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Commonwealth Secretary-General on resolution of Guyana electoral impasse - Aug 3, 2020 - 9:32:44 AM

I extend congratulations to His Excellency Dr Irfan Ali upon his swearing-in as President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana following the declaration of the 2 March General Election and Regional election results on 2 August 2020 by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).

I commend former President, His Excellency David Granger, for his stewardship of Guyana since 2015...
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Bahamas PM Assesses Isaias Damage on U.S. Coast Guard Aircraft - Aug 2, 2020 - 8:50:35 PM

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Less than 24 hours after Hurricane Isaias passed over The Bahamas, the United States provided aircraft support so that Prime Minister the Most Honorable Dr. Hubert Minnis could assess the damage, and the humanitarian needs of those in the storm’s wake.

Chargé d’Affaires Kevin O’Reilly accompanied the Prime Minister on the overflight, along with U.S. Coast Guard District 7 Commander Rear Admiral Eric Jones. The Honorable Desmond Bannister, Minister of Public Works; Captain Stephen Russell, Director of the National Emergency Management Agency;
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Limited Student Visa Appointments Available at U.S. Embassy - Jul 29, 2020 - 6:44:04 PM

The Embassy of the United States in Nassau will begin offering limited appointments for student visa appointments starting on July 29. Interested applicants may begin the application process immediately at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-bs/niv.

Interested applicants should read in full the instructions at https://bs.usembassy.gov/visas/studentvisa2020...
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IDB report highlights post-pandemic reform priorities for Caribbean region - Jul 28, 2020 - 1:54:49 PM

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A new report by the Inter-American Development Bank reviews the ongoing impact of the crisis for countries in the region, and provides recommendations for policymakers as they position for a post-COVID-19 recovery.

Recommendations include the importance of preparing for a broad resumption of travel and tourism, as well as the importance of bolstering capacity for debt management, broadening the social safety net...
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Bahamas Can Respond more Quickly to Disasters Thanks to $92K in Equipment and Supplies from U.S. - Jul 22, 2020 - 9:03:34 PM

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The Embassy of the United States in Nassau delivered approximately $92,000 dollars of personal protective equipment (PPE) and disaster relief supplies to The Bahamas on July 22, at the offices of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Nassau.

U.S. Embassy Defense Attaché Commander Kevin Self delivered the donation to Permanent Secretary (PS) Carl Smith of the Ministry for Disaster Preparedness, Management, and Reconstruction. U.S. Northern Command procured the equipment and supplies to support hurricane preparedness in The Bahamas...
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Commonwealth to unveil ‘4D strategy’ on reviving sport at ministerial forum - Jul 22, 2020 - 11:20:06 AM

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A four-dimensional strategy will be unveiled at a major ministerial forum tomorrow, to help governments sustain the sport sector ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Commonwealth Secretariat’s ‘Data, Digital, Diversify and anti-Discrimination’ strategy will help the sector adapt to the new normal and continue contributing to health and wellbeing, community spirit and economic growth...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS Assistant Secretary General Nestor Mendez Assumes Second Term - Jul 17, 2020 - 10:20:06 PM

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The Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Nestor Mendez, assumed his second term today during a virtual ceremony.

The Assistant Secretary General indicated that the development pillar will occupy a central role in the management of the OAS during the post-pandemic era and highlighted his attunement to Secretary General Luis Almagro to face the immediate challenges...
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Commonwealth issues joint statement on the COVID-19 pandemic - Jul 16, 2020 - 10:53:30 AM

Commonwealth leaders from all 54 member states have today issued a joint statement on the COVID-19 pandemic and steps that member states are taking to fight the pandemic and to work together in support of each other and broader global efforts....
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ILO Global Summit builds commitment to create better world of work after COVID-19 - Jul 13, 2020 - 11:45:36 AM

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The Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder, has welcomed the commitment and determination of world leaders to build a better world of work as a core element of recovery from the COVID-19 crisis .

Speaking at the close of the Global Summit on COVID-19 and the World of Work, the Director-General said, “I think it is difficult to overstate the level of common purpose, of determination, to overcome the crisis...
News : International : Caribbean News
The CDEMA Council recognises the role of the Agency in the fight against COVID-19 - Jul 8, 2020 - 1:57:06 PM

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The highest decision-making body of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), which forms The Council of Ministers, recognised the leadership role of Agency and by extension the Participating States in the management of the COVID-19 event during the 10th Annual Ordinary Session, which was held via ZOOM over two days, June 26 and July 3, 2020. The Council noted the efforts being undertaken by the Agency to coordinate response and relief to the region amidst the COVID-19 pandemic specifically in facilitating the relief supplies hub for the region...
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Caribbean countries explore strategies to shield young people from COVID-19 shock - Jul 7, 2020 - 1:03:20 PM

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Caribbean ministries of youth have met to discuss how best to protect young people from the damaging impacts of COVID-19.

A virtual event co-hosted by the Commonwealth Secretariat, Caribbean Community and Caribbean Development Bank saw officials from 12 ministries of youth discuss challenges and solutions to delivering services during the COVID-19 crisis...
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Deadline to enter 2021 Commonwealth education awards extended - Jul 1, 2020 - 8:15:43 AM

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The deadline to enter the 2021 Commonwealth education awards for good practice has been extended to 31 August 2020.

The awards are open to exceptional education institutions, teachers and school leaders leading innovative learning and teaching projects. They can enter as many as six categories...
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As jobs crisis deepens, ILO warns of uncertain and incomplete labour market recovery - Jun 30, 2020 - 10:40:00 AM

The number of working hours lost across the world in the first half of 2020 was significantly worse than previously estimated, while the highly uncertain recovery in the second half of the year will not be enough to go back to pre-pandemic levels, even in the best scenario, and risks seeing continuing large scale job losses, warns the International Labour Organization (ILO)...
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PM Allen Chastanet Budget Address 2020-2021 relief measures - Jun 26, 2020 - 10:00:08 AM

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Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet presented the 2020/2021 Appropriation Bill to the House on Tuesday under the theme “New challenges, new opportunities for building a stronger Saint Lucia, Together” taking an optimistic outlook at the plans for Saint Lucia’s continued growth and progress.

The Prime Minister and Minister for Finance spoke on Economic Recovery, gave a report on the last four years of the Government’s tenure...
News : International : Caribbean News
Regional Electric Mobility Actors Charged to ‘Get Started - Jun 25, 2020 - 4:15:49 PM

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Stakeholders in the energy and transportation sectors were charged not to wait until a comprehensive plan and perfect conditions are available in order to get started on the Regional Electric Vehicle Strategy during an online discussion, which focused on innovation opportunities and the Caribbean reality.

The discussion, which was hosted by the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) and the Energy Unit of the CARICOM Secretariat, saw more than two hundred and fifty stakeholders gathered to hear from regional and global experts in the field...
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Commonwealth leaders hold virtual meeting on COVID-19 crisis - Jun 24, 2020 - 2:34:44 PM

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Leaders and representatives from across the Commonwealth have today held a virtual meeting to share solutions and ways of working that can help to combat the impacts of COVID-19.

Many member countries are facing unprecedented challenges due to the global health emergency and its economic and social ramifications. These issues combined with the long-term threat of climate change and the ongoing cyclone...
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RCS appoints Inaugural Ambassadors - Jun 24, 2020 - 9:12:54 AM

To mark its 152nd anniversary, Geri Horner, David Walliams, Alexandra Burke and Gyles Brandreth have been appointed as inaugural Ambassadors of the Royal Commonwealth Society.

Dr Linda Yueh, Chair of the Royal Commonwealth Society, said: ‘Throughout our long history, the Society has worked tirelessly to promote both the value, and the values, of the Commonwealth and to improve the lives of citizens across its 54 countries...
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Commonwealth Secretariat partners with Universities of Oxford and Cambridge to offer fintech training to member states - Jun 22, 2020 - 12:12:40 PM

The Commonwealth has launched a new Financial Technology, or fintech, programme to boost governments’ capacity and knowledge of the industry.

The move will see over 100 finance professionals from Commonwealth governments funded to attend online fintech courses offered by the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS General Secretariat on Suriname - Jun 20, 2020 - 8:20:02 PM

The OAS General Secretariat welcomes yesterday’s official proclamation by the Independent Electoral Council of Suriname, which confirmed the allocation of seats in the country’s National Assembly. This is an important step in Suriname’s electoral process and opens the way for the installation of the Assembly’s newly elected members before the end of June, as well as the eventual election of the next President and Vice-President...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
MAPP/OAS Warns of Continued Violence by Illegal Armed Groups against Civilians in Colombia - Jun 19, 2020 - 11:50:39 AM

The Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia of the Organization of American States (MAPP/OAS) today presented to the Permanent Council of the Organization its twenty-eighth semi-annual report, in which it reports the high levels of violence that were carried out by illegal armed groups against communities and social leaders during the second half of 2019...
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