Prospects for near-term growth in Caribbean appear bleak

With the present Eurozone on the point of collapse, the world’s developed economies on the brink of a second recession, and a slowing in advanced developing economies such as China and Brazil, the prospects for near term growth in the Caribbean appear bleak.

A welcome announcement – with a sting in the tail

The View from Europe

On March 24, Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne,  made a long awaited announcement about the future of Britain’s controversial Air Passenger Duty (APD), the discriminatory tax that charges those travelling out of the UK more to fly to the Caribbean than to the west coast of the United States.

European thinking is evolving and the Caribbean should engage now

The View From Europe

How well does the Caribbean relate to the European Union? A region that still sees Europe as the source of development assistance, has not fully erased a belief in special arrangements for commodities and is dubious about the value of the Economic Partnership Agreement, there seems little awareness of the ways in which Europe is changing.

The prospect of an all-embracing trade deal is some time away

Will 2011 be the year that the languishing Doha development round finally moves forwards; or will it mark the point at which the members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) quietly accept that negotiating a single global undertaking on trade liberalisation is unlikely in the foreseeable future?

Early drafts of history


For the last few weeks the virtual organisation Wikileaks has been selectively making available classified US State Department reporting.

Caribbean report on UK passenger tax puts forward solution

It is not often that the Caribbean can say it is leading global thinking on an issue, but that it what happened this week when the Caribbean Tourism Organi-sation (CTO) released a detailed report on the damaging effect on tourism that the UK government’s controversial Air Passenger Duty (APD) is having.