Category: CARICOM

From left, Antigua and Barbuda prime minister Gaston Browne; Prime Minister Mia Mottley; Jamaica prime minister Andrew Holness and CARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRocque.

CARICOM leaders agree to take practical steps

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) officials ended two days of discussions here on Wednesday night confident that the decisions taken would help to lay the groundwork for practical integration. At the end of the Sixth Special Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Finance and Planning (COFAP) and the Ninth Meeting of the Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on […]

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Barbados to host CARICOM meetings this week

Barbados will host two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) meetings this week, including the sixth Special Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Finance and Planning (COFAP) which opens here tomorrow at 9 a.m. under the chairmanship of Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Mia Mottley, who has lead responsibility for the […]

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Fish business

Diplomats are set to return to the waters between neighbours Trinidad and Tobago – revisiting co-fishing procedures that have proved as elusive as the flying fish stocks trawled by fisherfolk. Barbados’ CARICOM Ambassador-designate David Comissiong has signalled his intention to focus on a protocol for common procedures relating to the arrest of crew, or detention […]

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‘Clean hands’

The Mia Mottley administration did not poach or entice Ross University School of Medicine to shift its operations from Dominica to Barbados, the Prime Minister insisted Tuesday. Saying that Barbados’ hands were “clean on this matter”, Mottley said Barbados came into view only when the American-owned medical school decided that returning to Dominica for the […]

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TRINIDAD – CCJ President disappointed with reluctance to join court’s appellate jurisdiction

Newly appointed president of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Adrian Saunders has expressed disappointment with the reluctance of the government of Trinidad and Tobago to have the institution as its final court of appeal. Saunders told reporters following a special sitting of the court on Friday  that there is need for more public information , […]

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Fast-tracking CSME agenda

In Jamaica last week, CARICOM Heads of Government reaffirmed their commitment to the full implementation of a single market and the free movement of people across the region through the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). At the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, held in Montego Bay from […]

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Communique – CARICOM Summit

The following is the full text of the Communique issued at the end of the 39th Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Summit that ended in Jamaica on Friday. OPENING CEREMONY The Opening Ceremony was addressed by the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Honourable Gaston Browne; Prime Minister of […]

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PM signs on

Prime Minister Mia Mottley today signed the Caribbean Community Protocol on Contingent Rights on behalf of the people of Barbados. This paves the way for dependents of persons with approved skilled certificates to not only move freely with their loved-ones, but access basic social services. The signing came as CARICOM leaders wrapped up their three-day […]

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Haiti welcomes move by Barbados

Haiti’s president Jovenel Moïse has lauded the decision by the Government of the Barbados to lift “all obstacles to the free movement of Haitian nationals on its territory, in accordance with the provisions of Articles 45 and 46 of the revised Treaty of Chaguaramas”. This came during his address to the opening ceremony of the […]

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No more business as usual

Crafting a strategy to reposition itself to respond to the “new normal” is one of the key tasks of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). So says Grenada’s prime minister Dr Keith Mitchell. Placing the community at the “centre of global changes”, the prime minister pointed to economic, social and political inequality, climate change and vulnerability that […]

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Time to break down regional free movement hurdles – Mottley

Government has taken a giant step towards the facilitation of free movement of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nationals with Prime Minister Mia Mottley announcing today that her Cabinet had decided to extend the most favoured-nation treatment principle to all CARICOM citizens as a matter of urgency. In her first address as Prime Minister to the summit […]

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New kid on the block

A full house of leaders is expected for this week’s Caribbean Community (CARICOM) summit in Jamaica at which Prime Minister Mia Mottley officially takes her place as the newest CARICOM head of government, following her election on May 24. Prime ministers Dr Keith Mitchell of Grenada and Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda, who were […]

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Two terms only for Guyanese presidents, CCJ rules

 The Trinidad and Tobago-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has ruled that an amendment which barred presidents of the Republic of Guyana from serving more than two terms in office, was a valid change to the constitution. In the ruling handed down on Tuesday, the court said that after examining the  historical background of the amendment […]

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JAMAICA – Fewer Jamaicans being denied entry into Trinidad

The number of Jamaicans being denied entry into Trinidad and Tobago continues to decline. Minister of Foreign Affairs Kamina Johnson Smith disclosed that 289 Jamaicans were refused entry by the twin-island republic in 2017, a reduction from the 416 in 2016. “According to the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), 63 Jamaican nationals were denied […]

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SG welcomes PM Mottley to CARICOM

Prime Minister Mia Mottley has been warmly welcomed to the CARICOM fraternity. The greetings came from Secretary General of the Caribbean Community, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, when he met with Mottley on Friday at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, to update her as lead Head of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy, and to discuss key […]

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No need to fear Brexit – UK diplomat assures

The United Kingdom’s (UK) top envoy in the Eastern Caribbean is assuring that the UK’s relationship with the region will not be adversely affected by its pending exit from the European Union (EU). In fact, British High Commissioner Janet Douglas said a trade deal was currently being worked on which is similar to that which […]

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‘CARICOM should fight for Windrush generation’

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is being asked to take the fight to the British government on behalf of thousands of Caribbean-born Britons who have become victims of Britain’s “hostile environment” policy. Three civic groups have written a joint letter to CARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRocque stating that regional governments had a duty to seek justice […]

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