Young people at centre of sustainable energy thrust

Listen as Dr. Devon Gardner, Energy Programme Manager at the CARICOM Secretariat, chats on CARICOM Today about the winners of the 2017 CARICOM Energy Month competitions, and the importance of youth to sustainable development:

Winners of CARICOM Energy Month Competitions announced from Caribbean Community on Vimeo.

According to Dr. Gardner, the youth-centric focus of competitions – held in observance of CARICOM Energy Month last November – was in recognition of the importance of their involvement in shaping their future; a future that is built on a foundation of sustainable energy. (more…)

Work to begin on new CARICOM strategic plan

By year end, the CARICOM Secretariat will be hard at work getting the framework in place for the new strategic plan for the Caribbean Community.

That’s the word from Craig Beresford, Director of Strategic Management with the CARICOM Secretariat. He was speaking yesterday morning during the start of a two-day workshop held at the Radisson Aquatica Resort, on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) Monitoring Evaluation and Reporting Framework, as he reflected on the fact that the existing strategic plan for the Caribbean Community, which came into effect in 2015, is set to expire in 2019.

Given that reality, Beresford said that consultation will begin this year and run into the early part of 2019, after which they hope to start to formulate the strategy with the view of having a new plan by the end of 2019, “ripe and ready” for implementation by the time 2020 rolls in. He said this process of creating the plan should be easier than the last, as there is better communication among states, and there is a monitoring and evaluation system that will be able to better monitor objectives set and the steps taken to achieve them.

Speaking to the media following the opening, he noted that the plan will be influenced by a number of different issues that are happening around the world and indeed within the individual Member States within CARICOM. He made the point while noting that new policies from international countries, which are becoming more nationalistic in their focus, would also need to be looked at.

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Systems must be in place to effectively monitor, evaluate integration journey – CARICOM official

IT is imperative that systems be put in place to more effectively monitor and evaluate the CARICOM integration journey.

So says Dr. Richard Brown, Director, CARICOM Single Market and Sectoral Programmes. He made the comments while delivering remarks at the start of a two-day workshop, which was held yesterday at the Radisson Aquatica Resort, on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) Monitoring Evaluation and Reporting (MER) Framework.

Brown noted that as mandated by the Conference of Heads of Government, a comprehensive review of the CSME is currently under way, with focus being put on the achievements, outstanding matters, work-in-progress, bottlenecks, challenges and matters requiring resolution. Additionally, he said the intention is also to look at the basic framework of the CSME, including the right of establishment, the movement of services, goods and skills, and the supportive framework.

“The Secretariat continues to follow up with Member States regarding actions taken to implement the outstanding measures, in accordance with the Implementation Plan approved by the Conference in July of last year. In agreeing to the Implementation Plan, the Conference has considered a fairly comprehensive review of the legislative and administrative measures that countries have already developed or must now undertake to implement the CSME. The Conference, in their July 2017 Meeting, also discussed and received updates on the challenges that Member States face in implementing the CSME,” he said.

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UPDATE: Monitoring and evaluating the CSME

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States will be participating in a workshop for improving the monitoring, evaluating and reporting of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).

This activity takes place in Barbados 13-14 March, 2018 for National CSME Focal Points to assist in building a CSME reporting structure that is standardised and self-sustaining at all levels. Focal Points would be required to compile compliance data on the implementation of the CSME regimes.

The workshop is part of a consultancy funded by the 10th EDF Technical Cooperation Facility. (more…)

Seriously re-examine cricket recommendations – PM Mitchell

Outgoing Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, is calling for a serious re-examination of the recommendations of the Governance Review Panel on Cricket.

In his address to the opening of the Twenty-Ninth Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM on Monday in Haiti, the Grenada Prime Minister raised West Indies cricket as a “burning issue for which our Community must take due responsibility”.

“West Indies Cricket is a regional public good, and must, therefore, be subject to a regulatory framework, recognising its public good character,” he said.

In recognition of the “public good nature” of West Indies cricket, the Prime Minister said that forging a governance framework was required. That framework would respect the rules and independence mandated by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and provide a proper framework  for all stakeholders in the governance of  West Indies cricket.

“Colleagues, we must move beyond entrenched polarised positions, which have not been helpful to the re-emergence of West Indies Cricket supremacy. I urge the Chairman of the sub-committee, and my good friend, Ralph Gonsalves, to seriously re-examine the recommendations, and champion our approach to addressing this issue so that West Indies cricket does not continue to wallow in the land of under-performance and mismanagement,” he said.