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New UK minister commits to championing British Overseas Territories interests

July 27, 2016
New UK minister commits to championing British Overseas Territories interests GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The new UK minister for British Overseas Territories (BOTs), Baroness Anelay, has said she plans to champion the interests of the BOTs in Whitehall in the face of the uncertainties presented by the referendum result last month for the UK to exit the...

CDB unveils new programme to assess poverty in the Caribbean

July 27, 2016
CDB unveils new programme to assess poverty in the Caribbean CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Across the Caribbean, policymakers rely heavily on the availability of timely, accurate and reliable poverty data to support national and regional development initiatives. Despite making considerable progress on how they measure poverty, many countries in...

British overseas territories leaders meet in Turks and Caicos

July 23, 2016
British overseas territories leaders meet in Turks and Caicos PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Governor Peter Beckingham welcomed leaders from seven of the UK’s Overseas Territories for lunch at his official residence on Thursday. “I was delighted and honoured to have the opportunity to welcome to the Turks and Caicos...

OECS Authority convenes for the first time using video conferencing technology

July 19, 2016
OECS Authority convenes for the first time using video conferencing technology CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The 63rd meeting of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Authority was convened on the July 14, 2016, at the OECS Commission using video conferencing technology for the first time. The Authority welcomed Dr Timothy Harris, prime minister...

Commentary: The View from Europe: An uncertain future for the Overseas Territories?

July 9, 2016
Commentary: The View from Europe: An uncertain future for the Overseas Territories? Although an eerie calm may have settled on Europe now that the immediacy of the decision by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union (EU) has sunk in, it should not lull the Caribbean into a sense of false security or inaction. It has arisen because much is now on hold until...

UK may join its Caribbean territories as tax havens after Brexit

July 8, 2016
UK may join its Caribbean territories as tax havens after Brexit LONDON, England -- Once free of European Union strictures following its exit from the EU, European finance ministers and financial experts have expressed concern that Brexit could prompt a “race to the bottom” on tax policy, with the UK joining its Caribbean territories as a tax haven.

Brexit will see renewed focus on overseas territories, says UK minister

June 21, 2016
Brexit will see renewed focus on overseas territories, says UK minister GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The UK minister with responsibility for the British overseas territories (BoTs) has said that a British exit from the European Union will be an advantage for the BoTs because the UK will be able to focus on traditional relationships with them.

Stogie Kenyatta portrays Paul Robeson on stage in Montserrat

June 17, 2016
Stogie Kenyatta portrays Paul Robeson on stage in Montserrat BRADES, Montserrat -- A most interesting and unusual performance took place at Montserrat’s Cultural Centre recently, when Jamaican actor and comedian Stogie Kenyatta performed his one man show “The World is my Home: the Life and Times of Paul Robeson”. Paul Robeson was...

Montserrat residents and former premier outraged at public beach sand mining

June 10, 2016
Montserrat residents and former premier outraged at public beach sand mining FOXES BAY, Montserrat -- Montserrat residents are outraged and seeking answers as to why vast amounts of sand are being removed from Foxes Bay Beach in the south of the island. New photos taken on the beach on Wednesday show the sand being collected and put into trucks.

BVI advocates for more UK engagement with overseas territories

June 6, 2016
BVI advocates for more UK engagement with overseas territories LONDON, England -- British Virgin Islands London office director Benito Wheatley has said there is a need for greater engagement from the UK government and parliamentary support on key overseas territories issues. Wheatley was addressing the second Overseas Territories (OT)...

UK Overseas Territories take a stand against online child sexual abuse imagery

June 2, 2016
UK Overseas Territories take a stand against online child sexual abuse imagery LONDON, England -- In an historic announcement on Wednesday, 12 British Overseas Territories launched dedicated reporting portals, to allow web users to report images and videos of child sexual abuse. The IWF (Internet Watch Foundation) initiative has been made possible by...

OECS to focus on geothermal energy at St Kitts and Nevis forum

May 5, 2016
OECS to focus on geothermal energy at St Kitts and Nevis forum BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission are partnering with the government of St Kitts and Nevis jointly to host a regional geothermal forum under the theme: ‘Opportunities and...

ECCB concerned about region's financial stability

April 29, 2016
ECCB concerned about region's financial stability BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- As two more indigenous banks in the region go under, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) is concerned about the status of the financial stability of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU). In recent days, the National Bank of Anguilla...

Commentary: The View from Europe: The Panama connection

April 9, 2016
Commentary: The View from Europe: The Panama connection A few days ago the leader of the British Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, called on the British prime minister to consider taking direct control of Britain’s Caribbean overseas territories. His remarks – not without irony as, of all of the members of the British Parliament, he is among those...

Call for direct rule of British overseas territories 'absurd', says Cayman Islands minister

April 8, 2016
Call for direct rule of British overseas territories 'absurd', says Cayman Islands minister GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Cayman’s financial services minister has dismissed as absurd the suggestion by the UK leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, that the British government should consider imposing direct rule on its overseas territories and dependencies...

The King of Soca, Arrow to be named National Hero of Montserrat

March 12, 2016
The King of Soca, Arrow to be named National Hero of Montserrat BRADES, Montserrat -- The third Annual National Honours and Awards ceremony will award eight Montserratians on Wednesday March 16 at the Montserrat Cultural Centre. The prestigious honour of Order of National Hero will be bestowed on the late Alphonsus ‘Arrow’ Cassell.

Commentary: The View from Europe: Brexit and the UK Overseas Territories

March 12, 2016
Commentary: The View from Europe: Brexit and the UK Overseas Territories On June 23, voters in Britain will decide whether they wish to remain within the European Union (EU). If they vote to leave, as some polls suggest, they may inadvertently affect the special status that the UK’s Overseas Territories in the Caribbean have with Europe. In a recent indication of...

Businesswomen from Eastern Caribbean begin acceleration program

March 4, 2016
Businesswomen from Eastern Caribbean begin acceleration program ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Fifteen business women from the islands of Antigua, Montserrat, Nevis and St Kitts began an eight-month acceleration program (AP) on Wednesday in Antigua. The program is an initiative of the Women Innovators Network in the Caribbean (WINC), an InfoDev project.

Undercover investigation reveals role of British overseas territories in moving suspect money

February 13, 2016
Undercover investigation reveals role of British overseas territories in moving suspect money NEW YORK, USA -- A new investigation from advocacy group Global Witness, shown recently on CBS’ 60 Minutes, showed the role that British overseas territories can play in facilitating the movement of suspect funds into the US.  Wearing a hidden camera, a Global Witness investigator...

New ECCB governor focuses on key messages to serve the region better

February 6, 2016
New ECCB governor focuses on key messages to serve the region better BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- In order effectively and efficiently to serve countries within the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU), newly appointed governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), Timothy Antoine, spelt out his priorities on Monday that would better assist...

New ECCB governor outlines his vision to regional and local media

February 4, 2016
New ECCB governor outlines his vision to regional and local media BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Media practitioners from across the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) were given an opportunity on Monday to interact with the new governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), Timothy Antoine, as he outlined his new vision...

BVI participates in EU funded regional study on diversification

February 2, 2016
BVI participates in EU funded regional study on diversification ROAD TOWN, BVI -- The British Virgin Islands is participating in a regional study on diversification of the Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs). The study was launched on November 26, 2015, and is being conducted by the European Union funded Caribbean Overseas...

Loan recovery management featured in CDB training programme for the first time

December 16, 2015
Loan recovery management featured in CDB training programme for the first time BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Caribbean Development Bank’s 2015 training programme for development finance institutions, which was held in collaboration with the Development Bank of St Kitts and Nevis, closed on Friday in St Kitts. The four-week, four-module, training programme opened on...

Commentary: The View from Europe: A special relationship

December 12, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: A special relationship Each year the elected leaders of Britain’s overseas territories (OTs) gather from around the world to meet with British ministers in London. Their objective is to discuss the continuing partnership with the UK, to establish priorities and to try to resolve differences. For the most part, the issues...

Successful Literary Festival on Montserrat

December 9, 2015
Successful Literary Festival on Montserrat BRADES, Montserrat -- Montserrat’s annual Alliouagana Festival of the Word was held during November at the Cultural Centre and was much enjoyed and appreciated by those who attended. The Festival is organized each year by the University of the West Indies Open Campus here.

British overseas territories take small step towards transparency

December 4, 2015
British overseas territories take small step towards transparency LONDON, England -- On Thursday, the UK’s Overseas Territories announced that they would put information on the people who ultimately own and control companies – so-called beneficial owners – in centralised registries ‘or similarly effective systems’, representing a small step towards...

Despite real progress, UK secrecy jurisdictions are still helping criminals, warns new report

December 1, 2015
Despite real progress, UK secrecy jurisdictions are still helping criminals, warns new report LONDON, England -- British Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed to lead the global fight against corruption, but a new assessment released on Monday warns that the UK cannot credibly claim that it has made significant improvements with regard to financial secrecy when jurisdictions...

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