News from Suriname:
August 30, 2014
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Dino Bouterse (41), son of the president of Suriname, Desi Bouterse, has pleaded guilty in US federal court to charges of attempting to smuggle cocaine to the US and aiding Hezbollah, a US-designated terrorist organization, international media reports indicated.
August 26, 2014
NANJING, China -- Suriname athlete Miquel van Assen claimed gold in the men’s triple jump on Monday at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. On Friday, the Surinamese youngster became the favourite to cop the gold medal when he qualified for the finals with a 16.29 meters jump.
August 23, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- According to Edward Herenveen, the director of international affairs of the Curacao aviation company Insel Air, Suriname is seeking a confrontation with Aruba and Curacao over air routes. He made this statement in an interview with De Ware Tijd.
August 21, 2014
ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- Insel Air Aruba may not land in Suriname after the Surinamese aviation authority refused to authorize direct flights between Aruba and Paramaribo, the Aruban website Noticiacla.com reported. On Monday, an Insel Air Aruba aircraft had to make a detour via Curacao.
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...
July 16, 2014
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...
July 11, 2014
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.
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.
July 8, 2014
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.
July 7, 2014
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.
July 4, 2014
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...
July 4, 2014
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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.
June 2, 2014
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...
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.
May 26, 2014
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.
May 20, 2014
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.
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-'.
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.
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...
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...
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.