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  • Photo of Antigua/Barbuda’s aggressive fiscal consolidation fosters 4.8% growth: CARICOM BUSINESS

    Antigua/Barbuda’s aggressive fiscal consolidation fosters 4.8% growth: CARICOM BUSINESS

    The economy of Antigua and Barbuda recorded growth of at 4.8% for 2021, following a sharp contraction of 20.2% in 2020. That’s the word of the IMF at the conclusion of the recent Article IV Consultations. A sustained recovery in tourism and construction activity is expected to underpin real output growth of 7% in 2022. Fiscal consolidation resumed in 2021…

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  • Photo of Former Belize Prime Minister dies

    Former Belize Prime Minister dies

    Belmopan, Belize – The Office of the Prime Minister announces the death of Rt. Hon. Sir Manuel Esquivel, former Prime Minister of Belize.    Sir Manuel served as Belize’s second Prime Minister under the United Democratic Party from 1984-1989 and served another term from1993-1998. Sir Manuel was appointed to Her Majesty’s Privy Council by Queen Elizabeth II in 1986 and conferred…

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  • Photo of Special COTED on Agriculture held

    Special COTED on Agriculture held

    Lead Head of Govt with responsibility for agriculture in the CARICOM Quasi Cabinet, H.E. Dr. Irfaan Ali, on Friday 4 February addressed a Special Ministerial Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on Agriculture. The meeting was held virtually, and was geared at receiving a report from the Special Ministerial Taskforce on Food Production and Food Security…

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  • Photo of CARICOM Consumer Food Choice Survey launched

    CARICOM Consumer Food Choice Survey launched

    The CARICOM Private Sector Organization (CPSO), along with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, and the Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA), is pleased to announce the launch of the CARICOM Consumer Food Choice Survey on 2nd February 2022. The Survey is an important component of the Study – “CARICOM Impact Assessment Study: Determination of an Appropriate Front of Packaging Nutrition…

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  • Photo of DECLARATION OF BARRANQUILLA II –  CARICOM-Colombia Ministerial Summit

    DECLARATION OF BARRANQUILLA II – CARICOM-Colombia Ministerial Summit

    The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Colombia and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), meeting in Barranquilla, the Golden Gate of Colombia, on January 28 of 2022, on the occasion of the II Colombia-CARICOM Ministerial Summit: Reiterate their interest and willingness to continue deepening the relationship between the Caribbean Community and the Republic of Colombia, and in this regard,…

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  • Photo of T&T: Parliament passes economic zones law: CARICOM BUSINESS

    T&T: Parliament passes economic zones law: CARICOM BUSINESS

    The newly approved T&T Special Economic Zones Bill, 2021 will result in the creation of a SEZ Authority. Entitled “An Act to provide for the designation, development, operation and management of Special Economic Zones,” the new law will repeal the existing Free Zones Act. According to Trade Minister Paula Gopee-Scoon, the new SEZ regime “will ensure that not only are…

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  • Photo of Another 30-nil

    Another 30-nil

    Mia Mottley led her Barbados Labour Party (BLP) to a second consecutive sweep of all 30 parliamentary seats in General Elections held Wednesday 19 January 2022. Seven political parties, including the main opposition Democratic Labour Party (DLP) under new leader, Attorney, Verla De Peiza, contested the elections, called some 18 months ahead of the constitutional deadline. There were also nine…

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  • Photo of Barbadians vote today in General Elections

    Barbadians vote today in General Elections

    Barbadians are voting in General Elections today Wednesday 19 January 2022. Seven Political Parties and nine Independent Candidates are contesting the 30 seats at stake in the Barbados Parliament.  The Electoral and Boundaries Commission say there are 266,330 registered voters. Prime Minister Mia Mottley, who called the snap elections more than a year before the constitutional deadline, is again leading…

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  • Photo of Grenada: Public Debt declines to 68.9% in 2021: CARICOM BUSINESS

    Grenada: Public Debt declines to 68.9% in 2021: CARICOM BUSINESS

    Grenada’s recovery from the pandemic is being led by construction & agriculture, resulting in an expected expansion of real output of approximately 5% in 2022. According to the IMF, the current account deficit has widened, as weak tourism receipts, higher fuel prices and import demand from construction offset the recovery in agricultural exports. Public debt is estimated to have declined…

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  • Photo of Survey on concerns about financial services launched

    Survey on concerns about financial services launched

    The CARICOM Secretariat is developing a common financial consumer protection (FCP) regime to regulate the conduct of financial service providers (FSPs) and to protect clients of financial institutions in CARICOM Member States. This project is part of the Strengthening Framework for CARICOM Integration and Cooperation Processes and is funded by the 11th European Development Fund. Click on the link to…

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