CARICOM Secretariat salutes women, girls in ICT, STEM fields

Girls in ICT photo via International Telecommunications Union (ITU)

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat takes pleasure in commemorating “Girls in ICT day” 2018 with the rest of the world and takes the opportunity to salute all women and girls in the fields of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

This day places focus on the achievements of girls and women in ICT and also serves as a good reminder and encouragement for more girls and women to pursue STEM (which includes ICT) subjects and careers and to advocate for equal access to ICT.

As the Secretariat continues to work to : “Expand horizons and change attitudes” – through policy and practice – we  will be conducting short twitter polls, beginning today to gather information and to gauge perceptions with regard to future work and programmes for Girls and Boys in ICT/STEM in CARICOM.

Please visit our twitter page and take the poll!




CARPHA executive director urges caution on decriminalisation of marijuana

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) — The executive director of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), Dr. James Hosepdales, is urging regional countries to “proceed with an abundance of caution” when it come to the decriminalisation of marijuana.

Hospedales, who spoke on a government radio programme “Working for you”, said there is much discussion on the decriminalisation issue and that there have been several times in history where populations and societies have gone very liberal with substances of abuse.

“The Americans are in the middle of a big opioid crisis and some many decades ago they had a huge problem with addiction and especially among white women,” he said.

“We in the Caribbean have a problem with marijuana and clogging up of the courts and the justice system and that’s understandable to try and reduce that side effect. I think though, in introducing these kinds of public policies, consideration has to be given to the full range of impact.”

Read more at: Jamaica Observer

Hub and Spokes Programme: providing critical Trade Support to Caribbean economies

Georgetown, Guyana (April 23, 2018) – Caribbean development partners and beneficiaries of the Hub and Spokes Programme, an aid-for-trade initiative, began a three-day regional planning workshop (April 23 – 25), with appreciation of the programmes tangible impact on the ground. The workshop is being held at the Guyana Marriott Hotel Georgetown, Guyana.

Caribbean Country beneficiaries and Advisers will work to develop a new framework that is likely to govern the implementation and management of a successor Programme. The proposed framework will aim to support sustainable and inclusive development through technical assistance and capacity-building in international trade.

The Hub and Spokes programme is a multi-donor aid-for-trade initiative of the European Union, the African, Caribbean and Pacific states (ACP) Group Secretariat, the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). Its current implementation phase in the regions ends in August 2018.

With the current programme coming to an end, the Regional Planning Meeting proposed that a successor programme should build upon current best practice and incorporate new and emerging trade-related issues into a future work programme. The framework should also be localised into the Caribbean context, to capture and contribute to regional priorities relating to trade and development. (more…)

Haiti to lead way in revitalising sister city relationships for Caribbean

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI – As the country with the greatest number of sister city relationships in the Caribbean region, Haiti is set to lead the way in the revitalisation of these relationships and development of new ones.

The Caribbean region has 54 sister city relationships, and with the appointment of a Caribbean Representative of Sister Cities International in July 2017, initial efforts have been reactivating relationships that have become dormant, focusing strongly on Haiti.

“Haiti has 14 sister city relationships with cities in the United States that provide wonderful opportunities for economic and community development through business, cultural, tourism, educational, and humanitarian exchanges”, said Ginger M. Moxey, the Caribbean Representative of Sister Cities International. “Haiti is a diverse nation of beautiful people, communities, and experiences. There are tremendous opportunities to create reciprocal, meaningful, results-oriented impacts that will allow Haiti to thrive locally and connect globally.”

On the heels of a very productive week of sister city meetings and immersive experiences, Moxey is thrilled by the response of the Haitian community on the reinvigoration of their sister city relationships.

About Caribbean Sister Cities
There are 54 Caribbean sister city relationships including Aruba (1); Bahamas (8); Barbados (1); Cayman Islands (1); Cuba (12); Dominican Republic (5); Guyana (1); Haiti (14); Jamaica (4); Puerto Rico (2); Saint Kitts and Nevis Islands (1); Sint Maarten (1); Trinidad and Tobago (2); and the Turks and Caicos Islands (1)

Grenada to hold another CCJ referendum

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, Apr. 23, CMC – The Ministry of Legal Affairs is preparing to conduct another referendum on the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) – two years after the electorate voted to reject the Trinidad-based court as the final appellate court.

On Monday, Attorney General Dr  Lawrence Joseph confirmed that a draft amendment to the 2016 Constitution of Grenada (Caribbean Court of Justice and other justice-related matters) Bill was recently sent to the Grenada Bar Association for discussions and input.

“We have circulated that amended Bill to the Grenada Bar Association for discussion as part of the first step. After we receive comments from the Bar we will then have a wider discussion,” said Joseph, adding that the Bill also must be laid in the parliament for no less than 90 days before the referendum could be held.

The main purpose of the Bill is to amend the Constitution in order to enable accession to the CCJ as the final Court of Appeal instead of the United Kingdom-based Privy Council.

Read more at: Jamaica Gleaner

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ)
The CCJ was inaugurated on 16 April, 2005 in Trinidad and Tobago where it is headquartered. Its central role is providing legal certainty to the operations of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). It is structured to have two jurisdictions – an original and an appellate. In its original jurisdiction it ensures uniform interpretation and application of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, thereby underpinning and advancing the CARICOM Single Market and Economy. As the final court of appeal for Member States of the Caribbean Community it fosters the development of an indigenous Caribbean jurisprudence