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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...
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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 departments...
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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 US networks...
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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.

Claude 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...
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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.

Each month, SPD recommends its top 20 books, mostly from US independent presses. The selected titles are promoted nationwide to readers, book buyers...
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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”.

CANTO’s 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...
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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).

CRFM Executive 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 Community...
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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 blockchain...
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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.

The 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...
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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).

Speaking 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...
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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 Caribbean region.

"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...
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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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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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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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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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