Antigua withdraws from OAS summit preparation meeting over exclusion of Venezuela

WASHINGTON, USA — Antigua and Barbuda on Wednesday withdrew from participation in the second preparatory meeting for the Summit of the Americas scheduled to be held in Lima, Peru, in April, following the exclusion of Venezuela from participation. Sir Ronald Sanders, Antigua and Barbuda’s ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), which is responsible […]

European Parliament questions removal of several countries from tax haven blacklist

BRUSSELS, Belgium — During Thursday’s European Parliament debate, Members of Parliament for Europe (MEPs) questioned EU finance ministers over their removal of several countries from the tax haven blacklist in January. Out of a list of 17 countries that was published last year December, the EU removed eight countries – Barbados, Grenada, Macao, Mongolia, Panama, […]

CARICOM and Cuba to expand market access

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (BGIS): The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba have committed to providing greater market access for goods under the existing trading arrangement between the two sides. CARICOM secretary-general, Irwin LaRocque, and Cuban ambassador to CARICOM, Julio Cesar Gonzalez Marchante, recently signed the second protocol to the trade and economic cooperation agreement between the Caribbean […]

IDB President says Jamaica on track to become Caribbean’s first digital society

KINGSTON, Jamaica: The head of the Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDB) believes Jamaica will become the region’s first digital society. Luis Alberto Moreno expressed that view as the Jamaica Government took strategic steps to strengthen the foundation for the creation of a digital society, with the signing of a package of loan operations from the IDB. […]

UK continues to help Caribbean islands rebuild after hurricanes

ROSEAU, Dominica — Following the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017, the UK government said it remains committed to helping Caribbean islands to build back better. To date, the British government has provided £185 million (US$258 million) in aid to Caribbean, Commonwealth partner countries and UK Overseas Territories. This includes £35 […]

Seven-country initiative launched to support management of four-wing flyingfish

BELIZE CITY, Belize (CRFM) — Seven Caribbean countries are participating in a recently launched series of subprojects which the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) is leading under a sustainable management initiative for the flyingfish fishery. In highlighting the importance of the initiative, CRFM executive director, Milton Haughton, said: “We in the region are utilizing a […]

CARICOM marijuana commission submits status report

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government’s mandate to investigate the issue of marijuana use in the Community has resulted in national consultations in nine countries of the Community, over the past two years. These countries are Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Bahamas, Guyana, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and […]

President of Haiti received credentials from Jeffrey Williams, The Bahamas’ new abmassador

His Excellency Jeffrey Williams, Ambassador of The Bahamas to Haiti, presented his Letters of Credence to the His Excellency Jovenel Moise, President of the Republic of Haiti on Wednesday, 17 January 2018 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. President Jovenel Moise engaged Ambassador Williams in a brief discussion on cooperation in the areas migration, fisheries, agriculture and investment […]