More opportunities provided for private sector as CARICOM, Cuba expand duty-free market access

 

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The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba on Thursday signed the Second Protocol to an Agreement that will expand access to each other’s markets for goods.

CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, and Cuban Ambassador to CARICOM, His Excellency Julio Cesar Gonzalez Marchante, signed the Second Protocol to the Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement between CARICOM and Cuba during the opening of the 45th Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) in Georgetown, Guyana.

Under the Second Protocol, Cuba will expand duty free access to more than 320 items including meat, fish, dairy products, fruits, vegetables, beer, rum, cement, soap and apparel. CARICOM will grant duty free access to some 50 items, including fish, pharmaceutical products, fertilisers and articles of iron and steel. The Community will also offer differentiated treatment on 22 items. The differentiated treatment includes phased reduction of duty by Most Developed Countries in CARICOM.

The CARICOM Secretary-General said that signing the Second Protocol marked a further deepening of the trade and economic relations between CARICOM and Cuba and provided further opportunities for the Region’s private sector.

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CARICOM Day in Cuba attracts hundreds

The Havana International Fair – FIHAV 2017 hosted a CARICOM day on the fourth day of the Expo. Patrons passing through the booth, especially Cubans, were very eager to sample the various foods and interact with the exhibitors.

The Guyana booth provided a number of local sweets and tokens as well as entertainment with its steelpan music which encouraged several locals to dance along.

The St. Lucian delegation interacting with a patron. (Photo via GINA)
The St. Lucian delegation interacting with a patron. (Photo via GINA)

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Special Education Needs Centre to benefit all of CARICOM

The Regional Centre for Stimulating the Development of Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs Associated with Disabilities (Photo via GINA)
The Regional Centre for Stimulating the Development of Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs Associated with Disabilities (Photo via GINA)

The Cuban Ambassador, members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and government officials on Friday visited the construction site of a ‘special needs’ facility for persons with disabilities located within the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) compound.

The Regional Centre for Stimulating the Development of Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs Associated with Disabilities aims to train persons to manager persons with disabilities. The training that will be provided includes evaluation and diagnosis, language therapy, occupational therapy, psychological treatment, prevention, rehabilitation and social integration services with a psycho pedagogical and socially inclusive approach.

Cuban Ambassador to Guyana Julio César González Marchante told the media he was pleased with the progress of the building. The Centre is part of deepening relations between the CARICOM region and the government of Cuba.

“We will continue developing that; this is one of the proof, it is something that we can share and we will continue collaborating with CARICOM through our relations,” Ambassador Marchante said.

Cuban Ambassador Julio César González Marchante and Assistant Secretary General of Human and Social Development at the CARICOM Secretariat Dr Douglas Slater in discussion during site visit (Photo via GINA)
Cuban Ambassador Julio César González Marchante and Assistant Secretary General of Human and Social Development at the CARICOM Secretaria,t Dr Douglas Slater, in discussion during site visit (Photo via GINA)

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Guyana gets update on Regional Training Centre

Minister Nicolette Henry is flanked by Cuban Ambassador to Guyana, H.E. Julio Cesar Gonzalez Marchante (right) and Professor Jorge Ramirez
Minister Nicolette Henry is flanked by Cuban Ambassador to Guyana, H.E. Julio Cesar Gonzalez Marchante (right) and Professor Jorge Ramirez

Minister within The Ministry of Education, Hon. Nicolette Henry was brought up to speed on the cooperation and technical assistance Agreement between CARICOM, the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Cuba and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the establishment of the Regional Training Centre. This project is aimed at stimulating the development of children, adolescents and young people with special educational needs associated with disabilities.

The appraisal was done during a courtesy call from the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Julio Cesar Gonzalez Marchante and Professor Jorge Duvalon Ramirez on Monday January 16, the Minister announced on her Facebook page.

The Agreement for this initiative was signed in December 2016 by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Carl B. Greenidge, Ambassador Julio Cesar Gonzalez Marchante and CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque.

The proposal to finance this project was made by the Government of Cuba at the V CARICOM-Cuba Summit in 2014. (more…)

Dominica Foreign Minister wants integration of Cuba in international community

Dominica Foreign Minister, the Hon. Francine Baron (Photo via Dominica News Online)
Dominica Foreign Minister, the Hon. Francine Baron (Photo via Dominica News Online)

As Dominica observes 20 years of diplomatic relations with Cuba, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Francine Baron, has called for further integration of Cuba into the international community.

“Caribbean leaders continue to call for the continued integration of Cuba into the international community,” she said, at a ceremony held at the State House, on Wednesday night.

Baron stated that CARICOM states, collectively and individually, will continue to “explore avenues for even stronger ties for and investments with Cuba, following Havana’s improved relations with the United States.”

In July 2015, diplomatic relations were restored between Cuba and the United States after over five decades of severed ties.

US President, Barack Obama, travelled to Cuba in March 2016. He was the first sitting US President to visit the island since Calvin Coolidge, in 1928.

Read more at: Dominica News Online