Put your money where your mouth is! – Barbados Culture Minister


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Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth of Barbados, the Hon. Stephen Lashley, is of the view that regional Governments needed to redirect some of their resources to the cultural industries if they were truly interested in regional economic expansion and development.

He said funding that was going to some traditional sectors that may not necessarily be bringing in the returns that were needed could be diverted to the cultural industries. The Minister was speaking at the opening ceremony of the Twenty-Fifth meeting of the Regional Cultural Committee at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, 21-23 June, 2017.

In his remarks, Minister Lashley pointed out that when the CARICOM Heads of Government met at the Twenty-Sixth Inter-Sessional Meeting in The Bahamas in February, 2015, they recognised that cultural and creative industries represented a sector with great potential to contribute to the economic development of the Region. According to the Minister, the Heads reaffirmed the significance of the cultural and creative industries to CARICOM integration, to the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), for cultural identity, diversity and youth engagement. He said they also agreed to place greater emphasis on a development pathway based on knowledge and the creative economy and by leveraging the human, cultural and national assets of the Community, for development in all its dimensions. (more…)

CARICOM SG engages in frank discussion with Youth Ambassadors

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Secretary General of the Caribbean Community Ambassador Irwin LaRocque met with CARICOM Youth Ambassadors on Monday during an orientation and capacity building workshop being hosted at the CARICOM Secretariat June 5-8,2017. Among the issues ventilated by the CYAs were policies in relation to the importation of GMOs in the Region, more national support for youth initiatives and capacity building for the youth.

The Secretary General also made a brief statement where he told the youngsters that their advocacy was important in the integration movement.  According to SG LaRocque integration was not just the Secretariat’s path but a path for everyone. He said integration was a journey that was never finished.

It is not a sprint but a marathon. We are here for the long run!

The destiny of the planet is in our hands…We must lead – CARICOM SG on World Environment Day

SG LaRocque addresses the artists
Secretary General of the Caribbean Community Ambassador Irwin LaRocque



Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)  Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has charged the Region to lead in ensuring the destiny of the planet. His charge came in a statement to commemorate World Environment Day today, Monday 5 June 2017.

See below the statement from the CARICOM SG:

On the occasion of World Environment Day, the Caribbean Community would like to remind the Region that environmental stewardship is the responsibility of everyone.

We support this year’s theme, “Connecting People to Nature”, which calls upon us to have a greater appreciation of the beauty of nature and the crucial role humanity plays in protecting fragile natural resources.

The Caribbean is blessed with an abundance of natural resources, from the pristine islands of The Bahamas to the dense jungles of Suriname, from the vibrant coral reefs of Belize to the energy-rich volcanic island of Montserrat.  The resources harvested from our lands and from the Caribbean Sea have sustained our people for thousands of years.  Our ancestors did so sustainably, taking only what they needed and storing for those leaner days. (more…)

Progress made at Regional HRD Workshop

Programme Manager for Human Resource Development at the CARICOM Secretariat Dr. Eduardo Ali said that he was very pleased with the outcomes of a recently held Regional Human Resource Development Workshop at the Guyana Marriott Hotel in Georgetown. The event was organised by the CARICOM Secretariat and HRD Commission. The HRD Commission included a group of experts from across the Region and is responsible for developing policy recommendations for education reform in CARICOM Member States. The workshop was administered by technical staff from the CARICOM Secretariat in the form of a modular course. The main purpose was to formulate a Regional Framework for Action that will implement the recently approved CARICOM HRD 2030 Strategy which will be presented to the CARICOM Heads of Government in July 2017. Check out the clip for Dr. Ali’s take on the outcomes of the forum.


CIMH workshops focus on forecasting, impact of climate change

Representatives from across various sectors in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will on Friday 2 June, wrap up meetings in St. Vincent and the Grenadines that focused on forecasting and the impact of climate change of sectors including health, tourism, agriculture and energy.

The Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) held the 2017 Wet Season Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum (CariCOF) workshops with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of Environment and Climate Change Canada. In addition to the Forum, the final two days of the week-long workshops focused on the Building Regional Climate Capacity in the Caribbean (BRCCC) Programme’s Early Warning Information Systems Across Climate Timescaes (EWISACTS).

Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. the Hon. Ralph Gonsalves addressed participants on Wednesday morning. In his wide-ranging address, he reflected on the impact of natural disasters on the small states of the Caribbean, and the level of funding that was required to recover from them. He said that the Region had a responsibility to adapt to climate change and to continue to pursue efforts to mitigate its effects. He praised the CIMH for its work and pointed out that the certainty of climates of the past was no longer applicable, hence the science of meteorology was necessary.

He urged participants not to “take storms for granted” and to ensure that the best was done to “prepare yourselves”.