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CARICOM’S EPG makes Third Visit to Haiti; Framework for Elections trudging through Consultations

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Rashaed Esson

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#Haiti, December 15, 2023 – CARICOM’s Eminent Persons Group (EPG) made a third visit to Haiti and they reiterated that the troubled Republic is still hurting.

Shortly after the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise, Haiti’s economic and social fabric began to wear away as crime got out of control, giving life to the ongoing humanitarian crisis. Since then, it has gotten more and more out of control and CARICOM emphasizes this in a release regarding the EPG’s visit.

“The cycle of depredations and violence of the armed gangs continues, expanding to new areas and adding to the already high number of victims,” it said.

They went to Haiti during the period of November 8th to the14th, called to action by information that a tentative agreement was reached regarding “areas of convergence following concessions made by Prime Minister Henry during informal discussions,” which occurred while the group wasn’t in the country.

However, despite not being there during the time of their making, the EPG intends to build on these tabled factors which includes the broadening and fortifying of the attributes of the High Transition Council to encourage better balance of executive power, the composition of the Provisional Electoral Council, the designation of a body to oversee government action and the establishment of an inclusive government of national unity. These are important aspects to promote a healthy country.

The release pointed out that previous positions for the current Prime Minister to leave office were still held.

“It was immediately apparent in the course of the EPG’s discussions that the earlier intransigent position of some sections of the opposition group insisting on the resignation of the Prime Minister as a pre-condition for meaningful discussions still prevailed. The governance concessions the Prime Minister was willing to make were brushed aside, perceived as an effort to prolong his tenure,” it said.

Considering all, the EPG is drafting a framework of accord that acknowledges the points voiced by stakeholders. Also, this is due to the positive responses of the stakeholders to a proposal made by the EPG.

Comprising the EPG are former Prime Ministers Kenny Anthony of St Lucia,Bruce Golding of Jamaica and Perry Christie of The Bahamas.

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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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