CARICOM making steady progress in empowering women – Guyana Minister tells UN Forum

MINISTER of Social Protection, Amna Ally told a United Nations forum on Monday that despite the challenges affecting the region, CARICOM continues to progress in achieving regional and international goals for the empowerment and advancement of women and girls.

Ally made the remarks while representing CARICOM at the United Nations, 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. She said the provision of education continues to be a strong focus in all of the CARICOM countries. The commission is being held under the theme: “Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls”.

Ally indicated that women in rural areas are exposed to a plethora of issues that causes vulnerability, referencing: the informal economy, cultural norms, work with little or no benefits, migration and Trafficking in Persons (TIP). Guyana, including many Caribbean territories, has led the way in enacting specific legislation against Trafficking in Persons (TIP). However, the minister said according to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, trafficking of women in the Caribbean has increased, and is associated with illegal migration.

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Caribbean fish stocks dwindling as illegal fishing intensifies

Biodiversity in the Caribbean Sea is at serious risk, scientists are warning, with illegal fishing reducing fish stocks and placing the marine environment under increasing strain.

“I cannot say what it’s due to or if there are external factors, but certainly in my more than 30 years in the profession I have seen a reduction in fish,” says Efe Vernal Nicholls, president of the Caribbean Network of Fishermen’s Associations.

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), between 20 and 30 percent of fishing in Caribbean waters is illegal, unreported and unregulated, and worth as much as US$750 million every year.

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CARICOM-Germany sign agreement on financing marine protection in Region

Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and Germany’s new Ambassador to CARICOM, His Excellency Holger Michael, signed an agreement totalling 25,700,000 euros on Monday for a Sustainable Financing Mechanism for Marine Protection in the Region.

Ambassador LaRocque had minutes earlier at the Secretariat’s Georgetown, Guyana headquarters received Ambassador Michael’s credentials as his country new representative to the Community.

In thanking Germany, the Secretary-General said the agreement was both timely and relevant, “given our drive to become climate resilient”. Ambassador Michael said the issue of resilience was “close to the heart” of his country and regarded the funding as an important element in the long-standing co-operation between Germany and the Region.

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PM Mitchell returned to power in Grenada – News Reports

News reports out of Grenada are that Dr. the Hon. Keith Mitchell and his New National Party (NNP) won a landslide victory at elections held today.

Caribbean News Service is reporting that the NNP won all 15 seats. According to the news outfit, Dr. Mitchell said on radio that it was a “humbling experience and feeling.”

CANA News Online said it was the third time that Dr Mitchell had achieved the feat of sweeping the seats. (more…)

Tourism Congress to address theme of building resilience in tourism sector

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (March 12, 2018) – When the XXIV Inter-American Congress of Ministers and High-Level Authorities of Tourism opens on Wednesday, March 21 at the Guyana Marriott Hotel, one of the key areas for presentations and discussions will be the matter of building resilience in the Tourism sector in the Americas.

In the latter months of 2017, the hemisphere of the Americas received a painful reminder of the relevance and significance of this theme after several countries felt the devastating impacts of hurricanes, floods, fires and earthquakes. In fact, 2017 is regarded as a record-setting year for natural disasters in terms of the number, severity and financial costs of the disasters that occurred.


Hurricanes Irma and Maria that lashed the region last year prompted both emergency and strategic responses as property was destroyed almost overnight and economic livelihoods compromised. While in no way minimising the need for resilience due to storms and natural disasters, the Congress is taking a wider view of the concept of resilience, preferring to see it as a concept that embraces a more comprehensive range of strategies and measures that governments need to adopt in order to ensure the survivability of the sector.      (more…)