Greater resilience necessary to confront ‘new normal’ – CARICOM Secretary-General at agriculture meeting

CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, makes remarks at the Opening of the 71st Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) Agriculture, at the CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana.
CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, makes remarks at the Opening of the 71st Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) Agriculture, at the CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana.

The catastrophic hurricanes that ripped through Caribbean territories recently were likely to be the “new normal”, and provided the evidence of the reality of climate change, Caribbean Community Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said Friday.

The impact of the storms also pointed to the need for the Region to build greater resilience to face the new normal, Ambassador LaRocque said.

He was at the time delivering remarks at the opening of the 71st Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on agriculture that convened Friday morning at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana. The Meeting is being held as the Region is grappling with the devastating effects of two Category Five Hurricanes – Irma and Maria – on some CARICOM Member States and Associate Members.

The Ministers of Agriculture have prioritised climate change, risk management, building resilience and climate smart agriculture agenda over the day long session.

“These climatic events of the past month were unprecedented.  Never before have two category five storms ravaged the Region in one season.  Never before has a hurricane moved from category one to category five inside 36 hours as Hurricane Maria did.  Events like these are likely to be the new normal and provide proof positive of the reality of climate change”, the Secretary-General said.

Delegates at the opening of the Meeting
Delegates at the opening of the Meeting

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Special Meeting of CARICOM Agriculture Ministers convenes Friday

The Meeting of Officials of the 71st Special Meeting of the Council for trade and Economic Development (COTED) underway at the CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana, 4 October, 2017
The Meeting of Officials of the 71st Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) underway at the CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana, 4 October, 2017

The 71st Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on Agriculture will be held on Friday, 6 October, 2017, at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat.

The Hon. Soeresh Algoe, Minister of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries of Suriname, Chair of the Meeting, the Hon. Noel Holder, Minister of Agriculture of Guyana, and CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, will make remarks at the Opening.

Representatives of the media are invited to cover the following:

Event: Opening Session, 71st Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development on Agriculture

Date: 6 October, 2017

Time: 09:00 hrs

Venue: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana

 

Kindly make every effort to be present at least 15 minutes before the Opening for ease of security clearance and timely coverage of this event.

CARIFESTA XIII Grand Market gets underway today

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The Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre  in Barbados was a buzz of activity on Friday in preparation for the opening of the CARIFESTA XIII Grand Market which will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2017, at noon. Vendors and exhibitors were busy preparing their booths, mounting their displays and making general arrangements. Minister of Culture, Barbados Hon. Stephen Lashley was there to oversee the activities.

Our Communications Officer at CARIFESTA spoke to the Minister who said that all activities in the CARIFESTA XIII schedule are still on despite the disruption cause by Tropical Storm Harvey.   He also encouraged persons to visit the Grand Market and Buyers Shopping Mall to witness various aspects of the Region’s culture on display.

Stay tuned to this space for the video interview with Minister Lashley who will provide more details on what to look forward to at CARIFESTA XIII, including the opening ceremony which will now be on on Sunday, August 20, 2017, starting at the Queen’s Park Oval and culminating at the Kensington Oval.