Before last December’s climate change conference in Copenhagen, global public opinion was clearly supportive of an internationally agreed initiative to address the man-made aspects of global warming; now it is more divided.
On or around May 6, the United Kingdom will have a general election.
The View From Europe This month, senior Caribbean officials will meet in Jamaica with their European counterparts to consider the nature of the future Cariforum-European Union (EU) relationship.
In Madrid on May 18 the Spanish Government as President of the European Union will host the sixth summit of Heads of Government of the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean.
No one should be in any doubt about the critical importance of Venezuela’s PetroCaribe programme.
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.
Is the Doha Round dead? That is a question that few want to ask or answer, not least because of what it implies about changing global relationships.
It is hard to comprehend the scale of the suffering that the people of Haiti have had to endure since January 12.
To almost no one’s surprise the United Nations two-week long Climate Change Conference held in December in Copenhagen ended without any binding agreement being reached on how to regulate global carbon emissions.
The view from Europe In early December the President of the Domi-nican Republic, Leonel Fernandez, was in Europe.
Writing about the threat that soaring levels of crime pose to Caribbean stability, in a week in which most columnists are offering their opinion on rising sea levels may seem perverse.
It is probable that at some time in the next two weeks Europe will announce that a final deal on bananas has been achieved.
David Jessop can be contacted at email@example.com 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 view from Europe As the weeks pass, it is becoming ever more clear that if the region is to find a viable short to medium-term way out of the recession it needs to have a far clearer long-term understanding of tourism’s place in driving and sustaining future Caribbean economic activity.
Some time in the next two to three years the global recession will end.
The View from Europe Is it possible for markets to serve the needs of the people as much as those of companies and shareholders?
The View From Europe For the most part, the sovereign nations of the Caribbean tend to look past their near neighbours in the non-independent Carib-bean.
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.
In the 1960s the Caribbean’s diaspora had a distinctive identity. It predominantly comprised migrants who had grown up or been born in the region, understood it well and maintained a close relationship with family and friends at home.
The View From Europe A few days ago I was asked a question by the host of one of Jamaica’s morning talk shows.
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 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.
The View From Europe A few days ago Britain’s Finance Bill received royal assent and in so doing passed into law changes to Air Passenger Duty (APD).
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.
The View from Europe By David Jessop (Executive Director of the Caribbean Council for Europe) How should Caribbean governments seek to support tourism during a global recession?
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.
The View From EuropeIn a few days time, Caribbean Heads of Government will meet in Georgetown, Guyana.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 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.
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.
A turning point As this is being written, the fifth Summit of the Americas is about to begin in Trinidad.
The issue of climate change has been obscured by the global financial crisis For the last week, the world has watched as the leaders of its twenty most powerful nations (the G20) have met to try to agree a co-ordinated response to the global economic crisis.
The View from Europe (Executive Director of the Caribbean Council for Europe) Washington is a city of think tanks, each vying to influence policy.
The View from Europe (David Jessop is the Executive Director of the caribbean Council for Europe) Observe closely how volatile public opinion is becoming in Europe and the United States.
Enter a new super-power to the regionWhen Jamaica’s Usain Bolt effortlessly won the one hundred metres in the August 2008 Beijing Olympics it became one of the defining moments of an event that cemented China’s global presence in the minds of hundreds of million’s around the world.
The Caribbean should not expect a dramatically changed relationship with the US In a few weeks time the President of the United States, Barack Obama, will attend the Summit of the Americas in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.
(Executive Director of the Caribbean Council for Europe) The global order is changing.
The Caribbean has to look beyond the pain of the economic crisis and ask what kind of model they wish to have Whatever the outcome, it is clear that the case brought by the US Securities and Exchange Commission against Sir Allen Stanford in relation to some US$8B of certificates of deposit sold through Stanford International Bank (SIB), has resulted in a huge reputational blow with far-reaching and long-term consequences for Antigua, the region and its financial services industry.
The new tourism market is becoming more segmentedAcross the Caribbean, governments and the tourism industry are developing new strategies and initiatives aimed at trying to offset the fall in visitor arrivals that most nations expect from April onwards as a consequence of the global economic crisis.
In times of financial crisis social cohesion is essential News that the Government and Central Bank of Trinidad have intervened to take control of some of the subsidiary assets of one of the largest of the Caribbean’s transnationals, CL Financial, makes clear the dangers the global financial crisis has for everyone in the Caribbean.
De-globalisation through inertia?In these last weeks, a new word has entered the English language.
A little light for the Caribbean in the global gloom As the global financial crisis begins to have an increasingly potent effect on the Caribbean, governments across the region are beginning to take steps to mitigate some of its most immediate effects.
Change is coming in Cuba In the last week Cuba has hosted receptions around the world to mark the fiftieth anniversary of its socialist revolution.
In the present crisis national social partnerships have value A few days ago something quite extraordinary happened.
The year 2009 will be a difficult one for the CaribbeanFor many, for reasons of family, religion and tradition, Christmas is both a moment of reflection and celebration; a time to look back, take stock and to consider what might lie ahead.
There has to be a focus on survival strategies before the region is overwhelmed David Jessop is the Executive Director of the Caribbean Council for Europe On December 3 the President of the Caribbean Develop-ment Bank (CDB), Dr Compton Bourne, issued a stark warning.