St Lucia PM on the Leahy Law: I’ve done everything I can do
- Aug 13, 2017 - 7:07:50 PM
In the third and final part of the Caribbean News Now exclusive
interview with the prime minister of Saint Lucia, Allen Chastanet, he
apparently admitted he can do no with regard to more Leahy Law sanctions
on Saint Lucia.
The issues arising from Operation Restore
Confidence (ORC), the Leahy Law sanctions and the subsequent IMPACS
report have been dealt with in considerable detail in many columns and
leading news reports from Caribbean News Now.
In brief, security
force units in Saint Lucia have been denied assistance by the US under
the Leahy Amendment to the Foreign Assistance Act, joining such
illustrious company as Bangladesh, Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala...
Caribbean Export brings regional designers to CARIFESTA XIII
- Aug 10, 2017 - 2:59:17 PM
At this year’s CARIFESTA XIII hosted in Barbados, the Caribbean Export
Development Agency (Caribbean Export) will be facilitating the
participation of designers and artisans from across CARIFORUM within
their Design Caribbean and Caribbean Essence export promotion platforms.
assistance, in the tune of €50,000 is funded by the European Union (EU)
via the 11th EDF Regional Private Sector Development Programme (RPSDP),
will allow seven fashion designers and four artisans to showcase their
creations at the Grand Market & Buyers Shopping Mall from August
18-27 at the Lloyd Erskin Sandiford Centre, Barbados. The Agency is
further supporting the participation of 10 buyers from the EU to attend
the event and discover the wealth of products available for the export
Citing climate change prime minister outlines Immense significance of Japanese grant for bridges
- Aug 10, 2017 - 9:46:33 AM
As the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia prepared to sign an agreement with
the Japanese Government for a Grant for the reconstruction of bridges in
the Cul De Sac basin he stressed that the policy and strategy of
Government as it pertains to Climate Change and the impact it is having
on the island’s infrastructure has been and will continue to be a top
At the brief ceremony for the Exchange of Notes for
the Japanese Grant Aid for the Ravine Poisson and Cul de Sac Bridges
held at the Office of the Prime Minister on Wednesday August 9th 2017,
Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet took the audience through some
of the challenges faced by Small Island Developing States (SIDS) such
as Saint Lucia...
Kenyan elections “credible, fair and inclusive” – Chair of Commonwealth Observer Group
- Aug 10, 2017 - 4:32:53 AM
John Mahama, Chair of the Commonwealth Observer Group in Kenya and
former President of Ghana, has commended Kenyans for their patience in
waiting for final election results. In his interim statement, he asked
for continued patience as results continue to be finalised.
have followed the whole process and wish to congratulate all on the
process thus far. It is my fervent hope and expectation that the
positive, peaceful and orderly atmosphere that we all experienced on 8
August 2017 will continue to prevail as we await the conclusion of this
electoral process,” he stated....
The reality of crime in St Lucia
- Aug 9, 2017 - 1:28:04 PM
The second part of the Caribbean News Now exclusive interview with Allen
Chastanet, prime minister of Saint Lucia, discussed the problem of
increased crime, which is pertinent to the economic viability of his 100
percent tourism focus, as well as the ability to attract offshore
financial services under the Headquarters Act.
On the subject of
crime, first, let’s examine measure and perhaps obstacles to get past
the status quo and the ingenuity required to create and implement new
policies that advance the situation...
Renewable energy, in contrast to tourism-led growth in St Lucia
- Aug 8, 2017 - 11:38:27 PM
The prime minister of Saint Lucia, Allen Chastanet’s tourism-led
strategy has come to the fore once again, as the economic centrality for
the island, following the agreement between the government of Saint
Lucia, Range Developments and Marriott International to establish and
operate a luxury Ritz Carlton resort at Black Bay, and the first
published part of a Caribbean News Now exclusive interview.
minister had already made it clear in the budget speech that “the
tourism sector will be reengineered in order to achieve its full
potential and to be used as a catalyst for economic growth. We will work
towards building a tourism product that
Saint Lucia PM Offers Condolences to Dominica following Deadly Accident
- Aug 7, 2017 - 4:54:06 PM
Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet has sent condolences to the
Government and People of Dominica following a vehicular accident in
that island where five young men lost their lives. The incident occurred
on the morning of Sunday August 06th 2017 in Vieille Case, in the
northern part of Dominica, when the vehicle reportedly plunged off a
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Dominica at
this time. Dominica is our sister isle and we in Saint Lucia have gone
through something very similar and we know how difficult this can be for
a small country,” noted Prime Minister Chastanet.
“On behalf of the people of Saint Lucia
St Lucia's quadratic equation, choking up the thinking
- Aug 4, 2017 - 3:47:32 AM
The economic expediency and political honeymoon of the government of
Lucia, expected to work systematically to sort-out the underlying
problems facing the country, is thus far impractical to offer a
persuasive response to substantive matters.
matters of national concern is an understatement. The government is
seemingly crippled and although “there are opportunities to be grasped,
beginning with a reset agenda on socio-economic, security, governance,
trade and international relations, on a bilateral and multilateral
level” hindrances persist with hardball tactics...
Caribbean Tourism Organization annouces Winners of Caribbean Primary Schools Tourism Writing Competition
- Aug 2, 2017 - 4:41:12 PM
Four Caribbean primary school students ranging in age from 8-12, will
be honoured for excellence in tourism writing at next month's Climate
Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum in St. Kitts.
The four - Kassie
Haley-Shai of St. Augustine Roman Catholic School in Montserrat, Ariah
Khobie Diamante Darroux of Convent Preparatory School in Dominica
(both in the 8-10 category), Jhe'auti Belyca Craigg of Belmont
Government School in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Gabriella
Lewis of Atwell's Educational Institute in Trinidad and Tobago (10-12
category) - emerged winners among 44 participants from 26 schools who
participated in the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)'s Caribbean
Primary Schools Tourism Writing Competition...
Saint Lucia Showcase- North America, a resounding success
- Aug 1, 2017 - 1:00:41 PM
This year’s Saint Lucia Showcase – North
America held on Wednesday, July 26, was a very productive and successful
event. Hosted by the Saint Lucia Tourist (SLTB) at the Sandals Grande
Saint Lucian Spa & Beach Resort, the Showcase brought together
hotels, destination management companies (DMCs) and tourism officials
with North American-based tour operators that sell Saint Lucia as one of
their primary destinations. The event attracted approximately 15 tour
operators and over 30 hotels along with several DMCs attending.
got the opportunity to network and build business relationships with
each other in an effort to promote and sell Saint Lucia as a premier
vacation destination. Additionally, they are able to reacquaint
themselves with the island and strengthen their knowledge of the
Caribbean leaders to stimulate travel in the region by removing travel barriers
- Aug 1, 2017 - 12:43:11 PM
The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and the Caribbean Hotel and
Tourism Association (CHTA) are encouraged by the support of Caribbean
Community (CARICOM) leaders for initiatives to facilitate travel and
stimulate economic growth through tourism.
The CTO, with the
support of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, presented a
number of short, medium and long-term proposals to the regional leaders
at their recent summit in Grenada, aimed at positioning the Caribbean as
a thriving world-class tourism, and bolstering the region's economic
strength and stability.
New National Symbols of St. Martin published
- Jul 31, 2017 - 10:59:54 AM
National Symbols of St. Martin – A Primer is now available at Van Dorp.
The popular book about the island’s history and culture was out of stock
for nearly 10 years, said Jacqueline Sample of House of Nehesi
“Mrs. Carty and Mr. Chance of Van Dorp
bookstore have been requesting orders of National Symbols of St. Martin
for individual customers and schools for a number of years,” said
“HNP was unable to fill those orders because we had run out of copies from the second printing in 1997,” said Sample on Sunday...
Saint Lucia Readies to Welcome Gold Winning Commonwealth Team Home!
- Jul 24, 2017 - 3:25:23 PM
The Government of Saint Lucia has once again extended congratulations to
Team Saint Lucia, following a second Gold Medal win at the Commonwealth
Youth Games in The Bahamas.
Saint Lucia defeated Trinidad and
Tobago 6-2 in the Beach Soccer final on July 22nd 2017 with Linus Clovis
reportedly scoring four goals and Zaine Amedee and Dillon Fanis scoring
the other two winning goals. On Thursday July 20th 2017, sprinter
Julien Alfred won our country’s first Gold medal at the Commonwealth
Youth Games in the girl’s 100m final by running a time of 11.56 seconds...
Cayman Finance congratulates Bermuda on successful elections and looks forward to continued cooperation on shared priorities
- Jul 24, 2017 - 3:07:59 PM
Cayman Finance congratulates Bermuda on its successful completion of
free and fair elections and the continuation of its tradition of
government that reflects the will of the people. The peaceful transition
of power is a process that established democracies can too often take
for granted, but one that is unfortunately still out of reach for many
around the world – even in our own hemisphere. Like the Cayman Islands,
Bermuda has demonstrated its commitment to representative government for
a long time and should be applauded for doing so once again.
two jurisdictions share more than just a democratic tradition. We share
a commitment to the highest levels of transparency and international
standards for our leading business sectors such as financial services...
Cayman Finance CEO Jude Scott spends 2 weeks in London promoting Cayman Islands financial services industry
- Jul 23, 2017 - 6:23:45 PM
Cayman Finance CEO Jude Scott has completed a two week visit to
London to promote the Cayman Islands financial services industry and its
role within the global financial economy. This visit was the first
international joint venture between Cayman Finance and the new Minister
of Financial Services, the Hon. Tara Rivers.
“Cayman Finance, in
conjunction with the Ministry of Financial Services, is constantly
working to ensure we maintain strong and beneficial relationships with
key international figures in the financial services industry,” said Mr
Scott. “It is important for us to keep reminding these stakeholders of
the Cayman Islands’ role as a premier global financial hub and the ways
in which we benefit developed and developing
Saint Lucia congratulates new Bermuda Premier & Government
- Jul 20, 2017 - 8:26:17 AM
The Government of Saint Lucia extends congratulations to the new
Premier of Bermuda, Honourable David Burt, who was officially sworn in
yesterday, July 19th 2017.
At 38 years old, Mr. Burt is Bermuda’s
youngest Premier, and took the Progressive Labour Party (PLP) to victory
in Tuesday’s poll with a win of 24 seats in the 36-seat parliament,
securing a majority.
“On behalf of the Prime Minister and the
Government and People of Saint Lucia, we wish to send our best wishes to
the new Bermuda Government and look...
Saint Lucia signs Maritime Boundary Delimitation Agreements with Barbados and with Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Jul 8, 2017 - 6:03:19 PM
On July 6, Saint Lucia signed agreements with Barbados and with Saint
Vincent and the Grenadines to delimit our maritime boundaries with those
two States. The signing took place during the Thirty-eighth Regular
Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, held in St.
George’s, Grenada, from July 4-6.
These agreements are the
result of negotiations held between Saint Lucia and Barbados in March
2016 and between Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in May
2017, to determine the maritime boundaries between the States. The
Commonwealth Secretariat provided legal and technical advisory support
to all negotiating parties...
Outgoing CARICOM Chairman makes impassioned plea for closer unity
- Jul 5, 2017 - 9:35:08 PM
Community, challenged by the constantly changing international
situation, must redouble its efforts to ensure a more safe society for
its citizens, more stable economies for its countries, deeper solidarity
and a more secure hemisphere.”
This impassioned plea for closer
unity within CARICOM was issued by outgoing Chairman, His Excellency
David Granger, President of Guyana in his address to the opening of the
38th Regular Meeting of the Conference of CARICOM Heads of Government...
Bahamian Minister Honourable Brent Symonette calls for more regional cooperation at JAMPRO’s Caribbean Market Mission
- Jun 30, 2017 - 7:29:54 PM
Kingston, Jamaica - Bahamian Minister of Financial Services, Trade and
Industry and Immigration, The Honourable Brent Symonette called for more
regional cooperation on trade at the final leg of JAMPRO’s Caribbean
Market Mission in The Bahamas, which ends today, June 30, 2017. Thirteen
Jamaican companies promoted their products for export to The Bahamas on
one of JAMPRO’s largest trade missions, which covered 3 key markets in
the Caribbean region.
Minister Symonette said The Bahamas was the
perfect market to partner with Jamaica on trade, as the islands are
home to one of the largest group of Jamaicans in the Diaspora, over
Caribbean Export Expands Regional Angel Investor Network to the Dominican Republic and Haiti
- Jun 28, 2017 - 5:21:28 PM
The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) has commenced
their expansion of the Angel investment footprint within the Dominican
Republic and Haiti following the hosting of the first Bi-National Angel
Investment workshop in collaboration with several partners, including
the Centre for Innovation for Business Development and Entrepreneurship
(CIDE) at the Iberoamerican University (UNIBE), the DR Ministry of
Commerce, Industry, the Ministry of Commerce in Haiti, the Haitian
Chamber of Commerce and two angel investor groups in the DR, namely
ENLACES and NEXXUS. Key participants from Haiti also included Root
Capital (an agricultural impact investor) and Yunis Social Business (a
social impact investor).
“Promoting innovative ways of funding
SME’s including supporting the development of the angel investment
climate within the DR and Haiti is a key activity for the Agency...