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 david.jessop@caribbean-council.org Previous columns can be found at www.caribbean-council.org 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.

The future of the Caribbean is in services

The View From Europe Nearly two decades ago, a former Caribbean minister with an unconventional background would try to shock those that he met into recognising that agriculture in the region was dying and that it was the services sector that represented the future.

Venezuela is now the single most important economic actor in the eastern Caribbean

The View From Europe By David Jessop (Executive Director of the Caribbean Council for Europe)In Europe and North America, governments and regulatory authorities are still debating how best to manage the behaviour of  financial institutions that have become so large that should they fail, their operations would pose a systemic risk to the nations in which they are located.

The edge of the economic precipice

The View From Europe In a matter of days, a task force of five Caricom leaders will meet in Jamaica to discuss a regional approach to the global economic and financial crisis.

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The law suit which threatens a nation It must be rare if not unique for a law suit to threaten the viability of a whole nation.

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In the latter part of this year, government leaders from around the world will meet for what the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, has described as an “unprecedented” global summit.

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The Caribbean diaspora in the UK flexes its muscles For years now there has been talk about the manner in which the Caribbean might mobilise its sizeable silent army, the diaspora.

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Is growth limitless? From time to time, leaders from the financial services industry are invited by a well known intermediary to brief prime ministers and key ministers from the Caribbean.

The view from Europe

What has happened to the Doha Round? David Jessop is the Executive Director of the Caribbean Council for Europe What has happened to the Doha Round at the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the multilateral trade negotiation that was meant to encourage development through liberalising trade in goods and services?

The enemy within

Across the Caribbean, from Guyana to Belize, once peaceful and well ordered societies have become hosts to narcotics trafficking, money laundering, extortion, gun crime, kidnapping, robbery with violence, and more recently, those who would support acts of international terrorism.

The View From Europe

What will be the impact of normalised US-Cuba relations on the region? What will be the long-term impact of a changed economic relationship between Cuba and the United States on the Caribbean?

The signs are that food prices are set to soar

The View from Europe It is not easy to obtain accurate and up-to-date statistics on the value of the food that the Caribbean imports, whether to feed its own population or the many visitors who come to the region each year.

The View From Africa

A change in approach at the summit Look closely at the official photograph taken at the start of the Fifth Summit of the Americas and it is hard to miss the symbolism.