CTO makes initial monetary contribution to The Bahamas Recovery Effort
- Sep 19, 2019 - 12:50:46 PM
The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has made an initial
monetary contribution to The Bahamas to assist with its recovery efforts
in Abaco and Grand Bahama following the devastation caused by Hurricane
Dorian earlier this month.
The sum of
US$20,000 - monies raised through the CTO Relief Fund has been transferred to the National
Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) of The Bahamas as part of the CTO's
on-going support of the long-term recovery of the affected islands...
Saint Lucia Notice to Public Officers: Government Offices to open at 12 (Noon)
- Aug 27, 2019 - 11:00:12 AM
The Government of Saint Lucia through the National Emergency Management
Organisation (NEMO) has issued an ALL CLEAR following the passage of
Tropical Storm Dorian.
As such all public officers are expected
to report to work as of 12:00pm (noon) today August 27th 2019, in order
to resume normal operations and provide services at their various
Tobago Trekkers Win Investment at the Animation Accelerator Pitch Competition
- Aug 22, 2019 - 10:50:41 AM
Eight teams of Caribbean animators and gaming practitioners pitched
their animation concepts to international content buyers on the final
day of the Animation and Gaming Accelerator training. The E-IDCOT
Tobago Project with their Tobago Trekkers game won the top prize of
$10,000 USD provided by the Caribbean Development Bank via the Cultural
Industries Innovative Fund (CIIF). Caribbean animation content has now
been positioned to secure 200 hours of Caribbean content to be shown on
United Workers Party Pays Tribute to Claude ‘I-pie’ Ferdinand
- Aug 21, 2019 - 2:50:09 PM
The United Workers Party is deeply saddened by the passing of
Claude ‘I-pie’ Ferdinand and sends deepest condolences to his family and
friends and the people of Dennery South.
Ferdinand was a man who not only demonstrated wisdom but was also a
model of humility. He was a calm spirit and gentle giant and he stood
tall among his contemporaries. He was revered by many and many looked
forward to hearing his opinion on matters...
St. Martin book recommended in the USA; Caribbean Counterpoint
- Aug 13, 2019 - 10:30:04 AM
The USA booklist from California’s Small Press Distribution (SPD)
includes a new book published in St. Martin: Caribbean Counterpoint: The
Aesthetics of Salt in Lasana Sekou by Sara Florian, PhD.
month, SPD recommends its top 20 books, mostly from US independent
presses. The selected titles are promoted nationwide to readers, book
CANTO achieves success at its 35th Annual Conference and Trade Exhibition in Trinidad & Tobago
- Aug 9, 2019 - 9:30:41 AM
From July 21st – 24th 2019, the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Port-of-Spain,
Trinidad and Tobago was transformed into a digital think tank as CANTO
hosted its 35th Annual Conference and Trade Exhibition under the theme,
“Transitioning to a Digital Region - Opportunities and Challenges”.
Board of Directors, with expert assistance from its Port-of-Spain based
Secretariat, delivered a packed programme that was both relevant and
varied in its scope, allowing civil society, young gamers and animators
to equally voice their opinions on the digital future of the Caribbean
and Latin America...
CRFM and CDEMA sign agreement to enhance disaster management and resilience in fisheries
- Jul 31, 2019 - 4:15:53 PM
The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) recently signed a
memorandum of understanding with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency
Management Agency (CDEMA) to enhance comprehensive disaster management
and climate change resilience in the fisheries and aquaculture sector
within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
Director, Milton Haughton, signed the MOU for CRFM while the Executive
Director of CDEMA, Ronald Jackson, signed on behalf of CDEMA. The
signing took place during the Tenth General Meeting of the Caribbean
PwC launches digital skills training programme for employees in the Caribbean
- Jul 25, 2019 - 3:50:03 PM
The PwC network firms operating in the Caribbean are launching an
internal training programme to boost the skills of its employees across
the region. PwC’s intermediate to advanced skills-building programme,
called Digital Accelerators, will equip participants to transform the
way they work by using more effective and efficient tools and working
practices. Digital accelerators will have a direct impact on how we
transform our working practices and how we upskill the entire workforce
on everything from data analytics and automation to machine learning and
Caribbean States prepare to battle illegal fishing
- Jul 19, 2019 - 6:30:00 PM
Eighteen border control officers from seven Member States of the
Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) are currently undergoing a
four-week training course in Fisheries Prosecution and Interdiction,
organized by the Barbados-based Regional Security System (RSS) in
collaboration with the CRFM Secretariat, the Government of Barbados, and
the British Royal Navy’s Fisheries Protection Squadron.
training, being held at the Paragon Base of the Barbados Defense Force,
brings together officers of the Antigua and Barbuda Defense Force Coast
Guard; Antigua and Barbuda Fisheries Division; Barbados Coast Guard;
Royal Barbados Police Force Marine Unit; Barbados Fisheries Division...
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...