Month: July 2011

Improving Jamaican Manufacturing

Above: Minister of Industry Dr Christopher Tufton (JIS Photo) There still issues for the Jamaican government to adjust as it seeks to expand the country’s manufacturing sector, Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce Dr Christopher Tufton said. “It’s a challenge, […]


Applewhaite: Help Region's Private Sector

By the Caribbean Journal staff Acting CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Lolita Applewhaite, who will soon be replaced by new permanent Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque, called for donors to help the region’s private sector in a speech at the opening of the Second […]


Trinidad Looks to Avert National Strike

Above: Trinidad PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar (TIS Photo) Trinidad Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has expressed confidence that there will be no general national strike, following meetings with labour leaders yesterday. There have been ongoing negotiations between the government and labour unions, […]


Jamaica's Palmyra Resort in Receivership

The $150 million Palmyra Resort and Spa in Rose Hall, Jamaica, has been placed in receivership by local banks, according to sources. National Commercial Bank, likely the hotel’s largest creditor, is owed $88 million in financing. Kenneth Tomlinson, the CEO […]

Grenada Amends Insurance Law

Above: Grenada’s Parliament Parliament has passed an insurance amendment act 2011 which seeks to change certain provisions of the Insurance Act 2010, highlighted by a broadening of the definition of “local company.” The amended california state car seat laws will […]

IDB grants $35M for Haiti Electricity

Above: 70 percent of Haitians have no electricity (UN Photo: Marco Dormino) By the Caribbean Journal staff The Inter-American Development Bank announced it would be giving Haiti a $35 million grant to support the country’s electricity sector and the management […]


In Nevis, a Sanctuary for Sea Turtles

Above: Lemuel Pemberton’s Nevis Turtle Group has monitored more than 150 sea turtles since 2003. (Photo: Nevis Turtle Group) By Alexander Britell NEVIS– They may arrive at midnight, or not at all. But when Nevis’ most unpredictable visitors show up […]

Unease over Jamaica's IMF Review

The Private Sector Organization of Jamaica is concerned about Jamaica’s loan arrangement with the International Monetary Fund, as the world body has yet to complete its performance review for December 2010 and March 2011. Earlier this week, People’s National Party […]

Barbados Nears Free Universal Wi-Fi

Barbados is on track toward becoming the first country in the world to offer free wireless access everywhere, according to Melanie Jones of the Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation. The group is looking to make sure that there is free Wi-Fi in […]

In Jamaica, a New Tack on Tax

Above: Finance Minister Audley Shaw (JIS Photo) Jamaica is looking to instill a culture of tax compliance in the country, in response to what Finance Minister Audley Shaw called an “unacceptably low” level of tax payments. “There are people who […]

BP Doubles Trinidad Oil Exploration

By the Caribbean Journal staff British Petroleum said it had been awarded a pair of deepwater oil exploration blocks off the Trinidad coast. The two blocks are off of Trinidad’s eastern coast. BP’s Trinidad operations account for more than half […]

Boston Teams Fight Haiti Cholera

Photo: David Walton/Partners in Health A team from Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital is joining the charge to fight the Haitian cholera outbreak that has ravaged the earthquake-torn country. Last week, six medical professionals, including one doctor, headed to the Hospital […]


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