CARICOM Chair begins discussions in Washington

Prime Minster Keith Mitchell at a meeting with World Bank team members responsible for the Caribbean

Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and Grenada Prime Minister, Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, is currently in Washington DC. for the Small States Forum which he also chairs.

He will also have talks with the International Financial Institutions. This morning, he met with World Bank representatives responsible for the Caribbean.

Other CARICOM Heads of Government and officials are also in Washington  for the discussions and to drum up support, especially, for Member States that suffered severely from the passage of two category five hurricanes recently.

In Washington DC, Prime Minister of Dominica, the Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit engaged Christine Lagarde, Chief Executive Officer of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on the way forward for his country
In Washington DC, Prime Minister of Dominica, the Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit engaged Christine Lagarde, Chief Executive Officer of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on the way forward for his country

Hurricane response: Excellent work by CDEMA, other CARICOM institutions, international partners

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) teams and disaster response mechanisms were mobilised and activated in response to the hurricanes that swept through the Region recently.

A letter issued by the Secretariat to the Stabroek News in response to an editorial published on 25 September, 2017, detailed the “the excellent work” carried out by CARICOM institution, Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency CDEMA, other regional institutions and the international partners “in the face of dangerous and difficult conditions as they confront an unprecedented multi-country catastrophe.”

The letter pointed to the Community’s action before and after the storms hit.

“The Caribbean Community through its various agencies, led by CDEMA, has been the first responders on the ground assessing, rendering relief, evacuating the ill and infirm and performing the tasks associated with post Hurricane efforts,” the letter pointed out.

Please read Response to the Stabroek News editorial of 25 September 2017 entitled ‘Hurricane Relief’

CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell (2nd right) and his high-level delegation to hurricane-ravaged Dominica, met with Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit (3rd right) on 26 september. Other members of the delegation were (from right) CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, President of the CDB Dr Warren Smith, Barbados Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite, Executive Director CDEMA Ronald Jackson
CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell (2nd right) and his high-level delegation to hurricane-ravaged Dominica, met with Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit (3rd right) on 26 september. Other members of the delegation were (from right) CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, President of the CDB Dr Warren Smith, Barbados Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite, Executive Director CDEMA Ronald Jackson

 

 

CARICOM Heads of Government offer their good offices to facilitate dialogue in Venezuela

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CARICOM Heads of Government have issued a statement on the Venezuela. The statement was contained in the Communique issued at the conclusion of the Thirty-Eighth Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM held 4-6 July, 2017, in St. George’s, Grenada.

Please see the statement below:

CARICOM Heads of Government, meeting in Conference in Grenada on 4-6 July, 2017, discussed the serious challenges facing Venezuela and its people. They reaffirmed their guiding principles of adherence to the rule of law, respect for human rights and democracy, as well as for the fundamental principles of non-intervention and non-interference in the internal affairs of states.

Concerned with the difficult political, economic and social situation in Venezuela, in particular the increase in violence and polarization between the Government and the Opposition, and its effect on the people of Venezuela, and recognising the urgent need to find a solution to the present situation, and that this had to be sought internally, CARICOM Heads of Government called for all parties to commit to engage in renewed dialogue and negotiation leading to a comprehensive political agreement with established time tables, concrete actions and guarantees to ensure its implementation for the well-being of the nation. In this regard, CARICOM Heads of Government offered their good offices to facilitate this dialogue.

CARICOM Heads of Government mandated the Chairman of Conference to communicate with the parties concerned in Venezuela about this offer.

Regional statistics strategy preparation gets nod from CARICOM Heads

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Prime Minister Keith Mitchell addresses the Board Meeting
Prime Minister Keith Mitchell
“We believe that the Region’s Strategy for the Development of Statistics will embody a huge basket of activities and will respond to the statistical needs of the CARICOM Region…” -CARICOM Chair, Dr. Keith Mitchell
As the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) continues to take steps to ensure that its decision-making is underpinned by quality data, Heads of Government last week endorsed the preparation of the Regional Strategy for the Development of Statistics (RSDS), one of the key aspects of the Action Plan for Statistics in the Caribbean. The Action Plan was endorsed by Heads of Government at their Thirty-Seventh Meeting last year.


Improvements in the availability of statistics for evidence-based decision-making, sustainable development of Member States, and the empowerment of citizens to hold governments accountable, are among the highlights of the Plan.

The RSDS will play a strategic role in strengthening statistics and improving its availability for evidence-based decision-making and will constitute a shared foundation upon which statistical capacity in the Region will be developed.

The Strategy will also cater for the additional demands that will be made of statistical offices to fulfill obligations related to the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), the Community Strategic Plan 2015-2019, the United Nations 2030 Development Agenda and the the SIDS Accelerated Modalities for Action (SAMOA) Pathway. In this regard the strengthening of national statistics offices across the Region is a key component of the Action Plan. (more…)