UK commits to closer relations with CARICOM

Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque welcomes UK High Commissioner Ms Janet Douglas

Even as the United Kingdom continues to face its fair share of challenging events, it has committed to closer relations with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

New High Commissioner of the UK to the Eastern Caribbean and CARICOM, Her Excellency Janet Douglas said on Thursday, 22 June, that her country wanted to infuse fresh vigour in its relations with the Region. She was at time presenting her Letter of Credence to CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana.

In the wake of the recent acts of terrorism in the UK, Ambassador LaRocque placed on record the Community’s unreserved condemnation of orchestrated attacks perpetrated against innocent civilians.

He said: “CARICOM joins its voice to that of the international community in condemning terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.  Such disruptive and vicious acts underscore the need for the international community to deepen cooperation in the battle against terrorism.” (more…)

CARICOM congratulates Guyana on Independence Anniversary

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Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has extended warm congratulations to the Government and People of Guyana on the country’s 51st Anniversary of Independence.

Guyana is celebrating this year’s anniversary under the theme Unity in Diversity in a Green Economy.

In message on behalf of the Community, the Secretary-General said the progress made by Guyana over the last five decades was indicative of the determination and resilience of its citizens.

This allied with the country’s natural resources, fertile agricultural lands, and thrust to a green economy, Ambassador LaRocque said, boded well for the nation’s future.

“Guyana has a proud tradition of being a leader in regional integration and has provided leadership to the Community in the area of Agriculture in its role as the country responsible for that sector in the CARICOM Quasi-Cabinet,” the Secretary-General said.

“The Caribbean Community joins with the Government and People of Guyana in their celebration of this milestone and looks forward to continuing the journey together towards further progress of the country and the Region,” he added.



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

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) strongly condemns the vicious terrorist attack perpetrated in Manchester, United Kingdom, on Monday evening.

The fact that the majority of the victims were children and young people makes this vile action even more heart-rending.

The compassionate and helpful reaction by the citizens of Manchester to those in distress after the carnage, exemplifies the qualities of empathy and resilience of the people of the United Kingdom.

CARICOM extends its deepest sympathy to the families who lost loved ones and wishes a full and speedy recovery to the injured.  The Community stands in solidarity with the Government and People of the United Kingdom as they confront this latest assault on their nation.

CARICOM SG ready to welcome new Bahamian PM’s fresh ideas

Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis making his inaugural address

CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque is looking forward to an early briefing with new Prime Minister of The Bahamas Dr. Hubert Minnis on matters relating to the Caribbean Community and the Prime Minister’s portfolio in the quasi-cabinet of the CARICOM Heads of Government, that of Tourism.

“I look forward, Prime Minister, to the fresh ideas that you will undoubtedly bring to assist in the progress of our integration process,” the Secretary-General said in his letter of congratulations to Prime Minister Minnis. He also gave the assurance of his full support and that of the CARICOM Secretariat as the Prime Minister seeks to enhance the lives of the people of The Bahamas during his term of office.

Dr. Minnis led his Free National Movement (FNM) to a landslide victory over the incumbent Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) winning 35 of the 39 seats at stake in the 10 May general elections.

“The sweeping success as evidenced by the margin of victory, reflects the level of confidence that the people of The Bahamas have in your leadership and in the programmes of your party”, Ambassador LaRocque’s congratulatory letter said.

He noted that the conduct of the polls once again demonstrated the commitment of CARICOM Member States to the democratic tenet of free and fair elections.  CARICOM mounted an eleven-member Electoral Observation Mission to monitor the process, leading up to and, on Election Day.