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Use of Chinese currency could help safeguard region's access to global finance

July 14, 2017
Use of Chinese currency could help safeguard region's access to global finance BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- As global financial institutions continue to withdraw banking services from the region, the Chinese renminbi could help to safeguard the region’s access to global financial services. This was one of the topics explored at a conference hosted by Caribbean Development Bank.

Patois-speaking doll promotes Jamaica and culture

July 13, 2017
Patois-speaking doll promotes Jamaica and culture KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- “Wha gwaan… Weh yaa seh… mi come from the beautiful island of Jamaica…wi have the best beaches and sunshine all through di year…nuff respect…to di worl,” are some of the sentiments ‘Toya’ utters to her playmates at the press of a button. She is the first-ever patois...

The state of online gambling in Caribbean nations

July 11, 2017
The state of online gambling in Caribbean nations There are plenty of remarkable casinos in the Caribbean, from the massive Atlantis Casino of The Bahamas to the 18 brick-and-mortar options in Puerto Rico alone. Less visible, but arguably more influential, is the online gaming industry. With gamblers from all over the world playing on sites hosted...

Jamaica tourism minister calls for more inclusive sector

July 10, 2017
Jamaica tourism minister calls for more inclusive sector KINGSTON, Jamaica -- In the wake of record performances, Jamaica’s tourism minister has questioned how to ensure that this tourism success translates into benefits for all citizens in communities across Jamaica. Minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett, announced that the tourism sector is continuing...

Marketing Strategies Today: How to make a recorded gif for your business

July 10, 2017
Marketing Strategies Today: How to make a recorded gif for your business When it comes to making sure that you can stand out in social media channels you want to make sure that you are able to use a gif in a way that is going to bring attention to your business. When it comes to a gif, they are quick and they are a great way to make sure that you are able to grab the attention...

Real estate and construction industry leaders meet in Cuba to discuss new opportunities

July 8, 2017
Real estate and construction industry leaders meet in Cuba to discuss new opportunities HAVANA, Cuba – RICS, a global professional body that promotes and enforces the highest professional qualifications and standards in the development and management of land, real estate, property and construction, recently led a three-day study tour to Havana, Cuba, gathering more than...

Honduras improves transparency on public-private infrastructure investments

July 7, 2017
Honduras improves transparency on public-private infrastructure investments TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- Honduras has achieved an information disclosure rate of 85.3 percent regarding its public-private partnerships (PPP) -- up from just 27 percent in 2014. The finding comes from a report issued by Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST) Honduras, an effort to...

Jamaica tourism minister discusses pension plan for tourism workers

July 6, 2017
Jamaica tourism minister discusses pension plan for tourism workers KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica’s minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett, addressed tourism stakeholders in Kingston recently about the tourism workers’ pension scheme, which is expected to go to tender soon. The fund is expected to benefit some 90,000 persons employed in the tourism industry.

UK firms pursuing linkages with Barbados businesses

July 5, 2017
UK firms pursuing linkages with Barbados businesses BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- A delegation of UK firms is bringing a trade mission to Barbados to attend the first CARIB Food and Hospitality Exhibition being held 6-8 July 2017. The purpose of their visit is to pursue business opportunities and partnerships with local stakeholders in the food and beverage...

BVI beneficial ownership search system goes live

July 5, 2017
BVI beneficial ownership search system goes live ROAD TOWN, BVI -- The government of the British Virgin Islands’ beneficial ownership secure search system (BOSSs) has successfully gone live following the 1 July deadline. BOSSs has so far seen significant activity, with the necessary information for tens of thousands of companies having already...

Honduras president urges Central American neighbours to join customs union

July 5, 2017
Honduras president urges Central American neighbours to join customs union SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica -- Last week, while attending the Central American Integration System (SICA) Summit in Costa Rica, Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernández proposed expanding the Honduran-Guatemalan customs union to include other Central American nations. "Guatemala and Honduras...

Defamation claim by regional citizenship consultants opens in Dubai court

July 4, 2017
Defamation claim by regional citizenship consultants opens in Dubai court DUBAI, UAE -- The first hearing in legal proceedings for alleged defamation filed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by well known regional and global citizenship consultants Arton Group against the International Migration Council (IMC) and its representative office in Dubai began this week.

Caribbean credit unions want a greater role in regional development

July 3, 2017
Caribbean credit unions want a greater role in regional development VARADERO BEACH, Cuba -- Caribbean credit unions are more alive and active and can play a greater role in national and regional development, but that much is either not known or recognized by the region's government's -- and they want to change that. That's the word from the president of the...

ILO and CDB hold policy dialogue on social protection and youth employment

July 3, 2017
ILO and CDB hold policy dialogue on social protection and youth employment BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Members of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean met with representatives of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) for a policy dialogue on social protection and youth empowerment and employment.

Marketing Strategies Today: How to build a social media sales funnel for all your company's needs

July 3, 2017
Marketing Strategies Today: How to build a social media sales funnel for all your company's needs If you have a blog for business there is no way that you do not want to be able to grow your company in a way that is going to move all of your clients through the sales cycle. In order for that to work you need to make sure that you know how to build a marketing funnel and that means that you need...

Cuban economy performs as forecast in first six months of 2017

July 1, 2017
Cuban economy performs as forecast in first six months of 2017 HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuban minister of economy and planning, Ricardo Cabrisas, reported to the Council of Ministers that, during the first six months of 2017, the country’s economy has performed as expected. Cabrisas said that, in order to meet the 2017 plan, they continue taking measures to...

US-Cuba policy: 'The mother of all blunders'

June 30, 2017
US-Cuba policy: 'The mother of all blunders' WASHINGTON, USA -- An in-depth analysis prepared by US intelligence and foreign policy experts has concluded that the failed US approach of refusing to engage in a constructive relationship with the government in Havana and the 55-year trade and financial embargo imposed on Cuba...

Cuba and New Zealand to strengthen bilateral ties

June 30, 2017
Cuba and New Zealand to strengthen bilateral ties HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla and his counterpart from New Zealand, Gerry Brownlee, expressed interest on Wednesday in Havana in strengthening bilateral relations in the political and economic sectors. Rodriguez, who welcomed the top diplomat...

Trade policy experts offer solutions to the issues affecting trade in the Caribbean

June 30, 2017
Trade policy experts offer solutions to the issues affecting trade in the Caribbean CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Strategies to deal with the effects of global issues affecting trade in the Caribbean were advanced at a recent meeting of international and regional stakeholders that sought to outline trade policy challenges impacting Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and Caribbean...

Commentary: Why cyber-security is critical in business risk management

June 28, 2017
Commentary: Why cyber-security is critical in business risk management The cyber threat picture becomes more challenging, with attacks against both public and private sectors organization. Cyber threats are continually evolving, becoming more sophisticated and harder to both prevent and detect. Your organization has possibly experienced some type of...

Regional accounting profession imperilled by de-risking, says Caribbean diplomat

June 27, 2017
Regional accounting profession imperilled by de-risking, says Caribbean diplomat GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Veteran Caribbean diplomat, Sir Ronald Sanders, has warned the accounting and auditing community of the Caribbean that their businesses could soon be at risk as a result of rules that governments are expected to legislate and implement. According to the Antigua...

BVI beneficial ownership search platform goes live June 30

June 27, 2017
BVI beneficial ownership search platform goes live June 30 ROAD TOWN, BVI -- The government of the British Virgin Islands has completed the legislative requirements that pave the way for implementation of the Beneficial Ownership Secure Search system (BOSSs). Developed following an exchange of notes with the UK in April 2016, BOSSs is...

Minnesota lieutenant governor favours improved Cuba-US ties

June 26, 2017
Minnesota lieutenant governor favours improved Cuba-US ties HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Minnesota's Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith said on Thursday in Havana that she favours the development of US-Cuba relations and opposes the new policy towards the island. During a press conference at the Hotel Nacional, the US politician reiterated the commitment...

Marketing Strategies Today: How to build a rocking social media marketing plan

June 26, 2017
Marketing Strategies Today: How to build a rocking social media marketing plan When it comes to making sure that you are able to share your platform and your business you want to make sure that you have the right social media initiatives. You need to know what you need to do to succeed and that means that you need to know what you need to do to be able to choose, track, and...

Spanish hotel group invests in city hotels in central Cuba

June 23, 2017
Spanish hotel group invests in city hotels in central Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Melia Hotels International, with 27 years of operations in Cuba, including Camagüey province, has signed a contract for managing the Gran Hotel, Colón Hotel and Camagüey Hotel, three iconic facilities in Camagüey. Operated thus far by Islazul, a local firm, which will...

Aquaculture has significant potential as foreign exchange earner for Guyana

June 22, 2017
Aquaculture has significant potential as foreign exchange earner for Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- According to the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), a report on the feasibility study for aquaculture as a diversification venture for GuySuCo discloses significant potential.  The study was undertaken by AquaSol Corporation Inc., a company based in Florida.

Key cruise line executives and industry stakeholders gather to improve business at conference in Aruba

June 21, 2017
Key cruise line executives and industry stakeholders gather to improve business at conference in Aruba PEMBROKE PINES, USA -- Improving cruise tourism business was easier and happier than ever last week in Aruba. A group of more than 200 Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Platinum Members, key cruise tourism stakeholders, and their family members and colleagues joined...

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