Regional patriotism, CSME in focus at end-of-summit press conference

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The CARICOM Conference of Heads of Government recently concluded their Inter-Sessional meeting, which was was held  on February 16 -17, 2017 in Georgetown, Guyana. The meeting ended with a press briefing at the Marriott Hotel, which was addressed by Chairman of the Conference, His Excellency David Granger, President of Guyana, Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Hon. Keith Mitchell who will be the next Chairman, as well as CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque. Some of the topics addressed included  the CSME, Correspondent Banking, CARICOM-US Relations, Regional Security, Tourism, and CARIFESTA, which will be held in Barbados this August.  More in this video report:

 

PM Stuart to attend Intersessional Summit

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Prime Minister of Barbados, the Rt. Hon Freundel Stuart.
Prime Minister of Barbados, the Rt. Hon Freundel Stuart.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart arrives in Guyana today to attend the Twenty-Eighth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), from February 16 to 17.

Following the adoption of the Agenda, Heads of Government are expected to discuss a wide range of issues that are critical to the development of the region, including: Correspondent Banking; Tourism in the Region; the Status of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME); CARIFESTA XIII, which Barbados will host in August this year; Information and Communication Technologies for Development; and Relations with the Dominican Republic.

While in Guyana, Mr. Stuart will sign, on behalf of the Government of Barbados, the Protocol Amending the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas to incorporate the Council for National Security and Law Enforcement (CONSLE) as an Organ of the Community, and the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) as an Institution of the Community. (more…)

Barbados gears up for CARIFESTA XIII

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A proposed Caribbean shopping centre during the staging here of the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA) this year is generating global interest, according to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth.

In a release issued through its public relations consultants, Finer Points Consultants Inc, the ministry said in addition to the eight Caribbean Community countries that had confirmed their participation in CARIFESTA XIII, there had been interest in the Grand Market and Buyer’s Shopping Mall from as far as the Middle East.

“In addition to early confirmers Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Guyana, Montserrat and St Lucia, there has been interest shown in the regional showcase from international buyers in Colombia, North America, Europe the Middle East as well as from other Caribbean islands, who have a special interest in one of the major events for the festival – the Grand Market and Buyer’s Shopping Mall,” it said.

“The Caribbean’s first mega mall is expected to feature the widest range of Caribbean creative products under one roof with over 300 booth spaces available.” 

Read more at: Barbados Today

CARIFESTA Grand Market registration open

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Registration for the Grand Market and Buyers’ Mall for CARIFESTA XIII is now open.

Producers of cultural products and services are encouraged to sign up for the event, which takes place during CARIFESTA XIII from August 17 to 27.

The Grand Market and Buyers’ Mall will be held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Two Mile Hill, St. Michael. Interested persons may complete the registration form here.

The Grand Market and Buyers’ Mall will give buyers the opportunity to visit an exhibition of cultural goods and services in a market place environment, which exclusively features Caribbean creative products. Additionally, several international buyers have been invited to the event.

CARIFESTA, the region’s largest arts festival, is reported to host at least 3,000 regional artists and cultural practitioners.

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Barbados ready for Carifesta XIII

Barbados is on track to host CARIFESTA XIII from 17-27 August, 2017.

This assurance was given Monday morning by Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley, at a press conference to announce the winners of the CARIFESTAlogo and jingle competitions at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

Telling stakeholders, members of the CARIFESTA committee and reporters that the country was “on track in terms of the various aspects that we have had to address”, Mr. Lashley said the concept, theme and structure of CARIFESTA had been examined, and it was this island’s intention to make the festival “a huge success, not only for Barbados but also for the entire Caribbean”.

Culture Minister, Stephen Lashley presents Darin Holder with his BDS $10,000 cheque for winning the CARIFSTA XIII jingle competition. Looking on is music producer Dwain "Dwaingerous" Antrobus who assisted in the production of the jingle. (Photo by A.Miller via BGIS)
Culture Minister, Stephen Lashley presents Darin Holder with his BDS $10,000 cheque for winning the CARIFSTA XIII jingle competition. Looking on is music producer Dwain “Dwaingerous” Antrobus who assisted in the production of the jingle. (Photo by A.Miller via BGIS)

“Having established that initial committee, we followed up on that by putting in place a host country organising committee which I chair as Minister of Culture, and as a representative of the Cabinet of Barbados, and they have been meeting over the past year to prepare for this great signal event,” he explained.

Noting that CARIFESTA XIII would be hosted under the theme: Asserting Our Culture, Celebrating Ourselves, Mr. Lashley added that having decided upon the theme, a logo and jingle were needed to assist with the festival’s branding.

Read more at: Barbados Government Information Service

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