CARICOM mounts Observation Mission for elections in Antigua and Barbuda

The Caribbean Community  (CARICOM) has mounted an Observation Mission for Antigua and Barbuda’s General Elections on 21 March 2018.

The eight-member Mission, headed by Mr Keith Lowenfield, Chief Election Officer of the Guyana Elections Commission, and including experienced representatives from The Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago, and support staff from the CARICOM Secretariat, began arriving in Antigua and Barbuda on 15 March.

Since its arrival, the Mission met with the Chairman of the Electoral Commission, the Commissioner of Police, and the Leaders of the United Progressive Party (UPP) and the Democratic National Alliance (DNA), and has paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Gaston Browne.




CDEMA to improve disaster response with new procurement procedures

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), with support from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), has developed, and will implement new procurement and contract management procedures to facilitate a more streamlined and efficient use of their resource pool, including disaster management funds.

After conducting a routine assessment of its operations, geared toward the continual improvement of financial management practices, a number of recommendations for improving the Unit’s procurement system were identified. Updating the existing procurement manual to address gaps related to procurement and contract management was among the suggestions.

CDB’s support included providing training and financing consultancy services to prepare a procurement and contract management manual that will act as a practical guide to CDEMA’s staff. The new procurement and contract management framework was presented to participants from 13 of CDEMA’s 18 Participating States on March 7 during a one-day workshop at the Bank.

Douglas Fraser, Head, Procurement, CDB, delivers remarks during the opening session of the meeting. (Photo via CDB)


Work to begin on new CARICOM strategic plan

By year end, the CARICOM Secretariat will be hard at work getting the framework in place for the new strategic plan for the Caribbean Community.

That’s the word from Craig Beresford, Director of Strategic Management with the CARICOM Secretariat. He was speaking yesterday morning during the start of a two-day workshop held at the Radisson Aquatica Resort, on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) Monitoring Evaluation and Reporting Framework, as he reflected on the fact that the existing strategic plan for the Caribbean Community, which came into effect in 2015, is set to expire in 2019.

Given that reality, Beresford said that consultation will begin this year and run into the early part of 2019, after which they hope to start to formulate the strategy with the view of having a new plan by the end of 2019, “ripe and ready” for implementation by the time 2020 rolls in. He said this process of creating the plan should be easier than the last, as there is better communication among states, and there is a monitoring and evaluation system that will be able to better monitor objectives set and the steps taken to achieve them.

Speaking to the media following the opening, he noted that the plan will be influenced by a number of different issues that are happening around the world and indeed within the individual Member States within CARICOM. He made the point while noting that new policies from international countries, which are becoming more nationalistic in their focus, would also need to be looked at.

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Systems must be in place to effectively monitor, evaluate integration journey – CARICOM official

IT is imperative that systems be put in place to more effectively monitor and evaluate the CARICOM integration journey.

So says Dr. Richard Brown, Director, CARICOM Single Market and Sectoral Programmes. He made the comments while delivering remarks at the start of a two-day workshop, which was held yesterday at the Radisson Aquatica Resort, on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) Monitoring Evaluation and Reporting (MER) Framework.

Brown noted that as mandated by the Conference of Heads of Government, a comprehensive review of the CSME is currently under way, with focus being put on the achievements, outstanding matters, work-in-progress, bottlenecks, challenges and matters requiring resolution. Additionally, he said the intention is also to look at the basic framework of the CSME, including the right of establishment, the movement of services, goods and skills, and the supportive framework.

“The Secretariat continues to follow up with Member States regarding actions taken to implement the outstanding measures, in accordance with the Implementation Plan approved by the Conference in July of last year. In agreeing to the Implementation Plan, the Conference has considered a fairly comprehensive review of the legislative and administrative measures that countries have already developed or must now undertake to implement the CSME. The Conference, in their July 2017 Meeting, also discussed and received updates on the challenges that Member States face in implementing the CSME,” he said.

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