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2017 holds great promise

2017 holds great promise

I extend to all best wishes for a bright, prosperous and productive New Year as we enter 2017, the Forty-Fourth Year of our Community. This year marks the mid-point of our Five-Year Strategic Plan for the period 2015-2019, a foundational element in the Community’s reform process. That process is geared towards ensuring that our people […]

2016 – A year of highs and lows for the Caribbean

2016 – A year of highs and lows for the Caribbean

by Peter Richards BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Caribbean tourism remained on a high in 2016, but with threats such as Brexit and correspondent banking lurking dangerously close to its doorstep, the performance of the region’s economies remained at a worrying low. Politically, it was also a mixed year for the region in which several incumbent Governments […]

No Jamxit!

No Jamxit!

Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur has made a direct appeal to Jamaica to stay and work towards the development of the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Speaking in Kingston Wednesday, Arthur acknowledged that economic concerns were at the heart of the present debate over Kingston’s membership in the regional grouping. However, he argued that even though […]

CARICOM still too divided, complains Inniss

CARICOM still too divided, complains Inniss

Barbados’ lead spokesman on international business has appealed for greater cooperation among Caribbean Community (CARICOM) governments, while complaining that the region was still too divided on matters affecting the vital sector’s development. “We still grapple in the international fora with too many diverse perspectives on relevant issues, hence allowing for others to divide and rule […]

CARICOM steps up to help Haiti

CARICOM steps up to help Haiti

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has delivered a shipment of approximately US$53 000 worth of emergency relief supplies to hurricane-ravaged Haiti. The items were transported by the United States government, through the collaborative efforts of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Coordinating Unit and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) in Jamaica. […]

‘Shocking’ education data revealed

‘Shocking’ education data revealed

The education system in Barbados and the rest of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is coming under further fire for failing to meet the needs of students, with one scholar claiming it was creating a “world-class elite”, but a large percentage of people were “falling through the cracks”. University Professor Dr Justin Robinson made a “shocking” […]

CARICOM rallies support for hurricane-ravaged country

CARICOM rallies support for hurricane-ravaged country

Barbados and its Caribbean Community (CARICOM) neighbours are being asked not to abandon hurricane-hit Haiti and The Bahamas following the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew last week. CARICOM is rallying support to help meet the most pressing needs in the two member states as they embark on a recovery and rehabilitation process. During a CARICOM […]

Devastating!

Devastating!

The devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti and the Bahamas should serve as a “stark reality” to the region of the effects of climate change and the vulnerability of the Caribbean to natural disasters. Regional and international officials expressed this sentiment as they gathered in Barbados for the inaugural EU-Caribbean sustainable energy conference at […]

UNGA a success

UNGA a success

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government and Foreign Ministers took full advantage of the just concluded 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly to strengthen diplomatic relations with members the global community. They had a fruitful engagement with United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon on the Community’s priorities and developments in the UN, in […]

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