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Published:Friday | September 30, 2016 | 12:00 AMDavid Jessop

How should the anglophone Caribbean respond to Brexit? Should it, based on the expert advice it has received from the CARICOM Secretariat and its own trade negotiators, now be actively exploring with the United Kingdom an approach that secures an...

Published:Friday | August 26, 2016 | 12:00 AMDavid Jessop

A few days ago, Karolin Troubetzkoy, the president of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), spoke to the media about some of the challenges that she believes now face the tourism sector in the region, the industry that in recent years...

Published:Friday | July 29, 2016 | 12:00 AMDavid Jessop

In the last few years, the world has seen the emergence of what has become known as post-factual politics.This is the practice whereby some running for high office speak untruths, draw factually incorrect conclusions, and provide no policy detail....

Published:Friday | January 22, 2016 | 3:26 PMDavid Jessop

In Europe, a far-reaching and multifaceted policy review is under way that is likely to result in a significant change in European priorities.This process began last June when the EU's High Representative (effectively Europe's Foreign Minister) and...

Published:Friday | January 15, 2016 | 5:34 PMDavid Jessop

Some years ago, when the banana wars were at their height, the issue for Europe was diversification.Then, the world was very different, the scope of what was possible was limited, and the services sector was not much thought about in Europe as the...

Published:Friday | December 4, 2015 | 1:15 PMDavid Jessop

In September, a special summit of the United Nations General Assembly held in New York saw 193 nations agree to 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).Their objective was to establish a set of principles that up to 2030, would drive the development...

Published:Friday | November 27, 2015 | 4:48 PMDavid Jessop

Air China has confirmed that it will inaugurate a Beijing to Havana air service on December 27.The flight, which will extend the airline's relatively new, three times a week, Beijing to Montreal service, will take about 20 hours in all to reach Cuba...

Published:Friday | November 20, 2015 | 2:59 PMDavid Jessop

The sensitive subject of terrorism in a Caribbean context is a matter this column has addressed before with some caution.However, following recent events in Europe, it is clear that it is an issue that now needs to be taken more seriously in the...

Published:Friday | October 30, 2015 | 2:14 PMDavid Jessop

In the last few weeks, the European Commission (EC) has made available two discussion documents that will change Europe's future relationship with the Caribbean and Latin America.The first, published on October 6, is on what might follow the present...

Published:Friday | October 23, 2015 | 12:40 PMDavid Jessop

Will innovativeor new technologies become a threat to vested interests in the Caribbean?In many parts the world, innovative technologies are helping create new markets and add value by disrupting existing business networks in a manner that the...

Published:Friday | October 16, 2015 | 12:00 AMDavid Jessop

A little over a week ago, British parliamentarian Sir Eric Pickles - a cabinet member until May of this year and a former chairman of the Conservative Party - told the London Guardian that British Prime Minister David Cameron was determined to have...

Published:Friday | October 2, 2015 | 4:03 PMDavid Jessop

In a matter of days the European Commission will launch a communication - a policy paper - on the options for post-Cotonou arrangements with the ACP, the grouping that brings together 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific nations.The document is...

Published:Friday | September 18, 2015 | 5:11 PMDavid Jessop

The Caribbean has just 18 congressional working days from today, September 20, to try to have the United States Congress or the District of Columbia address an act naming seventeen Caribbean nations as 'tax havens'.If passed without amendment it...

Published:Friday | September 11, 2015 | 4:15 PMDavid Jessop

A few days ago in London, The Bahamas prime minister, Perry Christie, told a meeting organised by Caribbean Export Development Agency that the region needed a new formula to maximise investment.Caribbean Export's message was the same. The...

Published:Friday | June 19, 2015 | 5:32 PMDavid Jessop

Each time CARICOM heads of government meet, they include language in their final communique on the Guyana-Venezuela border dispute.However, at their encounter next month in Barbados, the matter will no longer be about a dormant claim, but one that...

Published:Friday | May 22, 2015 | 4:28 PMDavid Jessop

After years idling in the doldrums,visitor arrivals to some parts of the region are increasing rapidly, travellers are spending more, and the yield for hoteliers is improving. Moreover, as demand soars it is getting much harder for visitors to find...

Published:Friday | May 1, 2015 | 5:35 PMDavid Jessop

On May 7, the people of the United Kingdom will vote in a general election.There was a time when this might have had some bearing on the Caribbean; however, at best, and whatever the result, the effect will be marginal for all but Britain's Overseas...

Published:Monday | March 23, 2015 | 8:22 AMDavid Jessop

Remember Air passenger duty (APD), the ticket tax that the United Kingdom continues to levy on all passengers leaving its shores by air?One year ago, the Caribbean won a famous, if partial victory. After years of campaigning, successfully...

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