Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (5th left) addresses the Ambassadors with Acting Chairman of the Committee, Ambassador Patrick Antoine at his left
Ambassadors of Member States accredited to CARICOM are meeting in Guyana Tuesday to deliberate on a number of key matters of importance to the Caribbean Community.
The CARICOM Committee of Ambassadors is an important element in the Community’s governance structure, focusing on advancing the integration movement, and providing strategic advice and recommendations to the Community Council towards achieving that goal. The Community Council, which comprises Ministers responsible for CARICOM Affairs in Member States and which is the second highest organ of the Community, meets on Friday, also in Guyana.
The governments of Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines have signaled their unequivocal commitment to integration as they assigned two new envoys to join the family of CARICOM Ambassadors on Friday 12 January.
Her Excellency Veronica Griffith, Plenipotentiary Representative of Barbados to CARICOM and His Excellency Allan Alexander, Plenipotentiary Representative of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to CARICOM were accredited by CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque in a short ceremony at the Secretariat’s headquarters in Georgetown, Guyana.
The new Barbados Ambassador said her government endorsed the words of Right Excellent Errol Barrow in his last speech to the CARICOM Heads of Government in 1989 when he advocated:
“…the absolute necessity to promote and defend the solidarity of this regional Caribbean family. And also the absolute obligation to discover those strategies and mechanisms which will ultimately lead to unity of action in all major areas of our economic, social and political life.” (more…)
The CARICOM Committee of Ambassadors is continuing its role of providing strategic guidance to connect national and regional agendas in the integration architecture.
The Committee is today holding its Sixth Meeting at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana under the Chairmanship of Haiti’s Ambassador to CARICOM, HE Noel Peterson.
Established in 2015 through an agreement by CARICOM Heads of Government at their 26th Intersessional Meeting in The Bahamas, the Committee, comprising Ambassadors accredited to CARICOM, supports the Community Council of Ministers, which is scheduled to meet in Guyana on Monday. The Committee works closely with the Organs and Bodies of the Community and the Secretariat to sustain an efficient system of consultations at the national and regional levels to advance the implementation of decisions.
The Committee today welcomed its two newest members, whose accreditation ceremony preceded the meeting – the Ambassador of Barbados to CARICOM HE Veronica Griffith and the Ambassador of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to CARICOM HE Allan Alexander.
Saint Lucia’s new Ambassador to CARICOM Her Excellency Elma Gene Isaac presented her Letter of Accreditation on Tuesday 2 May, and reaffirmed her country’s commitment to advancing its obligations under the Single Market and the broader regional integration agenda, the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, in welcoming Ambassador Isaacs during the Accreditation Ceremony at the Headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, apprised her of the key role of the CARICOM Committee of Ambassadors into which she has been drafted. The establishment of the body, he noted, was a part of the Reform Process, given its functions to provide strategic advice and support to the Community Council and the Office of the Secretary-General. (more…)
As the CARICOM Committee of Ambassadors meets in Georgetown, Guyana, Wednesday to engage on the Community Reform Process, CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque accepted the Letters of Credence from H.E. Daniel Gutierez, new Ambassador of Belize.
In a short accreditation ceremony held in his office, Ambassador LaRocque told the newest member of the Committee that he will have the opportunity to help shape the future direction of the integration movement by advancing the implementation of decisions of Organs of the Community at the national level.
He noted that during his recent engagement with the Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize and Chairman of the Caribbean Community for the next six months, it was evident that the Prime Minister was keen on making an even stronger link between national and regional agendas.
The CARICOM Committee of Ambassadors is an important element of the governance structure of the Community, focussing on advancing the integration movement, and providing strategic advice and recommendations to the Community Council towards achieving that goal. (more…)