Caribbean Export: Who will represent the Region's private sector
- Dec 13, 2017 - 9:12:23 AM
The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), in
collaboration with the world’s largest donor organization, the European
Union, pulled together some of the region’s most influential business
leaders and private sector representative organisations to answer this
very question last week at a Private Sector Engagement Meeting in
The meeting included a feature address from
former Prime Minister of Jamaica Mr Bruce Golding who stressed that the
region’s private sector collectively has the power to effect positive
change in the region’s legislation and to drive the business climate in a
manner that supports economic growth...
Caribbean Native Heads Sister Cities International: Mr. Roger-mark De Souza appointed New President and CEO
- Dec 13, 2017 - 7:04:08 AM
Effective January 2nd, 2018, Mr. Roger-Mark De Souza, originally from
Trinidad and Tobago, will become the new President and CEO of Sister
Cities International, the national association of U.S. sister city
organizations and the premier global leader in citizen diplomacy.
are thrilled and honored to have Roger-Mark joining our team,” said
Sister Cities International Board Chair and acting CEO Tim Quigley. “His
experience conceptualizing tangible solutions to global issues,
galvanizing public and private resources, and his passion for productive
relationships that strengthen bonds worldwide make him the right fit to
lead the Sister Cities International network movement at this crucial
point in time...”
Cayman Finance CEO Jude Scott participates in Bloomberg/Hedge Fund Association’s 2017 Global Regulatory Briefing
- Dec 12, 2017 - 1:15:24 PM
Jude Scott, CEO of Cayman Finance, spoke as a panelist on Wednesday,
November 1, at the Hedge Fund Association’s 2017 Global Regulatory
Briefing. The event took place at the office of Bloomberg LP in New York
City, New York.
“Regulators, law enforcement authorities and
industry associations like Cayman Finance and others represented at this
event play a crucial role in maintaining stability and confidence in
the global financial services industry,” said Scott...
Barbados joins Regional Initiative- Latin and America and the Caribbean Free of Child Labour against Child Labour
- Dec 11, 2017 - 12:30:01 PM
Barbados is the ninth CARICOM country to join the Regional Initiative,
Latin and America and the Caribbean Free of Child Labour. Honourable
Esther Byer-Suckoo, Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human
Resource Development symbolically handed over the signed agreement to
José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, ILO Regional Director of the Americas and
Caribbean in the margins of the Organization of American States (OAS)
XX Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labour being hosted in
Bridgetown, Barbados from 7-8 December, 2017...
Kamau Brathwaite in Liviticus – like the Psalmist in Babylon; like the weeping prophet, a book review by John Robert Lee
- Dec 4, 2017 - 12:08:28 PM
Liviticus, published in 2017 by House of Nehesi Publishers, is a new
collection that is at once a moving confessional poem, in which Kamau
Brathwaite writes honestly, frankly, disturbingly on what he calls his
He holds nothing back as he cries, like the prophet Jeremiah, about his suffering:
caul of fat around my liver and the shining budget of my kidneys / are
laid out upon the altar of the Lord / surrounded by the howling
congregations of the vigilante...
Let’s end stigma and end isolation to end HIV
- Dec 1, 2017 - 6:44:45 PM
As we mark World AIDS Day 2017, we do so with the realisation that the
goal of ending new HIV infections and controlling AIDS is within sight.
Recent studies confirm a drop in the number of new HIV cases and an
increase in diagnosis and treatment. Still, the Caribbean is lagging
behind much of the developed world in that regard.
discrimination and criminalisation remain some of the biggest barriers
to achieving targets to end new HIV infections and end AIDS. HIV
infections in Latin America and the Caribbean remain at 120,000 new
infections per year and while 64% of people living with HIV in the
Caribbean know their status, very few are open about their HIV/AIDS
“Framing HIV as a ‘gay disease’ has resulted in more harm than good,”
says Executive Director of the Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity
and Equality (ECADE)...
De Jeunesse Bath and Body Products wins top $5,000 USD prize at LINK-Caribbean Pitch Competition
- Dec 1, 2017 - 8:28:07 AM
De Jeunesse Bath and Body Products, a company that manufactures
high-quality, natural bath and body products, earned the top prize at
the launch of the LINK-Caribbean Pitch Competition held November 21 at
Hyatt Regency Hotel in Trinidad and Tobago.
They wowed the judges
with their pitch from a field of five competing firms and walked away
with the coveted $5,000 USD prize. Chief Executive Officer Shenelle
Hills-Fife said, “We are overjoyed but we also realized that it does not
matter what kind of company you have...
CRFM and JICA concluding innovative Caribbean Fisheries Co-management project
- Nov 29, 2017 - 5:25:18 PM
An innovative fisheries project which the Caribbean Regional Fisheries
Mechanism (CRFM) has been coordinating since 2013 in collaboration with
the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) across six OECS Member
States is nearing its end.
The Caribbean Fisheries Co-Management
Project (CARIFICO) was developed in 2012. Between 2009 and 2012, CRFM
and JICA worked on developing a masterplan for the sustainable use of
fisheries resources for coastal communities in the Caribbean. The
CARIFICO project is a follow up project recommended by the master plan...
Statement from the Cayman Islands Law Society and the Caymanian Bar Association regarding Cayman’s position on illegal data hacks
- Nov 27, 2017 - 4:45:27 PM
The Cayman Islands has modern, internationally accepted legislation
providing for computer misuse offences and data protection. Such
legislation is modelled on UK and/or EU legislation to protect against
such illegal acts, and to ensure that appropriate criminal, civil and
regulatory remedies are available to counter them.
For many years
the Cayman Islands has had robust legislative measures to enable the
police to investigate, and the authorities to prosecute, computer
hackers and others who seek unauthorised access to other people's
Caribbean Tourism Organization announces new dates for Climate Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum, 12 - 13 dec. 2017
- Nov 21, 2017 - 3:10:15 PM
The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the region's tourism
development agency, has announced new dates for the Climate Smart
Sustainable Tourism Forum, 12 - 13 December 2017, at the Ocean Terrace
Inn in St. Kitts. Originally scheduled in September, the Forum was put
on hold due to the category five hurricanes that impacted a handful of
Themed "Good For Us, Better For All," the Climate Smart Sustainable
Tourism Forum, which is being held in observance of the "International
Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development,"...
Government Sends Condolences following passing of Director of Audit
- Nov 21, 2017 - 10:35:51 AM
The Government of Saint Lucia extends condolences to the family and
friends of Mrs. Bernadette Fevriere-George, who passed away on Sunday
19th November 2017.
Mrs. Fevriere-George is a long-serving member
of the Public Service and at the time of passing served as the Director
of Audit, a post she took up from October 10, 2015...
Universal Children’s Day 2017: Message from St. Lucia Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet
- Nov 21, 2017 - 9:44:45 AM
Message from Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet:
always remember that the measure of our nation can be ascertained by how
we treat our children. On this Universal Children’s Day 2017, I ask
that all of us as Saint Lucians reflect on our responsibility to love
and care for our children.
“On this day, too, I re-affirm our
Government’s commitment to safeguarding the rights of all children and
call on the community to recognize that our nation's children are our
most precious treasure...
Morocco & Saint Lucia to deepen cooperation on agriculture, tourism and exchange of expertise
- Nov 18, 2017 - 10:53:45 PM
Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Chairman and Prime
Minister of Saint Lucia, Honourable Allen Chastanet, met with Morocco’s
Prime Minister, Honourable Saad-Eddine El Othmani, on November 11th 2017
to discuss deepening diplomatic and economic relations with Saint Lucia
and the OECS.
The two leaders spoke of the establishment of an
OECS Embassy and the signing of financial treaties. Investment in the
Caribbean was also high on the agenda, with special attention paid to
Agriculture, Agro-processing, Tourism and the exchange of expertise.
Cayman Finance CEO Jude Scott to participate in panel on illegal data hack at 6th Annual OffshoreAlert Europe Conference in London on Tuesday
- Nov 13, 2017 - 11:43:01 PM
On Tuesday, November 14, Jude Scott, CEO of Cayman Finance, is scheduled
to speak at the at the 6th Annual OffshoreAlert Europe Conference in
London as part of a panel about the recent illegal data hack and leak of
personal financial information.
“This is a critical time to be
reaffirming our case that Cayman is a transparent, cooperative
jurisdiction, which meets or exceeds the full range of globally-accepted
standards for transparency and cross-border information-sharing with
law enforcement and tax authorities,” said Scott...
Three heads of Government to discuss infrastructure investment needs at the Caribbean Infrastructure Forum
- Nov 13, 2017 - 4:17:53 PM
New York, NY - Across the Caribbean, the need for
substantial investment in infrastructure is increasingly urgent,
particularly in the wake of the devastation of
Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Reflecting that need, and for a central forum
to bring the market together, IJGlobal, the infrastructure division of
the Euromoney Group, and New Energy Events will host the 2nd annual
Caribbean Infrastructure Forum (CARIF) in Montego Bay, Jamaica, from
Baleària Caribbean increases its weekly services between Fort Lauderdale and Grand Bahama to six
- Nov 8, 2017 - 9:41:32 AM
The shipping line Baleària Caribbean is adding a new weekly service
starting next Monday, November 13th, between the island of Grand Bahama
and Fort Lauderdale, which operates the fast ferry Jaume I. From then
on, the company will offer the route daily except Wednesdays in order to
provide its customers with more options.
This increase in
services coincides with the launch of a special 50% discount on trips
taken Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays during the months of November and
New law and climate change toolkit unveiled at COP23
- Nov 7, 2017 - 10:51:26 AM
A new online resource that supports climate change law-making is to be unveiled at COP23 in Bonn this week.
Law and Climate Change Toolkit is aimed at government policy makers
responsible for developing laws that help implement the Paris Agreement.
Three organisations have collaborated on the project, namely the
Commonwealth Secretariat’s Office of Civil and Criminal Justice Reform...
Cayman Finance responds to sensational reports exploiting illegal data hack
- Nov 6, 2017 - 7:46:20 PM
Jude Scott, CEO of Cayman Finance, issued the following statement in
response to reports of an illegal data theft involving the financial
information of tens of thousands of people and businesses:
other international financial centres, the Cayman Islands has had to
get used to unfair and inaccurate reporting about our role in the global
financial marketplace. However, we will not tolerate unfair attacks
against our Queen, Elizabeth II, who maintains normal and legal
investments in Cayman, a British Overseas Territory, a compliant and
transparent jurisdiction that is part of her Dominion...
Caribbean Tourism Organization on Caribbean Tourism Month
- Nov 2, 2017 - 2:48:55 PM
This year can be described as a tale of two situations for Caribbean
tourism. During the first half of this year the region performed at new
record pace, welcoming 16.6 million international tourist arrivals at a
healthy growth rate of 5.2 percent, when compared to the same period
However, hurricanes Irma and Maria have dented this
growth, with the revised forecast for 2017 now at one to two per cent,
down from 2.5 to 3.5 percent...
OPM Communications St. Lucia: Concessions on christmas barrels to start earlier
- Nov 1, 2017 - 4:26:19 PM
n October 24th 2017 the Cabinet of Ministers approved the granting of
concessions on barrels imported for the period 15th November 2017 to
31st January 2018.
The concessions and conditions include:
100% Waiver of Import Duty on personal items, food, clothing, toys and
other household consumables, contained in barrels imported between 15th
November, 2017 and 31st January, 2018. Electronic items are explicitly