Suriname President encourages Region to diversify economic offerings

President of Suriname His Excellency Desi Bouterse speaking at Opening Ceremony of the 37th Regular Meeting of the Conference of the CARICOM Heads of Government on Monday

President of Suriname His Excellency Desi Bouterse has encouraged the Region to further diversify its offerings on the economic market. He was speaking at the Opening Ceremony of the Thirty-Seventh Meeting of the Conference of the CARICOM Heads of Government on Monday July 4, 2016 in Georgetown Guyana.

President Bouterse highlighted that the Region faced a number of economic challenges especially now that other world economies were declining. According to him CARICOM Member States could no longer be dependent on  extractor sectors such as oil, gold and other mining products which were now confronted with decreasing prices.

He said that although there had been recent improvements in the prices of oil and gold, the old prices for these commodities would not return in the foreseeable future. (more…)

CARICOM, Australia strengthen ties

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The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Australia continue to strengthen an already rewarding relationship, which among other things, has seen 128 CARICOM nationals benefitting from major scholarship programmes and leadership awards.

CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on Wednesday March 9, 2016, accepted the Letters of Credence from new Australian Ambassador  to CARICOM, Mr. John Pilbeam, at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana.

He placed on record the Region’s profound appreciation for the Australia Aid Programme support in building human and institutional capacities in the Region; its support of the Community’s response to climate change, and advocacy on the international stage on political and economic issues.

CARICOM nationals have acquitted themselves excellently in academic programmes facilitated through the Australia Aid Programme, with 100% graduate completion and return rates. The last scholar, who is reading for a PhD., returns to Guyana  in 2018. Ambassador LaRocque lobbied for the renewal of the Programme to further the bonds between CARICOM and Australia.


CARICOM Climate Change Ministers meet to chart way forward



CARICOM Ministers responsible for Climate Change today wrapped up a two day-day review of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and an assessment of the opportunities it provides for the Region.
Their engagement came just ahead of the CARICOM Heads of Government 27th Inter-Sessional Meeting to be held in Belize 16 – 17 February, and is expected to guide deliberations on this matter.
COP 21 (the 21st Conference of the Parties) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was held this past December in Paris, France. It produced the “Paris Agreement”, a new international agreement on climate change in which countries agreed to limit global warming to as far below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial level as possible and striving to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius, to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change and work toward low carbon development, and to ensure financial flows consistent with a low greenhouse gas emission pathway and climate resilient development.
CARICOM Member States contributed significantly to the drafting of the Paris Agreement and a successful outcome in Paris.
The Paris Agreement will be opened for signature and ratification at the United Nations in New York in April 2016. CARICOM Members will be urged to participate in this signing ceremony and become parties to the Paris Agreement to bring it into force as soon as possible. The Paris Agreement will enter into force when at least 55 countries representing at least 55 per cent of global emissions become Parties to the Agreement.

After successful COP 21 CARICOM Climate Change Ministers hold review meeting

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Flashback to the COP 21 Meeting in Paris. (l-r) CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, then-CARICOM Chairman Prime Minister Freundel Stuart of Barbados, Lead Prime Ministerial spokesman on Climate Change Dr. Kenny Anthony of St. Lucia and Chairman of the CARICOM Climate Change Task Force, Minister Jimmy Fletcher of St. Lucia.

Ahead of next week’s CARICOM Heads of Government Inter-sessional Meeting in Belize, Ministers responsible for Climate Change are holding a two-day review of the ground breaking COP 21 Meeting in Paris and assessing the opportunities for the Region. The meeting, convened by the  Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, wraps up in Belize City today. (more…)

Incoming Chair of CARICOM prioritises benefits for people in 2016

Incoming Chairman of CARICOM, the Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize
Incoming Chairman of CARICOM, the Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize
“People of the Caribbean Community, we have a lot to be proud of and a lot to look forward to. Let us strive to make 2016 one to remember as a landmark year for our integration movement.” – The Hon Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize and Incoming Chairman of CARICOM

With the firm resolution to strengthen the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to provide greater benefits for its peoples, the Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize assumes the six-month chairmanship of the Community from 1 January 2016.

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

In a message to usher in the New Year, Prime Minister Barrow pointed out that there was a lot to be proud of and a lot to look forward to.


Our resolution is to continue to strengthen our integration movement to deliver ever-increasing benefits to the people of our Community. We will continue our quest to improve our standard of living through providing a safe, viable and prosperous Caribbean Community. In so doing we will build on our successes and will be moving forward with a number of initiatives to achieve that aim,” he said.