Work to begin on new CARICOM strategic plan

By year end, the CARICOM Secretariat will be hard at work getting the framework in place for the new strategic plan for the Caribbean Community.

That’s the word from Craig Beresford, Director of Strategic Management with the CARICOM Secretariat. He was speaking yesterday morning during the start of a two-day workshop held at the Radisson Aquatica Resort, on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) Monitoring Evaluation and Reporting Framework, as he reflected on the fact that the existing strategic plan for the Caribbean Community, which came into effect in 2015, is set to expire in 2019.

Given that reality, Beresford said that consultation will begin this year and run into the early part of 2019, after which they hope to start to formulate the strategy with the view of having a new plan by the end of 2019, “ripe and ready” for implementation by the time 2020 rolls in. He said this process of creating the plan should be easier than the last, as there is better communication among states, and there is a monitoring and evaluation system that will be able to better monitor objectives set and the steps taken to achieve them.

Speaking to the media following the opening, he noted that the plan will be influenced by a number of different issues that are happening around the world and indeed within the individual Member States within CARICOM. He made the point while noting that new policies from international countries, which are becoming more nationalistic in their focus, would also need to be looked at.

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The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) embarks on the implementation of a harmonised Results-Based Management (RBM) System

Participants at an RBM Workshop, March 2017

A series of sensitisation seminars on the CARICOM Results-Based Management (RBM) System, which promotes a more results-focused approach to programme and project management, will continue next Monday and Tuesday 22-23 January in Suriname. The  seminars, which began in Barbados 24-25 November last year, will continue throughout the year in other Member States.

These sensitisation seminars will target a wide cross section of stakeholders including Parliamentarians, Permanent Secretaries, International Development Partners, Regional Institutions, Directors and Corporate Planners, the Private Sector, Non-governmental Organisations (NGO’s) and the Media. (more…)

A year that will have a lasting impact – CARICOM Secretary-General



End of Year Message

by the Secretary-General

of the

Caribbean Community (CARICOM)

Ambassador Irwin LaRocque


There is no doubt that the events of 2017 will have a lasting impact on our Community.  The ravaging effects of this year’s hurricane season will cast a long shadow over our Community for some time yet.

Six of our Members and several of our Caribbean neighbours experienced the wrath of unprecedented back-to-back Category 5 Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The heavy toll of lives, property and infrastructure had an effect wider than the affected countries.  Our Community has bonded together, as its governments, people and institutions render yeoman support to the stricken countries.  The international community has been at our side in the relief undertaking in a highly appreciated show of solidarity.

The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, (CDEMA) the Community’s specialised institution, performed magnificently as it coordinated the relief efforts and helped to set the stage for recovery.  I must extend the Region’s gratitude to the Agency for a job well done.  The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) was also prompt in meeting its commitments to the affected countries with the appropriate policies.

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Consultations underway to improve social protection in Region

From left, Director, Human and Social Development, CARICOM Secretariat, Ms Myrna Bernard, Assistant Secretary-General, Human and Social Development, CARICOM Secretariat, Dr. Douglas Slater, Programme Manager, Communications, CARICOM Secretariat, Mr. Kendol Morgan and representative, International Labour Organisation (ILO), Ms. Claudia Coenjaerts
From left, Director, Human Development, CARICOM Secretariat, Ms. Myrna Bernard; Assistant Secretary-General, Human and Social Development, CARICOM Secretariat, Dr. Douglas Slater; Programme Manager, Communications, CARICOM Secretariat, Mr. Kendol Morgan; and Director of the Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean, International Labour Organisation (ILO), Ms. Claudia Coenjaerts, at the opening ceremony.

Regional representatives converged at the CARICOM Headquarters in Georgetown, Guyana, on Monday to discuss measures to improve social protection within the Region.

Social Protection refers to interventions from public, private, voluntary organisation and social networks, to support communities, households and individuals, in their efforts to prevent, manage and overcome a defined set of risks and vulnerabilities.

The Regional representatives are attending a Consultation on the Establishment of a Regional Tripartite Social Dialogue Mechanism and a Regional Social Protection Floor.

At the opening ceremony on Monday morning, Assistant Secretary General, Human and Social Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, Dr. Douglas Slater, said the discussion would feed into recommendations of the CARICOM Strategic Plan. The Plan focuses on strengthening Community governance to achieve social, economic and environmental resilience. According to Dr. Slater, the  Plan clearly articulated the importance of diverse social partners in  traditional Tripartite as well as  ‘Tripartite Plus’ approaches coming together to focus on regional integration and our development agenda. (more…)

CARICOM taking steps to Institutionalise a Gender Sensitive Results-Oriented Culture across the Community


The Caribbean Community (CARICOM), in June 2016, will initiate the implementation of a “Gender Sensitive Results-Based Management (RBM) System” to build a results-oriented culture around the operationalization of the CARICOM Strategic Plan, 2015 – 2019.

Following extensive planning and project design which commenced in December 2014, in August 2015, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) approved funding for the Project entitled “PROMOTING THE PRINCIPLES OF MANAGING FOR DEVELOPMENT RESULTS – FURTHERING THE REGIONAL INTEGRATION PROCESS.”

As a first step, the CARICOM Secretariat, in collaboration with CDB, established a RBM Leadership Group comprising representatives of CARICOM Member States, Community Institutions and the Secretariat, to drive the project and serve as RBM implementation champions. The RBM Leadership Group will be chaired by the Deputy Secretary-General. (more…)