The Bahamas signs CARICOM Arrest Warrant Treaty

The Bahamas
Minister of Foreign Affairs, The Bahamass, Hon Darren Henfield
The Bahamas signed the CARICOM Arrest Warrant Treaty during the 29th Inter-Sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday.
 
Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon Darren Henfield signed on behalf of his country.
 
The CARICOM Arrest Warrant Treaty, already signed by some other CARICOM Member Countries, simplifies the procedure of returning fugitives to the country where charges have been laid

Haiti and The Bahamas move towards deepening bilateral cooperation

PRINCE, Haiti, CMC – Haiti and the Bahamas have agreed to improve trade as well as promote and protect investments in the two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries.

A joint communique issued late Sunday following talks between President Jovenel Moise and Bahamas Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis noted that the two leaders, who are attending the CARICOM Inter-sessional summit that opens here later on Monday, met at the National Palace “in an atmosphere of cordiality, openness and mutual understanding”.

The communique noted that the discussions were focused on the implementation of the three agreements between the two governments that were signed in Nassau on 29 July 2014.

The agreements covered a framework for bilateral cooperation, trade and technical cooperation in the area of quality control for agricultural products and exportable fisheries and the promotion and protection of investments.

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Caribbean felt full brunt of climate change in 2017

Dominica hurricane

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados,  CMC – In 2017, the Caribbean felt the full brunt of climate change with a warning that current trends indicate that there will be no respite.

Within a two-week period, Hurricanes Irma and Maria brought home the reality of the impact of climate change as they churned their way across the Lesser Antilles destroying everything in their paths. Hurricane Harvey had in August set the stage for what was to come; with devastation in Houston, Texas, amounting to nearly US$200billion.

“The unprecedented nature of this climatic event highlights the unusual nature of weather patterns that continue to affect nations across the globe,” the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary General Irwin LaRocque said in a message to United States President Donald Trump, as Harvey made landfall in the United States after whipping up strong winds and heavy rains in the Caribbean.

It took less than a month for his statement to bear fruit. Hurricanes Irma and Maria, two Category 5 storms left so many Caribbean islands devastated in September that the CARICOM Chairman and Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell said “there can be no question that for us in the Caribbean, climate change is an existential threat”. (more…)

Emotional PM Minnis outlines plan to assist Dominicans

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis wipes away tears in the House of Assembly. (Photo via Terrel W Carey/Tribune staff)
Prime Minister Dr.Hubert Minnis wipes away tears in the House of Assembly. (Photo via Terrel W Carey/Tribune staff)

NASSAU, The Bahamas, Guardian – As he laid out a part of the government’s plan to assist Dominican children and their families today, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis choked back tears as he recounted the devastation that Hurricane Maria unleashed on the small island nation and expressed shame at the vitriolic response of some Bahamians to his pledge to assist Dominican students.

“My government proposes to temporarily relax the immigration laws for a number of school children from Dominica who wish to continue their education in The Bahamas,” said Minnis while addressing the House of Assembly.

“Permits to reside will be issued to students from Dominica who, with the approval of parents, wish to study in The Bahamas.

“There are three categories of students who may apply.

“One, children who have relatives in The Bahamas and who can find lodging and support from their family members.

“Two, college students who may wish to study at The University of The Bahamas and seek boarding at The University of The Bahamas.

“Three, children of parents employed in companies, banks, etc., which have offices in The Bahamas. Temporary employment transfers can be arranged with these institutions.”

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People will know CARICOM is working when they see, taste, feel – The Bahamas Prime Minister

New Prime Minister of The Bahamas delivering his inaugural address to the Conference
New Prime Minister of The Bahamas delivering his inaugural address to the Conference
“CARICOM is a community of the people we serve, not a club of officials and politicians. We need to cast our nets far and wide to engage the combined spirit and the collective brain-trust of the Region. We must blend various languages and accents in order to speak to the world with one voice about the aspirations of our people and the mission of CARICOM.” Dr. Hubert Minnis
Dr. The Hon. Hubert Minnis, Prime Minister of The Bahamas, has signalled his readiness to help deliver the mandates of CARICOM to provide better, healthier and more prosperous lives for the people of the Community.

In doing so, the newest Member of the Conference of Heads of Government also expressed confidence in organs and institutions of the Caribbean Community to deliver benefits of integration.

His inaugural address to the Community, at the opening of the 38th CARICOM Summit, in Grand Anse, Grenada, Tuesday evening, was punctuated with an urgent call for unity. (more…)