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Boutique Hotel in St Vincent and the Grenadines receives International Service Excellence Certification - Jul 10, 2019 - 12:50:57 PM

A boutique hotel in St. Vincent and the Grenadines has become the latest in the Caribbean to be Hospitality Assured (HA) certified, an international certification programme for service excellence.

“Hotel Alexandrina is extremely proud to be part of the Hospitality Assured family. The self-evaluation of our company to see where we are, and the steps taken to improve our operation was extremely effective,” said Ruth Stevens, managing director of Hotel Alexandrina...
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The agro-processed food and natural ingredient sectors and the creative industries: keys to the Caribbean’s expansion in the European market - Jul 10, 2019 - 11:30:30 AM

Following two years of uninterrupted growth, goods exports from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) have fallen in the first months of 2019, due to a decline in the volume of exports as well as a drop in the prices of raw materials. The Caribbean countries - Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Barbados and Suriname - together with Mexico, Ecuador and Costa Rica, are the only ones to record positive developments from January to March. However, the slowdown is marked and for this reason the countries in the region are making a concerted effort to foster their overseas commercial relationships in order to counter the drop in demand...
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Ministers of Education of the Americas approve the plan of action of Antigua and Barbuda 2019 - Jul 10, 2019 - 10:49:53 AM

The Ministers of Education of the member states of the Organization of American States (OAS) approved the Plan of Action of Antigua and Barbuda 2019, which seeks to promote the implementation of the Inter-American Education Agenda (IEA).

The Plan of Action is based on the principles of collaboration, intersectorality, and interculturalism...
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The Region bolsters its capacity in information management & needs assessment as it continues to prepare for peak Atlantic Hurricane Season - Jul 10, 2019 - 9:10:16 AM

Representatives from participating states of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and staff of the CDEMA Coordinating Unit are benefiting from an Information Management & Assessment Workshop being held in Barbados, July 8-10, 2019.  The workshop, which is being implemented under the project “Strengthen integrated and cohesive preparedness capacity at a regional, national and community level in the Caribbean”, is being facilitated by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA)...
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Bahamian Independence Day Message from U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo - Jul 9, 2019 - 9:44:38 AM

On behalf of the people of the United States, allow me to extend my warmest wishes to the people of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas on the 46th anniversary of your independence on July 10, 2019.

The Bahamas and the United States share a long history of close cultural, social, and economic ties, as well as a firm commitment to democratic and free market principles. Our partnership continues to deepen, notably through the recently launched U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership...
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CDEMA signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands - Jul 8, 2019 - 8:00:10 PM

CDEMA and the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today at CDEMA Headquarters ensuring cooperation on disaster risk management. The MoU, which was signed by Prime Minister of Sint Maarten, Honourable Leona Marlin-Romeo and Executive Director of CDEMA, Ronald Jackson, will apply to the islands of Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten and the Netherlands including the public entities of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba...
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COMMUNIQUÉ from Fortieth Regular Meeting of the Heads of Government the Caribbean Community - Jul 8, 2019 - 8:00:57 AM

The Fortieth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held at Gros Islet, Saint Lucia 3-5, July 2019 under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Honourable Allen Chastanet. 

Other Members of the Conference in attendance were: Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Honourable Gaston Browne; Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Honourable Dr. Hubert Minnis; Prime Minister of Barbados, Honourable Mia Mottley;  Prime Minister of Grenada,
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CCJ welcomes Mr Justice Peter Jamadar To The Bench - Jul 5, 2019 - 4:24:04 PM

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) welcomed its newest judge, the Honourable Mr Justice Peter Jamadar, to its Bench on Thursday, 4 July 2019. After being sworn in by Her Excellency, Ms Paula Mae-Weekes, President of Trinidad and Tobago in Port of Spain, Mr Justice Jamadar in a stirring speech stated “today I take up a seat on the CCJ. I am both proud and humbled. For any Caribbean jurist or legal practitioner, one of the pinnacle achievements must be, to sit as a judge of the CCJ. It is at once an office of great status and of even greater service....
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CARICOM Chairman Pledges Support to St. Vincent and the Grenadines - Jul 5, 2019 - 3:18:48 PM

Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet has called on fellow leaders of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to support St. Vincent and Grenadines’ tenure on the United Nations Security Council.

Prime Minister Chastanet, who assumed Chairmanship of CARICOM on July 1st 2019, during an Address to the Opening Ceremony of The Fortieth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)...
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New ILO data analysis shows just 10 per cent of workers receive nearly half of global pay - Jul 5, 2019 - 10:32:42 AM

Ten per cent of workers receive 48.9 per cent of total global pay, while the lowest-paid 50 per cent of workers receive just 6.4 per cent, a new ILO dataset reveals.

What’s more, the lowest 20 per cent of income earners – around 650 million workers – earn less than 1 per cent of global labour income...
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Abu Dhabi Fund for Development-financed US$15 Million Renewable Energy Project Launches in Cuba - Jul 5, 2019 - 9:54:07 AM

Abu Dhabi - Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), the leading national entity for international development aid, together with the Cuba’s Ministry of Energy and Mines and International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), today inaugurated a new 10 megawatt (MW) solar PV project. The grid-connected project was financed by ADFD with US$15 million under the IRENA/ADFD Project Facility and will deliver enough electricity to power the equivalent of nearly 7,000 Cuban homes...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS and Amazon Agree to Empower Indigenous Youth in the Inter-American System - Jul 3, 2019 - 6:05:20 PM

The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) will collaborate to train indigenous youth in the Inter-American System.

The purpose of the agreement signed between the two institutions is to train young people from the indigenous communities of the Americas to have a better understanding of the functioning of the OAS...
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Bahamas to represent Caribbean on FAO Council - Jul 3, 2019 - 4:29:35 PM

The Bahamas has been elected to serve on the Council of the 194-member Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Representing The Bahamas at the 41st Conference of the FAO were Minister of Agriculture & Marine Resources, Hon. Michael Pintard, Ambassador to the FAO, Her Excellency Verna Grant and National Correspondent for the FAO Delreese Moss-Grant. The Bahamas' expression of interest in serving in this capacity was unanimously supported by the countries from CARICOM...
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Address by Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet at CARICOM 40TH Conference - Jul 3, 2019 - 12:28:07 PM

I consider it a great honour to preside over this 40th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of the Caribbean Community.

I want to welcome our specially invited guests to this conference and hope that this experience enables you to gain a deeper insight into what we as Caribbean people are facing so that we may gain your understanding and support...
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Taiwan President to embark on State Visit to Saint Lucia - Jul 1, 2019 - 8:52:47 PM

At the invitation of Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet, Her Excellency President Tsai Ing-wen of the Republic of China (Taiwan) will lead a delegation on a State Visit to Saint Lucia from July 17th to 19th, 2019.

The Government of Saint Lucia is in preparations to welcome the President and the delegation and has planned several activities associated with the significance of the visit.

“It is a great honour to have President Tsai visit Saint Lucia,” stated Prime Minister Chastanet. “Saint Lucia has over the past three years greatly deepened our ties with Taiwan and we have broadened areas of co-operation...
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Patrick Ward elected to Insurance Association of the Caribbean Board - Jul 1, 2019 - 1:44:30 PM

Patrick Ward, President & CEO of Bahamas First General Insurance Company, has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Insurance Association of the Caribbean Inc. (IAC). Ward will serve as a director for the period commencing June 2019 to May 2022.

According to its website, “The Insurance Association of the Caribbean (IAC) Inc. is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion and growth of the Caribbean Insurance Industry through research, education and advocacy…
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
49th OAS General Assembly Concludes - Jun 28, 2019 - 10:00:19 PM

With the approval of all the documents submitted for voting by the member states, the 49th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) concluded today in Medellín, Colombia.

In the last plenary session, the Assembly approved resolutions on Venezuela and Nicaragua, among others. The documents approved by the General Assembly are or will be available here...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS General Secretariat on civil society access to the plenary of the General Assembly - Jun 27, 2019 - 9:14:53 PM

In relation to the situation which took place during the first plenary session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) today in Medellin, Colombia, the OAS General Secretariat notes that:  Prior to the beginning of the plenary sessions, the schedule of the General Assembly included several meetings with civil society, including a dialogue of these Organizations with the Secretary General, the Assistant Secretary General and the Heads of Delegations...
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OAS Designates Colombian Artist Fanny Lu as Goodwill Ambassador - Jun 27, 2019 - 6:00:21 AM

The Colombian singer Fanny Lu was named Goodwill Ambassador of the Organization of American States (OAS) by Secretary General Luis Almagro, in a ceremony held in the context of the OAS General Assembly in Medellin, Colombia.

"I am proud that the OAS can count on the support of a faithful defender of human rights in the Americas. Fanny Lu will help us in the efforts to promote the active participation of women in the community and society, in projects that support women in vulnerable situations and that defend their dignity...
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Monroe College Hospitality Management Students win Prestigious CTO Competition for the Third Consecutive Year - Jun 25, 2019 - 10:17:36 AM

Monroe College, a national leader in educating urban and international students, today announced that four students within its School of Hospitality Management recently won the annual Students Colloquium competition hosted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO).
The victory marks the third consecutive year – and the sixth time in eight years – that the College’s Hospitality Management competition team earned top honors at this prestigious event held in New York City...

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