ACP/EU Post Cotonou Negotiations: Towards the Finish LineBy Elizabeth Morgan With its conclusion delayed from 2019, the post Cotonou Negotiations between the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU) was scheduled to conclude this March and reviewed at a meeting of the ACP Council. When the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, the…June 17, 2020In “Indepth”Caribbean 2020 Foreign Trade Policy AgendaBy Elizabeth Morgan As work resumes, the Caribbean will have a full international trade policy agenda for 2020. As of January 1, Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados assumed the Chair of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) for six months. St. Vincent and the Grenadines continues its year as Chair of…January 8, 2020In “CARICOM”CARIFORUM Ministers meet in Guyana todayThe Twenty-Third Meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Caribbean Forum of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (CARIFORUM) will be held in Georgetown, Guyana today, Thursday 17 March 2016 under the chairmanship of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Haiti, H.E. Lener Renauld. The Opening Ceremony,…March 17, 2016In “Guyana”Share this on WhatsApp EU AML/CFT Listing of Countries Among Priority Issues of… The successor agreement must, inter alia: The successor to Cotonou Partnership Agreement between the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States and the European Union must take into account the inherent and exogenous vulnerabilities of the Caribbean Forum of the ACP States (CARIFORUM) as critical elements in the negotiations. A Statement of the CARIFORUM Council of Ministers said that successor agreement also had to the take into account the development priorities of the ACP, including CARIFORUM’s priorities, and must aim at sustainable, inclusive and resilient development of the ACP regions. The Council of Ministers met in St. Kitts and Nevis, 26-27 March, 2018. CARIFESTA XV in Antigua and Barbuda postponed to 2022 take into account the inherent and exogenous vulnerabilities of CARIFORUM States as critical elements in these negotiations;secure continued access to development financing for CARIFORUM States;take into account the development priorities of the ACP, including CARIFORUM’s priorities, and must aim at sustainable, inclusive and resilient development of the ACP regions.CARIFORUM States will remain actively engaged in the ACP preparatory process leading up to the adoption of the ACP negotiating mandate. Statement of the CARIFORUM Council of Ministers Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Jun 26, 2020 CARIFORUM States share common values and common interests with the African and Pacific States of the ACP Group and remain committed to further building the partnership with the EU. Short-Term Digital Transformation Plan to be Ready by July… Jun 18, 2020 The successor agreement must be a legally binding agreement built on the acquis and negotiated with the EU at the all- ACP level. In this regard, CARIFORUM has agreed its negotiating positions within the context of the ACP negotiating framework. Oct 16, 2020 With my #CARIFORUM Colleagues in St.Kitts for critical discussions on #Brexit and #ACP #PostCotonou pic.twitter.com/D8aQCrEbES— Hon. Kamina J Smith (@kaminajsmith) March 27, 2018 At the opening ceremony, CARIFORUM Director General, Mr. Percival Marie, said that the meeting was timely and extremely vital. “The meeting is held at a crucial time when post Cotonou negotiations between the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of States and the European Union are about to commence. This meeting is also held when the European Union and the United Kingdom are in discussions on the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union,” said the Director General. “We are also in discussion with the United Kingdom in a rollover agreement between the Caribbean region and the United Kingdom to ensure that there is a smooth transition without any loss of trading opportunities between the Caribbean and the United Kingdom when the United Kingdom would have left the European Union,” he added. You may be interested in… CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… Please see Statement below: THE CARIFORUM COUNCIL OF MINISTERS MEETING IN SPECIAL SESSION IN ST. KITTS AND NEVIS ON THE 26th and 27th MARCH 2018: RECOGNISING the changing global context in which negotiations for the successor to Cotonou Partnership Agreement between the ACP and the European Union will take place; FURTHER RECOGNISING the fundamental importance and relevance of recent global agreements including Agenda 2030, the Paris Declaration on Climate Change and International Agreements on development financing; AFFIRMED THAT: The Intra ACP and ACP-EU relationships are important, meaningful and valuable for CARIFORUM States. Oct 9, 2020
The 2020 track and field season gets off to an early start with the third staging of the Excelsior Community College (ECC) Ted Dwyer Track and Field Classic. The meet, slated for tomorrow, will see several college and high school athletes showing off their form in over 15 events. David Perry, sports development officer at the ECC, says the meet presents the perfect opportunity for athletes and coaches to gauge their current preparedness for the upcoming season. Spirited meet He says that with the stamp of approval and full backing of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) and Jamaica Intercollegiate Sports Association (Intercol), they will be having a well-organised and spirited meet. “We have gone all out to attract some of the best athletes at the high school and college level so that we can put on a first-rate and competitive event that will serve as an excellent opening to the 2020 track and field season,” Perry said. He explained that while this is only the third staging of the event, it is already becoming a staple on the local track and field calendar. Perry noteed that “following the level of participation and organisation that went into the last two stagings, persons have been voicing their interests in coming on board this year, and we are still open to all schools and sponsors who want to get on board.” He’s encouraging schools and persons interested in participating to send an email to [email protected] The Ted Dwyer Track and Field Classic is expected to get under way at 8:30 a.m. at the Excelsior High School’s nine-lane 400m grass track located next to the college.
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LONDON, CMC – West Indies’ historic series defeat last weekend has left them a single ratings point from joining Bangladesh in ninth spot, in the International Cricket Council Test team rankings. In the latest numbers announced yesterday, West Indies were still eighth but lost six points to slip to 70 ratings points. Bangladesh are ninth on 69 after picking up eight points.India remain number one ahead of their much anticipated series with Australia starting Wednesday in Adelaide. The Caribbean side’s misfortune in the latest rankings stems from their 2-0 whitewash at the hands of the Tigers – their first-ever on Bangladeshi soil. They lost the first Test in Chittagong by 64 runs before suffering a humiliating innings and 184-run defeat in Dhaka inside three days last weekend.The latest rankings news comes as a huge blow to the Windies, especially on the heels of decent results in the Test format earlier this year.West Indies drew 1-1 with Sri Lanka in a three-Test series in the Caribbean and trounced Bangladesh 2-0 in the subsequent two-match series. And while they suffered a setback last month with comprehensive defeats in both Tests on the tour of India, they were expected to overcome Bangladesh who had never before beaten a full-strength Windies side.The Windies decline in Tests has been a steady one, having lost 11 of 19 matches, won six and drawn two, inside the last two years. Significantly, their fortunes in the Test arena mirror those in the one-day and T20 formats. Windies lie ninth in ODIs, only above minnows Afghanistan who are already hovering dangerously, only five points behind in 10th.Their lowly ranking saw them being forced to play an ICC qualifying tournament in Zimbabwe earlier this year alongside the likes of Scotland, United Arab Emirates and Papua New Guinea in order to book their spot at the 50-overs World Cup in England next year. They have managed just five wins in 28 ODIs over the last two years and are without a series win in four years. West Indies have also struggled in the shortest format ever since winning their second T20 World Cup two years ago in India, losing 13 of 21 matches to slump to seventh in the rankings.