Caribbean RoundUp – Caribbean Life

BARBADOS

A cargo ship flying the flag of Barbados has arrived in Ukraine at the port of Chornomorsk to take on a load of grain, according to Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov.

Ukraine’s news agency said Kubrakov announced it was the first time a foreign-flagged ship had arrived in port since the Russian invasion began in February.

“The Fuller S is the first ship to enter our seaport for loading since the full-scale invasion began,” Kubrakov wrote on Facebook.

“The guarantors of the agreement, Turkey and the UN have confirmed that it is possible for the ship to enter the port of Chornomorsk,” he added.

Kubrakov said this event is also an important signal to the market that the grain corridor is a safe and most profitable business opportunity for shipowners to return to Ukrainian ports. The ship’s final destination after unloading was to be the Turkish port of Iskenderun.

“We plan to quickly load the vessel and send it to the destination port. With this, we are ready to facilitate the capacity of ports to accommodate at least 100 ships per month,” the minister said.

Recently, Turkish and Ukrainian authorities said that three vessels carrying a total of up to 80,000 tons of corn had been allowed to leave Ukrainian ports as part of a deal to unblock grain exports.

CARIBBEAN

The World Bank Group (WBG) recently announced details of its Global Crisis Response Program to help the Caribbean and other developing countries weather multiple and exacerbating crises that hit the poor and vulnerable hardest. more viable.

“Multiple crises – including rising inflation, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a major macroeconomic imbalance and the shortage of energy, fertilizers and food – are hitting developing countries,” the president said. of the World Bank Group, David Malpass.

He said the World Bank Group was responding quickly, at scale, and with financial impact to address food insecurity, protect people, preserve jobs, build resilience, and restore growth.

The Washington-based financial institution said the details are set out in the recently released Global Crisis Response Framework document “Navigating Multiple Crises, keep the Course on Long Term Development”.

Nearly $9 billion is expected to be financed through a trust fund, the World Bank said.

The WBG will provide approximately $170 billion in funding to support the response to multiple crises.

He said the WBG has already provided $53 billion of this aid from April to June 2022, as it scales up support for food security and continues to deepen its response to the pandemic.

DOMINICA

Dominica was named the best island in the Caribbean, Bermuda and Bahamas for the first time by Travel+ Leisure World’s Best Awards 2022.

Travel+Leisure recognizes the world’s best hotels, islands, cities, cruise lines, spas and more, based on the results of the Travel+ Leisure World’s Best Awards 2022 reader survey.

Readers rated islands on the following characteristics: natural attractions/beaches, activities/sites, restaurants/food, people/friendliness, and value.

Secret Bay, Dominica’s exclusive six-star villa resort, has risen to the top rank of resort hotels in the Caribbean.

The resort is a member of Relais & Châteaux, the most prestigious association of luxury hotels and restaurants in the world.

GUYANA

Guyana’s President, Dr. Irfaan Ali, has said that if his country develops rapidly as an oil and gas market, the economy will not depend solely on “precious natural resources” for the development of the whole country.

Ali, who recently visited Washington for talks with senior government officials, said the critical resource was an important part of the country’s development trajectory.

He said that while hydrocarbons would bring essential revenue to Guyana, these revenues must be used to develop the economy, competitiveness and open up new opportunities.

Speaking recently at a livestreaming forum hosted by the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin American Center, Ali said the fund would be used to unlock the potential of several areas, which have been around for a long time, but stalled due to a lack of resources.

“Guyana has all the natural resources to be one of the main food producers in the region. But food production must be supported by the right technology and investment infrastructure that will ensure that agriculture is sustainable and resilient to climate change and the effects of climate change,” he said, noting that a such an achievement requires capital.

“And it’s an example of how oil and gas revenues can be deployed to position Guyana, not just to benefit Guyana, but to position Guyana to contribute significantly to food security in the region. as a whole,” he added.

Ali said that Guyana’s prosperity must also bring wealth and success to the region.

JAMAICA

The Jamaican government has confirmed it spent an estimated J$18.2 million (US$145,000) on the failed campaign to elect Foreign Secretary Kamina Johnson-Smith as the new Commonwealth Secretary General earlier this year.

In June, Baroness Patricia Scotland successfully retained her post as Commonwealth Secretary General, despite strenuous efforts by several members of the 54-nation group to remove her.

The Dominican-born Scotland had faced a challenge from Johnson-Smith, winning 27-24 to eliminate him.

In a statement released last week, the Prime Minister’s Office said J$18.2 million covered expenses related to air and ground transportation, COVID-19 testing, meals, accommodation and communication. of public relations.

Undisclosed private Jamaican funders have donated approximately J$15 million for public relations and true leadership services from international marketing firm Finn Partners.

In addition, the government spent J$25 million on the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in Kigali, Rwanda in June.

In the statement, Andrew Holness’ government said it had run a clean and transparent principled campaign that met accountability standards.

ST. LUCY

The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) offered its “sincere condolences” to Cuba following the “unfortunate incident involving a huge fire at an old oil storage facility in the province of Matanzas” recently. Flames have since engulfed a fourth tank at the oil storage facility in western Cuba as the raging fire consumes critical fuel reserves.

Firefighters and specialists from Mexico and Venezuela are helping fight the blaze in Matanzas province with boats, planes and helicopters while spraying containers with foam.

TRINITY

Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness has confirmed his attendance at the 60th anniversary celebrations of Trinidad and Tobago’s independence.

Foreign Affairs and CARICOM Minister Dr. Amery Browne made the announcement last week.

Browne spoke about Holness’s visit during a reception at the Jamaican High Commission’s Arthur Williams residence in Port of Spain for Jamaica’s Independence Jubilee which was commemorated a week ago.

Holness will arrive on August 28 and depart on September 1. Trinidad and Tobago Independence Day is August 31.

Holness’s visit was first revealed by Housing Minister Camille Robinson-Regis when she announced the government would spend TT$7.5 million on Saturday’s celebration.

A week ago, Holness led his country into its Independence Jubilee.

— Compiled by Azad Ali

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