Supporting Caribbean Entrepreneurs, Sustaining the Regional Economy

November 14, 2014 | 2:26 pm | 0 Comment


By Irene Arias Op-Ed Contributor Small and medium sized companies are the backbone of Latin America’s economy. They represent more than 90 percent of all enterprises in the region, generating over half of all jobs and a quarter of the region’s gross domestic product. They are essential to economic growth, yet their success is often blocked by one key obstacle: more...

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Seeking Caribbean Prosperity

November 14, 2014 | 6:01 am | 0 Comment


By Ryan Peterson CJ Contributor WHILE IT is no secret that the Caribbean has struggled with sustainable socio-economic growth for well over half-century, what is less readily known and acknowledged is that more than 50 percent of growth in national productivity and prosperity is explained by internal — so-called endogenous — factors and conditions, in which more...

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It’s Time For Solar in the Caribbean

November 7, 2014 | 9:53 pm | 0 Comment


By Edouard MacGuffie Op-Ed Contributor The Caribbean is well known for many superlatives – most pristine beaches, most crystal-clear water and most welcoming hospitality.  What is less known is that the Caribbean is one of the world’s most expensive places to generate power due to a dependence on imported diesel and heavy oil for energy. Yet the combined more...

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A Caribbean Lesson From Cuba

November 7, 2014 | 4:16 pm | 0 Comment


By Dennis Chung CJ Contributor LAST month I was a member of the delegation that visited Cuba with Jamaica Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson to look at that country's preparation for Ebola, and thus take back some lessons for implementation in Jamaica. There is no doubt that even though Ebola is unlikely to penetrate the Caribbean region, the fact is that the more...

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Op-Ed: Rethinking PetroCaribe

October 31, 2014 | 3:09 pm | 0 Comment


By Jevon Minto Op-Ed Contributor The International Monetary Fund’s Director for the Western Hemisphere Department, Alejandro Werner, warned this week, during a forum held in Montego Bay on Unlocking Economic Growth in the Caribbean, that the likelihood of fallout in the financing of the PetroCaribe agreement had increased; resurrecting fears of economic instability more...

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The Caribbean’s First Water Funds

October 30, 2014 | 3:59 pm | 0 Comment


Above: the Jimenoa River, Jarabacoa, Yaque del Norte Water Fund (Photo: The Nature Conservancy) By Erick F. Conde CJ Contributor Securing water supplies for communities has become a challenge for water managers across the world. In the Dominican Republic, 20% of the population does not have access to water from the nation’s aqueduct system according to the United more...

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A Recipe For Jamaican Braised Chicken

October 27, 2014 | 10:34 pm | 0 Comment


Above: Chef Nigel Spence’s Ripe Kitchen and Bar By Nigel Spence CJ Contributor Recently, I've been hearing about more and more people in Jamaica contracting a new disease called Chikungunya which has been making its way throughout the Caribbean and elsewhere. It is derived from the bite of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, known in the past to carry the Malaria more...

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The Caribbean’s Innovation Generation

October 24, 2014 | 12:00 pm | 0 Comment


By Ryan Peterson CJ Contributor The Caribbean, although often depicted as idyllic relaxation under a palm-tree next to the sea, is in fact an emerging region of youth initiatives, events, and young professional organizations that are working towards empowering and inspiring new generations through entrepreneurship. Despite labels and liabilities of a “lost more...

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Health Management in Jamaica

October 16, 2014 | 3:12 pm | 0 Comment


By Dennis Chung CJ Contributor THE world has, in recent weeks, been very concerned with the Ebola virus and more importantly, containing it. Here in Jamaica, we have been dealing with the effects of the chikungunya virus, more commonly referred to as ChikV, while also keeping our eye on what is happening with Ebola, as this can be very devastating for Jamaica and the more...

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How the Caribbean Fared at the UN Climate Summit in New York

October 7, 2014 | 6:18 pm | 0 Comment


By Michael W Beck, PhD CJ Contributor It was a momentous week recently in New York City at the United Nations (UN) Climate Summit. The purpose of the Summit was to build energy, momentum and commitments towards a new global plan for addressing climate change at the forthcoming meeting of world leaders in Paris in 2015. In building towards that ambition, the more...

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