Statement to the Senate by Minister of Foreign Affairs with an Update on the Ministry’s Support of Jamaicans Overseas During COVID-19 Pandemic


The news has been dominated recently by stories of returning Jamaican cruise ship workers – sometimes complaining, sometimes happy to be home – with another cruise ship arriving today carrying around 174 workers. Then there are the deportees, a monthly delivery of Jamaicans – a separate issue altogether, but all have to go into quarantine … More Statement to the Senate by Minister of Foreign Affairs with an Update on the Ministry’s Support of Jamaicans Overseas During COVID-19 Pandemic

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Paying Close Attention to Hurricane Irma


Our region – our scattering of islands, large and small – has never felt so vulnerable in the face of the monstrous Hurricane Irma, which has devastated the little island of Barbuda, besides Saint Martin/Sint Maarten and the Virgin Islands. Irma is a little closer to us now, and right over the Turks and Caicos … More Ministry of Foreign Affairs Paying Close Attention to Hurricane Irma

CARICOM Freedom of Movement: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Urges Jamaicans to Report Immigration Problems


For many Jamaicans, the issue of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) border controls and immigration remains a vexed one – uncomfortable and sometimes emotive. We will recall the high-profile case of Jamaican Shanique Myrie, which ended up in the Caribbean Court of Justice.  It is exactly five years since Myrie arrived at the Grantley Adams Airport in … More CARICOM Freedom of Movement: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Urges Jamaicans to Report Immigration Problems

Zika Virus: Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) Shares a Regional Perspective at Jan 25 Media Conference


Originally posted on Right Steps & Poui Trees:
In Port of Spain, Trinidad, yesterday, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) held a media conference to give an update regarding the Zika virus in the region. Ms Carlon Kirton, Communications Manager, who chaired the briefing, explained the reason for it being held: “As you may know,…

Empowering Caribbean Women: Jamaicans to Attend Sexual Diversity Conference


It started just two years ago in Curaçao. Thirty-five women from 14 countries gathered to learn, share and build advocacy skills, under the inspiring theme: “Strengthening the invisible woman and empowering her to leadership.”  In 2014 in Paramaribo, Suriname, the focus remained on leadership. Now, a delegation of eight Jamaican women from the advocacy group … More Empowering Caribbean Women: Jamaicans to Attend Sexual Diversity Conference