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The Caribbean Media Exchange's World Leadership Award 2011 was presented to the nonprofit Counterpart International for its role in promoting sustainable tourism among coastal communities in the region.

Counterpart was recognized for its work with communities in the Dominican Republic and Honduras that support tourism-related livelihoods and preservation of fragile coastal eco-systems. Joan Parker, President and CEO of Counterpart, accepted the award and said it is Counterpart's community-driven strategy that ensure that projects are a success.

St.Kitts and Nevis' PM (R) Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (L) & outgoing President of Guyana, His Excellency Bharrat Jagdeo. Outgoing President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, His Excellency Bharrat Jagdeo has thanked CARICOM Chairman and St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister The Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas for the work he has done to advance regional integration and to promote the Caribbean's place in the world.

“I continue to have strong faith in the future or our region, and believe that success can be created as our countries work together towards regional integration. I recognise that many of our sister nations are struggling in the face of the global financial crises, but believe that these difficulties can be overcome,” said the Guyana President in a letter to Prime Minister Douglas.

dr. kenny anthonyLeader of the victorious St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) Dr. Kenny Anthony has been sworn in as the country’s 10th prime minister following the Nov. 28 general elections in which his party won 10 of the 17 seats in Parliament.

Anthony, 60, took his oath of office on Nov. 30 at Government House before Governor General Dame Pearlette Louisy and a small circle of relatives and friends, ahead of the rest of his Cabinet as the final count of voting had not yet been completed at the time of the ceremony.

The closer integration of French Caribbean Departments with non-French speaking countries and territories in the region is the focus of a conference in Guadeloupe next week.

The first conference of this nature, called Forum FDA (French Departments of the Americas), is slated for November 30 to December 2, 2011 at Université des Antillles et de la Guyane (UAG) in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe in the French West Indies.