Standard & Poor's Lowers Credit Rating on Belize, Citing Politics

By the Caribbean Journal staff Standard & Poor’s has lowered its long-term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings on Belize to CCC+ from B-, with its outlook “stable.” The ratings firm pointed to an announcement by Prime Minister Dean […]


Prince Harry to Visit Jamaica, Bahamas and Belize in March

Above: Prince Harry in a visit to Mozambique (Photo: Office of Prince of Wales) By the Caribbean Journal staff Britain’s Prince Harry will visit Jamaica in March as part of the international celebrations commemorating the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth […]


Belize Has Caribbean's Fastest-Growing Population: UN Report

Above: Ranguana Caye, Belize Belize is projected to have a 2 percent annual population growth rate for the first half of this decade, the fastest pace in CARICOM, according to the United Nations Development Programme. Belize, which has a population […]


Trinidad Leads Caribbean in Gender Equality: United Nations Report

Above: Trinidad Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar (Photo: TGISL) By the Caribbean Journal staff Trinidad has the highest rating the Caribbean for gender equality, according to data from the United Nations Development Programme’s latest report. Trinidad has an index of 0.331, […]

Barbados Has Caribbean's Highest Human Development Index: UN

Barbados has the highest Human Development Index of any CARICOM country, according to the latest data from the United Nations Development Programme. Barbados has an index of 0.793, which is 47th in the world, just after Croatia and ahead of […]

Barbados Has Caribbean's Highest Life Expectancy: United Nations Report

Above: Harrismith Beach in Barbados (Photo: Barbados Tourism) By the Caribbean Journal staff Barbados has the highest life expectancy in CARICOM, according to a report released by the United Nations Population Fund. The report, “State of World Population 2012,” was […]

Caribbean Statisticians Meet in Belize

By the Caribbean Journal staff The Caribbean’s statisticians are holding fort for three days in Belize City this week, aiming to harmonise statistical systems within the region. “Statistics are at the very heart of almost everything we do,” said Dr […]

St Lucia Top Caribbean Country for Doing Business: World Bank Report

By the Caribbean Journal staff Doing business is easier in St Lucia than anywhere else in CARICOM, according to the 2012 Doing Business report from the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation. St Lucia was ranked 52nd in the […]

IDB to Help Caribbean Hotels Go Green

Above: Goldeneye in Jamaica By the Caribbean Journal staff Caribbean hotels will receive a boost from the Inter-American Development Bank, which is granting $2 million to help the tourism sector in eight regional countries improve their energy efficiency. The four-year […]


Interview with Belize Chamber of Commerce President Kay Menzies

Above: Cayo Espanto, Ambergris Caye, Belize By Alexander Britell One of three non-island members of CARICOM, Belize is among the gateways to South America for the Caribbean. While the country has suffered from the downturn like the rest of the […]

CARICOM Meets on Crime

Above: the meeting in Guyana (Photo: CARICOM) By the Caribbean Journal staff Participants from St Kitts and Nevis, Belize, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago are meeting in Guyana this week as part of a four-day sub-regional meeting on gangs and […]

Belize Swears in New Chief Justice

Above: the Belizean Supreme Court By the Caribbean Journal staff Belize’s Governor General Sir Colville Young has sworn in the country’s new Chief Justice, Guyanese native Kenneth Benjamin. Benjamin is a former magistrate in Antigua, where he became Chief Magistrate […]


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