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Unity plea

Unity plea

Unity among Caribbean Community (CARICOM) states came under the microscope here as foreign affairs ministers from the regional grouping met for their 20th meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre. A week after Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent and the Grenadines wrote a strong […]

CARICOM stands behind Maduro

CARICOM stands behind Maduro

Outgoing Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) Sir Louis Straker of St Vincent and the Grenadines is confident CARICOM will stand behind the embattled Nicolas Maduro government in Venezuela, despite concerns raised by his own prime minister that the regional grouping was divided over the issue. Speaking with […]

CARICOM fragmentation through divide and rule

CARICOM fragmentation through divide and rule

The coordination of foreign policy among member states was one of three principal reasons for the establishment of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) under the Treaty of Chaguaramas in 1973. The founding fathers obviously recognized that in a global community dominated by the rich and powerful countries, small states such as those in our region stood […]

OAS threat

OAS threat

A wedge is being driven through the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) over a plan for “regime change” in Venezuela, St Vincent and the Grenadines’ Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves is cautioning. In a three-page letter to CARICOM leaders and heads of state, a copy of which was obtained by Barbados TODAY, Gonsalves complained that the 15-member […]

PM: Barbados will not leave CARICOM

PM: Barbados will not leave CARICOM

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is giving the assurance that Barbados will not be following in Britain’s footstep by breaking away from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Though pointing out that the regional integration movement “usually references the integration movement in Europe as a template”, Stuart said Barbados, sometimes referred to as Little England, had no intention […]

CARICOM leaders end successful summit

CARICOM leaders end successful summit

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders have ended their two-day summit in Guyana adopting decisions that they said are important to moving the 15-member regional integration movement “towards its objects”. CARICOM Chairman and host, president David Granger told the end of summit news conference that the leaders had also reflected on the importance of the ‘CARICOM Brand’, […]

Rounded up!

Rounded up!

More than a dozen Barbadians have fallen prey to United States president Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown. Prime Minister Freundel Stuart made the revelation in Guyana today where he is attending the 28th Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Intersessional Summit, saying he had received word that 19 Barbadians were detained in the US. “In the meeting this morning, […]

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 […]

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