Chatting CARICOM – Live Regional Television Talk Show launches tonight

CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque will be the first guest when Chatting CARICOM,  a series of live regional television talk shows, is launched on Tuesday 25 April 2017, at 8:00 pm.

Chatting CARICOM, produced by the CARICOM Secretariat and the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) with support from the European Union, will be broadcast monthly on CMC’s regional cable TV channel, Carib Vision, and on a number of national television stations in CARICOM Member States, affiliated to CMC.  The programmes will also be Live Streamed on the CARICOM Face Book page - https://www.facebook.com/caricom.org and on the CARICOM Secretariat’s News Blog CARICOM Today – http://today.caricom.org/

This series, on the Regional Integration process, will include live public interaction via phone and social media.   See promo:

CARICOM SG lauds Saint Lucia’s leadership role on Sustainable Development on its 38th Independence Anniversary

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CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has extended the Caribbean Community’s congratulations to Saint Lucia on its 38th anniversary as an independent nation.

Newly sworn-in Saint Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet (Photo via St. Lucia News Online)
Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Allen Chastanet

In a message to  Prime Minister Hon. Allen Chastanet, Ambassador LaRocque expressed the Community’s appreciation for Saint Lucia’s contributions at all levels of CARICOM and specifically its leadership role on the important issue of Sustainable Development.  Saint Lucia has lead responsibility in the CARICOM Quasi-cabinet for Sustainable Development, including environment, disaster management and water.

Ambassador LaRocque also noted that the theme of this year’s anniversary “I am Saint Lucian” reflected the commitment of the Government and people to work together to develop the country and improve the citizens’ well-being.

Saint Lucia gained political independence from Britain on  22 February 1979.

 

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Secretary-General briefs new CARICOM Chairman

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CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque met on Friday with incoming CARICOM Chairman H.E. Brigadier (Retired) David Granger to brief him on his tenure as Chair for the next six months and preparations for the Inter-Sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government in February, over which he will preside.

Also present at the briefing were Guyana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Greenidge and Sharlene Phoenix of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Neville Bissember, Advisor, and Charmaine Atkinson-Jordan, Chef-de-Cabinet, in the Office of the Secretary-General.

Regional Training Centre being established for young people with disabilities

Signing the Agreement: (from left) Guyana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Carl Greenidge; CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque; Cuba’s Ambassador to Guyana Mr. Julio Cesar Gonzalez Marchante
Signing the Agreement: (from left) Guyana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Carl Greenidge; CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque; Cuba’s Ambassador to Guyana Mr. Julio Cesar Gonzalez Marchante

Plans for a Regional Training Centre for young people with disabilities moved a step forward today with the signing of an agreement by the implementing parties.

CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Guyana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Carl Greenidge, and Cuba’s Ambassador to Guyana H.E. Julio Cesar Gonsalez Marchante signed a Tripartite Cooperation and Technical Assistance Agreement at a Ceremony held at the CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana.  The Agreement will lead to the establishment of a  “Regional Training Centre for Development and Stimulation of Children, Adolescents and Young People with Special Educational Needs Associated with Disabilities.”

Guyana will host the Regional Centre which will use Cuba’s extensive experience to assist CARICOM Member States to meet the special education needs associated with disabilities.

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Reform absolutely essential in ever-changing global environment – CARICOM SG

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

“Reform is never easy. Side by side with the undertaking of any reform process, is the management of the change that it is seeking to bring about.  It calls for those entrusted with the task to be sensitive to the concerns and fears that going from the known to the unknown bring. It requires the acceptance of new ideas, of new ways of doing things and, at a personal level, of critical self-examination.

“As difficult and challenging as reform is, it is absolutely essential in order to confront the ever-changing nature of today’s global environment.

“The recognition of that reality is what is driving me as I undertake the current reform process in our Community.  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.

“When I took office in 2011, I stated that I was “firmly of the view that the architecture and governance of our integration arrangements must be reformed if we are to be more effective and accountable”.  To achieve this, I further stated that we could not proceed with business as usual.  “

CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRcoque, delivering the Feature Adress on the occasion of Public Service Day, 2 December 2016, in the Commonwealth of Dominica.

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