June 21, 2018

Sir Ronald Sanders: Good journalism is a like a toothache: it hurts but it warns

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By Sir Ronald Sanders Reporters Without Borders (RWB) just released its 2018 press freedom report and, apart from two of them, the lowest mark for rated Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries is “fairly good”. The worst, rated as “problematic”, are Haiti and Guyana. Jamaica is the only CARICOM country rated “good”. For unknown reasons, The Bahamas […]

Caribbean Fisheries Ministers endorse protocol for securing small-scale fisheries

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BELIZE CITY, BELIZE, WEDNESDAY, 23 May 2018 (CRFM)—Fisheries Ministers who recently attended the 12th Regular Meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), held in Montserrat on Friday, 18 May 2018, endorsed a newly drafted protocol on Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the region. CRFM Executive Director, Milton Haughton, noted that […]

The View from Europe: The Overseas Territories – The long view

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By David Jessop From Barbados Advocate A few days ago, the British Parliament voted to compel Britain’s overseas territories (OTs) in the Caribbean to adopt public registers of company ownership. The decision, which has been condemned by the states concerned, has multiple implications. It ignores their sovereignty, disenfranchises locally elected legislatures, undercuts economic development, harms […]

Hub and Spokes Programme provides critical trade support to Caribbean economies

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By the CARICOM Secretariat From St kitts & Nevis Observer GREATER GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Caribbean development partners and beneficiaries of the Hub and Spokes Programme, an aid-for-trade initiative, began a regional planning workshop April 23–25 with appreciation of the programmes tangible impact on the ground. The workshop is being held at the Guyana Marriott Hotel […]

CRFM convenes meeting in Montserrat to advance protocol on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management in Fisheries

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BELIZE CITY, BELIZE, THURSDAY, 19 April 2018 (CRFM)—Fisheries officials from Member States of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) are meeting on Wednesday, 18 April 2018, at the Montserrat Cultural Centre to review and validate the Draft Protocol to Integrate Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management in Fisheries and Aquaculture into the Caribbean Community […]

Caribbean ICT collaboration forum discusses elimination of roaming charges

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From Caribbean News Now KINGSTOWN, St Vincent — The third Caribbean ICT Collaboration Forum, held on March 21, was convened to consider the reports of the collaboration working groups on connectivity, convergence and consumer issues. These areas are important elements for the CARICOM Single ICT Space, the enabling digital layer for the CARICOM Single Market […]

The Caribbean people must protect CARICOM

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By Caribbean Peace Movement (PRESS STATEMENT VIA SNO) – We know that we can’t speak for all of our fellow Caribbean citizens, but we would like to publicly declare that one of the major things that we hold on to as sons and daughters of the Caribbean to give ourselves a feeling of pride, accomplishment, […]

Should Jamaica remain in Caribbean single market?

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By Bert Wilkinson From Amsterdam News New York The issue was not a major discussion item at the just concluded Caribbean Community leaders summit in Haiti, but a proposal by a review commission for Jamaica to leave the regional single trading market is still making the rounds and drawing spirited reactions from various quarters in […]

CARICOM maintains ‘Non-Intervention, Non-Interference’ policy on Venezuela

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Secretary-General and Chief Executive Officer of the Caribbean Community, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Keith Rowley, Haiti’s President and Current Chair of the Caribbean Community, Jovenel Moise, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines’ Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves and Jamaica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Kamina Johnson-Smith (L to R), during a news conference at […]

Barbados disappointed at level of support for CCJ

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From Jamaica Observer PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — Barbados has expressed its disappointment that only four Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries have joined the appellate jurisdiction of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) that was established in 2001 to replace the London-based Privy Council as the region’s final court. Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, who […]