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:


CSME – a journey not a destination: CARICOM Heads

Plenary session at the 28th Inter-Sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government

A comprehensive review of the current status of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) was among the matters before Caribbean Community Heads of Government at their just ended 28th inter-Sessional Meeting in Guyana.

CARICOM Chairman, President David Granger of Guyana, addressing the 28th Inter-Sessional meeting.

The review, mandated by the Heads at their previous meeting in July 2016, spoke to the achievements to date, the matters being held up by Member States or Community Organs, work that is in train or still to be done, and the challenges being faced.

The Meeting agreed that there was significant progress in the implementation of the CSME, and noted that the areas of achievement include legal and institutional measures and mechanisms to support free movement of goods, services, skills and the cross border establishment of businesses.

The Heads were however concerned that for some areas, decision taken were not complied with in Member States and they agreed that the necessary action will be taken to effect compliance.  They identified some impediments to further development of the CSME, including capacity constraints at the national level, the need for effective consultative mechanisms, and the necessity for timely meetings of the responsible Community’s Organs and Bodies.  Some priority areas noted for attention going forward include, the challenges with payments for goods and services traded in the Region, and completion of the protocol relating to facilitation of travel. (more…)

Stirring opening to CARICOM Inter-Sessional – Video highlights

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The Twenty-Eighth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) opened Thursday morning at the Marriott Hotel, Georgetown, Guyana.

Speakers at the Opening included CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque,  Prime Minister of Dominica, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit, and CARICOM Chairman and President of Guyana, HE David Granger.

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CSME sensitization and capacity building for Suriname

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A sensitization session on the CSME (CARICOM Single Market and Economy) Regime for Free Movement of People is one of two workshops to be held in Suriname next week.

More than 30 participants will attend the one-day sensitization training workshop on Tuesday 12 January in the Dutch-speaking CARICOM Member State.  The intervention will help to address the critical importance of stakeholder engagement, including with employers, the private sector and labour, to the successful operation of the CSME and regional integration in general.

The second workshop, on Wednesday 13 January, provides training for Immigration and Border Control Officers on current arrangements under the CSME. (more…)