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Suriname and Islamic Bank explore funding expansion

January 28, 2015
Suriname and Islamic Bank explore funding expansion PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- On Monday, a delegation from the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) was in Suriname and held meetings with the minister for regional development, Stanley Betterson, and Suriname's deputy governor to the IsDB, Dr Anwar Lall Mohammed, to explore areas of further financial...

Government of Canada supports disaster management in Suriname

January 22, 2015
Government of Canada supports disaster management in Suriname PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Communities across Suriname are vulnerable to heavy rainfall and strong winds, which can cause damage to homes and businesses. This carries a heavy human toll and impedes sustainable economic growth. The key factor in communities being able to respond to the...

Commentary: Copa Airlines and the Guyana, Suriname aviation market

January 21, 2015
Commentary: Copa Airlines and the Guyana, Suriname aviation market With few airlines only servicing the Guyanas, Copa Airlines of Panama, the only global carrier that flies to Guyana, is looking to connect the Guyanas with the world via its Panama City hub. Moreover, the carrier is interested in the Suriname market and it’s only a matter of time before it adds Paramaribo.

Indian foreign minister to visit Suriname and Guyana

January 19, 2015
Indian foreign minister to visit Suriname and Guyana PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Sushma Swaraj, the foreign minister of India, will cement the elusive relationship between her country and Guyana and Suriname when she visits the Guyanas in March to pave the way for the visit of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Guyana and Suriname.

World Bank launches first country partnership strategy in Suriname in 30 years

January 19, 2015
World Bank launches first country partnership strategy in Suriname in 30 years WASHINGSTON, USA -- The World Bank Group’s board of executive directors has discussed a new country partnership strategy (CPS) for Suriname for 2015-2018. This is the first comprehensive strategy in 30 years. The new strategy proposes a lending program of about US$60 million.

Suriname central bank presents to Indian investors

January 17, 2015
Suriname central bank presents to Indian investors NEW DELHI, India -- The Central Bank of Suriname presented a session on opportunities in Suriname on the backdrop of the visit of a delegation from the ministry of foreign affairs to India, which was hosted by the Hon. Consul of Suriname, Asif Iqbal, in New Delhi. The presentation was made by William Orie.

Suriname trade delegation heading to Guyana

January 15, 2015
Suriname trade delegation heading to Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The government of Guyana, the Private Sector Commission (PSC), and the Chambers of Commerce will be hosting a Surinamese trade mission/ delegation from January 15-17, 2015. It is expected that the ministers of trade and tourism will be in attendance.

Suriname foreign minister begins India visit

January 14, 2015
Suriname foreign minister begins India visit NEW DELHI, India -- Suriname's foreign minister, Winston G. Lackin, arrived in New Delhi on Monday on a five-day official visit to India aimed at expanding the already strong ties between the two countries. The Surinamese foreign minister is accompanied by minister of education and community...

Suriname signs ILO decent work country programme

January 10, 2015
Suriname signs ILO decent work country programme PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- On Monday, Michael Miskin, minister of labour, technological development and environment of Suriname; representatives from the Council of Trade Federations in Suriname (RAVAKSUR); Ferdinand Welzijn, chairman of the Suriname Trade and Industry Association...

Suriname to strengthen public power utility and upgrade critical infrastructure

December 22, 2014
Suriname to strengthen public power utility and upgrade critical infrastructure WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a loan of US$33 million to provide financial support for Energie Bedrijven Suriname (EBS), Suriname’s public power utility. The overall objective of this investment loan is to contribute to the sustainability of the...

Suriname to boost productivity and business innovation as keys to economic development

December 18, 2014
Suriname to boost productivity and business innovation as keys to economic development WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$20 million loan to Suriname with the goal of increasing the value-added of the private sector in the country’s economy. In order to achieve this, IDB will support the implementation of a policy on productivity.

Feasibility of cassava cultivation to be investigated in Suriname, Dominica and Trinidad and Tobago

December 17, 2014
Feasibility of cassava cultivation to be investigated in Suriname, Dominica and Trinidad and Tobago BRIDGETOWN Barbados -- With a food import bill of more than US$4 billion per annum, tapping into the potential of cassava can lead to foreign exchange savings, improved food security and revitalization of farming in the Caribbean. This is the aim of collaboration between the Caribbean...

OAS supports Suriname in development of national cyber security plan

December 17, 2014
OAS supports Suriname in development of national cyber security plan PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The Organization of American States (OAS) on Tuesday concluded a two-day mission in Suriname for preparatory meetings geared towards information gathering to assist in the development of a National Cyber Security Plan. This mission consisted of an initial...

Commentary: Venezuela in financial difficulty, will PetroCaribe survive?

November 28, 2014
Commentary: Venezuela in financial difficulty, will PetroCaribe survive? The government of Venezuela is undoubtedly disappointed with the outcome of the 166th meeting of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) held in Vienna, Austria, on 27 November 2014.  Despite intense lobbying by Venezuela, the OPEC decided not to cut oil production.

IMF wants to know what PetroCaribe money was used for in St Vincent

November 25, 2014
IMF wants to know what PetroCaribe money was used for in St Vincent WASHINGTON, USA -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says it is monitoring the potential impact of Venezuela's current economic stress on PetroCaribe, the country’s oil alliance with several Caribbean islands, and it also wants to know what PetroCaribe money was used for in St Vincent.

Suriname president to attend UNASUR summit in Ecuador

November 19, 2014
Suriname president to attend UNASUR summit in Ecuador QUITO, Ecuador -- Last Friday, Ecuador’s foreign minister, Ricardo Patino, announced that nine South American leaders have confirmed their attendance at this year's Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) summit and among them will be the president of Suriname, Desi Bouterse.

First Latin American Muslim religious leaders summit opens in Turkey

November 15, 2014
First Latin American Muslim religious leaders summit opens in Turkey ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Under the theme “Building Our Traditions and Our Future,” the Office of the President of Religious Affairs of Turkey (Diyanet) is hosting the First Latin American Muslim religious leaders summit in Istanbul, which began on Wednesday and ends on Saturday.

SOUTHCOM commander visits Guyana, Suriname

November 8, 2014
SOUTHCOM commander visits Guyana, Suriname PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- US Marine Gen. John Kelly, commander of US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), concluded a three-day visit to Guyana and Suriname on Thursday. The visit was the general’s first to both countries, where he spoke with senior defence and government leaders.

Suriname to build modern tram network

November 7, 2014
Suriname to build modern tram network PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- President Bouterse’s grand promise to the people of Suriname to build a modern tram from Paramaribo to the Johan Pengel International Airport is closer to reality after a Dutch company, Strukton Systems, which last year did a feasibility study for the government...

IMF concludes 2014 consultation with Suriname

November 1, 2014
IMF concludes 2014 consultation with Suriname WASHINGTON, USA -- On October 1, 2014, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the 2014 Article IV consultation with Suriname. Suriname’s macroeconomic conditions weakened in 2013 as gold and oil prices declined. With those prices falling below recent peaks...

Suriname-Iceland 'Barbershop Conference' will urge men to end violence against women and girls

October 25, 2014
Suriname-Iceland 'Barbershop Conference' will urge men to end violence against women and girls NEW YORK, USA -- Last week, during the 69th session of the UN Third Committee on the Advancement of Women, Suriname urged men worldwide to join the struggle to end violence against women and girls, and, to this effect, Suriname and Iceland have put forward a "Barbershop Conference".

New Ebola travel bans by Suriname and Dominican Republic

October 23, 2014
New Ebola travel bans by Suriname and Dominican Republic PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Suriname and the Dominican Republic became the latest countries in the region that will no longer allow entry to foreign travellers if they have previously been to Ebola-hit West African countries. According to a protocol issued by the Suriname health ministry, travellers other than...

Suriname launches state of the art hospital with Islamic bank support

October 17, 2014
Suriname launches state of the art hospital with Islamic bank support PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- On Monday, Suriname’s President Desi Bouterse and the CEO of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), Mohammed Ahmed Ali Al Madani, officially launched the construction of the Academic Medical Hospital of Suriname (AMC-SU), which will provide the highest quality care...

Netherlands says it has nothing to do with open skies between Antilles and Suriname

October 16, 2014
Netherlands says it has nothing to do with open skies between Antilles and Suriname WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- “The current aviation agreement between the Netherlands and Suriname is separate from the aviation relationship between Aruba and Suriname, and therefore contains no impediment for InselAir to fly between Aruba and Suriname directly,” the Dutch minister of foreign affairs...

Islamic Bank president visits Suriname to expand ties

October 14, 2014
Islamic Bank president visits Suriname to expand ties PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Dr Ahmad Mohamed Ali al-Madani, president of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), and his delegation arrived in Paramaribo on Sunday on a private jet to open the "Islamic Development Bank/Suriname Day", which officially opened on Monday. Suriname is the only...

Suriname wants focus on food security, not marijuana

October 14, 2014
Suriname wants focus on food security, not marijuana PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nation of Suriname says the focus of agriculture in the 15-member body at this time should be food security rather than marijuana cultivation. CARICOM has set up a commission to examine the decriminalization of marijuana.

Little known Venezuelan airline to begin Suriname flights

October 11, 2014
Little known Venezuelan airline to begin Suriname flights PARAGUANA, Venezuela -- As part of tourism agreements between Venezuela and Suriname, an obscure small airline from Venezuela, Aero Paraguana, will commence service to Suriname from November 27 according to the manager of the airline, Venancio Polanco.

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