News from Suriname:
March 26, 2015
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.
March 18, 2015
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.
March 14, 2015
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.
March 13, 2015
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...
March 5, 2015
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.
February 12, 2015
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.
January 28, 2015
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...
January 22, 2015
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...
January 21, 2015
With few airlines only servicing the Guyanas, Copa Airlines of Panama, the only global carrier that flies to Guyana, is looking to connect the Guyanas with the world via its Panama City hub. Moreover, the carrier is interested in the Suriname market and it’s only a matter of time before it adds Paramaribo.
January 19, 2015
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Sushma Swaraj, the foreign minister of India, will cement the elusive relationship between her country and Guyana and Suriname when she visits the Guyanas in March to pave the way for the visit of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Guyana and Suriname.
January 19, 2015
WASHINGSTON, USA -- The World Bank Group’s board of executive directors has discussed a new country partnership strategy (CPS) for Suriname for 2015-2018. This is the first comprehensive strategy in 30 years. The new strategy proposes a lending program of about US$60 million.
January 17, 2015
NEW DELHI, India -- The Central Bank of Suriname presented a session on opportunities in Suriname on the backdrop of the visit of a delegation from the ministry of foreign affairs to India, which was hosted by the Hon. Consul of Suriname, Asif Iqbal, in New Delhi. The presentation was made by William Orie.
January 15, 2015
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The government of Guyana, the Private Sector Commission (PSC), and the Chambers of Commerce will be hosting a Surinamese trade mission/ delegation from January 15-17, 2015. It is expected that the ministers of trade and tourism will be in attendance.
January 14, 2015
NEW DELHI, India -- Suriname's foreign minister, Winston G. Lackin, arrived in New Delhi on Monday on a five-day official visit to India aimed at expanding the already strong ties between the two countries. The Surinamese foreign minister is accompanied by minister of education and community...
January 10, 2015
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- On Monday, Michael Miskin, minister of labour, technological development and environment of Suriname; representatives from the Council of Trade Federations in Suriname (RAVAKSUR); Ferdinand Welzijn, chairman of the Suriname Trade and Industry Association...
December 22, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a loan of US$33 million to provide financial support for Energie Bedrijven Suriname (EBS), Suriname’s public power utility. The overall objective of this investment loan is to contribute to the sustainability of the...
December 18, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$20 million loan to Suriname with the goal of increasing the value-added of the private sector in the country’s economy. In order to achieve this, IDB will support the implementation of a policy on productivity.
December 17, 2014
BRIDGETOWN Barbados -- With a food import bill of more than US$4 billion per annum, tapping into the potential of cassava can lead to foreign exchange savings, improved food security and revitalization of farming in the Caribbean. This is the aim of collaboration between the Caribbean...
December 17, 2014
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The Organization of American States (OAS) on Tuesday concluded a two-day mission in Suriname for preparatory meetings geared towards information gathering to assist in the development of a National Cyber Security Plan. This mission consisted of an initial...
November 28, 2014
The government of Venezuela is undoubtedly disappointed with the outcome of the 166th meeting of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) held in Vienna, Austria, on 27 November 2014. Despite intense lobbying by Venezuela, the OPEC decided not to cut oil production.
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".