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St. Lucia Prime Minister expresses sorrow over Cuba plane crash - May 19, 2018 - 1:36:14 PM
Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet has reached out to the Government of Cuba following the deadly plane crash in Havana on Friday that claimed the lives of over 100 people.

The Prime Minister spoke to Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to Saint Lucia, His Excellency Jorge Francisco Soberon Luis, and expressed deepest sympathies on behalf of the Government and the People of Saint Lucia...
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Caribbean Fisheries Ministers to hold 12th Meeting - May 17, 2018 - 7:45:21 AM

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Caribbean Fisheries Ministers from  Member States of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) are expected to consider management plans for two vital fisheries, a protocol on small-scale fisheries and a policy on gender equality mainstreaming at their 12th Meeting, scheduled for Friday, 18 May 2018 in Montserrat.

At the upcoming meeting, Hon. David Osborne, Minister of Agriculture, Trade, Lands, Housing and the Environment in Montserrat, will assume chairmanship of the CRFM Ministerial Council from Hon. Noel Holder, Minister of Agriculture in Guyana.
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New Fortress Energy partners with JAMPRO as headline sponsor for Jamaica Investment Forum - May 14, 2018 - 11:10:13 PM
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Leader in energy infrastructure New Fortress Energy has signed on as a sponsor of Jamaica's premier business event the Jamaican Investment Forum, which will be held on June 12-14, 2018 in Montego Bay, Jamaica.  The company signed on as a headline sponsor in support of their goals to support the transformation of Jamaica's energy sector.
 
Verona Carter, VP of Public Affairs at New Fortress Energy said,  "We are very proud to be playing a role in this huge transition and energy reform taking place to transform Jamaica’s energy landscape...
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St. Lucia Government extends condolences to Ferdinand Henry Family - May 14, 2018 - 12:00:40 PM
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The Government of Saint Lucia extends condolences to the family of former Parliamentarian and Government Minister, Mr. Ferdinand Henry, who passed away on May 10th 2018 at the age of 76. 

Mr. Henry is a former Member of Parliament for the Dennery North Constituency and was well known throughout the agricultural areas of Dennery. He worked extensively with the Agricultural Department of the Caribbean Development Bank. Mr. Henry also served as a parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Health and is a former Minister for Agriculture, Lands, Fisheries, Forestry and Cooperatives...
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JAMPRO to host 3rd staging of Jamaica Investment Forum - May 12, 2018 - 1:13:17 PM

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Jamaica’s trade and investment promotions agency, JAMPRO, will be hosting the 3rd staging of the Jamaica Investment Forum in Montego Bay, Jamaica on June 12-14, 2018. The event, to be held under the auspices of The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica, will promote 6 priority sectors for investment and host 200 international investors...
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CARICOM's 21st Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations - May 7, 2018 - 3:45:43 PM

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CARICOM's 21st Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) takes place at the British Colonial Hilton, May 7-8, 2018.  As incoming Chairman of COFCOR, Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon. Darren Henfield, pictured at podium on Monday, May 7, gave Opening Ceremony remarks.  Officials of Belgium, Canada, and the UN paid courtesy calls on Minister Henfield prior to the Opening Ceremony proceedings.  Pictured greeting the Minister are His Excellency Ambassador Guy Servin of Belgium...
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CTO mitigates climate impact with launch of ‘Regional Tourism Education and Awareness Campaign’ - May 1, 2018 - 2:00:20 PM

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) will officially launch a Regional Tourism Education and Awareness Campaign on 1 May to foster a discussion on climate resilience and sustainability on both the regional and international stage. The initiative is dedicated to the memory of CTO colleague Bonita Morgan, a beloved regional champion of Tourism Education and Human Resource Development prior to her untimely passing earlier this month...
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Caribbean Fisheries Forum calls region to action - Apr 27, 2018 - 6:58:54 AM

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At its recent annual meeting in Montserrat, the Caribbean Fisheries Forum framed a set of recommendations that will be submitted to regional policy-makers at the 12th Meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), slated for 18 May 2018 in Montserrat.

The Forum’s recommendations include measures for boosting production in the fisheries and aquaculture sector, risk insurance for fisheries...
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Caribbean Management Consultants partner for success at 10th Anniversary Regional Conference - Apr 25, 2018 - 10:31:12 AM

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The Caribbean Institute of Certified Management Consultants (CICMC) recently convened in Curacao for its 10th Anniversary Annual Conference which was hosted by the CICMC-Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) Interim Chapter.

The overarching message of the presentations from both the government and private sectors was based on the conference theme Breaking Barriers: Managing your Practice, Improving your Product, Partnering for Success...
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CHTA Earth Day message from President Karolin Troubetzkoy - Apr 21, 2018 - 1:40:22 PM

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This Earth Day, April 22, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) joins the worldwide celebrations.
 
Earth Day's theme this year, "End Plastic Pollution," is especially relevant for CHTA because preventing or removing plastic pollution remains a big challenge for many of our tourism enterprises and in fact, for many of our island destinations at large.
 
We recently saw the "plasticberg" of garbage that drifted into parts of our pristine Caribbean Sea, underscoring the plastic pollution that already spoils some of our beaches...
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CRFM to advance protocol on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management in Fisheries - Apr 19, 2018 - 9:50:06 AM

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Fisheries officials from Member States of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) are meeting on Wednesday, 18 April 2018, at the Montserrat Cultural Centre to review and validate the Draft Protocol to Integrate Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management in Fisheries and Aquaculture into the Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy.

Also attending the one-day meeting are experts from non-government stakeholders in fisheries/aquaculture, climate change and disaster risk management...
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CRFM to convene 16th Meeting of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum in Montserrat - Apr 13, 2018 - 8:53:34 PM

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(CRFM)—Once a year, the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), an inter-governmental organization established to promote and facilitate the responsible use of the region's fisheries resources, convenes a meeting of heads of national fisheries authorities from its 17 Member States. This year, that group of the Caribbean technical experts who make up the Caribbean Fisheries Forum will meet for two days in Montserrat.

The CRFM will convene the 16th Meeting of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum on Monday, 16 April and Tuesday, 17 April 2018 at the Montserrat Cultural Centre in Little Bay, Montserrat...
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Haiti to lead the way in revitalizing sister city relationships for the Caribbean - Apr 9, 2018 - 9:47:02 AM

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As the country with the greatest number of sister city relationships in the Caribbean region, Haiti is set to lead the way in the revitalization of these relationships and development of new ones.

The Caribbean region has 54 sister city relationships, and with the appointment of a Caribbean Representative of Sister Cities International in July 2017, initial efforts have been reactivating relationships that have become dormant, focusing strongly on Haiti...
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OECS country advisors trained in DAGS - Apr 6, 2018 - 10:20:31 AM

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The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) in cooperation with the European Union commenced a 3-day workshop to train Country Advisors from OECS countries on the Direct Assistance Grant Scheme (DAGS) at the Trade Winds Hotel, St. John's, Antigua yesterday, April 4, 2018.

The Agency announced last month that grant funds would be provided to CARIFORUM businesses via the DAGS and they would be accepting proposals from businesses from April 23, 2018...
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Grand Available to Caribbean Companies - Mar 19, 2018 - 12:49:11 PM

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The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) in cooperation with the European Union today announced they are gearing up to provide grant funds to the CARIFORUM private sector. 

“The DAGS is one of the Agency’s most direct ways of providing support to the CARIFORUM private sector.  This reimbursement grant funding facility is designed to provide financial assistance to companies that are exporting or have the potential to export.  Under the revised DAGS programme, the ceiling for grants has increased to 50,000 Euros, with a minimum grant amount of 10,000 Euros” informed Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director, Caribbean Export... 
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CIBC Firstcaribbean appoints new Private Wealth Investment Advisor - Mar 12, 2018 - 3:15:38 PM

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Regional bank CIBC FirstCaribbean recently announced the appointment of Mr. Paul Michael Jenkins to the post of Private Wealth Investment Advisor.

The experienced banking executive will work with CIBC FirstCaribbean clients in The Cayman Islands, Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean to provide international investment advice.  He has amassed a significant amount of experience in the area of Private Wealth Management...
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Caribbean Export launch WE-XPORT, Supporting Caribbean Women in Business - Mar 7, 2018 - 4:15:41 PM

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Caribbean Export is now taking applications from Caribbean women-owned businesses to participate in their newest programme: Women Empowered through Export or WE-Xport.

At the Hilton Barbados Resort, Caribbean Export in cooperation with the European Union announced the commencement of the WE-Xport programme which aims to support Caribbean women in business to grow their businesses...
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Bahamas to grow country’s fisheries/agricultural sectors - Feb 28, 2018 - 7:24:49 PM

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Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, the Hon. Renward Wells says he will take advantage of the knowledge-base of CARICOM Institutions such as the Caribbean Agricultural Research Development Institute (CARDI) and the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) to re-assert The Bahamas as a major player in the region’s agricultural sector, while simultaneously expanding marine exports from The Bahamas.

The latter is of particular significance with regards to possibly developing the area of the harvesting of pelagic species (open water fish such as tuna...
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7th Annual Public Software Regional Workshop - Feb 28, 2018 - 2:02:03 PM

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The Bahamas hosted the 7th Annual Public Software Regional Workshop February 22 and 23, 2018 at SuperClubs Breezes.

The workshop’s main objective was to incorporate the countries of the Caribbean area into the Regional Collaborative Public Software Mechanism that is being implemented by the e-Government Network of Latin America and the Caribbean (Red GEALC), with the support of the Regional Public Goods Initiative of the Inter-American Development Bank (BID)...
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CIBC's regional Retail Spirit Award winner - Feb 27, 2018 - 7:39:05 PM

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Sally Laing received the shock and honour of a lifetime when she won CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Retail Spirit Award – beating out nominees all throughout The Bahamas and the entire Caribbean.

“I’m still in shock and awe because it was really unexpected. I was unaware my team and colleagues were working behind the scenes to nominate me, so I feel very happy and privileged,” the Freeport Branch Manager said...
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