Tag: CARICOM

Firing-up a furnace in an igloo – The OAS

Firing-up a furnace in an igloo – The OAS

| February 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

A new report has been produced on the Organization of American States (OAS), a body that began with ideals appropriate to the geo-politics of the 1940’s.  Those old ideals were enshrined in a Charter that now traps the Organization and immobilizes it.   Over time, the organization has become contentious, unconstructive and increasingly irrelevant to the peoples […]

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The wider implications of the Golding report

The wider implications of the Golding report

| February 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

There will likely be much written in the coming weeks about the detail contained in the long- awaited Golding Report reviewing Jamaica’s Relations with CARICOM and CARIFORUM. This is because not since the Ramphal report, ‘Time for Action’, published just over a quarter of a century ago, has such clear and incisive language been used […]

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Structure not ad-hoc agendas key to US-Caribbean relations

Structure not ad-hoc agendas key to US-Caribbean relations

| February 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

  Much has been said about the government of the United States of America (US) cutting off aid to countries which do not support that country’s position in international organizations.  The US, of course, is free to direct its aid where it wishes and very much within its rights to show its displeasure with countries […]

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The US, China and the Caribbean

The US, China and the Caribbean

| January 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

The View from Europe Just over two weeks ago CARICOM issued a statement that was probably without precedent in its long relationship with the United States. It condemned in the strongest terms, ‘the unenlightened views’ reportedly expressed by President Trump in respect of Haiti and other developing countries. In a statement it said that it viewed his remarks as […]

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No regrets for making Haiti a ‘shithole’?

No regrets for making Haiti a ‘shithole’?

| January 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

  The effect of the inappropriate depiction of Haiti, El Salvador and all African nations as “shit hole” countries is a matter that the people of the United States of America and their government and Congress should contemplate seriously. The responses have been swift, showing a mixture of outrage and shock.  At the time of […]

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Deliver the Golding Report on CARICOM

Deliver the Golding Report on CARICOM

| December 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

What has become of the Report of a Jamaican Commission that reviewed the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM)?   It has been almost 9 months since the Commission’s Chairman, Bruce Golding, submitted the report to Jamaica’s Prime Minister, Andrew Holness on March 30.  But, there has been silence ever since. Maybe, the report can be delivered […]

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Climate Change consequences worsening

Climate Change consequences worsening

| December 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

The effects of Climate Change, particularly sea-level rise, is an overwhelming problem for the Caribbean that needs urgent attention.  Delay in putting in place sustainable plans for resilient building, that could secure international financial support, will cost the region dearly. The problem has become multi-faceted and addressing it requires collaboration among structural and mechanical engineers, accountants, […]

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Legal Advice Day at the Jamaican High Commission

Legal Advice Day at the Jamaican High Commission

| November 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

Jamaican Legal Professionals in collaboration with will be hosting a Legal Advice Day on Saturday 2nd December 2017 at the Jamaican High Commission. Topics include: Immigration, Family law, Civil matters, Wills and Probate.

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No winners in secession – in Europe or the Caribbean

No winners in secession – in Europe or the Caribbean

| October 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Should areas of countries break away and govern themselves as they see fit?   That’s a question that has been debated in several parts of the world, and is in focus now between Catalonia and Spain; Scotland and the United Kingdom, and to a lesser extent Barbuda and Antigua. It should be noted that throughout history, […]

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Insuring the Caribbean’s future

Insuring the Caribbean’s future

| October 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Insurers and re-insurers are facing major losses in the wake of the damage done in the Caribbean and the United States by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.   These losses will have a direct and immediate impact on insurance premiums across the entire Caribbean and the Eastern seaboard of the US. Higher building and flood insurance […]

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