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Clandestine immigration channel between Haiti and French Guiana dismantled

July 18, 2017
Clandestine immigration channel between Haiti and French Guiana dismantled PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Some 20 people have been arrested after a ten-month investigation into a clandestine immigration between Haiti and French Guiana via the Dominican Republic, Curacao, Panama and Suriname. Following a judicial investigation, four persons were indicted including three...

Haitians flocking to Guyana to get to French Guiana and beyond via Suriname

May 31, 2017
Haitians flocking to Guyana to get to French Guiana and beyond via Suriname GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Since the government of Suriname abruptly closed its consulate in Port-au- Prince for fear of “security” after it halted the visa free entrance of Haitians to Suriname, Guyana is now the destination of choice for Haitians looking to get to French Guiana, the USA and beyond.

Guiana Shield tourism initiative takes centre stage at UN

May 29, 2017
Guiana Shield tourism initiative takes centre stage at UN NEW YORK, USA -- The Guiana Shield Tourism Initiative, the brainchild of Henry MacDonald, Suriname’s permanent representative to the United Nations, and supported by Guyana’s ambassador to the UN, Rudolph Ten-Pow, took centre stage at the UN on Tuesday. The Guiana Shield Tourism...

Guyana tourism hub potential is at Ogle not Cheddi Jagan airport, study reveals

May 11, 2017
Guyana tourism hub potential is at Ogle not Cheddi Jagan airport, study reveals GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- With a Category II rating of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Guyana will not be able to start and operate its own airline until all the deficiencies are corrected. However, this is not a major constraint holding back the development of tourism and attracting...

Regional governments meet in French Guiana to set new agenda for Caribbean Sea protection

March 10, 2017
Regional governments meet in French Guiana to set new agenda for Caribbean Sea protection KINGSTON, Jamaica -- French Guiana will, for the first time, host a meeting of Contracting Parties to the Cartagena Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment of the Wider Caribbean Region from 15th-17th March 2017. This Convention is the only...

Suriname director of tourism sees great potential for the Guianas

January 13, 2017
Suriname director of tourism sees great potential for the Guianas PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Jerry A-Kum, director of Suriname Tourism Foundation (STF), full of energy and grand plans to develop Suriname’s tourism industry, shared in his office some achievements, and current and future plans that his organisation has to improve the tourism product of...

EU to boost CARIBBEAN competitiveness by strengthening regional partnerships

December 12, 2016
EU to boost CARIBBEAN competitiveness by strengthening regional partnerships BASSE-TERRE, Guadeloupe -- The INTERREG V Caribbean, a multimillion dollar EU-funded program to strengthen regional partnerships, will be officially launched in Saint Lucia on Wednesday. In addition to boosting the economic competitiveness of the region's countries...

INTERREG Caraibes launches first call for expressions of interest

November 10, 2016
INTERREG Caraibes launches first call for expressions of interest POINTE-A-PITRE, Guadeloupe -- Projects carriers (private operators, associations, public institutions such as universities, research centers, local authorities) are invited to submit their pre-project expressions of interest to INTERREG Caraïbes before November 18, 2016. Led by the Guadeloupe...

Deportations of Haitians commence from French Guiana

September 19, 2016
Deportations of Haitians commence from French Guiana PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Overnight Thursday of last week, about 15 Haitian undocumented migrants in French Guiana were expelled and repatriated by plane to Port-au-Prince, HaitiLibre reported. The operation occurred a few weeks after the decision of the authorities in French Guiana...

Commentary: Economic incentives vital for development of the Guiana Shield

August 25, 2016
Commentary: Economic incentives vital for development of the Guiana Shield The fourth international congress on the biodiversity of the Guiana Shield, sponsored by the International Biodiversity Society of the Guiana Shield (IBG) in conjunction with the Guyana government, was held during August 8-12 in Georgetown, Guyana. In his address to the forum on April 8...

Insel Air becomes first airline to reconnect Guyana and Brazil

May 27, 2016
Insel Air becomes first airline to reconnect Guyana and Brazil WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- As of July 4, 2016, Insel Air of Curacao will connect Guyana and Brazil by air after a five-year void of no direct air services between the two countries that share a vast frontier. This long awaited service is welcomed by the public. The last airline to fly this route...

US issues travel alert over zika virus in Caribbean

January 18, 2016
US issues travel alert over zika virus in Caribbean ATLANTA, USA -- The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday issued a travel warning for the Caribbean region where infection with zika, a mosquito-borne virus, is a risk. The CDC also cautioned pregnant women not to travel to those areas as zika has been linked...

State of emergency extended to French Caribbean territories after Paris attack

November 20, 2015
State of emergency extended to French Caribbean territories after Paris attack BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The state of emergency declared by France following the terrorist attacks in Paris has been extended to the French Caribbean territories of Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, St Martin and St Barths. The state of emergency was declared last weekend...

European Cooperation Days celebrated in the Caribbean

November 5, 2015
European Cooperation Days celebrated in the Caribbean POINTE-A-PITRE, Guadeloupe -- Since 2012, European Cooperation Days have been celebrated across all of Europe. The objective of this event is to make known and promote the territorial cooperation projects supported by European structural funding. For the 2015 edition from November 4 to 7...

GOL and Azul Airlines set to enter the Guyanas; CAL exiting

June 29, 2015
GOL and Azul Airlines set to enter the Guyanas; CAL exiting PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- On August 25, Brazilian airline giant, GOL will commence twice weekly flights to Paramaribo, the capital of Dutch-speaking Suriname. On the other hand, reliable sources reveal that Caribbean Airlines (CAL) is exiting the Suriname market. In a press release, GOL said...

French Guiana seeks associate membership of CARICOM

January 27, 2015
French Guiana seeks associate membership of CARICOM GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque met on Thursday with a team from French Guiana led by the president of the Regional Council Rodolphe Alexandre, as the French territories in the Caribbean begin discussions with CARICOM on...

Third Trinidad and Tobago trade mission to visit French Caribbean

November 18, 2014
Third Trinidad and Tobago trade mission to visit French Caribbean PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- exporTT is leading its third trade mission from Trinidad and Tobago to the French Caribbean (Martinique, Guadeloupe and French Guiana) from November 16-26, 2014. This project is sponsored by the CARTfund. A total of ten companies will participate in the mission.

Caribbean and Europe generate dynamic cooperation

October 4, 2014
Caribbean and Europe generate dynamic cooperation POINTE-A-PITRE, Guadeloupe -- European Cooperation Day was commemorated in the Caribbean last month under the theme of "Sharing borders to grow closer". The special day, commemorated on Thursday, September 25, 2014, was marked by highlighting special projects...

St Martin to host Interreg Caraibes project selection committee meeting

April 1, 2014
MARIGOT, St Martin -- The ninth selection and monitoring committees of the Interreg Caraïbes programme will take place on April 2 and 3, 2014, in Saint Martin under the chairmanship of the Regional Council of Guadeloupe in its capacity as management authority.

Surinam Airways to connect Cayenne and Miami

March 28, 2014
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Surinam Airways (SLM), in response to an email inquiry, has confirmed media reports in French Guiana that the airline will connect Cayenne to Miami, Florida, from April 5, with stops in Paramaribo and Georgetown, Guyana.

Global rent-a-car brand enters Caribbean

January 24, 2014
ST LOUIS, USA -- Enterprise Holdings is franchising the use of its Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand to several Caribbean operators. These franchisees include Guyane Car in French Guiana, LAM in Martinique and SGLV in Guadeloupe. These new operations further expand the international footprint of...

Chikungunya virus spreads to more Caribbean countries

January 21, 2014
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- According to the latest report from the European Centre of Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) based in Stockholm, Sweden, new cases chikungunya virus have been reported in several countries in the Caribbean. As of January 9, 2014, the following numbers...

Satellite broadband to be offered in French West Indies and French Guiana

November 21, 2013
PARIS, France -- Eutelsat Communications and CaribSat, an internet service provider, has announced the signature of a distribution agreement for the IP Easy satellite broadband service provided through the Caribbean footprint of the EUTELSAT 8 West A satellite.

UN condemns racist attacks against French Guiana-born justice minister

November 16, 2013
UN condemns racist attacks against French Guiana-born justice minister GENEVA, Switzerland -- The recent racist attacks in France against French Guiana-born Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira are unacceptable, the United Nations human rights office said on Friday, warning that this is another sign of rising discrimination in many European nations.

St Lucia contingent returns from French Guiana as guests of honour at national celebrations

November 5, 2013
St Lucia contingent returns from French Guiana as guests of honour at national celebrations CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Last Thursday, a small contingent of 13 returned to Saint Lucia from French Guiana after representing the island as guests of honour at that country’s national celebrations in promotion of the Creole language and culture. The contingent was invited and hosted by the Conseil General...

BVI software company selected to provide telecom asset management software in the French Caribbean

September 6, 2013
BVI software company selected to provide telecom asset management software in the French Caribbean FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique -- Regional telecommunications provider Digicel has selected the NAAP Software platform for its operation in Martinique, Guadeloupe and French Guiana. The program provided by NAAP, which is based in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, is multi-modular asset lifecycle software.

Caribbean development projects receive EU funding

December 8, 2012
POINTE-A-PITRE, Guadeloupe -- The European Union's Regional Development Fund (ERDF) will fund two major sustainable development projects in the Dutch and French Caribbean under the INTERREG IV Caribbean program.

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