CARICOM, Mexico strengthen diplomatic relations

first_img CARICOM SG congratulates re-elected Premier of Bermuda Oct 9, 2020 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… New Haitian Ambassador to CARICOM accredited Aug 29, 2020 You may be interested in… Sep 16, 2020 The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the United Mexican States on Wednesday reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen decades-old ties. Relations between the two parties, which was formalized in 1974 with the Agreement establishing the CARICOM-Mexico Joint Commission, was reinforced on 30 October 2019 with the accreditation of His Excellency Jose Omar Hurtado Contreras, new Ambassador of Mexico to CARICOM. In his remarks during a brief ceremony at the Headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat, Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said that the Agreement has been the framework through which Mexico has supported regional development in a number of areas. CARICOM congratulates Trinidad and Tobago on its 58th… Oct 6, 2020 Mexico has strengthened capacity by offering training courses to CARICOM nationals in agriculture, transportation, disaster management, education, climate change, trade and investment, and tourism. CARICOM Member States have benefitted from Mexico’s Infrastructure Fund for MesoAmerican and Caribbean Countries which has financed the building and restoring of roads, bridges and health facilities, as well as building capacity in utilities. Noting that this support has been highly appreciated, he lauded Mexico’s generous assistance to the countries that were devastated by hurricanes in recent times. “Your ready response was another indication of the solidarity we share,” Secretary-General LaRocque said. He told the new Ambassador that CARICOM is looking forward to Mexico’s continuing advocacy of the concerns of Small Island and Low-Lying Coastal Developing States (SIDs) in the international area on issues including access to concessional financing for development needs. “CARICOM greatly appreciates Mexico’s understanding of the challenges facing our Member States.  We welcome Mexico’s willingness to advocate on issues of utmost importance to us and other SIDS, and to reflect CARICOM’s concerns at the level of the G20, the OECD, the World Bank and the IMF,” Secretary-General LaRocque said. The newly accredited envoy said international cooperation, particularly towards Latin America and the Caribbean, occupies “an important place” in his country’s foreign policy. “…there is much interest in developing the links between Mexico and CARICOM, in areas such as institutional strengthening, public health, climate change, security and organized crime,” Ambassador Contreras stated. Reaffirming that his country is “open to exploring issues in which our experience can help the welfare of CARICOM member countries,” he said Mexico’s objective is to “contribute to the development of sister countries, enhance regional integration, competitiveness and even development.” The CARICOM Secretary-General noted that common interest between the two parties have been reflected both at the regional and hemispheric levels in the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), and the Organisation of American States (OAS). “Ambassador, the value that your country places on multilateralism, respect for international law and international cooperation is well known.  The Caribbean Community shares the importance your country places on the fundamental international principles of non-interference in the internal affairs of states, non-intervention and prohibition of the threat or use of force,” Ambassador LaRocque told the new Mexican envoy. In that regard, he referenced the establishment of the Montevideo Mechanism in which Mexico played a key role in collaboration with Uruguay and the CARICOM good offices group. “Promoting and facilitating a peaceful internal resolution to the crisis in Venezuela in accordance with the constitution of the country, the rule of law and democracy remains the desired objective of the Mechanism,” the CARICOM Secretary-General stated. CARIFESTA XV in Antigua and Barbuda postponed to 2022 CARICOM values close, friendly relations with Mexico – President-elect toldThe Caribbean Community (CARICOM) expressed deep appreciation for Mexico’s longstanding readiness to collaborate, as it extended congratulations to President-Elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador on his landslide victory in the country’s 1 July 2018 Presidential elections. “CARICOM attaches great value to the close and friendly relationship that it has forged with…July 13, 2018In “CARICOM”CARICOM and Mexico agree to strengthen ties in disaster risk management; other critical areasCARICOM and Mexico, which both recently suffered devastating natural disasters, have agreed to strengthen cooperation in disaster risk management. The agreement forms part of a Joint Declaration issued at the end of the Fourth CARICOM-Mexico Summit held in Belize on Wednesday 25 October 2017 under the joint chairmanship of CARICOM…October 26, 2017In “General”No Plan B for Climate ChangeClimate Change and sustainable development “are vital issues for the planet” according to Belgian Ambassador Guy Sevrin. “There is no plan B for Climate Change,” the Ambassador said in his remarks as he presented his credentials as his country’s Ambassador to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Wednesday to Secretary-General Ambassador…October 7, 2015In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Draconian laws urgently needed for alcohol consumption

first_imgDear Editor,I am happy to read of the comments by leading consumer advocate Mr Pat Dial in regard to the promulgation of recently enacted legislation to curb tobacco consumption in Guyana. He is right on the money, and I hope the public education process would be intensified by Government and other relevant agencies, to bring the desired effect.However, in my view — and I am sure there are many others with my perspective — alcohol consumption is a much bigger public health issue than tobacco; it results in murders, suicides, accidents etc, which are generally not associated with tobacco consumption. I therefore call on Mr Dial and the Consumers Association, and other concerned bodies and persons, to bring pressure to bear on the Government — and indeed, all Parliamentarians — to bring urgent legislation in this year to have draconian laws enacted with a view to curbing consumption of alcohol, which has reached worse than epidemic proportion.These measures should include, but not be limited to, maintaining early closure of night clubs and places that sell alcohol; enforcing laws in relation to who can buy alcohol; increasing taxes on alcohol to make it more costly and prohibitive for persons to buy; enforcing rigidly drink-and-drive laws; giving incentives to companies manufacturing alcoholic beverages to go into alternative endeavours; carrying out massive public education programs on dangers of excessive alcohol consumption, and including this in a meaningful way for all schools; placing warning labels on all containers/vessels that alcohol is sold in a manner similar to warnings on cigarette packs; restricting advertisements that can be placed at school events etc, and even on public television, unless the health warning is aired prominently either at the beginning or end of advertisements.Yours sincerelyAshok Ramnauthlast_img read more

NCAA: San Beda crushes St. Benilde to near 1st round sweep

first_imgRenovation of old sports venues not just for SEA Games use LATEST STORIES BREAKING: A day after being fired, Robredo asks: ‘Ano bang kinatatakutan ninyong malaman ko?’ “I think I was really worried about the game because we played LPU, which was a tough game for us, then we were going to play again on Friday,” said head coach Boyet Fernandez.Calvin Oftana vs Kendrix Belgica. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBut after San Beda went on a blazing 20-9 start, St. Benilde, which has now lost back-to-back after a 5-0 start, hardly posed a threat the rest of the way.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSPH women’s football team not spared from SEA Games hotel woesSPORTSThailand claims not enough Thai food, drinks for players at hotelCalvin Oftana finished with career-high 27 points that went with nine rebounds and two steals for the Red Lions, who won their 27th straight game dating back to last season and are a victory away from a first-round sweep.AC Soberano chipped in 14 points for San Beda, while James Kwekuteye had 11 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss What a relief! Paris show lifts taboo on historic outdoor loos UK thanks PH for rescuing Brit, Filipino wife abducted in Sulu Sampaguita-inspired torch ready for 30th SEA Games MANILA, Philippines–San Beda remained unscathed as it dismantled St. Benilde, 88-57, Friday in the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Red Lions, the lone undefeated team, hiked their record to 8-0 after a surprisingly easy challenge from the Blazers, who once shared the top spot with the defending champions early in the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. ‘Ghost guns’ are untraceable, easy to make, more prevalent MOST READ Singapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics ‘City-killer’: Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid may hit Earth in 2022, says NASA Kim Chiu rushed to ER after getting bitten by dog in BGC “We also played really good defense the whole game,” said Fernandez, whose team will face Mapua on Tuesday.The 31-point win matched the season’s second-biggest winning margin since  San Sebastian’s 82-51 romp of Jose Rizal on July 9. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more