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CDF promises greater level of assistance

As Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states continue to face several challenges and limitations, officials of the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) are promising to do a lot more to assist. In fact, officials say efforts are already underway to help disadvantage countries grow and develop their economies while forming closer ties with more advanced economies in […]


ST GEORGE’S, Grenada – Secretary Gneral of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Irwin LaRocque, Monday called on the United States to lift the “unwarranted economic embargo and sanctions” against Cuba. Addressing the 22nd meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR), LaRocque said that next month, the 15-member grouping will host the Sixth Meeting […]

Prime Minister Mia Mottley

PM Mottley to attend CARICOM-UN talks on Venezuela

Prime Minister Mia Mottley will join two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) colleagues in New York on Monday for talks with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to discuss the crisis in Venezuela. According to a statement from the CARICOM Secretariat, issued on Sunday evening, the regional delegation will be led by CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Timothy […]

CSME-Barbados to host one-day CSME meeting

The Guyana-based Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat says it is reviewing the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) administrative procedures to recommend ways of making them more simple and harmonised where possible. The CSME allows for the free movement of goods, skills and labour across the 15-member regional integration movement. The Secretariat said that a consultation […]

Guyana embracing CARICOM

Guyana President David Granger has issued a message of deepened economic cooperation and collaboration among CARICOM neighbours and breaking down immigration barriers for true free movement of regional people. Against a backdrop of oil discoveries in Guyana of a potential five billion barrels surpassing that of Trinidad and Tobago and reportedly set to net the […]

CARICOM heads mean business, assures Mottley

Prime Minister Mia Mottley today assured that heads of governments of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) were serious about advancing the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), while identifying transportation, communication and hassle free travel as areas for urgent attention. “I refer specifically to the need for us to make life easier for those of our […]

Nevis elects new political leader

For the first time in 31 years the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) will have a leader who is not Vance Amory. St Kitts-Nevis Foreign Affairs Minister and Deputy Premier and Minister of Tourism, Health, Gender, Social Affairs, Social Development, Youth, Sports, Community Development and Culture in the Nevis Island Administration has been elected the new […]

Former Haiti president dies

Former Haitian President René Préval has died, his wife Elisabeth Delatour Préval confirmed to the Miami Herald. He was 74. Préval, who was president during Haiti’s devastating Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake, died at home in Laboule, a neighborhood in Port-au-Prince. His wife, who wasn’t with him, said she had spoken to him “three times” Friday […]

UPDATE-WEATHER-One dead in St Vincent

  KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, CMC – A fourth form secondary school student died Wednesday night after he was crushed by a boulder as he tried to alleviate flooding in his home during the passage of Tropical Storm Matthew. Police have not released the name of the student of the Buccament Bay Secondary School, and Deputy […]

CARICOM has eyes on banking fees

Financial institutions and other service providers here can expect increased pressure within the next year on issues relating to pricing and competition, this time from a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) working group. Senior economist with the CARICOM Competition Commission Barry Headley said a group was being established to identify and address issues of concern to consumers […]

Derisking, the Caribbean-wide impact

Barbados is among Caribbean international business centres impacted by a recent phenomenon known as ‘derisking”. What is de-risking? “De-risking” is an umbrella term used to describe strategies adopted by global banks to lower the overall risk exposure of their asset portfolio in response to tighter regulatory standards imposed by national and international regulatory bodies with […]

Caribbean leaders need vision – Inniss

Minister of Industry, Commerce and Small Business Development Donville Inniss has made a strong appeal to Caribbean business and political leaders to talk less, act more and listen to the people they serve. Inniss chose his delivery of the feature address to the opening session of the Caribbean Association of Administrative Professionals Council meeting Sunday night […]

Nowhere to go!

Stay in CARICOM because you are not welcome anywhere else and you have nowhere to go! That is the message which Minister of Industry, Commerce and Small Business Development Donville Inniss has for any Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country which may be contemplating leaving the 15-member grouping in similar fashion to the United Kingdom’s recent vote […]

Is CARICOM becoming Miracle Mike?

These days Caribbean Community Summits come and go and hardly anyone in the region notices. Caribbean nationals’ suspicion of these meetings, having gone through a lengthy period of gestation, has fully matured into full-fledged aversion. They have come to expect little to nothing. They visualize the leaders sitting in a room, talking a lot, laughing […]

Strong differences on LIAT’s way

Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has strongly defended the cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT, amid criticisms of its performance, saying that if it did not exist “one would have had to be invented”. Speaking in Guyana at the just concluded Caribbean Community (CARICOM), St Lucia’s Prime Minister Allen Chastanet told reporters that the airline […]

Under review

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders ended their 37th summit here on Wednesday night, describing their two days of deliberations as “most successful” and outlining initiatives to push the regional integration movement forward. CARICOM Chairman and Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said the leaders had agreed on the need for “comprehensive review” of the ten-year-old CARICOM Single […]

Still hope for CSME, says Stuart

Despite concerns raised by fellow Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders during last night’s opening ceremony of the 37th CARICOM Heads of Government Summit, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart says he is not about to sound the death knell of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). “I do not think that the situation is as grave as […]