‘Our region needs to be a zone of peace’- Guyana PM tells CANSEC conference

Prime Minister of Guyana, the Hon. Moses Nagamootoo with some members of the CANSEC delegation during a photo op. (Photo via DPI)
Prime Minister of Guyana, the Hon. Moses Nagamootoo with some members of the CANSEC delegation during a photo op. (Photo via DPI)

Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo has signalled the need for Guyana and the rest of the region to be a zone of peace, free from the scourge of money laundering, piracy and other illicit activities.

PM Harris discusses regional, global issues with President Clinton

Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Hon Timothy Harris and President Bill Clinton deep in conversation
Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Hon Timothy Harris and President Bill Clinton deep in conversation

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, (SKNIS) July 25, 2017 – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris yesterday (July 24th) met with the 42nd President of the USA, President Bill Clinton, at the Clinton Global Foundation in New York. Prime Minister Harris was in New York for a forum geared at promoting partnership for expanding healthcare to Every Caribbean Woman, Every Caribbean Child.

President Clinton was a special guest at the event. Also present were the Most Honourable Mrs. Juliet Holness, First Lady of Jamaica, Her Excellency Sandra Granger, First Lady of The Co-operative Republic of Guyana, plus representatives from several women groups including the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

In the meeting with Prime Minister Harris and President Clinton, the two statesmen discussed the success of the Clinton Global Initiative.

President Bill Clinton, the Hon. Senator Wendy Phipps, Minister of State within the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender Affairs and Social Services, and PM Timothy Harris
President Bill Clinton, the Hon. Senator Wendy Phipps, Minister of State within the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender Affairs and Social Services, and PM Timothy Harris

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PM Stuart to attend CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting

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Lead Head of Government of the CSME, Barbados Prime Minister, the Hon. Freundel Stuart and his Foreign Minister, the Hon Maxine McClean
Barbados Prime Minister, the Hon. Freundel Stuart and his Foreign Minister, the Hon Maxine McClean, will be in Grenada for the 38th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart will leave Barbados on Monday, July 3, to attend the Thirty-Eighth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), at the Radisson Hotel in St. George’s, Grenada.

The opening ceremony will be held on Tuesday, July 4, at the Grenada Trade Centre, and the conference will conclude on Thursday, July 6.

Mr. Stuart and his CARICOM counterparts will have a packed agenda for the upcoming summit, with Heads of Government expected to review the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and plans for its implementation among Member States. They will also be given an update on the progress towards completing the Protocol on the Refusal of Entry of Persons.

When they meet in a closed-door session, regional leaders will discuss the matter of regional security, as it relates to CARICOM’s Counter-Terrorism Strategy, especially as the Caribbean attempts to grapple with terrorism and violent extremism.

Read more at: Barbados Government Information Service

U.S. Strategy for Engagement in the Caribbean

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Caribbean 2020: A Multi-Year Strategy To Increase the Security, Prosperity, and Well-Being of the People of the United States and the Caribbean

The Caribbean region is the United States’ “third border,” characterized by common interests and societal ties that yield daily, tangible benefits for U.S. citizens. The United States is the primary trading partner for the Caribbean, representing a vibrant economic partnership that in 2016 saw a $4.6 billion trade surplus for the United States, 14 million U.S. tourist visits, and 11,042 Caribbean students studying in the United States. We also face many common threats across the region. Small, but significant, numbers of violent extremists from the region have joined ISIS. Caribbean countries have some of the highest murder rates in the world. Rising crime and endemic corruption threaten governments’ ability to provide security and good governance. They also drive irregular migration to the United States. As the United States works to secure its southern border, we should prepare for transnational criminal organizations to shift more of their operations to the Caribbean as a transit point for drugs, migrants, weapons, and other illicit activity.

This strategy, coordinated with the interagency, identifies the Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development’s priorities for United States engagement with the Caribbean region in the areas of security, diplomacy, prosperity, energy, education, and health. On security, we will work with our Caribbean partners to ensure ISIS is denied a foothold in the region, dismantle illicit trafficking networks, enhance maritime security, confront violent and organized crime, and increase the sharing of threat information among countries. Our diplomacy will both raise the political level of our dialogue with the Caribbean and focus it more tightly on this strategy’s six priorities. We will increase our own and our neighbors’ prosperity by promoting sustainable growth, open markets for U.S. exports, and private sector-led investment and development. On energy, exports of U.S. natural gas and the use of U.S. renewable energy technologies will provide cleaner, cheaper alternatives to heavy fuel oil and lessen reliance on Venezuela.

On education, we will focus our resources on exchanges and programs for students, scholars, teachers, and other professionals that provide mutual benefits to U.S. and Caribbean communities and promote economic development and entrepreneurship. In the area of health, we will continue to partner with countries in the region in the fight against infectious diseases, like HIV/AIDS and Zika, recognizing deadly pathogens are threats that know no borders.

Read more at: US State Department

Customs and Immigration Officers urged not to fall prey to corruption

Customs and Immigration Officers are being urged not to fall prey to corruption. This call was made by CARICOM Assistant Secretary General, Dr. Douglas Slater. Dr. Slater delivered the keynote address during the opening ceremony of the sixth Joint National Border Security Training held at the Police Officer’s Training Centre, Camp Road, Georgetown, Guyana.

The aim of the training is to enhance the capacity of border security officials in Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states to prevent, detect and minimize the opportunity of illegal activities. Dr. Slater noted that due to the economic situation in the Caribbean, law enforcement agents are faced with the temptation of corruption. The Assistant Secretary General told the participants that it is important that they refrain from such inducements.

“We know that our workers including our border protection agencies, they do have temptations and the criminals are out there and will be making offers. You have a responsibility and I expect you to uphold that responsibility to desist from such temptations, because if you do not have proper discipline and professionalism chaos will result”, Dr. Slater explained.

Read more at: Government Information Agency