The Tabling of Jamaica’s CARICOM Review Commission Report in Parliament

Remember the “formidable team” appointed by Prime Minister Andrew Holness and chaired by former Prime Minister Bruce Golding to assess Jamaica’s position with regard to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)? As I noted at the launch of the CARICOM Review Commission in July 2016, the eighteen-member group consisted mostly of business people with five sixths of … More The Tabling of Jamaica’s CARICOM Review Commission Report in Parliament

Have Your Say! CARICOM/CARIFORUM Review Commission Invites Public To Submit Comments

Here’s your opportunity to offer your thoughts on items for consideration by the CARICOM Review Commission, which I wrote about recently. Here is a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade dated July 19. DEADLINE IS AUGUST 31, 2016 – plenty of time to gather your thoughts and submit your recommendations. … More Have Your Say! CARICOM/CARIFORUM Review Commission Invites Public To Submit Comments

“A Formidable Team”: The CARICOM Review Commission Holds Its First Meeting

Since the “Brexit” referendum, there have been mutterings in social media about whether Jamaica should leave the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) – especially in light of the recent concerns over the treatment of Jamaican travelers at some Caribbean airports. How about a “CARICOMexit,” they ask? Well, be that as it may, plans for a Commission to … More “A Formidable Team”: The CARICOM Review Commission Holds Its First Meeting

Jamaican Foreign Affairs Minister Comments on the UK Referendum Result

We sat up last night until the little indicator in BBC World’s television studio moved past the crucial point in terms of number of votes – with the blue of “leave” overcoming, by a pretty small margin, the yellow of “remain.” The vote was close, as predicted, but a narrow win for those who wanted the … More Jamaican Foreign Affairs Minister Comments on the UK Referendum Result

Foreign Affairs Minister Senator Kamina Johnson Smith Reports to Upper House on Recent Travels

Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, has been traveling quite a bit lately. Today she gave a thorough report  to the Upper House on what she has been doing, and what transpired from her various meetings. In particular, please note the final section, providing an update on the issue of … More Foreign Affairs Minister Senator Kamina Johnson Smith Reports to Upper House on Recent Travels

What’s Happening in Hispaniola? Viewpoints From Grenada, Jamaica and the Bahamas

Hispaniola? Where’s that? Some may ask. Oh, it’s that huge island, nearly 30,000 square miles in size and the second largest island in the Caribbean, divided into the Creole-speaking Haiti and Spanish-speaking Dominican Republic. It is the island that Jamaicans do not visit that often, perhaps because of the language and cultural barriers; perhaps because … More What’s Happening in Hispaniola? Viewpoints From Grenada, Jamaica and the Bahamas