CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque receives Credentials of new Ambassador of Lithuania to CARICOM Audra Plepytė

Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque urged Lithuania to advocate on behalf of CARICOM in fora where the Region had no voice.

The Secretary-General on Wednesday accepted the credentials of Lithuania’s new representative to CARICOM Ambassador Audra Plepytė, at the Secretariat’s Georgetown Headquarters.

In noting the country’s accession to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and its membership in the European Union, Ambassador LaRocque said the country’s influence was “needed to advise the members of the organisations in which you have a voice to act urgently to resolve” the challenges posed by blacklisting and graduation of Member States from access to concessional development financing. (more…)

CARICOM continues implementation of a harmonised Results-Based Management (RBM) System with focus on Haiti

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Sensitisation seminars on the CARICOM Results-Based Management (RBM) System moved to Haiti on Wednesday following visits to other Member States.

The RBM System, which promotes a more results-focused approach to programme and project management, is targeting a wide cross section of stakeholders including parliamentarians, Permanent Secretaries, International Development Partners, Regional Institutions, Directors and Corporate Planners, the Private Sector, Non-Governmental Organisations and the Media.

Wednesday’s session in Haiti was attended by a number of Government officials including, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Antonio Rodrigue; Minister of Tourism, Mrs Jessy Menos;  Minister of Agriculture,  Mr. Jobert Angrand; Chef de Cabinet in the Ministry of Housing Dr Harry Leon; Director General at the Center for Facilitation of Investments, Mrs Tessa Jacques; and Haiti’s representative on the CARICOM RBM Leadership Group Mr Claude Pean.

The CARICOM Secretariat’s delegation to Haiti comprises Deputy Secretary-General, Dr Manorma Soeknandan; Director of the Strategic Management Unit (SMU), Mr Craig Beresford; Deputy Programme Manager, SMU, Ms Hipolina Joseph; Project Officer, Directorate of Foreign and Community Relations, Mr Jhonson Alexandre; and consultant Mr Evan Green. The Secretariat delegation has expressed its profound appreciation for the interpretation services provided by the Government of Haiti. (more…)

Caribbean Fisheries Ministers endorse protocol for securing small-scale fisheries

BELIZE CITY, BELIZE, WEDNESDAY, 23 May 2018 (CRFM)—Fisheries Ministers have endorsed a newly drafted protocol on Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the region. The endorsement came at the recently concluded 12th Regular Meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), held in Montserrat on Friday, 18 May, 2018,

CRFM Executive Director, Milton Haughton, noted that small-scale fisheries are the mainstay of the fisheries industry, both in the Region and around the globe. He said that small-scale fisheries account for more than 95% of fisheries in CARICOM and are vital for food security and employment, particularly in coastal communities. Globally, it accounts for 90% of all the fisheries produced, Haughton said.

He explained that the Protocol had been developed within the framework of the Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy (CCCFP), accepted by CRFM Member States in 2014. The protocol, which addresses principles and standards for securing and strengthening small-scale fisheries, is the first protocol under the CCCFP, he added.

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HRD Strategy belongs to Caribbean Community

Programme Manager, Human Resource Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, Dr. Laurette Bristol, has stressed that the HRD Strategy belonged to the Caribbean Community and not to the CARICOM Secretariat.

She was speaking at the opening of the first regional workshop aimed at strengthening national capacity to support the 2030 Human Resource Development Strategy (2030 HRDS). The workshop is being held at the Courtyard Marriott in Barbados, May 22-25, 2018.

Dr. Bristol encouraged participants to be willing to give of themselves and learn from each other while being willing to accept responsibility for their part in the success of the Strategy.

“We need to reach out to each other in the Region and create strong networks, share best practices, foster national development and promote regional resilience and sustainability”, she opined.


International Day of Biological Diversity – Statement by CARICOM Secretary-General

CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque

The year 2018 marks 25 years since the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) entered into force on 29 December 1993 after the 30th ratification.  It is significant that five CARICOM Member States ratified the Convention (Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados and Saint Kitts and Nevis) or acceded to it (Saint Lucia) to bring about this significant outcome.  From 28 November to 9 December 1994, the first Conference of Parties to the CBD (COP1) was held in Nassau, Bahamas, an important achievement for a CARICOM Member State.

The theme for this year’s International Day of Biological Diversity is “Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity“.  The CARICOM Secretariat joins the CBD Secretariat in using this Silver Jubilee anniversary of the Convention to highlight progress made to advance the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, agreed to at the Tenth Meeting of the Conference of Parties to the CBD in Nagoya, Japan, which launched the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. (more…)