Commonwealth SG welcomes UN decision on Guyana-Venezuela border controversy

Commonwealth Secretary-General, Baroness Patricia Scotland

The Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, welcomes the decision of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Gutteres, to refer the long-standing border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

The Secretary-General recalled that at the September 2017 meeting of the Commonwealth Ministerial Group on Guyana, Ministers noted Guyana’s concerns that this longstanding controversy has impacted on the country’s economic development. (more…)

LIAT reiterates commitment to Region

Chief Executive of LIAT, Julie Reifer-Jones (Photo via St. Lucia News Online)
Chief Executive of LIAT, Julie Reifer-Jones (Photo via St. Lucia News Online)

LIAT, The Caribbean Airline, remains committed to serving the region and its needs.

This statement comes from Chief Executive Officer, Julie Reifer- Jones as she reiterated the airline’s position for 2018.

Mrs. Jones noted that despite the major challenges from the recent hurricane season, the airline continues to provide a vital service in connecting the region. She stated that there was improvement in the airline’s On-Time Performance in 2017.

“We recognised that there was a major need to work towards improving our On-Time Performance so our passengers could get to their destinations on time.” The airline recorded On Time Performance of 68% in 2017 which was a major improvement over the 2016 figure of 49%. She noted that performance in January 2018 was 81%. “This means that today at LIAT, most flights are on time. LIAT continues to work towards the industry standard of 85% and this is one of our highest priorities.”

Read more at: St Lucia News Online

Barbados businesses for exploratory mission in Guyana

A GROUP of Barbadian manufacturers and services exporters will be in Guyana this week to explore trade and market opportunities here.

The 10-member group which will be participating in the exploratory mission from February 11-14, are all recent graduates of the Barbados Investment & Development Corporation’s (BIDC) Export Readiness Training Programme, an initiative designed to equip new and potential exporters with the knowledge, tools and strategies to successfully expand their businesses into new markets.

The BIDC in a release stated that the companies are drawn from various sectors of the island’s economy including food and beverage; information technology services (particularly for medical services); building and construction; garments and fashion; footwear; media publishing and health and wellness sectors.

The group comprises AirtelCimTect Inc, Carepoint Solutions, Bibi’s Snacks Inc., Eve’s Creations, Locks Protector, Regal Elegance and Eastlanders Manufacturing (B’dos) Inc.

Read more at: Guyana Chronicle

Jamaica Prime Minister tables report on CARICOM in House of Representatives

Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Hon. Andrew Holness

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, tabled a copy of the Report of the Commission to Review Jamaica’s Relations within the CARICOM and CARIFORUM Frameworks in the House of Representatives, today (February 6).

The Commission was charged with evaluating the effects of Jamaica’s membership in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on the country’s economic growth and development, with particular reference to trade in goods and services, investment, international competitiveness and job creation.

The report includes 33 recommendations, and has been presented against the background of the establishment of CARICOM in 1973, which involved a communal vision of Caribbean integration, as well as the Revision of the Treaty of Chaguaramas in 2001, intended to establish the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME).

Tabling the report, Prime Minister Holness underscored that the review was not intended to seek an exit from CARICOM and from various regional arrangements, such as the CSME but to undertake a full review of the structure, procedures and practices that have not worked effectively in the national and regional interest.

Read more at: Jamaica Information Service