Tag Archives: Caribbean Community (CARICOM)

Freedom of movement case fails at Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ)

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Citizens of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) “have important rights but to exercise these rights clear documentary evidence of their nationality is required.” This was the ruling handed down Wednesday 29 May 2019, by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in the case of Bain vs Trinidad and Tobago.

  • Bain, a citizen of both the United States and Grenada, had maintained that his right to freedom of movement was violated when he was refused entry into the twin-island state when entering from Grenada before midnight December 14, 2017.      Continue reading

US President Meeting with Caribbean delegation is “troubling” – PM Gonsalves

PM Gonsalves of St.Vincent and the Grenadines comments on Trump’s meeting

Gonsalves describes meeting between US President and Caribbean delegation as “troubling”

24 March 2019 – CMC
Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has described the recent meeting between United States President Donald Trump and some Caribbean leaders as “troubling”.

Speaking to reporters here late Saturday, Gonsalves noted that there was no true representation of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) as the current chairman of the regional body, Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis Dr Timothy Harris was not invited to the meeting.

He also pointed out that also absent were members of the CARICOM advisory committee including himself, Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley and Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.        Continue reading

The View from Europe: At last a time for action on the CSME – By David Jessop

Commentary: By David Jessop

David Jessop

At the conclusion of the recent special summit in Trinidad, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government issued the ‘St Ann’s Declaration’. It set out in the dusty language of officialese the measures being taken to breathe life into the stalled CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).

However, far more interesting and accessible was a poorly reported but unusually detailed press conference held after the summit and available on YouTube. There, Barbados’ prime minister, Mia Mottley; Jamaica’s prime minister, Andrew Holness; Trinidad’s prime minister,Andrew Holness; and CARICOM’s secretary general, Irwin LaRocque, spelt out just how heads intend resuscitating the CSME, by when, and what could happen should they fail.          Continue reading

CARICOM meeting in Trinidad ends with the “St Ann’s Declaration on CSME”.   

Heads of government and other heads of delegation at the CARICOM Special Meeting on the CSME

CSME meeting in Trinidad wraps up with new declaration – the St Ann’s Declaration on CSME.   

By Caribbean News Now contributor – 

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — A special two-day meeting of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government in Port of Spain, Trinidad, addressing the rate of implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and making sure its benefits are available for CARICOM nationals, wrapped up on Tuesday with the issue of a new declaration – the St Ann’s Declaration on CSME.        Continue reading

CARICOM officials discuss free movement of skills within the region

Barbados’ Ambassador to CARICOM, David Commissiong and local officials joined a video conference at the ministry of foreign affairs and foreign trade to discuss the free movement of skills and the facilitation of travel for CARICOM nationals. (C. Lashley/BGIS)
By Cathy Lashley  – 

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) — Barbadian and other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) officials met on Thursday via video conference to see how best to look at the free movement of skills, and the facilitation of travel for CARICOM nationals.

The video conference link-up was held at the ministry of foreign affairs and foreign trade and was a follow-up on initiatives taken by CARICOM heads of government.            Continue reading

The View from Europe: Bringing inter-island travel into the twenty-first century – By David Jessop

The View from Europe: Bringing inter-island travel into the twenty-first century

David Jessop

By David Jessop

Addressing the opening session of the just-concluded Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government meeting in Montego Bay, Mia Mottley, the prime minister of Barbados, and Gaston Browne, the prime minister of Antigua, both spoke about the need to radically improve inter-regional travel.

Ms Mottley repeated her view that unless it becomes possible to move freely within the Caribbean using a CARICOM multi-purpose identification card, the regional integration process was unlikely to flourish. What is required, she said, was “hassle-free travel” and a “single domestic space for transportation”. This, she observed, would facilitate economic development and the interchange of ideas, while encouraging a sense of common purpose that would ultimately strengthen regional integration.            Continue reading

The View from Europe: Has Caribbean sugar a future? – By David Jessop

The View from Europe: Has Caribbean sugar a future?

Published on March 6, 2017 – By David Jessop

David Jessop

David Jessop

Unless the sugar industry in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) can develop in the coming months a coordinated and concerted plan of action, it is quite possible that in a few years’ time there will be little left of an industry that, for evil and good, has played a central role in the making of the Caribbean.

This is because this year will see two tsunami-like events occur, both of which threaten the survival of the industry in its present form.     Continue reading

President Trump’s Policies and the Caribbean – by Sir Ronald Sanders

President Trump’s Policies and the Caribbean

– by Sir Ronald Sanders – Kaieteur News

Sir Ronald Sanders

Sir Ronald Sanders

President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, is systematically implementing the pledges he made during the Presidential election campaign.   Those who argued that limitations on Presidential power and the restraining hands of Cabinet and Congress, would cause many, if not all, of the President’s promises to fall by the wayside, are now becoming convinced of his determination.

He had re-enforced that determination in his Inauguration speech when he told the world, “From this moment on, it’s going to be America First”.      Continue reading

GUYANA – A FRESH APPROACH – promotion in Forbes Magazine

GUYANA – A FRESH APPROACH –  promotion in Forbes Magazine

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City Hall. Georgetown

Bordered by Venezuela to the west, Suriname to the east and Brazil to the south, the Co-operative Republic of Guyana (commonly known as Guyana) is a land of dramatic contrasts. Occupying a territory similar in size to that of Utah and filled with tropical rain forests, tabletop mountains, extensive rivers and the world’s tallest single-drop waterfall, it lies just above the equator on South America’s northern Atlantic coastline. It is the largest state in the Caribbean and home to the headquarters of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).    Continue reading

In Photos: The US president’s trip to Jamaica and Panama- April 2015

UPDATED with Panama Pictures:

See the following photos plus others taken in Panama at the Summit of the Americas as well:


In Photos: The US president’s trip to Jamaica
Published on April 15, 2015

WASHINGTON, USA — Last week, US President Barack Obama headed to Kingston, Jamaica, for bilateral meetings with Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller, a town hall meeting with the Young Leaders of the Americas and a summit with heads of government from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).The White House Blog has released a series of photos of the president’s visit:01_jamaica.jpg

President Barack Obama meets with Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-NY, aboard Air Force One en route to Kingston, Jamaica, April 8, 2015. Rep. Clarke is the child of Jamaican immigrant parents. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
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