Caribbean Region

International civilian and military teams aboard the U.S. naval vessel HSV SWIFT have completed their three-week mission of knowledge-sharing and capacity building in Northern Haiti, significantly strengthening the nation in key priority sectors and advancing the Martelly administration's strategy for decentralization. Presiding over a ceremony marking the departure of the vessel and crew, Haiti's Minister of the Interior, Thierry Mayard-Paul, expressed the gratitude of the Haitian government, saying, "Thank you for your training and reconstruction work. This is the cornerstone of what our administration calls community-based decentralization-providing the tools that will enable each and every neighborhood across Haiti to build the basic network of safety, infrastructure and knowledge that will empower that community to generate jobs locally and to better serve the Haitian people." Noting that Northern Haiti is one of the priority regions for U.S. development assistance, Commander Wright, the SWIFT'S mission commander commented, "Over the last three weeks, the ship's crew, both civilian and military, worked together with our Haitian and international partners in support of the U.S. government's commitment to help the Haitian people build a better future here." While moored in Haiti, at Cap Haitien, the High Speed Vessel SWIFT performed a number of projects aligned with the Martelly administration's priority sectors: agriculture, infrastructure, rule of law and governance, and health. Concentrating on health and security, "the SWIFT" crew partnered with the Haitian Ministry of Public Health, the Haitian National Police, and the National Port Authority to increase the capacity to serve the Haitian people. Naval medical specialists conducted seminars with their Haitian medical peers, and Navy Seabee engineers completed four reconstruction projects for medical facilities. Working to strengthen security and rule of law in Haiti, investigators from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, along with marine and navy security experts, trained with the Haitian National Police and officials from the National Port Authority. The USMC, in cooperation with the United Nations Police, trained 38 Haitian National Police and Haitian Coast Guard officers at the Chilean Battalion in Cap Haitien. Doctors and medical experts on board the HSV SWIFT conducted Subject Matter Expert Exchanges with doctors from Cap Haitien's Justinian Hospital. Members of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service trained the security officers from the National Port Authority (APN) and the Haitian National Police in order to better secure the Port of Cap Haitien, training a total of 40 officers in two weeks. "In just three weeks you've been able to leave an indelible mark in the Northeastern part of Haiti, one that can withstand the test of time and Mother Nature," commented Mayard-Paul. "Your mission served to improve our physical infrastructure, and made big contributions for knowledge transfer and capacity building, which are at the core of strengthening Haiti's institutions and advancing decentralization." CONTACT: Carolina Beck, +1-786-522-0168, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This spring, Mott Green, founder of the Grenada Chocolate Company, a Grenada-based tree-to-bar organic chocolate cooperative, will set out on a pioneering voyage to become the first chocolate maker to ship a mass quantity of chocolate sustainably. Green has teamed up with Netherlands-based shipping company FairTransport to ship five tons of his organic dark chocolate from Grenada to New York City; Portsmouth, England; and Amsterdam on the trade wind-powered sailing vessel Brigantine Tres Hombres. The voyage, scheduled for this month and April, will mark the first ever carbon-neutral trans-Atlantic mass chocolate delivery.
Caribbean Airlines today announces the appointment of Mr. Robert Corbie as Chief Operating Officer. Corbie, an experienced airline executive and operations professional, started his career at BWIA as a customer service agent and worked in many different positions, moving up the ranks as Director of Airports and Senior Director Operations.
A leading United Nations’ agency has warned that violent crime linked to gangs has risen to become one of the Caribbean’s main challenges, threatening national economies and people’s livelihoods. But the U.N. Development Program (UNDP) said the right mix of policies and programs could halt the problem. The Caribbean Human Development Report 2012, “Human Development and the Shift to Better Citizen Security”, launched in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad last month, stated, with the exception of Barbados and Suriname, homicide rates, including gang-related killings, have “increased substantially” in the last 12 years across the Caribbean, while they have been falling or stabilizing in other parts of the world.
In light of the devastation caused in Haiti by a magnitude 7 earthquake that struck near the island nation’s capital on Tuesday, the American Red Cross has increased its commitment from $200,000 to $1 million in initial aid and has made available all of our disaster relief supplies from our warehouse in Panama including tarps, cooking sets and mosquito nets.