Barbados, St Vincent and the Grenadines reaffirm commitment to CARICOM

CARICOM Solidarity (l-r) – St. Kitts-Nevis Ambassador Mr. Lionel Sydney Osborne; Haiti’s Ambassador Mr Peterson Noel; new Barbados Ambassador Ms Veronica Griffith; CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque; new St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ambassador Mr Allan Alexander; Guyana’s Ambassador Ms Charlene Phoenix and Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador Mr. Clarence Henry

The governments of Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines have signaled their unequivocal commitment to integration as they assigned two new envoys to join the family of CARICOM Ambassadors on Friday 12 January.

Her Excellency Veronica Griffith, Plenipotentiary Representative of Barbados to CARICOM and His Excellency Allan Alexander, Plenipotentiary Representative of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to CARICOM were accredited by CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque in a short ceremony at the Secretariat’s headquarters in Georgetown, Guyana.

The new Barbados Ambassador said her government endorsed the words of Right Excellent Errol Barrow in his last speech to the CARICOM Heads of Government in 1989 when he advocated:

“…the absolute necessity to promote and defend the solidarity of this regional Caribbean family. And also the absolute obligation to discover those strategies and mechanisms which will ultimately lead to unity of action in all major areas of our economic, social and political life.” (more…)

CARICOM Committee of Ambassador holds 6th Meeting

6th Meeting-Committee of AmbassadorsThe CARICOM Committee of Ambassadors is continuing its role of providing strategic guidance to connect national and regional agendas in the integration architecture.

The Committee is today holding its Sixth Meeting at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana under the Chairmanship of Haiti’s Ambassador to CARICOM, HE Noel Peterson.

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Established in 2015 through an agreement by CARICOM Heads of Government at their 26th Intersessional Meeting in The Bahamas, the Committee, comprising Ambassadors accredited to CARICOM, supports the Community Council of Ministers, which is scheduled to meet in Guyana on Monday. The Committee works closely with the Organs and Bodies of the Community and the Secretariat to sustain an efficient system of consultations at the national and regional levels to advance the implementation of decisions.

The Committee today welcomed its two newest members, whose accreditation ceremony preceded the meeting – the Ambassador of Barbados to CARICOM HE Veronica Griffith and the Ambassador of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to CARICOM HE Allan Alexander.

Saint Lucia’s new Ambassador to CARICOM reaffirms country’s commitment to regional integration agenda

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Saint Lucia’s new Ambassador to CARICOM Her Excellency Elma Gene Isaac presented her Letter of Accreditation on Tuesday 2 May, and reaffirmed her country’s commitment to advancing its obligations under the Single Market and the broader regional integration agenda, the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, in welcoming Ambassador Isaacs during the Accreditation Ceremony at the Headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, apprised her of the key role of the CARICOM Committee of Ambassadors into which she has been drafted. The establishment of the body, he noted, was a part of the Reform Process, given its functions to provide strategic advice and support to the Community Council and the Office of the Secretary-General. (more…)

CARICOM accredits new Belizean envoy as Ambassadors meet

CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (right) welcomes new Belize Ambassador to CARICOM H.E. Daniel Gutierez


As the CARICOM Committee of Ambassadors meets in Georgetown, Guyana, Wednesday to engage on the Community Reform Process, CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque accepted the Letters of Credence from H.E. Daniel Gutierez, new Ambassador of Belize.

Meet of CARICOM Committee of Ambassadors, Georgetown Guyana, Wednesday

In a short accreditation ceremony held in his office, Ambassador LaRocque told the newest member of the Committee that he will have the opportunity to help shape the future direction of the integration movement by advancing the implementation of decisions of Organs of the Community at the national level.

He noted that during his recent engagement with the Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize and Chairman of the Caribbean Community for the next six months, it was evident that the Prime Minister was keen on making an even stronger link between national and regional agendas.

The CARICOM Committee of Ambassadors is an important element of the governance structure of the Community, focussing on advancing the integration movement, and providing strategic advice and recommendations to the Community Council towards achieving that goal. (more…)

2015 a ‘most fulfilling’ year – CARICOM Secretary-General

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has singled out unity, commitment and innovative ideas among the features that helped to fashion a fulfilling 2015 in the Region.

This past year has been a most fulfilling one for us in the Caribbean Community.  The value of our integration movement proved itself at home and abroad as we continued our efforts to provide an improved standard of living for all our citizens.  The progress that we have made on many fronts has been due to our acting in concert to secure the best option for our Community,” the Secretary-General said in an end of year message.

Recalling the Community’s progress over the year, the Secretary-General said that he was confident that with initiatives underway – including the Reform Process – bolstered by the “tangible evidence of what our unity” could achieve, the Region would provide “the safe, secure and viable society that will make us all proud to be citizens of CARICOM”.

I take this opportunity to thank the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community, their Ministers and senior officials for their unstinting commitment to our integration process.  I also appreciate the on-going support of our stakeholders, such as civil society, the private sector and the Youth in our efforts at creating a Community for All. I would also like to acknowledge the on-going assistance of our International Development Partners. I cannot end without paying tribute to my staff at the CARICOM Secretariat for their dedication to the task.

 I wish each and every one of you a joy-filled festive season and a happy, peaceful, prosperous and productive 2016,” Ambassador LaRocque said.