For most citizens, international organisations such as the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the G20 and even the Inter-national Monetary Fund (IMF), have little immediate significance.
For just under forty years Caribbean Central American Action (CCAA) has worked with the region in Washington to promote private sector led growth, successfully finding ways to help Caribbean governments and business leaders engage with and influence the thinking of US administrations.
You will not find the word ‘overtourism’ in the Oxford English Dictionary. Despite this, it is being used increasingly by tourism professionals around the world.
The Caribbean has always felt confident that it understands the politics and values of Europe.
Three weeks ago, Trinidad and Venezuela reached an agreement on the supply of gas from the latter’s Dragon Field through the creation of a 17km undersea pipeline that will link it to the National Gas Company of Trinidad’s offshore Hibiscus Platform.
Most in the political class say that what drives them to seek high office is a desire for change in ways that will improve lives.
Two weeks ago, El Salvador recognised China, breaking off its long-standing relationship with Taiwan.
Around the world, migration is redefining domestic and social policy, polarising politics, affecting foreign relations and challenging notions of free movement.
The word ‘cakeism’ has yet to appear in the Oxford English Dictionary. Used recently by several British publications, it is intended to express the view of some in Britain that the UK can have everything it wants in relation to leaving the European Union (EU), merely because it wants it.
Most politicians connect with their electorate, but few have the capacity or charisma to be able to encapsulate complex ideas in a manner that makes disinterested and disaffected individuals, irrespective of political persuasion, stop and think about what might be possible.
Addressing the opening session of the just concluded CARICOM Heads of Government meeting in Montego Bay, Jamaica, both Mia Mottley, the Prime Minister of Barbados, and Gaston Browne, the Prime Minister of Antigua, spoke about the need to radically improve inter-regional travel.
In the coming days, CARICOM Heads of Government will meet in Montego Bay.
If like me, you listen regularly to the BBC World Service, you may have heard a recent item about an extraordinary leap forward in technology, which, over time, could lead to clothes and even shoes being produced using a domestic 3D printer.
It is the images that remain. First it was a photo of the political leadership of the West trying to face down an intransigent Donald Trump, and then two days later the extraordinary sight of a smiling US President standing beside an equally pleased Kim Jong Un; making it easy to forget that just a few months before, the former were close allies, while the latter was in conflict with the US.
In a week in which Caribbean tourism leaders have been meeting in New York to build on the strong growth that much of the industry is now experiencing, it may seem perverse to be writing about the sustainability of Caribbean tourism.
Normally the private sector tends to respond to change far faster than the public sector.
Just over a week ago, Cuba and the European Union held a first Joint Council meeting.
For some years now, China has sought to deepen its relations with the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.
At first sight, last week’s decision by the US President to abrogate the hard-won 2015 UN Security Council deal on nuclear weapons with Iran may seem to have little bearing on the Caribbean.
A few days ago, the British Parliament voted to compel Britain’s overseas territories (OTs) in the Caribbean to adopt public registers of company ownership.
The problem with the use of trade sanctions is that the innocent get hurt.
For years now, Caribbean High Commissioners, activists, church organisations and community oriented Caribbean companies have been raising with the British government and parliamentarians the shocking way in which undocumented members of the Caribbean diaspora who came to Britain between 1948 and 1971 have been treated.
Many months have passed since this column last addressed the issue of Brexit and what it may mean for the Caribbean and its long-standing relationship with the United Kingdom.
In just over a week’s time the Summit of the Americas will take place in Lima, Peru.
It is far from easy to separate fact from fiction when it comes to recent allegations about the effect that big data may have had on Caribbean democracy.
At the start of the month, Barbados’ former Prime Minister, Owen Arthur, officially departed the island’s Parliament and elective politics.
When it comes to harnessing the power of the Caribbean’s sizeable diaspora in North America and Europe, much of the recent emphasis has been on encouraging investment.
At the start of February, Stefano Manservisi, the Director General of the European Commission’s Development Directorate, delivered a lecture at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI).
Some years ago, a well-liked and highly respected Caribbean Ambassador regularly made the point that the region should follow more closely the issues that the OECD and the G20 were debating.
In a few days’ time, Caricom Heads of Government will meet in Haiti.
A few days ago, the Inter-national Energy Agency reported that oil production in the US was undergoing extraordinary growth.
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.
Making movies is big business. The amounts spent on a production can be substantial, running into hundreds of millions of dollars.
Just over two weeks ago Caricom issued a statement that was probably without precedent in its long relationship with the United States.
Earlier this month Exxon announced that that it had made a major new oil find off Guyana.
President Castro could not have been clearer. Speaking before Christmas to the Cuban National Assembly about the US, he said that the country had in 2017 “witnessed a serious, irrational deterioration in relations”.
At the end of November, the Cuban government hosted an unusual meeting. Then, the presidents of nine of the world’s leading cruise companies, plus significant figures from three others, met with Cuban ministers and senior officials in Havana.
By law, every US President must publish a national security strategy. The objective is to provide the highest-level guidance on the responses required by the country’s military, diplomatic, and executive branches to real or perceived threats.
A little over a week ago, private sector associations from around the Caribbean agreed to establish by June of next year a new regional body able to represent their interests authoritatively to Caricom.
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.
A new and potentially challenging way of thinking about the future of tourism is evolving.
For decades, the Caribbean has been fixated on the need to export to, and import from its traditional markets in North America and Europe.
Just over a week ago the US administration published new regulations governing travel and trade between the US and Cuba.
In just over a week’s time, Jamaica will host a major international conference intended to reposition tourism as a global driver of sustainable development.
In a few days’ time, CARICOM’s Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) will meet.
On October 10, a report appeared in the Russian media indicating that Russia and Suriname are close to signing a military cooperation agreement.
In most OECS nations, citizenship is available at a cost. It can be purchased by almost anyone who can afford it.
A week or so ago, Caricom’s Secretary-General, Irwin LaRocque, made clear that if the Caribbean is ever to be able to respond sustainably to the devastation caused by climate change, the eligibility criteria for development assistance must change.
On October 2, two of the world’s leading humanitarian relief agencies, Oxfam and Save the Children, felt it necessary to speak out about the inadequate US federal response to the emerging disaster in Puerto Rico.
Today, October 1, the European Union’s sugar regime, which has for decades sustained the production of cane and raw sugar in the Caribbean, comes to an end.