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USAID/UNDP hosts regional workshop for citizen security

August 18, 2017
USAID/UNDP hosts regional workshop for citizen security BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Citizen security experts, decisions makers, and senior technical officers from across the Eastern and Southern Caribbean met in Barbados for the start of a regional workshop for the United States government's, through the United States Agency for International...

Proposed Suriname defamation law setback for freedom of expression in the Caribbean

August 7, 2017
Proposed Suriname defamation law setback for freedom of expression in the Caribbean PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- In an effort to curb criticism on the government, and especially the president, the Suriname government has submitted a draft bill to parliament in which insulting the president on social media is punishable by either imprisonment or fines. During Thursday’s first debate on...

Terrorism suspects detained in Suriname

July 28, 2017
Terrorism suspects detained in Suriname PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Authorities in Suriname have confirmed that police have arrested several individuals suspected of being involved in terrorism activities. Among the five suspects, believed to be Muslim, who were detained on Sunday at several locations, are two Dutch nationals.

IDB convenes Caribbean agricultural policy forum in Suriname

July 28, 2017
IDB convenes Caribbean agricultural policy forum in Suriname PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- On July 25, 2017, the ministers of agriculture of Suriname, Guyana, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic, as well as representatives of the Ministries of Agriculture of Jamaica, Belize, Barbados and The Bahamas participated in the Caribbean Agricultural Policy Forum.

Suriname expands foreign policy frontier at Ivory Coast meeting

July 17, 2017
Suriname expands foreign policy frontier at Ivory Coast meeting ABIDJAN, Côte d'Ivoire -- Foreign Minister Yildiz Pollack-Beighle of Suriname attended, the 44th Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) meeting in Côte d'Ivoire from July 10-11, and used the forum to press ahead with her country’s push to expand ties with...

Commentary: Venezuela divides CARICOM - Implications for Guyana

July 5, 2017
Commentary: Venezuela divides CARICOM - Implications for Guyana Venezuela divides the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and it was obvious at the recent Organisation of American States (OAS) meeting of foreign ministers in Mexico when at the last minute, according to diplomats present at the meeting, Suriname alleged that one sentence in the CARICOM.....

Suriname to improve fiscal sustainability with IDB support

July 4, 2017
Suriname to improve fiscal sustainability with IDB support WASHINGTON, USA -- Suriname will receive a US$40 million investment loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to increase tax revenue and improve public spending and investment in order to reduce its budget deficit and improve its fiscal sustainability in the medium-term.

Guyana and Suriname foreign ministers to attend OIC meeting in Cote d'Ivoire

June 30, 2017
Guyana and Suriname foreign ministers to attend OIC meeting in Cote d'Ivoire GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The foreign minister and vice president of Guyana, Carl Greenidge, and his counterpart from neighbouring Suriname, Yldiz Pollack-Beighle, will travel to Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, to attend the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) 45th Council of Foreign Ministers meeting.

Murder trial of Suriname president to resume this week

June 28, 2017
Murder trial of Suriname president to resume this week PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- A military court in Suriname is to resume the murder trial of President Desi Bouterse for his alleged role in the 1982 murders of 15 political opponents of his then military government. Resumption of the criminal proceedings is scheduled for Wednesday when Bouterse...

Suriname to boost agriculture sector competitiveness with IDB loan

June 28, 2017
Suriname to boost agriculture sector competitiveness with IDB loan WASHINGTON, USA -- Suriname will improve its agricultural sector’s competitiveness and raise rural incomes and exports with a US$17.5 million loan approved by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The farming industry is Suriname’s second largest export sector after mining, accounting for 7%...

Aruba Airlines eyes the Guyana market

June 26, 2017
Aruba Airlines eyes the Guyana market GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Aruba Airlines plans to commence daily flights between Aruba and the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) in Guyana from July 7.  The CJIA's US$200 million modernization and expansion project is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. However, the government...

Commentary: The Qatar embargo: Guyana and Suriname can't take sides

June 16, 2017
Commentary: The Qatar embargo: Guyana and Suriname can't take sides Guyana and Suriname can't take sides in the Sunni/Shia-Saudi led confrontation with Iran. Saudi Arabia is acting like the victim and exploiting the erratic leadership in Washington, DC, that wants to roll back most of Barack Obama’s foreign policy achievements, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)...

Phase II of Exercise Tradewinds 2017 set to begin in Trinidad

June 10, 2017
Phase II of Exercise Tradewinds 2017 set to begin in Trinidad PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Phase II of the international military exercise entitled Exercise Tradewinds 2017 will be conducted in Trinidad from June 13 – 17, 2017. Phase I is being held in Barbados from June 6 – 12, 2017. Tradewinds is a multi-national maritime security and disaster response...

Commentary: Suriname opposition's hypocrisy on Turkish ties

June 9, 2017
Commentary: Suriname opposition's hypocrisy on Turkish ties A week ago, Parliamentarians in Suriname questioned the government’s economic ties with Turkey and examined whether or not Suriname should roll back cooperation with Turkey, the world's 17 largest economy. Some alleged that “there is a reign of terror” in Turkey after the failed coup.

Fly Allways to start flights between Paramaribo and Curacao

June 2, 2017
Fly Allways to start flights between Paramaribo and Curacao PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Fly Allways will be launching twice weekly scheduled flights between Paramaribo and Curacao. Beginning on June 25, 2017, Fly Allways will fly to Curacao on Wednesdays and Sundays. The flight will depart from Paramaribo at 10:00 am and arriving at Curacao at 11:40 am.

Haitians flocking to Guyana to get to French Guiana and beyond via Suriname

May 31, 2017
Haitians flocking to Guyana to get to French Guiana and beyond via Suriname GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Since the government of Suriname abruptly closed its consulate in Port-au- Prince for fear of “security” after it halted the visa free entrance of Haitians to Suriname, Guyana is now the destination of choice for Haitians looking to get to French Guiana, the USA and beyond.

CDB approves millions in loans and grants for ten borrowing member countries

May 31, 2017
CDB approves millions in loans and grants for ten borrowing member countries PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- On Monday, May 22, the board of directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), met in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. It approved the following projects in The Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, St Kitts and Nevis...

Guiana Shield tourism initiative takes centre stage at UN

May 29, 2017
Guiana Shield tourism initiative takes centre stage at UN NEW YORK, USA -- The Guiana Shield Tourism Initiative, the brainchild of Henry MacDonald, Suriname’s permanent representative to the United Nations, and supported by Guyana’s ambassador to the UN, Rudolph Ten-Pow, took centre stage at the UN on Tuesday. The Guiana Shield Tourism...

Guyana and Suriname score medals at Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku

May 29, 2017
Guyana and Suriname score medals at Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku BAKU, Azerbaijan -- Guyana and Suriname each earned three medals – one silver and two bronze – at the fourth Islamic Solidarity Games, which concluded last week in Baku, Azerbaijan, thereby ranking joint 30th among the 55 countries competing. For Suriname, Miguel Van-Assen scored silver...

Affordable housing In Suriname to benefit from US$35 million Islamic Bank loan

May 17, 2017
Affordable housing In Suriname to benefit from US$35 million Islamic Bank loan PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- In a major boost to the housing sector of Suriname, the Islamic Development Bank (ISDB) has approved a US$35 million loan to support the shortage of affordable housing in Suriname. It is an issue that has been at the forefront of President Desi Bouterse's campaign pledge.

Guyana and Suriname finance ministers to attend Islamic Bank meeting in Jeddah

May 13, 2017
Guyana and Suriname finance ministers to attend Islamic Bank meeting in Jeddah JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia -- The finance ministers of Guyana and Suriname, Winston Jordan and Gilmore Hoefdraad, will lead their respective delegations to the 42nd Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) meeting, which begins Sunday, May 14 to 18 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The alternative governor...

Guyana tourism hub potential is at Ogle not Cheddi Jagan airport, study reveals

May 11, 2017
Guyana tourism hub potential is at Ogle not Cheddi Jagan airport, study reveals GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- With a Category II rating of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Guyana will not be able to start and operate its own airline until all the deficiencies are corrected. However, this is not a major constraint holding back the development of tourism and attracting...

Former Suriname foreign minister appointed to OAS and soon to Washington

May 1, 2017
Former Suriname foreign minister appointed to OAS and soon to Washington WASHINGTON USA -- Former foreign minister of Suriname, Niermala Badrising, presented her credentials as Suriname’s permanent representative to the Organization of American States (OAS) to Secretary General Luis Almagro on Friday, signaling her government’s intention to have...

Guyana disappointed at 'sloth like pace' of IsDB approval process

April 27, 2017
Guyana disappointed at 'sloth like pace' of IsDB approval process GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Ahead of next month’s meeting of the 42nd annual governors meeting of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Guyana has expressed concern at the “the sloth like pace at which programmes and projects are being technically evaluated and designed...

PANCAP hosts youth meeting to discuss ending AIDS by 2030

April 20, 2017
PANCAP hosts youth meeting to discuss ending AIDS by 2030 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) will host a meeting of youth leaders from 19 Caribbean countries on April 21 and 22, 2017 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. The focus of the forum will be a discussion on the role of youth in the national and...

Police arrest demonstrators at anti-government protest in Suriname

April 19, 2017
Police arrest demonstrators at anti-government protest in Suriname PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Riot police in Suriname detained several individuals including a union leader during anti- government protests in the capital Paramaribo. During the fourth demonstration since April 6, participants called on the government to stop its “policies of destruction”.

Suriname Islamic bank selects Kuwaiti technology partner

April 7, 2017
Suriname Islamic bank selects Kuwaiti technology partner KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait -- Suriname-based Trustbank is one step closer to open its doors to customers interested in Islamic banking products after it signed a new licensing deal with the Kuwait based Islamic software vendor, Path Solutions, to implement Islamic Banking and Investment System...

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