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CARIBBEAN EXPORT LAUNCHES THE REALITY TELEVISION SERIES BREAK POINT IN DOMINICA

exportBridgetown, Barbados, April 10, 2013. Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) launches its reality series Break Point in Dominica.   The 12 episode TV series highlights the journey of dedicated regional businesses and entrepreneurs as they vie to become one of the 12 finalists who travel to London to make a final pitch to a panel of investors, venture capitalists and distributors.

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Belizean firms to benefit from Caribbean Exports Direct Assistance Grant Scheme

exportBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, April 10, 2013. The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) will be delivering a workshop on their Direct Assistance Grant Scheme on April 10, 2013 at the Radisson Fort George Hotel, Belize.

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CARICOM confidence must not fail now

albert ramdin5Below is an edited version of a public lecture by Ambassador Albert R. Ramdin, assistant secretary general of the OAS, at the UWI, Mona, on March 19.

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Public warned about international bank

Ajmal-KhanThe company promising to pump millions of dollars into West Indies cricket via the new Caribbean Premier League starting in July has been no-balled by the Central Bank of Barbados.

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CSME and EPA Grant facilities now available to regional businesses

warren-smith5BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, March 22, 2013 - Regional businesses can now benefit from grants of between $388,000 and $474,000 to better position them to export to the European market, under the European Economic Partnership Agreement with CARICOM/CARIFORUM States.

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Barbados economy continues to contract

central-bank-1BRIDGETOWN—The Central Bank of Barbados Tuesday said that the Barbados economy contracted by 0.4 per cent in the first three months of 2013 and urged the authorities to put “back on track” the fiscal consolidation strategy as well as a new medium term adjustment strategy to turn around the island’s economic fortunes.

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Comprehensive approach needed to spur regional competitiveness

pinderGeorgetown, Guyana, March 23, 2013 - The importance of competitiveness and productivity improvements for Caribbean enterprises aspiring to take advantage of opportunities in regional and extra-regional markets was the main focus at a colloquium that brought together regional policy-makers and business leaders in Bridgetown, Barbados during Export week from March 20 to 21.

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Michael Lee-Chin and NCB’s Patrick Hylton on exploratory trip to Guyana

hylton lee-chinTwo prominent Jamaican businessmen Sunday night arrived in Guyana to explore a number of investment opportunities.

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Nevis Premier plans to make agriculture viable

Vance AmoryNIA CHARLESTOWN, Nevis March 23, 2013 -- Premier of Nevis and Minister of Finance in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) Hon. Vance Amory has made it clear, that his Government did not intend to pay lip service to its plans of making agriculture an economically viable enterprise on Nevis.

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Barbados Central Bank takes charge

dr-delisle-worrellBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, April 5, 2013- Two weeks after hinting at the likely change, the Central Bank of Barbados has unveiled a new interest rate regime it said was partly intended to protect the funds of “small savers”.

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Guyana, Haiti sign food security MOU

Casimir-BirkettGuyana and Haiti have signed a food security Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the inaugural visit of President Michel Martelly to these shores.

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Caribbean Airlines fined for violating JFK delay rules

caribbean-airlinesWASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on Friday said that Caribbean Airlines, a carrier based in Trinidad and Tobago, violated federal rules last August by not providing passengers with an opportunity to leave a plane that was delayed on the tarmac at New York’s JFK Airport for more than four hours.

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Securing export markets through traceability systems for agricultural products

irwin-larocque6GEORGETOWN, Guyana March 22, 2013- Stakeholders in the Regional agriculture sector are to hold further discussions shortly to flesh out the development and application of a system to monitor and trace agricultural products at every step from field through harvest, storage, ports and supermarkets.

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Caribbean nations search for oil amid spill fears

Petrotrin TTKINGSTON, Jamaica -- The turquoise waters that have long brought treasure seekers to the Caribbean now are drawing a new kind of explorer as countries across the region increasingly open their seas to oil exploration.

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US pressures Caribbean to halt drug trade

drugsWASHINGTON D.C., United States, Saturday March 16, 2013 - Though Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries have made significant efforts in addressing the burgeoning drug trade, the United States says more still needs to be done.

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The Caribbean in the systemic approach to export-led growth

tropical shippingNews Americas, LONDON, England, Fri. Mar. 29, 2013: A few days ago, the United States Trade Representative’s office informed the US Congress that it is planning to negotiate a Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement with the European Union. Although this is likely to prove politically and technically challenging – the EC hopes to complete negotiations by the end of 2014 – it serves again to emphasize how rapidly the world is changing.

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T&T and Jamaica in renewed energy talks

kevin-ramnarineTrinidad and Tobago's Energy Minister Kevin Ramnarine says the Persad-Bissessar administration is seeking to broaden an initiative of its PNM predecessor to export Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to Jamaica and become involved in other aspects of the energy value chain in that sister CARICOM nation.

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St. Kitts and Nevis to benefit from EU and CDB Agreements

epa agreementBASSETERRE, St. Kitts, 27th March 2013– St. Kitts and Nevis is to benefit from two agreements signed between the European Union (EU) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).

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Sequestration to affect the Caribbean, Latin America

obamabudgetNews Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Fri. Mar. 1, 2013: The Caribbean and Latin America will also feel the pinch if the U.S. Republican controlled Congress has its way and smacks the Obama administration with sequestration.

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All eyes on Latin America

eye-on-Latin-AmericaLatin America (LatAm) has been identified as one of the better performing Emerging Markets following the region's resilience throughout the global financial crisis. The Latin American sphere has reaped the benefits of sound macroeconomic policies, low levels of indebtedness and an increasing demand for the region's export commodities. The major downside risks dampening growth in the region and by extension, the world, is the European debt crisis.

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Caribbean spent US$22-b on US imports last year

us-flag-notesNews Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Mar. 1, 2013: When it comes to American exports, the Caribbean is undoubtedly a big importer, with the U.S. racking up billions in sales to this region just last year alone.

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