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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.

Surinam Airways seeks partnership and fleet expansion

October 11, 2014
Surinam Airways seeks partnership and fleet expansion PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Surinam Airways (SLM) is looking to replace the only wide-body aircraft in its fleet, the A340-300 that services the Paramaribo-Amsterdam route when its lease expires next year. SLM management is looking to replace the aircraft with two wide-body aircraft.

Commentary: Sins of the father, sins of the son: Inter-generational corruption in Suriname's first family

October 11, 2014
Commentary: Sins of the father, sins of the son: Inter-generational corruption in Suriname's first family Suriname has the unflattering distinction of being ruled by a corrupt first family. Illicit activities including violent repression, drug trafficking, and arms smuggling mar their reputation. The sins of the country’s current president, Desiré (Desi) Bouterse (1980–1986; 1990–1991; 2010–present), have been...

Indian prime minister to visit Guyana and Suriname

October 7, 2014
Indian prime minister to visit Guyana and Suriname GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Guyana and Suriname early next year. Since Indira Gandhi's visit to Guyana in 1968, to seek support against Pakistan, no other Indian prime minister has visited Guyana. And it will be the first ever visit to Suriname.

Suriname and Netherlands to restore high level ties

October 2, 2014
Suriname and Netherlands to restore high level ties NEW YORK, USA -- After years of absence of a Surinamese ambassador in the Netherlands, and a Dutch ambassador in Suriname, Paramaribo and the Hague will soon restore diplomatic relations at ambassadorial level. Suriname avoided for many years appointing an ambassador to the Netherlands.

Suriname to host CDF board meeting this week

October 2, 2014
Suriname to host CDF board meeting this week PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- When the 24th regular board of directors meeting of the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) takes place in Suriname this week, directors will focus their attention on the country assistance programmes (CAPS), the biennium work programme and the consideration of the...

Suriname challenges double standards of world powers

October 1, 2014
NEW YORK, USA -- In his address to the 69th United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Suriname’s minister of foreign affairs, Winston Lackin, called for restructuring and democratization of the United Nations. The multilateral organization should move away from...

Suriname to host Caribbean regional psychology conference

September 29, 2014
Suriname to host Caribbean regional psychology conference PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The Caribbean Alliance of National Psychological Associations (CANPA) will hold its upcoming Caribbean Regional Conference of Psychology (CRCP 2014) in Paramaribo, Suriname, from November 11-14, 2014, hosted by the Surinaamse Vereniging van Psychologen...

Caribbean Week of Agriculture preparations well advanced in Suriname

September 27, 2014
Caribbean Week of Agriculture preparations well advanced in Suriname PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Preparations for hosting the Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) 6-12 October, 2014, in Paramaribo, Suriname, are well advanced, according to organisers of the event. Suriname, on 15 August, launched the 13th edition of the CWA with the introduction of the event’s logo.

Suriname and US military build bonds through training exchange

September 22, 2014
Suriname and US military build bonds through training exchange PARAMARIBO, Suriname - Located on the northeastern Atlantic coast of South America, Suriname’s security forces are charged with defending its borders and more than 240 miles of coastline. Bordered by French Guiana to the east, Guyana to the West and Brazil to the south, Suriname is a nation...

OAS anti-corruption mechanism releases report on Suriname

September 22, 2014
OAS anti-corruption mechanism releases report on Suriname WASHINGTON, USA -- The Committee of Experts of the Follow-up Mechanism for the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) of the Organization of American States (OAS) adopted the Suriname report on the implementation of this treaty in the framework of...

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