Submitted to AlterPresse on December 7, 2009
Coming out of a conference on the topic, “The Media - Tool of Integration and Development in the Caribbean” organized on December 4, 2009 in Lamentin, Guadeloupe, by the weekly magazine, Nouvelles Etencielles, (News Sparks) of the Guadeloupe Communist Party (PCG), which is celebrating its 65th anniversary, a number of journalists coming from several Caribbean countries have decided to create a Caribbean Information Bureau.
This structure, the first of its kind in this part of the world, has as its mission to develop the co-operation between Caribbean journalists, with the aim of facilitating at the same time, transverse reports and the circulation of information among journalists and media workers in the Caribbean basin.
The Bureau of Information for the Caribbean (BIC) is also supposed to allow journalists from various countries in Caribbean, to seek, collect, and exchange political, cultural, social, economic, sporting and other information, for diffusion in the Caribbean area.
BIC will also have the responsibility to develop relationship among journalists of the Caribbean area and those of the whole world, to create a network of information, in the various languages spoken in the Caribbean.
The final session of the conference, which ended on Saturday, December 5, was devoted to the installation, of a provisional committee of 15 members composed of journalists, of various nationalities. The headquarters, which will be based in Guadeloupe, is responsible, for the six next months, to prepare the general constitutive assembly of the BIC planned for June 2010. Journalists who took part in the conference and the creation of the BIC came from Cuba, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, and Saint Lucia.