A year that will have a lasting impact – CARICOM Secretary-General

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End of Year Message

by the Secretary-General

of the

Caribbean Community (CARICOM)

Ambassador Irwin LaRocque

 

There is no doubt that the events of 2017 will have a lasting impact on our Community.  The ravaging effects of this year’s hurricane season will cast a long shadow over our Community for some time yet.

Six of our Members and several of our Caribbean neighbours experienced the wrath of unprecedented back-to-back Category 5 Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The heavy toll of lives, property and infrastructure had an effect wider than the affected countries.  Our Community has bonded together, as its governments, people and institutions render yeoman support to the stricken countries.  The international community has been at our side in the relief undertaking in a highly appreciated show of solidarity.

The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, (CDEMA) the Community’s specialised institution, performed magnificently as it coordinated the relief efforts and helped to set the stage for recovery.  I must extend the Region’s gratitude to the Agency for a job well done.  The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) was also prompt in meeting its commitments to the affected countries with the appropriate policies.

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Media Advisory – Opening, Forty-Fifth Meeting of COTED

The Forty-Fifth Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) will be held on 9-10 November, 2017, at the Marriott Hotel, Georgetown, Guyana.

Deliberations will be preceded by an opening session that begins at 9:30 am.

During the opening, the Second Protocol to the Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement between CARICOM and Cuba will be signed.

Please see details below:

 

EVENT: Opening, Forty-Fifth Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED)

DATE: 9 November, 2017

VENUE: Marriott Hotel, Georgetown, Guyana

TIME: 9:30 am

 

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

 

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…)

CARICOM’s role in breaking Cuba’s diplomatic isolation recalled – Chairman

“For over fifty years, and with the support of friends, the Cuban revolution survived a harsh, western engineered economic and trade embargo that cost you, the Cuban people, billions of dollars. The Caribbean Community, CARICOM, recalls with pride that it was four of our Member States who rallied together in 1972 to break the diplomatic isolation of Cuba in this hemisphere.”

From Tribute to Fidel Castro Ruiz, former President of the Republic of Cuba, by Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica and Chairman of the Caribbean Community, CARICOM.

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CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister of Dominica, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit (left) and former President of Cuba, Fidel Castro

Read full remarks: caricom-chairman_tribute-to-fidel-castro (more…)

 

Barbados seeking to break into Cuban market

Industry Minister, Donville Inniss and Cuban Ambassador, Francisco Fernandez Pena in discussion during their meeting at the Reef Road today. (Photo via A.Miller/BGIS)
Industry Minister, Donville Inniss and Cuban Ambassador, Francisco Fernandez Pena in discussion during their meeting at the Reef Road today. (Photo via A.Miller/BGIS)

With the formal re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States (US), Barbados and other CARICOM countries are now seeking to further partner with that country in an effort to take advantage of emerging opportunities.

This was revealed when Industry Minister, Donville Inniss, received a courtesy call from Cuba’s Ambassador to Barbados, Francisco Fernandez Pena, at his Reef Road office this morning.

The Minister disclosed that apart from forging deeper economic relations with Cuba, Government was also eager to engage robustly in trade, and there were a number of companies ready to do business with the Spanish isle.

Read more at: Barbados Government Information Service