April, 2008

ICTs can help the poor, says OAS official

The Assistant Secretary General of the Organisation of American States (OAS) has called on policy makers, providers and experts to put greater emphasis on applying innovation in information and communication technologies (ICTs) to address the needs of the poorest in society.

St Kitts government blasts PETA

The St. Kitts government has blasted People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for its attempt to boycott tourism to the island, describing the move as “outrageous” and “unjustifiable”.

International NGO knocks Caribbean EPA

Caribbean negotiators in the economic partnership agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU) have been knocked by Oxfam International for giving up too much in the services sector. 

Caribbean seeks a green revolution

Late last month, the director of finance and planning at the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Dr. Warren Smith, warned regional leaders that overhauling local agriculture was critical to solve mounting problems of food security.

Opposition warns of CARIFESTA challenge

As officials in Guyana prepare to officially roll out its activities the 10th Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA X), the main Opposition People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) has warned that it will make things difficult if the suspension imposed on a private television station is not lifted.

Caribbean EPA held up as a model

Even as some Caribbean governments plan revisions to the economic partnership agreement (EPA) initialled with Europe last December, the Caribbean EPA is being held up as a model by the lead negotiator on the European side.

Salary MOU signed without half of Jamaica’s unions

It didn’t have the support of half of the island’s trade unions, but a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) covering the salary package for public sector workers over the next two years has been signed between the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU) and the Bruce Golding government.