Following CARICOM-Mexico Summit – GDF to benefit from disaster response expertise of Mexican Army

Georgetown, Guyana – (March 7, 2018) With an already strong defence cooperation programme with several bilateral partners, the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) is now set to benefit from the expertise of the Mexican Army in the area of disaster response and management. This was confirmed (on Wednesday) when President David Granger met with Mexico’s Ambassador to Guyana, Mr. Ivan Robero Sierra Medel. The meeting was held at State House.

The Ambassador said that the move to strengthen military to military relations between the two countries came out of discussions at the CARICOM-Mexico Summit, which was held in Belize in October 2017. Upon the invitation of the Mexican Army, two GDF officers are to be identified to be part of a four-month training programme, which is scheduled to commence later this month at the National Defence College in Mexico City.

Guyana, Mexico strengthen military to military relations in the area of disaster response and management following CARICOM-Mexico Summit
Guyana and Mexico strengthen military to military relations in the area of disaster response and management following CARICOM-Mexico Summit

The Mexican Army has over 50 years of experience and expertise, particularly in the area of disaster response, an area in which the GDF can benefit significantly. Ambassador Sierra Medel explained that in Mexico, the military has a comprehensive strategy consisting of six pillars to deal with natural disasters. These include: search and rescue, evacuation of at-risk communities, interaction with the population during a crisis, protection of families and securing communities and these are the areas in which the two GDF officers will be trained.

Expressing his appreciation to the Ambassador and the Mexican Government, President Granger said, “I see this as the start of a relationship that we will continue to build on and over time we will be able to develop our own disaster response capabilities.”

See Joint Declaration – IV CARICOM-MEXICO Summit (25.10.17)

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CSME the best response to changes in Europe – Outgoing Chair

 

Outgoing Chairman of CARICOM, H.E. David Granger, President of Guyana delivering his address to the Conference
Outgoing Chairman of CARICOM, His Excellency David Granger, President of Guyana, delivering his address to the Conference

The CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) is the Community’s best response to the inevitable changes in its traditional markets in Europe, the prevalence of economic liberalisation and the emergence of economic blocs, Outgoing CARICOM Chairman, President of Guyana, His Excellency David Granger said Tuesday evening.

Speaking at the opening of the 38th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM at the Grenada Trade Centre in Grand Anse, the President of Guyana said the CSME is still the best vehicle to allow small states like those of CARICOM to compete in the global economy while promoting economic and social development.

CARICOM Heads of Governments, who began the first business session of their two-day meeting on Wednesday, were expected to examine the findings of a comprehensive review of the CSME. (more…)

Outgoing CARICOM Chairman makes impassioned plea for closer unity

Outgoing Chairman of CARICOM H.E. David Granger (R), interacts with The Hon. Andrew Holness, PM, Jamaica
Outgoing Chairman of CARICOM H.E. David Granger (R), interacts with The Hon. Andrew Holness, PM, Jamaica

“The Community, challenged by the constantly changing international situation, must redouble its efforts to ensure a more safe society for its citizens, more stable economies for its countries, deeper solidarity and a more secure hemisphere.”

This impassioned plea for closer unity within CARICOM was issued by outgoing Chairman, His Excellency David Granger, President of Guyana, in his address to the opening of the Thirty-Eighth CARICOM Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government.

His message last evening (4 July, 2017) at the Grenada Trade Centre, in Grand Anse, paralleled a similar charge by Heads of Government 28 years ago to deepen the integration process in response to the emerging geo-political order of that time.

Within the current international environment, replete with uncertainty and complexity, President Granger warned that the efficacy of the Community’s international advocacy could be impaired if efforts of coordination among the four pillars of CARICOM were weak. (more…)

 

Grand Anse and beyond

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Today, we continue to place the spotlight on Grenada ahead of the Thirty-Eighth Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM. We flash back through Grenada’s milestones as a champion of closer integration among the territories of the Region. The Regular Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government will be held from 4 – 6 July at the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort. The Opening Ceremony will be held this afternoon at the Grenada Trade Centre.

 

Remembering the Landmark Grand Anse Agreement, the genesis of the CSME

Once again, Grenada became associated with  another major milestone in regional integration.  The regional integration architecture was re-fuelled in 1989 in Grand Anse, Grenada. The Grand Anse Declaration and Work Programme for the Advancement of the Integration Movement symbolised a new era of integration embodied in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy, the Community’s people centred- flagship programme.

In Grande Anse, Heads of Government articulated their vision to advance the regional integration process through the establishment of a single economic space, with social and cultural spin-offs. The objectives included more efficient use of labour, natural resources, capital and other factors of production; competitive production for a greater variety and quantity of products and services to trade with other countries; and the resulting improvement in standards of living. (more…)