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CARICOM concerned over decreased resources from OAS

granderson at oasGeorgetown, Guyana- June 8, 2013 -   Foreign Ministers of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have expressed concern to the Secretary-General of the Organisation of America States (OAS) that budget cuts threatened the provision of scholarships and the activities of OAS national offices in the Community.

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President Martelly to launch Caribbean Aid for Trade Strategy

michel martelly003Georgetown, Guyana June 8, 2013 - The Caribbean Community, CARICOM, is expected to launch a Regional Aid for Trade (AFT) Strategy on Tuesday the 11th of June in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. So says the Guyana based CARICOM Secretariat in a statement.

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Guyana to tap into US$1.5B Chinese grant

Xi-Jinping-meets-Donald-RamotarGuyana is looking at how it will tap into a US$1.5B grant announced by the Chinese Government  following bi-lateral meetings with several CARICOM leaders during a visit of that country’s President Xi Jinping to Port of Spain, Trinidad.

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JAMAICA – Energy Minister Urges Jamaicans to Access Energy Fund

paulwell-forumJamaica's Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, is urging persons to access the Energy Fund operated by the Development Bank of Jamaica, which can be had at an interest rate of 9.5 per cent at various financial institutions.

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Prime Minister of Curaçao about his successor: not a strong leader

Hodge-and-Wiels-420WILLEMSTAD – The next Premier of Curaçao, Ivar Asjes, is not the leader that the island needs. He is controversial and does not enjoy public confidence. If something goes wrong in the Government of Curacao, Netherlands should not hesitate to intervene.

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T&T wants to house the headquarters of the International Arms Trade Treaty

winston dookeran4UNITED NATIONS– Trinidad and Tobago has made an official bid to house the headquarters of the recently signed Arms Trade Treaty in that country.

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Former Jamaica House Speaker questions legitimacy of SKN government

Delroy-ChuckSt. Kitts and Nevis (WINN):  Jamaica Labour Party spokesman on justice and former Speaker of the Jamaica Parliament, Delroy Chuck, has expressed concern about the long delay in the hearing of a Motion of No Confidence in St Kitts and Nevis against Prime Minister Denzil Douglas and his Administration.

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Grenada willing to help Liat succeed

Keith Mitchell in Barbados-460ST GEORGE’S—Grenada says it is willing to be a partner in the development and success of the regional airline, Liat, only if the cash-strapped airline shows itself to be serious and cost effective. Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell said he has made recommendations on improving the airline to the just concluded summit of leaders of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) in Antigua this week.

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ANTIGUA - Bar Assn rejects Bird’s stance on regional courts

Lester Bird-450x350-275x213ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The president of the Antigua & Barbuda Bar Association (ABBA) has rejected the notion by former Prime Minister Lester Bird that Caribbean courts appear to be leaning towards political leaders.

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Guyana calls for new approaches region’s drug problem

Carolyn-Rodrigues-Birkett-at-OASMinister of Foreign Affairs, Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett has called on member-states of the Organisation of American States (OAS) to view the progress made with reduction in poverty and hunger in Latin America with “guarded optimism”.  She said that sober appraisals should be conducted of the ongoing challenges in order to maintain the progress.

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CURACAO - New cabinet won’t be sworn in today

Ivar-AsjesWILLEMSTADn Curacao - June 3, 2013 -It is not clear if and when the new political cabinet of Curaçao can be installed. The 11 parliamentarians of the PS/PAIS/PNP/Sulvaran coalition had asked interim Governor Adèle van der Pluym-Vrede to do so today, Monday, but the latter indicated that she can’t, while proposed prime minister Ivar Asjes (PS) on Friday asked to withdraw his resignation as member of Parliament.

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Jamaica signs culture agreement with Cuba

rafael bernal y lisa hannaHAVANA, Cuba, June 6, 2013: Jamaica’s Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna on Wednesday June 5, signed a Cultural Cooperation and Exchange Agreement between Jamaica and Cuba that builds on and updates an earlier agreement between the two countries which was originally signed during the 1970s.

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China offers $3b in loans to Caribbean

Xi Jinping-departsPORT OF SPAIN,  Trinidad, June 3, 2013 -Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries that support the People’s Republic of China’s One China policy, including Trinidad and Tobago, are to benefit from US$3 billion in concessional loans from that country.

Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Suriname, Montserrat, Guyana, Barbados, The Bahamas, Grenada, Dominica, and Antigua and Barbuda support the One China policy, in which the People’s Republic of China does not recognise a separate entity called the Republic of China which administers Taiwan.

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Jamaica signs Arms Trade Treaty

Rattray signs arms treatyKingston, Jamaica, June 6, 2013- On his first official day on the job as Jamaica’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) in New York, Ambassador Courtenay Rattray on Monday, June 3, signed the landmark Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) which was approved by the majority of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in early April.

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Minister Skerritt urges small businesses to tap into the services of NEDD

Rickey-Skerritt8BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, 2ND JUNE 2013 - The National Entrepreneurial Development Division  (NEDD) has a mandate to provide technical and administrative support to all small businesses in St. Kitts and Nevis and to address in particular the needs of all small businesses.

So says newly-appointed Minister of International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Sen. the Hon. Richard “Ricky” Skerritt.

“Through the Small Business Development Bill, 2009, NEDD is given the authority and I quote ‘…to provide for the establishment of a regulatory framework to facilitate the growth and development of small business’,” Minister Skerritt, who stated that since been given the new portfolios earlier this year he is pleased with the results of NEDD’s work to date, in spite of its limited resources.

“You can expect therefore that NEDD will have an important role in the implementation of any business development strategy that emerges from this consultation process today,” said Mr. Skerritt to a consultation of theManufacutuing Division of the St. Kitts and Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

With regards to facilitating international trade, Mr. Skerritt pointed out that there are several policy instruments contained in various trade agreements already signed by Government that are available to exporters currently, and can assist them in production and marketing of their products.

“The list of such agreements includes the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership (EPA) Agreement, the CSME, OECS Economic Union, the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the Bilateral Trade Agreements between CARICOM and several countries in this Hemisphere including Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Venezuela and Colombia, the Caribbean Basin Trade and Partnership Act (CPBTA) and shortly we hope to add the facilities of the Brazil/Guyana/St. Kitts and Nevis Partial Scope Agreement  (the PSA) as well as the Canada-CARICOM Trade Agreement,” he said.

He said he has been emphasizing to his new team that none of these international agreements matter unless local businesses make use of the potential benefits, now or in the future.

PM Stuart: Meeting with USA’s Vice-President Relevant

freundelstuart7 440 300Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has expressed the view that the recent talks the CARICOM Heads of Government had with the United States of America's (USA) Vice-President, Joe Biden, were useful to this region.

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Minister Skerritt says manufacturers solar panel plant to open soon

Skerritt-Energy-AirportBASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, 2ND JUNE 2013 - The Federal Government of St. Kitts and Nevis has secured over US$400,000 to conduct an energy audit for the manufacturing sector.

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JAMAICA - Grade Four Literacy and Numeracy tests set for June 6 & 7

studentsKINGSTON,  Jamaica, June 6, 2013 - The Ministry of Education is prepared for the Grade Four Literacy and Numeracy Tests scheduled for June 6 and 7, 2013. Fifty-four thousand one hundred and eighty-seven (54, 187) students will sit the Grade 4 Literacy Test (G4LT). This includes 24,031 females and 30,156 males.

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AFC's approach to talks with Ramotar "strategic" - Kissoon

freddie kissoonThe Alliance For Change’s (AFC) decision to address specific concerns with President Donald Ramotar rather than the general issue of improving governance to avoid gridlock appeared to have been more strategic.

That’s the view of Political Scientist, Freddie Kissoon who had endorsed the AFC for the 2011 general and regional elections.

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Guyana signs Global Arms Treaty

talbot armstreatyGuyana Monday morning signed the United Nations Global Arms Trade Treaty at the United Nations. Signing the accord at exactly 11 AM (Guyana Time) was Guyana’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador, George Talbot.

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Chinese Government to invest in Health Care in Trinidad and Tobago

Couva Site Visit PmThe Chinese Government will invest in the construction of the long-awaited hospital at Arima, as well as assist in addressing the issue of employee shortages in the health care system. At least 100 health care professionals will migrate from China to work in this country by next year.

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