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


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

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…)


Human Resource Development Strategy gets green light

HRD Heads 2017
Minister of Education, St. Kitts and Nevis, Hon. Shawn Richards, Director General, of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States H.E. Dr. Didacus Jules, and Director, Human Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, Ms. Myrna Bernard, participate in discussions on the Human Resource Development Strategy during the Summit


The CARICOM Heads of Government have approved a Human Resource Development 2030 Strategy and Action Plan. The strategy is intended to form the basis for converged action by Member States in unlocking Caribbean human potential. This disclosure was made by Chairman of the CARICOM Conference of the Heads and Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. Keith Mitchell, at the closing press conference following the  38th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM in Grenada. According to Prime Minister Mitchell, the strategy will allow the people of the Region, as they progress from their earliest years to senior adulthood, to reach their full potential in their personal and working lives, contributing to their families, communities, national and regional development.

“At the heart of the strategy is the prioritisation of the construction, by 2030, of a globally competitive innovative and seamlessly integrated education system to drive inclusive sustainable development in our Region. The strategy would support and guide critical transformation in HRD sectors regionally and align them more closely with expectations of the needs and imperatives of the development of the 21st century”, he said.


38th CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting in photographs


The Thirty-Eighth Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) concluded Thursday, 6 July, 2017, in St. George’s, Grenada. The Meeting began on Tuesday 4 July, 2017 under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell. Here are glimpses of the sessions:

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CARICOM Heads renew commitment to tackle NCDs


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Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have given a renewed commitment to tackling non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in their countries. The matter was raised by  Prime Minister Mitchell during the closing press conference of the  38th CARICOM Summit, in Grand Anse, Grenada. In speaking to the issue, Prime Minister Mitchell  highlighted that it had been 10 years since the historic Port-of-Spain Declaration on NCDs.

The Grenadian Prime Minister said the Heads were aware that the Region had  fallen behind in the battle against these deadly diseases and also in fulfilling the goals of the declaration.  He said one of the most alarming signs was the high incidents of childhood obesity, a major risk factor for NCDs

“We simply cannot afford to continue the lifestyle and food consumption patterns which are literally killing us”, he said.