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.

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.