“The industrialized countries have a moral duty, financial and technological resources and a historic responsibility to increase investment and cooperation with developing countries, particularly the Caribbean, and to contribute decisively to the creation of a suitable international environment for sustainable development.” – Caribbean and Cuban leaders in a joint declaration following the sixth summit in Antigua.

“More fundamentally, it is essential to make the public sector smaller, more agile and more efficient. The process for rolling out the early retirement programme for public sector employees has begun, with an expected completion point of April, 2018” – Uma Ramakrishnan, the Mission Chief for Jamaica, who led an International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation to Jamaica.

“Members of Parliament, my very own colleagues, led by the Leader of the Opposition, herself a former Prime Minister, have engaged in an orchestrated course of malicious character assassination against me, by seriously misrepresenting events which occurred in this House earlier this week.”  – Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley accusing Opposition Leader Kamla Persad Bissessar of engaging “in an orchestrated course of malicious character assassination” against him following the defeat of the Anti-Gang legislation in Parliament.

“Our Caribbean Community is also steadfast and unrelenting in our call for the lifting of the trade and financial embargo imposed on Cuba by the United States,…this CARICOM-Cuba family stand convinced that the improvement of relations between Cuba and the US will redound to the benefit of the wider CARICOM sub-region and of Latin America.” – CARICOM Chairman and Grenada’s Prime Minister at the opening of the sixth Cuba-CARICOM summit in Antigua.

“We shall never forget that resolution for it was a fundamental step in breaking of breaking the diplomatic and economic siege led around Cuba and at the same time it enabled the strengthening of our people… brought together by centuries of shared culture and neighbourhood.” – Cuban President Raul Castro addressing the opening of the sixth Cuba-CARICOM Summit in Antigua.

“He is very calm – he is a level-headed young man and you see it from the way he plays the game. He has led Windies teams at all levels since he was a kid so we know he will do the job that’s required. We will miss Jason’s quality batting and bowling, but it will be a seamless replacement.” – West Indies head coach, Stuart Law commenting on Kraigg Brathwaite taking over the regional team for the second test against New Zealand.