Deodat Maharaj to Lead the Caribbean Export Development Agency
- Jan 25, 2021 - 4:24:15 PM
The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) is pleased
to announce that Mr. Deodat Maharaj has been appointed as its Executive
Director effective February 1, 2021.
Mr. Maharaj, a national of
Trinidad and Tobago has extensive experience in international trade,
working with the private sector, governments, and multi-lateral
institutions in a career spanning more than 25 years. He knows the
OAS Begins Implementation of New Hemispheric Action Plan on Drugs 2021-2025
- Jan 25, 2021 - 12:30:04 PM
The Organization of American States (OAS) has begun implementation of
the new Hemispheric Drug Strategy and Plan of Action 2021-2025, both
approved at the 68th regular session of the Inter-American Drug Abuse
Control Commission (CICAD), chaired by Colombia and held in Bogota in
Homeworkers need to be better protected, says the ILO
- Jan 13, 2021 - 8:21:14 AM
Those working from home, whose number has greatly increased due to the
spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, need better protection, says the
International Labour Organization (ILO) in a new report.
homeworking occurs in the private sphere it is often “invisible”. In
low- and middle-income countries for instance, almost all home-based
workers (90 per cent) work informally.
They are usually worse off
than those who work outside the home, even in higher-skilled
professions. Homeworkers earn on average 13 per cent less in the United
Kingdom; 22 per cent less in the United States of America...
The United Kingdom FCDO provides funding for a rotary helicopter to support the monitoring of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines La Soufrière volcano
- Jan 12, 2021 - 9:42:25 PM
The CDEMA Coordinating Unit has received funding from the United Kingdom
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (UK FCDO) in the amount of
£51,000 through the Memorandum of Understanding on the ‘UK Support for
the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Response
Teams programme’. The funds will cover the cost of a rotary helicopter
aircraft, which will be used to support access to sampling of the
extrusive materials, air lifting equipment to the flanks of the volcano,
surveillance/reconnaissance to analyse changes in the volcano and other
relevant support to the monitoring of the volcanic activity.
PAHO raises $263 million in 2020 to fight COVID-19 in the Americas
- Jan 12, 2021 - 6:58:30 PM
In 2020, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) received
commitments for more than $263 million to provide technical support and
supplies for the fight against COVID-19 in the Americas.
grateful to all of our partners who have made it possible for us to
assist countries in the Americas as they take on this deadly pandemic,”
said PAHO Director Carissa F. Etienne. “COVID-19 will not be defeated
until everyone is safe...
OAS and the Dominican Republic will cooperate to improve the quality of the electoral processes of the Dominican Central Electoral Board
- Jan 12, 2021 - 6:23:27 PM
The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Central Electoral
Board of the Dominican Republic signed an agreement today to promote the
quality of the electoral processes of the Dominican electoral body in
accordance with the standards of the International Organization for
Standardization (ISO), whose high standards are recognized by the
The Chair of the Board, Román Jáquez,
stressed that the initiative will allow working under the electoral
standard ISO 54001, which complies with a series of international
standards to carry out transparent electoral processes...
Barbadian Energy Official appointed Chairman of the CCREEE Executive Board
- Dec 18, 2020 - 3:34:50 PM
Mrs. Francine Blackman - Permanent Secretary in Barbados’ Ministry of
Energy, Small Business and Entrepreneurship - has been elected as
Chairman of the Executive Board of the Caribbean Centre for Renewable
Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE).
Mrs Blackman takes over
from Ambassador Dr Vince Henderson – Dominica’s Ambassador to the
United States and Permanent Representative to the Organisation of
American States (OAS)...
U.S. Donates Six Boat Engines Worth $168K to RBPF and Customs Marine Unit
- Dec 17, 2020 - 4:23:15 PM
On December 17, 2020 the United States delivered six Mercury Verado boat
engines valued at over $168,000 dollars to the Royal Bahamas Police
Force (RBPF) Marine Support Services Unit and the Bahamas Customs Marine
Unit. The donation is part of a broad effort by the United States to
support the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in fighting
transnational crime following the devastation of Hurricane Dorian and
the global COVID-19 pandemic.
U.S. Embassy International
Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Director Garrett Wilkerson delivered
the donation to RBPF Commissioner Paul Rolle...
US and Bahamas sign Updated Search and Rescue Agreement
- Dec 11, 2020 - 9:18:23 AM
On 10 December 2020, after years of close cooperation, the United States
Coast Guard, in coordination with the Departments of State and
Transportation (including the Federal Aviation Administration) concluded
a binding United States - Government of The Bahamas aeronautical and
maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) agreement.
This agreement serves
as the basis for future bilateral cooperation and coordination of SAR
operations off southeast Florida, the Florida Straits...
OAS Secretary General on International Anti-Corruption Day
- Dec 9, 2020 - 3:44:52 PM
Today we commemorate a different International Anti-Corruption Day.
COVID-19 and the challenges it brings to our countries and our
populations makes the fight against the misappropriation of public goods
and services even more relevant. The pandemic has also made it
necessary for States to adopt urgent measures for its mitigation. This
has led to a heavy investment in public resources that must be
implemented with honesty, transparency and efficiency...
COVID-19 drives wages down, new ILO report finds
- Dec 2, 2020 - 11:30:59 AM
A new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) has found
that monthly wages fell or grew more slowly in the first six months of
2020, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic , in two-thirds of countries
for which official data was available, and that the crisis is likely to
inflict massive downward pressure on wages in the near future.
The wages of women and low-paid workers have been disproportionately affected by the crisis...
US Donates Additional $20K to COVID Fight in The Bahamas
- Nov 24, 2020 - 4:58:08 PM
On Friday, November 20, the U.S. Embassy in Nassau delivered $20,000 in
additional equipment to help the fight against COVID-19 in The Bahamas.
U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) donated six custom-made internal
partitions for mobile shelters being used to screen COVID-19 patients,
allowing them to better isolate patients and prevent the spread of the
U.S. Embassy Senior Defense Official, Commander Kevin
Self, delivered the donation to Commander Sonia Miller of the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force, and Captain Stephen Russell, Director of the
National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)...
State Department Travel Advisory for The Bahamas improves to Level 3
- Nov 24, 2020 - 9:44:36 AM
The U.S. Department of State has updated its Travel Advisory for The Bahamas to a Level 3 – Reconsider Travel.
read the full language of the Travel Advisory at
new Travel Advisory level and language reflect updated local crime
statistics and a decline in crimes that may affect U.S. travelers to The
Baleària Caribbean gears up for a busy holiday shipping season
- Nov 20, 2020 - 8:27:31 PM
Today Baleària Caribbean has announced that they have set their
full attention to shipping and the upcoming holiday season. While
awaiting the green light from the Bahamas government to transport
passengers, they feel more than ever the need to reinforce the
importance of their Ft. Lauderdale to Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
Bracing themselves for a busy
Black Friday weekend, the company’s cargo team has opened up their
warehouse availability by opening Friday, November 27th...
CDEMA launches new Caribbean Risk Information System Platform
- Nov 13, 2020 - 10:50:34 AM
The Caribbean Risk Information System (CRIS) platform was officially
launched on November 12, 2020, by CDEMA, to fulfil its mandate of
enhanced knowledge management in the Caribbean. The CRIS was designed to
serve as the ‘one stop shop’ for hosting a wealth of information,
contributing to the evidenced based decision making processes to build
disaster resilient states and promote sustainable development in the