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The View from Europe: The future is services – By David Jessop – Commentary

Commentary: The View from Europe: The future is services
Published on April 25, 2015 – By David Jessop
When in the early 1990s it became apparent that Europe’s preferential regimes for Caribbean bananas and sugar were coming to an end, an impassioned debate began about a transition to other forms of economic activity. For the most part, the language then was about alternative crops, import substitution, manufacturing, exports and financial services, with little said about tourism, as its sustainability was widely regarded as uncertain.

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  David Jessop

Since then the world has moved on. Tourism has come to dominate most Caribbean economies; offshore financial services, after being encouraged, have come under threat from the same developed countries that had originally recommended them; and agriculture has only begun to genuinely reorient itself where it is low cost, has clear niche opportunities, or there is a recognised need to ensure food security.

Although this diminished role for traditional agriculture is still hard for some in the region to accept, it is clear that the greater part of the economic future for smaller economies is now in services (alongside taking much greater advantage of the Caribbean’s economically strategic location to transship, assemble or manufacture). So much so that in the small island economies it is likely to be the services sector that becomes the significant economic driver in the future.
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UK picture archives on the Caribbean 1872-1960 – now available

UK colonial picture archives on the Caribbean  1872-1960 – now available

Slum house in the Caribbean

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. April 5, 2013: Caribbean nationals can now get a glimpse into the past via “The Caribbean Through a Lens Project.”

The National Archives-UK has been working with community groups there to share and explore Caribbean images from 1872 to 1960s that are being culled from the Colonial Office library photographic collection and the Central Office of Information British Empire collection of photographs.   Continue reading

The Beatles: “Imagine” – “Let It Be” – “Hey Jude” – 3 videos

“Imagine” – John Lennon

The Beatles –  “Let It Be”  Continue reading

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