The Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) and an affiliate of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU), DIME Network, are providing enhanced media coverage of the 43rd CARICOM Heads of Government Conference scheduled for July 3 – 5, 2022, in Paramaribo, Suriname. In addition to its usual coverage for CANANews, with the support of DIME Network, English language coverage will be provided for Caribbean broadcast and digital publications.

This coverage seeks to provide the international audience with an insight into some of the key issues facing the region, such as: Climate change, Food security, CSME and Regional Security issues. Enhanced coverage prior to and during the Conference include the following media productions:

• Good Morning Caribbean: a live morning show with conference related news updates to inform and engage the Caribbean Community. This program includes sign language interpretation for hearing-disabled viewers;

• Caribbean Connect: a talk show with back-to-back one-on-one interviews and panel discussions featuring Caribbean leaders, heads of agencies and other conference guests;

• Caribbean Youth Focus: several episodes of a youth news program explaining conference-related topics
and information about CSME by and from a youth perspective;

• Caribbean Connect Magazine: a digital and printed publication with conference-related content. The Magazine will be distributed digitally through CBU and CARICOM Secretariats’ communication channels and in the CMC Media Center at the Conference venue.

“This is the best production I’ve seen so far in coverage of the CARICOM Heads of Government,” stated Kendol Morgan, Head of the CARICOM Secretariat Communications department when visiting the CMC-DIME studio facilities at the established Torarica Group of Hotels and the state-of-the art Recover Art Gallery in midtown Paramaribo. Mr. Morgan continued by saying, “One can only hope that it becomes the
norm for the coverage of CARICOM Heads meeting. We actually have to give a bit of lift to the regional media setting which I think has been struggling a bit.”

CMC and DIME Network expect this collaboration to be the first of many where enhanced media coverage of regional and international events will become mandatory, both in terms of unique mobile studio set ups and increased visibility worldwide.

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