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Op-Ed: Cayman Islands Attorney General Samuel Bulgin on Ethics in Public Life

Ethics, Integrity and Accountability in Public Life By Hon. Samuel Bulgin, QC, JP Caribbean island nations are no longer solely laid back retreats for those seeking sun, sand and sea. We are world-ranked financial centres, and our tourism industries demand […]

Digicel to Build $45M Haiti Marriott Hotel

By the Caribbean Journal staff The Digicel Group will build a $45 million, 173-room hotel in Port-au-Prince operating under the Marriott brand the company announced. Port-au-Prince has roughly 500 hotel rooms currently in operation, and the hotel, which would target […]

Forbes: The Power of Jamaica’s 51 Percent

Above: Dr Leith Dunn (UWI Gender Studies), Mrs. Judith Wedderburn (Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, FES), Her Excellency Mathu Joyini, High Commissioner, South África, Mrs. Lorna Green, founding member, Women Business Owners, Jamaica. By Marcia Forbes, PhD “The 51 Percent Coalition – […]

Talking Caribbean Small Business with the Inter-American Development Bank

By Alexander Britell The Inter-American Development Bank recently released a report containing the findings of a survey of 190 banks in the Latin America-Caribbean region. The bank wanted to gauge attitudes of commercial institutions in the area about small and […]

Caribbean Nations Prepare for Durban

Above: Durban, South Africa By the Caribbean Journal staff Caribbean nations are preparing for the upcoming Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa at the end of November. Small Island States like those in the Caribbean are particularly vulnerable to […]

Guyana Positioning Tourism Sector for International Market

Above: the Surama Eco-Lodge By the Caribbean Journal staff Guyanese tourism is no longer about attracting tourists from the US, Canada and the Caribbean, according to Tourism Minister Manniram Prashad — and the country is trying to position its market […]

Interview with Chef Alain Ducasse

Above: Alain Ducasse (Photo: M Rougemont) By Alexander Britell There are chefs, and then there is Alain Ducasse. The legendary chef was the first to have Michelin three-star restaurants in three different cities at the same time, and has earned […]

LIAT, Nevis Agree on Promotion Plan

Above: Nevis (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Airline LIAT and Nevis have agreed on a joint plan to promote the island for the upcoming season, following a meeting between LIAT CEO Brian Challenger and a delegation led by […]

Forbes: Women and Politics in Jamaica

Above, from left: Jamaican Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller, MP Sharon Hay-Webster (JLP) and Culture Minister Olivia Grange By Marcia Forbes, PhD Op-Ed Contributor Patriarchy in Place The debate rages on around the world and is about to get really […]

S&P Explains Bahamas Downgrade

Above: downtown Nassau (Photo: CJ) By Alexander Britell On Monday, ratings firm Standard & Poor’s announced it had lowered the Bahamas’ sovereign credit rating from BBB+/A-2 to BBB/A-3, citing a heavier weight its new sovereign credit rating criteria places on […]

Op-Ed: Developing the Right Small Business Act for the Bahamas

Above: Bay Street in Nassau (CJ Photo) By Mark A Turnquest Op-Ed Contributor After my organization hosted the country’s first Small Business Summit in 2009, it was evident that the Bahamas needed a national strategic plan for the development of […]

In the Bahamas, a Fresh Look at Art

By Alexander Britell Just off Nassau’s East Street North, in a place known more for tax than talent, a new generation of Bahamian artists is getting its chance to be seen. The once-bare walls and open spaces of the Bahamas’ […]

St Kitts’ Delta Squad Begins Operations

By the Caribbean Journal staff A joint unit of the St Kitts-Nevis Defence Force and the Royal St Christopher and Nevis Police Force has begun operations, highlighted by its first mission in St Kitts’ New Town and Mc Knight. The […]

Following China’s Lead, South Korea Looks to Caribbean Market

Above: Antigua PM Baldwin Spencer and South Korea FM Kim Sung Hwan (UN Photos: Eskinder Debebe and JC McIlwaine) By Alexander Britell China has been extending its influence and investment in the Caribbean region over the last several years, highlighted […]

Disabled in a Handicapped Country

By James English All photos by James English PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Sainte Marie is a neighborhood located on the side of a steep hill in southern Port-au-Prince.  The area was heavily damaged during the earthquake of January 12, 2010, and […]

In the Bahamas, a Look at Climate Change

Above: Minister of State, Ministry of Environment Phenton Neymour (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) More than 100 experts are gathering in the Bahamas to discuss the importance of climate change education for small island developing states at the UNESCO Conference on Climate […]

How Grammy Winner Dion Parson is Bridging Jazz and the Caribbean

By Alexander Britell It’s not easy to innovate in any musical genre –- but Grammy-winning drummer Dion Parson, a native of St Thomas, is doing just that – bringing together the worlds of the Caribbean and jazz and creating what […]

Tim Peck: For a Sustainable Tourism Model, Look to Antigua

Above: Carlisle Bay, Antigua By Tim Peck The Caribbean tourism industry waits with bated breath for the announcement of the OECS Common Tourism Policy on October 1. As the first policy of its kind for our region, a tourism blueprint […]

In Jamaica, an Energetic Tax Debate

Above: from left, Dr Peter Phillips and Minister Audley Shaw By the Caribbean Journal staff Jamaica’s cabinet decision to re-introduce a Special Consumption Tax on energy drinks in the country has led to a political row. The tax had reportedly […]

Economist Dr Michael Witter on Debt, Globalisation and the Jamaican Economy

By Alexander Britell Dr Michael Witter is an economist and senior lecturer at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies at the University of the West Indies Mona. He is also one of the Caribbean’s experts on […]

In Jamaica’s Spanish Town, One Woman’s Crusade against Gun Violence

Above: Spanish Town By Alexander Britell While the Jamaican government released a report last week showing a dramatic drop in violence, including murders, the country still faces a tall order in controlling the problem — evidenced by a rash of […]

Ocho Rios to See $21M Tourism Project

Above: Jamaican Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett on a tour of Ocho Rios yesterday (JIS Photo) Jamaica’s Ocho Rios has been earmarked for a $21.1 million tourism project, according to Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett. The project, which will involve […]

Haiti, Nepal Cholera Nearly Identical

Above: cholera treatment in Haiti (UN Photo: Marco Dormino) By the Caribbean Journal staff An article released yesterday in the online medical journal mBio found that Haiti’s cholera originated in Nepal, a claim first reported in a study by the […]

Author Matthew Parker on Sugar and the Rise and Fall of the British West Indies

Above: a sugar mill in the 17th century (Photo: By Alexander Britell The Caribbean was built largely on the success of its sugar crop — and the story of the success and decline of “white gold,” and the wide-ranging […]

Guyana, Brazil Strengthen Relations

Above: Brazilian Foreign Minister Ambassador Antonio Patriota and Guyanese Foreign Minister Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett (GIA Photo) Guyana and Brazil are strengthening relations on several fronts, highlighted by a Sports Cooperation Agreement that will develop sports competitions and share experience in sports […]

China’s Hu Visits Grand Bahama

Above: Ambassador Hu Shan, Bradley Armbrister, Island Administrator for the Bahamas’ East End District and Madame Liu Ping (BIS Photo/Vandyke Hepburn) Chinese Ambassador to the Bahamas Hu Shan made his first official visit to Grand Bahama Wednesday, looking at the […]

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 […]

Barbados Looks to Cut Energy Use

Barbados Senator Darcy Boyce is calling for a partnership between the government, private sector and homeowners to work together to cut energy consumption on the island. Boyce, who is the Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office responsible for […]


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