Sep 25, 2020 TRIBUTE TO MR. PATRICK MANNING Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community expressed their deep sadness at the passing of the former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Mr Patrick Manning, who died on Saturday 2 July 2016 just prior to the Meeting of Conference. Mr. Manning displayed the finest qualities of regionalism and had an unswerving commitment to building his country and the wider CARICOM. His progressive ideas for strengthening the regional integration movement led to many initiatives which redounded to the enhancement of the sense and spirit of community among our Member States. Mr Manning’s genuine desire to create a more equitable Community led to such initiatives as the Petroleum Stabilisation Fund which he established as a facility to provide Member States with financial assistance. This was a tangible demonstration of goodwill to and solidarity with Member States faced with high oil prices from which his country benefitted. His view of Trinidad and Tobago’s role in CARICOM went beyond the financial as he routinely rendered unselfish and immediate support to Member States in times of natural disasters. As Lead Prime Minister for Security in the CARICOM quasi-cabinet, he oversaw the security arrangements for the Cricket World Cup 2007 and his proposals led to the formation of the CARICOM Task Force on Crime and Security. The implementation of its recommendations improved the nature and quality of co-operation in that area leading to the establishment of very important agencies and institutions which continue to serve and protect the Community’s security interests. It also resulted in Security Co-operation being adopted as the fourth pillar of our integration movement. Mr Manning’s deep concern about the ravages of Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases, as highlighted by the Region’s experts, led to the historic regional summit on the issue. As we approach the 10th Anniversary of the Port-of-Spain Declaration on NCDs, we recall that his vision of the dangers posed by these scourges spurred the Community to be at the forefront of a successful proposal for a United Nations High Level Meeting on NCDs. His humanity and personal interest in the well-being of others were outstanding attributes of his character and were highly appreciated by all, both within and outside the Community. His invaluable contribution to our Community stemmed from his conviction that integration was the most viable option for the sustainable development of our small states and the improvement of the lives of our people. Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean Community have lost a truly remarkable person and statesman whose legacy of committed service to country and Region left an indelible mark on the history of this Region and will remain a treasured memory. Heads of Government expressed their deepest condolences to the family of Mr Manning and the Government and People of Trinidad and Tobago You may be interested in… ATTACHMENT I ATTACHMENT IIGUYANA-VENEZUELA RELATIONSHeads of Government received a report on recent development in the relations between Guyana and Venezuela. They also received a report on the current efforts of the SG of the United Nations proposing a way forward to the two countries towards a decisive end to the controversy.Heads of Government noted with appreciation that the SG of the United Nations attaches the highest priority to finding a solution to the controversy which arose out of Venezuela’s contention that the Arbitral award of 1899 which definitively settled the land boundary between Guyana and Venezuela is null and void.In that regard they signalled their full confidence in the Secretary-General to exercise urgently his authority under the 1966 Geneva Agreement for a choice of options that would bring the controversy to a definitive and judicial conclusion that would be beneficial not only to Guyana but the Caribbean Community as a whole.Heads of Government reiterated their full support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all CARICOM States and their entitlement to rights regarding maritime zones under international law.Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… CARPHA: Leading the Caribbean’s COVID-19 Response – VIDEO Standards, Quality Still Important COMMUNIQUÉ – 29th Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOMCOMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE TWENTY-NINTH INTER-SESSIONAL MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENT OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY 26-27 February, 2018, Port-au-Prince, Haiti The Twenty-Ninth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held at Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on 26-27…March 1, 2018In “Anguilla”PM Harris: St. Kitts and Nevis will support The Bahamas, HaitiBASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (PRESS SEC) — Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris has pledged approximately EC$1 million to Haiti and the Bahamas, as the two countries work to rebuild and recover in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Prime Minister Harris’ weekend announcement came after the Cabinet of Ministers received…November 22, 2016In “CARICOM”COMMUNIQUÉ issued at conclusion of 27th CARICOM Intersessional MeetingThe Twenty-Seventh Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held at Placencia, Belize on 16-17 February 2016. The Prime Minister of Belize, the Honourable Dean Barrow, chaired the proceedings. Other members of the Conference in attendance were: the Prime Minister of Antigua…February 19, 2016In “Anguilla”Share this on WhatsApp CARICOM and UNEP extend cooperation on environment FACILITATION OF TRAVEL WITHIN THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITYHeads of Government discussed the issue of facilitation of travel. They noted that the overwhelming majority of travelling citizens were moving throughout the Community without hindrance.They however urged Member States to comply with the relevant decisions taken by the Community and the rulings of the Caribbean Court of Justice and take all appropriate measures to give full effect to the free movement regimes. They reaffirmed the principle that persons were to be treated with dignity at ports of entry.Heads of Government mandated the CARICOM Secretariat to convene a meeting of Chief Immigration Officers, CARICOM Ambassadors, and other relevant officials by 30 September 2016, in order to address the challenges being experienced by Community nationals travelling throughout the Region.Heads of Government reminded Member States to submit statistics annually to the Secretariat on the refusals of entry and the operation of the free movement regimes and that these statistics must be submitted by 31 January of the following year.CORRESPONDENT BANKINGHeads of Government reviewed the latest developments with respect to efforts to resolve the issue of de-risking severely affecting Member States. They emphasised that correspondent banking was an important global public good and the current de-risking strategy was discriminatory and counterintuitive to good public policy. They re-iterated that CARICOM’s trade, economic welfare and the transfer of remittances were gravely affected by the de-risking strategies of foreign banks.In expressing concern that there was little progress on resolving the issue, Heads of Government agreed that CARICOM would continue its robust and unrelenting advocacy on the issue and that the Committee of Ministers of Finance on Correspondent Banking should maintain the current high level engagement.Heads of Government also agreed to host a Global Stakeholder Conference on the Impact of the Withdrawal of Correspondent Banking on the Region which would include banks and regulators from the region, the United States of America, Canada and Europe, international development partners and representatives from civil society.INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY FOR DEVELOPMENT (ICT4D)Heads of Government received a presentation on the Draft Roadmap for the Single ICT space and agreed that their Ministers responsible for ICT would meet in September, 2016, in order to make appropriate recommendations to the Conference.BORDER ISSUES: Belize was represented by the Honourable Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs. Haiti was represented by Prime Minister, His Excellency Enex Jean-Charles. Montserrat was represented by Hon. Delmaude Ryan, Deputy Premier and Minister of Education, Health and Community Services. The Associate Member in attendance was Turks and Caicos Islands represented by Mr Ronlee James, Head of Secretariat at Office of the Premier. Also in attendance as an invited guest was Her Excellency Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile REGIONAL SECURITYIn light of the continued threats to the Region’s security, Heads of Government agreed on ways to deepen and strengthen co-operation in this area. In that regard, they approved a review of the CARICOM Crime and Security Strategy (CCSS).They emphasised the importance of aligning national security plans to the CCSS in order to avoid duplication in intervention support.Heads of Government also stressed the important role IMPACS continued to play in the Community’s effort to address crime and security and reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen the Institution.Heads of Government agreed that urgent steps should be taken for completion of a number of critical regional security agreements. They prioritised the completion of the CARICOM Arrest Warrant Treaty, an essential instrument to address cross-border crime.They agreed that this Treaty should be finalised before the end of the current year. CARICOM Heads of Government, representatives of Heads of Government and Secretary-General at the opening ceremony of the 37th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government, 4 July, 2016 The Thirty-Seventh Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held at Georgetown, Guyana, on 4 – 6 July 2016. The Prime Minister of Dominica, the Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, chaired the proceedings. Other members of the Conference in attendance were Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Honourable Gaston Browne; Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Rt. Honourable Perry Christie; Prime Minister of Barbados, Rt. Honourable Freundel Stuart; Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Rt. Honourable Keith Mitchell; President of Guyana, His Excellency Brigadier (Ret) David Granger; Prime Minister of Jamaica, Most Honourable Andrew Holness; Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris; Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Honourable Allen Chastanet; Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. the Honourable Ralph Gonsalves; President of Suriname, His Excellency Desiré Bouterse; and Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley. Oct 7, 2020 CARICOM SINGLE MARKET AND ECONOMY Heads of Government received an update on the status of the CSME and agreed that a comprehensive review would be considered at the Inter-Sessional Meeting next February. They also agreed that there should be an intensified public education campaign in Member States aimed at all levels of the society. The education programme should highlight the benefits and provisions of the CSME.Heads of Government received an update on the work of the CARICOM Commission on the Economy which focussed on fiscal sustainability, private sector stimulation, business regulatory environment, transitioning to sustainable growth and resource mobilisation. Heads of Government also approved continuing initiatives in these areas.Heads of Government received a report of the economic performance of Member States in 2015 which showed mixed results. They noted the technical support given by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Caribbean Export, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America (UNECLAC) to the work of the Commission.Heads of Government reaffirmed their commitment to the implementation of all elements of the CSME regime. Oct 7, 2020 Oct 1, 2020 ACTION PLAN FOR STATISTICS IN THE CARIBBEANHeads of Government endorsed the importance of statistics to the Region’s efforts to attain sustainable development, continuous improvement in the standard of living, empowerment of Community nationals, governance, planning and policy making and progress towards the CSME.Heads of Government considered and endorsed the Action Plan which among other things seeks to strengthen national statistical systems. The Plan enables the upgrading of the Information and Communications Technology infrastructure and provides overall support to human resource development.Heads of Government also agreed that the UN Secretary General should be advised that with regard to the statistical work carried out by the United Nations statistical system, the Community should be viewed as a distinct grouping within the Latin America and Caribbean area. They viewed this distinction as fundamental as it was based on the unique challenges that are faced particularly by Small Island Developing and low lying coastal States (SIDS) which constitute this grouping.HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTHeads of Government addressed health related issues affecting the development of the Region, specifically Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs),” the regional response to HIV and AIDS, and the Every Caribbean Girl, Every Caribbean Woman Initiative (ECGECW)As the Tenth Anniversary of the historic Port of Spain Declaration “Uniting to fight the Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) draws near, the Heads of Government recognised the progress made in addressing the issue. They acknowledged, however, that progress was variable and agreed to adopt a more holistic approach. In this regard, they pledged to address issues such as the banning of smoking in public places; trade related measures; banning advertisement of potentially harmful foods which specifically target children; and elevating taxes on foods high in sugar, salt and trans-fats.Heads of Government endorsed the ECGECW initiative intended to address key sexual and reproductive health concerns of girls and women in the Caribbean. The objectives of ECGECW are to reduce teenage pregnancy, prevent cervical cancer, and eliminate Mother to Child Transmission of HIV.Heads of Government noted the 2016 UN Political Declaration on Ending AIDS: On the Fast-Track to Accelerate the Fight against HIV and to End the AIDS Epidemic by 2030. Recognising the contraction of external funding to support the regional response to HIV and AIDS, Heads of Government committed to taking collective advocacy to fill remaining gaps in funding to support ending the AIDS epidemic in the Region.RULES OF PROCEDURE FOR THE MEETINGS OF THE CONFERENCEIn their continuing efforts to reform the operations of the Community as agreed in the Strategic Plan, Heads of Government considered and adopted the Draft Rules of Procedure for Meetings of the Conference.POLITICAL SITUATION IN SURINAMEHeads of Government were briefed about the recent political developments in Suriname by His Excellency, the President of Suriname Desiré Bouterse, in relation to a ruling by the Military Court of 9 June 2016, whereby the legislative powers in the Republic of Suriname were affected.Heads of Government were informed about the decision of the Government of Suriname to apply Article 148 of the Constitution of Suriname, whereby the Public Prosecutor was ordered to cease the legal procedure in a particular case so as to allow the constitutionally legal mechanisms to fulfil their tasks in an orderly manner.Heads of Government noted the information provided by the President of Suriname and expressed their view that the matter was an internal one.CARICOM AND CUBAHeads of Government recalled the Community’s longstanding relationship with Cuba and recognised the need to seize the trade, business and investment opportunities, including those in tourism, presented by the evolving situation in Cuba.Heads of Government agreed that every effort will be made to conclude negotiations for a Second Protocol to the Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement to allow for signature before the end of 2016.Heads of Government expressed satisfaction with the ongoing normalisation of relations between Cuba and the United States and took note of the consequent changes in the geopolitical and geo-economic environment of the RegionHeads of Government reiterated their call for the lifting of the USA trade and economic embargo against Cuba.RELATIONS WITH THE DOMINICAN REPUBLICHeads of Government reiterated their deep concern about the human rights situation of Dominicans of Haitian descent rendered stateless by the Constitutional Court ruling on nationality. They agreed to continue the Region’s advocacy in international fora and bilateral meetings to alleviate the plight of these persons some of whom have been deported to a country with which they have no links.Heads of Government also expressed concern over the humanitarian situation of Haitian migrants deported from the Dominican Republic and other Haitian returnees.Heads of Government further agreed to engage directly, as appropriate, with the Dominican Republic on the matter of statelessness and the required remedies.EXCHANGE OF VIEWS WITH SPECIAL GUESTHeads of Government welcomed the visit of Her Excellency President Michelle Bachelet of Chile. They noted the visit symbolised the renewal of longstanding political and cooperation relations with a country which has been long supportive of the Community through its institution and capacity building projects in a wide diversity of areas.The two parties observed that they share common interests and concerns. These include the importance of economic growth as a means to equitable and sustainable development, poverty eradication, the adverse impact of climate change, and the need for resources to address the resulting burdens, vulnerability to disasters, and protection of the seas.Heads of Government were of the view that strengthening the relationship between CARICOM and Chile was of mutual interest. To this end, it was proposed to bolster the framework for political dialogue and to pursue further projects of South-South cooperation as well as trade and investment links.Heads of Government agreed to heighten political engagement and expand technical co-operation to include Climate Change, the Sustainable Development Goals and trade co-operation.BREXITHeads of Government viewed Britain’s exit (Brexit) from the European Union (EU) as a watershed event in in current world affairs whose geopolitical and geo-economic repercussions would be far-reaching and long-lasting.They received a detailed brief on the political, diplomatic, trade, economic and financial implications of Brexit for the Region as well as recommendations for addressing them.Heads of Government agreed that CARICOM should continue to monitor developments as the exit process unfolded and underlined the importance of a common and structured approach that married the technical, political and diplomatic.Heads of Government emphasised that the United Kingdom and the European Union remain strong and valued partners of the Community.DATE OF THE TWENTY-EIGHTH INTER-SESSIONAL MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE (February 2017, Guyana)The Twenty-Eighth Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community will be held on a date to be announced in February 2017 in Guyana. BELIZE-GUATEMALA RELATIONSHeads of Government received an update on the most recent developments between Belize and Guatemala.Heads of Government expressed their full support for the Government of Belize as it enters the process of dialogue and welcomed the decisions of the Government of Belize and Guatemala to engage in the design and development of a mechanism of cooperation for the Sarstoon River, which marks Belize’s southern boundary. They urged them to complete this at the earliest opportunity.Heads of Government expressed support the continuous and critical role of the Organisation of American States (OAS) in the process aimed at resolving the dispute arising from Guatemala’s claims and further calls on the international community to continue supporting the OAS office in the Adjacency Zone. The Conference of Heads of Government also supports the efforts of Belize and Guatemala to move deliberately to fully implement the special agreement of 2008 between Belize and Guatemala to submit Guatemala’s territorial, insular and maritime claims to the International Court of Justice.The Heads of Government emphasised their unflinching support for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of Belize. OPENING CEREMONY The Opening Ceremony was addressed by the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque; Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness; Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, the Honourable Allen Chastanet; Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. the Honourable Ralph Gonsalves; the President of Suriname, His Excellency Desiré Bouterse; Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley; and the Chairman of the Conference, the Prime Minister of Dominica, Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit. All the speakers paid tribute to the former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Mr. Patrick Manning, who passed away on 2 July 2016, just prior to the Meeting of Conference. In his remarks, the Secretary-General said that as the Community celebrated 43 years there was “ample evidence over the four decades of the value and benefit of pooling our skills and resources.” He also outlined some of the areas that the Conference would address including correspondent banking, crime and security, non-communicable diseases, free movement, the regional economy, the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and on the foreign affairs front the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union The President of Suriname His Excellency Desiré Bouterse called for swifter action on diversification of the regional economy. He proposed that the services industries be developed to the point where they became “solid foreign currency earners” characterised by sustainability. He urged Member States, particularly those dependent on the extractive sectors, to come together and brainstorm on solutions to the myriad challenges confronting them. The Prime Minister of Jamaica the Most Honourable Andrew Holness called for the movement of labour throughout the Caribbean Community to be made as easy as that of the movement of goods. Prime Minister Holness emphasised that for many, including the man in the street, freedom of movement represented a tangible benefit of regional integration. He also advised that Jamaica would be pursuing increased bilateral relationships with its CARICOM counterparts. The Prime Minister of Saint Lucia the Honourable Allen Chastanet said that the promise of regional integration is “slowly starting to put some flesh on our bones in some areas.” He added that policies and structures that were languishing needed to be reviewed so that new and more effective ones could be put in place. He challenged the Region not to be afraid to do more as it had already demonstrated its ability to punch above its weight in the international community. The Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Dr. the Honourable Ralph Gonsalves said that CARICOM needed to deepen the integration process. Further, he stressed the need to acknowledge the achievements and “see how we can build on them rather than beating up on ourselves needlessly.” He warned against pessimism and a learned helplessness. Notwithstanding all the challenges of regionalism, Prime Minister Gonsalves reaffirmed the primacy of completing the CARICOM Single Market and Economy for continued progress in the Region. The Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr the Honourable Keith Rowley affirmed the importance of CARICOM to his country. He pledged to continue the legacy of former Trinidadian Prime Minister, the late Patrick Manning, whom he described as “a Caribbean man who was committed to excellence and to the Caribbean Community. He pointed out that security was central to the economy, well-being, progress and quality of life of the Community. Chairman of the Conference, the Prime Minister of Dominica Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit reminded the audience that CARICOM was a primary community built on empathy and caring for each other. He said that at the individual level this is continuously being reinforced, whenever or wherever people interact. The Prime Minister called on all to work together to strengthen cooperation and collaboration so as to create a stronger, more vibrant community. “Let us therefore focus more closely on what needs to be done to strengthen CARICOM, to make it more economically competitive and generate resources to sustain our togetherness. Our resilience is being tested more than before, but we have proven time and again that we are strong”. the Chairman said. CDF, IRENA Collaborate to Boost Low-Carbon Investments in… Belize-Guatemala RelationsHeads of Government received an update on the most recent developments on the Belize – Guatemala border dispute and agreed to issue a statement which is attached to this Communiqué.Guyana-Venezuela RelationsHeads of Government received an update on the most recent developments between Guyana and Venezuela on the border controversy and agreed to issue a statement which is attached to this Communiqué.CRICKETHeads of Government decided to reconstitute the Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on Cricket with the Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, as the Chairman. They agreed that the other members would be the Prime Minister of Barbados and the Prime Minister of Jamaica. Membership of the Sub-Committee will be open ended as is the case with all CARICOM Prime Ministerial Sub-Committees. The Committee will address all matters related to West Indies cricket including those that were being addressed by the Cricket Governance Committee.Heads of Government expressed appreciation to the Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr the Honourable Keith Mitchell, for his untiring efforts in furtherance of the development of West Indies cricket.
Jul 28, 2020 Participants at the Cultural Policy and Intellectual Property Rights workshop on August 20, 2017, held at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus. (Photos via CDB) Dr. Donna Greene, Director of Cultural Policy and Research (Ag), Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, Barbados, speaking at the opening of the Cultural Policy and Intellectual Property Rights workshop Lisa Harding, Private Sector Development Specialist, CDB speaks at the Cultural Policy and Intellectual Property Rights workshop on August 20, 2017. August 22, 2017, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Building on the recent announcement of its provision of initial capitalisation for the Cultural and Creative Industries Innovation Fund (CIIF), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) recently introduced the CIIF to approximately 100 cultural practitioners, policymakers and academics from across the Caribbean. The occasion was the Cultural Policy and Intellectual Property Rights Workshop, held as part of CARIFESTA XIII in Barbados on Sunday August 20, 2017, sponsored by CDB. CARIFESTA XV in Antigua and Barbuda postponed to 2022 Oct 9, 2020 Jun 4, 2020 CDB establishes Cultural and Creative Industries Innovation FundBRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has announced that it will provide the initial capitalisation for a multi-donor fund to improve the competitiveness of the cultural and creative industries sector in its borrowing member countries (BMCs). The Bank is making an initial contribution of US$2.6 million to the establishment…July 27, 2017In “CARICOM”CDB issues US$350,000 in Grant Funding to Cultural Projects(Caribbean Development Bank Press Release) The Caribbean Development Bank has approved USD 350,000 for four projects that are geared at increasing cultural collaboration and improving the enabling environment for culture and the creative arts in the Region. The funding came under the Enabling Environment grant stream of the Bank’s Cultural…November 4, 2019In “Belize”Helping musicians in Caribbean cash in on global multi-billion dollar industryFebruary 28, 2018, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Streaming services, some with up to 140 million users worldwide, have revolutionised the business of music. Yet despite the earning potential these services present for industry practitioners – writers, publishers, performers and producers—the Caribbean Region has been slow to cash in. Aiming to better help…February 28, 2018In “Anguilla”Share this on WhatsApp Lisa Harding, Private Sector Development Specialist, CDB, noted that the CIIF was developed to support an enabling environment for the development of the cultural industries sector, and could make the cost of doing business more affordable for Regional cultural practitioners. “This Fund is born out of the fact that we recognise there’s a void in the financing ecosystem. There are gaps, especially in grant funding for creative industry entrepreneurs and stakeholders in general. We consulted with several stakeholders to come up with a model that we believe will help to support the sector. The areas which the Fund will cover are music, audio-visual, film, animation and gaming, fashion and design and festivals and carnivals,” said Harding. Caribbean Leaders Urged to Diversify Creative Economy… Jul 13, 2020 Antigua and Barbuda Still Committed to Hosting CARIFESTA in… The CIIF will support the development of the creative industries sector, and encourage innovation, job creation and improved enterprise sustainability by providing grants and technical assistance to governments, business support organisations and academia that support the creative industries sector. It will also provide funding to creative and cultural entrepreneurs and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). During the Workshop, attendees discussed the development of the cultural industries in the Caribbean, and the role of policy in shaping this development. “A cultural policy must be central to national development. It should play a key role in all sector policies, because culture shapes how we respond to the land, how we see the environment, how we respond to each other and how we approach industry and excellence…Culture in the 21st century demands, without apology, a new type of policymaker. The digital environment which has presented both challenges and opportunities requires that policymakers are at the pulse of these developments, that legislation is frequently updated,” said Dr. Donna Greene, Director of Cultural Policy and Research (Ag), Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, Barbados. The Cultural Policy and Intellectual Property Rights Workshop took place at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus. CARIFESTA XIII is being held in Barbados from August 17-27, 2017, under the theme ‘Asserting Our Culture, Celebrating OurSelves’. Over 23 Caribbean and Latin America nations are showcasing a wide array of cultural disciplines, including film, music, theatre and dance and traditional culinary arts, as part of the regional event. (Caribbean Development Bank Press Release) Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Market Region as Safe Haven – Business Leader You may be interested in…
You may be interested in… “Tourism is the main economic driver of the Caribbean, representing 80 per cent of the region’s gross domestic product and more than one million jobs so we cannot ignore a tsunami risk,” he told fellow panellists and the wider audience, which included representatives from Grenada, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent & the Grenadines. “Complacency puts us in real danger and we must raise the Caribbean’s voice by advocating for our members during this important global forum,” he added. The event was being held in advance of World Tsunami Awareness Day on 5 Nov. 2018. The secretary-general noted that the region had experienced 11 tsunamis in the past, the most recent of which occurred in 2010, and six between 1902 and 1997. He suggested that because there has been no “recent” impact on the region, tsunamis are not considered an imminent threat, therefore, they are not given sufficient attention. He called for an increase in tsunami awareness and sensitisation of the tourism sector and the wider Caribbean community, as well as support for training by regional institutions and countries to develop preparedness and response protocols. “The CTO recognises that tsunami preparedness is critical, which includes well-established and tested response protocols which will ultimately reduce loss of life and economic damage. We also need to enhance collaboration with countries recently and frequently impacted by tsunami hazards in order to develop best practices.” Riley highlighted several CTO members’ tsunami readiness initiatives, including Anguilla, the first English-speaking Caribbean island to be recognised as “tsunami ready” in September 2011 and has maintained certification status. Since then the British Virgin Islands and St. Kitts and Nevis have received similar recognition, all having established emergency operating centres, national tsunami plans, public outreach and alert systems, public service information programmes and tsunami preparedness and response protocols. The high-level panel was organised by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) to discuss policies and practices to reduce tsunami risks in countries highly dependent on tourism revenue. The meeting opened with a minute’s silence in memory of the 2,000 confirmed dead and 680 officially missing in the tsunami and earthquake which struck Indonesia on 28 Sept. 2018. The double disaster left almost 70,000 people homeless and 11,000 injured in the Indonesian cities of Palu and Donggala in Central Sulawesi. About the Caribbean Tourism Organisation The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), with headquarters in Barbados, offices in New York and London and representation in Canada, is the Caribbean’s tourism development agency comprising membership of the region’s finest countries and territories including Dutch, English, French and Spanish, as well as a myriad of private sector allied members. The CTO’s vision is to position the Caribbean as the most desirable, year round, warm weather destination, and its purpose is Leading Sustainable Tourism – One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean. Among the benefits to its members the organization provides specialized support and technical assistance in sustainable tourism development, marketing, communications, advocacy, human resource development, event planning & execution and research & information technology. The CTO’s Headquarters is located at Baobab Tower, Warrens, St. Michael, Barbados BB 22026; Tel: (246) 427-5242; Fax: (246) 429-3065; E-mail: CTObarbados@caribtourism.com; The CTO’s New York office is located at 80 Broad St., Suite 3302, New York, NY 10004, USA: Tel: (212) 635-9530; Fax: (212) 635-9511; E-mail: CTOny@caribtourism.com; The CTO’s London office is located at Suites 52A & 53, 5th Floor AMP House, Dingwall Road, Croydon CR0 2LX, England. Tel: 011 44 208 948 0057; Fax: 011 44 208 948 0067; E-mail: CTOlondon@caribtourism.com. CTO has representation in Canada; Tel: (905) 857-1986; Email: email@example.com. For more information on the Caribbean Tourism Organization, please visit www.OneCaribbean.org and follow CTO on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn to be part of the conversation.### Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… CTO Partners With Regional Agencies For Caribbean Tourism… Mar 18, 2020 Different Tourism Will Emerge From COVID-19, Says CTO SG CTO calls for Open Skies policy at Caribbean airports(BRIDGETOWN, Barbados) – Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) Hugh Riley has urged regional authorities to institute an Open Skies policy and wherever possible to eliminate secondary screening at Caribbean airports. Mr. Riley argues that while an Open Skies policy would allow regional carriers to take unlimited flights to…September 29, 2015In “CARICOM”CTO, CHTA applaud CARICOM decisions on tourismTwo Regional tourism organisations have applauded Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government for taking the lead in recognising the critical contribution of tourism to the economies of member countries and for their commitment to advancing a regional tourism agenda. The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), the region’s tourism development agency, and the…February 22, 2017In “CARICOM”Region’s premier tourism conference to focus on growth through innovationBRIDGETOWN, Barbados – A theme has been announced for the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO)’s State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC) in Curaçao from 21-23 October. This year’s theme, Caribbean Tourism: Growth Through Innovation, reflects the need for Caribbean tourism to continuously introduce new ideas, methods and products in order to…July 22, 2015In “Barbados”Share this on WhatsApp (Caribbean Tourism Organisation Press Release) PARIS, France (24 Oct. 2018) – Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) Hugh Riley has called on Caribbean states to take tsunami preparedness seriously, stating to do otherwise would put the people and regional economies at risk. Speaking in Paris, France, during a discussion organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to raise awareness of the threats posed by tsunamis, Riley insisted that Caribbean countries risked paying the price for complacency. He stressed with the Caribbean being comprised mainly of low-lying states, and with most tourism assets and hotel investments located at or near coastal areas, the tourism sector is extremely vulnerable to the threat of tsunamis. Feb 17, 2020 The Official Guyana Rum Route Discovering Home of World’s… Oct 2, 2020 OPINION – The future economy of the Caribbean Jun 23, 2020
Diplomat praises CARICOM, PM Harris, for leadership on Venezuela crisis(SKNIS): Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, has come in for high praise from St. Kitts and Nevis’ Permanent Representative to the United Nations, His Excellency Sam Terrence Condor. Mr. Condor was in the Federation for Diplomatic…April 12, 2019In “CARICOM”PM Harris to lead CARICOM Delegation to Uruguay for International Conference on Venezuela(Press Secretary, St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister) The Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) – Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis – will lead a delegation to Uruguay, where an international conference focusing on the ongoing political upheaval in Venezuela is set…February 4, 2019In “CARICOM”CARICOM Chair holds high-level meetings at UN on Venezuelan crisis(St Kitts and Nevis Information Service): Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, [on] January 29 held several high-level meetings at the Trinidad and Tobago Permanent Mission to the United Nations and the United States Mission to the…January 30, 2019In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis and outgoing Chairman of the CARICOM Conference of Heads, Dr. Timothy Harris has said that the Region’s engagement in the attempts at resolving the situation in Venezuela has demonstrated that there is a role for CARICOM to play.Dr. Harris was speaking at the opening ceremony of the 40th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM being held in Saint Lucia, 3-5 July, 2019.He outlined that the CARICOM Heads, Foreign Ministers and officials, as well as the CARICOM Secretary-General, have represented the Community in engaging with the UN Secretary-General and other interested parties, such as the International Contact Group on the matter.“We have consistently argued that the cardinal principles to undergird a resolution of the political crisis in Venezuela include non-interference in the internal affairs of Venezuela, inviolability of the Sovereign State, respect for democracy, rule of law and the constitution of Venezuela as well as peace and resolution of conflict,” Prime Minister Harris said.Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris delivering remarks as Outgoing Chairman at the 40th Conference of the CARICOM Heads of GovernmentHe further said that for CARICOM, non-interference and non-intervention in the internal affairs of states, prohibition of the threat and use of force, respect for sovereignty, adherence to the rule of law, respect for the constitutional framework and democracy, and the right of people to self-determination are core principles, which should not be violated.“These are what we have to cling to in a world where international law and multilateralism are being undermined and small states are being increasingly marginalised. And despite whatever apparent differences appear in the ranks of CARICOM, I can assert that we all subscribe to these principles,” he declared.Speaking to the integration movement, Dr. Harris said it needed to be kept on track, noting that there had been progress that had been incremental while the challenges had exponentially increased. He said that if the Region was to “merely survive”, processes of common action needed to be accelerated. He explained that the technological revolution, the volatility of the geo-political climate, the erosion of global principles among other challenges required a sense of urgency to determine the pace of progress in comparison to the necessities.In closing his remarks, Dr. Harris used the opportunity to commend the CARICOM Secretary-General and the staff of the CARICOM Secretariat for their industry, ingenuity, reliability and professionalism.“We are blessed to have such an excellent cadre of regional public servants working to effect our integration arrangements,” the outgoing Chairman said.Please see Address by Prime Minister Dr Timothy HarrisAddress by Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading…
AKRON, Ohio — C. Thomas Harvie, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.’s general counsel for more than 14 years, has announced plans to retire in October. Subsequently, the Goodyear Board of Directors has elected David Bialosky, executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of TRW Automotive Holdings Corp., to succeed Harvie. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Bialosky, 51, has held the general counsel post at TRW Automotive Holdings since 2002, and held various other posts with TRW Inc. between 1989 and 2002. He was instrumental in establishing the corporate law department for the newly created TRW Automotive Holdings after it was spun off in 2003. “Dave’s breadth of experience and his record of success at TRW indicate that he will be an important contributor to Goodyear’s leadership team,” said Robert Keegan, Goodyear’s chairman and chief executive officer. “We sought a successor who could contribute immediately and continue the strong and innovative leadership that Tom Harvie has provided throughout his career.” Before TRW, Bialosky worked as an associate in the Cleveland office of Thompson Hine LLP from 1985 to 1989. From 1980 to 1982, he worked for The Standard Oil Co. as a mechanical engineer. Bialosky received his bachelor’s degree in engineering sciences from Dartmouth College in 1980 and his law degree from Northwestern University in 1985. “Tom’s service and dedication to Goodyear have been outstanding, and his cool, wise judgment invaluable as he has provided counsel as an integral party to all key corporate business decisions,” Keegan said. “His contributions include outstanding risk management and clarity of advice that have enabled Goodyear to operate at the highest level of ethical standards.” Advertisement Harvie, 66, joined Goodyear in July 1995 after serving as vice president and associate general counsel at TRW Inc., where he worked from 1975 to 1995. He was named Goodyear’s vice president and general counsel in 1995 and was then elected senior vice president, general counsel and secretary in 1999. Harvie earned an undergraduate degree in history from Stanford University in 1965 and graduated from Yale Law School in 1968. Following two years in the U.S. Army including service in Vietnam as a captain assigned to the Staff Judge Advocate, Harvie joined the New York City firm of Debevoise and Plimpton. While at TRW, Harvie held a variety of positions in the law department and automotive sector legal team. Bialosky will join Goodyear in late September. Following a transition period, Harvie will retire Oct. 31.
LANSDALE, Pa. — The board of directors of the Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide has elected the following officers for the 2010 board term: AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Chairman-Andy Fiffick of Rad-Air Complete Car Care, Cleveland, Ohio; Past Chairman-Michael Deese of Santech Industries, Dallas, Texas; Vice Chairman-Gus Swensen of Cool Car Auto Air, Columbus, Ga.; Treasurer- Peter Coll of Neutronics, Exton, Pa.; and Secretary-David Jack of DENSO Sales, Long Beach, Calif. The MACS board of directors has 13 members — four from the service and repair, distribution and manufacturing divisions plus the past chairman. Six members are elected annually to two-year terms. Elected to a two-year term from the service membership for 2010 Jim Atkinson of Car Repair Company, Phoenix, Ariz., and Andy Fiffick of Rad-Air, Cleveland, Ohio, were re-elected. In the distributor member section, Randy Rankin of RANSHU, Reno, Nev., was re-elected and Mark Schmitz of Global Parts Distributors, Macon, Ga., will join the board as a new director. David Jack of DENSO Sales California, Long Beach, Calif., was re-elected from the Manufacturer section and newly elected was Mary Koban of DuPont, Wilmington, Del. MACS President Honored for 30 Years of Service In recognition for 30 years of dedicated service, MACS president and chief operating officer, Elvis Hoffpauir was honored by MACS Chairman and chief executive officer Andy Fiffick during MACS Keynote Luncheon Jan. 20 in Las Vegas. Calling all past and present MACS board members to the stage, Fiffick thanked Hoffpauir for his past and continuing contributions to the welfare, success and sound fiscal management of the society. Advertisement
With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. AKRON, Ohio — Curt Andersson has been named president of Goodyear’s North American Tire (NAT) unit, a position that has been “open” since current NAT President Rich Kramer was promoted to COO of the company last year. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Andersson, 48, comes to Goodyear from Crouse-Hinds of Syracuse, N.Y., where he served as president of the Cooper Industries unit. Prior to Crouse-Hinds, Andersson was senior vice president of industrial integration for The Timken Co. in Canton, Ohio, and also held management posts with General Electric (GE). “Curt is a well-rounded business leader with a broad set of experiences who has been tested in a host of markets and businesses,” said Kramer. “He has built and led successful teams. He also has a tremendous understanding of manufacturing, supply chain and sourcing from his experiences with both GE and Timken. Curt brings a successful track record of leading organic sales growth through strong customer orientation and product innovation.” “I am extremely excited about becoming part of an outstanding leadership team at Goodyear in North America and to be able to provide the leadership and support that will continue the positive momentum of the business,” Andersson said. “I’ve personally spent time with many of the company’s key business leaders and came away impressed with their capabilities, their passion and their results.” (Tire Review),Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Motor sports television veteran Patti Wheeler has been named executive vice president of programming and production for the SPEED channel. Her appointment was announced yesterday by SPEED President Hunter Nickell. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “Beginning Nov. 1, Patti will take the lead in two crucial areas at SPEED,” Nickell said. “Program development is key to any network’s continuing evolution, and with our substantial commitment to a live network presence at all NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events headlining a massive motor sports production schedule, bringing in someone with Patti’s credentials and experience strengthens the entire SPEED team.” Wheeler, who has produced every major racing series for every broadcast and cable network that has ever done motorsports, started her career at age 22 as a producer/director of live NASCAR races. She later served as director of motorsports and executive producer for TNN. Prior to founding her own company, Wheeler Television Inc., she was president of World Sports Enterprises, the leading motorsports television production company in the U.S. A graduate of Belmont Abbey College, Wheeler lives in Charlotte, N.C., with her husband, Leo Hindery, Jr., and their two teenagers. She has been named one of NASCAR’s Top 25 Most Powerful People by the Charlotte Observer and was included on the Charlotte Business Journal list of Top Forty Under Forty.
DETROIT — General Motors has announced the retention of former Vice Chairman Robert “Bob” Lutz to provide counsel to the senior leadership team of the company. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Lutz will be available to executives on a part-time consultancy basis, effective immediately. He brings a wealth of experience built over the course of more than 40 years in the industry, including two stints at GM. He has also been a senior executive at Ford, Chrysler, BMW and was CEO of Exide Batteries. Lutz has been providing advice to GM executives informally since retiring from the company in 2010.,Fisker Inc. recently announced details surrounding its new global headquarters to be located in Los Angeles County, California.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Fisker is planning a portfolio expansion to a four-vehicle range by 2025. In addition to the Ocean SUV, the four-vehicle lineup will include a super-sports sedan based on the EMotion concept, an extreme sports crossover and a new segment changing lifestyle pickup truck. Each vehicle is expected to be delivered utilizing durability-tested platforms, battery packs and component systems from industry-leading technology suppliers and automotive firms. The company’s design and engineering teams are developing Fisker-specific IP and customer experience features, consistent with the Fisker brand. In creating its FF-PAD (Fisker Flexible – Platform Adaptive Design) development process, Fisker is positioned to be platform agnostic and intends to make the final selection on the platform for the Ocean shortly, consistent with the projected start of production in Q4 2022. The company announced the opening of an engineering and research center in San Francisco last month. Created in line with the same concept as the Los Angeles HQ, Fisker’s ‘Source Code’ office is located in the Mission District of San Francisco – and is the focal point and development center for the company’s software and vehicle electronics, both in-car and Fisker data center technology.Advertisement “We already knew that Southern California would be our future home. With 100 more employees planned to join the company by the end of the year alone, our challenge was to find the right facility to support our growth,” said Henrik Fisker, chairman and CEO of Fisker. “Our new headquarters in Manhattan Beach will enable us to take a vehicle from a sketch to launch in an environment that is consistent with our asset-lite, digital-first philosophy.” Founded in 2016 in Southern California, Fisker will be establishing its new headquarters, named ‘Inception,’ within Continental Park at 1888 Rosecrans Avenue in the city of Manhattan Beach. With more than 73,000 square feet of space, the new global HQ will be designed to maximize collaboration space – but not based on numbers of desks – giving employees the flexibility to work both remotely and in the office.
Tales of Our TimesBy JOHN BARTLITNew Mexico Citizensfor Clean Air & Water Efficient Rules For Fracking Stem From Unique Tracers Advances lead to advances. Today’s tracers show great promise, as they lead on to better tracers. “BaseTrace” is a startup company formed by a group of Duke University graduates. As the company describes: “BaseTrace provides DNA-based tracers (‘liquid barcodes’) for industrial fluids in large, complex environments such as those in nuclear and oil & gas. BaseTrace’s sensitive detection process uses biotechnology to pinpoint leaks or determine if fluids have migrated into groundwater. BaseTrace is capable of generating billions of unique, environmentally inert tracer signatures.” Companies do not want to list the composition of their fracking fluids. The mixtures are called “trade secrets.” The very names of contents sound ugly, such as ethylene glycol; naphthalene; 1,2,4-trimethylbenzene; formaldehyde and dozens more. The concealed facts heighten public fears. New Mexico Citizens for Clean Air & Water made these points at a regulatory hearing in New Mexico as long ago as 2011. The issue was fracking. “Fracking” means hydrofracturing of deep rock formations to extract more gas and oil from them. The question of the hearing was the extent to which companies have to reveal all the contents of the fracking fluids they inject into rock layers. Fracking fluids naturally remind us of tracers. A tracer is a tiny amount of a chemical that would clearly identify the origin of contamination from fracking, should it occur. Tracers have been used for decades to reveal the pathways of drugs in the body, food chains in nature, and pollutants in air or water. In 2011, we discussed ways that adding unique tracers to fracking fluids, coupled with smart tools, could simplify rules.Since then, tracers for fracking have come far. Yet, smart tracers are still outcasts from either big party that wants less wasteful regulation. Balky rules are products of zealous duels: Lots of people want more controls and stricter rules; lots of others want fewer controls and less costly rules. These constant campaigns are not much for sorting through new tools that every day are doing more tasks better, faster and cheaper. Today, elections that preach for and against rules could just as easily teach means of doing better with less force, for less cost. Politics is lightning quick in using social media. Still, politics lags years behind in using smart tools for efficient regulation. Up till now, talking fast has not helped politics be more businesslike in putting digital devices to their best uses.People at work in other fields prize the latest tools that work wonders, saving time and money all around. Smart tools are common in homes, schools, commerce and industry. Yet, the urge to be efficient flickers out when it comes to rules. The political style has led to rules that are clumsy, slow, and costly. Suitable tracers for fracking fluids need certain qualities: They must be harmless. They must be unique to fracking fluids and not otherwise found in the fracking environment. They must not react with other chemicals in the fracking environment. They must mix uniformly in fracking fluids and not be absorbed in rocks. They must remain detectable and measurable at very low concentrations in mixtures. The most valuable outcome of tracers is in simplifying rules. When unique tracers become routine, the tracers themselves will bring fracking companies to the careful usage of better technology and efficient techniques. A little tracer goes a long way. The trails left by tracers can be tracked better and faster than citing paper trails. Thoroughly tested means of following tracers open the way to rules that are simpler and cheaper to comply with and to enforce. Whatever their interests are, people mostly overlook the paradox of keen regulatory tools: The best probe for finding who is wrong is also best for finding innocence. The power to probe deep and far finds what is there.We must, of course, watch for skulduggery. Care is needed to ensure that no company avoids adding a tracer. Care is also needed to dash a mischief-maker’s hopes of adding a fake tracer to a water supply. These are not charges, merely troubles that can be averted. A second tracer company is “FracEnsure.” As the company describes: “FracEnsure has developed a proprietary paramagnetic tracer that will revolutionize hydraulic fracturing. Despite a lack of documented cases, public demand for service companies to prove that their fracking operations are not polluting local water aquifers has grown substantially in recent years. FracEnsure’s tracer is completely safe, non-radioactive and it provides many benefits over standard chemical tracers.”