Category: Caribbean Diplomacy

World Trade Organisation (WTO) Back in business

World Trade Organisation (WTO) Back in business

| January 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Caribbean news. Trade Ministers met last month in Bali and seem to have brought new life into the World Trade Organisation (WTO). So what does that mean for the floundering Doha Development Agenda (DDA) and how should the Caribbean respond? Opening a diplomatic seminar in Lisbon last week Roberto Azevêdo, the WTO’s Director-General said “Bali […]

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St Vincent’s PM provides real post Christmas disaster hope

St Vincent’s PM provides real post Christmas disaster hope

| January 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Late December, 2013; Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. The Honourable Ralph Gonsalves, met recently with local and regional contractors at a meeting to discuss the way forward, following the devastation wrought by the weather trough which dumped about six inches of rain in a 24- hour period. Also in attendance was […]

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The harsh effects of being less well-off

The harsh effects of being less well-off

| January 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Caribbean news. Throughout the Caribbean, people feel less well off.  The only people who may be exceptions to this general sentiment are those in Guyana whose per capita income (now US$3,410.00) has increased in recent years.  But even in Guyana, the per capita income level is so low – higher only than Haiti (US$760.00) in […]

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Caribbean benefits from VISA Free entry to Europe

Caribbean benefits from VISA Free entry to Europe

| January 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Caribbean news. The Permanent Representatives (COREPER) agreed to add 19 countries to the EU visa-free travel list. The final adoption of the text is expected early in 2014. On 13 December, Lithuanian ambassador Raimundas Karoblis, chair of COREPER II said about the expansion of the EU visa-free regime. “Our today’s agreement is a significant step […]

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Forensic officers in T&T at risk of death without medical cover

Forensic officers in T&T at risk of death without medical cover

| January 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Caribbean news. Pathologists working at the Forensic Science Centre in St James are doing one of the deadliest jobs, yet they are functioning without medical health insurance coverage. The three pathologists and an X-ray technician perform anatomical dissections on bodies infected with tuberculosis, HIV, carcinogens and other life-threatening diseases. Because they are contract workers, they are […]

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Antiguan PM lends support in restoring St Vincent

Antiguan PM lends support in restoring St Vincent

| January 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Caribbean news. Before he left Antigua for St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer had some knowledge of the devastation suffered by St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Tuesday evening, December 23, 2013. Following Saturday morning’s meeting with local and regional contractor, and officials from various regional Government and institutions, Honourable Spencer, accompanied […]

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Why no Commonwealth response to Caribbean islands disaster

Why no Commonwealth response to Caribbean islands disaster

| January 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Caribbean news. In the face of the disaster that hit Dominica, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines over the Christmas holidays, a respected and popular British news commentator, Jon Snow, has taken up cudgels on their behalf in his blog on Britain’s Channel 4 television. Snow was holidaying on a nearby island – […]

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BVI House hosts reception of the season

BVI House hosts reception of the season

| January 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Virgin Islands news. In typical Virgin Islands style, BVI House, the London Office that represents the interests of the Government and people of the Virgin Islands in the UK and Europe, put on a most memorable pre-Christmas reception. On Monday 25th November 2013, dignitaries from all over the UK which included former Governors, Overseas Territories […]

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Guyana’s President loves a good ‘twerk’

Guyana’s President loves a good ‘twerk’

| January 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

In Guyana news. This is a report by Guyanese journalist Mark Anthony Benschop. After receiving his famous back ball, Mr. Ramotar had a wide and deep view into his future…(This is what he does with our tax $$$$) Mr. President, this is disgraceful….you need to apologize to the nation for this behaviour. We are aware […]

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St Vincent and the Grenadines Christmas Storm Appeal

St Vincent and the Grenadines Christmas Storm Appeal

| January 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

In community news. From the High Commission for St Vincent and the Grenadines. Dear Nationals and Friends of St Vincent and the Grenadines, You may be aware that a storm has caused severe damage to St Vincent and the Grenadines.  Lives have been lost and there is considerable damage to land, property, roads and other […]

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