Grenada PM Lauds Joint UWI – Regional Rum Industry Initiative
- Jul 16, 2019 - 7:41:09 PM
Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. The Right Hon. Keith Mitchell has lauded
the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of
the West Indies Open Campus and the regional rum industry grouping - the
West Indies Rum & Spirits Producers Association (WIRSPA).
last week during the signing of the MOU in Grenada, the Prime Minister
said the initiative, which will see as its first task the development of
an online training initiative for the industry, was a great example of
the university applying itself to the needs of the productive sector...
CTO Mourns Loss of Marie Walker, Long-Time Tourism Colleague & Friend of the Caribbean
- Jul 15, 2019 - 3:49:27 PM
Executives and staff of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) are
mourning the loss of Marie Walker, a long-time Jamaica-born tourism
colleague and friend who dedicated her time to the betterment of the
"Marie Walker was a passionate tourism
regionalist who never missed an opportunity to serve on a CTO committee,
most recently at the Caribbean Week debriefing meeting two weeks ago,"
said Sylma Brown, director of CTO-USA, Inc...
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.
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...
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
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)...
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...
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,
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....
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.
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
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).
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
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.
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...
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
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.
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
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…
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...
Saint Lucia Prepares to Host 40th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of CARICOM
- Jun 25, 2019 - 8:00:59 AM
The Fortieth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of
the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will be held in Saint Lucia from 3rd
to 5th July 2019, under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister the
Honourable Allen M. Chastanet, who will assume the Chairmanship of the
Conference for the period 1 July to 31 December 2019.
Meeting comes at a time when Saint Lucia is marking 40 years of
Independence with year-long celebrations. The Department of External
Affairs has thus been spearheading preparations which will see Saint
St. Lucia's Prime Minister attends CATA Conference
- Jun 19, 2019 - 5:51:52 PM
The Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators (CATA) is currently
holding a conference under the theme “The Future of Tax” which explores,
among other issues, “what the tax policy environment will look like in
2025 and beyond.”
Prime Minister and Minister for Finance,
Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and the Public Service,
Honourable Allen Michael Chastanet, is currently attending the two-day
conference in London, along with Saint Lucia’s High Commissioner to the
UK, H.E. Guy Mayers...
The Global Covenant of Mayors was launched in the Caribbean
- Jun 19, 2019 - 10:26:15 AM
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The Global Covenant of Mayors for
Climate and Energy (GCoM) was launched in the Caribbean region in Port
of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago), during the Caribbean Urban Forum (CUF
2019). The GCoM is an international coalition of city leaders committed
to raising the global ambition for climate action. The Global Covenant
of Mayors for Climate & Energy in Latin America and the Caribbean
(GCoM-LAC) aims to support the efforts of local governments in the
region to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and make their
communities more resilient toward the effects of climate change...
Fisheries Ministers underscore need for urgent response to Sargassum scourge and IUU fishing
- Jun 18, 2019 - 7:00:11 PM
Caribbean Fisheries Ministers who met for two days last week in Saint
Kitts and Nevis have underscored the need for the region to take urgent
action to address the ongoing Sargassum scourge, as well as Illegal,
Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing—two of the most pressing
challenges responsible for multimillion-dollar losses to the regional
Honourable Eugene Hamilton, Minister of Agriculture,
Health, National Health Insurance, Human Settlements, Community
Development, Gender Affairs, Social Services, Land and Cooperatives...
Caribbean Entrepreneur Challenge
- Jun 17, 2019 - 11:00:44 AM
Over the past 5 months young entrepreneurs have been battling it out to
secure a place in the final of the Caribbean Entrepreneur Challenge
(CEC), a component of the Trade Enhancement for the Eastern Caribbean
(TEECA) project, hosted by the Martinique Chamber of Commerce and
Industry, the CTM, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States and
supported by the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export),
with funding by the European Regional Development Fund through the
Fourth Sitting of the OECS Assembly
- Jun 17, 2019 - 9:20:52 AM
Prime Minister Honourable Allen Michael Chastanet is currently attending
the Fourth Sitting of the OECS Assembly at the Parliament Building in
St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda.
Today’s session will include
statements on the occasion of its accession to the Revised Treaty of
Basseterre by Guadeloupe and on the election of Saint Vincent and the
Grenadines to the United Nations Security Council...