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Grenada hosts 38th Regular Meeting of CARICOM

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Grenada, July 4th 2017 – St. George’s – July 4th marks the anniversary of the Treaty of Chaguaramas for CARICOM and also the start of this year’s Heads of Government Conference taking place in Grenada. Delegates from 15 Caribbean countries will be in Grenada from today to Thursday 6th July, to discuss many current issues including regional security, the CSME, Tourism, Air Transportation, opportunities for Financing for Development and Brexit. There is also expected to be an update on the preparations for CARIFESTA XIII to be staged in Barbados from August 17th – 27th under the theme “Asserting our Culture, celebrating ourselves.”

The opening ceremony began this morning at the Grenada Trade Centre, under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Keith Mitchell and will be followed by Heads of Government Business Sessions tomorrow and Thursday at the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort.

Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis is currently in Grenada for the meeting. This will be Minnis’ inaugural CARICOM meeting as Prime Minister of the Bahamas. Also attending for the first time is Haitian President His Excellency Jovenel Moise.

A highlight of the Opening Ceremony today was the presentation of the Triennial Award for Women to the latest recipient.  The Ceremony was also addressed by its two newest Members of the Conference, the outgoing Chairman, President of Guyana, David Granger,  the incoming Chairman, and the Secretary-General of CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque. CARICOM celebrates its 38th anniversary this year.

Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher

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Calls made for reparations tribunal

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Rashaed Esson

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Barbados ambassador to the Caribbean Community, David Comissiong, reportedly called for an international tribunal to seek reparations for the transatlantic slave trade that had milions of Africans forcibly sold into slavery. He was speaking at the third session of the Permanent Forum on People of African Descent (PFPAD) in Geneva, Switzerland on April 17, and he expressed that this is needed as there is currently no international court, to deal with the issues of reparations and that having a tribunal would require positive decision by the UN General Assembly.

In support for Reparatory justice, UN Secretary Antonio Guterres in a video message, addressed the forum while acknowledging that racism is still a major issue today’s society

Comissiong’s view was also supported by other nations at the meeting.

 

 

 

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St Vincent and the Grenadines Cruise Industry Development Efforts

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Rashaed Esson

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St Vincent and the Grenadines is working to expand its cruise tourism industry, joining the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), as a 2024 Destination Development Strategic Partner, as announced at the Seatrade Cruise Global Conference in Miami on April 10.

Minister of Tourism Carlos James, at the Conference, spoke on the significance of the partnership.

“It’s a significant strategic move in terms of working closely with the FCCA, to leverage a lot of the support that they can offer to our island. In fact, some of the reviews that we just had from this recent discussion here at Seatrade, are really valuable about how we can go back home to St Vincent and the Grenadines and further develop our product. It puts us closer with the cruise lines, it puts us closer with a lot of the service providers within the industry,” he maintained.

 

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Jamaica and Bahamas teams named for World Relays

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Rashaed Esson

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The World Relay Championships is coming up and The Bahamas has named its team of 28 members called team 242, according to reports. Jamaica has also named its team of 31. The relays will be held in Nassau, Bahamas at the Thomas Robinson Stadium from May 4 to 5 and about 450 athletes from 36 national teams are expected to compete.

 

 

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