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Reclaim, retain, discard, Stuart tells CARICOM

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has called on his Caribbean Community (CARICOM) colleagues to determine what needs to be retained, reclaimed or discarded in order for the regional grouping to fulfill its “immense” promise. In his final address as Chairman of CARICOM, Stuart borrowed from his speech at the launch of the 50th anniversary of Independence […]

Record showing

Barbados recorded the highest increase in visitor arrivals from the United States market last year, when compared to 2014. This, as the Caribbean came in as the top choice for travellers in 2015, with the region posting record growth and tourist spend for the year when compared to the previous year. Caribbean tourism grew last […]

No fee change

It has been deemed “discriminatory” against the rest of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). However, the state-run Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) said today it would be sticking to its current health policy, at least for the time being, while it awaits legal advice on claims by one regional researcher that it could wind up with another […]

CARICOM remains Barbados’ largest export market – Inniss

Officials are projecting a ten per cent increase in exports to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), following a five-day trade mission to St Lucia, Grenada and Guyana late last month. Speaking at a media conference called by the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC) yesterday to report on the trip, Minister of International Business, Commerce and […]

QEH earned $400,000 from CARICOM last year

There is an immediate need for cancer care, eye care and other critical health care services in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). And the Chief Executive Officer of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) wants the state-run health institution to position itself to take maximum advantage of these opportunities. Following last month’s BIDC-sponsored trade mission to St […]

QEH warned

At a time when the Barbados Government is said to be going after more medical business from the 15-nation Caribbean Community (CARICOM), a regional academic is warning that the move could backfire and even land local health authorities before the law courts, unless the state-run Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) stops charging higher fees to CARICOM […]

Pay back time

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Reparations Committee, headed by Barbadian professor Sir Hilary Beckles, has stepped up its campaign to get Britain to pay what it says is “a long overdue contribution” to the region’s economic development. During a recent visit to the United Kingdom, Sir Hilary, who is vice chancellor of the University of the […]

Japan funds climate change project

The fight against climate change in eight Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states is to receive support from a US$15 million fund from Japan. Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Suriname will benefit from the Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership Project, which was officially launched this morning at the Radisson […]

New threat

It forms part of the global crackdown against financial crime and international terrorism. And in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis, its focus has been on strengthening financial systems by requiring financial institutions to meet more “exacting” liquidity and capital requirements. But former Prime Minister Owen Arthur today warned that the phenomenon of […]

Inniss leads mission to CARICOM

Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development Donville Inniss will lead a five-day trade mission aimed at increasing this island’s exports to three neighbouring Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states. Inniss, who is to be accompanied by his Permanent Secretary Philmore Best and five other officials, is scheduled to visit St Lucia, Grenada […]

CARICOM’s resolve tested, says Stuart

This year has been a “tumultuous” one for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), which tested the regional body’s resolve, CARICOM Chairman Freundel Stuart has said. However, Stuart, the Prime Minster of Barbados, said there were some noteworthy achievements which demonstrated “in no uncertain terms” the value of the integration movement to the people of the Caribbean […]

Guyana President pardons 11 female prisoners

In the coming days, 11 incarcerated mothers will be reunited with their families. President David Granger made the announcement on Friday, saying this was  part of his government’s efforts to give those convicted for non-violent offences a second chance. “My emphasis is on mothers first and also parents of young children. I want them to be […]

Stuart satisfied with climate talks

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has welcomed last weekend’s historic adoption of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. After several years of discussions and intense negotiations between November 30 and December 12 this year, 195 nations approved the agreement in the French capital on Saturday. Stuart, who is chairman of the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM), acknowledged […]

Climate deal warms Caribbean hearts

Caribbean countries are celebrating the adoption of a new accord that will pave the way for reducing greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global warming. The deal, which was reached on Saturday night in Paris at the end of the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21), one day after the December 11 deadline, saw 196 developed […]

SVG cabinet sworn in, amid protests

by Kenton X. Chance KINGSTOWN, St Vincent – Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves Monday night unveiled his 11-member Cabinet as opposition politicians continued to protest the results of the December 9 general elections. “It must be affirmed, particularly to the supporters of the ULP (Unity Labour Party), that our electoral triumph, our victory, must not […]

Beware the US threat

There is a danger that Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nations who stuck with Cuba throughout the Cold War period and onwards may be swept out of that Caribbean island’s market in this era of normalisation of relations with the United States. That view emerged from a panel discussion marking the 43rd anniversary of CARICOM/Cuba diplomatic relations […]

Missed deadline

After two weeks of negotiations the world’s rich and poor countries represented at the climate change conference in Paris failed to meet today’s deadline for reaching common ground on a new deal to curb global warming. Delegates worked overnight to finalise the latest draft agreement. However, they emerged from talks around 6 a.m. still in […]

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