Single Clearance System for Exports & Imports for Guyana soon

Guyana is considering the Trinidad and Tobago model of the Electronic Single Window (ESW) to fast-track the processing of imports and exports instead of waiting days, under a project being facilitated by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). With financing from South Korea, the hemispheric bank on Wednesday brought together stakeholders from the Ministry of Foreign…

Ministries of Education, Culture collaborate to stage Jamaica Day 2018

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport is collaborating with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information in observing Jamaica Day 2018 on Friday next, under the theme, “Celebrating Jamaica: Nurturing our Cultural and Natural Heritage”. Schools island-wide will be engaged in a number of activities to highlight the theme, share…

Kingston to be “Musical Economic Zone”- Grange

(JIS) The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport is working on building a framework for Kingston to fully operate as a musical economic zone. This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, during a reggae month reception on the lawns of Jamaica House on February 20. “Having received the UNESCO (United Nations Educational,…

Entrepreneur Starts Jamaica’s Answer to Amazon

JAMAICA’S leading information technology magnate Douglas Halsall still has a little way yet to complete his current fixation, which is to fully digitalise operations at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), Mona. But he has already moved on to his next inclination, which is to start the Caribbean’s first major Internet retailer business,…

Outgoing Chinese Ambassador hailed as true friend of Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of Justice, Delroy Chuck, has commended outgoing Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, Niu Qingbao, for the tremendous role he has played in raising the profile of bilateral relations between the countries and securing meaningful cooperation to positively impact the lives of Jamaicans. He was speaking at a reception…

Late payments lead to consequences, says Grenada PM

The Prime Minister of Grenada has promised to hold those accountable if payments to public workers suffer “undue delays”. Keith Mitchell, who is also the country’s finance minister, made the pledge during a meeting with permanent secretaries and finance officers last week. He explained that he called the meeting because of serious concerns stemming from…

Grenada Celebrates 44th Independence

ST GEORGE’S (CMC) — Grenada celebrated its 44th anniversary of political independence from Britain yesterday with the traditional military parade, a public holiday and Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell keeping an eye firmly on next month’s general election. “This current generation of Grenadians who have inherited the victories and achievements from slavery to independence, has carried…

Guyana, Oil & Possible Pitfalls

Wedged between Brazil and Venezuela, Guyana could easily go unnoticed. It has fewer than 750,000 people and a per capita income of $4,300, half the regional average, qualifying it as the hemisphere’s third-poorest nation. At the moment, Guyana also might be its luckiest. Having struck big oil offshore starting in 2015, industry experts reckon total reserves at around 2 billion…

CARICOM States Should Loosen Hold on Sovereignty- Golding

JamaicaObserver.com Caribbean Community (Caricom) states are being urged to loosen their chokehold on the concept of sovereignty and move now to fully embrace all tenets of the Treaty of Chaguaramas, specifically the Caribbean Single, Market and Economy (CSME). The call was made by Jamaica’s former Prime Minister Bruce Golding who chaired a commission appointed in…