SG calls for new model for development finance

Her Excellency Elisabeth Eklund and CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque during the accreditation ceremony on Wednesday
Her Excellency Elisabeth Eklund and CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, during the accreditation ceremony on Wednesday

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) believes that a new model for development finance needs to be considered.

Speaking during the accreditation ceremony for the new Swedish Ambassador to the Community on Wednesday at the CARICOM Secretariat’s, Turkeyen, Guyana headquarters, CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque stated that GDP per capita should not be the principal measurement used in determining the development status of a country.

“We will continue to advocate for the use of a more accurate and realistic measure of development which considers vulnerability, including exposure to natural disasters and other exogenous shocks,” he said. “In the interest of realising our economic aspirations as a Community, we believe that a new paradigm in development finance needs to be considered,” he added.

Her Excellency Elisabeth Eklund presented her credentials to the Secretary-General who noted that her accreditation was a continuation of years of building bilateral relations with the Member States of the Community and a bi-regional dialogue between CARICOM and the countries of the Nordic region. Sweden is one of the countries in the Nordic Group with which CARICOM has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Political Dialogue and Cooperation.

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PM Harris discusses regional, global issues with President Clinton

Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Hon Timothy Harris and President Bill Clinton deep in conversation
Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Hon Timothy Harris and President Bill Clinton deep in conversation

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, (SKNIS) July 25, 2017 – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris yesterday (July 24th) met with the 42nd President of the USA, President Bill Clinton, at the Clinton Global Foundation in New York. Prime Minister Harris was in New York for a forum geared at promoting partnership for expanding healthcare to Every Caribbean Woman, Every Caribbean Child.

President Clinton was a special guest at the event. Also present were the Most Honourable Mrs. Juliet Holness, First Lady of Jamaica, Her Excellency Sandra Granger, First Lady of The Co-operative Republic of Guyana, plus representatives from several women groups including the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

In the meeting with Prime Minister Harris and President Clinton, the two statesmen discussed the success of the Clinton Global Initiative.

President Bill Clinton, the Hon. Senator Wendy Phipps, Minister of State within the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender Affairs and Social Services, and PM Timothy Harris
President Bill Clinton, the Hon. Senator Wendy Phipps, Minister of State within the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender Affairs and Social Services, and PM Timothy Harris

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Urgent action required to curb chronic NCDs – PM Harris

Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris
Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris

Basseterre, St. Kitts, June 11, 2017 (SKNIS):  Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) continue to take a toll on CARICOM Member States, and urgent action is required to curb the threat of such diseases, said Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, during National Assembly on Tuesday, July 11.

Prime Minister Harris was updating the general public and the listening audience on the 38th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, held in Grenada from July 4-6, where he was given the opportunity to present a study on the economic ramifications of NCDs as it relates to Trinidad and Tobago. A similar study was also done in Barbados and Jamaica.

“The study estimated that five per cent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is being lost by the impact of preventable diabetes, hypertension and cancer. Half of that five per cent is direct medical care cost and the other half is in the loss of productivity,” said Prime Minister Harris, adding that if one was to examine the growth pattern of Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean region over the last 10 plus years, they would not find that the country would have grown by five percent.

“Therefore, when in fact five per cent of the economy is being impacted negatively with respect to NCDs, this is a major cause for concern. The costs here are significant and they are as unsustainable for any country. Importantly, these diseases are preventable impediments to growth.”

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British Virgin Islands leads international advocacy for islands

Deputy Premier of the British Virgin Island, Dr. Kedrick Pickering (left), with President of the UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson (centre), and Director of the BVI London Office, Benito Wheatley (right). (Photo via Indepth News)
Deputy Premier of the British Virgin Island, Dr. Kedrick Pickering (left), with President of the UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson (centre), and Director of the BVI London Office, Benito Wheatley (right). (Photo via Indepth News)

TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands (IDN) – On the heels of the UN Ocean Conference held in New York between June 5 and 9, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) – a tiny British overseas territory – is highlighting the common challenges faced by islands as it calls on international partners to support the efforts of islands to address their unique challenges.

As co-Chair of the Global Islands Partnership (GLISPA), the British Virgin Islands has been at the forefront of United Nations efforts to raise awareness about the challenges faced by islands.

“I take great pride as a GLISPA leader in lending my voice to the cause of islands and the sustainability of the ocean in which islands must exist,” Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources & Labour Dr. Kedrick Pickering told IDN.

“Islands and the ocean are inextricably linked. This is not only a geological fact, but also a social and economic reality for the people who inhabit islands and have developed a whole way of life around the sea. They are the great inheritors and stewards of a rich environmental heritage.”

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Observing Earth Day 2017

 

Dr. Therese Yarde, Project Coordinator, Caribbean Hub Capacity Building related to Implementation of Multilateral Environmental Agreements,(third row, second from right) at the Earth Day ceremony in Guyana on 21 April, 2017.  She joined President of Guyana, His Excellency David Granger, Chairman of CARICOM (front row, second from right), Minister of Education Sport and Culture, the Hon.  Nicolette Henry (front row, third from right) and others for the ceremony at Independence Park in Georgetown. (Ministry of the Presidency photo)
Dr. Therese Yarde, Project Coordinator, Caribbean Hub Capacity Building related to Implementation of Multilateral Environmental Agreements,(third row, second from right) at the Earth Day ceremony in Guyana on 21 April, 2017. She joined President of Guyana, His Excellency David Granger, Chairman of CARICOM (front row, second from right), Minister of Education Sport and Culture, the Hon. Nicolette Henry (front row, third from right) and others for the ceremony at Independence Park in Georgetown. (Ministry of the Presidency photo)

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat on Friday, 21 March, participated in the Government of Guyana’s celebration of International Mother Earth Day 2017.  International Mother Earth Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2009 to promote harmony with nature and the earth, and is celebrated worldwide on April 22.

The global theme for Earth Day 2017 is Climate and Environmental Literacy, and Guyana’s observance was held under the national theme of Guyana: the Green State. In his remarks at the event President David Granger highlighted Guyana’s commitment to protecting and maintaining its rich biodiversity, and in particular its extensive forests, which play an important role in mitigating global climate change.

Guyana is one of the most biodiversity-rich members of CARICOM, and has taken significant actions to conserve and sustainably manage its natural habitats and ecosystems. Several of these actions are featured in a forthcoming report on the State of Biodiversity in the Caribbean Community, which will be published by the CARICOM Secretariat later this year.