November 27, 2021

The View from Europe: Climate change – a test of the region’s staying power

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By David Jessop From Caribbean News Now After a period of uncertainty, it has been confirmed that the Paris Agreement on Climate Change will enter into force on November 4. This is good news for the Caribbean, one of the most at risk parts of the world from sea level change and severe climatic events. […]

The View from Europe: The changing face of the Caribbean – Part 2

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By David Jessop From Caribbean News Now How should we regard the Caribbean’s future? Should it be with pessimism as some commentators suggest, or with optimism? The answer seems to lie in how one measures the likely effect of change. Looked at objectively, it is probable that over the next decade the regional economy may […]

The View from Europe: A new regional context for tourism

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By David Jessop From Caribbean News Now A few days ago, Karolin Troubetzkoy, the president of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), spoke to the media about some of the challenges that she believes now face the tourism sector in the region; the industry that in recent years has become the single largest contributor […]

The View from Europe: Rebalancing the Chinese economic relationship

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BY: DAVID JESSOP From Barbados Advocate Last month the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) published a paper ‘Chinese rise in the Caribbean – What does it mean for Caribbean Stakeholders?’ Although, in its conclusions, it said little more than a number of Caribbean commentators have observed previously, it is important for three reasons. Firstly, it disaggregates […]

The View from Europe: Millennials turning away from cruises and casinos

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By David Jessop From Caribbean News Now Although the definition is quite loose, the expression millennial is usually used to mean those who were born between 1980 and the mid-2000s. In many parts of the western hemisphere this group now proportionately makes up the largest generation, accounting for instance in the US for around one […]

The View from Europe: An uncertain future for the Overseas Territories?

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By David Jessop From Caribbean News Now Although an eerie calm may have settled on Europe now that the immediacy of the decision by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union (EU) has sunk in, it should not lull the Caribbean into a sense of false security or inaction. It has arisen because much […]

David Jessop | The UK bids Europe farewell – expect negative outcomes for Caribbean trade, influence, and foreign policy

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By David Jessop From Jamaica Gleaner On June 23, by a small majority, the British people voted to remove themselves from the European Union. The decision has consequences for the Caribbean. After a vitriolic campaign and the tragic murder of one member of Parliament, a hugely divided Britain decided by 52 per cent to 48 […]

The View from Europe: Another blow for Venezuela

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By David Jessop From Caribbean News Now Last week in Doha, many of the world’s major producers of crude oil tried, but failed to agree to freeze production, in order to stabilise and eventually increase prices. It was an outcome that will have long term implications for the Americas and in particular Venezuela. The April […]

The Fourth Industrial Revolution And The Caribbean

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By David Jessop From Jamaica Gleaner How well will the Caribbean cope with the ‘disruptive technology’ and ‘disruptive innovation’ that, in less than a decade, could change, structurally, employment, competitiveness and consumer thinking in most developed and in many developing nations? The two expressions refer to new technology or innovation that helps create a new […]

Drones and the Caribbean: View from Europe

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By David Jessop From The Sun Dominica Drones, the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) loved by hobbyists, but which have important everyday commercial and other applications, are starting to become an issue in the Caribbean, raising unusual questions for governments and the tourism industry about freedom, safety and security. In the last month it has emerged, […]