Full, safe, unhindered access to Single Market needed for sustainable growth – COTED Chair

Chairman of COTED,  the Hon. Ferdinand Welzijn, Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry of Suriname
Chairman of COTED, the Hon. Ferdinand Welzijn, Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry of Suriname

The private sector’s full, safe and unhindered access to the CARICOM Single Market was important for the promotion and  sustainability of economic growth, Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry of Suriname, the Hon. Ferdinand Welzijn, said on Thursday.

Delivering remarks at the opening of the Forty-Fourth Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) in Georgetown, Guyana, Minister Welzijn, who is chairing the Meeting, said that development depended on public-private partnership.

 “After all it is the private sector that trades and does business,” he pointed out.

His remarks were made in the context of one the main  item for discussion at the Meeting – the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).  The Minister said that his background in the private sector provided a full understanding of the concerns and frustration of entrepreneurs who were facing trade difficulties within CARICOM. (more…)

Media Advisory: COTED convenes Thursday morning

Officials met Monday and Tuesday ahead of the COTED Ministerial which opens Thursday morning
Officials met Monday and Tuesday at the CARICOM Secretariat ahead of the COTED Ministerial which opens Thursday morning

The Forty-Fourth Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) will convene on Thursday, 11 May, 2017, at the Pegasus Hotel, Georgetown, Guyana.

Opening remarks will be made by Chair of the COTED, the Hon. Ferdinand Welzijn, Minister of Trade, Industry and Tourism of Suriname, and CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque.

Representatives of the media are invited to cover the following:

 

EVENT: Opening Ceremony, Forty-Fourth Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED)

Date: 11 May, 2017

Venue: Pegasus Hotel, Georgetown, Guyana

Time: 9 am

 

Kindly make every effort to be present at least 15 minutes before the ceremony for timely coverage of this event.

 

 

PM Stuart holds reparations discussions

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart (at head of table), listens attentively to CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, during the meeting. To Ambassador LaRocque’s right is Programme Manager for Culture and Community Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, Dr. Hilary Brown. (Photo via RB/BGIS)
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart (at head of table), listens attentively to CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, during the meeting. To Ambassador LaRocque’s right is Programme Manager for Culture and Community Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, Dr. Hilary Brown. (Photo via RB/BGIS)

Strategies to further the region’s reparations agenda were the focus of discussion when Prime Minister Freundel Stuart met recently in Bridgetown, Barbados, with Chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC), Professor Sir Hilary Beckles; and CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque.

Mr. Stuart, who is the Chairman of the Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on Reparations for Native Genocide and Slavery, received a progress report on the reparations efforts, and suggested several approaches to advancing the region’s agenda.

Ambassador LaRocque stated that some progress had been witnessed since the last Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee meeting, and noted that several of the National Committees established around the region were “mostly active and eager to move forward”.

 


Read more at: Barbados Government Information Service

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.