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Grenada PM Lauds Joint UWI – Regional Rum Industry Initiative - Jul 16, 2019 - 7:41:09 PM

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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…
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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

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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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Saint Lucia Prepares to Host 40th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of CARICOM - Jun 25, 2019 - 8:00:59 AM

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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.

The 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 Lucia’s culture...
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St. Lucia's Prime Minister attends CATA Conference - Jun 19, 2019 - 5:51:52 PM

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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...
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The Global Covenant of Mayors was launched in the Caribbean - Jun 19, 2019 - 10:26:15 AM

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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...
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Fisheries Ministers underscore need for urgent response to Sargassum scourge and IUU fishing - Jun 18, 2019 - 7:00:11 PM

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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 economy.

Honourable Eugene Hamilton, Minister of Agriculture, Health, National Health Insurance, Human Settlements, Community Development, Gender Affairs, Social Services, Land and Cooperatives...
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Caribbean Entrepreneur Challenge - Jun 17, 2019 - 11:00:44 AM

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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 INTERREG Programme...
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Fourth Sitting of the OECS Assembly - Jun 17, 2019 - 9:20:52 AM

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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...
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