Caribbean Business Report for 11th May 2020

Good day and many thanks for your interest in the Caribbean Business Report [PDF attached] or download at


As we inch slowly to some semblance of what used to be normal, we urge you to remain vigilant. It is not the time to relax our guard or to chill on your new Teacher-assistant designation. 
And as we’ve been hearing from the Prime Minister and other pronouncements, this is a good time as ever to shop smart and buy local in support of the national economy. We will be commencing a series of discussions on that issue shortly, as you may know the CBR has been dedicated to SMMEs and homegrown businesses. 
And hence the reason we commend ADMAC for their inaugural Farmers Market Experience. Here is a report on that initiative.
We’re a bit late today so we will get straight to this week’s business headlines. Details are in the CBR [attached] Tonight at 8:00 Calabash TV will air a special on the Independence Round the Island Walk. It’s kinda, part of a series we’d like to call ‘what used to be normal’ 😁
Here are the headlines:

  • Panel looks at impact of COVID-19 pandemic on local economy
  • Young entrepreneurs focus on food security through agriculture
  • Chamber members stepping up in COVID-19 response
  • Fostering collaboration and building productivity with Microsoft Teams
  • New provisions market jumpstarts Castries Vision Plan 2030
  • CAB welcomes new director Michael Walcott
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines launches “Love Box” initiative
  • Spas, barbershops and beauty salons to remain closed
  • How prepared are you for the hurricane season? Take this survey
  • Webinars from May18th for small businesses to discuss ‘real life’
  • Rural women in the Americas to share COVID-19 experiences
  • St. Lucia giving broad support to IICA’s strategy for COVID pandemic
  • WLBL and SLD urge consumers to Drink Responsibly
  • Chem Clean capitalizing on COVID-19 opportunities
  • Caribbean Export hosts series of webinars starting tomorrow
  • Tourism Minister Fedee appears on TravelPulse Facebook Live today
  • Republic Bank records US$81.7 million in half year profits
  • OECS Commission makes food security is a top priority!
  • OECS Business Competition – Deadline Extended to May 15
  • ECCO issues royalty and COVID-19 relief payments to members
  • Wendy Monrose and Sherrian Edgar to pitch their business ideas

 Do have a safe and productive week. And remember we need your advertising support to keep the CBR going. And if you require any video production work don’t hesitate to contact me at 758-485-3363 or email

Bernard Fanis