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

 

Stirring opening to CARICOM Inter-Sessional – Video highlights

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The Twenty-Eighth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) opened Thursday morning at the Marriott Hotel, Georgetown, Guyana.

Speakers at the Opening included CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque,  Prime Minister of Dominica, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit, and CARICOM Chairman and President of Guyana, HE David Granger.

More in this video report:

CARICOM fully engaged in assisting recovery and rebuilding post Matthew – Secretary-General

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CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque

CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has expressed sadness with the loss of lives, homes and  property during the passage of hurricane Matthew, and he gave the assurance that CARICOM is fully engaged in assisting affected countries with their recovery and  rebuilding efforts.

Haiti was the most seriously affected CARICOM Member State with more than 800 deaths, thousand displaced and widespread devastation.  Matthew also affected Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines where there was one death reported, St. Lucia, Dominica, Jamaica, The Bahamas, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

cdema_25_logoThe Secretary-General said CDEMA – the CARIBBEAN Disaster Emergency Management Agency is leading the CARICOM response, working with national relief organisations to assess damage, determine priority needs and provide relief. He said he has been in discussions with the leadership of the affected countries and the Head of CDEMA.

Ambassador LaRocque said the early response to the aftermath of Matthew and the support put in place to resource the recovery effort underline the critical importance of the Regional institutional frameworks established by the Community. ccrif-spc-logo In addition to CDEMA’s work, the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) has already process payment to two affected countries, including more than twenty million US dollars to Haiti.

 

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STATEMENT BY THE SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY, AMBASSADOR IRWIN LAROCQUE IN THE WAKE OF HURRICANE MATTHEW

It is with deep sadness that I extend my sympathy and condolences to the families of those who lost their lives during the passage of Hurricane Matthew. I also empathise with the thousands who have lost their homes and property on account of the storm. (more…)

Hurricane Matthew makes landfall in Haiti

A tap tap (public transportation) crosses a flooded street in Port-au-Prince after Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Southwestern Haiti, on Oct. 4, 2016. (Photo via Time)
A tap tap (public transportation) crosses a flooded street in Port-au-Prince after Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Southwestern Haiti, on Oct. 4, 2016. (Photo via Time)

(PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti) — Hurricane Matthew roared into the southwestern coast of Haiti on Tuesday, threatening a largely rural corner of the impoverished country with devastating storm conditions as it headed north toward Cuba and the eastern coast of Florida.

The dangerous Category 4 storm made landfall around dawn on Haiti’s southern peninsula, where many people live along the coast in shacks of wood or simple concrete blocks that are ill-suited to the force of the system’s maximum sustained winds of 145 mph (230 kph).

Matthew was causing major damage though the extent was not immediately known, according to Marie Alta Jean-Baptiste, the director of the country’s Civil Protection Agency.

“It’s much too early to know how bad things are but we do know there are a lot of houses that have been destroyed or damaged in the south,” Jean-Baptiste told The Associated Press.

Read more at: Time