Devastation brought out generosity, spirit of togetherness – CARICOM Chairman

Chairman of CARICOM, Dr. the Rt Hon Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada
Chairman of CARICOM, Dr. the Rt Hon Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada





There is no doubt that 2017 has been a most eventful year for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).  We experienced a scale of multi-country devastation never before seen in the Region as two category five Hurricanes, Irma and Maria, raged through the Caribbean within two weeks.

The Governments and people of our Community immediately responded to assist their brothers and sisters with the generosity and spirit of togetherness which is our trademark. I therefore must pay tribute to those who so willingly extended a helping hand in the hour of need of our brothers and sisters in the stricken countries.

Even before the hurricane season was over, the resilient people that we are, we had begun to rally. We determined that we could use the rebuilding process to become the first climate resilient region in the world.  Recognising that we did not have the resources to achieve that goal on our own, we sought the assistance of the international community.

First, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), we organised the CARICOM-UN High Level Pledging Conference, “Building a More Climate-Resilient Community,” which was held in November at the UN Headquarters in New York.  It brought together nearly 400 high-level representatives from governments, multilateral and civil society organisations and the private sector, and raised more than US$1.3 billion in pledges and over $1 billion in loans and debt relief.

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CARICOM takes Single ICT Space, HRD Strategy to UNESCO International Forum in China

Ms. Jennifer Britton Deputy Programme Manager,  ICT for development (ICT4D) speaks at the conference
Ms. Jennifer Britton Deputy Programme Manager, ICT for Development (ICT4D) speaks at the conference

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat participated and presented at the UNESCO International Forum on ICT and Education 2030, held in Quindao, China, July 11-12, 2017.

Representatives from about 80 international and regional agencies participated in the conference.

During the session entitled ‘Promoting Digital Innovations for SDG 4: Global Partnerships’, Ms. Jennifer Britton, Deputy Programme Manager, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Development (ICT4D) at the CARICOM Secretariat, said that both the Human Resource Development (HRD) Strategy and the Single ICT space were considered transformative CARICOM inputs to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)4 as well as SDGs8 and 9. SDG 4 addresses quality education, while SDGs 8 and 9 focus on decent work and economic growth, and industry, innovation and infrastructure, respectively.


Human Resource Development Strategy gets green light

HRD Heads 2017
Minister of Education, St. Kitts and Nevis, Hon. Shawn Richards, Director General, of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States H.E. Dr. Didacus Jules, and Director, Human Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, Ms. Myrna Bernard, participate in discussions on the Human Resource Development Strategy during the Summit


The CARICOM Heads of Government have approved a Human Resource Development 2030 Strategy and Action Plan. The strategy is intended to form the basis for converged action by Member States in unlocking Caribbean human potential. This disclosure was made by Chairman of the CARICOM Conference of the Heads and Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. Keith Mitchell, at the closing press conference following the  38th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM in Grenada. According to Prime Minister Mitchell, the strategy will allow the people of the Region, as they progress from their earliest years to senior adulthood, to reach their full potential in their personal and working lives, contributing to their families, communities, national and regional development.

“At the heart of the strategy is the prioritisation of the construction, by 2030, of a globally competitive innovative and seamlessly integrated education system to drive inclusive sustainable development in our Region. The strategy would support and guide critical transformation in HRD sectors regionally and align them more closely with expectations of the needs and imperatives of the development of the 21st century”, he said.


Plans for implementation of CARICOM HRD Strategy moving ahead

Plans for the implementation of CARICOM Human Resource Development Strategy continue to move forward with the recent hosting (30 May-1June, 2017) of a Workshop that was geared at outlining specific ways in which the process would be tackled. Human Resource Development professionals gathered in Guyana for the workshop at the Guyana Marriott Hotel in Georgetown.

Check out the video below for the details on the issues that were discussed and some of the strategies that were formulated.


Progress made at Regional HRD Workshop

Programme Manager for Human Resource Development at the CARICOM Secretariat Dr. Eduardo Ali said that he was very pleased with the outcomes of a recently held Regional Human Resource Development Workshop at the Guyana Marriott Hotel in Georgetown. The event was organised by the CARICOM Secretariat and HRD Commission. The HRD Commission included a group of experts from across the Region and is responsible for developing policy recommendations for education reform in CARICOM Member States. The workshop was administered by technical staff from the CARICOM Secretariat in the form of a modular course. The main purpose was to formulate a Regional Framework for Action that will implement the recently approved CARICOM HRD 2030 Strategy which will be presented to the CARICOM Heads of Government in July 2017. Check out the clip for Dr. Ali’s take on the outcomes of the forum.