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Caribbean Export continues to support trade - Jun 12, 2019 - 10:45:23 AM

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Supporting regional trade is central to the work of the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export).  Caribbean Export in collaboration with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH or GIZ in short, supported the participation of four CARIFORUM companies to exhibit at the recently held Jamaica International Exhibition (JIE) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre from May 30 to June 1, 2019.

“Participation in the JIE enabled us to gain meaningful feedback on our new product line and promote our existing teas with various key players in the Jamaican market...
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Government of Saint Lucia - Sitting of the House of Parliament - Jun 11, 2019 - 8:15:36 AM

A Sitting of the House of Assembly is scheduled for Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 with Papers to be laid by the Honourable Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and the Public Service, the Honourable Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development, the Honourable Minister for Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation, the Honourable Minister for Tourism...
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Nomad, by UWI-Barbados professor Yvonne Weekes, published in St. Martin in time for Book Fair 2019 - Jun 6, 2019 - 10:50:49 AM

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Nomad by Yvonne Weekes was just published here by House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP), in time for the 17th annual St. Martin Book Fair, said HNP president Jacqueline Sample.

Nomad is a poetry collection of “stubborn grit,” said New York-based scholar George Irish. Hot off the press, Nomad—and the novel Plastered in Pretty by Vincentian Natasha Marks—is a featured book at the opening ceremony of the literary festival on Thursday, June 6, said Sample.

Dr. Weekes, one of 26 guest authors and workshop coordinators of the St. Martin Book Fair, is a theater arts lecturer at The University of the West Indies in Barbados...
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Caribbean Records Robust Growth in the First Quarter of 2019 - Jun 6, 2019 - 10:20:29 AM

Spurred on by a 24 per cent rise in arrivals from the United States, the Caribbean recorded a healthy 12 per cent increase in tourist arrivals during the first quarter of 2019, according to statistics compiled by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). In updating the media on the region's performance at a news conference this morning hosted at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel as part of Caribbean Week New York (#CWNY2019), CTO chairman Dominic Fedee revealed that between January and March...
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Caribbean Countries agree to protect endangered largetooth sawfish - Jun 5, 2019 - 6:47:16 PM

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Today, on World Environment Day, the critically endangered largetooth sawfish gained a lifeline as Caribbean countries unanimously agreed to add the species to Annex II of the Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW) Protocol under the Cartagena Convention. Seventeen member governments are thereby obligated to impose strict national protections for the species and cooperate regionally to recover populations...
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St. Lucia's Prime Minister is Panelist for CDB high level discussion on Vulnerability and Resilience - Jun 5, 2019 - 12:00:23 PM

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Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet continues to lead the charge for the Caribbean when it comes to sustainable development and the impact of Climate Change. The Prime Minister will participate in a high-level panel discussion under the theme “Vulnerability to Resilience: You Choose” at the Caribbean Development Bank’s 49th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors.

The June 5th to June 6th meeting is being held at the Hyatt Regency in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, with the panel discussion being led by Honourable Camille Robinson-Regis, Trinidad’s Minister of Planning and Development...
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The Natural Disaster Risk Management Program participates in Barbados regional risk management conference - Jun 4, 2019 - 10:44:11 AM

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The Natural Disaster Risk Management Program (NDRM), an initiative founded by the European Union to promote adaptation to climate change and manage climate risk in CARIFORUM member countries, is currently participating in the Understanding Risk Caribbean Conference, a regional meeting on risk management held at the University of the West Indies in Barbados from May 27th to June 1st.

Organized by the World Bank's Caribbean Disaster Risk Management team with support from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the European Union, and hosted by the Government of Barbados...
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Guest authors of Plastered in Pretty and St. Maarten Strong for St. Martin Book Fair, June 6 – 8, 2019 - May 31, 2019 - 10:40:18 AM

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When a group of young people make arrangements months ahead to secure seats for a book presentation at the St. Martin Book Fair, you know something exciting is coming.

That’s what happened when one of the island’s largest book clubs contacted Shujah Reiph early in 2019 about the workshop for Plastered in Pretty by N.C Marks, said Reiph, coordinator of the island-wide literary festival...
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UWP extends condolences following passing of former Jamaican PM Edward Seaga - May 30, 2019 - 9:39:48 AM

The United Workers party joins the rest of region in mourning the loss of one of the longest-serving Member of Parliament (MP) in the history of Jamaica and the Caribbean region, Mr Edward Seaga who passed away on his 89th birthday on May 28th 2019.

Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister and Political Leader of the United Workers Party, Hon. Allen Michael Chastanet, has recognized the  former Jamaican Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Edward Seaga...
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Taiwan Foreign Affairs Minister to Visit Saint Lucia - May 29, 2019 - 12:23:01 PM

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Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Republic of China (Taiwan), Dr. Jaushieh Joseph Wu, is scheduled to visit Saint Lucia from May 30th to May 31st 2019.

Saint Lucia and Taiwan have had a high level of bilateral cooperation which spans a cross-section of areas including agriculture, health, human resource development, community development and empowerment, sports, infrastructure and ICT...
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Tamara Groeneveldt “literary ambassador” for St. Martin writers at St. Martin Book Fair 2019 - May 25, 2019 - 10:30:39 AM

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Tamara Groeneveldt leads the list of St. Martin writers and workshop leaders at the 17th annual St. Martin Book Fair, June 6 – 8, 2019, said Shujah Reiph, the festival coordinator.

“Each year the book fair looks for a published writer from St. Martin to represent the writers, aspiring writers, and authors of our whole island,” said Reiph.

Earlier this year House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP) also accepted Groeneveldt’s manuscript of poems for publication.

“The idea now is to have Tamara’s first poetry book released at St. Martin Book Fair 2019. The new book will be a highlight of Tamara’s role as a literary ambassador...
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Multi-awarded Guyanese-american Author’s new book receives a warm literary welcome - May 25, 2019 - 9:30:02 AM

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Readers’ Favorite International announces the Five Star***** review of the recently published non-Fiction/General book “Israel Against All Odds” (Volume One) by multi-awarded author Christopher H. K. Persaud. The book is currently available at:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1949586723

Readers’ Favorite International is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins...
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15 local charities benefit from Saint Lucia Prime Minister’s Independence Ball - May 24, 2019 - 4:20:02 PM

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It was a morning of recognizing and contributing to some worthy causes in Saint Lucia as the proceeds of the Prime Minister’s Independence Ball 2019 were presented to fifteen (15) local charities and organizations. 

One after the other representatives spoke about the work of their organization and how thankful they were for the support...
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Alice Walker “reading” Plastered in Pretty by N.C. Marks - May 22, 2019 - 6:45:42 AM

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“I’m reading Pretty and I’m loving it. It’s fresh, you are writing for these times. I also like the fact that you spoke in your language,” said acclaimed USA author Alice Walker to Vincentian writer N.C. Marks about her new novel, Plastered in Pretty.

One of the world’s noted authors reading and commenting on the new book by a totally new novelist from the Caribbean? “Priceless. Graciously generous comments from a revolutionary writer,” said Lasana M. Sekou, projects director here at HNP, the book’s publisher.

The writers met last weekend at the Anguilla Literary Festival, where the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and poet, Alice Walker, was the keynote speaker on May 18, at Paradise Cove Resort. N.C. Marks was a guest writer and panelist at the Lit Fest...
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U.S. Government’s OPIC Delegation visit Saint Lucia - May 21, 2019 - 4:00:52 PM

On Wednesday 22nd May 2019, Saint Lucia will welcome a high level delegation from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the United States (U.S.) Government’s development finance institution.

This visit stems from a meeting Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet attended with U.S. President Donald J. Trump on March 22nd to discuss trade, energy investment, and security...
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OPIC Acting President & CEO Bohigian Leads Delegation to Haiti - May 21, 2019 - 3:00:06 PM

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David Bohigian, Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, today visited Haiti, where he met with President Jovenel Moise and other senior government officials including Prime Minister Designate Jean Michel Lapin, Foreign Minister Bocchit Edmond, and Minister of Finance Ronald Decembre to promote U.S. investment and discuss enhanced security cooperation...
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Four Countries in the Caribbean undertake National Safe School Policy Consultations - May 20, 2019 - 3:42:01 PM

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Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Saint Lucia and St. Kitts and Nevis have commenced consultations toward the development of a National Safe School Policy. The Consultations are being held over a two week period, from May 13 – 24, 2019. The National Safe School Policy will provide the context for the amendment of existing legislation to integrate Disaster Risk Reduction and environmental protection measures for schools in the implementing countries.

Technical support for the Consultations is being provided by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) through Environmental Solutions Limited (Jamaica) under the project titled...
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Award-Winning Journalist Brenda Blackmon to receive CTO's 'distinguished friend of the Caribbean' Award - May 16, 2019 - 11:15:33 AM

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The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) will present its "Distinguished Friend of the Caribbean" award to Brenda Blackmon, current anchor at WPIX11 in New York, for her passion for the Caribbean as well as her untiring dedication in supporting CTO with numerous key events.

Always ready to assist, Blackmon has played an integral role in the State of the Tourism Industry Conference (SOTIC) in Barbados, the Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development, important keynote speaker at countless functions on the Caribbean and host of the elegant CTO Governments of the Caribbean State Ball on multiple occasions...
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The time to invest in BPO in the Caribbean is now! - May 15, 2019 - 12:41:00 PM

Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), has the potential to be transformative for countries in the Caribbean and should be further explored and exploited.  This is the charge from the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) organisers of the 2nd Outsource to the Caribbean Conference (OCC) 2019.

Hosting the event in collaboration with the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA) and with the Curaçao Investment and Export Promotion Agency (CINEX) some 23 countries...
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Accelerating Caribbean Fashion - May 15, 2019 - 11:20:06 AM

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Caribbean fashion and contemporary designers are getting a boost to help them penetrate the international market, through an accelerator programme jointly funded by the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) in cooperation with the European Union and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). The Bank’s funding is through its Cultural and Creative Industries Innovation Fund (CIIF).

Starting on May 6th, twenty (20) designers from across the region have been participating in an intensive boot camp-style workshop led by Sandra Carr, one of the pioneers of the Caribbean Academy of Fashion and Design at the University of Trinidad and Tobago...

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