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Commentary: ECCB's asset management company: Anguilla's death knell

March 27, 2017
Commentary: ECCB's asset management company: Anguilla's death knell April 22, 2016, is a day that will live in infamy, for that was the day that our erstwhile Chief Minister Mr Victor Banks with the stroke of a pen, destroyed two local banks along with their offshore subsidiaries. And not only did that unlawful act destroy our two local banks and their offshoots...

OECS laboratories receive new agricultural health and food safety equipment

March 25, 2017
OECS laboratories receive new agricultural health and food safety equipment CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Laboratories in Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) member states are now better equipped to diagnose issues related to human, animal and plant health, and food safety, thus increasing their levels of efficacy and efficiency. On Wednesday March 15, 2017...

Anguilla and Airbnb sign tourism agreement

March 23, 2017
Anguilla and Airbnb sign tourism agreement THE VALLEY, Anguilla -- The government of Anguilla and Airbnb have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that seeks to promote the island as a premier Caribbean destination, not only for its world class beaches, crystalline waters, top class resorts and restaurants, but also...

OECS discusses ocean governance and policy

March 7, 2017
OECS discusses ocean governance and policy CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Representatives from Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines, participated in the sixth meeting of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)...

ECCU at critical economic juncture, says ECCB governor

March 3, 2017
ECCU at critical economic juncture, says ECCB governor BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- According to Timothy Antoine, governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) is at a critical juncture coming on the heels of the economic difficulties of the recent past and a future pregnant with uncertainty...

OECS member states develop curriculum framework for tourism institute

March 2, 2017
OECS member states develop curriculum framework for tourism institute ST JOHN'S, Antigua -- Representatives from all member states of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) participating in the OECS Network of Excellence for Tourism and Hospitality Training and Education (NETHTE) project assembled in Antigua and Barbuda from from February 22 - 23.

Record breaking number of tourist arrivals to Anguilla in 2016

February 25, 2017
Record breaking number of tourist arrivals to Anguilla in 2016 THE VALLEY, Anguilla -- Tourist (stayover) arrivals to Anguilla set a new record in 2016. The island welcomed 79,239 tourist arrivals in 2016, an increase of 8.2% over 2015, breaking the previous record of 77,652 arrivals set in 2007. Anguilla’s 8.2% increase in arrivals was the sixth highest...

Commentary: Foreigners, fakers and fools in Anguilla

February 15, 2017
Commentary: Foreigners, fakers and fools in Anguilla Almost everyone would agree that education is one of the pillars of a democracy, and without it, we find ourselves at the mercy of the uneducated. In Anguilla we’re either AUF or AUM. And thanks to Miss Lolita Davis, I wish to add a brand new label, that of foreigners, fakers and fools. Now these...

Iconic Caribbean music festival returns to Anguilla next month

February 11, 2017
Iconic Caribbean music festival returns to Anguilla next month THE VALLEY, Anguilla -- The 27th annual Moonsplash Festival, known for being one of the most iconic reggae festivals in the region, will take place from March 9-12, 2017, on Rendezvous Bay Beach in Anguilla. Founded and still run by Anguilla's own Bankie Banx, a musical legend whose style...

OECS engages citizens on key development issues

February 7, 2017
OECS engages citizens on key development issues CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) has begun engaging citizens of member states on issues impacting their lives, the challenges facing the region, and the development opportunities for the OECS and its people. The public education forum series, dubbed Vini Koze...

Talks ongoing to amalgamate OECS indigenous banks

February 4, 2017
Talks ongoing to amalgamate OECS indigenous banks BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) Governor Timothy Antoine is continuing to push for the amalgamation of local banks in the OECS sub-region. He spoke to the issue recently in Dominica, and again returned to the subject in Anguilla.

OECS country needs assessment commences in Anguilla

February 4, 2017
OECS country needs assessment commences in Anguilla THE VALLEY, Anguilla -- A team from the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission commenced a four-day Country Needs Assessment (CNA) mission in Anguilla on Tuesday. The CNA mission involves discussion with a wide cross-section of stakeholders.

Senators tell new US treasury secretary nominee to eliminate Cayman Islands and other tax havens

January 21, 2017
Senators tell new US treasury secretary nominee to eliminate Cayman Islands and other tax havens WASHINGTON, USA -- Members of the United States Senate, questioning the new Trump administration nominee for Treasury Secretary on Thursday, asked Steve Mnuchin how he intends to close down Caribbean tax havens, specifically naming the Cayman Islands.  The Senate panel demanded details...

Non-performing loans threaten ECCU financial sector

January 17, 2017
Non-performing loans threaten ECCU financial sector BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- One of the leading threats to the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) financial system is the high level of non-performing loans of banks in the countries that share the EC dollar. This is according to Timothy Antoine, governor of the Eastern Caribbean...

Commentary: It's all about land

January 17, 2017
Commentary: It's all about land As 2016 breathed its last gasps of breath one might have expected that the New Year would be the one shining light at the end of the tunnel. That hope was soon dashed by what looms over the horizon for us in Anguilla. Already strapped by the results of a nonexistent economy, a government...

British minister strengthens UK-Caribbean relationship with visit

January 10, 2017
British minister strengthens UK-Caribbean relationship with visit LONDON, England -- Baroness Anelay, the British Foreign Office Minister for the Overseas Territories and Caribbean is visiting the region to further strengthen the UK’s links with the Caribbean. The minister will travel for the first time to Anguilla, St Kitts and Nevis and St Lucia from 8-12 January.

Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Replace the Queen with Dwight Venner on the EC dollar!

January 10, 2017
Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Replace the Queen with Dwight Venner on the EC dollar! I grew-up at Hospital Road in Castries in the 1960s and 70s, seeing Dwight Venner walking up and down, to and from his nearby family home, ‘going to town’ and returning from St Mary’s College, the island’s top Catholic school for boys. Much younger, I attended primary school. But from my...

Several CARICOM countries failing to honour skills certificates

December 19, 2016
Several CARICOM countries failing to honour skills certificates GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- For those who had thought that any Guyanese citizen with an officially issued Caribbean Community (CARICOM) skills certificate can just roll into any CARICOM country and seek employment after showing the document to authorities will certainly have to think again.

Reassign UK aid funds from EU to OCTs, says Montserrat premier

December 12, 2016
Reassign UK aid funds from EU to OCTs, says Montserrat premier LONDON, England -- While the uncertainties surrounding the eventual UK ‘Brexit’ from the European Union continue to be heavily debated throughout the UK, the premier of Montserrat, Donaldson Romeo, has weighed in with a suggestion that he says is intended to safeguard aid funds...

Letter: To the people of Anguilla

December 9, 2016
I write to you today to ask for your understanding and for your continued support. I know that it is not customary in Anguilla for politicians to take responsibility for their actions, but that is what I am going to do. Most of you will know that on Tuesday of this week...

Commentary: Government or politics?

December 1, 2016
Commentary: Government or politics? We tend to think that government, or governance and politics are identical activities. For me, government refers to the legitimate institutions that formulate the policies that govern and direct the affairs of society. These institutions are based on consent, because society has elected its...

Anguilla offshore bank seeks US bankruptcy protection

November 25, 2016
Anguilla offshore bank seeks US bankruptcy protection NEW YORK, USA -- William Tacon, a court-appointed administrator of the Anguillan offshore bank, Caribbean Commercial Investment Bank Ltd, owned by the failed National Bank of Anguilla, filed chapter 11 proceedings in US Bankruptcy Court in New York on Tuesday.

Commentary: 'Those whom the gods wish to destroy...'

November 22, 2016
Commentary: 'Those whom the gods wish to destroy...' It is with trepidation that I put pen to paper, for it appears that we all have lost the will to reason. Everything that needed to be said has been said and all that is left now is a call to action. What will happen next is anyone’s guess. When leaders have been chosen to lead and they’ve done everything...

Commentary: The View from Europe: A new relationship for the Overseas Territories?

November 19, 2016
Commentary: The View from Europe: A new relationship for the Overseas Territories? While most of the world has been focussed on the outcome of the US presidential elections, other events of long-term importance to the region have been taking place. Of these, one of the more significant relates to the relationship between the UK and its overseas territories (OTs).

UK and OTs agree to special Brexit negotiation talks in 2017

November 14, 2016
UK and OTs agree to special Brexit negotiation talks in 2017 LONDON, England -- At the recently concluded Joint Ministerial Council (JMC) in London, the United Kingdom government and the political leaders of the Overseas Territories (OTs) agreed to hold special ministerial talks in early 2017 on Brexit negotiations before Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty...

Eastern Caribbean Institute of Tourism works to develop yachting sector

November 11, 2016
Eastern Caribbean Institute of Tourism works to develop yachting sector CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Many territories in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) have intensified efforts to develop their maritime sector, given the enormous economic potential of the expanding luxury yachting sector. At the regional level, the OECS Commission has..

Brexit won't change relationship between UK and territories

November 8, 2016
Brexit won't change relationship between UK and territories LONDON, England (CNS) -- The UK government has said that the referendum result that saw the British people vote to leave the European Union earlier this year does not change the position on sovereignty between it and the overseas territories. The Brexit issue was a key element during...

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