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Suriname to invest US$1.287 billion in energy and infrastructure

September 27, 2016
Suriname to invest US$1.287 billion in energy and infrastructure PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- With a soft loan of US$1.8 billion from the Islamic Development bank (IsDB), Suriname will invest $1.287 billion from that sum to finance a series of more than 40 projects in energy and infrastructure as part of President Desi Bouterse’s government’s “Framework for...

More Caribbean countries decry new financial rules

September 27, 2016
More Caribbean countries decry new financial rules NEW YORK, USA -- Declaring that Caribbean countries are being treated “as if they are hell on earth” due to new financial rules against tax havens, Bahamian Foreign Minister Fred Mitchell mounted the podium of the United Nations General Assembly on Monday to denounce the...

Indonesian foreign minister to visit Suriname

September 27, 2016
Indonesian foreign minister to visit Suriname NEW YORK, USA -- Following a bilateral meeting between the foreign minister of Suriname, Niermala Badrising, and her counterpart from Indonesia, Retno Marsudi, during the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) heads of state meeting in Venezuela, Marsudi will pay an official visit to Suriname.

Suriname not withdrawing from IMF loan agreement, says president

September 26, 2016
Suriname not withdrawing from IMF loan agreement, says president PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The Suriname government has refuted claims made in an article published by the Associated Press (AP) that the country may move to withdraw from a multi-million dollar loan agreement signed earlier this year with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Islamic organisation head begins Caribbean tour in Guyana on Monday

September 24, 2016
Islamic organisation head begins Caribbean tour in Guyana on Monday NEW YORK, USA -- The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) secretary general, Iyad Madani, will on Monday begin his first tour of the two OIC member states in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Guyana and Suriname. On Wednesday, he will arrive in Paramaribo.

UN Human Rights Council adopts outcomes of universal periodic review of Suriname

September 23, 2016
UN Human Rights Council adopts outcomes of universal periodic review of Suriname GENEVA, Switzerland -- The UN Human Rights Council on Thursday morning adopted the universal periodic review outcome in relation to Suriname. Reggie Nelson, ambassador of Suriname to France, said that Suriname had supported 75 percent of the recommendations.

Suriname mining company signs multi-million dollar export contract

September 21, 2016
Suriname mining company signs multi-million dollar export contract PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Suriname’s state-owned mining company Grassalco recently secured a multi-million dollar deal to supply crushed stone for the expansion of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Guyana. Grassalco and Zhong Da International Engineering Company...

Suriname police kill three robbery suspects

September 20, 2016
Suriname police kill three robbery suspects PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- After a failed robbery attempt on Saturday night in the north of the Surinamese capital of Paramaribo, police said they shot and killed three of the suspected robbers. A fourth suspect, who was also shot, sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was arrested.

Temporary closure of Suriname consulate in Haiti

September 17, 2016
Temporary closure of Suriname consulate in Haiti PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Following an increase in the flow of migrants of Haitian origin and a complaint from France, Suriname recently imposed a mandatory visa requirement on Haitians that came into effect on Thursday, September 15. However, in Port-au-Prince more than...

Commentary: Silence over Kashmir in the Caribbean, as India seeks the support of OIC states in CARICOM

September 17, 2016
Commentary: Silence over Kashmir in the Caribbean, as India seeks the support of OIC states in CARICOM Kashmir, a disputed territory, claimed by both India and Pakistan, has never been a foreign policy issue for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Guyana is an exception; it has in the past issued statements on Kashmir at the United Nations and at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

UN Committee to review Suriname record on children's rights

September 16, 2016
UN Committee to review Suriname record on children's rights GENEVA, Switzerland -- Children’s rights in Suriname will be reviewed by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on 21 and 22 September. Suriname is one of the 196 States that have ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child and so is required to be reviewed regularly by...

India to send delegations to Guyana and Suriname

September 13, 2016
India to send delegations to Guyana and Suriname GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- India’s foreign ministry plans to send delegations to visit 68 countries, including Guyana and Suriname, in an effort to expand and improve India’s international presence amidst growing escalation of violence in the Valley of Kashmir, a disputed territory claimed ...

OIC secretary general to visit Guyana and Suriname

September 9, 2016
OIC secretary general to visit Guyana and Suriname NEW YORK, USA -- The secretary general of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, will make his first official tour of the Western hemisphere’s only two OIC member states, Guyana and Suriname, at the end of September, after the opening of the United Nations...

Caribbean fisherfolk look to the future

September 8, 2016
Caribbean fisherfolk look to the future PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Leaders of the Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations (CNFO) met at a two-day performance and planning workshop to discuss and critically assess the CNFO’s performance since its formation almost ten years ago. They were joined in this exercise...

US$33 million to finance climate change resilient infrastructure in the Caribbean

August 25, 2016
US$33 million to finance climate change resilient infrastructure in the Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Officials from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) have signed an agreement to provide US$33 million towards financing sustainable infrastructure projects in the Caribbean region.

Commentary: Economic incentives vital for development of the Guiana Shield

August 25, 2016
Commentary: Economic incentives vital for development of the Guiana Shield The fourth international congress on the biodiversity of the Guiana Shield, sponsored by the International Biodiversity Society of the Guiana Shield (IBG) in conjunction with the Guyana government, was held during August 8-12 in Georgetown, Guyana. In his address to the forum on April 8...

IMF mission visits Suriname for first review of stand-by arrangement

August 20, 2016
IMF mission visits Suriname for first review of stand-by arrangement PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- An International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff mission, led by Daniel Leigh, visited Paramaribo from August 8 to 18, to initiate discussions on the first review under Suriname’s stand-by arrangement (SBA) with the IMF. At the conclusion of the visit, Leigh issued...

Barbados welcomes weekly Suriname flight

August 17, 2016
Barbados welcomes weekly Suriname flight BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BTMI) -- Travel between Barbados, Suriname and Guyana should now be easier, thanks to the new Fly AllWays service out of the Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport in Paramaribo, Suriname. The Fly AllWays inaugural flight touched down at the Grantley Adams International...

Commentary: Plans advance for South American passport and citizenship

July 22, 2016
Commentary: Plans advance for South American passport and citizenship The Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) has advanced its plans for the establishment of a South American passport and the promotion of the free movement of all South American citizens throughout the continent. Towards this end, on June 28-29, the Working Group on South American...

Suriname hosts meeting on value chain approach in fisheries

July 19, 2016
Suriname hosts meeting on value chain approach in fisheries PARAMARIBO, Suriname (CRFM) -- The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) has convened a regional workshop for senior fisheries officers from its 17 member states on applying the value chain approach to maximize fisheries earnings in a week-long event scheduled...

CARICOM heads conclude latest summit in Guyana

July 9, 2016
CARICOM heads conclude latest summit in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The 37th regular meeting of the conference of heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) held in Georgetown, Guyana, on July 4 – 6, 2016, concluded on Wednesday. The prime minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, chaired the proceedings.

New director plans to turnaround Surinam Airways; government wants joint venture or merger

July 9, 2016
New director plans to turnaround Surinam Airways; government wants joint venture or merger PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Surinam Airways (SLM) will again make a profit, according to its new director Robbi Lachmising, who brought SLM out of the red from 2000 to 2004. This period is seen as one of the best financial times in the airline’s history. In the past decade since Lachmising...

CARICOM ambassadors briefed on global health security agenda

July 9, 2016
CARICOM ambassadors briefed on global health security agenda WASHINGTON, USA -- Professor Goulda Downer, chair of the Caribbean Political Action Committee (C-PAC) and a member of Howard University Medical School Faculty, recently spearheaded a meeting with Caribbean ambassadors in Washington to brief them about the Global Health Security...

CARICOM leaders briefed on political situation in Suriname

July 7, 2016
CARICOM leaders briefed on political situation in Suriname GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The president of Suriname, Desi Bouterse, briefed fellow heads of government attending the 37th Caribbean Community (CARICOM) summit in Guyana about the political and economic setbacks his country is experiencing. He called on leaders to...

Suriname president acts to halt his trial in 1982 political executions

July 1, 2016
Suriname president acts to halt his trial in 1982 political executions PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- President Desi Bouterse on Wednesday instructed Suriname's attorney general immediately to halt his trial in relation to the abduction and summary execution of 15 political opponents in 1982 when he was the military dictator of the CARICOM member nation.

Commentary: El Nino leaves many without access to safe, consumable water in the Caribbean

June 30, 2016
Commentary: El Nino leaves many without access to safe, consumable water in the Caribbean This past February, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) reported that several countries within the region had been issued immediate drought warnings by the Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH). Antigua, Barbuda, Barbados...

Top South American diplomats arrive in Suriname to meet President Bouterse

June 28, 2016
Top South American diplomats arrive in Suriname to meet President Bouterse PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Delcy Rodríguez, the foreign minister of Venezuela, and Ernesto Samper, the secretary general of UNASUR, arrived on Monday in Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname, where they will hold meetings with President Dési Bouterse, according to Venezuela...

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