Month: January 2012

Hillary Clinton Phones Jamaican Prime Minister, Offers Assistance

 Above: US Secretary State Hillary Clinton and Jamaican PM Portia Simpson Miller (Photos: US State Department and OPM Jamaica) By the Caribbean Journal staff United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton telephoned new Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller today …

St Kitts and Nevis to Break Ground on Agro-Tourism Project with Taiwan

 By the Caribbean Journal staff Next week, St Kitts and Nevis will break ground on what the country hopes will be a major new part of its tourism strategy. The country’s goal is for the Agro-Tourism Demonstration Farm Project, which …

Jamaica: “Great Opportunities” in ICT

 Above: State Minister Julian Jay Robinson (JIS Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Jamaica’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector presents the greatest opportunities for job creation through investment, according to Julian Robinson, Minister of State in the Ministry of …

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 Above: St Lucia Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony By the Caribbean Journal staff St Lucian Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony held talks with the country’s Chamber of Commerce yesterday aimed at improving the environment for the ease of doing business …

 Above: a gold mine in Guyana (Photo: GINA) By the Caribbean Journal staff Guyana has launched the first-ever Women Miners’ Association, the government announced this week. Human Services Minister Jennifer Webster said the move would aid a number of women …

 Above, from left: IMF Caribbean Regional Director, Luis Breuer; IMF Resident Representative, Dr Gene Leon, Financial Secretary Dr Wesley Hughes and Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips (JIS Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Following the International Monetary Fund’s visit to …

 Above: the Viceroy Anguilla By the Caribbean Journal staff The Caribbean’s hotel industry reported improvements in three key metrics in 2011, according to data from STR. Hotel occupancy in the region rose by 2.6 percent to 61.8 percent, the average …

 Above: Guyanese President Donald Ramotar with officials from ExxonMobil (Photo: GINA) By the Caribbean Journal staff Guyanese President Donald Ramotar met today with officials from ExxonMobil Exploration, who are in the country for their semi-annual meeting. The two sides discussed …

 Above: a rendering of the proposed hotel By the Caribbean Journal staff Miami-based developer Michael Capponi, who is leading a large redevelopment of the city of Jacmel in Haiti, announced that his firm would be building a 44-room boutique hotel …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff The Canada-based Solamon company announced its plan to build the largest solar power plant in the Caribbean in Jamaica, at an estimated cost of $450 million. The programme aims to improve the country’s energy infrastructure …

 Above: Damion Crawford, State Minister for Tourism and Entertainment By the Caribbean Journal staff Reggae must once again play a role in effecting change in society, according to Damion Crawford, Jamaica State Minister for Tourism and Entertainment. “The music needs …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff An overhaul to Barbados’ agriculture sector is long overdue, according to prominent agriculturalist Dr Chelston Brathwaite. Brathwaite said Barbados is still operating a model inherited from the pre-independence period. “That model has run its course,” …

 Above: the Turks and Caicos House of Assembly By the Caribbean Journal staff The Turks and Caicos has intensified discussions over a new pathway to citizenship in the territory, holding a series of country-wide community meetings aimed at creating a …

 Above: Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller By the Caribbean Journal staff Jamaica’s government will be moving ahead with its Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme, or JEEP, despite an apparent limited amount of funds available. Funding for the programme is provided by …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff The Barbadian Ministry of Education and the Brewster Trust will work with UK club Arsenal on a football programme aimed at helping primary and secondary students build confidence, promote discipline and raise self-esteem. The pilot …

 Above: Kirani James signs the deal with LIME Grenada GM Angus Steele By the Caribbean Journal staff Grenadian star sprinter Kirani James has signed an endorsement deal with LIME, the company announced today. James, the current world champion in the …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff The International Monetary Fund’s Executive Board has completed its first review of St Kitts and Nevis’ economic performance under a 36-month Stand-by Arrangement. The completion of the review allows the immediate disbursement of $17.6 million, …

 Above: Grenadian Prime Minister Tillman Thomas (UN Photo/JC McIlwaine) By Alexander Britell GRENADA – Last weekend, Grenada hosted the seventh UK-Caribbean Forum, a series of high-level talks aimed at developing a new and more modern relationship between the UK and …