February 19, 2018

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 […]

The View From Europe: UNWTO seeks to broaden tourism’s developmental role

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By David Jessop From Barbados Advocate A new and potentially challenging way of thinking about the future of tourism is evolving. It sees the industry as having an economic purpose that is quite different from the role it presently plays in much of the Caribbean. The new paradigm requires that travel and tourism contribute to […]

The View From Europe: reshaping inter-regional trade and investment

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BY DAVID JESSOP From Barbados Advocate For decades, the Caribbean has been fixated on the need to export to, and import from its traditional markets in North America and Europe. It has also sought to encourage visitor arrivals from the same nations, and to buy from them billions of Dollars in foodstuffs. The consequence is […]

The view from Europe: Russian interest in the Caribbean continues to grow

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By DAVID JESSOP On October 10, a report appeared in the Russian media indicating that Russia and Suriname are close to signing a military co-operation agreement. It was based on remarks made to Russia’s Duma (Lower House of Parliament) by Alexandr Schetinin, the Director of the Department of Latin America in its Ministry of Foreign […]

The view from Europe: rethinking the relationship with Europe

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BY: DAVID JESSOP From Barbados Advocate Today, October 1, the European Union’s sugar regime, which has for decades sustained the production of cane and raw sugar in the Caribbean, comes to an end. This is scarcely news. As a long-planned domestic measure, the EU decided in 2013 to abolish national sugar production quotas in Europe […]

David Jessop: The value of the genuine Caribbean

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By David Jessop From Jamaica Gleaner In an age when most in the business of tourism are seeking to increase their income by selling authenticity to millennials and baby-boomers, it is perhaps puzzling that another rapidly growing industry segment now wants to deliver just the opposite. Type the words ‘private islands’ into a search engine […]

The view from Europe: Brexit, global trade and the overseas territories

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BY DAVID JESSOP From The Barbados Advocate Last month a report appeared indicating just how important one of the Caribbean’s overseas territories has become in facilitating global trade. The study ‘Creating Value: the BVI’s Global Contribution’, commissioned by BVI Finance from the international research consultancy, Capital Economics, showed that the despite the country’s size, it […]