Oct 16, 2019 Last Updated 5:48 PM, Mar 4, 2019

(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Deputy Secretary General Dr. Manorma Soeknandan is reminding CARICOM Member States of their responsibility for the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) Economic Integration Programme (EIP). This is a financing agreement signed with the European Union for over 28 million Euros of which approximately 19 million Euros is for implementing the CSME.

Dr. Soeknandan was speaking at the opening ceremony for the Regional Technical Meeting on the implementation of the Agreement. As of June this year, there was an implementation of 53% of the resources and the meeting was called to seek ways of increasing delivery.


Full Press Release:  PR862016 - Increase Implementation of Financing Agreement

The CARICOM Deputy Secretary General says that if “CARICOM has challenges, hurdles…together putting our shoulders under those will only make us stronger…losing one is not the answer” She hopes that CARICOM will never have to deal with what the European Union is now undergoing. She opined that is another reason for the regional technical meeting to solve certain issues.


Full Press Release:  PR8725016 - CARICOM should have ALL Members on board

The CARICOM Secretariat winds up its sensitization sessions for judges in competition law and policy this Friday, June 17 in Belize at the Radisson Fort George Hotel. Fourteen members of the judiciary will be participating in the activity which is funded under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF).These include judges from Belize’s Supreme Court, The Court of Appeal as well as registrars. This exercise forms part of a larger project to assist Member States with improving their regulatory, administrative and institutional arrangements related to the Caricom Single Market and the Economy, the CSME.

Full Press release here:  Competition Sensitization for Judges Concludes in Belize

The final mission under the CARICOM Secretariat’s ‘Students Engaging the CSME through Field Promotion’ project kicked off Monday, May 23 in Dominica. 

Nineteen students from various tertiary institutions in Suriname visited local public and private sector entities to determine the level of implementation of the CARICOM Single Market. For the week-long mission, the students were accompanied by Suriname’s CSME Focal Point, a university lecturer and the CARICOM Youth Ambassador (CYA). The project is funded under the European Union’s 10th European Development Fund (EDF) and executed by the CARICOM Secretariat.


Full Press Release here:  PR712016 CSME Student Mission Project culminates in Dominica


#CARICOM Youth Ambassador #Suriname giving the vote of thanks, as we continue to wrap up #csmeconvos in #Dominica

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The CARICOM Secretariat is winding down the project ‘Students Engaging the CSME through Field Promotion’ with the first of the final three missions for 2016 getting underway this Monday, March 14. Nineteen Saint Lucian tertiary students from the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC) and one CARICOM Youth Ambassador (CYA) are traveling to Suriname for the week-long mission. They are to be accompanied by Saint Lucia’s CSME Focal Point and a lecturer of the SALCC. The project is funded under the European Union’s 10th European Development Fund (EDF) and executed by the CARICOM Secretariat.

The aim of the mission is for the students to investigate the extent of implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) in Suriname. They will also be exposed to the employment and business opportunities offered by the single market and its provisions for CARICOM nationals. In preparation for this exercise, the students were briefed by the relevant agencies on Saint Lucia’s implementation of the CSME so that they will be able to compare it to what happens in Suriname. Upon returning to their home country, the students will prepare a report on their findings and make recommendations based on the visit.

The two remaining missions after Saint Lucia goes to Suriname are Barbados to Jamaica and then it will be Suriname’s turn when their students visit Dominica.   
Nine such missions were completed in 2015 with students from Trinidad and Tobago visiting Guyana being the last one executed for that year.  It is hoped that all the missions will be completed by May 2016. 


Rapping in Dutch. #csmeconvos

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Belize City, 12th February, 2016. The Secretary General of the Caribbean Community Secretariat Ambassador Irwin LaRocque visited the Belize National Library Service on Thursday, February 11th, 2016 to officially unveil software, donated by the CARICOM Secretariat, for the visually-impaired.


In 2015, the CARICOM Secretariat donated and installed software for the visually-impaired at the Belize National Library Service that would be available to the public. The Library located on Princess Margret Drive in Belize City was identified as the ideal location because of its proximity to several high schools, university and technical vocational institutions. It is also near to the Stella Maris School which caters to students with special needs.


The two software programmes installed at the library are:


  1. JAWS, Job Access With Speech: The world's most popular screen reader, developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content or navigating with a mouse. JAWS provides speech and Braille output for the most popular computer applications on your PC.


  1. MAGic® Screen Magnification Software: A screen magnification and screen reading solution for low vision computer users. MAGic can help you work more efficiently with business applications, documents, email, navigating the Internet, and engaging in social networking. MAGic delivers smooth, crisp letters, even at the highest magnification levels.



The Secretary General witnessed first-hand the use of the donated software by persons who benefit directly from the programme. He used the opportunity to speak to both the users and support staff at the library, where he was joined by Chef de Cabinet in the Office of the Secretary General Ms. Glenda Itiaba; Advisor of Communications in the Office of the Secretary General Mr. Leonard Robertson; the Director General of the Directorate General for Foreign Trade Dr. Leroy Almendarez; Belize's Ambassador to CARICOM H.E. Daniel Gutierrez; Acting Chief Librarian of the Belize National Library Service Ms. Lusiola Castillo and Belize's CSME Focal Point Ms. Tricia Gideon for unveiling.


Belize is one of the first CARICOM Member States to have the software installed. The programme has been long-awaited and welcomed.

The Procurement of these software packages to increase access to information for the visually impaired was facilitated by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat with assistance from the Government of Canada. The concluded CARICOM Trade and Competitiveness Project (CTCP) focused on improving the participation of stakeholders in regional integration processes. The further unveiling of the soft ware packages is being planned for other CARICOM Member States.


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