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Caribbean Export: Who will represent the Region's private sector - Dec 13, 2017 - 9:12:23 AM

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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 Kingston, Jamaica.

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...
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Caribbean Native Heads Sister Cities International: Mr. Roger-mark De Souza appointed New President and CEO - Dec 13, 2017 - 7:04:08 AM

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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.  

“We 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...” 
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Cayman Finance CEO Jude Scott participates in Bloomberg/Hedge Fund Association’s 2017 Global Regulatory Briefing - Dec 12, 2017 - 1:15:24 PM

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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...
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Barbados joins Regional Initiative- Latin and America and the Caribbean Free of Child Labour against Child Labour - Dec 11, 2017 - 12:30:01 PM

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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...
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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

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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 “cultural lynching.”

He holds nothing back as he cries, like the prophet Jeremiah, about his suffering:
    
“The 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...
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Let’s end stigma and end isolation to end HIV - Dec 1, 2017 - 6:44:45 PM

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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.

Stigma, 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 status.

“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)...
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De Jeunesse Bath and Body Products wins top $5,000 USD prize at LINK-Caribbean Pitch Competition - Dec 1, 2017 - 8:28:07 AM

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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...
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CRFM and JICA concluding innovative Caribbean Fisheries Co-management project - Nov 29, 2017 - 5:25:18 PM

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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...
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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

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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 computer systems...
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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 member countries.

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,"...
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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...
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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:

“Let us 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...
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Morocco & Saint Lucia to deepen cooperation on agriculture, tourism and exchange of expertise - Nov 18, 2017 - 10:53:45 PM

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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.
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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...
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Three heads of Government to discuss infrastructure investment needs at the Caribbean Infrastructure Forum - Nov 13, 2017 - 4:17:53 PM

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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 December 11-12...
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Baleària Caribbean increases its weekly services between Fort Lauderdale and Grand Bahama to six - Nov 8, 2017 - 9:41:32 AM

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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 December.
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New law and climate change toolkit unveiled at COP23 - Nov 7, 2017 - 10:51:26 AM

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A new online resource that supports climate change law-making is to be unveiled at COP23 in Bonn this week.

The 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...
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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:
 
“Like 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...
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Caribbean Tourism Organization on Caribbean Tourism Month - Nov 2, 2017 - 2:48:55 PM

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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 last year.
 
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...
 
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OPM Communications St. Lucia: Concessions on christmas barrels to start earlier - Nov 1, 2017 - 4:26:19 PM

O 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 excluded...
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