CARICOM Member States urged to strengthen Regional Security System

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Prime Minister of Barbados, the Hon. Freundel Stuart speaks with the media (Photo via GINA)
Prime Minister of Barbados, the Hon. Freundel Stuart speaks with the media (Photo via GINA)
“We embarked on this journey in 1973 because people of the Caribbean need to feel safe in their everyday going out and coming in, the effect of not just being citizens of one country, but citizens of a regional civilisation and that is what we are aiming for.” – PM Freundel Stuart
Barbados’ Prime Minister, Freundel Stuart has called on CARICOM Heads of Government to refocus on the Regional Security System to better protect Caribbean countries.

Prime Minister Stuart, at the opening of the Twenty-Eighth Inter-Sessional meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, explained that over the years, some Caribbean states have faced threats to their security in the form of direct invasion, mercenary attack, incursion and intervention. Against that background, he is calling on Heads of Government to start focusing on regional security.

“We have to spend some time on the whole issue of regional security which is for us not just a law and order issue, but for us, a developmental issue, and therefore, we’re going to be spending some considerable time on that,” Prime Minister Stuart explained.

Read more at: Government Information Agency

Barbados ratifies CONSLE Protocol

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Prime Minister of Barbados, the Hon Freundel Stuart signs the agreement
Prime Minister of Barbados, the Hon Freundel Stuart signs the agreement as CARICOM General Counsel, Ms. Safiya Ali looks on

Barbados has ratified the Protocol Amending the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas to incorporate the Council for National Security and Law Enforcement (CONSLE) as an Organ of the Community, and the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) as an Institution of the Community.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart signed the Protocol and deposited the Instrument of Ratification on behalf of the Government of Barbados during the first business session of the 28th Inter-sessional Meeting of the Conference of the Heads of Government of CARICOM in Guyana on Thursday.

Following the signing ceremony, Prime Minister Stuart told the Barbados Government Information Service that ratifying the Protocol was a symbol of the country’s commitment to ensuring the security of the region.

Read more at: Barbados Government Information Service 

‘Every citizen of this Community must count’ – President David Granger

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Chairman of CARICOM, President David Granger addresses the opening ceremony of the Twenty-Eighth Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM
Chairman of CARICOM, President David Granger 

“Every citizen of this Community must count; every citizen of this Community has rights, and, wherever our citizens are, they have the right to be treated as Caribbean citizens.

“There is no such thing as a ‘stateless person’ in our Community. There should be no such occurrence as a citizen of a Caribbean state being treated as inferior in any jurisdiction in the Community.”

So said President David Granger, Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) at a press conference at the conclusion of the Twenty-Eighth Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government on Friday afternoon.

He told representatives of the media that during the two-day Conference, Heads of Government reflected on the importance of the CARICOM ‘Brand’, and the “pride that we have in our citizenship, citizenry and membership”.

Read more in the President’s Statement

 

 

Expedite full implementation of CSME – CARICOM Chairman

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Chairman of CARICOM, President David Granger addresses the opening ceremony of the Meeting
Chairman of CARICOM, President David Granger addresses the opening ceremony of the Meeting
“The CSME must not be allowed to become a victim of equivocation and procrastination.”- CARICOM Chairman, President David Granger
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) must expedite the full implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).

This was the charge President of Guyana, His Excellency David Granger, issued to Heads of Government and delegates at the opening of the Twenty-Eighth Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM in Georgetown Guyana on Thursday morning.

“Economic cooperation is a fundamental pillar of our Community. The Caribbean, if it is to escape the hazard of economic emasculation in today’s global environment, must expedite the full implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). We face threats that include dampened demand for our goods and services and distortions in our financial sectors caused by de-risking by international banks.

Lead Head of Government of the CSME, Barbados Prime Minister, the Hon. Freundel Stuart and his Foreign Minister, the Hon Maxine McClean at the opening ceremony
Lead Head of Government with resposibility for the CSME, Barbados Prime Minister, the Hon. Freundel Stuart and his Foreign Minister, the Hon Maxine McClean (left) at the opening ceremony

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CARICOM Intersessional Meeting opens Thursday morning in Georgetown

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The Twenty-Eighth Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) takes place at the Marriott Hotel, Georgetown, Guyana on 16 – 17 February, 2017.

An Opening Session will be held from 9:00 a.m. on Thursday 16 February at the Meeting Venue.

Accredited Media Representatives are invited to cover the Opening Session.


Remarks will be delivered by:

  • Secretary-General, Caribbean Community, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque
  • Outgoing Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Government, Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of Dominica
  • Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Government, His Excellency Brigadier (Ret’d) David A. Granger, President of the Republic of Guyana

 

Please make every to arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of the session to facilitate security clearance and the set up of equipment.