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In the Media..

In order to arrange interviews with staff of the Unit and for enquiries, journalists should contact the Unit’s Trade Information Specialist, Nand C. Bardouille at nand.bardouille@caricom.org or Tel: 592.222.0001-75, ext. 3524. To view an index of the Unit’s staff, click here.
  • July, 2019


    CARIFORUM Embarks on critical Human Trafficking study

    29 July 2019 / 3277

    Efforts to address the issue of Human Trafficking in the CARIFORUM Region are being bolstered with a new study on Human Trafficking that is expected to provide a greater understanding of the problem within and across its borders. Canadian firm, Dunn, Pierre, Barnett and Company, Canada Limited, has been engaged by CARIFORUM to conduct the comprehensive study. The countries involved include Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic Grenada, Guyana, Haiti,...
  • April, 2019


    Post-Cotonou negotiations an opportunity for agreement to reflect changing times – Amb. LaRocque

    17 April 2019 / 1366

    “We are embarking on an ambitious programme which involves two sets of simultaneous negotiations. While it is important that we progress equally on both fronts, it is equally important to note that the Regional Protocol cannot be finalised before completion of the Foundation Agreement. This is to ensure consistency and policy coherence. “These negotiations present us with an opportunity to forge an agreement to reflect changing times, new challenges and current developments. In so...
  • March, 2019


    CARIFORUM Member States sign Agreement to preserve trade with the United Kingdom after Brexit

    22 March 2019 / 3203

    CARIFORUM Member Countries on Friday began signing an Agreement with the United Kingdom  which will govern their trade after the UK leaves  the European Union. Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines were the signatories from CARIFORUM (a grouping of CARICOM Member States and the Dominican Republic).  Other Members Countries have signaled their intention to sign in the coming days. ...
  • January, 2019


    One step closer to new framework for dialogue among CARIFORUM, FCORs, OCTs

    31 January 2019 / 2109

    A new framework for dialogue among CARIFORUM, FCORS and OCTs is closer to being completed following a consultation that was held in Barbados over the past few days.   The forum, which is facilitating the establishment of the framework that is expected to improve coordination and collaboration among CARIFORUM and the overseas territories, has met its objectives, according to some of the participants at the end of the two-day exercise. Director General of CARIFORUM, Mr. Percival...
  • October, 2018


    Suriname National Faith Leaders Consultation - Faith Leaders to establish the main goals for an Inter-Religious Faith Leaders Network in Suriname with emphasis on contributing to end AIDS

    19 October 2018 / 2298

    The Pan-Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), with funding from the CARIFORUM 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Programme of Support for Wider Caribbean Cooperation will host the Suriname National Faith Leaders Consultation in Suriname on the 19 and 20 October 2018.  This Consultation is a follow-up to a series of engagements with faith leaders in Suriname under the PANCAP Justice for All programme. This consultation will facilitate the development of an action plan for...
  • NAO Representatives of CARIFORUM States, regional organizations being trained to implement EDF-funded projects

    02 October 2018 / 2276

    Representatives of National Authorizing Offices of CARIFORUM States and regional organizations/institutions involved in EDF-funded programmes are currently in Guyana for a training programme for projects funded by the European Development Fund. The event is being held at the Grand Coastal Hotel and is being facilitated by the Caribbean Forum of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (CARIFORUM). It began on Monday and will conclude on 10 October, 2018. Speaking at a brief...
  • July, 2018


    European Union steps up support for Caribbean countries

    17 July 2018 / 3290

    Ministers of Foreign Affairs from the EU and from the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) are meeting in Brussels on 16-17 July. In the margins of the 2nd EU-CELAC Foreign Ministers Meeting, Stefano Manservisi, Director-General for International Cooperation and Development, has signed three new agreements with the Minister for Foreign Affairs and CARICOM Affairs of Dominica, Francine Baron, with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Saint Lucia representing CARIFORUM, Sarah...
  • April, 2018


    Great benefit in strengthened regional relations – CARIFORUM DG, EU Ambassador

    12 April 2018 / 3407

    A Regional Consultation on effective platforms for Wider Caribbean Dialogue being hosted by the CARIFORUM Directorate has been described as a timely initiative by the CARIFORUM Director General, Mr. Percival Marie, and the Ambassador of the European Union Delegation in Barbados, Her Excellency Daniela Tramacere. They were speaking at the opening of the consultation which is being held at the Radisson Aquatic Resort in Barbados, 11-12 April, 2018. According to Mr. Marie, the consultation was...
  • CARIFORUM Customs officials begin three-day workshop in Georgetown

    10 April 2018 / 3344

    A Regional Workshop aimed at building capacity in the Caribbean Forum of African Caribbean and Pacific States (CARIFORUM), began this morning at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana. The Regional Workshop on the Single Administrative Document (SAD) and Customs Valuation brings together stakeholders from CARIFORUM States’ Customs Administrations. It is being facilitated by Mr. Paul Hilaire, Team Leader, and Mr. Martin Wilde, Customs expert....
  • Name change on the horizon for ACP Grouping

    10 April 2018 / 2298

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – The Georgetown Agreement, which was signed in the capital of Guyana in 1975, bringing into being the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group, is undergoing a wide-ranging revision that could result in the 79-member grouping being referred to as the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACP). Last week, diplomats from the ACP region met for a special session of the Committee of Ambassadors of the ACP Group of States to examine proposals from...
  • CARIFORUM to host Regional Consultation on effective platforms for Wider Caribbean Dialogue in Barbados this week

    10 April 2018 / 3324

    The Caribbean Forum of the Group of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States (CARIFORUM) will host a consultation to assess the development of a Framework for an effective platform for structured and continuous dialogue between CARIFORUM and the French Caribbean Outermost Regions (FCORs) and British and Dutch Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs).  The consultation will be held at the Radisson Barbados, April 11-12, 2018.  According to Director General of CARIFORUM, Mr....
  • National Drug Observatories critical to the fight against drugs in CARICOM

    05 April 2018 / 3243

    The critical importance of Drug Observatories (DOs) was underscored at the Opening of the Regional Seminar for Drug Observatories in the Caribbean on 4 April 2018, in Georgetown, Guyana. The importance of international cooperation and synergies in the fight against illicit drugs was emphasized also to the gathering mainly of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) practitioners, policy makers and researchers in the field. Beverly Reynolds, Coordinator for Health and Human Development, CARICOM...
  • March, 2018


    CARIFORUM stakeholders acknowledged for continuous preparation for fallout post-BREXIT

    27 March 2018 / 3425

    Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): The Honourable Mark Brantley, Premier of Nevis and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Aviation in the Federal Government, applauded various key persons from CARIFORUM Member States for their continuous work in preparation for the fallout after the United Kingdom’s (UK) withdrawal from the European Union (EU) also known as ‘Brexit’.  Speaking at the Special Meeting of the CARIFORUM Council of Ministers on Monday, March 26,...
  • February, 2018


    CARIFORUM States to build capacity to respond to drug problem:  Convenes Technical Meetings with National Stakeholders to discuss the 7th Round of the Multi-Lateral Evaluation Mechanism (MEM

    05 February 2018 Reference Number: 13/2018 / 3208

    CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     Representatives of   the Forum of Caribbean States (CARIFORUM) will hold technical discussions on the Seventh Round of the Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism (MEM) process on 7 February 2017, in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  The one-day technical meeting will be followed by two days of intense training, 8 – 9 February, with senior policy-makers and technical staff from a number of line...
  • October, 2016


    Guyana public sector representatives benefit from Competition Law and Policy training

    24 October 2016 / 4826

    More than fifteen public sector  representatives in Guyana are now more empowered to address issues  related to competition law and policy, as a result of training received at a CARIFORUM-EU workshop held from 17 -21 October 2016, in Georgetown. The workshop on competition law and policy was designed to increase knowledge and awareness and to build the intuitional capacity of agencies to implement the CARIFORIM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).   Director General of...
  • EU Signs Declaration on Sustainable Energy with CARIFORUM

    19 October 2016 / 5975

    The signing of a Joint Declaration on Sustainable Energy between the European Union, the European Investment Bank and CARIFORUM on reinforced co-operation in the field of sustainable energy was one of the highlights of the recently concluded EU-Caribbean Sustainable Energy Conference which was held in Barbados from 10-11 October. In addition, five renewable energy support programmes for the region totalling 54 million euros were also signed at the conference. These agreements are evidence of...
  • July, 2016


    More steps underway to produce high quality statistics

    31 July 2016 / 6353

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is embarking on a project to strengthen capacity to measure the contribution of international trade in services to the economies of Member States by their trading partners. The project is to be funded by the European Union under the Tenth European Development Fund (10th EDF). The general objective of the project is to provide the decision-makers in CARICOM with core, high quality statistics for the establishment and monitoring of the CARICOM Single...
  • March, 2016


    Caribbean countries urged to re-examine relationship with Europe at CARIFORUM Meeting

    18 March 2016 / 5365

    CARIFORUM Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin LaRoque declared the meeting open and described the gathering as the first relevant meeting to take stock of the EU and CARIFORUM cooperation agreement which comes to an end in 2020. by Kurt Campbell The 23rd meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Caribbean Forum of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (CARIFORUM) got underway in Georgetown, Guyana on Thursday morning with calls for the re – examination of the region’s...
  • Guyana to host 23rd CARIFORUM Council of Ministers Meeting

    14 March 2016 / 6394

    Georgetown, GINA, March 14, 2016 Foreign Affairs Ministers of CARIFORUM are to meet in Guyana on March 17. This is for the Twenty-Third Meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Caribbean Forum of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (CARIFORUM). Discussions will focus on the implementation and programming of the 10th and 11th European Development Fund (EDF). Between the 10th and 11th EDF, Guyana would have received approximately €89.4M to execute major...
  • Customs Officers get training - under CARIFORUM–EU agreement

    08 March 2016 / 7171

    Several local customs officers, as well as stakeholders in the public and private sector benefitted from a customs and trade facilitation capacity workshop, conducted today at the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA.) The workshop, held in the agency’s Training Room, at Camp Street, forms part of a slew of capacity building initiatives being implemented across the region, under the Caribbean Forum CARIFORUM–EU (European Union) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). The training project...
  • February, 2016


    EPA to benefit Departments of Statistics, Bureau of Standards

    29 February 2016 / 7927

    Basseterre, St. Kitts - The Launch of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)/CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) Standby Facility for Capacity Building Projects, held on Thursday morning at the Ocean Terrace Inn, has been described as a momentous occasion by the Minister of International Trade, Commerce and Consumers Affairs, the Honourable Lindsay Grant.  Minister Grant, who spoke to St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service after the launch, indicated that “the grant...
  • Opening remarks delivered by EU Ambassador Mikael Barfod

    27 February 2016 / 4464

    It is a real pleasure to be here with you today and deliver some opening remarks at this Preparatory meeting to the CARIFORUM Civil Society Consultative Committee.   The    text   of   the    EU-CARIFORUM   Economic   Partnership Agreement is extremely clear in reserving a fundamental role to the  Consultative  Committee.  The overall objective is to promote dialogue and ensure that the voice of the...
  • Opening remarks delivered by Carlos Wharton, Director - EPA Implementation Unit, CARIFORUM Directorate, CARICOM Secretariat

    18 February 2016 / 4462

    - Mr. Remwick Rose, Chairman of the CARIFORUM Representatives of Civil Society; - Ambassador Mikael Barfod, Head of the EU Delegation to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean; - Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen  On behalf of the Director-General of the CARIFORUM Directorate, Mr. Percival Marie, I would like to thank CARIFORUM Civil Society for inviting the CARIFORUM Directorate to this important event. Unfortunately, Mr. Marie is unable to attend this Meeting, but he extends his best...
  • December, 2015


    CARIFORUM states build public procurement capacity

    11 December 2015 / 5310

    Public procurement practitioners and policy-makers in Trinidad and Tobago will enhance their expertise in public procurement at a five-day CARIFORUM/EU training course, scheduled for 14-18 December, 2015 in Port-of-Spain. An output of the 10th EDF funded CARIFORUM/EU Capacity-Building Project, the training is one of several to be held throughout CARIFORUM member states, over the life of the project. Targeting current and future practitioners, the training is aimed at creating the foundation...
  • November, 2015


    Conformity Assessment Bodies

    03 November 2015 / 4255

    Conformity Assessment Bodies across CARIFORUM States were encouraged on Monday to work together to build a stronger network to improve the quality and ease of regional and international trade. The advice came from CEO of the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ), Mr. Deryck Omar, as the first ever Caribbean Conformity Assessment Week kicked off in Trinidad and Tobago this morning. Mr. Omar further emphasized the need for harmonization of standards, processes and...
  • August, 2015


    CDB meets with Haiti’s Minister of Commerce and Industry to Discuss EPA/CSME Projects

    28 August 2015 / 4498

    Port-au-Prince – Edward Greene, Division Chief of the Technical Cooperation Division of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)  held talks yesterday with the Minister of Commerce and Industry of Haiti that were described as both “frank and productive”. In addition, Greene met with a senior official of CARIFESTA, the Caribbean Festival of the Arts, and affirmed the Bank’s commitment to support of the creative arts.  Haiti is playing host to CARIFESTA XII...
  • July, 2015


    Opening speech from H.E. Mr Jean Asselborn, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

    17 July 2015 / 3232

    Honourable Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Grenada and CARIFORUM High Representative, Honourable Ministers, Your Excellencies the Ambassadors and Other Representatives of CARIFORUM States, Distinguished Members of National Delegations, Distinguished Director General of CARIFORUM, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is my pleasure to be here in Georgetown, Guyana for the third meeting of the Joint CARIFORUM - EU EPA Council. I am much honoured to represent the EU side in this meeting...
  • The way ahead for the EU-CARIFORUM Economic Partnership Agreement

    16 July 2015 / 3349

    Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Trade Mrs. Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Trade, European Commission: Opening Speech to the Third Meeting of the Joint CARIFORUM-EU Council Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Trade 3rd meeting of the EU-CARIFORUM Joint EPA Council Ministers, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am delighted to be here with you in Georgetown, capital of Guyana. I'm happy to because it's my first chance to visit this fabulous part of the world. I'm...
  • Hon. Oliver Joseph addresses the Opening Ceremony of the Third Meeting of the Joint CARIFORUM-EU Council

    16 July 2015 Reference Number: 118/2015 / 3791

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     The Third Meeting of the Joint CARIFORUM-European Union (EU) Council under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) got underway this morning at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre in Liliendaal, Guyana. The Meeting is being held under the chairmanship of Hon. Oliver Joseph, Minister of Economic Development, Planning, Trade, Cooperatives and International Business of Grenada.   Several CARIFORUM States are...
  • June, 2015


    Regional forum to focus on policy making

    18 June 2015 / 4443

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jun. 17, CMC – Representatives from 19 Employers’ Organizations from the English- and Dutch-speaking Caribbean will participate in a regional forum entitled “Facilitating Participation of CARIFORUM Civil Society in Regional Development and Integration Processes”. The June 22-24 meeting is part of an EU-funded Project1, implemented by the International Labour Organization (ILO) to strengthen the capacity of the Caribbean Employers’...