Tag Archives: CARICOM

Caribbean: Tourism Matters: Airline travel and tourism development fee

By Adrian Loveridge

I recently questioned the charging of US$70 of the October 2018 imposed ‘Airline Travel and Tourism Development Fee’ on a LIAT return ticket from Barbados to St Maarten. This was in addition to the already existing US$27.50 departure tax.

LIAT kindly responded stating the “Airline Travel and Tourism Development Fee is US$35 for CARICOM and US$70 for other destinations. Since St Maarten is not a member of CARICOM the fee is US$70”.    Continue reading

Only outcomes that improve lives will demonstrate that CSME matters – By David Jessop

The View from Europe: Only outcomes that improve lives will demonstrate that CSME matters

Most in the political class say that what drives them to seek high office is a desire for change in ways that will improve lives. However, in power too many become remote, caught in the web woven by bureaucrats, foreign powers or their colleagues, allow themselves to be corrupted, fail to deliver, and resort to empty rhetoric.

Having worked with multiple politicians in the Caribbean and Europe over more than four decades it has always seemed to me those most likely to succeed were the women and men able to mix intellectual agility, a sense of what touches the lives of others, an ability to speak well from the heart, a genuine social commitment, and the recognition that they were there for their citizens.       Continue reading

The danger in what others wish for in Venezuela – By David Jessop

The View from Europe: The danger in what others wish for in Venezuela

David Jessop

February 16, 2018 – By David Jessop

A few days ago, the International Energy Agency reported that oil production in the US was undergoing extraordinary growth. The OECD-related body for net importers of oil said that the increase meant that US “production could equal global demand growth” largely because of its rapidly expanding shale output. This meant that US production would probably reach 11 million bpd by late 2018, outstripping Saudi Arabia and offsetting OPEC-led supply cuts aimed at increasing energy prices.      Continue reading

Caribbean: The media and the linguistic divide – By David Jessop

Caribbean: The media and the linguistic divide

Published on September 3, 2016  – By David Jessop

David Jessop

David Jessop

In the middle of last month Danilo Medina was sworn in as president of the Dominican Republic for a second term. His inauguration was attended by many senior figures from the Americas including the prime minister of Antigua, Gaston Browne, who earlier the same month, quite separately, had met with him and his then foreign minister.

Some days later the Dominican Republic’s new foreign minister, Miguel Vargas, said in one of his first public statements, that he believed that his country needed to exert greater influence on regional and international organisations. Mr Vargas then went on to meet on August 30 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s interim president, Jocelerme Privert, and others. There they agreed to revive the two nation’s Joint Bilateral Commission to try to resolve issues relating to cross border trade, investment and migration.     Continue reading

CARICOM – THE DEBT TRAP – commentary

THE DEBT TRAP

Opinion - commentary -analysisAug 21, 2016 Editorial, Kaieteur News

 Guyana’s small but encouraging success in its attempts to reduce the stranglehold of debt on the economy is proof that the country and its CARICOM counterparts continue to be among the most indebted countries in the world. And while none of these countries are very wealthy, based on North American and European standards, they are not overly poor either and there is hardly any starvation among their populations.

Guyana’s debt, which is approximately US$1.65billion continues to be a major impediment to economic growth and human and sustainable development. It has deprived the government of the ability to use monetary policy to promote growth and provide the path for improved lives. It has become obvious to the authorities that everything has to be done to reduce the debt, because it is economically unwise for the nation to be burdened by such a huge liability.

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Trade War Truce between Trinidad and Jamaica

Trade War Truce between Trinidad and Jamaica

Jcaribbean mapuly 21, 2016 – Caribbean Life

For years Jamaica and Trinidad have had serious differences over how free trade in the single trading market is supposed to work with Jamaica mostly always accusing Trinidad of unfair trading competition.

But in recent months, the issue has boiled over for a very different reason — a reason so bizarre says government and private sector officials in Jamaica that it has forced Trinidadian Prime Minister Keith Rowley to spend a full week in Jamaica assuring islanders that all will be well after he returns home.

At center of the latest reason for a quarrel between two of the more influential members of the 15-nation group is the growing feeling in Kingston that immigration and government officials in Trinidad are so biased against ordinary Jamaican folk that there are either harassed at ports of entry or denied landing altogether.  Continue reading

Caribbean: Addressing The Reality Of Brexit – By David Jessop – commentary

Addressing The Reality Of Brexit – By David Jessop

By David Jessop – Caribbean News Service – CNS Contributor

BREXIT - Britain and Europe

After BREXIT… What?

LONDON, Jul 02 2016 – The European Council President, Donald Tusk, could not have been clearer. Following a June 29 informal session of European Union (EU) leaders, minus the UK, he said that there will be no European single market à la carte. Trade access, he observed, requires the acceptance of the freedom of movement of EU citizens

His message is one that is important for Caribbean leaders to understand when in the next few days Heads of Government meeting in Georgetown are likely to consider how best to respond to the UK’s seismic June 23 referendum vote to leave Europe.

This is because Mr Tusk’s comments indicate that whoever fills the political power vacuum now existing in Britain, will have relatively few options as to where they can take the country’s relationship with Europe.     Continue reading

GUYANA – Capitol TV News Videos – 24 November 2015

Capitol TV logoGUYANA – Capitol TV News Videos – 24 November 2015

  • Another woman stabbed to death
  • European Union calls for Caribbean countries to abolish death penalty
  • US financial support for Caricom on several issues
  • A vendor shot and killed in Albouystown
  • Caricom calls for strong actions to combat climate change
  • PPP calls for GECOM Head, Dr Steve Surujbally -to go
  • Sports

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GUYANA – Capitol TV News Videos – 11 November 2015

Capitol TV logoGUYANA – Capitol TV News Videos – 11 November 2015

  • Diwali celebrations continue: a day later
  • Agriculture boost for Guyana from Caricom
  • Innovative revenue earning proposals sought
  • Guysuco increasing its production amidst gloom
  • A death and a mystery fire in Bagotstown leaves several questions
  • Sports

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Maduro or Guyana? Caricom’s choice – By Mark Wilson – commentary

Maduro or Guyana? Caricom’s choice

By Mark Wilson  – Trinidad Guardian – Published: – Sunday, October 25, 2015

“Could be a second Angola,” an ExxonMobil source last week told Upstream magazine. That’s Guyana’s offshore oil discovery. Angola produces close to two million barrels a day, around the same as Nigeria. 

In August, T&T was producing 75,000 barrels.

ExxonMobil announced its Liza-1 oil find in May. Then they moved fast.

They’re talking a 2018 start-up with 60,000 barrels, ramping up quickly to three times that amount. They will use a floating production storage and offloading vessel, with no time-consuming onshore infrastructure.

ExxonMobil plans four wells offshore Guyana next year. That will cost perhaps US$800 million.   Continue reading

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