Ricardo Blackman’s Caribbean Headlines News Nov. 9th

By Ricardo Blackman | CDN Barbados

Dateline Bridgetown, BARBADOS:

Minister of industry, international business, commerce and small business development, Donville Inniss believes Barbados’ economic model is outdated, though it has served the country well.

The President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Barbados (ICAB), Andrew Brathwaite, is rejecting a suggestion made by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart that the 1929 Prevention of Corruption Act is adequate enough to deal with domestic issues of corruption.

Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs,  Adriel Brathwaite, wants Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders to put crime as well as disaster management on their agenda for the next meeting of heads of government due at the end of February next year.

Barbadians should be able to see physical structures going up on the site of the former Sam Lord’s Castle in St. Philip by January next year.  CEO of the Barbados Tourism Investment Incorporation (BTI), Stuart Layne has also assured that the US$200 million transformation of the historic hotel into the Wyndham Grand resort is on target for completion by end of 2019.

Dateline Port of Spain, TRINIDAD:

It will be a three-way race for the position of political leader of the United National Congress (UNC) internal elections on November 26, following a decision by Camuto/Manzanilla MP Christine Newallo-Hosein to join the fray.  Newallo-Hosein has filed nomination papers to contest the post, challenging incumbent UNC leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar and Vasant Bharath.

Planning and development minister, Camille Robinson-Regis is encouraging social networking company, Facebook, to set up a regional headquarters in Trinidad and Tobago.  Robinson-Regis made the suggestion during the launch of the Facebook Connect Americas Challenge at the Hyatt Regency in Port of Spain.

Dateline Georgetown, GUYANA:

Guyana has been lauded for its semninal role in the evolution of the regional integration movement, as the country’s new Ambassador to CARICOM, Charlene Phoenix presented her credentials to CARICOM Secretary General, Irwin LaRocque.  The Secretary General, in remarks at the accreditation ceremony, recalled Guyana’s role, along with Barbados and Antigua and Barbuda, in restarting the integration process through the formation of the Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA) and then, through the Georgetown Accord, fashioning the pivotal movement from CARIFTA to CARICOM.

The 45th ministerial meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) is being held in Georgetown over the next two days.  Given its importance and the mandate issued by CARICOM heads of government last year for a full review, the implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) will be the main agenda item at the two-day meeting.  Discussion will centre on a draft public procurement protocol, police certificates of character and the harmonization of laws.

Dateline Castries, ST. LUCIA:

St. Lucia’s minister of justice and national security, Senator Hermingild Francis has been reacting to a recent death threat with a calm composure.  The death threat was conveyed to him via letter.  Minister Francis said this action by the person or persons involved was “very unfortunate”.    The minister, who is also former Deputy Commissioner of Police in the Royal St. Lucia Police Force, says he will carry out his duties with renewed determination.

Dateline Kingston, JAMAICA:

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has given high marks for Jamaica’s performance under the Standby Agreement (SBA) with the Fund, saying “commitment to the economic reform programme remains strong”, with “economic indicators at historic highs, supported by a favourable macroeconomic environment”.  In its recently released 70-page review of Jamaica’s economic performance, the IMF notes that “unemployment is falling, new jobs are being created, and there is robust activity in construction and hotels and restaurants.  In addition, inflation and the current account are low, helped by relatively stable oil prices.