Private Sector Capacity Building and Consultation: CARICOM Strategy for Regional Implementation of the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation

hqcomplexnewThe Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat has convened a Private Sector Consultation and capacity building workshop on the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation (TFA) and the CARICOM Strategy for Regional Implementation.   

The Meeting, intended for national Business Development Organisations from CARICOM WTO Members, takes place in Kingston, Jamaica, 19-20 April, 2017,   with the support of the Commonwealth Secretariat/European Union Hubs & Spokes II Programme, in collaboration with the World Bank Group (WBG). (more…)

CARICOM-Republic of Korea commit to areas for closer cooperation

Deputy Secretary General, CARICOM,  Amb Manorma Soeknandan makes remarks at the Opening Ceremony, 42nd COTED, Marriott Hotel, Georgetown Guyana, 21 April, 2016
Deputy Secretary General, CARICOM, Amb Manorma Soeknandan

CARICOM and the Republic of Korea held their first high-level meeting in Jamaica on Monday with agreement on a number of areas for closer cooperation.

In a joint statement issued at the end of the meeting the two sides committed to further strengthen their ties of friendship and spirit of cooperation. They also agreed to reinvigorate a Consultation and Cooperation Mechanism which was established in 2006 to guide future CARICOM-Korea political and economic relations.

Republic of Korea’s First Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Lim Sung-nam.

In relation to some key issues before the meeting, the delegates underscored the serious impact of climate change and global warming especially on Small Island and low-lying Developing States (SIDS) like those in the CARICOM Region. They committed to work together to enhance capacity building and knowledge sharing, while exploring avenues for cooperation on projects aimed at combating climate change and its impacts.  They also acknowledged the CARICOM Region’s ongoing high dependence on imported fossil fuel and agreed to work together to promote cooperation in the field of sustainable energy.

Jamaica’s Foreign Minister Kamina Johnson Smith addressed the Opening Ceremony

The CARICOM side thanked Korea for its ongoing technical assistance including through the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Fellowship Programs, the ‘Improving the Structure of Governance in the Caribbean Community’ Project, the CARICOM E-Government project, and financial support for CARICOM Electoral Observer Missions.

CARICOM Deputy Secretary-General Ambassador Manorma Soeknandan, in her address to the Opening Ceremony, urged Korea’s assistance in utilizing its influential voice in international fora to advocate on behalf of CARICOM on the issue of graduation of CARICOM Member States to the status of middle income countries and the resulting loss of access to concessionary financing for their development programmes.

The Republic of Korea’s delegation was led by First Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Lim Sung-nam.


See Joint Statement:  CARICOM_Korea_FINAL ADOPTED Joint Statement

See Opening Remarks by Jamaica’s Foreign Minister:  CARICOM_Korea_Minister of Foreign Affairs of Jamaica Welcome Remarks

See Opening Remarks by CARICOM Deputy Secretary-General:  CARICOM_Korea_DSG_ Remarks Final – First CARICOM-Korea High-Level Meeting


‘CARICOM Today’ to Livestream ‘Reduce Obesity’ event


  Event:  Opening Ceremony of the Regional High Level Meeting to Reduce Obesity

Date:   Wednesday 8th February, 2017 

Time:   5:00 p.m.

CARPHA_logoVenue: Barbados Yacht Club, Barbados

Feature speakers include:

  • Dr C. James Hospedales, Executive Director, CARPHA
  • Mr Joseph Cox, Assistant Secretary General, Trade and Economic Integration, CARICOM Secretariat
  • Mrs Jessie Schutt-Aine, Subregional Program Coordinator, PAHO
  • Hon. Luke Brown, Chairman, Council for Human and Social Development
  • John D. E. Boyce, Minister of Health, Barbados

The Caribbean is in the midst of a childhood obesity epidemic.  Statistics show at least one in every five children carries unhealthy weight and is at risk of developing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases.  To address this concern, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), in collaboration with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) will convene a Regional High Level Meeting to Develop a Roadmap on Multi-sectoral Action to Prevent Childhood Obesity through Improved Food and Nutrition Security.  

Join us here on CARICOM Today to follow the Opening Ceremony. Live!

CARICOM Secretariat and the University of Guyana explore opportunities for collaboration

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Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Amb. Irwin LaRocque and Senior Secretariat staff met with the University of Guyana’s Tenth Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffith and members of the University’s Administration on Tuesday, 24 January 2017, at the CARICOM Secretariat.

The meeting was held at the initiative of the Vice-Chancellor and provided the opportunity for an exchange of views on programmes and areas of work that the Secretariat and the University are pursuing.  The Vice Chancellor shared his vision for the University and sought advice on how CARICOM could facilitate the pursuit of aspects of that vision. In this regard, the two sides were able to identify activities on which the opportunities for collaboration could be explored.

The meeting was seen as the occasion to renew the relationship between the CARICOM Secretariat and the University of Guyana.  As testimony to the strength of that relationship going forward the Secretary General and the Vice-Chancellor exchanged gifts.

CARICOM eyes positive outcomes from Morocco Climate Change meeting – Report

Caribbean Community Heads of States, the CARICOM Secretary-General and senior environmental officers are in Marrakech, Morrocco, for the 22nd Meeting of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (COP 22), November 7-18, 2017.
Discussions are focusing on the implementation of the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal, the Paris Agreement, approved at the Paris climate conference (COP21) in December 2015.
CARICOM has consistently articulated that climate change poses an immediate threat and that the Region has already begun to experience its impact.
Negotiators in Morocco are therefore retaining a focus on the need for the global community to rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and strive to hold the long term temperature goal, preferably below 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
Here is a report from the CARICOM Secretariat.