February 25, 2017

Sir Ronald Sanders: The future of financial services in the Caribbean – Part 2

By Sir Ronald Sanders From Caribbean News Now A presentation by Sir Ronald Sanders on Friday, February 17, 2017, at a conference organised by Goethals Consulting Corp in Panama on “Widening the Pathways to Open Societies” When, as ambassador of my country to the US, I pointed out to the Commissioner of the US Inland […]

Canada’s role in ‘snow washing’ money to evade taxes

By Martin Kenney From Our Windsor Ca Mossack Fonseca’s office in the British Virgin Islands drew global attention, but the offshore financial centres in Cayman, Scotland, Canada and most notably in the U.S. are not perfect either Canadians should be concerned that our good name is being used to add credibility to companies and individuals […]

Pat Kreitlow: It’s good to be back home [from the Cayman Islands]

By Keith O’Donnell From The Chippewa Herald It’s nice to be back home in western Wisconsin after three years living in another country. Yes, even at this time of year. Sharry and I have enjoyed collecting the double-takes from people surprised to see us back on the tundra after three years in the Caribbean. We […]

Sir Ronald Sanders: Transparency vital in passport and residence programmes

By Sir Ronald Sanders From Jamaica Observer The global US television company, Cable News Network (CNN), broadcast the first part of a programme on February 8, 2017 alleging the sale of Venezuelan passports to Iraqis and others through the country’s embassy in Baghdad. The programme suggested that it is possible that terrorists might have been […]

The new Caribbean Patent Convention and Caricom stasis

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BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Why offshore financial services declined

By Tony Best From Barbados Nation News Barbados’ offshore financial services jurisdiction is suffering from the impact of a triple whammy of body blows, with more pain to be felt soon. The cumulative damage was summed up in the recent Central Bank economic report for 2016, which showed a nine per cent decline in assets […]

Trump’s political ideas: A cursory view

By Oliver Mills From Caribbean News Now Whenever a political figure enters the political arena and attracts significant support, along with the attention of the popular press, immediately those with an interest in politics try to examine and analyse the basis of his or her ideas, why they seem to captivate such a large portion […]

St Lucia government’s ‘alternative fact sheet’

By Melanius Alphonse From Caribbean News Now It took seven months for the prime minister and minister of finance Allen Chastanet to sort out his administration’s economic ethos and principles. However, the message is: “The economy is broke, Saint Lucia is in trouble.” “The government was focusing on three primary areas in terms of building […]

Sir Ronald Sanders: Trump, trade and the Caribbean

By Sir Ronald Sanders Trade between the US and other countries of the world, particularly China, was a major plank of Donald Trump’s campaign for the Presidency. He regarded all the trade deals as inimical to US interests. So, is there reason for Caribbean Community Common Market (CARICOM) countries to worry about their trade relationship […]

Ewin James: Trump and Obama’s legacy

By EWIN JAMES. Some people have begun screaming that President Donald Trump, by signing the Executive Order to begin dismantling Obamacare, is determined to destroy the legacy of Barack Obama as though doing so were some treasonous act. They propound the idea that Trump has some obligation to preserve the legacy of Obama, whatever that […]