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Trinidad hosts high level CARICOM-Japan public-private economic forum

caricom-Japan_330x228CARICOM Georgetown, Guyana - Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States will on Tuesday 22 November participate in a high level public-private sector business seminar with Japan, in Trinidad and Tobago.

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JAPAN/CARICOM economic mission to Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica November 21, 2011 -  There will be a Japan/CARICOM Economic Mission in Jamaica from Wednesday, November 23, to Friday, November 25.

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ANTIGUA - Parliament ratifies OECS economic union

The Antigua and Barbuda parliament has ratified the Revised Treaty of Basseterre establishing the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) as an economic union.

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CUBA - Cuba Expands Leasing of Barber Shops to Workers

CUBAN_BARBERSHOPSHAVANA, Cuba, Nov 14 (acn) After the successful try-out of the leasing of small barber shops and beauty parlors to its workers, the Cuban government passed a ministerial Joint Resolution to extend the practice on permanet basis throughout the country.

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JAMAICA - Trinidad group calls for temporary ban on imports coming via J’can ports

port_of_spainCiting recent incidents where ganja was found on cargo shipments from Jamaica, Trinidad's Downtown Owners and Merchants Association (DOMA) has called for importers and customs brokers in that country to temporarily suspend the use of shipping lines which use Jamaican ports.

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GRAND CAYMAN - Immigration boards must go

(CNS Business): There was a general consensus across the political and business spectrum at last week’s Generation Now debate that it was time for the immigration boards to go. Panellists at the debate said that the method of reviewing immigration matters by a volunteer, part-time board was outdated and needed to be changed.

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Guyana President: China could refashion world trade

In order for the Caribbean region to successfully maximise on any trade relations with China and narrow the gap within the free trade system, the region must create a free trade agreement that would facilitate value added activities and spur growth. This is the advice of Bharrat Jagdeo, President of Guyana, who was speaking on Monday at the Third China-Caribbean Economic and Trade Co-operation Forum, at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad Hotel, Port-of-Spain.

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BAHAMAS - IMF PUSHES FOR 'SALES, VAT TAX' IN THE BAHAMAS

THE International Monetary Fund (IMF) is pushing the Bahamas to introduce a "broad-based consumption tax", such as a value-added (VAT) or sales tax, warning that the fiscal deficit will remain at a high 4.5 per cent of GDP per annum unless policies change.

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CARICOM -Moves afoot to enhance accreditation systems in CARICOM Member States

caricom_standard_new(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) An intensive technical capacity building programme is now underway in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) for the enhancement of National Accreditation Bodies that have a critical role to play in the free movement of persons in the Region.

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CARICOM - Private and Public Sectors Must Work Together - DSG

GEORGETOWN, Guyana -   Deputy Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Lolita Applewhaite has urged the public and private sectors to work together in the services sector to maximise its potential.

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JAMAICA-Gov’t provides multi-million dollar loan to help exporters

KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – The Jamaica government says it is providing a special J$100 million (US$1.16 million) special loan to assist exporters meet the new standards set by the United States (US) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that take effect in January, 2012.

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TRADE - T&T, Jamaica groups set up desk to ease trading

Cadiz_and_Mustapha-scottThe Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA), the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC), the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce and the Bermudez Group of Companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Kingston, Jamaica, for the official establishment of a Trade Desk to facilitate trade in goods and services between Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.

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ANTIGUA - PM Spencer pledges full support to CARICOM Secretary-General

ST. JOHNS, Antigua - Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Baldwin Spencer has extended congratulations and pledged full support to Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque during a courtesy call by the Secretary-General on the Prime Minister in St John’s, Antigua.

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US securities firm files for bankruptcy protection

WASHINGTON—MF Global Holdings Ltd, the securities firm run by former New Jersey Governor and Goldman Sachs head Jon Corzine, is seeking bankruptcy protection one week after reporting its biggest-ever quarterly loss. MF Global shares plunged 66 per cent last week. Besides the loss of US$186.6 million for the fiscal second quarter, investors were spooked when MF Global’s debt was downgraded to junk status. Credit-rating agencies expressed concern about the firm’s US$6 billion portfolio of European debt.

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ANTIGUA-CARICOM delegation discussing CSME with various stakeholders

ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Newly appointed Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary General, Irwin LaRocque is leading a delegation for talks with Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer and his Cabinet on matters relating to the regional integration movement, according to an official statement issued here.

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DOMINICA - Implement the free movement aspect of the CSME says Skerrit

Roosevelt_Skerrit0707Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has warned regional heads of the need to implement the decisions of the Heads of Government as it relates to the free movement of persons element of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy, CSME.

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CARICOM Online Company Registration System to be launched in Antigua Sept. 5, 2011

csmeGeorgetown, Guyana - The  further development of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy, CSME is expected to be  boosted on Monday September 5, with the  official launch of the Antigua and Barbuda node of the CARICOM Online System of Registration of Companies in St. Johns, Antigua, in which Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque is scheduled to participate.

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OECS Tourism Ministers take measures to boost the sector in the sub-region

BASSETERRE, ST KITTS – OECS Ministers of Tourism are to undertaking a competitive analysis of the sub region’s tourism sector, with a view to agreeing on the specific areas to be targeted for attracting increased investment to the area.

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BELIZE-New initiative to encourage investment between Guatemala and Belize

BELMOPAN, Belize, CMC – Less than a week after the Belize government called for an investigation into  a border incident involving the Belize Defence Force (BDF) and illegal immigrants from Guatemala, Belmopan says it will launch an “Inclusive Linkages” project to facilitate business between the two countries.

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ANTIGUA - CARICOM blamed for the state of the agriculture sector in the region

Hilston Baptiste, Antigua and Barbuda's Agriculture Minister, has blasted regional governments for what he says is the failure of the Caribbean to move forward in the area of agriculture.

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CARICOM - Special COTED focuses on Environment and Sustainable Development

caricom_secretariat_330x228GEORGETOWN, Guyana - The Environment and Sustainable Development of member states will be the focus of a Special Meeting of CARICOM’s Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) in Georgetown next week.

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