News from Suriname:
November 25, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says it is monitoring the potential impact of Venezuela's current economic stress on PetroCaribe, the country’s oil alliance with several Caribbean islands, and it also wants to know what PetroCaribe money was used for in St Vincent.
November 19, 2014
QUITO, Ecuador -- Last Friday, Ecuador’s foreign minister, Ricardo Patino, announced that nine South American leaders have confirmed their attendance at this year's Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) summit and among them will be the president of Suriname, Desi Bouterse.
November 15, 2014
ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Under the theme “Building Our Traditions and Our Future,” the Office of the President of Religious Affairs of Turkey (Diyanet) is hosting the First Latin American Muslim religious leaders summit in Istanbul, which began on Wednesday and ends on Saturday.
November 8, 2014
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- US Marine Gen. John Kelly, commander of US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), concluded a three-day visit to Guyana and Suriname on Thursday. The visit was the general’s first to both countries, where he spoke with senior defence and government leaders.
November 7, 2014
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- President Bouterse’s grand promise to the people of Suriname to build a modern tram from Paramaribo to the Johan Pengel International Airport is closer to reality after a Dutch company, Strukton Systems, which last year did a feasibility study for the government...
November 1, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- On October 1, 2014, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the 2014 Article IV consultation with Suriname. Suriname’s macroeconomic conditions weakened in 2013 as gold and oil prices declined. With those prices falling below recent peaks...
October 25, 2014
NEW YORK, USA -- Last week, during the 69th session of the UN Third Committee on the Advancement of Women, Suriname urged men worldwide to join the struggle to end violence against women and girls, and, to this effect, Suriname and Iceland have put forward a "Barbershop Conference".
October 23, 2014
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Suriname and the Dominican Republic became the latest countries in the region that will no longer allow entry to foreign travellers if they have previously been to Ebola-hit West African countries. According to a protocol issued by the Suriname health ministry, travellers other than...
October 17, 2014
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- On Monday, Suriname’s President Desi Bouterse and the CEO of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), Mohammed Ahmed Ali Al Madani, officially launched the construction of the Academic Medical Hospital of Suriname (AMC-SU), which will provide the highest quality care...
October 16, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- “The current aviation agreement between the Netherlands and Suriname is separate from the aviation relationship between Aruba and Suriname, and therefore contains no impediment for InselAir to fly between Aruba and Suriname directly,” the Dutch minister of foreign affairs...
October 14, 2014
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Dr Ahmad Mohamed Ali al-Madani, president of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), and his delegation arrived in Paramaribo on Sunday on a private jet to open the "Islamic Development Bank/Suriname Day", which officially opened on Monday. Suriname is the only...
October 14, 2014
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nation of Suriname says the focus of agriculture in the 15-member body at this time should be food security rather than marijuana cultivation. CARICOM has set up a commission to examine the decriminalization of marijuana.
October 11, 2014
PARAGUANA, Venezuela -- As part of tourism agreements between Venezuela and Suriname, an obscure small airline from Venezuela, Aero Paraguana, will commence service to Suriname from November 27 according to the manager of the airline, Venancio Polanco.
October 11, 2014
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Surinam Airways (SLM) is looking to replace the only wide-body aircraft in its fleet, the A340-300 that services the Paramaribo-Amsterdam route when its lease expires next year. SLM management is looking to replace the aircraft with two wide-body aircraft.
October 11, 2014
Suriname has the unflattering distinction of being ruled by a corrupt first family. Illicit activities including violent repression, drug trafficking, and arms smuggling mar their reputation. The sins of the country’s current president, Desiré (Desi) Bouterse (1980–1986; 1990–1991; 2010–present), have been...
October 7, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Guyana and Suriname early next year. Since Indira Gandhi's visit to Guyana in 1968, to seek support against Pakistan, no other Indian prime minister has visited Guyana. And it will be the first ever visit to Suriname.
October 2, 2014
NEW YORK, USA -- After years of absence of a Surinamese ambassador in the Netherlands, and a Dutch ambassador in Suriname, Paramaribo and the Hague will soon restore diplomatic relations at ambassadorial level. Suriname avoided for many years appointing an ambassador to the Netherlands.
October 2, 2014
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- When the 24th regular board of directors meeting of the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) takes place in Suriname this week, directors will focus their attention on the country assistance programmes (CAPS), the biennium work programme and the consideration of the...
October 1, 2014
NEW YORK, USA -- In his address to the 69th United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Suriname’s minister of foreign affairs, Winston Lackin, called for restructuring and democratization of the United Nations. The multilateral organization should move away from...
September 29, 2014
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The Caribbean Alliance of National Psychological Associations (CANPA) will hold its upcoming Caribbean Regional Conference of Psychology (CRCP 2014) in Paramaribo, Suriname, from November 11-14, 2014, hosted by the Surinaamse Vereniging van Psychologen...
September 27, 2014
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Preparations for hosting the Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) 6-12 October, 2014, in Paramaribo, Suriname, are well advanced, according to organisers of the event. Suriname, on 15 August, launched the 13th edition of the CWA with the introduction of the event’s logo.
September 22, 2014
PARAMARIBO, Suriname - Located on the northeastern Atlantic coast of South America, Suriname’s security forces are charged with defending its borders and more than 240 miles of coastline. Bordered by French Guiana to the east, Guyana to the West and Brazil to the south, Suriname is a nation...
September 22, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- The Committee of Experts of the Follow-up Mechanism for the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) of the Organization of American States (OAS) adopted the Suriname report on the implementation of this treaty in the framework of...
September 20, 2014
ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- According to a report from Noticiacla.com in Aruba, the government of Suriname has five days to respond to the situation of Insel Air Aruba. If they fail to comply, then Aruba will stop all the flights from Surinam Airways to the island for a period of six months.
September 15, 2014
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Suriname and Venezuela are one step closer to signing a long-term rice export deal that ultimately could result in a boost for Suriname’s struggling rice industry, the ministry of foreign affairs in Paramaribo confirmed. The breakthrough came on Thursday in Caracas.
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.