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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

City Hall. Georgetowm

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:

https://medium.com/@WhiteHouse/in-photos-the-president-s-trip-to-jamaica-and-panama-857d694df758

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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The View from Europe: The Summit of the Americas and Venezuela – By David Jessop

The View from Europe: The Summit of the Americas and Venezuela

David Jessop

David Jessop

Published on March 21, 2015- By David Jessop 

In a few weeks time President Obama will make a one day visit to Jamaica. There, in addition to a number of relatively brief national encounters, he will meet with Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government.

This summit is a belated follow up to a promise the US president made in April 2009 when he met in Trinidad with regional leaders in the margins of the fifth Summit of the Americas. Since then there have been encounters with Vice President Biden, at which the predominant focus has been on security and energy; exchanges that at times have not been easy, as to a significant extent the US’s regional preoccupations have not been those of CARICOM, and the approaches discussed have lacked accompanying funding.
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Free movement for CARICOM nationals ruling by the CCJ.

CCJ Corner: Free movement for CARICOM nationals
Published on June 25, 2014 Caribbean News Now

By Deshon J Griffith,  Faculty of Law, UWI Cave Hill. Barbados

In the case of Shanique Myrie v State of Barbados [2013] CCJ 3 (OJ) the Caribbean Court of Justice declared the law on an important aspect of Caribbean integration law. It made clear the existence and scope of the right of free movement within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) regime.

The case involves a Jamaica national, Shanique Myrie, who was denied entry into Barbados by border officials at the Grantley Adams International Airport. She claimed that she was subjected to a painful and humiliating body cavity search and other ill-treatment, detained overnight in an insanitary cell and subsequently deported. Myrie claimed that the treatment to which she was subjected amounted to a violation of her right to free movement within the Caribbean Community by the State of Barbados.

The Court found that the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas and a 2007 decision of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM gave a valid and binding right of free movement to CARICOM nationals. This right, the Court said, includes an entitlement to “an automatic stay” or “a definite entry” of six months upon arrival. Continue reading

Caribbean awaits debate on decriminalization of medicinal marijuana

Caribbean awaits debate on decriminalization of medicinal marijuana

image A report by a group of experts supports the argument that decriminalizing marijuana and exploring its use for medicinal purposes could help boost sluggish regional economies.

Kenton X. Chance

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent, Monday March 10, 2014, CMC – Randy Delplesche, 27, is unemployed. But over the past few weeks he has “earned” EC$60,000 (One EC dollar = US$0.37 cents) from the illegal marijuana trade.

He is among those Caribbean nationals anxiously awaiting the outcome of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Inter-Sessional summit that begins here on Monday where the issue of decriminalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes would have been discussed.

Delplesche does not hide the fact that he too favours regional governments agreeing to decriminalize the drug for medical purposes.

“I think it is a good vibes,” he told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC), adding “no work is going on in the country, so we have to look to do something else. That is the only thing we can do and make a little money.”

A report by a group of experts supports the argument by Delplesche that decriminalizing marijuana and exploring its use for medicinal purposes could help boost the sluggish economies of Caribbean countries.   Continue reading

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