Category - Caribbean Regional – Political/Social/Economic

Caribbean Regional - Political/Social/Economic Jamaican/Caribbean Diaspora

Tribute to Jamaica’s Former Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller, O.N.

Tribute to Jamaica’s Former Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller Ambassador Ralph Thomas Today, I pay tribute to a great ex-Jamaican Prime Minister, Mrs. Portia Simpson-Miller, ON, Leader of the Opposition who, after 40 years of service in many roles to the People of Jamaica and the world, has announced a timeline for her departure as Leader of her Party and of the Parliamentary Opposition. As she conducts her departure from the stage of leadership, long will we remember her achievements...

Caribbean Regional - Political/Social/Economic Crime and Security Jamaican/Caribbean Diaspora

Trump Presidency Threatens Caribbean Partnership Programs

  Trump Presidency Threatens Caribbean Partnership Programs (21 Nov. 2016) — The uncertainty of what a Donald Trump presidency is likely to mean in all areas of foreign policy – economic, political, security, etc., fueled by lack of specifics during the campaign or since the election makes it extremely difficult to do otherwise than to speculate.  Hence, my hesitation to opine on the future policies of POTUS Trump (president of the United States Trump) is driven by lack of...

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Caribbean Regional - Political/Social/Economic Global Jamaican/Caribbean Diaspora

Jamaican Lives, Jamaican way of Life Matters

Jamaican Lives, Jamaican way of life Matters (19 Nov. 2016) — It is ironic the Prime Minister of Jamaica attended the COP22 conference in Morocco (November 2016) making a speech claiming a place for Jamaica among global leadership on action to prevent climate change and to ameliorate the conditions which cause global warming.  At the same time, the government of Jamaica, of which he is the head, is on board with Chinese investors on course to do untold damage to Jamaica’s pristine but...

Caribbean Regional - Political/Social/Economic Global Jamaican/Caribbean Diaspora

Jamaicans face a matter of life and death–not economic opportunity

Jamaicans face a matter of life and death–not economic opportunity (17 Nov. 2016) — On Thursday, November 17, 2016, The Jamaica Gleaner ran an editorial: “Wanting To Hear From The Gov’t About Alpart.” The editorial raised concerns about the Jamaican Government’s silence on the possible severe environmental impact of Chinese company Jinquan’s plan to invest heavily in bauxite/alumina/aluminum production in Jamaica powered by coal-fired energy generation. According to Ambassador...

Banking & Finance Caribbean Regional - Political/Social/Economic Global

Sanctions Enforcement – Violations and De-Risking

Sanctions Enforcement – Violations and De-risking (08 Nov. 2016) — Discussions at various levels throughout the Caribbean region on the threat of de-risking by U.S. and European banks have focused primarily on the debilitating possible effects on Caribbean financial institutions and Caribbean countries’ economic development.  Without access to U.S. and European banks for correspondent banking relationships and lack of future access for payable through accounts and other financial...

Banking & Finance Caribbean Regional - Political/Social/Economic

Caribbean Financial Sector Challenged by U.S. FATCA Requirements

Caribbean Financial Sector Challenged by U.S. FATCA Requirements (31 Oct. 2016) — With the January 2017 reporting date fast approaching most Caribbean countries still lack the legal and operational capacities to implement effectively the United States Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) provisions.  This situation exists even though Caribbean-wide compliance with adequate capacity to carry out FATCA commitments would be an indication to U.S. banks that Caribbean financial...