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Barbados Vows to Continue Lobby against British Air Passenger Duty

 By the Caribbean Journal staff Barbados will continue to lobby against the existing Air Passenger Duty band system, Tourism Minister Richard Sealy said yesterday. The APD is charged at rates that vary according to the distance traveled from Britain. “I …

Barbados Urges Attention to Labour Laws in Holiday Season

 By the Caribbean Journal staff Barbadians are being urged to pay attention to labour laws as Christmas approaches, according to Labour Officer Yvette Walcott-Dennis. “The Labour Department has recognised that the holiday season is not only about good cheer but …

Barbados Has Caribbean’s Lowest Corruption: Transparency International

 By the Caribbean Journal staff Barbados has the lowest perceived level of public-sector corruption in CARICOM, according to a report released by Transparency International. Barbados has a corruption perception score of 7.8, which is higher than the United States, and …

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 Above: the Mount Gay Distillery in Barbados By the Caribbean Journal staff Like most industries, Barbados’ rum sector is facing rising energy costs — but one Barbadian minister has a solution. By using vinasse, which is the material output from …

 Above: the government-built Solar House By the Caribbean Journal staff Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart announced that the government will launch a so-called Sustainable Energy Investment Programme tomorrow at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre. The programme, which is aimed at …

 Above: Parliament in Barbados By Alexander Britell Ratings firm Standard & Poor’s affirmed its BBB-/A-3 local and foreign currency sovereign credit ratings on Barbados this week, but lowered its outlook from stable to negative. “We base our ratings on Barbados …

 The information technology capability of the Barbados Defence Force has gotten a boost, thanks to the donation of $244,530 in state-of-the-art computer equipment from the Canadian government. Canadian High Commissioner Ruth Archibald handed over the hardware to BDF Chief of …

 Above: Industry Minister Denis Kellman (Photo: BIGS/C.Pitt) Barbados Industry Minister Denis Kellman has called for the establishment of a free zone and showroom for local products. “It has been long overdue, and I can assure you that we in the …

 Above, from left: Barbados PM Freundel Stuart and CCJ President Sir Dennis Byron (UN Photos/Devra Berkowitz and Ryan Brown) By the Caribbean Journal staff Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart met with Sir Dennis Byron, new president of the Caribbean Court …

 Above: Barbados FM Sen. Maxine McClean and Chen Changzhi, Vice Chairman of China’s Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress Barbados is one of China’s “important partners” in the Caribbean region, according to Chen Changzhi, Vice Chairman of China’s Standing …

 Above: polo in Barbados Barbados is aiming to position itself as a destination for sports tourism, according to Shelly Carrington, Permanent Secretary in the country’s Ministry of Tourism. “The benefits of sports tourism include economic and community development, positive youth …

 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 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 …

 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 …

 Barbados and Costa Rica are continuing to look toward expanding ties, from economic to environmental, and both countries are determined to build stronger relationships on those fronts, according to Barbados Industry Minister Denis Kellman. “We are also hoping to create …

 Above: the Takutu river bridge linking Guyana and Brazil (Photo: GINA) By Alexander Britell Guyana, which is one of three non-island members of CARICOM, has seen strong economic growth of late as it works to pull out from the downturn. …

 Following news that Barbados and Panama were “on the verge” of an airlift agreement, Barbados Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy held “extensive” talks with COPA Airlines CEO Pedro Heilbron this week in Panama. After emerging from the talks, Sealy said …

 Above: Finance Minister Christopher Sinckler (Photo: BGIS) Joel Branski, the Inter-American Development Bank’s local representative for Barbados, met with Barbadian Finance Minister Christopher Sinckler today in St Michael, discussing a series of projects currently ongoing in the country. “I am …