Regional News


Caribbean Tourism Organization Treating Sargassum “Seriously and With Urgency”

What’s next for seaweed problem? By Dana Niland CJ Contributor The seasonal spike of Sargassum seaweed on Caribbean beaches has captured the attention of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and tourism policymakers across the region. In a statement released today, […]


CARICOM and the Vatican Establish Diplomatic Relations

Another new Caribbean diplomatic partner By Alexander Britell CARICOM and the Vatican have officially established diplomatic ties, the two sides announced this week. CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque accepted the credentials of the Vatican’s first-ever Ambassador to CARICOM, Archbishop […]

Jamaica’s Surplus Question

What’s the right target? By Dennis Chung CJ Contributor THE primary surplus on the fiscal accounts can be defined as what is left to service debt after the government considers its revenues and expenditure on running the country. So wages, […]


US, Cuba Officially Restore Diplomatic Relations, Reopen Embassies

New embassies in Washington and Havana By the Caribbean Journal staff In a historic moment for the region, the United States and Cuba reopened their respective embassies in Washington and Havana on Monday morning, officially restoring diplomatic relations. American and […]

Support Grows for CARICOM Tourism Platform

Bahamas’ Christie gains fans after recent speech on tourism By Dana Niland CJ Contributor Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie’s recent speech underscoring the importance of tourism to the regional economy is finding support from the region’s hotel industry. The Caribbean Hotel […]

In CARICOM, a Push for Creativity

Above: young entrepreneur Warren Cassell (centre) By Dana Niland CJ Contributor Private sector investment and entrepreneurship are key elements for sustainable growth and fighting unemployment in the Caribbean, CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, said this week at the opening of […]


Barbados to Assume CARICOM Chairmanship

Above: Barbados (CJ Photo) By Dana Niland CJ Contributor Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart will assume chairmanship of the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARIOM) on July 1, replacing Prime Minister Perry Christie of the Bahamas. Stuart will first address CARICOM in […]

What Obama’s Visit Meant to Jamaica

By David Rowe Op-Ed Contributor What first came across from last week’s visit to Jamaica by United States President Barack Obama was the pride. Jamaica was proud to host what was the first visit to the country by a sitting […]

In Historic Meeting, Barack Obama, Raul Castro Talk in Panama

Above: US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro By the Caribbean Journal staff This week’s Summit of the Americas in Panama was significant for a number of reasons — none more so than Cuba’s first-ever attendance of the […]


Barack Obama Visits Jamaica, Urges Caribbean on Green Energy

Above: US President Barack Obama in Jamaica By the Caribbean Journal staff United States President Barack Obama became the first sitting president to visit Jamaica in more than 33 years with a visit to Jamaica this week. Obama arrived on […]

CARICOM Sending Science, Technology Delegation to Cuba

Above: Havana By the Caribbean Journal staff CARICOM is looking to deepen its science and technology ties with Cuba. The Caribbean Community announced that it would be sending a CARICOM Science Delegation to Cuba “in an effort to strengthen technology […]

United States President Barack Obama to Visit Jamaica

Above: United States President Barack Obama By Alexander Britell United States President Barack Obama will be visiting the Caribbean next month. In what will be his first visit to the region since 2011, Obama will be making an official visit […]


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