Social Enterprise Award added to The CTOo’s Sustainable Tourism Awards Programme
- Apr 23, 2019 - 11:05:46 AM
Caribbean enterprises that act as social change agents through tourism
innovation will be recognised by the region’s tourism development
The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is this year
introducing the Tourism Social Enterprise award to its sustainable
tourism awards programme...
Secretary-General expresses condolences, solidarity in wake of Sri Lanka attacks
- Apr 22, 2019 - 9:54:00 AM
Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland today expressed her
revulsion at the appalling news of the horrendous and mindless
coordinated set of terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka.
Scotland said: “On behalf of the Commonwealth family of 53 nations I
wish to convey my deepest condolences to the families of the victims,
the Government and the people of Sri Lanka...
CCJ Celebrates 14 Years
- Apr 16, 2019 - 2:10:48 PM
The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is celebrating 14 years of its
operations on Tuesday, 16th April 2019. The Court is marking this
occasion with activities throughout the week. Today, to commemorate the
actual day of the anniversary, the CCJ launched its 2019 Rules of Court
for the Original and Appellate Jurisdictions. The Rules of the Court are
reviewed every two years and the revisions help to further reduce
delay, ensure greater clarity and support advances in court
administration. The judges and the staff of the CCJ held a small
ceremony to celebrate the anniversary and to witness the signing of the
Thousands of Saint Lucians to benefit from Tax Savings under Personal Income Tax Reform
- Apr 16, 2019 - 11:00:32 AM
In a Budget Address that centred on people-centric growth and bringing
relief to Saint Lucians, Prime Minister Honourable Allen Michael
Chastanet announced Personal Income Tax Reform that would see thousands
of low income earners pay less and in some cases no personal income
This is a bold initiative and in keeping with the Government’s promise of less onerous taxes on the people of Saint Lucia...
OAS and Latin American Federation of Banks to Cooperate on Cybersecurity
- Apr 15, 2019 - 8:03:09 PM
The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Latin American
Federation of Banks (FELABAN) today signed a cooperation agreement for
capacity development on cybersecurity in Latin America, at a ceremony
held at the headquarters of the hemispheric institution in Washington
General Secretary of FELABAN Giorgio Trettenero said the
agreement "will allow us to unite efforts in a topic of high impact and
importance for the banking of the region such as cybersecurity". He also
recalled that during a recent strategic planning meeting of FELABAN
"Cybersecurity was the issue of highest priority and importance of the
management agenda of the institution."
Pigs of Paradise wins international award
- Apr 15, 2019 - 10:36:40 AM
Author of bestselling book based on the World-Famous Swimming Pigs
to be presented with bronze medal at the 23rd Annual Independent Book Publishing Awards in New York City
bestselling hardcover on The Bahamas’ beloved swimming pigs has been
selected by an international body as one of the best books of the year...
OAS and Regional Alliance for Free Expression and Information will work together in the Defense of Fundamental Rights
- Apr 12, 2019 - 6:24:32 PM
The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Regional Alliance for
Free Expression and Information today signed an agreement to work
together in the defense of fundamental rights such as free expression
and access to information in the Hemisphere.
member of the Executive Secretariat of the Alliance said the slogan of
the OAS of “more rights for more people” should be taken on by civil
society. “At the Regional Alliance we have been working hand in hand
with the OAS promoting freedom of expression and related rights...
Workshop on Improving the Business Climate by Strengthening Procedures to Start a Business in the Caribbean
- Apr 12, 2019 - 11:50:32 AM
Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), in partnership
with the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Caribbean Association of
Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA), has set its sight on improving
the business climate in the Caribbean with a focus on strengthening the
procedures to start a business in the Region.
convened a two-day workshop at the Radisson Aquatica Hotel in Barbados
from 9-10th April 2019) to discuss the region’s business climate...
Committee of Experts expresses concern over the statements of the Vice President of Guatemala
- Apr 12, 2019 - 11:19:27 AM
The Committee of Experts of the Follow-up Mechanism to the
Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication
of Violence against Women "Belém do Pará Convention" (MESECVI) expresses
deep concern at the statements made by the Vice President of Guatemala,
Jafeth Cabrera, who normalized, diminished and ignored the seriousness
of violence against women during a speech at the Secretariat for the
Executive Coordination of the Presidency...
Caribbean Animators Learn, Earn and Display at KingstOOn 3
- Apr 12, 2019 - 9:29:07 AM
Caribbean animators had the opportunity to showcase their skills to an
audience of local, regional and international players in the content and
technology industry and access seed funding for their animated concepts
thanks to the KingstOOn 3 Animation Festival which was held in Jamaica
April 5 -7, 2019.
Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean
Export) supported the participation of three animators: Barbadian
Joshua Clarke, Alain Bidard from Martinique and St. Lucian Tevin Loctar...
OAS and Colombia sign agreement to hold the 49th General Assembly in Medellín
- Apr 11, 2019 - 12:36:24 PM
The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Government of Colombia
today signed the agreement to hold the 49th General Assembly on June
26- 28 in Medellín, under the theme: "Innovating to Strengthen
At the signing of the agreement,
the Deputy Minister of Multilateral Affairs of Colombia, Adriana Mejía,
said her country is ready to receive the Foreign Ministers of the
Hemisphere to discuss common problems and challenges...
A Vision United” by Bahamian Artist Jamaal Rolle is unveiled at UNESCO International Youth Forum in China
- Apr 11, 2019 - 8:30:10 AM
Jamaal Rolle’s latest visual art’s piece created a buzz at a recent
UNESCO Forum held in Changsha and Nanjing, China. Projected onto a large
backdrop, the 20-foot creation was highly admired by attendees and
officials; where many posed for a photo opportunity with “The Celebrity
Artist” who is also a cultural ambassador of his island nation, The
Rolle named the popular piece “A Vision United,” that
embodied the message of the Third International Youth Forum (IYF3) on
Creativity and Heritage Along The Silk Roads: Youth Creativity and
Innovation in the Age of Media Arts...
New Ambassador of Venezuela Presents Credentials
- Apr 10, 2019 - 3:32:05 PM
The new Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the Organization of
American States (OAS), Gustavo Tarre, today presented his credentials to
the Secretary General of the hemispheric institution, Luis Almagro.
General Almagro welcomed Ambassador Tarre, "with whom we will work to
deepen the path to democratization, peace and justice for Venezuela." He
also recalled that, at the meeting of the OAS Permanent Council on
April 9, "the voices in favor of democracy in the hemisphere" voted for
the resolution that accepted his appointment...
St. Lucia's Prime Minister to present Estimates of Expenditure 2019/2020
- Apr 10, 2019 - 12:00:52 PM
A Sitting of the House of Assembly is scheduled for today, Wednesday,
April 10, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. where Prime Minister and Minister for
Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation and External Affairs, Honourable
Allen Michael Chastanet will present the Estimates of Expenditure
The Prime Minister is expected to review Saint Lucia’s revenue and expenditure performance for the previous year...
Bahamian shortlisted for Commonwealth Short Story Prize
- Apr 10, 2019 - 9:15:14 AM
Twenty-one outstanding short stories have been selected by an
international judging panel to be in the running for the world’s most
global literature prize. The writers – 15 women and 6 men – come from 16
countries, including, for the first time, Tanzania, Zambia, Malaysia,
Cyprus, and Barbados...
Commonwealth group: Maldives elections “peaceful and well-organised”
- Apr 9, 2019 - 9:37:01 AM
A Commonwealth group observing Maldives’ 2019 parliamentary election has
concluded the voting and counting process on election day was “peaceful
and well organised”.
In its preliminary statement released today
in Male, the group commended the Election Commission of Maldives (ECM)
for the smooth conduct of the polls and the quality of training
demonstrated by the polling officials...
Spain Contributed $2.5 Million to the OAS
- Apr 8, 2019 - 2:50:50 PM
The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Spanish Agency for
International Development Cooperation (AECID) today signed the agreement
that makes the Spanish contribution of 2.2 million euros (about 2.5
million dollars) official, to finance projects executed by the OAS in
the areas of human rights, legal development, crisis prevention and
peace building and electoral systems.
The Senior Advisor of the
Strategic Council for Organizational Development and Management for
Results of the OAS, Luis Porto, highlighted the central role that Spain
plays in supporting the Organization's initiatives...
Commonwealth group observes Maldives elections as voting begins
- Apr 6, 2019 - 8:20:56 AM
A Commonwealth group is observing Maldives’ 2019 parliamentary elections
as the nation elects 87 members to parliament for the next five years.
former Prime Minister of Jamaica, Bruce Golding, is leading the group
of eight Commonwealth observers. He was at Kurumba Island in Male atoll
when the voting started. During the day, he will visit polling stations
in the capital to observe how the elections are being carried out...
Cayman Airways named Best Airline in the Caribbean by Trip Advisor
- Apr 6, 2019 - 6:30:07 AM
The world's largest travel site, TripAdvisor, has named Cayman Airways
Limited (CAL) the "Best Airline in the Caribbean" and a top "Specialty
and Leisure Airline" within the entire North America region.
announcement comes as part of TripAdvisor's 2019 Travelers' Choice
Awards results for airline categories, issued April 2, 2019. The results
identified travelers' favorite airlines around the globe, with the
hallmark of Travelers' Choice award winners being outstanding service,
quality and value...
OAS signs agreement on privileges and immunities for Electoral Observation Mission in Panama
- Apr 4, 2019 - 3:28:54 PM
The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis
Almagro, and the Permanent Representative of Panama, Salvador Sánchez,
today signed the agreement on privileges and immunities for the
Electoral Observation Mission to the May 5 general elections.
signing the agreement, Ambassador Sanchez stressed that "for all the
countries of the hemisphere, the visits of the OAS Electoral Observation
Missions over the last 50 years have always been important...