CARICOM moving to create the World’s first Climate Resilient Region in the year ahead – Incoming Chairman

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Hurricane damage 2017
2018 dawns for the Caribbean Community, with the prospect of seizing an opportunity out of a crisis.  As we begin the rebuilding process after the devastating hurricanes of last September, as well Hurricane Matthew, which pounded the region on October 3-4 , 2016, we do so with the aim of creating the first climate resilient Region in the world.

The absolute necessity to create a climate smart Region is clear given the effects of climate change which have brought us droughts, mega hurricanes, heavy floods and unusual weather patterns, all of which adversely affect our development.  The social and economic gains that we have made individually and collectively must be protected against the onslaught of nature. The CARICOM Member States’, as well as the region’s non-member States’ production of greenhouse gases, is practically nil, even though they bear a disproportionate share of the consequences.

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Pledging Conference
The goodwill and pledges which have been forthcoming from the international community at two major global conferences in New York and Paris give us hope that the necessary support to achieve our objective will be forthcoming.

Our efforts are against the backdrop of the Caribbean Community Strategic Plan for the period 2015-19, which is our guide towards the economic, social, environmental and technological resilience that is needed to produce sustained growth and development for our Community.

This year, we will increase our efforts to make the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) more effective at providing the basis for our economic growth.  Many of the major legislative and administrative measures for the operations of the Single Market are in effect. Therefore it is now up to all of the stakeholders in the public and private sectors to ensure we derive the maximum benefit from its provisions. This would enable us to increase our intra-regional trade, share our best human resources, and encourage our entrepreneurs to expand their interests and provide us with a platform to move from market access to market presence in those countries with which we have trade agreements. The CSME undoubtedly remains our best vehicle for creating the economic resilience we need.


The reform process underway in our Community will allow us to conduct our affairs more efficiently and effectively and will also benefit the operations of the CSME. Our Member States, Regional Institutions and the Secretariat have been streamlining their interactions to produce the best possible results from the decisions taken by the Heads of Government and the Ministerial Councils.  We are entering the final two years of the Strategic Plan and the results of the three partners’ efforts at implementing it are beginning to bear fruit.


President Moise reaffirms Haiti’s commitment to Regional Integration

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President Jovenel Moise of Haiti delivers his inaugural address at the Thirty Eighth Regular Meeting of the CARICOM Conference of Heads of Government on Tuesday in Grenada

President Jovenel Moise of Haiti has given the reassurance that Haiti continues to be committed to regional integration. He was speaking at the opening ceremony of the Thirty Eighth Regular Meeting of the CARICOM Conference of Heads of Government on Tuesday evening in Grenada.

President Moise said his presence at the Meeting indicated his country’s renewed commitment to the process of integration. He said he strongly believed that the economic and social reforms that he was undertaking in Haiti would lead to effective participation in Regional programmes and activities.

“The integration process of Haiti into CARICOM Single Market is another project on which my five-year plan will focus. Indeed, I intend to continue with the efforts already started to harmonise the Haitian standards with the current ones within the Region, for product certification from the Community …”, he said.


Grand Anse and beyond


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Today, we continue to place the spotlight on Grenada ahead of the Thirty-Eighth Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM. We flash back through Grenada’s milestones as a champion of closer integration among the territories of the Region. The Regular Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government will be held from 4 – 6 July at the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort. The Opening Ceremony will be held this afternoon at the Grenada Trade Centre.


Remembering the Landmark Grand Anse Agreement, the genesis of the CSME

Once again, Grenada became associated with  another major milestone in regional integration.  The regional integration architecture was re-fuelled in 1989 in Grand Anse, Grenada. The Grand Anse Declaration and Work Programme for the Advancement of the Integration Movement symbolised a new era of integration embodied in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy, the Community’s people centred- flagship programme.

In Grande Anse, Heads of Government articulated their vision to advance the regional integration process through the establishment of a single economic space, with social and cultural spin-offs. The objectives included more efficient use of labour, natural resources, capital and other factors of production; competitive production for a greater variety and quantity of products and services to trade with other countries; and the resulting improvement in standards of living. (more…)


President Moise hails Preval as ‘worthy son of Haiti’

Former President of Haiti Rene Preval (Photo via Miami Herald)
Former President of Haiti Rene Preval (Photo via Miami Herald)
President of Haiti, His Excellency Jovenel Moise
President of Haiti, His Excellency Jovenel Moise

The Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) said Friday that  President Jovenel Moise has described former President Rene Preval as a “worthy son of Haiti”. He made the comment as he led the country in paying tribute to his predecessor who died on Friday at the age of 74.

CMC said that reports indicate that Preval, who also served as Prime Minister in 1991 under the presidency of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, before going into exile in September of the same year during a military coup, died following a Cerebral Vascular Accident (CVA). A CVA is the sudden death of some brain cells due to lack of oxygen when the blood flow to the brain is impaired by blockage or rupture of an artery to the brain. A CVA is also referred to as a stroke. Symptoms of a stroke depend on the area of the brain affected.

Preval served as president from 1996 to 2001, and 2006 to 2011 and remains the only Haitian Head of Government to have completed two terms since the fall of Jean-Claude Duvalier in 1986. (more…)