‘2017 holds great promise’ – President David Granger, incoming CARICOM Chairman

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“2017 holds great promise for us to advance our integration process which can only be possible through the involvement and participation of all. Let us resolve to play our part in strengthening our Caribbean Community and to making regional unity a living, breathing experience,”  said President of Guyana, His Excellency Brigadier David Granger, incoming Chairman of the CARICOM.

In a New Year Message, President Granger – who will chair the Community for six months from 1 January, 2017 – placed people at the centre of the integration movement, and pointed to the actions that were being taken to ensure that they were secure and safe, and were equipped for the 21st century economy and society.

“This year marks the mid-point of our Five-Year Strategic Plan for the period 2015-2019, a foundational element in the Community’s Reform Process.  That process is geared towards ensuring that our people feel the impact of the integration movement in their daily lives. Integration is not merely about systems and institutions. It is mostly about people,” he said in the message.

President Granger also took the opportunity to express gratitude to Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit who chaired the Community for the past six months.

“As Guyana assumes the Chair of CARICOM, I would like to thank the Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, the Prime Minister of Dominica for his able leadership of the Community for the past six months.  As I receive this baton, I will continue to guide our Community in the path of sustainable development which serves the interest of all its people,” President Granger said.

 

 

Seeds of change began to bear fruit in 2016 – CARICOM Secretary-General

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CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque
CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque

“We have come to the end of another year of service to our Community.  When the history of this year is written, it will record that the seeds of change in our Secretariat and our Community began to bear fruit in 2016,” Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said.

He made the assertion in an end-of-year message in which he provided details of the strides that were taken in the reform process that the Secretariat and Community have embarked on.

The framework of the reform process had begun to take shape both within the Community and its Secretariat, the Secretary-General said. He added that the Implementing Partners for the Strategic Plan, the Member States, the Regional Institutions and the Secretariat, were embracing the challenge as the groundwork for the cohesive approach had been laid.

 “As difficult and challenging as reform is, it is absolutely essential in order to confront the ever-changing nature of today’s global environment.  This reform is not an end in itself but a means of ensuring that the citizens of CARICOM derive the maximum benefit from our integration process. At the end of it all, our regional integration process would be much more efficient and effective, in serving the interests of our people.

Please read the Secretary-General’s-end-of-year-Message

 

Studied, deliberate progress in integration movement – CARICOM Chairman

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Chair of CARICOM, the Hon Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of Dominica
Chair of CARICOM, the Hon Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of Dominica

“2016 has seen studied and deliberate progress in our integration movement. We continue to work to ensure that the people of the Community realise the benefit of our co-ordinated actions. The advancement of our reform process is a key element towards achieving that goal and I applaud the headway being made in that regard. – CARICOM Chairman, PM Roosevelt Skerrit
There was studied, deliberate progress in the regional integration movement in 2016, Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit said Tuesday, singling out the advancement in the Community’s reform process.

In an end-of-year message, Mr. Skerrit, Prime Minister of Dominica, stressed the strength and value of togetherness and community spirit.

He highlighted the celebration of the 50th Independence anniversary celebrations in Guyana and Barbados, which he said “allowed us to reflect on an era when such co-operation was manifested by the two countries having a joint diplomatic mission in London”.

“It was a fine example of the spirit and substance of unity that, today, we must embrace in order to advance our interests domestically and globally.

 

Please read the Chairman’s-end-of-year-message

 

Saint Lucia PM wants deeper dialogue in CARICOM

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PM Chastanet addresses CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting, 4 July, 2016 from Caribbean Community on Vimeo.

Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, The Hon. Allen Chastanet who is the most recently elected Head of Government in CARICOM, delivers his inaugural speech at the 37th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) which was held at the National Cultural Centre, Guyana on CARICOM Day, Monday 4th July.
Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, the Hon. Allen Chastanet who is the most recently elected Head of Government in CARICOM, delivers his inaugural speech at the Opening Ceremony of the Summit

Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, the Hon. Allen Chastanet, on Monday called attention to the need for deepened engagement among Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government, to find solutions to challenges and to further strengthen the regional movement.

Delivering his inaugural address at the opening of the 37th Meeting of the Conference of CARICOM Heads of Government, at the National Cultural Centre in Georgetown, Guyana on 4 July, 2016, the newest member of the Conference said that with the blessing of the people of Saint Lucia, he, like all previous Prime Ministers of his country, reaffirmed his commitment to an effective and efficient Caribbean Community.

I believe that we do not take enough time to meet with each other outside of Conferences, we need to listen more and bond with  each other, and maybe then, we will be able to find win-win solutions that will benefit us all as a Region,” he said.

In underscoring the importance of CARICOM to the national development, the Prime Minister said that the recent mandate given to his government by the people of Saint Lucia was based on a focused and ambitious manifesto to alleviate poverty, rebuild communities, reduce tax burden, youth empowerment and development, rebuild productive sectors and generate revenue for social services. (more…)

CARICOM remains a well respected regional block – PM Holness

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Prime Minister of Jamaica, the most Honorable Andrew Holness, speaking at the Opening Ceremony of the Thirty-Seventh Meeting of the Conference of the CARICOM Heads of Government on Monday July 4, 2016

 

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) remains a well respected regional block in the international community.

That was one sentiment expressed by Prime Minster of Jamaica, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, during his remarks at the Opening Ceremony of the Thirty-Seventh Meeting of the Conference of the CARICOM Heads of Government on Monday in Georgetown, Guyana.

Prime Minister Holness said it was commendable that CARICOM had embarked on a reform process to improve its effectiveness, and stated that it was a step in the right direction. While recognising that a lot had been done by the Community, the Jamaican Prime Minister said that a lot more could be done and needed to be done.

He told the audience at the National Cultural Centre in Georgetown, that a Commission to assess the impact of CARICOM on Jamaica, which was the first of its kind, had been established and was being headed by Former Prime Minister of Jamaica Bruce Golding.

Speaking to the matter of Regional Integration, the Prime Minister said it was not an end in itself, but a means to achieve a much broader objective, the economic growth and development of CARICOM countries and the improvement of the lives of its people.