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IMF concludes 2014 consultation with Suriname

November 1, 2014
IMF concludes 2014 consultation with Suriname 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...

Suriname-Iceland 'Barbershop Conference' will urge men to end violence against women and girls

October 25, 2014
Suriname-Iceland 'Barbershop Conference' will urge men to end violence against women and girls 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".

New Ebola travel bans by Suriname and Dominican Republic

October 23, 2014
New Ebola travel bans by Suriname and Dominican Republic 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...

Suriname launches state of the art hospital with Islamic bank support

October 17, 2014
Suriname launches state of the art hospital with Islamic bank support 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...

Netherlands says it has nothing to do with open skies between Antilles and Suriname

October 16, 2014
Netherlands says it has nothing to do with open skies between Antilles and Suriname 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...

Islamic Bank president visits Suriname to expand ties

October 14, 2014
Islamic Bank president visits Suriname to expand ties 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...

Suriname wants focus on food security, not marijuana

October 14, 2014
Suriname wants focus on food security, not marijuana 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.

Little known Venezuelan airline to begin Suriname flights

October 11, 2014
Little known Venezuelan airline to begin Suriname flights 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.

Surinam Airways seeks partnership and fleet expansion

October 11, 2014
Surinam Airways seeks partnership and fleet expansion 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.

Commentary: Sins of the father, sins of the son: Inter-generational corruption in Suriname's first family

October 11, 2014
Commentary: Sins of the father, sins of the son: Inter-generational corruption in Suriname's first family 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...

Indian prime minister to visit Guyana and Suriname

October 7, 2014
Indian prime minister to visit Guyana and Suriname 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.

Suriname and Netherlands to restore high level ties

October 2, 2014
Suriname and Netherlands to restore high level ties 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.

Suriname to host CDF board meeting this week

October 2, 2014
Suriname to host CDF board meeting this week 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...

Suriname challenges double standards of world powers

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...

Suriname to host Caribbean regional psychology conference

September 29, 2014
Suriname to host Caribbean regional psychology conference 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...

Caribbean Week of Agriculture preparations well advanced in Suriname

September 27, 2014
Caribbean Week of Agriculture preparations well advanced in Suriname 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.

Suriname and US military build bonds through training exchange

September 22, 2014
Suriname and US military build bonds through training exchange 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...

OAS anti-corruption mechanism releases report on Suriname

September 22, 2014
OAS anti-corruption mechanism releases report on Suriname 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...

Surinam Airways flights to Aruba to be banned if government fails to comply with ultimatum

September 20, 2014
Surinam Airways flights to Aruba to be banned if government fails to comply with ultimatum 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.

Suriname secures rice export deal with Venezuela

September 15, 2014
Suriname secures rice export deal with Venezuela 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.

Suriname president's son pleads guilty to drug trafficking and terrorism charges

August 30, 2014
Suriname president's son pleads guilty to drug trafficking and terrorism charges 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.

Suriname claims triple jump gold at Youth Olympics

August 26, 2014
Suriname claims triple jump gold at Youth Olympics 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.

Suriname seeks confrontation with Aruba and Curacao, says airline

August 23, 2014
Suriname seeks confrontation with Aruba and Curacao, says airline WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- According to Edward Herenveen, the director of international affairs of the Curacao aviation company Insel Air, Suriname is seeking a confrontation with Aruba and Curacao over air routes. He made this statement in an interview with De Ware Tijd.

Suriname refuses Aruba airline landing permission

August 21, 2014
Suriname refuses Aruba airline landing permission ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- Insel Air Aruba may not land in Suriname after the Surinamese aviation authority refused to authorize direct flights between Aruba and Paramaribo, the Aruban website Noticiacla.com reported. On Monday, an Insel Air Aruba aircraft had to make a detour via Curacao.

Mercosur summit begins, Paraguay questions Guyana and Suriname association

July 30, 2014
CARACAS, Venezuela -- "The Paraguayan government will present its objections on six of the 183 resolutions adopted by the Mercosur during its absence from the bloc," said deputy foreign minister Federico González on Monday, after participating in the farewell ceremony of...

Suriname and US ambassadors to the United Nations hold bilateral talks

July 16, 2014
Suriname and US ambassadors to the United Nations hold bilateral talks NEW YORK, USA -- Samantha Power, United States permanent representative to the United Nations, on Monday visited the mission of Suriname to the UN, and exchanged views on international affairs with Suriname’s permanent representative, Henry MacDonald. Power and MacDonald discussed a...

Guyana, Suriname seeks stronger BRICS ties; presidents to attend special meeting

July 11, 2014
Guyana, Suriname seeks stronger BRICS ties; presidents to attend special meeting GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Guyana and Suriname are keen to cultivate stronger ties with Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) countries, especially that the group is set to launch the New Development Bank (NDB) as an alternative to the World Bank and the IMF.

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