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A New Tool for BSO’s to Support Private Sector Development is released by Caribbean Export - Feb 16, 2018 - 12:42:41 PM

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A new online tool developed by the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) with funding from the European Union has been launched.  The SME Diagnostic Tool was developed to assist CARIFORUM SMEs increase their export competitiveness.  exporTT have adopted the tool which will be utilised as a central aspect of their Export Competitiveness Project launched.

“I am delighted that exporTT is the first Business Support Organisation (BSO) in the Caribbean to adopt the SMEs Diagnostic Tool Assessment project as the foundation for building export competitiveness...
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PwC continues its support of Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Caribbean Conference - Feb 15, 2018 - 2:47:29 PM

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PwC Bahamas has partnered with the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA) to sponsor the 36th annual Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Caribbean Conference (ICAC)

Under this year’s theme “Regional and Global Opportunities: Preparing for Success”, Prince Rahming, Territory Leader, PwC Bahamas, said “PwC has been a part of this prestigious, regional body of accountants for the past 30 years and we are very proud to once again partner with our associates to sponsor ICAC, which will mark the fourth hosting of the event in the Bahamas...
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St Lucia media hijacked by political and economic influence - Feb 5, 2018 - 6:32:37 AM

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After 19 months in office, the mafia-style Allen Chastanet-led administration is actively controlling access to information, limiting freedom of opinion and expression, silencing criticism and dissent by means of “ alternative facts” and government cover up.

This operating philosophy has reached new levels from earlier reports by Caribbean News Now that:“According to other local sources, separately confirmed by contacts in foreign intelligence services...
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Government extends condolences to Invest Saint Lucia Chairman - Feb 1, 2018 - 5:25:47 PM

It is with great sadness that the Government of Saint Lucia extends condolences to the Chairman of Invest Saint Lucia, Mr. Pinkley Francis, following the sudden death of his mother, Mrs. Marie Magdalene Francis.  

Known affectionately as “Ma Devotion” or “Ms. Dye”, 76-year-old Mrs. Francis was an adored personality in the community of Roblot, Choiseul, where for many years she ran a small family business...
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Saint Lucia: ECCB briefs Government on plans for a Resilient Financial Sector - Jan 30, 2018 - 5:59:28 PM

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Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) Mr. Timothy Antoine made a presentation to Saint Lucia’s Cabinet of Ministers on “Transforming the ECCU Together” which covered topics such as the Global Economy: Prospects and Risks, ECCB’s Strategic Approach and the current situation in the ECCU and Saint Lucia.

The ECCB reported that the Global economy posted growth of 3.7 percent in 2017 and global growth projections for 2018 and 2019 have been revised upward to 3.9 percent...
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Saint Lucia to Welcome Taiwan Foreign Minister - Jan 29, 2018 - 3:27:26 PM

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Saint Lucia will officially welcome Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan), His Excellency Dr. Lee Ta-Wei on an official visit from January 30 – February 1, 2018. 

While in Saint Lucia the Taiwan Foreign Minister will meet with Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and Public Service Honourable Allen Chastanet and the Cabinet of Ministers...
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Saint Lucia: Emotions run high at Opening for OK-EU Dialysis Unit - Jan 25, 2018 - 4:38:01 PM

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Emotions ran high as the Government of Saint Lucia officially opened the Dialysis Unit at the Owen King-EU Hospital on the morning of Wednesday January 24th 2018. Training for nurses at the new Unit commenced recently and the Unit will replace the services being offered at the Victoria Hospital with high end fully functional machines.

Medical officials, staff of the Victoria Hospital and patients were on hand at the opening to express their happiness at finally seeing the centre open. Minister for Health and Wellness, Senator Honourable Mary Isaac, stated that it had been a difficult road to get to this point.
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CRFM leads 7-country initiative to support management of four-wing flyingfish - Jan 24, 2018 - 4:43:42 PM

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Seven Caribbean countries are participating in a recently launched series of subprojects which the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) is leading under a sustainable management initiative for the flyingfish fishery.

In highlighting the importance of the initiative, CRFM Executive Director, Milton Haughton, said: “We in the region are utilizing a common space and common living marine resource; therefore, we need to cooperatively manage these common interests. One of these common interests is the flyingfish fishery, and the governance framework developed for the flyingfish fishery could be scaled up and applied to other fisheries in the region.”
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Full Speed Ahead for Islandwide Network Project - Jan 24, 2018 - 2:23:02 PM

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Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet spoke enthusiastically about the prospect of Island-wide internet access when he addressed the ceremony for the Installation phase of the Government Island-Wide Network (GINet) Project on Wednesday.

The project aims to help develop a wireless local area network (WLAN) in public areas in order to provide residents, tourists and persons conducting business with free and/or low-cost internet access. The Prime Minister, also and Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation...
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Ti Koko and Kush Kush by Patricia Turnbull, a “magically” new Caribbean children’s book by Virgin Islands educator - Jan 23, 2018 - 4:46:07 PM

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Ti Koko and Kush Kush by Patricia G. Turnbull from the Virgin Islands (VI) is the newest children’s book published here by House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP), said Jacqueline Sample, president of the indie press.

“Ti Koko and Kush Kush is a brilliantly crafted story about a happy little coconut tree and a friendly, wise yam and the power of friendship and camaraderie in a small community,” said Dr. Nicole Phillip-Dowe, Head of UWI Open Campus, Grenada...
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UWP responds Ernest Hilaire on Bananes Bay - Jan 23, 2018 - 10:45:35 AM

The UWP finds it more than disingenuous when Mr. Ernest Hilaire calls on the government to be more transparent about the Bananes Bay development plans especially when there continues to remain serious questions about his own transparency in the Juffali Affair.

Mr. Hilaire must be reminded that plans for the redevelopment of the City of Castries, including Bananes Bay, have been in the works since Sir John Compton...
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CIBC FirstCaribbean appoints New Chief Information Officer and Managing Director, Technology & Operations - Jan 20, 2018 - 6:28:56 PM

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Regional bank CIBC FirstCaribbean recently announced the appointment of Esan Peters as Chief Information Officer and Managing Director, Technology & Operations, with effect from 1st February 2018.

The former St. Leonard’s Boys’ School and Harrison College student has worked in the technology and financial services industries for the past 20 years.  He held a number of progressively senior roles in the offshore software development sector from 1998 to 2002...
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Statement of condolences by the National Chair of the PLP - Jan 17, 2018 - 3:17:55 PM


Statement from the Chairman of the Progressive Liberal Party on reported plane crash

Our party is very saddened to learn of the loss of life which came as a result of a reported plane crash this morning, departing out of North Andros.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the community of North Andros in particular and our nation as a whole and especially to all the families that feel great pain and loss today...
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Saint Lucia Receives Assistance from the UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund - Jan 16, 2018 - 5:28:12 PM

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On Monday 14th January on the fringes of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2018, several Caribbean countries received development grants to finance projects that will bolster efforts to transition from fossil fuel economies to economies based on renewable energy.
 
Belize, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, St Kitts & Nevis and Saint Lucia will benefit from the second funding cycle of the AED 183.6 million (US$ 50 million) UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund (UAE-CREF)...
 
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CARICOM on comment made by The President Of The United States Of America - Jan 15, 2018 - 12:21:02 PM

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The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is deeply disturbed by reports about the use of derogatory and repulsive language by the President of the United States in respect of our Member State, Haiti, and other developing countries. CARICOM condemns in the strongest terms, the unenlightened views reportedly expressed.

Of additional concern, is this pattern of denigrating Haiti and its citizens in what seems to be a concerted attempt to perpetuate a negative narrative of the country. We are especially saddened that such narrative emerged around the time of the anniversary of the devastating 2010 earthquake which took so many lives of citizens in that country.
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Cayman Finance announces new Chairman - Jan 11, 2018 - 6:10:36 PM

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At its recent annual members’ meeting, Cayman Finance proudly announced that its new elected Chairman would be former Managing Director and Senior Executive Vice President of International Banking at Butterfield Group, Conor O’Dea.

Jude Scott, Cayman Finance CEO, said that he was excited to welcome Mr O’Dea to the team.
 
“We are excited to add Mr O’Dea’s talent to Cayman Finance and look forward to working with him going forward to protect, promote and grow the Cayman Islands financial services industry,” he said...
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Caribbean Export: Greater levels of priority must be given to the Outsourcing Sector - Jan 11, 2018 - 10:40:41 AM

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Given the existing contribution of the outsourcing sector to job creation in the Caribbean region, coupled with its potential for expansion, calls are being made for greater levels of priority to be given to the outsourcing sector.

Executive Director of the Caribbean Export Development Agency Pamela Coke-Hamilton said more needs to be done by regional governments in seeking to position the Caribbean for the trending opportunities in the business outsourcing industry...
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CIBC FirstCaribbean Appoints New Chief Operating Officer - Dec 22, 2017 - 2:50:38 PM

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CIBC FirstCaribbean has announced the appointment of Colette Delaney to the role of Chief Operating Officer. As COO, Ms. Delaney assumes responsibility for the performance of the bank’s functional regional business lines – Retail & Business Banking, Cards & Customer Relationship Management, Corporate & Investment Banking, and Wealth Management.She continues to be responsible for the bank’s Regional Country Management including local regulatory and client relationships. Additionally, Ms. Delaney leads the Marketing & Communications and Strategy functions...
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Saint Lucia Food & Rum Festival to feature The First Annual Caribbean Rum Awards - Dec 21, 2017 - 10:31:14 AM

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Saint Lucia’s 2018 Food & Rum Festival, being held from January 12th to 14th is set to not only showcase the island’s unique culinary and rum heritage, but will be the backdrop for the first annual Caribbean Rum Awards 

The Rum Awards is being undertaken in collaboration with Caribbean Journal, which has, throughout 2017, been sampling rums from Caribbean and international suppliers and distillers...
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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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