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Colombia strengthens its medical services to the Caribbean market

July 18, 2015
Colombia strengthens its medical services to the Caribbean market BOGOTÁ, Colombia -- Procolombia, the Colombian government agency that promotes international tourism, foreign investment, non-traditional exports and country brand, has been working closely with the health sector to best position Colombia as the world leader in highly complex medical services.

Suriname signs historic agreements with Caribbean Development Bank

July 9, 2015
Suriname signs historic agreements with Caribbean Development Bank PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The Ministry of Trade and Industry on Friday signed two historic agreements with the Caribbean Development Bank for projects to improve Suriname’s implementation of both the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and the European Partnership Agreement.

South African minister arrives in Haiti following visit to Suriname

July 7, 2015
South African minister arrives in Haiti following visit to Suriname PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Luwellyn Landers, South Africa’s deputy minister of international relations and cooperation, arrived in Haiti on Monday after concluding a successful visit to Suriname. While in Suriname, Landers held bilateral discussion with the minister of foreign affairs, Winston Lackin.

Surinam Airways launches direct Guyana-Orlando flight with connecting flights to Suriname

July 6, 2015
Surinam Airways launches direct Guyana-Orlando flight with connecting flights to Suriname ORLANDO, USA -- Surinam Airways officially launched service with an inaugural non-stop flight on July 2 between Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) in Georgetown, Guyana, and the Orlando Sanford International Airport. The return flight left on July 3 from Orlando Sanford to CJIA with continuing...

South African minister begins five-nation Caribbean tour

July 1, 2015
South African minister begins five-nation Caribbean tour PRETORIA, South Africa -- South Africa's deputy minister of international relations and cooperation, Luwellyn Landers, began a high level official visit to five Caribbean nations on Monday. The visit will underscore the cordial relations South Africa enjoys with the governments and people of Guyana...

Suriname president fires acting House speaker

June 30, 2015
Suriname president fires acting House speaker PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- In a move said to avoid a possible legislative vacuum, the president of Suriname on Sunday night dismissed acting speaker of the newly elected parliament. As the oldest elected legislator, Paul Somohardjo was sworn in last Friday by President Desi Bouterse.

LACNIC Caribbean on the Move kick-starts in Suriname

June 30, 2015
LACNIC Caribbean on the Move kick-starts in Suriname MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay -- LACNIC Caribbean on the Move - Suriname Edition will be held as an internet-themed track at the upcoming ICT Summit Paramaribo from July 3 to 4, 2015. LACNIC, the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry, is an international non-government organization...

GOL and Azul Airlines set to enter the Guyanas; CAL exiting

June 29, 2015
GOL and Azul Airlines set to enter the Guyanas; CAL exiting PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- On August 25, Brazilian airline giant, GOL will commence twice weekly flights to Paramaribo, the capital of Dutch-speaking Suriname. On the other hand, reliable sources reveal that Caribbean Airlines (CAL) is exiting the Suriname market. In a press release, GOL said...

Suriname health sector gets Turkish government assistance

June 24, 2015
Suriname health sector gets Turkish government assistance PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The Turkish International Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) on June 19 donated medical equipment and healthcare supplies to Suriname. The Suriname ministry of health was also provided with one ambulance, according to a press statement.

Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago added to UAE Ramadan charitable programme

June 22, 2015
Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago added to UAE Ramadan charitable programme ABU DHABI, UAE -- The Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced its Ramadan programme for this year and for the first time includes two Caribbean Community countries – Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.

Suriname receives hunger reduction award

June 12, 2015
Suriname receives hunger reduction award ROME, Italy -- Suriname was recognized on June 7 for its efforts in achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target to halve the proportion of hungry people by a 2015 deadline, or bring it below the five percent threshold, according to a press release from the United Nations Food and...

Suriname to attend Mozambique Islamic Bank meeting

June 9, 2015
Suriname to attend Mozambique Islamic Bank meeting MAPUTO Mozambique -- Suriname is sending a strong delegation to participate in the 22nd Annual Board of Governors Meeting of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), in Mozambique, which begins on Wednesday in Maputo. Among the delegation are, Suriname's governor to the Islamic Bank...

Guyana and Suriname get help to tap Islamic market

June 5, 2015
Guyana and Suriname get help to tap Islamic market PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The Islamic Centre for the Development of Trade (ICDT), an arm of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), is financing a four-day workshop in Suriname that is meant to expand trading between the 57-member bloc of the OIC and Guyana and Suriname.

Tradewinds 2015 commences in St Kitts-Nevis

June 2, 2015
Tradewinds 2015 commences in St Kitts-Nevis BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- A brief ceremony at Camp Springfield, the home of the St Kitts-Nevis Defence Force, launched Tradewinds 2015 on Sunday. Phase I of Tradewinds 2015, the maritime phase, will run from May 31 through June 9. The ceremony was attended by representatives...

Exercise Tradewinds 2015 starts Sunday

May 30, 2015
Exercise Tradewinds 2015 starts Sunday BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Beginning Sunday, military and security forces from Caribbean nations will join the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Mexico, and the United Kingdom for maritime security and disaster response training at Camp Springfield in St Kitts as part of Exercise Tradewinds.

Suriname elections transparent, free and fair, says CARICOM observer mission

May 30, 2015
Suriname elections transparent, free and fair, says CARICOM observer mission PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- According to a preliminary statement by the CARICOM election observation mission (CEOM) to Suriname, the results of the activity on polling day on Monday, May 25, monitored by CEOM proved that the process was transparent, free and fair. Electors cast their vote without fear.

OAS congratulates people of Suriname for exemplary civic spirit in 2015 general elections

May 27, 2015
OAS congratulates people of Suriname for exemplary civic spirit in 2015 general elections PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The electoral observation mission of the Organization of American States (OAS/EOM) has congratulated the citizens of Suriname for their exemplary civic spirit and active participation in the electoral process, reflected in the voter turnout in Monday’s general elections.

Bouterse wins general elections in Suriname

May 26, 2015
Bouterse wins general elections in Suriname PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- President Desi Bouterse (69) and his National Democratic Party (NDP) won the general elections held on Monday in Suriname. With over 80 percent of the votes counted preliminary results indicate that NDP won 27 of the 51 seats in parliament.

Suriname goes to the polls as president chooses youngest VP

May 25, 2015
Suriname goes to the polls as president chooses youngest VP PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- If incumbent President Desi Bouterse wins Monday's general election in Suriname, the country could have its youngest vice president, the 35-year-old former education minister, Michael Ashwin Adhin, when Bouterse on Saturday evening surprised...

Suriname president poised win general election according to polls

May 22, 2015
Suriname president poised win general election according to polls PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Suriname will elect a new president and a 51-member national assembly on Monday when the country goes to the polls. Twenty-five political parties are registered to contest the election. Incumbent President Desi Bouterse is leading the poll and could easily capture a plurality...

Chief of OAS electoral observation mission to Suriname arrives in Paramaribo

May 22, 2015
Chief of OAS electoral observation mission to Suriname arrives in Paramaribo PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The chief of the electoral observation mission of the Organization of American States (OAS/EOM) to Suriname, Irene Klinger, arrived on Tuesday in Paramaribo. Klinger, who was designated by Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, met on Wednesday with Vice President...

CARICOM observers to monitor Suriname general elections

May 21, 2015
CARICOM observers to monitor Suriname general elections PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is sending an electoral observer mission to monitor the general elections to be held in Suriname on Monday, 25 May, 2015. The mission will be headed by Ian Browne, the deputy chief elections officer in Barbados.

OAS deploys electoral observation mission to Suriname

May 19, 2015
OAS deploys electoral observation mission to Suriname PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The Organization of American States (OAS) has begun the deployment of an electoral observation mission (OAS/EOM) to observe the general elections in Suriname on May 25, 2015. The delegation, headed by the Chilean economist and former director of the...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Can cocoa benefit from chocolate's bright future?

May 9, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: Can cocoa benefit from chocolate's bright future? Since 1991, international demand for chocolate has been growing, causing cocoa prices to surge. Although the global market for chocolate may have peaked at around US$114 billion annually, it is clear that the Caribbean could do more to encourage the production of the growing premium price global...

OAS and Suriname sign agreement to observe May 25 elections

May 5, 2015
OAS and Suriname sign agreement to observe May 25 elections WASHINGTON, USA -- The Organization of American States (OAS) will send an electoral observation mission to the general elections in Suriname that will take place on May 25, according to an agreement signed on Monday between the hemispheric institution and the government of the South American country.

Letter: If you think we should support Cuba and Venezuela - the 'CubVen Empire' - watch this video

May 5, 2015
Letter: If you think we should support Cuba and Venezuela - the 'CubVen Empire' - watch this video This is so important that everyone in the Caribbean should view the video embedded above. This is the confirmation of what I have told you about Venezuela. The stories I have told you about my being there and witnessing the slaughter of Venezuelan students by Cuban special forces in civilian attire.

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...

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