UPDATE: CARICOM proceeding with Dutch territories’ applications for associate membership

Even as the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) continues to consider the creation of an Enlargement Policy, Heads of Government have mandated the Secretary-General to begin negotiations for Associate Membership by the Dutch territories of Curacao and Aruba.

During their Twenty-Ninth Inter-Sessional Meeting in Haiti, last week, the Heads of Government agreed that the Community would proceed, in the first instance, with those two applications. They said further consideration would be given to the applications from the French Overseas territories of Guadeloupe, Martinique and French Guiana.

The mandate to Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque is to start talks with Curacao and Aruba to better determine their expectations of Associate Membership as well as what benefits this relationship could yield for the Community.

Their decisions were recorded in the Communique issued at the conclusion of the two-day meeting at the Port-au-Prince Marriott Hotel.  (more…)

CDB helping Member Countries to build resilience to natural hazards

Protecting the Region from climate change impacts remains a priority for the Caribbean Development Bank. Through investments and partnerships, CDB is helping its Borrowing Member Countries build resilience to natural hazards and protect development gains in a range of sectors, including tourism, infrastructure, agriculture and renewable energy and energy efficiency.

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Festival of Colours being observed today

Celebrate our culture, our diversity! Phagwah is a Hindu religious holiday observed in March to celebrate the triumph of good over evil. The festival of colours is being observed today.

CARICOM Member States recognise and respect the freedom of conscience of the individual to profess and practise his or her religion, belief or persuasion. CARICOM Member States also recognise that each culture has a dignity and a value which shall be respected; that every person has the right to preserve and to develop his or her culture; and that every person has the right to participate in the cultural life of his or her choice. (Source: CARICOM Charter of Civil Society)

COMMUNIQUÉ – 29th Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM




26-27 February, 2018,

Port-au-Prince, Haiti


The Twenty-Ninth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held at Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on 26-27 February, 2018.  The President of Haiti, His Excellency Jovenel Moïse, Chaired the proceedings.

Other Members of the Conference in attendance were Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Honourable Dr. Hubert Minnis; Prime Minister of Barbados, Rt. Honourable Freundel Stuart; Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Rt. Honourable Keith Mitchell; Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness; Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Honourable Allen Chastanet; Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. the Honourable Ralph Gonsalves; and Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley.

Antigua and Barbuda was represented by His Excellency Ambassador Colin Murdoch; Belize was represented by Senator the Honourable Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General; Dominica was represented by the Honourable Francine Baron, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Guyana was represented by His Excellency Vice President Carl Greenidge; Montserrat was represented by the Honourable Delmaude Ryan, Deputy Premier and Minister of Education, Health, Youth Affairs, Sports and Social Services; St Kitts and Nevis was represented by the Honourable Vance Amory, Senior Minister; Suriname was represented by His Excellency Vice-President, Michael Ashwin Adhin.

Associate Members in attendance were British Virgin Islands represented by Dr. the Hon Kedrick Pickering, Deputy Premier; the Turks and Caicos Islands represented by Hon. Sean Astwood, Deputy Premier.

Read the full COMMUNIQUE