February 20, 2018

Caribbean Export launch a new tool to support BSOs

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Bridgetown, BARBADOS, February 16, 2018. A new online tool developed by the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) with funding from the European Union has been launched. The SME Diagnostic Tool was developed to assist CARIFORUM SMEs increase their export competitiveness. exporTT have adopted the tool which will be utilised as a central aspect of […]

Former Renault F1 boss Flavio Briatore gets 18-month sentence for tax fraud

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From Urdupoint Rome, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 11th Feb, 2018 ):Flamboyant Italian tycoon and former boss of the Benetton and Renault F1 racing teams Flavio Briatore was Saturday sentenced on appeal to 18 months in jail for tax evasion in connection with his luxury yacht, press reports said. Briatore, whose multi-million-dollar superyacht “Force […]

Jamaica: Senator Johnson Smith to preside over council of ACP states

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, will preside over the Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States for the next six months. Johnson Smith’s tenure, which began on February 1, will last until July 2018. This was disclosed by President of the […]

CARIFORUM states to build capacity to respond to drug problem

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From Caribbean News Now KINGSTOWN, St Vincent — Representatives of the Forum of Caribbean States (CARIFORUM) will hold technical discussions on the seventh round of the multilateral evaluation mechanism (MEM) process on February 7, 2017, in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). The one-day technical meeting will be followed by two days of intense training, […]

Kabul attack: Taliban kill 95 with ambulance bomb in Afghan capital

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From BBC A suicide bombing has killed at least 95 people and injured 158 others in the centre of Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, officials say. Attackers drove an ambulance laden with explosives past a police checkpoint in a secure zone, home to government offices and foreign embassies. The target is believed to have been an interior […]

St. Lucia expects removal from EU Tax Haven Blacklist

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From The St Kitts & Nevis Observer The St Lucia government stated it expects to join fellow Caribbean Community (CARICOM) neighbours, Barbados and Grenada, in being removed from a new list of global tax havens by the European Union. The EU has signalled its intention to remove the CARICOM countries after they submitted plans to […]

Sir Ronald Sanders: 2018 will test CARICOM’s collective resolve

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By Sir Ronald Sanders From Kaieteur News In 2018, unless Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries eschew their tendency to pursue narrow ‘national interests’ in the conduct of their international relations, each of them individually, and all of them collectively, will be buffeted by larger and more powerful countries and regions. The CARICOM states that accede or […]

Petition filed by Colours Cayman to the EU Parliament – UPDATE

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GRAND CAYMAN, CAYMAN ISLANDS, 17 December 2017: Colours Cayman filed a Petition with the EU Parliament in May 2017 in which it was requested that the following pre-conditions be imposed on the United Kingdom (“UK”) for the entry into negotiations over any trade agreements upon its exit from the European Union (“EU”) and for any […]

Who will represent the region‘s private sector?

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Bridgetown, BARBADOS, 13th December 2017: The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), in collaboration with the world’s largest donor organization, the European Union, pulled together some of the region’s most influential business leaders and private sector representative organisations to answer this very question last week at a Private Sector Engagement Meeting in Kingston, Jamaica. The […]

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 […]