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St Lucia PM Holds Business Talks

 Above: St Lucia Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony By the Caribbean Journal staff St Lucian Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony held talks with the country’s Chamber of Commerce yesterday aimed at improving the environment for the ease of doing business …

How Caribbean Health Impacts Caribbean Economies: Interview with the World Bank

 Above: the American University of Antigua School of Nursing By Alexander Britell Last month, the World Bank released a report about the way the growing problem of non-communicable diseases in the Caribbean is affecting the region’s economies. Chronic illnesses like …

A Boost for Haitian Small Business

 By the Caribbean Journal staff Small and medium enterprises in Haiti are getting a boost thanks to a joint programme between the International Finance Corporation and local institution Sogebank. The project involves reengineering Sogebank’s SME unit, improving its products and …

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 Above: Antigua’s Parliament By the Caribbean Journal staff A delegation from the World Bank is returning to Antigua and Barbuda today to continue work on a project assisting the government with public sector transformation, labour market policies and social protection. …

 Above: an industrial park in Haiti (UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe) By the Caribbean Journal staff The implementation of integrated economic zones could create as many as 380,000 jobs and 100,000 home sites in Haiti in the next two decades, according to …

 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 …

 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 …

 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 …

 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 …

 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, …

 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. …

 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. …

 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 …

 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 …

 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 …

 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 …

 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 …

 REDjet CEO Ian Burns wrote a letter to CARICOM Secretary General Lolita Applewhaite urging a new approach to Caribbean air travel. According to the letter, which appeared in the Jamaica Observer, Burns cited a 2006 World Bank report on air …