Private Sector Capacity Building and Consultation: CARICOM Strategy for Regional Implementation of the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation

hqcomplexnewThe Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat has convened a Private Sector Consultation and capacity building workshop on the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation (TFA) and the CARICOM Strategy for Regional Implementation.   

The Meeting, intended for national Business Development Organisations from CARICOM WTO Members, takes place in Kingston, Jamaica, 19-20 April, 2017,   with the support of the Commonwealth Secretariat/European Union Hubs & Spokes II Programme, in collaboration with the World Bank Group (WBG). (more…)

Energy centre to highlight discussions at Special Meetings of COTED

From left, Ms Desiree Field-Ridley, Officer-in-charge, Directorate of Trade and Economic Integration, His Excellency David Pendergast, Jamaica High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago and Chair of the Meeting, Dr Devon Gardner, Programme Manager, Energy, CARICOM Secretariat, and Ms. Sandra Bart, Legal Officer, CARICOM Secretariat.
From left, Ms Desiree Field-Ridley, Officer-in-charge, Directorate of Trade and Economic Integration, His Excellency David Pendergast, Jamaica High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago and Chair of the Meeting, Dr Devon Gardner, Programme Manager, Energy, CARICOM Secretariat, and Ms. Sandra Bart, Legal Officer, CARICOM Secretariat. at the Meeting of Energy officials on Monday at the CARICOM Secretariat

The establishment of the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) will straddle discussions at two Special Meetings of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) that will be held in Georgetown, Guyana on Wednesday and Thursday.

A Special Meeting of COTED on Energy will be convened on Wednesday morning at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat with CCREEE as the main agenda item. COTED, in November last year, endorsed the establishment of CREEE following a series of engagements with regional stakeholders.

CCREEE was envisaged to support and coordinate the execution of CARICOM’s Sub-Regional and Regional Renewable Energy (RE) and Energy Efficiency (EE) programmes, projects and activities. The Centre, which is being established with the assistance of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), the Austrian Government, and SIDS DOCK, will have an explicit technical mandate and is expected to be action- and service-oriented in its operation. (more…)

With Austrian funding, UNIDO to help establish Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

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(UNIDO, Vienna) The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the operational unit of Austrian Development Cooperation, today signed a 1.3 million Euro funding agreement for the establishment of the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE).

The signing ceremony was also attended by representatives of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Sustainable Energy and Climate Resilience Initiative – SIDS DOCK, and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). The signing is in follow up to the Memorandum of Understanding signed on 17 March 2014, by UNIDO, the Government of Austria and SIDS DOCK, to assist SIDS in the Caribbean, Pacific, Africa and Indian Ocean with the establishment of regional sustainable energy centres. The network was officially launched at the UN Third International Conference on SIDS in Samoa, in September 2014. The establishment of CCREEE was recently endorsed by the Ministerial Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) of CARICOM.

Martin Ledolter and UNIDO Director-General Li Yong signed a funding agreement for the first phase of CCREEE.
Martin Ledolter and UNIDO Director-General Li Yong signed a funding agreement for the first phase of CCREEE. Also in photo is Mr. Al Binger, Energy Science Adviser of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) and SIDS Dock COordinator

“The regional centre for the Caribbean is another good example of our fruitful partnership with Austria. Local companies and industry will benefit from the growing sustainable energy market opportunities, as well as from regional cooperation and South-South and North-South technology and knowledge transfer,” said LI Yong, the Director General of UNIDO. (more…)

Regional sugar association to work closely with COTED

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The Sugar Association of the Caribbean (SAC) has agreed to work closely with the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to implement decisions taken by the Council in November 2014.

The Association held its Board of Directors Meeting on 12-13 December, 2014 in Georgetown, Guyana, where it noted and welcomed the decisions taken at the Thirty-Ninth Meeting of the COTED.

Among the decisions were increased Ministerial support for advocacy in the European Union (EU) and US markets and support for a strengthened West Indies Central Sugar Cane Breeding Station which is owned by the SAC.

Read more SAC Press Release- Dec 2014 Guyana Meeting

 

CAHFSA begins operations in Suriname

The Board of Directors of the Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety (CAHFSA), a Regional institution, held its third meeting at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat from November 17-19, 2014.

The Chairman of the Board is Ms. Audine Mootoo of Trinidad and Tobago. Other members are: Dr. Helena Browne of Antigua and Barbuda, Dr. Beverley Wood of Barbados, Mr. Emir Cruz of Belize,, Mr. Ryan Anselm of Dominica, Dr. Bowen Louisan of Grenada, Dr. Dindyal Permaul of Guyana, Dr. Max Millien of Haiti, Mr. Thomas Jackson of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. Auria King of Saint Lucia, Dr. Kathian Hackshaw of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Mr. Rajendrekoemar Debie of Suriname, Ms. Sheila Harvey of Jamaica, and Mr. Claude Brown of Montserrat.

The Board has been working closely with the CARICOM Secretariat in developing the rules and procedures, the administrative structure and the strategic plan of CAHFSA. The agency became operational in October 2014, with the appointment of its Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Lindley Collins. His appointment was announced during Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2014 which was held in Suriname, where CAHFSA’s offices are located. (more…)