15 January 2010
Haiti Earthquake Appeal
The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC),
organisation of 13 UK registered humanitarian aid
launched a Haiti earthquake appeal.
At times of overseas emergency, the DEC brings together a unique
alliance of the UK's aid, corporate, public and broadcasting sectors
to ensure that funds raised go to DEC agencies best placed to
deliver effective and timely relief to people most in need.
The DEC's remit is to unite agency efforts in times of disaster to maximise funds raised and
ensure they are spent in an effective and fully accountable way.
ActionAid; British Red Cross ; CAFOD ; Care International UK ; Christian Aid ; Concern
Worldwide ; Help the Aged ; Islamic Relief; Merlin ; Oxfam ; Save the Children ; Tearfund ;
How to Donate
Online: http://www.dec.orq.uk/donate now/
Phone: Call 0370 60 60 900
CAF: Donate using your CAF card here.
Post: Please send a cheque made payable to DEC HAITI EARTHQUAKE and send it to DEC
HAITI EARTHQUAKE, PO BOX 999, LONDON, EC3A 3AA.
Download the donate by post form and send it to the above address.
Bank: Or go to any high street bank or post office quoting Freepay 1449.
For more information about the DEC please visit http://www.dec.org.uk
Latin American and the Caribbean Supporting Haiti Relief Efforts
The countries of Latin America and the Caribbean are offering significant direct support to
the people of Haiti and have responded to the tragedy with solidarity sending rescue
missions, medical teams, medical supplies, water, food and other general provisions.
The Caribbean Council
22-25 Feb, 2010
UKTI Aid Funded Business Services
trade mission to the Caribbean
Development Bank, Barbados
28 Feb 10 March, 2010
UKTI Trade Mission to the
1 March, 2010
Annual Reception at the House of
9-10 April, 2010
SLAS Conference, Bristol
23-24 April, 2010
Montecristo Cup, Cuba
4-6 May, 2010
Caribbean Hotel and Tourism
Investment Conference, Puerto Rico
For information on any of the above
events please contact
This newsletter is sponsored by:
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25 years of flying. In this time it has
become the largest scheduled airline
* Cuba has provided 403 health workers, 334 of whom were already working in the between Europe and the Caribi
country prior to the earthquake. The ministries of health of Cuba and Haiti are carrying 825,000 passengers o
coordinating the evacuation of survivors with urgent medical needs for treatment in ten Caribbean routes in 2008.
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* Jamaica has also agreed to receive earthquake victims in their hospitals, which Barbados, Grenada, Hal
have been placed on alert. Kingston, Montego Bay, St L
* Brazil had contributed US$10 million and an air bridge with critical supplies. Puerto Rico and Tobago
* Venezuela has offered to help re-establish the provision of free fuel to medical London Gatwick and to Barb
facilities, and St Lucia from Manchester.
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the border to assist with evacuations of injured and care for the sick. bookings, please visit www.vi
* Cargo planes carrying provisions including medical, rescue and military personnel, atlantic.com.
medical supplies, water, food, and shelter (tents) have been sent by countries
including Argentina, Chile, Ecuador and Peru.
* Mexico has sent rescue teams, cargo planes and hospital vessels.
* Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and the CARICOM countries, among others, are also
providing important contributions and are awaiting information on additional specific needs.
The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) along with the World Health Organisation (WTO) is coordinating the mobilisation of
efforts to help health authorities in Haiti meet the basic health needs of their people in the aftermath of Tuesday's earthquake, through
its country offices.
The PAHO has emphasized the following priorities:
In this first week, the most important health priorities are search-and-rescue
efforts to find survivors trapped beneath rubble and treatment for people with
Countries offering support should coordinate an effective delivery of that support with their embassy in Haiti or with the UN
Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).
Any medical personnel, field hospitals, rescue teams set up by donor countries and organizations sent to Haiti must be self-
sufficient and should not require support from the local community.
Disaster assistance from donor countries and organizations is best provided on the basis of on-the-ground needs
assessments, and in coordination with national authorities.
After the first two weeks, donor countries and organizations should be prepared to provide assistance in the medium and long
term, including the provision of safe water, food, medical supplies and personnel, as well as coordinated actions and projects
to reconstruct health facilities and the health system in general, and address other longer-term needs.
Hospitals can and should be built to withstand the impact of disasters and should be planned and equipped to remain
functioning after disasters.
Spain pushes for EU Engagement with Latin America
On 1 January, the Spanish Government took over the Presidency of the European Union until the end of June. Setting out its plans for
the coming six months, Spain identified four main priorities for its presidency: i) Jobs and the economy ii) Lisbon Treaty
implementation iii) Citizenship iv) Foreign Affairs. Of these, Foreign Affairs is by far the most tangible and most prominent of priorities
and is likely to be the area where their presidency has the greatest effect, resulting in long-term changes for the EU's relationship with
the Caribbean's neighbours in Central and South America.
To this end, considerable Spanish diplomatic pressure is now being applied in Brussels to bring to successful conclusion full free trade
agreements with each of the regional trading blocs in Central and South America before the annual EU-Latin America and Caribbean
(EU-LAC) Summit due to take place in Madrid on 18 May. If negotiations continue to proceed quickly, Free Trade Agreements with
Peru and Colombia, Central America (Honduras, El Salvador, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala); and possibly the beginning
of an agreement with Mercosur (Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay) will be in place by that time.
Such agreements will mean, for the first time, goods from Central and South America will, for the first time, have liberalised access to
the EU marketplace and will be competing directly with traditional export partners from the Caribbean. In the longer term this could
have a major impact on Caribbean producers in key export industries like bananas and other exotic fruits, rum, sugar (and products
with heavy sugar content) or spices.
Spain has also indicated that it wishes to see a normalisation of the EU's relationship with Cuba. The Spanish Government advocate
that the EU member states should sign an Association Agreement with Cuba which governs the trading and development relationship
between the two sides. This would replace the mechanism of the "Common Position" which has been in place since 2006, is critical of
the Cuban Government and which Spain argues has failed in its objectives.
Spain will also encourage EU states to take a stronger interest in the English-Speaking Caribbean during the course of its Presidency. It
will host a special summit for CARIFORUM countries with the EU just before the EU-LAC Summit in May and will act as Chair for the
inaugural meeting of the EU-CARIFORUM Council in Barbados possibly in February, which will trigger the start of the process of
implementation of the EU/Cariforum Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).
Save the Date: Caribbean Council Annual Reception at the House
of Lords: 1 March 2010
The Caribbean Council will once again be hosting its annual reception at the House of Lords
for members, friends and distinguished guests. The event will take place on 1 March at the
House of Lords, London. The 2009 reception, the largest to date, attracted over 250 guests,
who heard from guest speakers Gillian Merron MP and Edmund Bartlett MP, Minister of
Tourism for Jamaica. This year's event which will have many guests from politics and the
region will again be supported by sponsors and include a free prize draw that includes a
holiday to the Caribbean. Invitations for the event will be sent out at the end of January.
Information about country branding and sponsorship opportunities have been sent out to members and tourist boards, however anyone
who would like more information about profile raising opportunities should contact Stephanie Whittle Stephanie.whittle@caribbean-
Opportunity to meet with a Council Member of the Barbados Bar Association
Kaye Williams, Council Member of the Barbados Bar Association and Partner at Meridian Law, a boutique corporate and commercial
practice, will be in London 11 January 5 March 2010 as part of a Law Society programme for Commonwealth bar leaders. Any CBBC
members who would like to meet with Kaye Williams should contact Charlotte Ford, Policy Adviser for Americas and the Caribbean at
the Law Society firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Caribbean Diaspora in the UK
Over the course of the next year the Caribbean Council will be
involved in a number of events to which members of the
Caribbean community in the UK will be invited.
Any subscribers who know of others that may wish to receive
information about these events should send details to
Stephanie Whittle Stephanie.email@example.com
Lord Davies, Minister of State for Trade and
Investment to meet with the Caribbean
community in the UK
Following a round table meeting between Baroness Kinnock,
the Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth office
with responsibility for the Caribbean, and members of the
Caribbean community in the UK on 9 November, Baroness
Kinnock has arranged a follow-up meeting with Lord Davies,
Minister of State for Trade and Investment, to discuss
UK/Caribbean business links and how they might be improved.
The Montecristo Cup & The Esencia Cup
23-24 April, 2010, Varadero Golf Club, Cuba
The Second Montecristo Cup will be held on Friday 23 April, 2010 at the Varadero Golf Club. Limited to 72
competitors, the 18-hole tournament will be open to both amateur and professional golfers who come to test
their skills on the beachfront golf course and the winner will receive the opulent Montecristo Cup as well as
0 cuP prizes from the sponsors. Day 2 of the tournament Saturday 24 April will feature The Esencia Cup 2010, a
corporate team play competition. The event will have no handicap limit and will be played by a maximum of 16
teams each with 4 players.
Cuba Initiative members who would like to play in the cup can do so for a reduced rate of 75.00.
For information about travel arrangements and hotel rates please contact Floridita Travel by visiting
www.floriditatravel com or call The Montecristo Hotline: +44 20 7148 5591.
Job Vacancies with the Travel Foundation
Due to expansion of a number of Caribbean programmes in 2010, the Travel Foundation (TF) now has a number of new vacancies
Caribbean Programme Manager 30-35K
The TF is expanding its Caribbean programme to incorporate a number of new projects and initiatives. It is seeking a full-time
Caribbean Programme Manager to manage the development and delivery of these new initiatives as well as the ongoing delivery of its
current projects. The post will be based at the TF head office in Bristol but will require travel both in the UK and to the Caribbean.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for a full job description. Closing date: 27 Jan 2010
Programme Coordinator Virgin Atlantic Caribbean Programme 25K
The TF has recently entered into partnership with Virgin Atlantic to develop and deliver a new programme of projects to stimulate
youth entrepreneurship in the region, providing new livelihood opportunities for young people whilst reducing some of the negative
impacts of tourism development. It is seeking a programme coordinator to carry out the day to day operations and development of
This is a full-time consultancy position based in Barbados. It is intended that the consultancy will last until the end of 2012. Email:
email@example.com for a full job description. Closing date: 20 Jan 2010
Caribbean Events Listing January 2010
1 January 16 February Carnival Bonaire
January Horse racing in Burrell Boom www.belizetourism.org Belize
January San Pedro Food Festival www.belizetourism.org Belize
10-24 January Music Festival (Jazz and chamber music concert in the churches of Gustavia and Lorient) St Barths
11-17 January Annual Jazz Festival www.barbadosjazzfestival.com Barbados
13-16 January Carriacou Sailing Series www.sailingcarriacou.com Carriacou
15-17 January International Race Weekend http://www.bermudaraceweekend.com Bermuda
17 January Women's Cup regatta Martinique
18 January PUBLIC HOLIDAY Martin Luther King Day Puerto Rico and USVI
18 January National Arts and Craft Exhibition and Demonstration www.anguilla-vacation.com Anguilla
21 January PUBLIC HOLIDAY Errol Barrow Day Barbados
21 January PUBLIC HOLIDAY Our Lady of Altagracia Dominican Republic
21-24 January St Maarten-St martin Classic Yacht Regatta www.classicregatta.com St Maarten & St Martin
22 January St Thomas Blues Festival USVI
23-24 January TATIL Golf Tournament Trinidad and Tobago
23-24 January Around Antigua Race Antigua and Barbuda
23-24 January Zion Cup Race Guadeloupe
24-28 January Spice Islands billfish Tournament Grenada
24-30 January Jazz and Blues Festival, Montego Bay www.airjamaicajazzandblues.com Jamaica
25 January PUBLIC HOLIDAY Duarte's Day Dominican Republic
25 January PUBLIC HOLIDAY GF Croe's Day Aruba
27-30 January Superyacht Cup Antigua and Barbuda
27 January 20 February 15th Annual Blues festival www.basilsbar.com Mustique
28-31 January Music Fest Beguia
28 January PUBLIC HOLIDAY National Heroes Day Cayman Islands
29 January 2 February 17th Annual Sailing Festival www.Qrenadasailinafestival.com Grenada
29 January 6 February 16th International Film Festival Guadeloupe
Caribbean Public Holidays February June 2010
4 Carnival Monday Curacao
7 Independence Day Grenada
15 President's Day Puerto Rico & USVI
15 Carnival Monday Dominica, Trinidad and Tobago*
16 Carnival Tuesday Dominica, Trinidad and Tobago*
17 Ash Wednesday Cayman Islands, Jamaica
22 Independence Day St. Lucia
23 Republic Day Guyana
26 um an-Nabi Guyana
27 Independence Day Dominican Republic
*Not an official public holiday
1 H.L. Stoutt's Birthday British Virgin Islands
8 Commonwealth Day British Virgin Islands
9 Baron Bliss Day Belize
10 Commonwealth Day iurks and Caicos Islands
14 National Heroes' Day St. Vincent and The Grenadines
17 Discovery Day Cayman Islands
22 Emancipation of the Slaves Puerto Rico
30 IShouter Baptist (Shouter's) Liberation Day ITrinidad and Tobago
2 Good Friday All Countries
5 Easter Monday All Countries
8 Holy Thursday USVI
21 Jose de Diego Day Puerto Rico
28 National Heroes' Day Barbados
30 Queen's Birthday Curacao, Eustatius, St. Maarten
F Carnival (to be declared) ISt. Maarten
1 Labour Day Anguilla, Barbados, Belize, Curacao, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis,
St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Eustatius, Dominican Republic,
3 JLabour Day Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis
4 Labour Day St. Vincent and The Grenadines
5 Indian Heritage Day Guyana
13 Ascension Day Curacao, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten
17 Discovery Day Cayman Islands
20 Independence Day Cuba
23 Labour Day Iamaica
24 hit Monday Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, British
Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia,
St. Maarten, St. Vincent and The Grenadines
24 Memorial Day Puerto Rico
25 National Heroes' Day Turks and Caicos Islands
26 Independence Day Guyana
30 Indian Arrival Day Trinidad and Tobago
31 Anguilla Day Anguilla
31 Memorial Day USVI
3 Corpus Christi St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Dominican Republic
4 Labour Day the Bahamas
7 Queen's Birthday urks and Caicos Islands
12 Queen's Birthday British Virgin Islands
14 Queen's Birthday ayman Islands
19 Labour Day trinidad and Tobago
21 Queen's Birthday Anguilla
23 Corpus Christi Grenada