Caribbean closer to having a Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code

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Participants at the meeting
Participants at the meeting

With just a few months left before the Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code (REEBC) is taken to the Council of Trade and Economic Development (COTED), Caribbean energy experts are confident that Member States will accept the code that has been developed after a series of regional consultations.

Speaking at the final Regional Project Team (RPT) meeting for the CARICOM Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code (CREEBC) in Suriname, Mr. Norbert Churchill, Chairman of the Regional Project Team, noted that there was an urgent need for the Region to accept and implement such a code. He highlighted the recent catastrophic hurricanes that battered the Region and explained that Regional leaders agreed that it was time to establish policies, standards and codes that would help to strengthen the resilience of the Caribbean.

According to World Trade Organisation (WTO) guidelines, any standard developed is a voluntary document so it is the responsibility of the Member State to adopt and implement accordingly.

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CDB approves US$29M to rehabilitate infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Irma in Antigua and Barbuda

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What's left of buildings in Barbuda after Hurricane Irma made landfall in September
What’s left of buildings in Barbuda after Hurricane Irma made landfall in September

December 14, 2017, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Board of Directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved US$29M in funding to the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, to assist with recovery efforts after the passage of Hurricane Irma in September. The funds will be used to rehabilitate and reconstruct critical infrastructure in the transportation, education, water and sanitation, and agriculture sectors.

Hurricane Irma impacted the twin-island nation on September 6, 2017, making landfall in Barbuda as a category five hurricane. In Barbuda, the hurricane destroyed housing, crops, livestock and fishing vessels, and also severely impacted the island’s water supply. The Antigua State College was also affected by heavy winds and rains, while storm surges and flooding caused additional damage to many roads.

The destruction caused by Hurricane Irma adversely impacted the lives of many citizens of Antigua and Barbuda. At CDB, we worked very closely with our in-country counterparts to develop the interventions captured in this project, which will support the Government’s efforts towards a comprehensive and sustainable approach to the redevelopment process, as it aims to ‘build back better’. We expect the project to significantly contribute to the restoration of livelihoods that were adversely impacted by the passage of the hurricane. The outcome for Antigua and Barbuda will not only be more resilient infrastructure but also more resilient institutions and people,” said Director of Projects at CDB, Daniel Best.

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The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), is a regional financial institution which was established by an Agreement signed on October 18, 1969, in Kingston, Jamaica, and entered into force on January 26, 1970. The Bank came into existence for the purpose of contributing to the harmonious economic growth and development of the member countries in the Caribbean and promoting economic cooperation and integration among them, having special and urgent regard to the needs of the less developed members of the region (Article 1 of the Agreement establishing CDB). In the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, the CDB is recognised as an Associate Institution of CARICOM
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Region’s top CXC Performers in St. Kitts-Nevis

CXC logo(EMU) – St. Kitts, December, 10, 2017: The region’s top academic performers for 2017 will be guests of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) and the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis as they are awarded as part of the 2017 Governance meeting scheduled for December 11-17.

Students from throughout the region including a contingent from Guyana from which the region’s number-one performer hails started arriving in the Federation this weekend in anticipation of the event.

The week long activity will include Meetings of the CXC Council; School Principals and Education Officials; the Examinations Committee; CXC Registrars as well as Senior Managers.

The highlight of the week will be the Opening of Council and Presentation of the Regional Top Awards on Thursday December 14th at 7pm at the St Kitts Marriott Resort.

Core to CXC’s role as the regional examination body is the need to showcase and reward excellent performance in its examinations. As such, CXC introduced Regional Awards for outstanding performances at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) level in 1988.

Read more at: St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service

Better fish catches touted among benefits of novel CARIFICO project

A 700-pound Blue Marlin caught around the FADs in Saint Lucia, one of the pilot countries

BELIZE CITY, BELIZE, Monday, 11 December 2017 (CRFM)—The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and its partners at the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) recently held a wrap-up meeting in Saint Lucia at which the outcomes of the novel Caribbean Fisheries Co-Management Project (CARIFICO) were unveiled. The most important benefits underscored are better catches and improved incomes for fishers who began using Fish Aggregating Devices or FADs. These were designed, constructed, deployed and managed in a cooperative manner by the fishers themselves in collaboration with government officials and with support from the Japanese experts.

Fishers from the pilot countries attended the meeting in Saint Lucia and shared how the project has positively impacted them. Fisheries officials from the CARICOM countries, except for Bahamas and Belize, also attended. International partners from JICA, fisheries experts deployed in the region and officials from JICA headquarters in Japan, as well as representatives from the Embassy of Japan in Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisation, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), and the University of Florida were also present.

CRFM Executive Director Milton Haughton said that he was impressed with the progress made in introducing co-management approaches in specific fisheries, as well as the level of investment of fishers in the process. Fishers have formed new fisherfolk organisations which are actively participating in the development and management of the target fisheries as a result of the CARIFICO project. Through the project, governments in the six pilot countries are sharing more authority and responsibility for fisheries development and management with stakeholders by improving relations and communications, and promoting increased participation by them in decision-making in fisheries.

Participants at the forum
Participants at the forum

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Guyanese ‘change-maker’ Jubilante Cutting cops 2017 Nelson Mandela-Graça Machel Innovation Award

Founder of the Guyana Animation Network (GAN) Ms Jubilante Cutting
Founder of the Guyana Animation Network (GAN) Ms. Jubilante Cutting

Young Guyanese activist and animator, Ms. Jubilante Cutting, is one of four awardees who on Thursday received the coveted Nelson Mandela-Graça Machel Innovation Awards for 2017 in front of an audience of almost 700 civil society leaders from across the globe. The awards ceremony was held in Fiji.

The Awards, named for human rights icon Nelson Mandela and former First Lady of South Africa and Mozambique, humanitarian Graça Machel, honour remarkable bravery and innovation in creating social change and empowering future generations.

The awards recognise outstanding efforts in four categories: Youth Activist, Individual Activist, Civil Society Organisation and Brave Philanthropy.

Youth Activist category winner, Jubilanté Cutting from Guyana, is pioneering the development of opportunities to help Caribbean youth shape the future of the digital and creative industries. In 2016, at just 19, she founded the Guyana Animation Network – an organisation that empowers young people with skills in digital media and animation.

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