On 16 April 2005, the CCJ officially started operations in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Here, the ‘Agreement Establishing the CCJ’ is being signed by the Hon. Owen Arthur, who was Prime Minister of Barbados then. #CCJ13 pic.twitter.com/yhhenQzFb0
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A team from the CARICOM Secretariat met members of the CARICOM Poultry Association (CPA) on Monday, April 9, 2018, to ascertain how the two sides could work together to achieve the goals of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).
The CPA’s mandate is to promote the socio-economic development of the Region through the development, growth and expansion of the Caribbean poultry industry and to create linkages.
The meeting at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, was an opportunity for the CPA to share its vision, progress and challenges in the industry. The meeting was held at a time when the Secretariat is continuing efforts to broaden the conversation with the Region’s Private Sector to optimise the latter’s output and sustainability.
With much emphasis placed on food security, rural development and the reduction of the Region’s $4B food import bill, the meeting was timely for both parties. Poultry meat accounts for more than 80 per cent of meat consumed in the Region. Most of the poultry meat and eggs consumed within CARICOM comes from CPA member organisations, with self-sufficiency hovering at about 67 per cent for meats and close to 100 per cent for eggs. The industry produces about 243 000 metric tonnes of poultry, 122 million dozen eggs per year, accounts for the employment of more than 100,000 persons and annual sales of US$660M.
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Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and the Secretary-General of the World Customs Organisation (WCO) His Excellency Kunio Mikuriya have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The signing ceremony took place at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana on Tuesday, 20 March, 2018.
The main objective of the MOU is enhancing the professionalism and effectiveness of CARICOM Customs administrations through cooperation in the field of technical assistance and capacity-building.
The Region should benefit from greater coordination of customs training programmes and pursuit of the most suitable training solutions. There will also be closer cooperation with the WCO in managing development and technical assistance programmes for Customs Administrations, and capacity-building to improve their efficiency and effectiveness.
More details to follow.
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The Government of Saint Lucia on Friday signed on for the 2nd cycle from the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF). Since its establishment, Saint Lucia has benefited from the CDF. For the first funding cycle, the Saint Lucia CAP (Country Assistance Programme) was valued at approximately USD $6.1 million or XCD $16.47 million in loans and grants and was designed to enhance private sector competitiveness and youth entrepreneurship.
During this second funding cycle, the CDF Board has approved two (2) projects to support initiatives that are geared to expanding Saint Lucia’s exports, which include strengthening the institutional infrastructure for trade and implementing new programmes for trade competitiveness and village tourism development.
The Village Tourism Grant in the sum of USD $120,000 (XCD $324,000) to finance technical assistance for coordination of the development of village tourism including the provision of technical advice on the establishment of the institutional framework, and for preparation of a road map and business plan for village tourism. Co-financing for the development and support to implement the revised National Export Development Strategy for Saint Lucia in the amount of USD$332,800. (Office of the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia)