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…)

Prime Minister Browne re-elected in Antigua-Barbuda

Hon Gaston Browne

Prime Minister Hon Gaston Browne led his Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) to victory in yesterday’s General Elections, winning 15 of the 17 seats at stake, according to the preliminary results issued by electoral officials.

The main opposition United Progressive Party (UPP) was declared winner of one seat on the main island, Antigua, but UPP Leader Mr Harold Lovell failed to win his seat for the second consecutive election.  The Barbuda People’s Movement’s Trevor Walker won the lone seat on the smaller sister island.

A CARICOM Observation Mission monitored the election day activities and will issue a preliminary statement on its assessment today.


“The graduation of small states to Middle and High Income status is one example of the policy prescriptions that do not take account of the vulnerabilities that significantly affect our ambition to achieve resilient and sustainable development.” OECS Chairman, Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, the Hon. Allen Chastanet
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 — The Member States of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States have been working assiduously with the OECS Commission and their joint Embassy in Brussels to address the ongoing challenges raised by the European Union’s prescriptions on international standards on transparency and exchange of information in relation to financial services. 

The reality is that in an increasingly competitive and unpredictable global environment many traditional partners are advocating policies that promote national interests, many of those protective in nature and take very little account of the impact on small economies like ours.

OECS Chairman and Prime Minister of Saint Lucia Hon. Allen Chastanet said that with the loss of preferential market access for bananas and sugar, and non-tariff barriers for other products, practically all of our economies have had to make difficult transitions from agriculture to full services such as financial services and tourism and these transitions have been made more difficult by the requirements of multiple external policies.

Read more at: OECS Secretariat

CARICOM, World Customs Organisation, sign MOU for capacity-building support to Region’s Customs Administrations

Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and the Secretary-General of the World Customs Organisation (WCO) His Excellency Kunio Mikuriya have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The signing ceremony took place at the CARICOM Secretariat  in Georgetown, Guyana on Tuesday, 20 March, 2018.

The main objective of the MOU is enhancing the professionalism and effectiveness of CARICOM Customs administrations through cooperation in the field of technical assistance and capacity-building.

The Region should benefit from greater coordination of customs training programmes and pursuit of the most suitable training solutions.  There will also be closer cooperation with the WCO in managing development and technical assistance programmes for Customs Administrations, and  capacity-building to improve their efficiency and effectiveness.

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Caribbean Export, EU to open grants call for Caribbean companies

The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) in cooperation with the European Union today announced they are gearing up to provide grant funds to the CARIFORUM private sector via the DIRECT ASSISTANCE GRANT SCHEME (DAGS).

“The DAGS is one of the Agency’s most direct ways of providing support to the CARIFORUM private sector.  This reimbursement grant funding facility is designed to provide financial assistance to companies that are exporting or have the potential to export.  Under the revised DAGS programme, the ceiling for grants has increased to 50,000 Euros, with a minimum grant amount of 10,000 Euros” informed Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director, Caribbean Export.

Over the next few months Caribbean Export will be sensitising businesses and Business Support Organisations (BSOs) across the region on the process to apply under the Direct Assistance Grant Scheme (DAGS). This is to build the awareness of the Program ahead of the open call for proposals on April 23rd, 2018. Additionally, the Agency will be training representatives from in each of the CARIFORUM countries to become DAGS experts. Named Country Advisors, they will provide ongoing assistance to businesses during the application and reimbursement stages of the Program.

Read more at: Caribbean Export