Caribbean Export brings regional designers to CARIFESTA XIII

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FLASHBACK: Fashion at CARIFESTA XII in Haiti (CARICOM Secretariat photo)
FLASHBACK: Fashion at CARIFESTA XII in Haiti (CARICOM Secretariat photo)

BRIDGETOWN – At this year’s CARIFESTA XIII hosted in Barbados, the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) will be facilitating the participation of designers and artisans from across CARIFORUM within their Design Caribbean and Caribbean Essence export promotion platforms.

The assistance, in the tune of 50 000 euros is funded by the European Union (EU) via the 11th EDF Regional Private Sector Development Programme (RPSDP), will allow seven fashion designers and four artisans to showcase their creations at the Grand Market & Buyers Shopping Mall from August 18 to 27 at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Barbados.

Read more at: Barbados Nation

PM Holness heads to CARICOM Summit in Grenada

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Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Hon. Andrew Holness
Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Hon. Andrew Holness

Prime Minister Andrew Holness left the island this afternoon (Monday, July 3) for the Thirty-Eighth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in St. George’s, Grenada.

The Regular Meeting will be held under the chairmanship of Dr. the Rt. Honourable Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada, from July 4-6.

The conference provides a forum for Heads of Government to engage in discussions on issues of critical importance to the Region.

It also provides an opportunity to develop innovative programmes of action in response to the challenges facing the Community in the areas of security, trade and economic development.

Read more at: Jamaica Information Service

EU wants to advance common agenda with CARICOM in global fora

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GEORGETOWN, GUYANA, CARICOM SECRETARIAT –  The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Wednesday 15 March, 2017, accredited a new Ambassador of the European Union (EU), with the new envoy advocating for the relationship to more effectively advance a common agenda in global and multilateral fora.

In presenting her letters of credence to the CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Her Excellency Daniela Tramacere pledged that in the face of “populism on both shores of the Atlantic,” the EU will continue to foster political dialogue with the Region.

The new EU Ambassador was accredited at a simple ceremony in the office of the Secretary-General at the Headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana. The CARICOM Secretary-General expressed the Community’s profound appreciation to the EU for decades of technical cooperation and assistance to regional development in critical areas. He noted that the various programmes initiated under the European Development Fund framework had been of immense benefit to CARICOM Member States.

Ambassador Tramacere said that building on the process which established the ambitious December 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change, CARICOM and the EU should pursue a new multilateral political partnership to address global challenges.

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Guyana public sector representatives benefit from Competition Law and Policy training

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Above: Participants at the workshop with trainer, Dr. Taimoon Stewart (front centre) and Mr. Patrick Martens of Equinoccio (front right)

More than fifteen public sector  representatives in Guyana are now more empowered to address issues  related to competition law and policy, as a result of training received at a CARIFORUM-EU workshop held from 17 -21 October 2016, in Georgetown.

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Director General of CARIFORUM, Mr. Percival Marie presents a certificate at the end of the workshop to Mr. George Seales, a Commissioner on the Consumer Affairs Commission.

The workshop on competition law and policy was designed to increase knowledge and awareness and to build the intuitional capacity of agencies to implement the CARIFORIM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

 Under the guidance of workshop facilitator, Dr. Taimoon Stewart, Associate Senior lecturer in Law at the University of the West Indies, participants benefitted from in-depth presentations on three areas of competition law: anti-competitive agreements, abuse of dominance, and merger control regulation.

The economics of competition and the methodology for investigating using the Rule of Reason Procedure, along with the international dimensions of competition law and aspects of US and EU’s jurisprudence for dealing with cross border anti-competitive conduct also formed part of the workshop content. (more…)

Creative mechanisms required to make service providers competitive – CARICOM Ambassador

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Dr. Clarence Henry, Ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda to CARICOM

… there is need for us to turn the market access opportunities provided under the CSME, the OECS Economic Union and the EPA into market presence and penetration.

The challenge here is that many of our service providers are small micro enterprises that have significant internal capacity constraints.

The recommendations and Action Plan emanating from this Symposium should also address such difficulties. Creative technical and financial mechanisms must be established to address our structural innate business challenges that would enable our service providers to become competitive.

Dr. Clarence Henry, Ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda to CARICOM, addressing the Opening Ceremony, Regional Symposium on the Services Sector, 17-19 October, Antigua and Barbuda.

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