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.

What future for Caricom?

What future for Caricom? Recent developments in the form of concern about Trini-dad’s commitment to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) and the appointment of a new Secretary General suggest that the coming months may well determine its future trajectory.

Britain’s new foreign policy

Britain has a new foreign policy. Its coalition government has begun to enunciate a more pragmatic approach that recognises the ways in which the world has changed, political and economic relationships overlap and new centres of power are emerging.

Pan-Caribbean integration is stagnating

As the region prepares for the thirty-first meeting of heads of government, it is clear that despite sporadic rhetoric to the contrary, pan-Caribbean integration is stagnating and that weak or no economic growth threatens what little unity is left.

The enemy within

Just over a year ago I wrote about the enemy within: the criminal Dons and their like who, across the Caribbean, are trying to create states within states.

Deep-water oil drilling

Caribbean governments will have to balance economic need against the risk When the oil rig the Deepwater Horizon sank in flames on April 20 few could have imagined that three weeks later the well would continue to spew crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico and threaten the coastal economies of the southern United States and their reputations as holiday destinations.

Whatever happened to the EPA?

Remember the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) signed in Barbados in October 2008? Despite the huge regional controversy that ensued after it was agreed, it is now almost impossible to find anything in the public domain about its present status, despite the fact that some of the deadlines for implementation have already passed.

Not an easy task

It is hard to comprehend the scale of the suffering that the people of Haiti have had to endure since January 12.

The Lisbon Treaty will change the way Europe relates to the Caribbean

David Jessop can be contacted at Previous columns can be found at On November 3, the Czech President became the last of 27 European Heads of State to ratify the Lisbon Treaty; a document intended to make Europe more democratic, transparent and efficient.