Successful staging of regional inter-agency emergency response exercise
- Jan 13, 2017 - 7:28:50 AM
Representatives of four key Caribbean regional agencies successfully
completed an intensive two-day simulation exercise dubbed ‘Synergy
2017’. The exercise was held on January 11th and 12th 2017 and hosted at
the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) based in
The scenario involved the outbreak of a mysterious
virus onboard a cruise ship as it approaches a Caribbean port. This is
followed by an explosion, which contaminates water supplies and causes
power loss. Rapid response teams were deployed to assess the damage.
Shortly after arrival, an earthquake hits the island...
Caribbean prepares to pilot COAST insurance to protect fisheries sector
- Jan 11, 2017 - 11:48:50 AM
Belize City, Belize, (CRFM)—The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism
(CRFM) is hosting a working group meeting at the Ramada Belize City
Princess Hotel from 9 – 10 January 2017, to advance the implementation
of a risk insurance facility for fishers in the region.
Fisheries ministers from CRFM Member States met in Cayman in October
2016, they reviewed the progress made towards the activation of the
Caribbean Ocean Assets Sustainability FaciliTy (COAST). This week’s
working group meeting..
Caribbean regional security, health and disaster agencies face comprehensive readiness test
- Jan 11, 2017 - 11:20:17 AM
BRIDGETOWN - Security, public health and disaster management personnel
from across the Caribbean will be put to the test as they participate in
a training exercise aimed at improving regional responses during an
The exercise, Synergy 2017, will present
emergency scenarios that could occur in the Caribbean region. The
exercise will take place from January 11 to 12 at the Caribbean Disaster
Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) based in Barbados...
St. Lucia PM addresses nation at New Year press conference on Crime, Road Works and Upcoming Projects
- Jan 9, 2017 - 5:39:19 AM
In the opening statement at his first press conference for the year 2017
Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet sent out New Year greetings
to all Saint Lucians and in particular to his Constituents of Micoud
The Prime Minister, also the Minister for Finance,
Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and the Public Service,
met with the local media at the studios of the Government Information
Service on Thursday January 5th 2016 and took questions on a variety of
issues affecting Saint Lucia...
Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism helps strengthen sanitary controls in the CARIFORUM fishery sector
- Jan 5, 2017 - 2:26:22 PM
The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), in partnership with
the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture has
successfully completed the project “Capacity Building of regulatory and
industry stakeholders in Aquaculture and Fisheries Health and Food
Safety to meet the SPS requirements of international trade”. The
project which started in September 2016, was funded under the EU’s 10th
EDF Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures Project and delivered with the
help of a team of consultants from Megapesca in Portugal. The aim was to
continue to help CARIFORUM countries to improve the safety of fish and
fishery products for consumers in national and export markets, and
Dominica Government moves swiftly to resettle Silver Lake victims after fire
- Dec 27, 2016 - 1:42:51 PM
DOMINICA -- Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit visited Silver Lake earlier today
and told the media that Government will move swiftly, ensuring that
there is work day and night to resettle those displaced by the fire in
Silver Lake which occurred
"It was an unfortunate occurrence but you know, thank God no one
was injured and no one died from this incident," said Prime Minister
"Everybody has life today and therefore we have to thank God for that..."
Bahamas and Belize Share Caribbean Mediathon Win
- Dec 21, 2016 - 8:06:09 PM
The Bahamas and
Belize have collaboratively made history by winning the Compete Caribbean
Mediathon held recently in Barbados, November 22nd
2016. It was the Caribbean’s first mediathon.
proposal came from a team comprising University of The Bahamas Director of
Communication Mrs. Tameka Lundy and UB Media Journalism student Deanya Knowles
and Belize television personalities Courtney Weatherburne and Marleni Cuellar...
Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism hosts training in fishery sector sanitary controls in St. Vincent and the Grenadines
- Dec 19, 2016 - 4:08:21 PM
A two-week training covering “Food safety in
the fishery sector” and “Fishery products laboratory testing” was
delivered to 30 inspector and laboratory analysts from 15 CARIFORUM
countries during the period 28 November to 9 December 2016, by four
The training, which covered inspection,
control and testing in the fishery sector, was based on eight
operational manuals developed under a project funded by the European
Union (EU). The training was organized by the Caribbean Regional
Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM)...
Experts make ‘slow, steady progress’ on safe seafood policies
- Dec 17, 2016 - 4:58:35 PM
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - There is still a long way to go but experts
meeting here Thursday expressed optimism that slow but steady progress
was being made toward introducing region-wide laws, rules and
regulations intended to make Caribbean fish and seafood not only ready
for world trade but safe for Caribbean tables.
The experts, drawn
from fisheries, legal affairs, food health and safety and standards
agencies across ten countries in the Caribbean Forum of ACP States
(CARIFORUM), ended two days of deliberations on model legislation,
protocols and guidelines for health and food safety related to fisheries
Caribbean Customs Officers Receive Joint Training on Transnational Crime and Corruption
- Dec 16, 2016 - 1:07:26 PM
Twenty customs officers from Haiti and the Dominican Republic have
strengthened their trade facilitation capacity following a 2-week
training programme on “Techniques to fight against transnational fiscal
crimes and corruption” imparted by the Scuola di Polizia Tributaria (Tax
Police School) of the Guardia di Finanza in Rome, Italy, on 21 November
– 2 December, 2016.
The activity was undertaken within the framework
of the Haiti-Dominican Republic Bi-National Programme, Trade Component,
implemented by Caribbean Export and funded by the European Union under
the 10th European Development Fund (EDF). Additionally, the United
Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) joined efforts in the
coordination of the training programme...
ILO: Unemployment increased sharply in the Caribbean and Latin America
- Dec 15, 2016 - 5:20:37 PM
The unemployment rate in Latin America and the Caribbean reached 8.1 per
cent in 2016, the highest level in a decade, amid an economic
contraction that has also affected the quality of employment, the ILO
said today in its annual report on the region's labour market.
rate is 1.5 percentage points higher than in 2015, when it stood at 6.6
per cent, and it means that some 5 million people joined the ranks of
the unemployed, a figure that now stands at about 25 million workers,
according to the "2016 Labour Overview of Latin America and the
Caribbean", which the ILO Regional Office has published at the end of
every year for more than 20 years...
CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Bay Street branch named Branch of the Year
- Dec 15, 2016 - 2:02:03 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank’s Bay Street
branch in The Bahamas was named branch of the year for the 2015/2016
fiscal year in the bank’s third annual competition. This is the first
time that a Bahamian branch was recognized as the top sales performance
branch in the region.
“We’re closing the curtain on a phenomenal
year where credit growth was and continues to be the main focus,” said
Mark St. Hill, Managing Director, Retail and Business Banking...
New ‘safe seafood’ laws, export rules being readied
- Dec 14, 2016 - 10:09:43 AM
The fisheries industry on Wednesday moves
one step closer to making the Caribbean fish and seafood trade safer and
more profitable when experts meet in Barbados to finalise a raft of
model regional laws, policies and procedures.
region’s ability to cash in on a potentially lucrative, international
export trade in fish and seafood – already worth 315 million US dollars a
year – is being held back by gaps in sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS)
standards, the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) said...
Tourism key to U.S.-Caribbean Interests
- Dec 9, 2016 - 11:18:55 AM
The Caribbean must ensure issues of critical socioeconomic importance
are firmly addressed with the U.S. Congress and the incoming
administration, according to Karolin Troubetzkoy, President of the
Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association.
on this during her presentation on the impact on the tourism industry of
de-risking and correspondent banking relationships at the 40th Annual
Conference on the Caribbean and Central America in Miami, produced by
the Caribbean-Central American Action (CCAA) organization...
New Television Show Guides Viewers Through the Unseen Parts of the Caribbean
- Dec 8, 2016 - 11:59:47 AM
“Secrets of the Caribbean” takes a Deeper Dive into the Culture, History and People of the Caribbean
DC – Caribbean 2020 Productions in partnership with Mississippi Public
Television will debut a unique travel show called “Secrets of the
Caribbean” in April 2017. The 13- episode first season will launch an
in-depth exploration into one of the most popular tourist destinations
in the world.
Co-hosted and guided by veteran journalist and talk
show host, Angela Rae and award winning, nationally known journalist
and news anchor...
Caribbean Export celebrates regional exporting excellence
- Dec 6, 2016 - 5:05:23 PM
The West India Biscuit Company Limited (WIBISCO), widely known for their
baked goods such as biscuits and cookies, copped the Caribbean Exporter
of the Year Award last night at the 2nd Caribbean Exporter of the Year
The Awards event held this year at the Hilton, Barbados
Resort on the evening of December 5, 2016 hosted by the Caribbean Export
Development Agency (Caribbean Export) and funded by the European Union
(EU) via the 10th EDF Regional Private Sector Development Programme,
aims to recognise and promote the contributions of outstanding exporters
to the region’s economy...
Interest Building for 2017 Caribbean Travel Marketplace
- Dec 2, 2016 - 9:07:31 AM
Miami - Interest is building for next year's Caribbean Travel
Marketplace, the Caribbean's largest marketing event which will take
place at Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas from January 31 to
February 2, 2017.
Produced by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism
Association (CHTA), in collaboration with the Bahamas Ministry of
Tourism, the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association, the Nassau/Paradise
Island Promotion Board and the Paradise Island Tourism Development
Association, the event features two days of business meetings that match
buyers and suppliers through a busy program of thousands of
St. Lucia PM Welcomes Prince Harry and Sends Climate Change Message
- Nov 25, 2016 - 11:39:13 PM
Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet officially welcomed His
Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales to Saint Lucia on Thursday evening
and also thanked Britain for its continued support to the island.
the Prince’s arrival in Saint Lucia on 24th November 2016 and the
inspection of the Guard, a very brief ceremony was held at Pointe
Seraphine where the Prince was presented with a plaque from the
Government and People of Saint Lucia...
CRFM and FAO plan fisheries data reform for the Caribbean
- Nov 25, 2016 - 3:26:13 AM
Belize City, Belize (CRFM)—The coming of the digital age presents novel
opportunities for the fisheries and aquaculture sector of the wider
Caribbean to build a more robust data and information system that would
augment the monitoring of production trends and traceability of catches,
support more sustainable management regimes through increased people
engagement, and facilitate stronger international and regional trade.
Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the United Nations
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are teaming up to capitalize on
opportunities for Member States to strengthen data collection and
management systems through the use of modern technology, such as
smartphones and wireless communications to bridge gaps in the system...
Prince Harry launches dedications to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy during official visit to the Caribbean
- Nov 23, 2016 - 4:32:11 PM
His Royal Highness
Prince Harry today unveiled St Kitts and Nevis’ dedication to The
Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC), the Central Forest Reserve National
Accompanied by the Governor Genera,His Excellency Sir Tapley
Seaton, Prince Harry visited the Brimstone Hill Fortress, a UNESCO World
Heritage Site in the shadow of Mount Liamugia.
After watching a performance of traditional dances, Caribbean
songs and local...