July, 2008

Call for more Florida-Caribbean trade

One of the top officials of the Organisation of American States (OAS) has urged businessmen in Florida to cash in on trade with Caribbean countries and suggested that the state form a united agenda on doing business with the region.

Regional food fund created

A special multi-million US dollar fund established by Venezuela has been set up to help ensure food supplies to Caribbean countries and others who are part of the PetroCaribe agreement.

Liberalisation not all bad, says B’dos minister

Barbados’ Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and International Business, Christopher Sinckler, has suggested that while there are challenges arising from the liberalisation of agricultural trade, the Caribbean will also have many opportunities from the overall expansion of trade as a whole.

More aid for Guyana farmers

Guyana has signed an agreement with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) that which will help farmers diversify their agricultural production.

Haiti gets CDB funds

Residents of disadvantaged urban areas of Haiti are to benefit from US$4 million in grant financing from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) for a community-driven urban development project. 

Calm after Montserrat volcano eruption

Montserratians who were evacuated from the occupied safe zone on Monday night after the collapse of the Soufrière Hills Volcano’s dome are back in their homes after government gave the all clear on Tuesday.

Climate change aid bitter-sweet for Guyana

Guyana’s President Bharrat Jagdeo is pleased that Guyana is among 14 developing countries recently selected as the first to receive money for combating tropical deforestation and climate change from an initial US$82 million partnership, but he’s not so happy with the mechanism through which these payments will be effected.

Experts warn of threats to MDG progress in Caribbean

Top United Nations experts on Latin America and the Caribbean have warned that global economic shocks could throw some 16 million people of the Americas into extreme poverty, threatening important gains toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the region.

BVI turn to ex UK police officers

Premier Ralph O’Neal has announced that  his government is moving ahead with its plans to recruit seven former United Kingdom officers to help fight crime in the British Virigin Islands.