Haitian delegation visits Barbados to prepare for CARIFESTA XIII

Haitian delegation
(L-R) Stephanie St. Louis and Philippe Dodard from Haiti, John Hunte Artistic Coordinator for Barbados, Andrea Wells Festival Director, Francine Charles Marketing Coordinator., Kim Butcher Programme Coordinator and David Reeves Logistics Coordinator for CARIFESTA XIII as they get down to fine tuning the details for the Haiti delegation.

As preparations for CARIFESTA XIII intensify, visiting delegations are also stepping up their plans to go to Barbados. Over the past weekend, the local CARIFESTA Secretariat welcomed a group from Haiti who visited the island to solidify plans for the upcoming Festival.

Phillippe Dodard Directeur General, Ecole Nationale Des Arts (Director General of the National Arts School) and Stephanie St. Louis Directrice à la Creation Artistique et Litteraire Ministére de la Culture (Director of Creative Art and Literature in the Ministry of Culture) met with Festival Director Andrea Wells and other local officials to firm up the plans for their own delegation which is expected to be between 80 and 100 persons.

At the meeting, they learnt of the programming for the 13th iteration of the Festival, and looked at locations where their delegation will be performing. The large contingent, which is going to be staggered in its attendance, will have persons coming in time to participate in the Opening Ceremony. Another group will head to Barbados for the Closing Ceremony. (more…)

Consultations get underway on comprehensive review of CET, Rules of Origin

The Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) mandated the Comprehensive Review
FLASHBACK:  A Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) in Georgetown, Guyana 

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat will next week begin consulting with regional stakeholders as it moves to undertake a comprehensive review of the Community’s main trade instruments – the Common External Tariff (CET) and the Rules of Origin.

The consultation will be held at the CARICOM Secretariat on 25 July, 2017, beginning at 9 am. It targets regional organisations that are interested in or likely to be affected by changes to the CET and the Rules of Origin, including Academia, Sector Organisations, Industry Associations, Regional Policy Advocacy Organisations, and Institutions of the Community.

The Consultation, which is in keeping with the Community’s Policy to encourage the inclusion of key stakeholders in policy-making processes, is supported by funding under the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID). (more…)

Southern Caribbean Islands brace for Tropical Storm ‘Don’

Tropical Storm Don1
(photo via National Hurricane Centre)

Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines are today under a Tropical Storm Warning while Barbados and Saint Lucia are under a Tropical Storm Watch as the latest Atlantic weather system – “Don” churns its way towards the Southern Caribbean.  Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire have also been asked to monitor Don’s progress.

The 8:00 a.m. forecast puts Tropical Storm Don at 320 miles/515 kilometers East of Grenada (11.4N and 57.0W), travelling towards the West at 18 miles per hour (mph) with maximum sustained winds at 50 mph (85 km/h).

Countries in the warning area can expect storm conditions by late afternoon and the watch area should be affected by tonight.  Don is expected to produce 3 – 6 inches of rainfall which could lead to dangerous flash floods and mudslides, especially in mountainous areas.

CIMH and CIMH –  CARICOM Institutions responsible for weather monitoring and disaster management, are already actively following the approaching storm.

CDEMA Information Note #1- Tropical Storm Don 17July


CARICOM open for business – Grenada Minister tells Expo Astana

CARICOM Ministers of Government, and representatives of Member States and CARICOM pose for a photograph at Expo Astana
CARICOM Ministers of Government, and representatives of Member States and CARICOM pose for a photograph at Expo Astana

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States are among exhibitors in the Republic of Kazakhstan participating in Expo Astana from 10 June-10 September, 2017The theme of the Exposition is ‘Future Energy’.

The Caribbean Plaza comprises CARICOM Member States in a Joint Pavilion. In keeping with the theme of the Exposition, ‘Future Energy’,  those Member States, with a common voice, will showcase to visitors the characteristics of the Caribbean’s natural environment and how the Region faces its energy future. The Caribbean Plaza recognises the key role that energy plays in development and also recognises that alternative and renewable energy sources are key to sustainable growth

Listen as Hon. Minister Nickolas Steele, Minister of Health of Grenada and head of the CARICOM Delegation at Expo 2017, gives the feature address at the CARICOM National Day of Celebrations at the Exposition on 14 July. His packed audience included Senior Government Officials of Kazakhstan, several Ambassadors, the Organisers of Expo 2017, Commissioners of the participating countries at the Expo, special invitees and CARICOM and Kazakhstan Staff.