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 Secretary-General addresses Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers Association’s AGM

CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque delivering his address

While the CSME continues to be a work in progress, it is sufficiently advanced to be used more effectively by the private sector.  There has been significant progress in several specific ways.  There is free trade in goods and services, free movement of skills and capital, and the cross-border establishment of businesses. It is true that there have been some hitches but these are being addressed.

Read full address: (more…)

#PressForProgress – International Women’s Day

CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque
CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque




8 MARCH, 2018

It is a distinct honour and pleasure for me to celebrate our women and girls across the Caribbean Community on the occasion of the 107th Anniversary of International Women’s Day.  International Women’s Day affords us the opportunity to reflect on gender equality and the advancement of women and to continue to #PressForProgress as this year’s theme and call to action suggests.

This year’s celebration is being observed in the wider context of significant global movements for women’s rights, justice, equality, development and peace, as well as movements against domestic abuse, sexual harassment and femicide.

These movements for change provide opportunities to combat sexual harassment, and gender-based violence and when linked with the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030, additional gains such as good health and well-being, quality education and increased political participation may be realised.  The global community is on a mission to close the gaps that hinder such achievement and leave some behind.

According to the World Economic Forum which measures gender equality on a global scale, “2017 was the first time in more than 10 years that the gender gap began to widen again.”  The Report indicates that it could still take “another 100 years before the Global Equality Gap between men and women disappears entirely.  A gender pay gap persists across the globe and women are still not present in equal numbers in business or politics.”

International Women’s Day (IWD)
International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first March 8 IWD gathering supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Prior to this the Socialist Party of America, United Kingdom’s Suffragists and Suffragettes, and further groups campaigned for women equality. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organisation specific.

CARICOM SG lauds Dominican heading PAHO for second term

Dr. Carissa Etienne, PAHO Director 2018-2023
Dr. Carissa Etienne, PAHO Director

Dominican Dr Carissa Etienne was sworn in for a second term as Director of the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) on Thursday and was commended for the achievement by CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque.

Delivering an address at the inauguration ceremony at PAHO Headquarters in Washington D.C   the CARICOM Secretary-General credited Dr. Etienne’s re-election to her achievements over her first five years in office.

“Reward for good work is more hard work,” he stated lauding her leadership of administrative and management changes to improve the efficiency of PAHO. He commended its successful response to public health emergencies such as Zika, Chikungunya, and cholera in the Americas which saw a dramatic decline in the number of reported cases of those diseases. (more…)

CARICOM SG to speak today at PAHO Director’s Inauguration

Dr. Carissa Etienne, PAHO Director 2018-2023
Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque will speak at today’s inauguration of Dominican Dr. Carissa F. Etienne as the Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

Dr.  Etienne was first elected Director of PAHO by the countries of the Americas in 2012 and was re-elected for a second term in September 2017 that will begin today February 1 2018.

Other speakers at today’s ceremony will be Eric D. Hargan, U.S. Deputy Secretary for Health and Human Services; Luis Almagro Lemes, Secretary General, Organization of American States and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization.

You can follow the Ceremony live from 12:00 noon Eastern Caribbean Time here on CARICOM Today