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Cayman Hosts Crime Fighters Workshop

Cayman hosts the newly formed Caribbean Association of Prosecutors’ first meeting, with a forensic workshop as its highlight, on Thursday and Friday, 14-15 June at the Marriott Resort on Grand Cayman. Thirty-nine delegates from the Caribbean British Overseas Territories and the Commonwealth Caribbean countries as well as the UK and Canada will participate along with 23 local delegates, comprising prosecutor ...

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Foreign direct investment up in Caribbean and Latin America

SANTIAGO, Chile – A report issued last Thursday by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Santiago, Chile shows that the Caribbean and Latin America received US $153.448 billion from foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2011, which represents 10 per cent of the total global flows. The report entitled “Foreign Direct Investment in Latin America and the Caribbean 2011” stated that this is about the largest amount of FDI received by the region to date. The largest amount of FDI in the region flowed into the Dominican Republic, where the FDI increased in 2011 to US $2.37 billion from $1.89 billion in 2010. ...

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Barbados best in Caribbean in Global IT Report

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Barbados narrowly edged out Puerto Rico for the highest position among Caribbean countries in the 2012 Global Information Technology Report (GITP). Placing 35th out of 142 in the GITP ranking, Barbados was marginally ahead of Puerto Rico which copped the 36th spot. Both countries were given favourable reviews for their telecoms and information technology programmes. The GITP 2012 Living in a Hyper-connected World is published by the Swiss-based World Economic Forum (WEO), an independent non-aligned organisation that seeks to shape global and industry agendas. It commended Barbados and Puerto Rico, arguing that their strengths outweighed their disadvantages. ...

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Bush elected vice chair of Caribbean OCT Council

Premier McKeeva Bush was elected Vice Chair of the Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories Council on Thursday. High level political representatives of 10 Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories convened for the first time in Curacao where they agreed to establish a regional Overseas Countries and Territories Council. Chief of Staff Leonard Dilbert said the Premier and his delegation were very warmly received, treated with the highest respect and offered enthusiastic support from other delegates and their hosts, the Prime Minister and Government of Curacao. In addition to Premier Bush and Mr Dilbert, the Cayman Islands’ representatives were Jamaal Anderson, Technical Assistant European Union Projects in the Cabinet Office and Attorney Steve McField. ...

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June set as date for full free movement in OECS

ROSEAU, Dominica - By June this year, all the legislative amendments that are required to ensure facilitation of travel throughout the Eastern Caribbean will be discharged and in place. This was the assurance given by Dr Len Ishmael ,director general of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) as she recently addressed the Dominica media during a brief visit to the island. Dr Ishmael told reporters she had been discussing the status of the implementation of the sub-region’s economic union with Dominica’s prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit. ...

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The Caribbean’s largest solar power plant earmarked for Jamaica

Canadian company Solamon Energy Corporation has announced plans for a US $450 million solar power plant in Jamaica, the largest in the Caribbean. Solamon Senior Vice President Ainsley Brown said several parishes were being considered as future homes of one of three 50-acre plots that when conjoined will provide 60MW of clean electricity. ...

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