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CARPHA and Mexico sign MOU to benefit 17 million Caribbean people

April 25, 2015
CARPHA and Mexico sign MOU to benefit 17 million Caribbean people MEXICO CITY, Mexico -- The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the ministry of health of the United Mexican States, through the Federal Commission for Protection from Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS). The aim of the MoU...

Suriname airline offered 'lucrative concessions' to make Guyana one of its hubs

April 15, 2015
Suriname airline offered 'lucrative concessions' to make Guyana one of its hubs GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Dilip Sarjoe, owner of Fly All Ways Airline of Suriname, a sister company of Suriname’s Blue Wing Airlines that has been blacklisted by the European Union, was promised lucrative concessions to make Guyana one of its hubs, according to people familiar with the development.

Open letter to the heads of state and government at the Summit of the Americas

April 11, 2015
Amnesty International welcomes the holding of the VII Summit of the Americas as a regional forum to promote dialogue between the governments of the American continent. The organization believes that prioritizing the protection and promotion of human rights of all people...

Guyana and Suriname invited to participate in Islamic foreign ministers meeting

April 10, 2015
Guyana and Suriname invited to participate in Islamic foreign ministers meeting JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia -- Guyana and Suriname have been invited by Kuwait’s first deputy prime minister and foreign minister, Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, to participate in the 42nd session of the Ministerial Council of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), scheduled for...

Leaders of the Guyanas to take part in historic Summit of the Americas

April 9, 2015
Leaders of the Guyanas to take part in historic Summit of the Americas PANAMA city, Panama -- The seventh Summit of the Americas to be held in Panama City from April 10-11, is shaping up to be a historic event, and which will be attended by the leaders of Guyana, President Donald Ramotar, and Suriname, President Desi Bouterse, to witness the much anticipated...

Suriname central bank governor visits Saudi Arabia to expand ties with Islamic Bank

April 6, 2015
Suriname central bank governor visits Saudi Arabia to expand ties with Islamic Bank JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia -- Suriname’s Central Bank Governor Gillmore Hoefdraad and his accompanying delegation met with the chairman of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group, Dr Ahmad Mohamed Ali, on March 24 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, according to a press release.

Republic Bank to acquire RBC Royal Bank Suriname

April 2, 2015
Republic Bank to acquire RBC Royal Bank Suriname PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad -- Republic Bank Limited (RBL) has announced plans to acquire RBC Royal Bank (Suriname) NV from RBC Financial (Caribbean) Limited, through the purchase of Royal Overseas Holdings (St Lucia) Limited, at an estimated cost of US$39.8 million.

Canadian embassy hosts education fair in Suriname

March 26, 2015
Canadian embassy hosts education fair in Suriname PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The embassy of Canada held a three-day educational forum in Suriname to expose Surinamese students to educational opportunities for study in Canada. The initiative took the form of a mini education fair working with three pre-selected private schools over the course of three days.

Suriname takes part in Caribbean law moot competition

March 18, 2015
Suriname takes part in Caribbean law moot competition ARAMARIBO, Suriname -- On March 13, 2015, the FHR Lim A Po School of Law in Paramaribo participated in the seventh annual Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) International Law Moot Competition in Trinidad and Tobago. Suriname finished third, bringing prestige to the FHR Lim A Po School of Law.

US military concerned over ISIS terrorists returning to Caribbean

March 14, 2015
US military concerned over ISIS terrorists returning to Caribbean WASHINGTON, USA -- A top US general has warned that Caribbean countries are unable to track nationals that could return from fighting for ISIS in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East. The war in Syria has attracted roughly 100 foreign fighters from the Caribbean.

Suriname president's son sentenced to 16 years by US court

March 13, 2015
Suriname president's son sentenced to 16 years by US court NEW YORK, USA -- Dino Bouterse, the son of Suriname’s president, Desi Bouterse, who assisted in the formation of that country’s counter-terrorism unit, was sentenced on Tuesday in federal court in New York City to 195 months in prison for attempting to provide material support...

Alleged Dutch gangster killed execution style in Suriname

March 5, 2015
Alleged Dutch gangster killed execution style in Suriname PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Police in Suriname have launched a massive manhunt after a 37-year-old alleged gangster was gunned down execution style early Monday morning in a nightclub just north of the capital Paramaribo. In a bid to get information from the public, police released security footage.

Bank leak reveals billions from Caribbean stashed in Switzerland

February 12, 2015
Bank leak reveals billions from Caribbean stashed in Switzerland WASHINGTON, USA -- The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists released a report this week revealing billions of dollars held in nearly 60,000 internal Swiss bank documents from 2006 to 2007 leaked by whistleblower Hervé Falciani, a former employee of HSBC in Switzerland.

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.

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