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ILO opens 10th Meeting of Caribbean Ministers of Labour in Jamaica - Feb 24, 2017 - 3:38:59 PM

The Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder, opened in Jamaica a meeting with Labour Ministers and government representatives of 17 countries of the Caribbean stressing the need to face the challenges of the world of work and lead the efforts to strengthen social dialogue.

“We know there are challenges, we need to address them,” said Mr Ryder at the 10th ILO Meeting of Caribbean Ministers of Labour held in Kingston, 23-24 February 2017.

Mr Ryder outlined how this meeting will allow Ministers and participants to address social dialogue and partnership to put decent work at the heart of national...
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Cost of fishing study concluded for Caribbean states - Feb 24, 2017 - 1:44:52 PM

A landmark study to look at the impacts of rising cost factors on fishing operations in the Caribbean has been concluded, and the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), in collaboration with FAO, will convene a validation workshop at the United Nations House in Christ Church, Barbados on Monday, February 27 and Tuesday, February 28, to review the findings and chart the necessary course of action.

At the upcoming event, CRFM Executive Director, Milton Haughton, will present a general overview of the project and explain what the workshop is expected to achieve. The background, findings, conclusions and recommendations of the study will be presented by consultant, Claudia Stella Beltrán Turriago, economic consultant, for final refinement...
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CARICOM Statement at Conclusion of the 28th Intersessional Meeting - Feb 18, 2017 - 6:40:34 PM

The Twenty-Eighth Intersessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government concluded a short while ago. I am very pleased to report that we had two successful days of discussions and decisions on issues that are important to moving the Community towards its objectives.

During the course of our discussions, the Conference of Heads of Government reflected on the importance of the CARICOM ‘Brand’, and the pride that we have in our citizenship, citizenry and membership...
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Baleària Caribbean Conducts Emergency Exercise on Weapons of Mass Destruction - Feb 17, 2017 - 11:47:34 AM

The fast ferry Jaume I of Baleària Caribbean was the scenery for a Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) emergency exercise organized by the Florida Army National Guard's Civil Support Team (CST).

The drill, which took place, last Wednesday at the Port Everglades facility in Fort Lauderdale, consisted of a simulation of biological contamination aboard the ship. During the demonstration, the emergency personnel detected several passengers with symptoms of contamination, after which they proceeded to notify the relevant authorities to activate the emergency protocol...
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IDB and UB to host early childhood development, social challenges in the Caribbean event - Feb 14, 2017 - 1:36:26 PM

As part of the ongoing collaboration between the Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDB Group) and the University of The Bahamas, we are pleased to announce the regional launch of ‘Development in the Americas’, scheduled for Thursday, February 16, 2017, at the Harry C. Moore Library Auditorium, University of The Bahamas.

The one-day seminar will feature presentations on two of IDB’s flagship publications on social and economic development in the Caribbean and Latin America. Regional public ministries and private institutions have been invited to provide policy perspectives on recent regional and local industry and regulatory developments in sectors related to education, social services, labour and health...
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Board selected to guide new eastern Caribbean Alliance - Feb 9, 2017 - 1:00:21 PM

Another step has been taken toward a more united Caribbean with the election of a new board to head the Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality Inc. (ECADE) . The eleven member board was drawn from representatives of eighteen regional organisations at the Alliance’s February 6, 2017 general meeting.

Board Chair René Holder-McClean-Ramirez notes, “The new board fully recognises the wide scope of work ahead of us. We are committed to fostering a space that will complement the development and strengthen the communities, territories and by extension the region of which we are all a part...”
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ICAO TRIP Seminar strengthens border control efforts in the Caribbean - Feb 3, 2017 - 12:45:54 AM

Representatives of 25 countries gathered in Antigua and Barbuda this week for the latest ICAO Traveller Identification Programme (TRIP) Strategy Seminar.

Hosted by the Ministry of Public Utilities, Civil Aviation and Transportation of Antigua and Barbuda, the event’s primary goal was to improve identity management and travel document security systems and processes.

ICAO Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu delivered the opening address to the 180 government and industry seminar participants in attendance...
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Prime Minister Christie's Remarks at the Opening of Caribbean Travel Marketplace - Feb 2, 2017 - 10:18:26 PM

Madam President of the Caribbean Hotel Association, Ministers and other dignitaries, members of the Hotel and Tourism Industry, Ladies and Gentlemen….

Your presence here with Caribbean Travel Marketplace two years in a row is quite a testimony to the quality of the experience that you have found in The Bahamas. And that testimony is affirmed by the number of your delegates that added post-Marketplace trips to other islands of The Bahamas.

We recognize that The Bahamas is a diverse but cohesive collection of islands strung across the rim of the Caribbean Sea, covering an area equal to that between Puerto Rico and Trinidad...
CaribbeanTales Announces Its Annual Call For Submissions - Feb 1, 2017 - 1:25:38 PM

CaribbeanTales, a multi-faceted group of film production, marketing and distribution companies, has announced its annual Call for Submissions for the Film Festival and Producer Incubator programs that will take place in September 2017 in Toronto, Canada. Applications for both programs will be open until March 31, 2017.

CTI Presented by Flow - Get Your Original Caribbean TV Series Made!

The renowned CaribbeanTales Incubator Program (CTI), now in its eighth year, has hosted over two hundred producers from across the Caribbean. Sponsored by Flow, the Caribbean's leading telecommunications company, the CTI serves as a funnel for the creation of original TV Series...
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CANTO Welcomes Delegates at 33rd AGM in Curaçao - Jan 31, 2017 - 7:32:36 PM

Curaçao, one of the Caribbean's best kept secret is the location of CANTO's 33rd Annual General Meeting. The event is co-hosted by United Telecommunication Services and Bureau Telecommunicatie en Post and is being held at the Renaissance Resort & Casino, Curacao.
From the 29th -31st January, top executive telecommunication operators and suppliers from over 34 countries will focus on the theme: "Reimagining ICT as a Tool for National Growth and Development". Reimagining ICT is high on CANTO's agenda and focuses on ICT connectivity beyond the modernization of societies as a catalyst for real economic change...
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Link-Caribbean Awards $125,000 USD to 5 Caribbean Firms - Jan 31, 2017 - 4:35:08 PM

Five Caribbean businesses are at a stage closer to securing private investment having each received $25,000 USD through the LINK-Caribbean Investment Readiness Grant programme.

The five firms are Carepoint and Caribbean Transit Solutions from Barbados; Bluedot Media and Innovative Menu Solutions Ltd from Jamaica and SystemIz Incorporated from Trinidad and Tobago.

According to Chris McNair, Manager for Competitiveness and Innovation at Caribbean Export, “the grants will be used to assist firms in making the necessary improvements to their businesses with the aim of attracting greater investment from private investors, such as Business Angels within the next 6 months...”
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OAS observes conclusion of the electoral cycle in Haiti - Jan 30, 2017 - 4:34:31 PM

The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) to the legislative and local elections in Haiti this Sunday, January 29, commended the country on the organization of a very complex election, but expressed concern over low turnout, particularly in urban areas.

The OAS Mission, headed by Uruguayan Ambassador Juan Raúl Ferreira, observed elections for 570 local administration councils (CASEC), 568 local assemblies (ASEC) and 139 city delegates, as well as run-off votes for eight senate seats and one seat in the lower chamber. The Mission deployed 77 observers and specialists from 21 countries who visited a total of 285 voting centers in all 10 departments...
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UWI Research Days targets regularising ECG tests for student-athletes - Jan 28, 2017 - 11:56:07 AM

In light of recent cardiac mishaps with young Jamaican student-athletes, the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona’s Research Days 2017 staging slated for February 1-3 on the grounds of the Mona Campus, will reveal the latest results from ongoing research into Electrocardiographic (ECG) testing for local athletes.

In addition to the update on the programme, at Mona’s Research Days 2017, student-athletes from identified schools will be offered free ECG tests as part of the continuing “Cardiac Screening in Youth Athletes” executed by lead researcher Dr Lisa Hurlock...
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CRFM and fisheries powerhouse, Norway, launch fact-finding mission - Jan 24, 2017 - 3:57:42 PM

The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the Government of Norway have launched a two-week mission to explore the development of a regional technical assistance project to be funded by Norway. The project would support the region’s fisheries and aquaculture sector by strengthening evidence-based management.

Dr. Åge Høines, Senior Scientist, Institute of Marine Research, Norway; and Dr. Johán Williams, Specialist Director, Norwegian Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs, began meeting on Monday, January 16...
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Saint Lucia Readies for VAT Reduction - Jan 24, 2017 - 1:50:54 AM

As such, all VAT registered businesses are required to make the necessary adjustments to their point of sale systems to reflect this reduction in the VAT Rate.
The Comptroller, Mrs. Sophia Henry encourages business owners to ensure that this
adjustment takes effect from midnight January 31 2017...  
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UWI Mona Campus/PSOJ Research Days 2017 Partnership - Jan 18, 2017 - 12:42:15 PM

The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus and the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) have announced a unique arrangement, where PSOJ member companies will be able to benefit from evidence-based research from the Mona Campus when focusing on areas that contribute to the growth agenda. The university will also be paying more attention to those research areas guided by the Economic Growth Council’s eight identified areas of growth.

The plans were announced as part of the launch of the 18th staging of the UWI Mona’s Research Days at the Exhibition Seminar Room, Faculty of Medical Sciences Teaching & Research Complex on Tuesday, January 10...
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Successful staging of regional inter-agency emergency response exercise - Jan 13, 2017 - 7:28:50 AM

Representatives of four key Caribbean regional agencies successfully completed an intensive two-day simulation exercise dubbed ‘Synergy 2017’. The exercise was held on January 11th and 12th 2017 and hosted at the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) based in Barbados.

The scenario involved the outbreak of a mysterious virus onboard a cruise ship as it approaches a Caribbean port. This is followed by an explosion, which contaminates water supplies and causes power loss. Rapid response teams were deployed to assess the damage. Shortly after arrival, an earthquake hits the island...
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Caribbean prepares to pilot COAST insurance to protect fisheries sector - Jan 11, 2017 - 11:48:50 AM

Belize City, Belize, (CRFM)—The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) is hosting a working group meeting at the Ramada Belize City Princess Hotel from 9 – 10 January 2017, to advance the implementation of a risk insurance facility for fishers in the region.

When Fisheries ministers from CRFM Member States met in Cayman in October 2016, they reviewed the progress made towards the activation of the Caribbean Ocean Assets Sustainability FaciliTy (COAST). This week’s working group meeting..
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Caribbean regional security, health and disaster agencies face comprehensive readiness test - Jan 11, 2017 - 11:20:17 AM

BRIDGETOWN - Security, public health and disaster management personnel from across the Caribbean will be put to the test as they participate in a training exercise aimed at improving regional responses during an emergency situation.

The exercise, Synergy 2017, will present emergency scenarios that could occur in the Caribbean region. The exercise will take place from January 11 to 12 at the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) based in Barbados...
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St. Lucia PM addresses nation at New Year press conference on Crime, Road Works and Upcoming Projects - Jan 9, 2017 - 5:39:19 AM

In the opening statement at his first press conference for the year 2017 Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet sent out New Year greetings to all Saint Lucians and in particular to his Constituents of Micoud South.

The Prime Minister, also the Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and the Public Service, met with the local media at the studios of the Government Information Service on Thursday January 5th 2016 and took questions on a variety of issues affecting Saint Lucia...
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