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World Bank Plans Haiti Strategy

Above: a factory in Haiti (WB Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff The World Bank’s strategy in Haiti in 2012 will focus on disaster management, infrastructure, education and jobs, the organization announced. The 2012 Haiti Interim Strategy Note programs $255 […]

Ahead of Monday's Election, Guyana's Jagdeo Gives Farewell Address

Above: Guyanese President Bharrat Jagdeo (Photo: GINA) By the Caribbean Journal staff After 12 years as Guyana’s president, Bharrat Jagdeo will not be seeking re-election, and gave his farewell speech yesterday. “It has been the greatest privilege of my life […]

CJ Politics

Interview with St Lucian Tourism Minister Sen. Allen Chastanet

By Alexander Britell St Lucians head to the polls on Monday, with a choice between Prime Minister Stephenson King’s ruling United Workers Party and former Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony’s Saint Lucia Labour Party. The major issues in a tightly-fought […]


World Bank: Chronic Diseases Threaten Caribbean Economic Growth

Above: San Fernando General Hospital in Trinidad (Photo: Trinidad Ministry of Health) By the Caribbean Journal staff Chronic diseases like heart disease, obesity and diabetes are the leading cause of death in the Caribbean, and their rapidly- increasing share of […]

Suriname, World Bank Renew Partnership

By the Caribbean Journal staff A contingent from the World Bank began a three-day visit to Suriname yesterday aimed at rewinding the bank’s commitment to the country. World Bank Director for the Caribbean Francoise Clottes was joined by Giorgio Valentini, […]

Guyana Chamber of Commerce President Komal Ramnauth Talks Business

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. […]

CJ Interviews

Talking China with World Bank Lead Caribbean Economist Auguste Kouame

Above: the Chinese embassy in Kingston By Alexander Britell China’s involvement – and influence – in the Caribbean region has grown rapidly over the last several years – from the construction of new national sports stadiums to large-scale infrastructure projects. […]

EU Urges Jamaican Tax Reform

Above: From left, Industry Minister Dr Christopher Tufton and EU Delegation Head Amb. Marco Alemanni Private and public sector stakeholders in Jamaica should commit to measures to effect tax reforms and contain wage increases if it is to achieve macroeconomics […]

Cristina Savescu, World Bank Economist, on Caribbean Growth

By Alexander Britell Earlier this week, the World Bank released a report on growth prospects for Latin America and the Caribbean. That macro region had three distinct areas – Latin America itself, which is in the midst of an economic […]


Jamaica's Golding Talks Economy to Brookings Institution in Washington

Director of the Latin American Initiative at the Brookings Institute, Mauricio Cardenas and Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding (JIS Photo) Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding delivered a lecture on the Jamaican economy to Washington’s Brookings Institution think tank, focusing on […]

Caribbean Must Shift Growth Strategy, according to World Bank Report

By the Caribbean Journal staff The Caribbean region, like the rest of the developing world, must refocus its strategies from crisis-fighting to structural reforms aimed at growth, according to this month’s Global Economic Prospects report from the World Bank. “Developing […]

Jamaican Prime Minister Begins High-Level Talks in Washington, D.C.

Prime Minister Bruce Golding Arrives at Washington’s Ronald Reagan Airport (JIS Photo) Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding arrived in Washington, D.C. yesterday for high-level talks. The talks are part of a five-day visit for Golding. He was met by Jamaica’s […]


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