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September 2021 Africa-CARICOM Summit Communique

By Editors' Choice

History was made on September 7th 2021, when the inaugural Africa-CARICOM Summit was held virtually under the theme ‘Unity Across Continents and Oceans: Opportunities for Deepening Integration’. The meeting, which was delayed a year due to the pandemic, aimed at ‘Promoting closer collaboration between Africa Diaspora, People of African Descent and the Caribbean and Pacific region and institutions.’ Communique

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The first Africa/CARICOM Summit was a truly historical event.

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By Don Rojas — It was an idea whose time had come. On Tuesday, September 5 this idea took material form at the first Africa/CARICOM Summit conducted virtually and broadcast to the world via the Web and social media. Participants at the historical event included heads of State and Government of the Caribbean Community and the African Union, chairs of Caricom and the African Union Commission, the Africa Regional Economic…

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Prime Minister Mia Mottley and Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta holding hands before he left the island after a three-day official visit in 2019.

First CARICOM/Africa Summit in September

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Bridgetown, Barbados – The first ever Caribbean Community (CARICOM)-African Summit will take place virtually on September 7. Informed CARICOM sources, confirming the date, told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that “what is now being finalised is the agenda” for the summit. The sources said that among the speakers at the opening ceremony, scheduled for 8.00 am (Eastern Caribbean time) will be CARICOM chairman and Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston…

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I Can’t Breathe! — The Black Lives Matter movement from a Barbados/Caribbean perspective

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A multi-dimension film that explores the Black Lives Matter movement from a Barbados/Caribbean perspective. Featuring: Eddy Grant Anthony “Gabby” Carter David Comissiong Robert “Bobby” Clarke Trevor Marshall Luci Hammans Alex Downes Peter “Adonijah” Alleyne Aida Gerbremariam Riddim Tribe Dance Collective Produced/Choreographed by: Aisha Comissiong

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A Caribbean People’s Declaration of Solidarity With the Black Lives Matter Protests

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By David Comissiong — The peculiar race-based history of the Western Hemisphere has bequeathed to all the people and nations of our region of the “Caribbean and the Americas” the central mission of eradicating the scourge of anti-Black racism and developing societies in which the inherent dignity and worth of the black person is upheld and respected. The people of the Caribbean region recognize therefore that the struggle against anti-Black…

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A Call to Our Regional Institutions to Foster an Ideology of Regionalism

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We Must foster an “Ideology of Regionalism” in the Consciousness of our Caribbean People By David Comissiong Ambassador to CARICOM I have just completed one year’s service as Barbados’ Ambassador to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and one of the key insights I have garnered is that the development of an ideology or philosophy of “Regionalism” in the consciousness of our Caribbean people is absolutely critical for the further advancement of our Caribbean integration project. It…

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The Meaning of the University of Glasgow Reparations Settlement

By Editors' Choice, Reparations

By David Commissiong — The recent announcement that the University of Glasgow has apologised for its role in slavery and has agreed to provide ₤20 Million to fund Caribbean developmental projects that will be undertaken in collaboration with the University of the West Indies (UWI) suggests that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is in the process of settling upon a sensible and workable strategy for the pursuit of the goal of the payment of Reparations or compensation…

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LEAD, CARICOM, LEAD !

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By David Comissiong Barbados Ambassador to Caricom — ARTICLE 6 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas commits the 15 Member States of our Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to “enhanced coordination of Member States’ foreign and foreign economic policies” and to “the achievement of a greater measure of…… effectiveness in dealing with third States, groups of States and entities of any description.” Well, if our Caribbean Community (CARICOM) ever needed a unified…

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Centre for Reparation Research Congratulates PM Mottley of Barbados

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CRR Expresses Commitment to Work with her on Reparations Matters By Centre for Reparation Research — St. Andrew, Jamaica. The Centre for Reparation Research (“CRR”) congratulates Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados on her assumption of the leadership of CARICOM’s Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on Reparations. The Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee acts as a conduit between the CARICOM Reparations Commission (“CRC”), established in 2013 at the Heads of Government of CARICOM Conference…

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