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Jamaica and AU Working to Achieve Economic Independence

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#Kingston, Jamaica,  April 1, 2024 – Jamaica, through the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), along with the African Union (AU), and the University of the West Indies (UWI), are partnering for economic advancement for the people of the region.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith made the assertion recently at the UWI, where South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr. Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor delivered a lecture.

“We are in many ways renewing and redoubling our efforts to deliver prosperity to our people, and to explore our connections,” Senator Johnson Smith said, adding that the world has a far way to go in respect of war and oppression, things that the late South African President, Nelson Mandela stood against.

“The work to achieve our economic independence, and overall human development remains a work in progress,” she stated.

Senator Johnson Smith noted that Dr. Pandor is a woman of “great distinction” who served at the forefront of the liberation struggles in South Africa.

“She is well placed to fully understand at its core, the struggles we and other developing countries continue to undergo, to realise not only our Independence, but our growth and development,” she stated.

For her part, Pro-Vice Chancelor at the UWI for Global Affairs, Sandrea Maynard said the Caribbean and Africa have been cooperating in a wide range of areas such as trade, financial services, climate change mitigation, education and social services, foreign policy, security, and migration.

She stated that the collaboration also involved nurturing cultural understanding, appreciation, and a sense of belonging among Africans and people of African descent.

“We have also been working on collaborative arrangements with institutions in Africa, to conduct joint research in areas of mutual interest. Just recently we received a delegation from North- West University in Johannesburg and have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with them for collaboration in a number of areas,” she said.

The Pro-Vice Chancellor further stated that the university has developed relationships with the University of Johannesburg, as well as the University of Lagos.

The UWI also established the P.J. Patterson Institute for Africa-Caribbean Advocacy, which has a broad mandate to develop and implement a framework for collaboration between institutions in the Caribbean and Africa on major issues affecting both regions.

 

Contact: Garfield L. Angus

Release: JIS

 

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Header: Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith (left), fields questions during an event held recently at the University of the West Indies. Also pictured are South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr. Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor (centre) and High Commissioner of the Republic of South Africa to Jamaica, Her Excellency Lunka Yenge.

1st insert: Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith (left) addresses the audience during an event held recently at the University of the West Indies (UWI).

2nd insert: Pro-Vice Chancelor at the University of the West Indies (UWI) for Global Affairs, Sandrea Maynard (right), in discussion with South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr. Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor (left), during a recent lecture delivered by Dr. Pandor, at the UWI.

 

Photos by Yhomo Hutchinson

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Yellow Fever Outbreak in Region and Beyond, Travellers Warned

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Rashaed Esson

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#YellowFever#Caribbean, April 10, 2024 – Reports say there is an outbreak of Yellow fever in the Caribbean according to the Department of Health and official government advice website, Travel Health Pro, and travelers are being warned to be vigilant. The authorities say the outbreak is also in parts of Africa, and Central and South America.

Guyana and Peru so far have seen two cases. Brazil reports the disease in monkeys, an indication that it is spreading across the ccounty. Colombia has seen 3 cases.

In South America, between January 1 and March 18 2024, there have been seven confirmed cases, four fatal.

Yellow fever is spread by mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti (Linnaeus) and can cause potentially fatal hemorrhagic illness. Fortunately, it can be prevented with vaccination and so the World Health Organisation (WHO) is advising people ages nine months and older, traveling to the affected areas, to get vaccinated.

 

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Four Year Old Beheaded Trinidad 

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#Homicide#FourYearOld#TrinidadandTobago, April 9, 2024 – Trinidad was left in shock and sorrow with the beheading of a four year old girl, reportedly by her stepfather, early Tuesday April 9, at her home in Arouca, a town in the East-West Corridor of Trinidad and Tobago. The Police informed that when they arrived on the scene, the head of the little girl, identified as Amarah Lallitte, was in one room and her body in another.  

 

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CariSECURE 2.0 Equipping Youth to Take Charge Against Crime

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Bridgetown, 9 April, 2024 – Amidst rising concerns over citizen security in the Caribbean, a deliberate effort is being made to empower the region’s youth to step into leadership roles and drive change from within. Through a free, online course by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), youth will be equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to tackle pressing security challenges head-on.

The “Youth on the way to Peace and Security” course is being launched regionally as part of CariSECURE 2.0 (CS2.0), which works to reduce youth involvement in crime and trafficking in persons (TIP) in the region. It will run from 16 April – 3 May, with support from InfoSegura.

This course comes at a crucial time when security issues like crime and violence are on the rise in the Caribbean. By the end of the course, participants will have improved understanding of regional security challenges, enhanced leadership skills, and greater opportunity to network with peers and experts around the region, empowering them to take leadership roles in regional conversations and citizen security activities.

Maia Hibben, Project Manager for CariSECURE 2.0, underscored the significance of engaging young people in matters of citizen security.  ” Throughout the life of our project, input from young people has been invaluable,” she said. “Whether it be helping to craft national workplans to reduce crime, developing a roadmap for youth empowerment in the Caribbean, or creating digital solutions to improve crime reporting as planned for this year, youth have proven that their perspectives are indispensable. This course is just another way for youth to strengthen their skills to address regional security challenges.”

By building capacity of young leaders to address security challenges and promote social cohesion, the course contributes directly to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 16, towards Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions.

The course will offer lessons in the current mechanisms that impact youth decision making, insight into youth citizen security challenges in the Caribbean, and give practical guidance on the positive roles participants can play in conflict resolution, with complementary webinars, podcasts and practical resources tailored to the English-speaking Caribbean. It is free of charge and open to participants from all backgrounds, regardless of age, nationality, or level of experience. A certificate will be awarded upon completion.

Register for the course by 15 April: escuelavirtualpnud.org/login/index.php?lang=en

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