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Mercosur summit begins, Paraguay questions Guyana and Suriname association

July 30, 2014
CARACAS, Venezuela -- "The Paraguayan government will present its objections on six of the 183 resolutions adopted by the Mercosur during its absence from the bloc," said deputy foreign minister Federico González on Monday, after participating in the farewell ceremony of...

Suriname and US ambassadors to the United Nations hold bilateral talks

July 16, 2014
Suriname and US ambassadors to the United Nations hold bilateral talks NEW YORK, USA -- Samantha Power, United States permanent representative to the United Nations, on Monday visited the mission of Suriname to the UN, and exchanged views on international affairs with Suriname’s permanent representative, Henry MacDonald. Power and MacDonald discussed a...

Guyana, Suriname seeks stronger BRICS ties; presidents to attend special meeting

July 11, 2014
Guyana, Suriname seeks stronger BRICS ties; presidents to attend special meeting GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Guyana and Suriname are keen to cultivate stronger ties with Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) countries, especially that the group is set to launch the New Development Bank (NDB) as an alternative to the World Bank and the IMF.

Guyana and Suriname leaders invited to meet BRICS leaders in Brazil

July 8, 2014
BRASILIA, Brazil -- The leaders of Guyana and Suriname, Presidents Donald Ramotar and Desi Bouterse, are among other South American heads of government invited by Brazilian President Dilma Roussef to attend the seventh Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) summit.

Islamic financing 'Sukuk' launched in Suriname

July 8, 2014
Islamic financing 'Sukuk' launched in Suriname PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Jim Rasam, CEO of Intermed Group, has launched a new form of investment for Suriname -- “Sukuk” -- which replaces interest bearing bank loans for joint-venture capital. This form of financing allows Muslims and others to keep their capital and fulfill their Islamic obligations.

Surinamese investors eye Guyana, but face corruption and bureaucracy

July 7, 2014
Surinamese investors eye Guyana, but face corruption and bureaucracy PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- According to Paramaribo’s Waterkant News, Surinamese investors have their eyes set on neighbouring Guyana, where they are discovering more and more investment opportunities; however, they are very disappointed in the corruption and the bureaucracy they face there.

Cuba dedicates Festival of Fire to Suriname

July 4, 2014
Cuba dedicates Festival of Fire to Suriname SANTIAGO DE CUBA, Cuba -- Cuba has dedicated the 34th Fiesta del Fuego (Festival of Fire) in honour of Suriname, a unique and exotic country in the Americas that has put on display its rich ethnic and cultural expressions that derive from Africans, Amerindians, Dutch, Hindustanis, Javanese, Jews, and...

Suriname and Iceland join forces to promote Beijing Declaration

July 4, 2014
Suriname and Iceland join forces to promote Beijing Declaration NEW YORK, USA -- After two years of preparation, on Wednesday Suriname and Iceland finally launched the United Nations Friends Group to promote the implementation of the Beijing Declaration globally. The ceremony and working lunch meeting was attended by the ambassadors of China...

Leaders extend Ramadan greetings in the Caribbean

July 3, 2014
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Leaders in Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago greeted Muslims at the onset of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting from sunrise to sunset, which began on Sunday in the Caribbean. Ramadan coverage in Muslim strongholds in the Caribbean...

Suriname seeks to bridge Islamic Bank, South America and Caribbean

June 30, 2014
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia -- At the just concluded 39th governors’ meeting of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, last Thursday, Suriname called for expansion of ties with the bank and to position itself as the “bridge” between the IsDB, South America and the Caribbean.

Suriname confirms 17 cases of chikungunya

June 27, 2014
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The Bureau of Public Health (BOG) has confirmed 17 cases of the mosquito-borne chikungunya-virus in Suriname. At a press conference on Wednesday evening, officials from BOG, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the Pan-American...

Suriname to participate in Islamic Bank Meeting in Saudi Arabia

June 20, 2014
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Suriname’s governor to the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), Gillmore Hoefdraad, will attend the 39th Annual Meeting of the IsDB Group, which will take place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, from June 22 – 26, and will coincide, this year, with the celebration of...

Suriname to host ACP heads of government summit

June 14, 2014
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Suriname is on track to welcome the largest gathering of heads of state in its history from November 6 to 7, when it hosts the eighth African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States Summit of heads of state and government under the theme...

Guyana and Suriname to attend OIC meeting in Saudi Arabia

June 14, 2014
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia -- The two-only Latin American and Caribbean members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Suriname and Guyana, will participate in the upcoming OIC 41st foreign ministers meeting (CFM) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, from 18-19 June 2014.

Suriname urges NAM to re-examine Millennium Development Goals

June 2, 2014
Suriname urges NAM to re-examine Millennium Development Goals ALGIERS, Algeria -- At the just concluded 17th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) foreign ministers meeting in Algeria, Suriname urged member states to re-examine the Millennium Development Goals to include prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, human rights, especially as it relates...

CARICOM countries participate in Non-Aligned Movement meeting

May 29, 2014
ALGIERS, Algeria – Guyana, Jamaica and Suriname are participating in the 17th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) foreign ministers meeting that is taking place in Algeria. Guyana and Suriname’s ambassadors to the United Nations, Henry MacDonald and George Talbot, are in Algiers.

Indian business and trade delegation visits Suriname

May 26, 2014
Indian business and trade delegation visits Suriname PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- A delegation from Bangalore, the silicon capital of India, visited Suriname last week against the backdrop of opening the honourary consulate office In Bangalore consolidating trade relations between the two countries following a new BJP-led government in the country.

Suriname fisherfolk participate in governance workshop

May 20, 2014
Suriname fisherfolk participate in governance workshop PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Fisherfolk leaders from the fisherfolk organisations Vissers Collectief and the recently formed Visco, along with representatives from the Fisheries Division and the private sector participated in a national fisherfolk workshop in Suriname, from May 5 - 6, 2014.

Suriname's credit rating affirmed at 'BB-'; outlook stable

May 14, 2014
NEW YORK, USA -- Fitch Ratings has affirmed Suriname's long-term foreign and local currency issuer default ratings (IDRs) at 'BB-'. Fitch has also affirmed the issue ratings on Suriname's senior unsecured foreign and local currency bonds are at 'BB-'.

Guyana and Suriname participate in Arab-South America culture meeting

May 8, 2014
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Guyana and Suriname, both members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), participated in the third Arab-South America (ASPA) culture ministers meeting last week between the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and the Arab League members.

Preparing the banana industry to prevent serious new threat

May 3, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Against the backdrop of rising concern about one of the world’s most destructive banana diseases, regional entities are joining forces to prepare industry stakeholders to face the threat. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is supporting two events...

Letter: Goodbye Hitler, hello Putin

April 12, 2014
It is said dealing with Vladimir Putin is like “Russian roulette,” with the concern of at least one world leader that the Russian president is not in touch with reality. A New York Times report published Sunday said that German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in her phone call with...

Suriname hosts Caribbean technology development meeting

April 8, 2014
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Caribbean leaders will meet in Suriname this week to push forward the region’s technology development agenda. The South American country will host an executive meeting of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) on April 8 and 9 in Paramaribo.

Caribbean investment promotion agencies visit Nicaragua

March 29, 2014
MANAGUA, Nicaragua -- The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), in collaboration with the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA) and PRONicaragua, organized and executed a study tour to PRONicaragua in Managua, Nicaragua.

Islamic Bank lends Suriname additional US$10 million

March 28, 2014
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia -- Suriname received an additional loan of US$10.27 million to support reforms in technical and vocational education and training projects on Sunday when the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) approved US$515.6 million to support various socio-economic...

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.

Suriname opens consulate in Bangalore, India

March 27, 2014
BANGALORE, India -- The embassy of Suriname has opened a consulate in Bangalore. Asif Iqbal has been appointed as honourary consul. The consulate’s primary task will be to provide assistance to Suriname nationals, Indians travelling to Suriname to visit families and...



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