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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...

Suriname airline offered 'lucrative concessions' to make Guyana one of its hubs

April 15, 2015
Suriname airline offered 'lucrative concessions' to make Guyana one of its hubs GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Dilip Sarjoe, owner of Fly All Ways Airline of Suriname, a sister company of Suriname’s Blue Wing Airlines that has been blacklisted by the European Union, was promised lucrative concessions to make Guyana one of its hubs, according to people familiar with the development.

Open letter to the heads of state and government at the Summit of the Americas

April 11, 2015
Amnesty International welcomes the holding of the VII Summit of the Americas as a regional forum to promote dialogue between the governments of the American continent. The organization believes that prioritizing the protection and promotion of human rights of all people...

Guyana and Suriname invited to participate in Islamic foreign ministers meeting

April 10, 2015
Guyana and Suriname invited to participate in Islamic foreign ministers meeting JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia -- Guyana and Suriname have been invited by Kuwait’s first deputy prime minister and foreign minister, Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, to participate in the 42nd session of the Ministerial Council of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), scheduled for...

Leaders of the Guyanas to take part in historic Summit of the Americas

April 9, 2015
Leaders of the Guyanas to take part in historic Summit of the Americas PANAMA city, Panama -- The seventh Summit of the Americas to be held in Panama City from April 10-11, is shaping up to be a historic event, and which will be attended by the leaders of Guyana, President Donald Ramotar, and Suriname, President Desi Bouterse, to witness the much anticipated...

Suriname central bank governor visits Saudi Arabia to expand ties with Islamic Bank

April 6, 2015
Suriname central bank governor visits Saudi Arabia to expand ties with Islamic Bank JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia -- Suriname’s Central Bank Governor Gillmore Hoefdraad and his accompanying delegation met with the chairman of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group, Dr Ahmad Mohamed Ali, on March 24 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, according to a press release.

Republic Bank to acquire RBC Royal Bank Suriname

April 2, 2015
Republic Bank to acquire RBC Royal Bank Suriname PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad -- Republic Bank Limited (RBL) has announced plans to acquire RBC Royal Bank (Suriname) NV from RBC Financial (Caribbean) Limited, through the purchase of Royal Overseas Holdings (St Lucia) Limited, at an estimated cost of US$39.8 million.

Canadian embassy hosts education fair in Suriname

March 26, 2015
Canadian embassy hosts education fair in Suriname PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The embassy of Canada held a three-day educational forum in Suriname to expose Surinamese students to educational opportunities for study in Canada. The initiative took the form of a mini education fair working with three pre-selected private schools over the course of three days.

Suriname takes part in Caribbean law moot competition

March 18, 2015
Suriname takes part in Caribbean law moot competition ARAMARIBO, Suriname -- On March 13, 2015, the FHR Lim A Po School of Law in Paramaribo participated in the seventh annual Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) International Law Moot Competition in Trinidad and Tobago. Suriname finished third, bringing prestige to the FHR Lim A Po School of Law.

US military concerned over ISIS terrorists returning to Caribbean

March 14, 2015
US military concerned over ISIS terrorists returning to Caribbean WASHINGTON, USA -- A top US general has warned that Caribbean countries are unable to track nationals that could return from fighting for ISIS in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East. The war in Syria has attracted roughly 100 foreign fighters from the Caribbean.

Suriname president's son sentenced to 16 years by US court

March 13, 2015
Suriname president's son sentenced to 16 years by US court NEW YORK, USA -- Dino Bouterse, the son of Suriname’s president, Desi Bouterse, who assisted in the formation of that country’s counter-terrorism unit, was sentenced on Tuesday in federal court in New York City to 195 months in prison for attempting to provide material support...

Alleged Dutch gangster killed execution style in Suriname

March 5, 2015
Alleged Dutch gangster killed execution style in Suriname PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Police in Suriname have launched a massive manhunt after a 37-year-old alleged gangster was gunned down execution style early Monday morning in a nightclub just north of the capital Paramaribo. In a bid to get information from the public, police released security footage.

Bank leak reveals billions from Caribbean stashed in Switzerland

February 12, 2015
Bank leak reveals billions from Caribbean stashed in Switzerland WASHINGTON, USA -- The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists released a report this week revealing billions of dollars held in nearly 60,000 internal Swiss bank documents from 2006 to 2007 leaked by whistleblower Hervé Falciani, a former employee of HSBC in Switzerland.

Suriname and Islamic Bank explore funding expansion

January 28, 2015
Suriname and Islamic Bank explore funding expansion PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- On Monday, a delegation from the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) was in Suriname and held meetings with the minister for regional development, Stanley Betterson, and Suriname's deputy governor to the IsDB, Dr Anwar Lall Mohammed, to explore areas of further financial...

Government of Canada supports disaster management in Suriname

January 22, 2015
Government of Canada supports disaster management in Suriname PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Communities across Suriname are vulnerable to heavy rainfall and strong winds, which can cause damage to homes and businesses. This carries a heavy human toll and impedes sustainable economic growth. The key factor in communities being able to respond to the...

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