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Cuba-Caribbean business forum to be held this month

July 3, 2015
Cuba-Caribbean business forum to be held this month HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Representatives of ten Caribbean countries will meet in eastern Santiago de Cuba city on July 16 and 17 for the Cuba-Caribbean Business Forum. The forum will be attended by ministers from Belize, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Saint Lucia, The Bahamas, Antigua...

Caribbean alliance eyes new era for youth entrepreneurship

July 3, 2015
Caribbean alliance eyes new era for youth entrepreneurship PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Young people hoping to transform their business ideas into successful enterprises are set to benefit from the creation of a new Commonwealth alliance to promote youth entrepreneurship across the Caribbean and Americas. The Commonwealth Alliance of Young...

Cuban innovation and entrepreneurship front and center after Obama's announcement

July 3, 2015
Cuban innovation and entrepreneurship front and center after Obama's announcement NEW YORK, USA -- On the heels of US President Barack Obama’s announcement reinstating diplomatic relations with Cuba, CAA, a privately funded, not-for-profit foundation based in Greenwich, Conn., has announced Innovadores, the first-ever initiative to promote entrepreneurship, opportunity...

CARICOM Competition Commission to investigate telecoms merger

July 2, 2015
CARICOM Competition Commission to investigate telecoms merger PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The CARICOM Competition Commission (CCC) has, pursuant to Article 176.1 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTC), completed its preliminary examination of the agreement by Cable and Wireless Communications Plc (CWC) to acquire Columbus...

Tourism agency seeks to inject fresh thinking into Caribbean tourism product

July 2, 2015
Tourism agency seeks to inject fresh thinking into Caribbean tourism product BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The region’s tourism development agency is seeking to stimulate new ideas and fresh thinking aimed at re-inventing the Caribbean tourism product. The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has organized a regional four-day workshop to provide, among other...

Let's Talk Business: Conflict resolution and the issue of gay rights

July 1, 2015
Let's Talk Business: Conflict resolution and the issue of gay rights This past week’s ruling in favour of same sex marriage by the highest court in the United States has sparked a flurry of debate all over the world. In the Caribbean, social media is afire with emotionally charged comments from sheer outrage to pure joy. With this in mind, I thought it fitting to dedicate this...

Regional Economics: Lessons from Greece for the Caribbean

June 30, 2015
Regional Economics: Lessons from Greece for the Caribbean We in the Caribbean like to compare ourselves to other countries that are excelling in a particular area and emphasise that we are not too far off from them or that we are closing the gap in some way. Perhaps it is equally important to look at countries that we don’t want to be similar to and analyse what...

BVI shell company allegedly used to steal US and Chinese shareholder interests in energy firm

June 26, 2015
BVI shell company allegedly used to steal US and Chinese shareholder interests in energy firm NEW YORK, USA -- Robert Seiden, the court-appointed receiver of Sino Clean Energy, Inc. (SCEI) filed criminal charges with the Hong Kong Police Commercial Crimes Bureau on May 22, 2015 alleging that SCEI's chairman, Baowen Ren, undertook a fraudulent backdated-transfer of shares.

Bermuda targets US corporations with captive insurance webinar

June 26, 2015
Bermuda targets US corporations with captive insurance webinar HAMILTON, Bermuda -- The Bermuda Business Development Agency (BDA) is teaming with industry partners to host a webinar next week spotlighting the advantages to US corporations of setting up a captive insurance company in Bermuda. The hour-long webinar, to be broadcast on Tuesday...

Let's Talk Business: Stop blaming your employees for bad customer service

June 25, 2015
Let's Talk Business: Stop blaming your employees for bad customer service One of the first articles I published in this column was regarding customer service. Unfortunately, my feelings on the subject have not changed since then. Bad customer service still equals bad business. One thing has changed and that is the gloves are off, no more subtlety around this vexing issue.

Regional entrepreneurs discuss investments at conference in Haiti

June 18, 2015
Regional entrepreneurs discuss investments at conference in Haiti PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Entrepreneurs and members of the American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America and the Caribbean (AACCLA) continue to discuss investments in the region on the last day of a three-day conference "Future of the Americas" held in Haiti.

Let's Talk Business: Meet Sally and Jeff and their grandiose idea to start a business on a shoestring

June 17, 2015
Let's Talk Business: Meet Sally and Jeff and their grandiose idea to start a business on a shoestring Most business owners are familiar with the concept of creating a vision, mission and a set of core values for their organizations. Setting goals is also nothing new. Today I want to write about the value of creating a long term vision and seeing, right before your eyes, short term rewards. I like stories.

Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago sign trade cooperation accord

June 13, 2015
Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago sign trade cooperation accord HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The chambers of commerce of Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago signed a bilateral cooperation accord in Havana on Thursday, to exchange information on investment opportunities and the main products on offer in their respective markets. Cuban Chamber of Commerce president...

Banco Popular recognized as Bank of the Year in USVI

June 12, 2015
Banco Popular recognized as Bank of the Year in USVI ST THOMAS, USVI -- During the US Small Business Association’s (SBA) 30-year celebration in the US Virgin Islands, Banco Popular was recognized once more as Best Bank on the island of St Thomas. The financial institution has five branches in St Thomas, including its regional offices located in...

Regional Economics: Avoiding global punches

June 12, 2015
Regional Economics: Avoiding global punches There are years of famine and years of plenty in the Bible, similarly in our present day reality there will be years of economic expansion and years of economic contraction. Global growth is slowing as the International Monetary Fund’s latest World Economic Report marks the fifth straight year of...

Let's Talk Business: When HR gets a cold, the whole organization gets sick

June 11, 2015
Let's Talk Business: When HR gets a cold, the whole organization gets sick If you’ve been following my column you would know that I have covered just about every human resources topic from employee engagement and performance management, to recruitment and training. All topics centered on people and business. The reason for this is not by accident. I started my...

Canadian trade delegation to develop linkages with Trinidad and Tobago

June 5, 2015
Canadian trade delegation to develop linkages with Trinidad and Tobago PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad -- Business and institutional representatives from Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, will visit Trinidad in the coming days to forge relationships with local clients. The trade mission, organized by the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA)...

BVI increases visibility at China Offshore Summit

June 4, 2015
BVI increases visibility at China Offshore Summit SHENZHEN, China -- The British Virgin Islands continues to maintain its high visibility in the Asia Pacific region following participation in the China Offshore Summit. The China Offshore Summit held its fifth annual conference in Shenzhen from May 27 to May 28. Over 250 financial intermediaries...

Let's Talk Business: Hey sweet girl, and other inappropriate comments in the workplace

June 4, 2015
Let's Talk Business: Hey sweet girl, and other inappropriate comments in the workplace We are about to touch on a subject that most would much rather not discuss, sexual harassment, but we must. Sexual harassment is still alive and well in organizations small, medium and large, despite the tremendous amount of international attention the Anita Hill vs. Clarence Thomas case...

Caribbean insurers urged to develop products for agriculture, tourism

June 3, 2015
Caribbean insurers urged to develop products for agriculture, tourism MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- Players in the Caribbean insurance industry have been urged to develop innovative products that will provide natural disaster protection for critical sectors such as agriculture and tourism. Deputy speaker of Jamaica’s House of Representatives, Lloyd Smith, made...

BVI continues to work with China to deepen business relationships

June 3, 2015
BVI continues to work with China to deepen business relationships SHENZHEN, China -- The government of the British Virgin Islands has indicated that it is ready to continue to working with China in the deepening of business relations between the two countries. This was highlighted during the recently held Qianhai-British Virgin Islands (BVI) Cooperative Development Forum.

Digicel acquires Bermuda Telephone Company

June 3, 2015
Digicel acquires Bermuda Telephone Company HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Digicel Bermuda has completed the acquisition of Bermuda Telephone Company (BTC). Digicel Bermuda CEO, Robin Seale, said, “This is an exciting time for Digicel Bermuda and BTC as together we are better positioned to serve our customers across Bermuda.”

Four more offshore banks reach resolutions with US Justice Department

May 29, 2015
Four more offshore banks reach resolutions with US Justice Department WASHINGTON, USA -- The US Department of Justice announced on Thursday that the following four banks reached a resolution under the department’s Swiss Bank Program: • Société Générale Private Banking (Lugano-Svizzera) • MediBank AG • LBBW (Schweiz) AG • Scobag Privatbank AG

Let's Talk Business: There is never enough time in a day, or is there?

May 28, 2015
Let's Talk Business: There is never enough time in a day, or is there? It’s odd that I would choose this topic to write about, as I would be the first to utter the words, “There is never enough time in a day!” A day in the life of Billie Bowe looks a little like this: get up, shower, take daughter to school, attend client meetings, write articles for three columns, conduct interviews...

Financial journalists bullish on outlook for economy and financial services industry

May 26, 2015
Financial journalists bullish on outlook for economy and financial services industry NEW YORK, USA -- Financial journalists are increasingly bullish on the economy and the prospects for the US financial sector and, while they are growing a little less concerned, they have mixed views on the outlook for their own profession, according to a new report based on the results of the 2015...

The Caribbean supported in carving a niche in global spa and wellness industry

May 20, 2015
The Caribbean supported in carving a niche in global spa and wellness industry BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- “A Practical Guide to Incorporating Caribbean Cultural Assets into Spa Services” will be a key tool developed for spas across the region by the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) as the result of a supplemental grant from the CDB.

Let's Talk Business: Are people really a company's greatest asset? Yeah right

May 20, 2015
Let's Talk Business: Are people really a company's greatest asset? Yeah right It cannot be overstated how important it is to invest time and money in what companies often tout as their greatest or number one asset, its people. What is said versus what companies are actually doing to build their organization’s capabilities around talent is another story. What a disappointment.

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