CARIFESTA: 30 Countries Expected to Participate in Suriname

Above: CARIFESTA in 2009 By the Caribbean Journal staff This year’s CARIFESTA will see the participation of 30 countries, according to Ivan Graanoogst, chairman of the host country committee. Officials in Suriname say 24 countries have already confirmed their attendance […]


Japan Planning to Deepen CARICOM Ties

Above: Japan By the Caribbean Journal staff Japan is planning to strengthen its ties with the Caribbean Community, according to Ambassador Akira Yamada, the director general of Japan’s Foreign Ministry. Yamada, who was speaking at the opening of this week’s […]

CARICOM is 40, But Who is Celebrating?

By Zhivargo Laing CJ Contributor The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is celebrating 40 years of existence. But who is really celebrating? Certainly not the masses of Caribbean peoples, plagued with high levels of unemployment, crime, debt and anxiety about the future. […]


Stuart: Dominican Republic Committed to Joining CARICOM

Above: the Dominican Republic By the Caribbean Journal staff The Dominican Republic is committed to joining CARICOM, according to Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. The PM was speaking after a call last week by Trinidad Prime Minister and CARICOM Chairman […]

Guyana, CARICOM Development Fund Agree on $7.3M in Funding

Above: CARICOM Secretariat headquarters By the Caribbean Journal staff Guyana and the CARICOM Development Fund have signed a country assistance programme agreement that will bring $7.32 million into the country’s agriculture sector. The agreement combines a $4.56 million concessionary loan […]

LaRocque: CARICOM in "Reform Process"

Above: CARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRocque By the Caribbean Journal staff Forty years after its establishment, the Caribbean Community is the longest surviving integration grouping among developing countries, second only to the European Union, according to CARICOM Secretary General Irwin […]


Trinidad PM Urges CARICOM to Accept Dominican Republic as Member

Above: Trinidad PM Kamla Persad Bissessar By the Caribbean Journal staff As CARICOM marked its 40th anniversary on Thursday, Trinidad Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar said it was time for the movement to admit a new member. “The ongoing reform process […]

Trinidad and Tobago Assumes Chairmanship of CARICOM

Above: Port of Spain (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Trinidad has assumed the chairmanship of CARICOM from Haiti, following the expiration of the latter’s six-month rotating term. Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar is now the Chairman […]

CARICOM Delegation Concludes Fact-Finding Mission to Turks and Caicos

Above: the TCI House of Assembly By the Caribbean Journal staff A CARICOM Ministerial “Fact-Finding Mission” concluded a three-day visit to Turks and Caicos this week. The mission, which was led by Bahamian Foreign Minister Frederick Mitchell, had been mandated […]


Joe Biden, Haiti's Michel Martelly Talk Security, Elections in Phone Call

Above: Joe Biden By the Caribbean Journal staff United States Vice President Joe Biden and Haiti President Michel Martelly held talks by phone on Wednesday, following a meeting between two during Biden’s visit to Trinidad last month. Biden reiterated the […]

WTO Director General Urges Greater Integration in the Caribbean

Above: CARICOM Headquarters By the Caribbean Journal staff The Caribbean region needs closer integration, according to Pascal Lamy, director general of the World Trade Organization. Pointing to the history of the region, Lamy said the best way to honour the […]

Haiti's Martelly to Launch Caribbean "Regional Aid For Trade" Strategy

Above: Haiti President Michel Martelly (Photo: OP Haiti) By the Caribbean Journal staff Haiti President and CARICOM Chairman Michel Martelly will launch the Caribbean Regional Aid for Trade Strategy in Port-au-Prince on Tuesday. The “Aid For Trade” strategy involves the […]


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