Exploring SmartRoom Guyana – on the Journey to a Single Regional ICT Space

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With the vision of the Single Regional ICT space in mind, Staff at the CARICOM Secretariat on Thursday experienced a hands-on demonstration of SmartRoom Guyana, at Guyana’s National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD).39767730451_d321ff5e7e_z

SmartRooms are the beginning of smart cities which have been cited as one of the desired outcomes of the Single ICT space, for which CARICOM Heads approved a roadmap last year. SmartRooms are becoming central to development agenda across the world and now occupy an important place in the corporate, national, and international research and development work and life.

Thursday’s demonstration was used as a sensitization exercise to share the functioning and opportunities provided by a SMARTRoom, brainstorm about resource mobilisation for other smart rooms across the region and examine the other uses and possibilities for the Secretariat which is embarking on an IT upgrade project in 2018, supported by the Government of India.24898025637_b2180c33b1_z

SMARTRoom Guyana is targeting the country’s Education Sector in the first instance, with links to Smart Classrooms aim at extending E-learning and developing students learning ability. The smart classrooms are the new generation educational product and represent a step towards the future of education.  This finds strong nexus with the CARICOM Human Resource Development Strategy (HRD) 2030 – approved last year by the CARICOM Heads of Government. (more…)

Caribbean felt full brunt of climate change in 2017

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados,  CMC – In 2017, the Caribbean felt the full brunt of climate change with a warning that current trends indicate that there will be no respite.

Within a two-week period, Hurricanes Irma and Maria brought home the reality of the impact of climate change as they churned their way across the Lesser Antilles destroying everything in their paths. Hurricane Harvey had in August set the stage for what was to come; with devastation in Houston, Texas, amounting to nearly US$200billion.

“The unprecedented nature of this climatic event highlights the unusual nature of weather patterns that continue to affect nations across the globe,” the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary General Irwin LaRocque said in a message to United States President Donald Trump, as Harvey made landfall in the United States after whipping up strong winds and heavy rains in the Caribbean.

It took less than a month for his statement to bear fruit. Hurricanes Irma and Maria, two Category 5 storms left so many Caribbean islands devastated in September that the CARICOM Chairman and Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell said “there can be no question that for us in the Caribbean, climate change is an existential threat”. (more…)

CARICOM records productive engagements at UNGA

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Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government and Foreign Ministers took full advantage of the just-concluded 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly to strengthen diplomatic relations with members the global community.

They had a fruitful engagement with United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon on the Community’s priorities and developments in the UN, in a final exchange of views and ideas prior to him demitting office in December 2016. The UN SG lauded CARICOM’s strong partnership and thanked CARICOM Member States for their continued leadership in climate change and for their efforts to implement the 2030 sustainable development agenda. CARICOM noted the resource and capacity constraints in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Community had successful meetings with the Foreign Ministers of Japan, the United Arab Emirates, Mexico, and Morocco in an effort to forge new relations and deepen existing ties to support regional development. In this regard, discussions were held with a representative from the Italian Ministry of the Environment regarding the implementation of an existing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with CARICOM Member States, and with senior UN officials to discuss ongoing cooperation in security and elections.

CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Assistant Secretary-General of the Directorate of Foreign and Community Relations, Ambassador Colin Granderson and other representatives of the CARICOM Secretariat held productive discussions with the President of Costa Rica, His Excellency Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera. (more…)

CARICOM Foreign Ministers reaffirm support for Guyana’s territorial integrity

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Guyana’s Vice-President and Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Carl Greenidge briefed the Council for Foreign Ministers of the Caribbean Community (CORFOR) on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York

CARICOM Foreign Ministers have welcomed Venezuela’s decision to receive a United Nations Technical team which will provide recommendations to the UN Secretary-General on the way forward to a full and final solution to the Guyana/Venezuela territorial controversy.

The Council for Foreign Ministers of the Caribbean Community (COFCOR) met on 29 September, 2015, in the margins of this week’s 70th Session of The United Nations General Assembly in New York, and was briefed by Guyana’s Vice-President and Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Carl Greenidge on the recent developments with respect to the territorial controversy with Venezuela. The Ministers noted that the decision by CARACAS to receive the UN Team in the shortest possible time will hasten the efforts aimed at bringing that controversy to an early end.

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The Presidents of Guyana and Venezuela greet at Sunday’s meeting convened by the UN Secretary-General (Min. of the Presidency, Guyana Photo)

The Ministers welcomed Sunday’s meeting convened by the UN Secretary-General with the Presidents of Guyana and Venezuela and noted that Venezuela’s decision to return its ambassador to Guyana and to grant agrément to the Ambassador Designate of Guyana to Venezuela would set a firm basis for the return of full-fledged diplomatic relations between Guyana and Venezuela.

The Ministers noted Guyana’s call for a juridical solution to the controversy, given the divergence of views between the two sides about the validity and nullity of the Arbitral award of 3rd October 1899. They  underscored the need for the Caribbean region to be maintained as a Zone of Peace.

See full COFCOR Statement: (more…)