Photo via US Embassy in Barbados)

PRESS RELEASE – United States Customs and Border Protection hosted a Border Security Professional Exchange with CARICOM Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) member states and regional partners focused on issues of mutual concern related to border management throughout the Caribbean.

The three-day exchange was funded by the United States Department of State under the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative.

The exchange was designed to increase collaboration between international partners and the United States government on border security. Subject matter experts led robust and productive discussions on topics such as foreign terrorist fighters, border security, migration trends, and countering criminal networks.

Participants included leaders working in customs, immigration, and police operations, as well as permanent secretaries from the following CARICOM member states: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. Additional participants included border security professionals from the Dominican Republic, Panama, and the United States; as well as the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and those two nations’ respective overseas territories.

Read more at: St. Lucia News Online

Surinamese artists donate painting to CARICOM Secretariat

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A group of artists from Suriname who were in Guyana to showcase their work at the Suriname Art Expo, on Friday presented the CARICOM Secretary-General with a painting for the CARICOM Secretariat. The presentation took place at the CARICOM Secretariat. The painting was a collaborative effort of all the artists whose work was on exhibition from April 19-21, 2017. The artists were from the Federation of Visual Artists in Suriname(FVAS).

In a brief address to the artists, CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, welcomed them to Guyana and commended them for the work that they were doing which he said was important in enhancing the culture of the Region. He also encouraged them to expand their exhibition to other CARICOM Member States.

The exhibition at the Umana Yana in Georgetown was part one of an exchange programme between Suriname and Guyana and will include a return visit of Guyanese artists to Suriname.