September 19, 2019

The View from Europe: A cold wind starts to blow

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By David Jessop From Caribbean News Now New winds are blowing through the Caribbean. Some may welcome what they bring; others may not. Four events in the last 14 days illustrate how the region is being captured, probably irretrievably, by a new if so far ill-defined Cold War that involves the US, China, Russia and […]

The View From Europe: Sugar producers right to complain about Import Tariff Waiver

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By David Jessop From Jamaica Gleaner It is probably without precedent for a major Caribbean industry to declare that unless Caricom’s Common External Tariff, the CET, is properly enforced, the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of rural and other workers will be put at risk. For this reason, the March 15 statement by the normally […]

The View from Europe: Caribbean cybersecurity response must evolve

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By David Jessop From Jamaica Gleaner A few days ago, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, a Conservative, began an important address in an unusual way. Speaking on the subject of Deterrence in the Cyber Age, he quoted Tony Benn, the late left-wing Labour politician and peace activist. Mr Benn, he observed, had written in his […]

The View From Europe: PetroCaribe, sanctions and collateral damage

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By David Jessop From Barbados Advocate AS this is being written, an uneasy calm prevails in Haiti following nearly two weeks of widespread demonstrations against the Government of President Jovenal Moïse. Protesters had been demanding his resignation, blocking roads, burning vehicles and attacking government buildings and businesses in many parts of the country including the […]

Caribbean Marketing Fund in the making says St. Lucian Tourism Minister

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From Positive Tourism The establishment of a marketing fund to promote the Caribbean as a premier tourism destination, is being explored by tourism ministers in the region. St. Lucian Minister of Tourism and Chairman of the Caribbean Council of Ministers, Dominic Fedee, says he will be leading the charge, in collaboration with his Caribbean counterparts. […]

The View From Europe: Brexit – The long view

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By David Jessop Despite the British electorate having voted to leave the European Union (EU) two and half years ago, there is still no consensus on how to proceed. As had been wholly predictable for months, the week past showed very publicly that there is no majority in Britain’s Parliament for the UK government’s proposed […]

The View from Europe: A new approach to tourism analysis is long overdue

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By David Jessop From Dominican Today Since the mid-2000s the ability of the Caribbean tourism sector to  generate rapid economic growth has been widely accepted by international financial institutions such as the IMF, World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. This seems to have occurred at the point at which it became apparent that services […]

The View From Europe: Changing US-China relations do not bode well for the Caribbean

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By David Jessop From Barbados Advocate In just over a week’s time on December 2, COP24, the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference will take place in Katowice in Poland. In the two days before the G20, the grouping of the world’s most powerful states, will meet in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At both meetings the […]

Artificial Intelligence will change the nature of Caribbean tourism

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By David Jessop From Jamaica Gleaner Among the extra-ordinary technological advances that will take place globally over the next decade, the most potent for the Caribbean may be artificial intelligence or AI. This is because its rapid introduction into almost every commercial aspect of tourism means that it will change fundamentally the relationship between visitors, […]

The Caribbean should be leading the electric car revolution. so why isn’t it?

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By Dan Nosowitz From New York Mag The islands of the Caribbean are not a monolith, but they do have one thing in common: sunshine, and, aside from Trinidad and Tobago, a general lack of domestic fuel sources. Entrepreneurs and governments alike see an opportunity there, one that takes advantage of what the Caribbean has […]