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Bill Clinton Launches Haitian Loan Fund

 Haitian businesses devastated by the 2010 earthquake could get a boost with a new initiative by former US President Bill Clinton. Clinton is launching a $20 million programme to bolster Haitian businesses, with the first loan of $415,000 going to …

Marriott BVI Foray Completes First Phase

 Above: Scrub Island By the Caribbean Journal staff The first Marriott destination in the British Virgin Islands, and the first Caribbean resort to join the company’s new Autograph Collection has completed phase one of the Scrub Island project, according to …

In Jamaica, a New Look at Literacy

 Above: the National Library of Jamaica Jamaica’s Ministry of Education has partnered with UNESCO to implement a Literacy Assessment Monitoring Programme to accurately assess literacy levels among Jamaicans. Jamaica is the first country in the Caribbean to put the project …

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 By Alexander Britell The Caribbean is continually looking for ways to emerge from the downturn. And with an economy largely dependent on tourism, a changing world economy – and a changing world climate — pose new problems for the region. …

 Above: the Centre de Reconstruction in Port-au-Prince (Photo: Open Architecture Network) While Haiti once had its own comprehensive building code, along with a zoning code, construction in Haiti has lost a coherent structure, according to Stacey McMahan. While Haitian architects …

 By Alexander Britell The “noble spirit” of rum has captivated the Caribbean for centuries, and Edward Hamilton has devoted himself to exploring it. Hamilton, who began the “Ministry of Rum” website in 1995 and is a leading rum importer based …

 Above: CARICOM Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque with Acting Guyanese President Samuel Hinds (Photo: CARICOM) New CARICOM Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque began his term yesterday with a visit to the Guyanese government, meeting with acting President Samuel Hinds and making a courtesy visit …

 The Jamaican government has completed the privatisation of the country’s sugar industry, signing a divestment agreement with state-owned Chinese company COMPLANT. Under the agreement, COMPLANT will acquire the Bernard Lodge, Frome and Monymusk lands for $9 million. “We know that …

 Above: ECLAC Executive Secretary Alicia Barcena (Photo: UN) By the Caribbean Journal staff Caribbean and Latin American authorities gathered in Santiago, Chile last week for a dialogue on the international cooperation system and its relation to development. The “Latin America …

 Above: West Indies Power CEO Kerry McDonald (Photo: Caribbean Journal) By the Caribbean Journal staff West Indies Power, which is already in the process of bringing geothermal power to Nevis, has been given approval by the government of Dominica for …

 Above right: CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque By the Caribbean Journal staff New CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque will assume office duties on Monday, April 15th. “Ambassador LaRocque assumes office as the Community’s seventh Secretary-General, with the full confidence and …

 Above: Barbados Attorney General and Home Minister Adriel Brathwaite (FP) Barbados and the United States will soon be signing a Memorandum of Understanding concerning the execution of the Secure Seas Programme, which falls under the umbrella of the Caribbean Basin …

 Above: a tent city in Haiti (UN Photo) Roland Van Hauwermeiren, director of Oxfam’s operations in Haiti, has resigned amid an inquiry into a small number of aid workers. A group of Oxfam employees in the country has been suspended …

 Above: Jamaican Foreign Minister Dr Kenneth Baugh Jamaican and Costa Rican officials met in Kingston this week to discuss a potential Free Trade Agreement between the two countries. The Costa Rican delegation was led by Anabel Gonzalez, the country’s minister …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff While Trinidad’s natural gas reserves have declined, the country is not running out of gas, according to Minister of Energy and Energy Affairs Kevin Ramnarine. “I want to make it very clear that gas is …

 The Jamaican government has signed an air services agreement with the United Arab Emirates, according to Information Minister Daryl Vaz. The deal was signed in the context of the country’s Open Skies policy, which was previously approved by the cabinet. …

 Barbados’ Tourism Ministry is looking to a number of new markets, particularly with the expansion of airlift into countries not previously explored. Minister of tourism Andrew Cox said he had undertaken a number of new initiatives looking to expand the …

 Above: Canadian diplomat Francois Montour, left, and Guyanese Prime Minister Sam Hinds (GINA Photo) The Free Trade Agreement currently in the process of being negotiated by Canada and CARICOM could see its completion by later this year, but may end …