May 21, 2018

The View From Europe: the future cost of Trump’s ‘America First’ policy

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BY: DAVID JESSOP From The Barbados Advocate At first sight, last week’s decision by the US President to abrogate the hard-won 2015 UN Security Council deal on nuclear weapons with Iran may seem to have little bearing on the Caribbean. What it does, however, is take US exceptionalism to a new level. It ignores the […]

The View from Europe: The Overseas Territories – The long view

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By David Jessop From Barbados Advocate A few days ago, the British Parliament voted to compel Britain’s overseas territories (OTs) in the Caribbean to adopt public registers of company ownership. The decision, which has been condemned by the states concerned, has multiple implications. It ignores their sovereignty, disenfranchises locally elected legislatures, undercuts economic development, harms […]

The View From Europe: Brexit’s many imponderables

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By DAVID JESSOP From Barbados Advocate Many months have passed since this column last addressed the issue of Brexit and what it may mean for the Caribbean and its long-standing relationship with the United Kingdom. This is because the shape of Britain’s future relationship with the EU27 and other international trade partners including the Caribbean […]

David Jessop: The region’s recent history is being lost

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By David Jessop From Jamaica Gleaner At the start of the month, Barbados’ former Prime Minister, Owen Arthur, officially departed the island’s Parliament and elective politics. Some weeks prior, he had indicated that he would not be running again in his St Peter constituency after the island’s legislature had been dissolved. Uniquely, he is the […]

The View From Europe: The EU27, common values and the Caribbean

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By David Jessop From Dominican Today At the start of February, Stefano Manservisi, the Director General of the European Commission’s Development Directorate, delivered a lecture at the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI). It was a part of university’s Distinguished Open Lectures series. His subject was ‘The EU and the Caribbean: […]

The View From Europe: The danger in what others wish for in Venezuela

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By David Jessop From Barbados Advocate A few days ago, the International Energy Agency reported that oil production in the US was undergoing extraordinary’ growth. The OECD-related body for net importers of oil said that the increase meant that US ‘production could equal global demand growth’ largely because of its rapidly expanding shale output. This […]

Bould Consulting Limited presents to British expertise and Caribbean Council experts in London on the impacts of hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean on 30th January 2018

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Some 50 key persons assisting with and interested in the recovery efforts particularly in the Leeward islands of the Caribbean gathered at the British Expertise headquarters in London on 30th January 2018 to listen to presentations from both Government representatives and industry experts as to the impacts, challenges and opportunities from the catastrophic damage resulting […]

The View from Europe: Time to reconsider the value of cruise tourism?

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BY DAVID JESSOP From Barbados Advocate At the end of November, the Cuban government hosted an unusual meeting. Then, the Presidents of nine of the world’s leading cruise companies, plus significant figures from three others, met with Cuban ministers and senior officials in Havana. The meeting was in part to discuss how the cruise lines […]

David Jessop: New US security policy raises difficult questions for the Caribbean

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From Dominican Today By David Jessop, Dominican Today senior Op-Ed contributor. By law, every US President must publish a national security strategy. The objective is to provide the highest-level guidance on the responses required by the country’s military, diplomatic, and executive branches to real or perceived threats. Last Tuesday, following a speech by President Trump […]

The View from Europe: taxation, economic globalization and the Caribbean

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BY DAVID JESSOP From Barbados Advocate No one likes to pay taxes. Despite this, there is widespread recognition that their imposition is necessary if citizens are to be provided with social services such as education, health care and pensions. For most Caribbean countries taxation is problematic. Small populations, relatively low levels of economic activity, high […]