On Independence anniversary, CARICOM SG hails progress of St. Kitts and Nevis

CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque
CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque

Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, has praised the progress that St. Kitts and Nevis has made over the past 34 years.

St. Kitts and Nevis observes its 34th Independence anniversary today. In a congratulatory message to Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris, the Secretary-General said that the belief, resilience and determination that its government and people have shown in their nation-building quest was “most admirable”.


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On behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), I extend warmest congratulations to you and the People of St. Kitts and Nevis on the occasion of your country’s Thirty-Fourth Anniversary of Independence.

This year’s theme, ‘Youth, Vision, Integrity, Securing our Nation’s Prosperity’, speaks to the commitment and shared vision of the people of St. Kitts and Nevis in its continued strides for a better future.  It is also a call on the new generation to participate in the sustainable development process of the country. (more…)

Guyana sends first set of relief to Hurricane affected islands

Minister of Citizenship Winston Felix, Preparedness and Response Manager of the Civil Defense Commission Major Sean Welcome and officials from the affected Islands with relief supplies. (Photo via Department of Public Information)
Guyana Minister of Citizenship Winston Felix, Preparedness and Response Manager of the Civil Defence Commission Major Sean Welcome and officials from the affected Islands with relief supplies. (Photo via Department of Public Information)

The first set of relief by Government to hurricane-affected islands Antigua, St Maarten, and the British Virgin Islands (BVI) arrived in Antigua via aircraft on Sunday, September 17, 2017. Minister of Citizenship Winston Felix who joined the Needs Assessment team in Antigua on Sunday has expressed Government’s commitment to continued support. Following his arrival, the Minister visited Tortola, BVI, where he met with some of the Guyanese Nationals affected. It is estimated that some 1,500 Guyanese reside on the island.

Cultural traditions, country colours, costumes on show as CARIFESTA XIII opens

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Opening Ceremony CARIFESTA XIII

After having to be rescheduled due to Tropical storm Harvey, CARIFESTA XIII officially opened Sunday evening in Bridgetown, Barbados.

The Caribbean Region’s premier festival was declared open by Barbados Culture Minister, the Hon. Stephen Lashley at a ceremony held at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown. Prime Minister of Barbados, the Right Hon. Freundel Stuart, and Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, as well as Barbados Ministers of Government, officials from the CARICOM Secretariat and delegations from across the Region and observer countries were at the opening.

The proceedings began with a parade of countries showcasing their cultural traditions and wearing their country colours and costumes. The parade began at Queens Park and ended at the Kensington Oval. Before the ceremony began, each country that was represented paraded at the front of the Oval, showcasing a fusion of regional cultures, colours and ingenuity.

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CARICOM Secretary-General hails Jamaica at 55

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Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has lauded the distinguished contribution of Jamaica to the world as the country celebrates its 55th independence anniversary on 6 August, 2017.

In a Message to the Government and People of Jamaica, the Secretary-General said Jamaica’s development has been fueled by the “renowned creativity of its people,” since it attained nationhood.

The country has achieved significant progress while maintaining the “highest standards of democracy and adherence to the rule of law,” he added.

In commending the CARICOM Member State in reaching its 55th independence anniversary, Secretary-General LaRocque said the theme which underpins the celebration  ‘Celebrating Jamaicans at home and abroad’ acknowledged the contribution that its citizens have made to making ‘Brand Jamaica’ one of the most recognisable globally.

“Jamaicans have distinguished themselves in sport, culture, business, academics and many other fields regionally and internationally,” the Secretary-General said.

“The basis for continued development has been laid and the Caribbean Community, of which Jamaica is a founding signatory and a leading Member State, will maintain its support to the country’s efforts to achieve even greater levels of development,” he added.