December 13, 2017

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 […]

Why and how airlines, resorts and governments should cooperate for a common goal

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From Caribbean News Now PHILLIPSBURG, St Maarten — Caribbean aviation attorney, Bryan P. Winters, will present a lecture entitled “Why and how airlines, resorts and tourism boards should cooperate for a common goal” during the second annual Caribbean Aviation Meetup in St Maarten from June 13 to 15. Winters will be sharing lessons he has […]

The View from Europe: Is the US any longer a reliable partner?

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By David Jessop From Caribbean News Now For the Caribbean, climate change and its mitigation is like no other issue: it is existential. The announcement by the US president on June 1 that he will withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement therefore strikes at the heart of every Caribbean citizen and government. The scientific […]

Sightsavers hails successful outcome of major Caribbean eye care programme

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Sightsavers is celebrating the successful completion of a major programme in the Caribbean region, which has led to thousands of successful treatments and delivered improvements in eye health systems. The programme has created a step change in the provision of eye care services in Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica and St Lucia, achieving all its goals to […]