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).
commend former President, His Excellency David Granger, for his
stewardship of Guyana since 2015...
Bahamas PM Assesses Isaias Damage on U.S. Coast Guard Aircraft
- Aug 2, 2020 - 8:50:35 PM
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.
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
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
Interested applicants should read in full the instructions at https://bs.usembassy.gov/visas/studentvisa2020...
IDB report highlights post-pandemic reform priorities for Caribbean region
- Jul 28, 2020 - 1:54:49 PM
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
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
Bahamas Can Respond more Quickly to Disasters Thanks to $92K in Equipment and Supplies from U.S.
- Jul 22, 2020 - 9:03:34 PM
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.
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
Commonwealth to unveil ‘4D strategy’ on reviving sport at ministerial forum
- Jul 22, 2020 - 11:20:06 AM
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...
OAS Assistant Secretary General Nestor Mendez Assumes Second Term
- Jul 17, 2020 - 10:20:06 PM
The Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States
(OAS), Nestor Mendez, assumed his second term today during a virtual
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...
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....
ILO Global Summit builds commitment to create better world of work after COVID-19
- Jul 13, 2020 - 11:45:36 AM
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...
The CDEMA Council recognises the role of the Agency in the fight against COVID-19
- Jul 8, 2020 - 1:57:06 PM
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...
Caribbean countries explore strategies to shield young people from COVID-19 shock
- Jul 7, 2020 - 1:03:20 PM
Caribbean ministries of youth have met to discuss how best to protect young people from the damaging impacts of COVID-19.
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...
Deadline to enter 2021 Commonwealth education awards extended
- Jul 1, 2020 - 8:15:43 AM
The deadline to enter the 2021 Commonwealth education awards for good practice has been extended to 31 August 2020.
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...
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
PM Allen Chastanet Budget Address 2020-2021 relief measures
- Jun 26, 2020 - 10:00:08 AM
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...
Regional Electric Mobility Actors Charged to ‘Get Started
- Jun 25, 2020 - 4:15:49 PM
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
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...
Commonwealth leaders hold virtual meeting on COVID-19 crisis
- Jun 24, 2020 - 2:34:44 PM
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...
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
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
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...