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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...

CARICOM and UNDP review relationship

March 20, 2014
CARICOM and UNDP review relationship NEW YORK, USA -- Under the chairmanship of Suriname’s ambassador to the United Nations, Henry MacDonald, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) administrator, Helen Clark, former prime minister of New Zealand, held a meeting on Tuesday.

Construction of new US embassy starts in Suriname

March 8, 2014
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- US Ambassador to Suriname, Jay Anania, participated in a construction commencement ceremony for the new US Embassy in Paramaribo on Wednesday. The multi-building complex will be situated on an 8-acre site in the Morgenstond development.

Jewish communities of the Caribbean documented in pictures

March 6, 2014
Jewish communities of the Caribbean documented in pictures NEW YORK, USA -- Now facing extinction, the Sephardic Jewish communities of the Caribbean were once so strong and influential that they helped fuel the success of the American Revolution, and finance the first synagogues in the United States, located in New York City and Rhode Island.

CARICOM gets new deputy secretary-general

February 21, 2014
CARICOM gets new deputy secretary-general GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Manorma Soeknandan is the new deputy secretary-general of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat. Soeknandan, a national of Suriname, assumed duties at the CARICOM Secretariat on February 1, 2014. She succeeds Lolita Applewhaite.

Guyana consolidating ties with Islamic bloc

February 12, 2014
Guyana consolidating ties with Islamic bloc GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- On the occasion of hosting the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) ninth meeting of the heads of Islamic Cultural Centers and Associations in Latin America and the Caribbean, Guyana joined ISESCO, further consolidating its ties with...

Suriname's first ever nature education centre awarded 2.4 million euro grant

February 7, 2014
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- On Tuesday, at a grand gala event attended by Mark Rutte, the Dutch prime minister, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Dutch Postcode Lottery presented WWF Guianas with a 2.4 million euro donation. These funds will be used to build Suriname’s...

China to fund Guyana-Suriname bridge

February 6, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- The bridging of the Corentyne River that will link Guyana and Suriname remains a key area of focus for the governments of both countries, and at present the structure’s design is being formulated. The bridge will be funded by the Chinese government.

Islamic Bank to lend Suriname $60 million for health sector

February 5, 2014
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia -- On Sunday, the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) board of directors approved a $60-million loan for Suriname’s health sector, which was part of US$705.18 million of new financing focusing on infrastructure, and human development in member countries and...

Suriname-IDB partnership expanded in 2013

January 25, 2014
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The government and people of Suriname continued to build on their relations with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in 2013 to expand opportunities for all and catalyse lasting reforms in key sectors -- main objectives of the Development Plan.

Surinam Airways to expand long-haul fleet

January 23, 2014
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Surinam Airways (SLM), which has been in the red for the past decade, will expand its long-haul fleet in 2015 to avert further financial losses by acquiring an additional Boeing 767 aircraft to ply the mid-Atlantic route. It will be a smaller aircraft than the sole Airbus 340...

Suriname to double refining capacity, reduce imports

January 22, 2014
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Staatsolie Maatschappij Suriname NV, Suriname's state-owned oil company, will deploy a Honeywell manufacturing execution system (MES) as part of a major expansion and efficiency project at the Tout Lui Faut crude oil refinery complex.

OAS anti-corruption mechanism to visit six Caribbean countries

January 17, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- The Anticorruption Mechanism of the Organization of American States (OAS) will hold on-site visits in April to Belize, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Suriname, in the framework of the fourth round of review of the mechanism.

Suriname responds to St Lucia's call for assistance

January 9, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The government of Suriname has responded to Saint Lucia’s call for assistance to deal with the effects of the Christmas Eve storm, which claimed six lives, left many homeless and damaged infrastructure. In a diplomatic note dated January 6, 2014, the ministry of foreign affairs...

St Kitts and Nevis wealthiest in the OECS

December 24, 2013
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) St Kitts and Nevis is the wealthiest country in the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and third wealthiest in the Caribbean region. According to the World Bank’s 2014 World Development Report, St. Kitts and Nevis is first among the OECS nations.

Guyana-Suriname territorial dispute flares up

December 18, 2013
Guyana-Suriname territorial dispute flares up PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- There has been no official word yet from the Suriname government in response to the revelation that Guyana has granted permission for a geological and geographical survey (PGGS) that includes a clause guaranting a Brazilian company, Muri Ventures...

Suriname to increase agriculture productivity

December 18, 2013
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $15 million policy based loan (PBL) to boost Suriname’s agricultural productivity by improving services and enhancing farmers access to them. The agricultural sector is of particular importance.

Suriname to participate in Islamic Bank high level regional forum

December 16, 2013
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Suriname will participate in a high level regional forum of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from Monday to Wednesday in an effort by the IsDB to establish open consultation and assessment with strategic stakeholders.

Suriname joins Islamic food security organisation

December 11, 2013
CONAKRY, Guinea -- Suriname, one of two countries in the Western Hemisphere belonging to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), on Tuesday in Conakry, Guinea, where the 40th meeting of OIC foreign ministers is being held, acceded to the Statute of the Islamic Organisation...

Guyana and Suriname to participate in OIC foreign ministers meeting in Africa

December 9, 2013
CONAKRY, Guinea -- Guyana and Suriname are expected to participate in 40th Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) foreign ministers meeting, which begins Monday in Conakry, Guinea, under the theme: Dialogue of Civilizations: Factor of Peace and Sustainable Development.

Suriname, Turkey and Islamic bloc consolidate economic ties

December 6, 2013
Suriname, Turkey and Islamic bloc consolidate economic ties MUGLA, Turkey – Suriname’s quest to develop strong economic ties with Turkey and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) following intense diplomacy since the Bouterse administration took office in 2010, now seems to be bearing fruit. When Bouterse came to office, ties with the OIC...

Islamic bank embarks on interim member country partnership strategy for Suriname

November 28, 2013
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The Jeddah-based Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group has embarked on a two-year (2014 -2015) interim member country partnership strategy (MCPS) for Suriname. Under this interim strategy, the IsDB intends to contribute to the development priorities of...

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