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BVI commences pilot study into contribution to global economy

June 30, 2016
BVI commences pilot study into contribution to global economy ROAD TOWN, BVI -- This week, BVI Finance took further steps to enhance and protect the British Virgin Islands’ reputation as a legitimate and respected offshore financial centre by commencing an economic research study. A three-member team from the London-based economics firm...

Briefing Note: Some lessons from Brexit

June 30, 2016
Briefing Note: Some lessons from Brexit The unexpected choice of a majority of British voters to leave the European Union caught everyone by surprise (even including those that campaigned to leave) and has resulted in global consternation and economic fallout. So what happened? According to the Daily Beast, in an article...

Expanded Panama Canal ushers in new era of global trade

June 28, 2016
Expanded Panama Canal ushers in new era of global trade PANAMA CITY, Panama -- The expanded Panama Canal is now officially open for business. During Sunday’s official inauguration ceremony, Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela and Panama Canal administrator and CEO Jorge L. Quijano spoke to a crowd of more than 25,000...

Marketing Strategies Today: WhatsApp versus Line

June 27, 2016
Marketing Strategies Today: WhatsApp versus Line WhatsApp and Line are two messaging apps that have grown in popularity over the years. WhatsApp was launched back in 2009 and in 2014 it was bought by Facebook. Line, on the other hand, was launched in 2011 and it has been evolving over the years. So, how do these two apps differ?

Caribbean weighs Brexit implications

June 25, 2016
Caribbean weighs Brexit implications GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has begun responding to the news that Britain has voted to leave the European Union (EU). On Friday 52 percent of voters in a referendum in Britain opted out of remaining in the 28-member grouping.

Regional entrepreneurs to attend 2016 global entrepreneurship summit

June 23, 2016
Regional entrepreneurs to attend 2016 global entrepreneurship summit BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The US Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS has announced that Dale Trotman of Barbados, Malikca Cummings of Barbados, and Anastasha Elliott of St Kitts and Nevis will attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES).

Let's Talk Business: How to separate friendship and leadership in the workplace

June 23, 2016
Let's Talk Business: How to separate friendship and leadership in the workplace On average, most people spend about eight hours a day at work, which translates to 40 hours in a week. When you spend this much time in your office (and it could be more), it becomes inevitable that you will meet other co-workers with whom you will have interests in common. While friendship with...

Cuban coffee back in the US after more than fifty years

June 22, 2016
Cuban coffee back in the US after more than fifty years NEW YORK, USA -- Nespresso, a worldwide pioneer and reference in premium single-serve coffee, will bring back Cuban coffee to the United States for the first time in more than 50 years. Recent regulatory changes in the United States have allowed Nespresso to move forward.

Marketing Strategies Today: Google Analytics simplified

June 20, 2016
Marketing Strategies Today: Google Analytics simplified Google Analytics is a very powerful tool for a statistics overview, and there has been a lot of confusion with its understanding. Once this mystery is solved, there is no other tool as powerful and efficient. There are four components of Google Analytics: 1. “Vanilla” Google Analytics tracking.

Corruption and red tape raised at Guyana investment forum in NYC

June 16, 2016
Corruption and red tape raised at Guyana investment forum in NYC NEW YORK, USA -- At the just concluded “Guyana Means Business” investment conference in New York City last Friday, many participants raised the issue of corruption and red tape that frustrated the efforts to invest in Guyana during the previous administration. Investors were very vocal...

China trade mission offers good news for USVI economy

June 16, 2016
China trade mission offers good news for USVI economy ST THOMAS, USVI -- Governor Kenneth Mapp spoke at a press conference at Government House in St Thomas on Tuesday to a live and broadcast audience, offering details of his recent trip to China to explore economic opportunity for the US Virgin Islands. During the governor’s press...

Let's Talk Business: Successful entrepreneurs have these six things in common

June 15, 2016
Let's Talk Business: Successful entrepreneurs have these six things in common Whenever we think of “entrepreneurship” and the successful entrepreneur, what may come to mind are iconic figures like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. There are always questions as what makes a successful entrepreneurs tick. Thankfully, there are various entrepreneurial...

BVI undertakes study of financial services industry contribution to global economy

June 14, 2016
BVI undertakes study of financial services industry contribution to global economy ROAD TOWN, BVI -- The government of the British Virgin Islands has commissioned a research study to examine and illuminate the contributions of the BVI’s financial services industry to the global economy. From 27 June to 29 June, a three member research team from the London...

UWI graduate school of business signs MOU to improve maritime sector energy efficiency

June 14, 2016
UWI graduate school of business signs MOU to improve maritime sector energy efficiency PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- On May 25, 2016, The University of the West Indies Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business (UWI-ALJGSB) and the Trinidad and Tobago Shipbuilding and Repair Maritime Cluster (TTSR) signed a memorandum of understanding to undertake maritime...

Bahamian motivational speaker to conduct performance appraisals training seminar

June 14, 2016
Bahamian motivational speaker to conduct performance appraisals training seminar NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Phoenix Institute for Positive Development and Empowerment will be conducting a performance appraisals training seminar on Thursday, July 7, in Nassau, Bahamas. According to its founder and CEO, Master Motivator Spence Finlayson, who will be facilitating...

Venezuela and Aruba finalise agreement to re-open refinery

June 13, 2016
Venezuela and Aruba finalise agreement to re-open refinery CARACAS, Venezuela -- Authorities from the governments of Aruba and Venezuela, and officials from Petróleos de Venezuela, SA (PDVSA) and CITGO Aruba, gathered in Caracas on Friday to witness the execution of a commercial agreement between CITGO Aruba and the Aruban government...

Marketing Strategies Today: Customer service improvement for marketing professionals

June 13, 2016
Marketing Strategies Today: Customer service improvement for marketing professionals The best kind of marketing is the best customer service. This is well known from many who say that social media is a great opportunity to engage with your customers, talk about business and also make sure that you are able to engage their hearts and their minds. What that means...

Let's Talk Business: Three benefits of using social media as a key part of your marketing strategy

June 8, 2016
Let's Talk Business: Three benefits of using social media as a key part of your marketing strategy It's the age of information and technology. Every business that wants to succeed in the current business environment must learn to use emerging technologies to provide better customer service and enhance its brand image. Gone are the days when enterprises ignored the plight of...

Basic Cents: Find a job

June 7, 2016
Basic Cents: Find a job A high number of employers consistently complain about the challenges that they face when filling vacancies. They criticise applicants who fail to follow a variety of straightforward basic steps during the process of applying for a job. One Caribbean defence force recently protested about...

Marketing Strategies Today: Mastermind and profit online

June 6, 2016
Marketing Strategies Today: Mastermind and profit online As the saying goes, nothing is created in a vacuum. If you are looking for new ways to engage your customers, a mastermind group may hold the answer. The mastermind-group concept was originally introduced in the early 1900s by Napoleon Hill. In his book “Think and Grow Rich”...

Guyana investment conference set for NY: High expectations from businesses and investors

June 4, 2016
Guyana investment conference set for NY: High expectations from businesses and investors NEW YORK, USA -- “Guyana means business” is the theme of an investment conference organized as part of the 50th independence anniversary activities in New York, and will address the need for deeper engagement and an effective pathway between Guyana and the rest of the world.

Suriname ethnic Javanese seek to expand economic ties with the 'Bahasa Motherland'

June 3, 2016
Suriname ethnic Javanese seek to expand economic ties with the 'Bahasa Motherland' PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Dr Jim Rasam, CEO of Intermed Group, during his visit to Indonesia to participate in the 41st Islamic Bank Governors meeting in Jakarta, used the opportunity to make contacts with potential investors from the Bahasa-speaking nations of Indonesia and...

CDB provides funding to help Haitian entrepreneurs

June 3, 2016
CDB provides funding to help Haitian entrepreneurs BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has announced that it will contribute US$500,000 to give female and male entrepreneurs in Haiti better access to business loan and savings products. The Bank’s funding will specifically focus on underserved and...

Caribbean countries expanding share in US$130 billion global seafood market

May 31, 2016
Caribbean countries expanding share in US$130 billion global seafood market BELIZE CITY, Belize (CRFM) -- Caribbean economies are poised to benefit from a region-wide initiative to expand seafood market share, through the implementation of food safety measures to enable countries to get a bigger piece of the global pie, worth an estimated US$130 billion.

Fairtrade benefitting Caribbean, Latin American and African farmers

May 31, 2016
Fairtrade benefitting Caribbean, Latin American and African farmers BELFAST, Northern Ireland: -- The capital city of Northern Ireland, Belfast, unveiled its larger road signs on main routes, proclaiming Belfast’s status as a Fairtrade City and Borough. This initiative marks the ongoing commitment to developing world farmers, specifically from the Caribbean...

Marketing Strategies Today: How do Facebook videos compare to YouTube videos?

May 30, 2016
Marketing Strategies Today: How do Facebook videos compare to YouTube videos? If you are a regular Facebook user, you might have noticed that there are more videos in the newsfeed than there used to be a few months ago. This development has mainly been due to the reason that marketers have started appreciating the marketing potential of the site. Since it is one...

Honduras aims to become the leader of the textile industry in the Americas

May 26, 2016
Honduras aims to become the leader of the textile industry in the Americas TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- Honduras is pursuing an ambitious development plan focused on strengthening the textile industry, according to government sources. The Central American country has established itself as a leading player in recent years, currently holding the spot...

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