Caribbean states must combine resources, expertise – President Granger on first day of official visit to The Bahamas

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“We are a blessed Region. We are not some sort of monochromatic image to the rest of the world. I am convinced that if we can combine our talents and resources, we can offer a world class product.” – President David Granger
(March 2, 2017) President David Granger, who arrived in The Bahamas on an official visit, this afternoon said that much of the economic and unemployment problems facing the Region can be solved if Caribbean States work to combine their resources, talents and expertise. The Head of State made these remarks, during an interview with ZNS News of the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas, following a meeting with the Governor General of that country, Dame Marguerite Pindling.

Describing the visit as an economic mission, the President, who is accompanied by is accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Carl Greenidge, Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Noel Holder and Minister of Business, Mr. Dominic Gaskin, said that Guyana has the resources, while The Bahamas has the capital and successful tourism and financial sectors that lessons can be learnt from. He believes that combining these factors can mean economic benefit for both countries and that similar economic relations among other Caribbean States can bear similar fruit.

“We are talking about a world class community and we need to continue to work in the Caribbean Community to make better use of these resources… Much of what you need here in the Bahamas, I am sure can be produced in the mainland states [Guyana, Belize and Suriname],” he said.

Read more at: Ministry of the Presidency

Regional patriotism, CSME in focus at end-of-summit press conference

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The CARICOM Conference of Heads of Government recently concluded their Inter-Sessional meeting, which was was held  on February 16 -17, 2017 in Georgetown, Guyana. The meeting ended with a press briefing at the Marriott Hotel, which was addressed by Chairman of the Conference, His Excellency David Granger, President of Guyana, Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Hon. Keith Mitchell who will be the next Chairman, as well as CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque. Some of the topics addressed included  the CSME, Correspondent Banking, CARICOM-US Relations, Regional Security, Tourism, and CARIFESTA, which will be held in Barbados this August.  More in this video report:

 

CARDI to assist coconut processor groups in Guyana

(Photo via Kaieteur News)
(Photo via Kaieteur News)

The Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) is collaborating with the International Trade Centre (ITC) to host a two-day training workshop on group strengthening for processors working in Guyana’s coconut industry.

The training will specifically target small scale processors involved in the development of coconut-based value added products. Participants will be exposed to group strengthening activities such as trust and governance and will learn about marketing opportunities and financial management.

The overarching goal of the workshop is to strengthen small scale processor groups so as to increase their competitiveness ultimately leading to the development of an export oriented agri-processing sector.

Executive Director of CARDI, Barton Clarke, said that a similar workshop will be held in Suriname during March. There have been others in Belize, Jamaica, Dominica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.

Read more at: Kaieteur News

COMMUNIQUE – 28th Inter-Sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government

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Heads of Government and Heads of Delegation at the 28th CARICOM Inter-Sessional Meeting, Georgetown Guyana, 16-17 February 2017.

COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE TWENTY-EIGHTH

INTER-SESSIONAL MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF

GOVERNMENT OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY

16–17 FEBRUARY 2017, GEORGETOWN, GUYANA

Extract:

REGIONAL SECURITY

“Heads of Government expressed grave concern at the level of crime in the Community and resolved to increase their efforts to curb the scourge, including greater focus on the social determinants of crime, especially among the youth.

 In that regard, they committed to ensure their Attorneys-General and Ministers responsible for Legal Affairs take action to finalise Agreements which are essential to the implementation of the Regional Crime and Security Agenda.

Heads of Government also committed to take full advantage of opportunities for capacity-building to address existing and emerging threats, including those related to Cybersecurity and Cybercrime, Crime Prevention and Drug Demand Reduction.”

Read the full Communique: COMMUNIQUE_28th_Inter-Sessional