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The Caribbean's 'Disappearing People' renew claim for rights and survival

April 30, 2016
The Caribbean's 'Disappearing People' renew claim for rights and survival BELIZE CITY, Belize -- In many Caribbean lands, they now exist only in history books, having moved, been killed off or exiled when conquering Europeans came in the 16th and 17th century. In Belize, Guyana, Suriname, Dominica, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and...

Suriname's top diplomat calls on Islamic bloc to invest

April 20, 2016
Suriname's top diplomat calls on Islamic bloc to invest ISTANBUL, Turkey -- At the just concluded 13th Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) heads of government summit in Istanbul, the foreign minister of Suriname, Niermala Badrising, used the occasion to showcase her country and urged member states to invest in Suriname.

Islamic bloc calls for international conference on slavery reparations

April 18, 2016
Islamic bloc calls for international conference on slavery reparations ISTANBUL, Turkey -- The 13th Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit, which ended on Friday in Istanbul, Turkey, in its communiqué threw its full support behind the Caribbean community and the African Diaspora in their quest to convene an international conference to...

IMF reaches agreement with Suriname on US$478 million stand-by facility

April 18, 2016
IMF reaches agreement with Suriname on US$478 million stand-by facility PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- A staff team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) led by Daniel Leigh visited Paramaribo March 30-April 12 2016 for discussions with the Suriname government. At the end of the visit, Leigh issued the following statement: “The IMF team has...

US releases 2015 human rights report

April 15, 2016
US releases 2015 human rights report WASHINGTON, USA -- On Wednesday, the US State Department released its 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, which include a number of countries in the Caribbean region. Speaking to reporters Secretary of State John Kerry emphasised that the human rights standards...

Suriname foreign minister in Istanbul for Islamic summit; Guyana absent

April 15, 2016
Suriname foreign minister in Istanbul for Islamic summit; Guyana absent ISTANBUL, Turkey -- The foreign minister of Suriname, Niermala Badrising, is in Turkey representing President Desi Bouterse at the 13th Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Summit, which commenced on Wednesday under the theme “Unity and Solidarity for Justice and Peace”.

IDB study says $1.8 billion needed to end poor housing conditions in the Caribbean

April 11, 2016
IDB study says $1.8 billion needed to end poor housing conditions in the Caribbean WASHINGTON, USA -- Approximately US$1.8 billion would be needed to end poor housing conditions currently endured by 1 million residents in The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago, according to a new Inter-American Development Bank report.

Guyana and Suriname to take part in Islamic summit

April 9, 2016
Guyana and Suriname to take part in Islamic summit GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Western Hemisphere's only two members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Guyana and Suriname, will participate in next week's 13th Summit of the OIC from April 10-15 in Istanbul, Turkey. The president and the foreign minister...

Bank membership tremendous benefit for Guyana, says Suriname Islamic Bank governor

April 9, 2016
Bank membership tremendous benefit for Guyana, says Suriname Islamic Bank governor PARAMARIBO, Suriname – Guyana, which recently joined the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), will definitely draw criticism from various elements but Suriname's alternate governor to the IsDB, Ambassador Anwar Lall Mohamed, sees this as a "wise decision and that it will...

Guyana and Suriname should renegotiate restrictive air agreements with Brazil and Colombia, says IDB report

April 4, 2016
Guyana and Suriname should renegotiate restrictive air agreements with Brazil and Colombia, says IDB report WASHINGTON, USA -- An Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) report calls for Guyana and Suriname to renegotiate their respective air services agreements (ASA) with Brazil and Colombia because they are very restrictive and not good for the development of the civil aviation industries of...

IDB report critical of Guyana Civil Aviation Authority's extensive powers

March 28, 2016
IDB report critical of Guyana Civil Aviation Authority's extensive powers WASHINGTON, USA -- A November 2015 report compiled by the Inter American Development Bank (IDB), was critical of the state of civil aviation in Guyana, and the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) came under heavy criticism for controlling both technical regulations and policymaking.

Guyana and Suriname will not become air hubs, says IDB report

March 26, 2016
Guyana and Suriname will not become air hubs, says IDB report WASHINGTON, USA -- A report commissioned by the Inter American Development Bank (IDB) concluded that Guyana and Suriname will not in the near future become air hubs in the region. The report by Andy Ricover, titled Constraints to Regional Air Connectivity between countries of...

Islamic Bank and Malaysian investments to increase Suriname agriculture exports

March 24, 2016
Islamic Bank and Malaysian investments to increase Suriname agriculture exports PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The Jeddah-based Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and Mardi Holdings of Malaysia are interesting in investing in the agriculture sector of Suriname, according to the CEO of Mardi, Anas Nasrudin, who met with farmers in Suriname this week.

Suriname eases visa regime to boost tourism

March 22, 2016
Suriname eases visa regime to boost tourism PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- In an effort to boost its new emphasis on the tourism sector, the government of Suriname has recently abolished the requirement for a visa to enter the country from an additional 13 countries, including China, India, Indonesia and Turkey, four of the world’s most...

World Happiness Report 2016 update shows significantly more inequality in Caribbean

March 17, 2016
World Happiness Report 2016 update shows significantly more inequality in Caribbean ROME, Italy -- The World Happiness Report 2016 Update, which ranks 156 countries by their happiness levels, was released on Wednesday in Rome in advance of UN World Happiness Day, March 20, and shows that two regions – the Middle East and North Africa, and Latin America and Caribbean...

Brazil foreign minister begins Suriname, Guyana visit

March 1, 2016
Brazil foreign minister begins Suriname, Guyana visit PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Brazil's foreign minister, Mauro Vieira, will begin his first visit to the Guyanas in Suriname on Tuesday and hold meetings with President Desi Bouterse and the foreign minister of Suriname, Niermala Badrising, in an effort to further advance South American...

Suriname credit ratings downgraded; outlook negative

February 27, 2016
Suriname credit ratings downgraded; outlook negative NEW YORK, USA -- Fitch Ratings has downgraded Suriname's long-term foreign and local currency issuer default ratings (IDRs) to 'B+' from 'BB-'. The rating outlook is revised to negative from stable. The country ceiling has been downgraded to 'B+' from 'BB-'. The short-term...

IMF mission visits Suriname

February 12, 2016
IMF mission visits Suriname PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- An International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff mission, led by Daniel Leigh, visited Paramaribo from February 1 to 11, 2016, for discussions on possible IMF financial assistance to Suriname. At the conclusion of the visit, Leigh, issued the following statement.

More trouble at Surinam Airways

January 29, 2016
More trouble at Surinam Airways PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Suriname’s minister of transportation, Andy Rusland, told the media last week that his government is contemplating breaking the lease of the recently acquired Airbus 340-313 that state-owned Surinam Airways (SLM) acquired a month ago from Airbus Financial Services.

Japan and UNDP kick start US$15 million Caribbean climate change project

January 29, 2016
Japan and UNDP kick start US$15 million Caribbean climate change project BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The government of Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched the US$15 million Japan-Caribbean climate change partnership (J-CCCP) on Thursday, in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, to keep global warming...

Suriname seeking financial support from IMF

January 25, 2016
Suriname seeking financial support from IMF WASHINGTON, USA -- The Suriname government has approached the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to discuss the possibility of financial support for its economic reform program in response to the sharp fall in international commodity prices. According to Daniel Leigh, the IMF mission...

US issues travel alert over zika virus in Caribbean

January 18, 2016
US issues travel alert over zika virus in Caribbean ATLANTA, USA -- The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday issued a travel warning for the Caribbean region where infection with zika, a mosquito-borne virus, is a risk. The CDC also cautioned pregnant women not to travel to those areas as zika has been linked...

Puerto Rico reports first case of zika virus

January 4, 2016
Puerto Rico reports first case of zika virus SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico has reported its first case of zika, a mosquito-borne virus that has been spreading across South America and the Caribbean and has been linked by Brazilian authorities to a serious birth defect, a US congressman said Thursday.  Pedro Pierluisi, Puerto Rico's...

Surinam Airways CEO and board sacked by president

December 30, 2015
Surinam Airways CEO and board sacked by president PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Facing major financial constraints, and mounting pressure from the public to address corruption and money-losing public companies, Suriname's President Desi Bouterse brought down the hammer at Surinam Airways (SLM). On Monday he sacked CEO Ewald Henshuijs.

Surinam Airways to be privatised

December 29, 2015
Surinam Airways to be privatised PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- During the budget debate in the National Assembly of Suriname a few weeks ago, it was revealed that state-owned Surinam Airways (SLM), which has been losing money for decades, will be privatized within the next two to three years. This unexpected announcement...

Suriname bank signs agreement to assist move to Shari'ah compliant operations

December 16, 2015
Suriname bank signs agreement to assist move to Shari'ah compliant operations PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Trust Bank (TB) in Suriname has signed an advisory services agreement with the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), the private sector arm of the Islamic Development Bank Group (“IDB”), in order to process and support its...

Commentary: Islamic finance can spur Guyana private sector

December 15, 2015
Commentary: Islamic finance can spur Guyana private sector Guyana has been a member of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) since 1998, but never joined the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), a branch of the OIC. The previous government of Guyana did not actively participate in OIC forums. However, a change in government in Guyana...

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