Ricardo Blackman’s Caribbean Headlines News 02/07

By Ricardo Blackman | CDN Barbados

Dateline St. John’s, ANTIGUA:

The Antigua and Barbuda cabinet has approved a new policy on diplomatic and official passports to increase the level of transparency, accountability and legitimacy of diplomatic appointments.

Dateline Castries, ST. LUCIA:

A mission from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) visited St. Lucia from January 16 – 27 for the annual Article 1V Consultation discussions on economic development and macroeconomic policies.  Despite weak tourism activity, unemployment continued to fall in 2016 and the economy is expected to experience positive albeit moderate growth in 2017.

Dateline Castries, ST. LUCIA:

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) has begun engaging citizens of member states on issues impacting their lives, the challenges facing the region and the development opportunities for the OECS and its people.

Dateline Basseterre, ST. KITTS:

Less than halfway into the five year term of the Team Unity administration, Prime Minister Timothy Harris has confirmed that he has his eyes firmly on the next general election.  Some of the coalition’s critics argue that Team Unity will be a one term government.

The good governance legislative agenda is about to take off, according to Attorney General Vincent Byron.  He gave the assurance to Team Unity supporters at the governing coalition’s recent town hall meeting.

Dateline Bridgetown, BARBADOS:

Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS), James Paul is fuming over a business entity’s importation of 900 cases of coconut water from Guyana and he is appealing to Barbadians to boycott the imported drink.