CARICOM records noteworthy successes in 2017 despite challenges

Secretary-General at the CARICOM-UN High Level Conference with the UN SG Antonio Guterres and Head of UNDP Achim Steiner
CARICOM Secretary-General Amb. Irwin LaRocque (l) at the CARICOM-UN High Level Conference with the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres (r) and Head of UNDP Achim Steiner

(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) The more than US$2B pledged at the CARICOM-UN Conference for long-term recovery for hurricane-affected countries and the establishment of the regional renewable energy center are among the successes CARICOM recorded for 2017 in spite of the year’s challenges.

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said in his End of Year Message that the Community was ending 2017 with several other noteworthy achievements, including a change in posture by International Financial Institutions and some Development Partners with respect to access to concessionary development financing.

“It is encouraging to note that our relentless advocacy with respect to the lack of access to concessional development financing appears to be bearing fruit. There is some re-thinking on this issue taking place at the level of the International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and some of our international development partners (IDPs),” the Secretary-General stated.

Adding that CARICOM will continue to advocate for this change he said the Region’s vulnerability to external shocks, which the hurricanes laid bare, emphasised the urgent need for the international community to dispense with GDP per capita as a primary criterion for access to concessional development financing. (more…)

CARICOM Human Resource Development Strategy gets attention of Regional Education Ministers

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Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Education Ministers met in Guyana, Friday, with much of their  attention focused on a Human Resource Development strategy to meet the Region’s requirements for its 21st century  economy and society.

The Ministers, joined by senior education officials and other regional education stakeholders at   the  Thirty-second Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD), were scheduled to examine the  CARICOM Human Resource Development 2030 Strategy and Action Plan  ahead of its submission to the Heads of Government in July.

The draft Strategy is the work of a CARICOM Human Resource Development Commission, mandated by CARICOM Heads, and comprising leading experts in Education and Training, along with representatives of the Region’s private sector, labour, health, ICT and youth.  It is chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education of St. Kitts-Nevis Mr. Shawn Richards. (more…)

HRD Consultations to kick off Monday in Guyana

HRD Consultation Promo from Caribbean Community on Vimeo.

The CARICOM Secretariat along with the Human Resource Development Commission will be hosting a series of national consultations across the Region in its quest to develop a strategy that will shape the future of the Region’s education and human resources.

The first consultation will be held in National Centre for Education Resource Development (NCERD), Georgetown, Guyana on 17 October, 2016.  Other consultations will be held in Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Belize, The Bahamas and Jamaica. A joint consultation for all OECS Member States will be hosted in Saint Lucia.

The consultations follow the launch of the HRD Commission in May. At the launch, CARICOM Youth Ambassador from Barbados, Zuwena Perry, threw her support and that of the CYAs behind the Commission, saying that it was proof that the Region’s leaders were actively seeking to improve the education sector within CARICOM.

Since the launch, a draft of the HRD Strategy was done. This document will be further shaped based on the outcomes of the consultations.

Check out the clip above in which Director, Human Development at the CARICOM Secretariat Ms. Myrna Bernard, explains more about the purpose of the HRD Strategy and provides details about how the national consultations will benefit the Community.

Human Resource Development Commission for CARICOM launches Thursday in Barbados

HRD Logo b(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     A Commission, charged with creating a Human Resource Development Strategy for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), will be launched on Thursday, 12 May, 2016, in Barbados. The ceremony will be hosted at the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).

CARICOM Heads of Government took the decision to establish the Commission at their Twenty-Fifth Intersessional Meeting in 2014. The Commission seventeen specialists and other stakeholders in Education and Human Resource Development, and its work is supported by the CARICOM Secretariat, as coordinator, and CDB, which is financing the establishment of a gender-responsive and socially inclusive CARICOM strategy for harmonised education reform.

The Regional Education and Human Resource Development 2030 Strategy and Action Plan (the Regional HRD Strategy), which the Commission will shape, is intended to form the basis for converged action by Member States. It is expected that the Commission will also develop policy recommendations for education reform in CARICOM Member States. (more…)