UK official for visit

James Duddridge MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office with specific responsibility for Caribbean relations, will be visiting Guyana tomorrow.

IMF approves US$478m for Suriname

(IMF press release) The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today approved a 24-month Stand-By Arrangement (SBA) for Suriname, in an amount equivalent to SDR 342 million (about US$478 million or 265 percent of quota), to support the government’s economic reform program.

OLPF project… 5,000 laptops stolen or defective – audit

-gross overstaffing seen

OLPF staff at a planning session

Over 5,000 laptops costing more than $300 million from the One Laptop Per Family (OLPF) project were either stolen or defective, according to an investigation into the initiative which found that the OLPF fell short of its objective, was “grossly overstaffed” and the $4.3 billion spent on it could have been reduced.

Rising drug flow from Caribbean worries US

-Washington concerned that ‘big fish’ not being arrested, prosecuted

The United States is concerned that drug flows through the Caribbean are on the rise, according to a top US anti-narcotics official who said Washington remains “very concerned” that high level traffickers are not being arrested and prosecuted.

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