CARIFESTA XIII – An opportunity for Regional economic progress


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‘Asserting our future, celebrating ourselves’ is the theme for the 13th Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA XIII), which takes place in Barbados on August 17-27, 2017.

CARIFESTA has been the Caribbean Community’s premier art and culture festival since 1972. This roving event attracts artists and culture professionals from more than 30 countries in the Region and has been held 12 times across eight Member States. The thirteenth staging of this mega cultural showcase will see performers, artists and a range of cultural ambassadors from the Caribbean Region converging in a medley of sounds and sights that are sure to capture the true essence of Regional Integration.

 “I would encourage everyone to come and experience CARIFESTA XIII in Barbados. It is an exciting celebration of Caribbean arts and culture where you can enjoy the artistic presentations of artists from 27 countries in our region in a wide range of disciplines over 10 days. There will be over 500 performances and events to choose from, so there will never be a dull moment,” says Dr. Hillary Brown, Programme Manager Culture and Community Development at the CARICOM Secretariat.



CDF grant ensures further development of ‘De Strip’

The Frigate Bay Strip in St. Kitts and Nevis (Photo via SKNIS)
The Frigate Bay Strip in St. Kitts and Nevis (Photo via SKNIS)

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, (Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) – Development on the South Frigate Bay Beach Enhancement Project, popularly known as “De Strip”, is set to enter a new phase, after the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis signed an agreement effectively securing additional financing for the project.

The South Frigate Bay Enhancement Project was commissioned in November 2016 to revitalise the strip experience, making it more viable and sustainable by improving its infrastructure, security and its identity on a whole.

 During a brief ceremony held at the Office of the Prime Minister at Government Headquarters on Friday, August 4, Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris and Chief Executive Officer of the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) Mr. Rodinald Soomer signed the agreement that will see funds totaling US$1.2 million pumped into the project.

Prime Minister Harris and CDF CEO Mr. Rodinald Soomer sign CDF agreement (Photo via SKNIS)
Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris and CDF CEO Mr. Rodinald Soomer sign CDF agreement (Photo via SKNIS)


Chatting CARICOM

This is the fourth programme in the live television series, ‘Chatting CARICOM’.

Executive Chairman of Automotive Art International, Mr. Dereck Foster; Advisor Single Market and Sectoral Programmes at the CARICOM Secretariat, Ms. Desiree Field-Ridley, and the Deputy Programme Manager, CSME also at the CARICOM Secretariat, Mr. Philip McClauren are one the panel.

The programme is part of the visibility for the projects carried out under the 10th EDF but also gives an update on the work being  done by the CARICOM Secretariat.


General Assembly of Regional Tax body underway in St. Kitts and Nevis

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The Twenty-Fourth General Assembly and Technical Conference of the Caribbean Organisation of Tax Administrators (COTA)  is currently underway in St. Kitts and Nevis. COTA is a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Institution.

The General Assembly began on Monday 24 July, under the theme ‘Promoting Voluntary Tax Compliance and Cooperation – A Paradigm Shift in Tax Administration in the Caribbean Community’. The forum, which is hosted by the Inland Revenue Department of the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis, concludes on 28 July.

The opening ceremony at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort featured remarks by Deputy Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, the Hon. Shawn Richards, Ms. Evelyn Wayne, Director, Economic Policy and Development, CARICOM Secretariat, and Mr. Edward Gift, Comptroller.