‘Black Panther’ inspires Suriname NGO to push education, youth development

The Black Panther movie has inspired a group of concerned people in Suriname to sponsor more than 1, 000 local students to see the blockbuster, news outlet Caribbean News Now has reported.

Caribbean people, from The Bahamas to Guyana, are among the actors in the  highly acclaimed, superhero movie. Produced by Marvel Studios, the movie features actors who were born in Guyana – Letitia Wright and Shaunette Renee Wilson; Grenada – Sydelle Noel;  The Bahamas – Jason Elwood Hanna; and Trinidad and Tobago – Winston Duke; and a Brazilian of Jamaican heritage – Nabiyah Be. They appear alongside stars such as Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Lupita Nyong’o.

On 21 March, Caribbean News Now quoted former ambassador of Suriname to the United Nations (UN), Henry MacDonald, as saying that “The movie is inspiring, especially that it celebrates high tech education. Children are interested in education.” The former ambassador said that the movie would be an inspiration to all young people in Suriname.

Sponsorship took off after a Facebook post that pointed out that it would be great if people could sponsor children in Suriname to watch Black Panther. Companies, organisations and individuals from the United States, Holland and Suriname contributed, the news outlet reported.


CDB announces programme to support increased trade among CARICOM Member States

March 23, 2018, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Board of Directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved USD750,000 in funding for a programme that will assist the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) with strengthening intra-regional trade.

At least five countries – Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Guyana, Saint Lucia and Suriname – will benefit from three interventions to be implemented by the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ).

“This programme will assist producers with overcoming some of the challenges encountered when trying to export their products, and will therefore enhance their ability to increase market access, penetrate new markets and integrate into global value chains,” said Daniel Best, Director of Projects, CDB. (more…)

Slovenia, CARICOM forging closer relations

The Republic of Slovenia and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are moving to further deepen relations.

New Ambassador of Slovenia to CARICOM, His Excellency Stanislav Vidovič, in a ceremony for the presentation of his credentials to Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Wednesday, pointed to several areas for closer cooperation including sustainable development, environmental issues, climate change and economic integration.

He said as a member of the European Union, Slovenia took an active role in developing the Joint Caribbean EU Partnership Strategy and was one of the chief proponents of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and CARIFORUM which was signed in 2008, the year Slovenia held the EU Presidency.

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Elections results reflect will of the people – CARICOM Observation Mission

Members of the CARICOM Election Observation Mission on Election Day



21 MARCH 2018



At the invitation of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda the CARICOM Secretariat constituted an eight-member team to observe Antigua and Barbuda’s General Elections which were held on 21 March 2018.

The Mission was advised by the Secretary-General that its terms of reference are: (more…)