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World Bank and Caribbean Export launch LINK-Caribbean

September 29, 2016
World Bank and Caribbean Export launch LINK-Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Caribbean start-up, early-stage and growth businesses now have another means for raising capital. On Tuesday, the World Bank Group, together with the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), launched LINK-Caribbean, an investment...

Stalled Bahamas megaresort restarts construction

September 28, 2016
Stalled Bahamas megaresort restarts construction NASSAU, Bahamas -- Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie on Monday announced construction on the stalled Baha Mar project has restarted, while also indicating a March 2017 date for the opening of the casino, the casino hotel, the convention centre and the golf course in phases.

Brazil sees St Lucia as a port of entry for OECS business

September 27, 2016
Brazil sees St Lucia as a port of entry for OECS business CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Brazil would like to see the small islands of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) region do more business with it – and the giant Latin American neighbour to the south is ready to open its doors and markets to its tiny northern businesses.

Caribbean's largest cruise conference and trade show opens in Puerto Rico

September 27, 2016
Caribbean's largest cruise conference and trade show opens in Puerto Rico SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Tuesday marks the opening of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Cruise Conference and Trade Show, the largest cruise conference and trade show in the Caribbean and one of the best ways to target the cruise industry and maximize its benefits.

Marketing Strategies Today: How to ensure your LinkedIn strategy is working with small business

September 26, 2016
Marketing Strategies Today: How to ensure your LinkedIn strategy is working with small business Are you trying to make sure that you are able to reach specific LinkedIn users? Maybe you are looking for small or medium sized businesses? If you are using LinkedIn Ads, this is the article for you that will show you how you can target more small and medium businesses here.

Barbados deploys automatic exchange of information system for FATCA reporting

September 24, 2016
Barbados deploys automatic exchange of information system for FATCA reporting BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Newgen Software Inc. has announced the successful deployment of an automatic exchange of information filing module for both the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act and OECD Common Reporting Standard for the Barbados Revenue Authority.

Bahamas corporate data leak prompts swift reaction, outrage in Europe

September 23, 2016
Bahamas corporate data leak prompts swift reaction, outrage in Europe WASHINGTON, USA -- The European Commission is considering action against a former top official following revelations of an undeclared link to an offshore company in The Bahamas. The Commission’s announcement is among a number of global reactions to the Bahamas Leaks...

Antigua-Barbuda launches $125 million film financing program

September 23, 2016
Antigua-Barbuda launches $125 million film financing program TORONTO, Canada -- Film producer Rudy Langlais (“The Hurricane,” “Sugar Hill”) and partners, entrepreneur Valmiki Kempadoo, producer Don Allan and veteran film executive Neil Sacker have closed an equity financing agreement with the government of Antigua and Barbuda.

New professional opportunities in Dominican Republic

September 22, 2016
New professional opportunities in Dominican Republic SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Alorica, a worldwide leader in customer service solutions, will hire 150 new employees before the end of the year in the Dominican Republic. Unlike some competitors that focus on hiring people with years of experience in the industry, Alorica takes...

Panama: The best opportunity for aquaculture investment

September 22, 2016
Panama: The best opportunity for aquaculture investment BOQUETE, Panama -- The time is right for Panama to engage new technology and be at the forefront of the aquaculture industry. There are many reasons to consider aquaculture investment in Panama with the right opportunity. Size and species selection is paramount and the first...

Suriname mining company signs multi-million dollar export contract

September 21, 2016
Suriname mining company signs multi-million dollar export contract PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Suriname’s state-owned mining company Grassalco recently secured a multi-million dollar deal to supply crushed stone for the expansion of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Guyana. Grassalco and Zhong Da International Engineering Company...

Venezuelan state oil company will not renew Curacao oil refinery lease in 2019

September 21, 2016
Venezuelan state oil company will not renew Curacao oil refinery lease in 2019 WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Venezuelan state-owned oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela, SA (PDVSA), will not renew its lease with Curacao's government to operate the 325,000 b/d Isla refinery when the current lease expires on 31 December 2019, the energy ministry said on Monday.

BVI launches new public-private initiative to support financial services industry

September 19, 2016
BVI launches new public-private initiative to support financial services industry ROAD TOWN, BVI -- BVI Finance Limited, a new public/private initiative that will see the creation of a company to better support financial services promotion and business development in the British Virgin Islands, is set to launch in January 2017. The new entity, which will take over from...

Marketing Strategies Today: Conversion rate explained

September 19, 2016
Marketing Strategies Today: Conversion rate explained When it comes to conversion rate, all parties begin by asking this main question: “What is in it for me?” That question is asked by all of the customers and it is also asked by you when you are investing in your strategy and there are many reasons that you need to understand this in order to...

DHL and United Airlines expand services in San Juan, Puerto Rico

September 17, 2016
DHL and United Airlines expand services in San Juan, Puerto Rico SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- United Airlines and DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist within Deutsche Post DHL Group, have announced several significant growth and expansion initiatives in Puerto Rico. The two companies are working together to continue...

Bahamas denies 'go-slow' approach to tax data sharing

September 14, 2016
Bahamas denies 'go-slow' approach to tax data sharing NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas has rejected outright an attack by UK publication The Economist, which claims The Bahamas’ choice to implement automatic exchange of information (AEOI) through bilateral agreements is an intentional “go-slow approach” based on “fabricated...

Let's Talk Business: Seven indisputable ways to build credibility as a thought leader and influencer

September 14, 2016
Let's Talk Business: Seven indisputable ways to build credibility as a thought leader and influencer There are many ways thought leaders and influencers can build up their credibility. You have to be declared a thought leader by another person and not by yourself. A thought leader is a person who has an informed opinion in whatever industry or area of expertise he operates in.

Additional US$4.5 million invested in Costa Rica shared services centre

September 12, 2016
Additional US$4.5 million invested in Costa Rica shared services centre ATLANTA, USA -- Equifax Inc., a global information solutions company, has announced the opening of its second shared services centre in Costa Rica. With this new site, the company expects to grow to 1,000 total employees by the end of 2017. The company, which has been operating...

Marketing Strategies Today: Content marketing explained to non marketers

September 12, 2016
Marketing Strategies Today: Content marketing explained to non marketers When it comes to a way to start a conversation nothing is more common that the original “What do you do?” This is a way that will allow you to kick off conversations and to know that you are able to interact with people quickly and easily. One thing that is very difficult however...

Bahamas PM accused of misleading public on megaresort deal

September 10, 2016
Bahamas PM accused of misleading public on megaresort deal NASSAU, Bahamas -- Opposition Free National Movement (FNM) leader Dr Hubert Minnis on Thursday accused The Bahamas government of misleading the public to have Bahamians believe that all contractors who worked on the bankrupt Baha Mar megaresort project would receive...

Logistics hub a major investment thrust for Jamaica

September 9, 2016
Logistics hub a major investment thrust for Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica’s gradual transition to a ‘logistics centred’ economy has prompted the need for integration of various sectors, public-private partnerships and ongoing research and discussions by key stakeholders. The prospect of Jamaica becoming a globally competitive...

Mexico woos the Greater Caribbean to talk business in Cancun

September 9, 2016
Mexico woos the Greater Caribbean to talk business in Cancun CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Latin American investors are bent on boosting business ties in the Greater Caribbean, with companies in two major business capitals looking to forge new and better, stronger and deeper ties with their smaller hemispheric neighbours to the south.

Red Stripe beer resumes exports from Jamaica to US

September 9, 2016
Red Stripe beer resumes exports from Jamaica to US KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Prime Minister Andrew Holness was on hand on Wednesday to see Red Stripe sending off its first shipment of locally brewed beer to the United States from Jamaica in four years. At a ceremony at Red Stripe’s Spanish Town Road location, Holness hailed the move...

Venezuelan state oil company at risk of defaulting without US payment processor

September 8, 2016
Venezuelan state oil company at risk of defaulting without US payment processor HOUSTON, USA -- US-based Citibank has notified Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) that it is going to stop processing payments on its bonds, which could cause the Venezuelan state-owned oil company big problems. “Losing the main party responsible for paying the debt would...

CDB funds workshop to improve service delivery in the tourism industry

September 8, 2016
CDB funds workshop to improve service delivery in the tourism industry BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- For many countries in the Caribbean, a successful tourism industry is critical to social and economic growth and development. However, an increasingly competitive global tourism market has meant that Caribbean countries must find ways to differentiate...

Caribbean fisherfolk look to the future

September 8, 2016
Caribbean fisherfolk look to the future PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Leaders of the Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations (CNFO) met at a two-day performance and planning workshop to discuss and critically assess the CNFO’s performance since its formation almost ten years ago. They were joined in this exercise...

Brazilian business mission coming to St Lucia in November

September 7, 2016
Brazilian business mission coming to St Lucia in November RODNEY BAY, St Lucia -- The Embassy of Brazil in Saint Lucia is preparing to host a major investment mission with numerous opportunities for business that will also strengthen ties between the giant South American nation and its tiny Caribbean neighbour. According to Ambassador Sergio Couri...

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