CARICOM shares Cuba’s grief over tragic plane crash

CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaROcque

CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on Friday sent a message of condolence to the President of Cuba  His Excellency Miguel Díaz Canel in the wake of today’s tragic plane crash in Havana.

The Secretary-General’s message reads:

“The Caribbean Community expresses its condolences and its solidarity with the Government and People of the Republic of Cuba following the tragic crash of a plane carrying some 100 passengers shortly after takeoff from the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana on Friday, 18 May 2018.

The Caribbean Community extends its deepest sympathy to the families of the victims and its sincere wishes for the speedy recovery of those passengers who were injured during this unfortunate aviation accident.

 The People of the Caribbean Community share the grief of the People of Cuba at this moment of national mourning.”

CARICOM Secretary-General receives Indonesia’s Foreign Minister

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Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Her Excellency Madam Rento L.P. Marsudi paid a courtesy call on Secretary-General  Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on Friday.

The Minister was accompanied by a number of Foreign Ministry officials.

Indonesia accredited its first Ambassador to CARICOM, HE Drs. Dominicus Supratikto, on 2 May 2018.

The Ambassador noted at the time that the forming of official links allowed for more engagement between the two parties and this latest initiative was in keeping with Indonesia’s thrust to extend relations with non-traditional partners.

Both Ambassador Supratikto and Secretary-General LaRocque agreed that climate change was one area that lent itself to cooperation.

CARICOM Secretary-General meets with World Bank Regional Director

On Thursday 17 May 2018, CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque met  with Ms. Tasheen Sayed, Regional Director for the Caribbean, World Bank (left).  Ms. Sayed was accompanied by Mr. Zafer Mustafaoglu, Practice Manager, Finance and Competitiveness for the Caribbean Region.

Accompanying Secretary-General LaRocque from the CARICOM Secretariat were: (from 3rd left)  Chef de Cabinet, Office of the Secretary-General, Ms. Charmaine Atkinson-Jordan; Ms. Evelyn Wayne, Director, Economic Policy and Development; Ambassador Manorma Soeknandan, Deputy Secretary-General; and Ms. Sandy Griffith, Senior Project Officer, Resource Mobilisation and Technical Assistance.

Hurricanes Irma and Maria a hint of what the future holds

Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque warned that Hurricanes Irma and Maria which devastated many countries in the Region last year were “a hint at what the future holds”.

Speaking at the opening of a meeting with the Heads of Institutions of the Community at the Marriott Hotel, Georgetown, Guyana, on Monday, the Secretary-General noted that the long-term forecasts for climatic activity in the Region were even “more foreboding as the effects of climate change become more pronounced.”

The meeting was aimed at strengthening the co-ordination among the Institutions and the Secretariat as the Community builds resilience to encounter the new normal of more intense and frequent climatic activity. A review of the preparedness and management of the response to the events of last September has been undertaken by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) to glean lessons learnt.

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CARICOM SG briefed by his Commonwealth counterpart ahead of Summit

CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (centre) in discussion with Commonwealth Secretary-General Baroness Patricia Scotland and CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General, Foreign and Community Relations, Ambassador Colin Granderson

Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque was this morning briefed by Commonwealth Secretary-General Baroness Patricia Scotland on the issues before this week’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 (CHOGM 2018) in London, England.

A number of CARICOM Member States are part of the community of 53 nations which are participating in the CHOGM,  being held under the theme “Towards a Common Future”. (more…)