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.
Earlier this year, the Commonwealth Marine Economies Programme published a report on the impact of climate change on Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
In an age when most in the business of tourism are seeking to increase their income by selling authenticity to millennials and baby-boomers, it is perhaps puzzling that another rapidly growing industry segment now wants to deliver just the opposite.
A year from now, negotiations will begin for a successor agreement to the Cotonou Convention.
As the year proceeds, Mexico, the world’s thirteenth largest economy, is expected to rebalance its international trade relationships.
Having established a constituent assembly able to rewrite the Venezuelan constitution, take essential political and economic decisions, and confirm key appointments, President Nicolás Maduro’s government is now moving swiftly to assert its overall authority.
Speaking on August 11, at a press conference at one of his golf courses, the US President, Donald Trump, scored the equivalent of a foreign policy own goal.
Historically Caribbean railways existed to carry cane to factories, or raw sugar and molasses to ports.
When it comes to valuing tourism’s economic contribution, most Caribbean governments share publicly only arrival numbers and the country of origin of their visitors.
By any measure, the Caribbean’s infrastructure requirements are substantial. If the region is to be able to increase its competitiveness and give citizens the quality of life they desire, its transformation has become a matter of urgency.
Last month a report appeared indicating just how important one of the Caribbean’s overseas territories has become in facilitating global trade.
There is a pervasive view within and beyond the Caribbean that the regional integration process is foundering, and that its progress is being held back by an absence of political compromise and a failing bureaucracy.
According to speakers at the recently held Chicago Forum on Global Cities, nearly four fifths of future growth is likely to come between now and 2030, from urban centres with over 0.5 million people.
Last month, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) produced a worrying “situational update” on the implications of the accelerating numbers of Venezuelans arriving in Trinidad, Brazil and Colombia.
On June 16, speaking in Miami, President Trump announced measures reversing aspects of his predecessor’s policy of normalising relations with Cuba.
A little over a week ago, the British people went to the polls.
A few days ago, China struck a remarkable deal: it agreed with the state of California to work on projects that will help lower US greenhouse gas emissions.
For the Caribbean, climate change and its mitigation is like no other issue: it is existential.
When the former US President, Barack Obama, announced in late 2014 that he was easing travel restrictions on US citizens wishing to visit Cuba, a frisson ran through the tourist industry in the rest of the region.
A few days ago, the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, and the President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, agreed to work towards a closer relationship.
In much of the world, young people feel economically marginalised, politically alienated and in a struggle against insecurity and inequity.
Last week, after months of growing street protests, detentions, escalating violence, at least 36 deaths, and shortages of almost all basic necessities, Venezuela’s President, Nicolas Maduro, announced the creation of a constituent assembly with the ability to re-write the country’s constitution.
Around the world, public health care systems are in crisis. From India to Australia, nations in the developing and developed world are struggling to meet the expectations of their local populations.
It is no secret that governments around the world regularly practice their response to security threats.
One of the most common complaints about tourism is that it does not spread the wealth it creates into rural and urban communities.
On March 29, after forty years of membership, the British government formally gave notice that it will leave the European Union (EU) in 2019.
Before the end of this month, Britain’s Prime Minister, Theresa May, will invoke article 50 of the European Treaty, starting a process that will lead to the UK leaving the European Union (EU) in 2019.
A few days ago, an astute observer of the US political scene told me: “Watch what the new administration and Congress does, not what the President tweets.
Unless the sugar industry in Caricom can develop in the coming months a co-ordinated and concerted plan of action, it is quite possible that in a few years’ time there will be little left of an industry which, for evil and good, has played a central role in the making of the Caribbean.