Importance of sport discussed as CARICOM SG, FIFA President meet in Georgetown

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Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and President of the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), Mr. Giovanni Infantino, agreed on the importance of sport to youth development and to society as a whole.

Mr. Infantino paid a courtesy call on the Secretary-General on Tuesday at the Georgetown, Guyana, Headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat.

Ambassador LaRocque informed the FIFA President that sports persons were among the original categories under the free movement of skills regime of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). The Secretary-General said that sports was valuable as a social investment which could assist in channeling the youth towards positive endeavours and as a means of instilling discipline. It could also provide a career path, the Secretary-General added.

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Conference greeting

SG being welcomed by PM Nagamootoo 3 April 2017

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on Monday attended the opening ceremony of the Heads of Mission Conference held at the Pegasus Hotel in Georgetown, Guyana. The five-day Conference under the theme ‘Advancing Guyana’s Diplomacy in the 21st Century’ brings together Guyana’s Foreign Service representatives.

The Government Information Agency said that discussions will focus on a wide range of political and economic issues including the challenges and opportunities presented by the current complex but evolving international situation; the preservation of the nation’s territorial integrity and sovereignty; economic diplomacy; the continuing role of the Diaspora in national development; the role of foreign investment in the nation’s development; topical and urgent questions relating to the consequences of climate change; the effect of technology on modern diplomacy; and the multi polar nature of modern international economic relations.

In photo (courtesy of the Guyana Chronicle), Prime Minister of Guyana, the Hon. Moses Nagamootoo (r), greets the Secretary-General.

Conference highlights

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The Twenty-Eighth Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM continues in Georgetown, Guyana today. Please see more highlights.

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CARICOM SG calls for collective response for regional challenges

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CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque
COHESIVE RESPONSE NEEDED: CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque

As the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government continue to pursue the course for sustained economic development, CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, said that working collectively and pooling resources were key to success.

Speaking at the opening of the Twenty-Eighth Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of CARICOM Heads of Government, Mr. LaRocque said that a cohesive response was needed to address the three broad areas the Conference will focus on – economic development, crime and security and international relations.

The Intersessional summit opened at the Marriott Hotel, in Georgetown Guyana, earlier this morning, Thursday 16 February, 2016, under the Chairmanship of President of Guyana, His Excellency David Granger.

Crime and security, prioritised on the agenda, are national and regional issues, the Secretary-General said, underscoring the need for more efficiency in systems concerned with finalising “critical legal instruments” to respond to security issues.

Delegates at the opening ceremony
Delegates at the opening ceremony

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Expedite full implementation of CSME – CARICOM Chairman

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Chairman of CARICOM, President David Granger addresses the opening ceremony of the Meeting
Chairman of CARICOM, President David Granger addresses the opening ceremony of the Meeting
“The CSME must not be allowed to become a victim of equivocation and procrastination.”- CARICOM Chairman, President David Granger
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) must expedite the full implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).

This was the charge President of Guyana, His Excellency David Granger, issued to Heads of Government and delegates at the opening of the Twenty-Eighth Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM in Georgetown Guyana on Thursday morning.

“Economic cooperation is a fundamental pillar of our Community. The Caribbean, if it is to escape the hazard of economic emasculation in today’s global environment, must expedite the full implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). We face threats that include dampened demand for our goods and services and distortions in our financial sectors caused by de-risking by international banks.

Lead Head of Government of the CSME, Barbados Prime Minister, the Hon. Freundel Stuart and his Foreign Minister, the Hon Maxine McClean at the opening ceremony
Lead Head of Government with resposibility for the CSME, Barbados Prime Minister, the Hon. Freundel Stuart and his Foreign Minister, the Hon Maxine McClean (left) at the opening ceremony

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