A New Tool for BSO’s to Support Private Sector Development is released by Caribbean Export
- Feb 16, 2018 - 12:42:41 PM
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...
PwC continues its support of Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Caribbean Conference
- Feb 15, 2018 - 2:47:29 PM
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
St Lucia media hijacked by political and economic influence
- Feb 5, 2018 - 6:32:37 AM
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...
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
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...
Saint Lucia: ECCB briefs Government on plans for a Resilient Financial Sector
- Jan 30, 2018 - 5:59:28 PM
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
Saint Lucia to Welcome Taiwan Foreign Minister
- Jan 29, 2018 - 3:27:26 PM
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...
Saint Lucia: Emotions run high at Opening for OK-EU Dialysis Unit
- Jan 25, 2018 - 4:38:01 PM
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.
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.
CRFM leads 7-country initiative to support management of four-wing flyingfish
- Jan 24, 2018 - 4:43:42 PM
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
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.”
Full Speed Ahead for Islandwide Network Project
- Jan 24, 2018 - 2:23:02 PM
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...
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
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.
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...
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...
CIBC FirstCaribbean appoints New Chief Information Officer and Managing Director, Technology & Operations
- Jan 20, 2018 - 6:28:56 PM
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.
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...
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
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
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...
Saint Lucia Receives Assistance from the UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund
- Jan 16, 2018 - 5:28:12 PM
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.
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
CARICOM on comment made by The President Of The United States Of America
- Jan 15, 2018 - 12:21:02 PM
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.
Cayman Finance announces new Chairman
- Jan 11, 2018 - 6:10:36 PM
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.
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...
Caribbean Export: Greater levels of priority must be given to the Outsourcing Sector
- Jan 11, 2018 - 10:40:41 AM
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.
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...
CIBC FirstCaribbean Appoints New Chief Operating Officer
- Dec 22, 2017 - 2:50:38 PM
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...
Saint Lucia Food & Rum Festival to feature The First Annual Caribbean Rum Awards
- Dec 21, 2017 - 10:31:14 AM
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
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...
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...