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LIAT requests funds from Antigua-Barbuda to pay CDB debt

September 1, 2017
LIAT requests funds from Antigua-Barbuda to pay CDB debt ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The government of Antigua and Barbuda has been asked to pay LIAT additional funds to meet its debt to the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). The money requested is commensurate with the country’s shareholding, local media reported. Antigua and Barbuda owns a 34 percent...

EC dollar stable, secure, says ECCB

August 23, 2017
EC dollar stable, secure, says ECCB BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) has given assurances that the EC dollar remains stable and that Eastern Caribbean banknotes are protected by the various security features of the notes. Deputy director of the Currency Management Department...

Dominica establishes EC$15 million loan facility for manufacturing sector

August 22, 2017
Dominica establishes EC$15 million loan facility for manufacturing sector ROSEAU, Dominica -- Dominica's government has agreed to establish an EC$15 million (US$5.5 million) special loan facility to meet the needs of the manufacturing sector. The announcement was made by prime minister and minister for finance, Roosevelt Skerrit, during the recent 2017/2018...

US fines firm that conducts CBI due diligence for Iran sanctions violations

August 21, 2017
US fines firm that conducts CBI due diligence for Iran sanctions violations MIAMI, USA -- In responding to complaints that their economic citizenship programs allow high-risk individuals to obtain passports from a low-risk jurisdictions, proponents often point to the quality of due diligence that outside companies conduct on the applicants, especially in the five countries of...

Tropical Storm Harvey brings heavy rain to Eastern Caribbean

August 18, 2017
Tropical Storm Harvey brings heavy rain to Eastern Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- On Friday morning, the centre of Tropical Storm Harvey was located between Barbados and the Windward Islands, bringing heavy rain and flooding to the area. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, at 8:00 am EDT, the centre of Tropical Storm Harvey...

UPDATE: Tropical Storm Harvey forms, warnings issued

August 18, 2017
MIAMI, USA -- A US Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft found that the tropical system moving into the Eastern Caribbean had become Tropical Storm Harvey on Thursday afternoon. A tropical storm warning has been issued for Martinique, Saint Lucia, Barbados and...

USAID/UNDP hosts regional workshop for citizen security

August 18, 2017
USAID/UNDP hosts regional workshop for citizen security BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Citizen security experts, decisions makers, and senior technical officers from across the Eastern and Southern Caribbean met in Barbados for the start of a regional workshop for the United States government's, through the United States Agency for International...

Significant progress evident in Dominica housing project

August 10, 2017
Significant progress evident in Dominica housing project ROSEAU, Dominica -- The Bellevue Chopin modern housing development project in Dominica has now entered an exciting stage where visitors and the intended residents can see real tangible progress being made, with new structures rising from the ground, and at last start to imagine that their dream...

Two tropical systems threaten the Caribbean

August 7, 2017
Two tropical systems threaten the Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami are monitoring two tropical weather systems that are currently threatening the Caribbean. Showers and thunderstorms are showing some signs of organization in association with a strong tropical wave located over the...

ECCAA updates government of Dominica on development of international airport

August 7, 2017
ECCAA updates government of Dominica on development of international airport ROSEAU, Dominica -- Director general of the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA), Donald McPhail, has updated the Cabinet of Dominica on development plans for an international airport for Dominica. The high profile meeting took place on the fringes of the Parliamentary debate on...

Caribbean baroness comes under fire after action by Antigua-Barbuda

July 31, 2017
Caribbean baroness comes under fire after action by Antigua-Barbuda LONDON, England -- London’s Mail on Sunday newspaper has reported that Commonwealth secretary general, Dominica-born Baroness Patricia Scotland, has come under renewed pressure after one of her close allies was stripped of his Antigua and Barbuda knighthood. Scotland’s ‘dear friend’ Anthony Bailey...

ECCU financial sector remains stable; improved performance expected to continue in 2017

July 27, 2017
ECCU financial sector remains stable; improved performance expected to continue in 2017 BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The Monetary Council of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) reported during its 88th meeting, held in Dominica on Friday, July 21, that the financial system of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) remained stable for the year 2016, with improved performance...

Letter: In response to Transparencia Venezuela

July 27, 2017
Let it be known that a vast majority of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Dominica are solidly opposed to the supportive actions of Prime Minister Skerrit. We, the People’s Party of Dominica, are dismayed at the outcome of the OAS vote in June, and we fail to comprehend how...

Editorial: How much longer can Baroness Scotland continue as Commonwealth secretary-general?

July 25, 2017
Editorial: How much longer can Baroness Scotland continue as Commonwealth secretary-general? Baroness Patricia Scotland was elected Commonwealth secretary-general in November 2015 in a very tight minority vote, on the pretext of being a Caribbean candidate, apparently on the strength of spending the first two years of her life in Dominica where she was born. She took up the post in...

Caribbean baroness again attempts to suppress freedom of the press

July 24, 2017
Caribbean baroness again attempts to suppress freedom of the press LONDON, England -- Last year, the Commonwealth secretary general, Dominica-born Baroness Patricia Scotland, filed a complaint over online coverage about her by London’s Mail on Sunday (MoS) with Britain’s Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). The IPSO advised all parties to...

Possible 2017 payout for ECCU British American policyholders

July 24, 2017
Possible 2017 payout for ECCU British American policyholders BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Regional policyholders of the British American Insurance Company Limited (BAICO) may be one step closer to receiving a payout, eight years after the company collapsed. Close to 4,000 individuals and businesses in St. Kitts and Nevis were among the many...

Letter: My response to Cherry Pacquette's letter to Sam Raphael

July 21, 2017
Letter: My response to Cherry Pacquette's letter to Sam Raphael My general observation is there are some that seem to believe that the cherished right of freedom of speech gives a right to consistently whine or misinform. But let me begin with what Sam Raphael said. Sam Raphael, fueled by the hypocrisy of Lennox Linton and others and their smear campaign, said...

Commentary: Roosevelt Skerrit a fake regionalist

July 20, 2017
Commentary: Roosevelt Skerrit a fake regionalist According to Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, free movement of persons should be afforded to all CARICOM nationals. "We have to move towards ensuring that every citizen has the ability to move freely within our countries..." he said. Under current CSME protocols, free movement of skilled...

Letter: To Sam Raphael: To survive, Dominica's CBI program must be transparent

July 20, 2017
Last week, the Gaston Browne administration informed the world that in regards to its Citizenship By Investment (CBI) program, “it has nothing to hide.” By contrast, it is clear that Dominica’s Roosevelt Skerrit administration has everything to hide, as they refuse to...

Regional developer aims to make a difference through CSR agenda

July 17, 2017
Regional developer aims to make a difference through CSR agenda DUBAI, UAE -- Leading regional resort developer Range Developments has announced the formal launch of its corporate and social responsibility (CSR) program. It will focus its efforts on four main areas: 1. Children 2. Family 3. Entrepreneurs 4. Communities. One of the foremost developers of luxury...

Commentary: The continued speedy and steady degeneration of Dominica's politics

July 17, 2017
Commentary: The continued speedy and steady degeneration of Dominica's politics The most corrosive aspect of this current prime ministership, governance and government is its rousing success in making Dominica politics much more ridiculous, petty and silly. The populace is obsessed with the sitting prime ministers most unnerving and silliest statements. These are analyzed...

Defamation claim in Dubai does not affect Caribbean, say regional citizenship consultants

July 8, 2017
Defamation claim in Dubai does not affect Caribbean, say regional citizenship consultants DUBAI, UAE – In response to speculation by regional media that defamation proceedings filed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by regional and global citizenship consultants Arton Group against the International Migration Council (IMC), which began in Dubai this week, may somehow reflect negatively...

Commentary: The saga and bravura of Haitian migrants

July 8, 2017
Commentary: The saga and bravura of Haitian migrants I was recently at the Toussaint Louverure airport in Port au Prince, Haiti, departing for New York City; the real action was not with JetBlue or American Airlines passengers leaving for the Big Apple but with the LAN airline transporting Haitian migrants to Chile. It looked like a well organized conspiracy orchestrated...

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.

Canada ends visa-free travel for Antigua-Barbuda nationals

June 27, 2017
Canada ends visa-free travel for Antigua-Barbuda nationals ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The government of Canada has decided to end visa-free travel for citizens of Antigua and Barbuda. This decision reportedly relates to concerns over individuals who obtain passports under citizenship by investment programmes in the Caribbean. The Canadian High Commissioner...

Canada deports Iranians holding Eastern Caribbean CBI passports, detains others

June 23, 2017
Canada deports Iranians holding Eastern Caribbean CBI passports, detains others OTTAWA, Canada -- The Department of Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees Canada has reportedly deported a number of Iranian nationals, all holding citizenship by investment (CBI) passports from Eastern Caribbean countries, back to the countries that issued their passports.

OECS convenes citizenship by investment stakeholder meeting

June 21, 2017
OECS convenes citizenship by investment stakeholder meeting CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Representatives from the region’s five citizenship by investment programmes (CIP) met in Saint Lucia last Friday to explore opportunities for increased collaboration and harmonisation of due diligence processes. The meeting, convened at the behest of heads of government of...

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