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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...

New ECCB governor not yet appointed

November 30, 2015
New ECCB governor not yet appointed BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- No new governor yet – that’s the word from the Eastern Caribbean Monetary Council. Council chairman, Anguilla’s Chief Minister Victor Banks, has denied reports that a Saint Lucian individual has been selected to replace Sir Dwight Venner, the outgoing...

OECS Authority issues communique following meeting in Dominica

November 26, 2015
OECS Authority issues communique following meeting in Dominica ROSEAU, Dominica -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) has issued a communiqué following the 62nd meeting of the OECS Authority in Roseau, Dominica, under the Chairmanship of Dr Keith Mitchell, prime minister of Grenada from November 18 to 19, 2015.

Montserrat's Festival of the Word coming soon

October 22, 2015
Montserrat's Festival of the Word coming soon SALEM, Montserrat -- A most exciting Literary Festival will be held in Montserrat during November. This annual event is spearheaded by the Open Campus of the University of the West Indies under the leadership of Gracelyn Cassell, head of the Open Campus in Montserrat.  Named “Alliouagana Festival...

CTO gets firsthand look at Montserrat's tourism potential

October 12, 2015
CTO gets firsthand look at Montserrat's tourism potential BRADES, Montserrat -- The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) paid a visit to Montserrat on Friday. Richard Sealy, minister of tourism and international transport of Barbados and also chairman of CTO, and Hugh Riley, secretary general of CTO, visited with Montserrat’s premier and minister of tourism...

British MP calls for representation at Westminster for overseas territories

October 9, 2015
British MP calls for representation at Westminster for overseas territories LONDON, England (CNS) -- The Conservative MP for Romford in the UK parliament has suggested there should be representation in Westminster for Britain’s overseas territories. Andrew Rosindell, who chairs the Parliamentary British Overseas Territories Committee, said that...

Montserrat students offered medical scholarship in Antigua

September 17, 2015
Montserrat students offered medical scholarship in Antigua ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Montserrat students have been offered a scholarship to pursue studies at the American International College of Arts and Sciences (AICASA) or the American University of Antigua – College of Medicine (AUA). Following discussions with premier of Montserrat Donaldson Romeo...

Antigua-Barbuda takes protest over tax haven listing to Capitol Hill

September 8, 2015
Antigua-Barbuda takes protest over tax haven listing to Capitol Hill WASHINGTON, USA -- Antigua and Barbuda’s ambassador to the United States, Sir Ronald Sanders, has written to the mayor of the District of Columbia, Muriel Brower, and several members of the US congress calling for the removal of Antigua and Barbuda from a list of alleged “tax havens”.

CDB paves the way for better access to basic services in Montserrat

September 7, 2015
CDB paves the way for better access to basic services in Montserrat PLYMOUTH, Montserrat – For many years, the residents of Barzey’s Village in Montserrat had just a small gravel road connecting them to schools, public transportation and jobs. Soil erosion and heavy rainfall made road conditions worse. As a result, residents didn’t have regular garbage pickups...

British territories mobilise support for Dominica

September 3, 2015
British territories mobilise support for Dominica BRADES, Montserrat -- The British overseas territories of Montserrat and the British Virgin Islands have both mobilised support for Dominica following the passage of Tropical Storm Erika. The government of Montserrat, with UK Department for International Development support, has decided to deploy...

New online portal provides access to legal services and information in the Anglophone Caribbean

September 2, 2015
New online portal provides access to legal services and information in the Anglophone Caribbean OLVESTON, Montserrat -- A new website aimed at changing the way the lawyers and the general public access legal information and services, launched in the Caribbean on Tuesday. Westindianlawyers.com is an online portal servicing 18 jurisdictions in the English-speaking Caribbean.

Leeward Islands brace for Tropical Storm Erika

August 27, 2015
Leeward Islands brace for Tropical Storm Erika MIAMI, USA -- The Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico on Wednesday prepared for the imminent arrival of Tropical Storm Erika, which was expected to move near or over portions of the Leeward Islands on Wednesday night, move near the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on...

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