Caribbean Business Report for 12th April 2021

Good day and many thanks for your interest in the Caribbean Business Report for this week. PDF is attached or can be downloaded at www.stluciafirst.com

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Whoever said good riddance 2020? Well there is a totally different reality unfolding in St. Vincent – just to the south of us. If you’re looking for a doomsday setting, then this is it. And what is really unsettling is not knowing when and how this is going to end. And yes, we still have the COVID-19 pandemic.

 It is good to see the corporate community already reaching out and doing what it does best in a time of crisis. Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves did single out the Sadoo construction company doing some work in St. Vincent, reaching out in a big way. The St. Lucia government has also been stepping up its support and pledges of cooperation.  It will take St. Vincent years to recover especially the farming sector, and the ganja farmers who will soon be knee deep in ash!

Here in St. Lucia, we’re getting ready for another budget debate. The Prime Minister will deliver his policy statement as he presents the Appropriation Bill Tuesday afternoon from 4 o’clock. In the meantime, here are this week’s headlines.

Here are the headlines this week:

  • PM presents policy statement on 2021 budget on Tuesday
  • Saint Lucia helps 136 stranded agricultural workers
  • Cruise ships evacuate thousands in St. Vincent
  • SLASPA prepares to receive evacuees 
  • Saint Lucia Youth Business Trust – Social Enterprise Incubator officially commences
  • St. Lucia and Taiwan work together on ICT in agriculture for St. Lucia
  • Gros Islet woman arrested and charged with money laundering
  • St. Aloysius R.C. Boys’ Schools receive new water tanks
  • Taiwan Technical Mission introduces lettuce variety trial
  • ECSRC certification workshop and exam starts April 20th
  • Finesse holds graduation and mini fashion show Wednesday
  • Sagicor stands ready to assist St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • WASCO monitors ash fall from volcanic activity in St. Vincent
  • Peter Holdings gets new General Manager
  • Guyana business promise ship of supplies to St. Vincent
  • Demand for organic dark chocolate growing
  • BITT makes history with ECCB’s DCash
  • St. Kitts Government engages private sector on COVID-19
  • Caribbean Airlines delivers vaccines to Dominica and Barbados
  • Ron Saunders – Global minimum tax rate could be crippling
  • Bank of Nevis opens
  • Antigua PM asks call centre to rethink leaving
  • ACB retains RBC employees in Antigua/Grenada
  • NDFD in Grenada introduces green loan

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Bernard Fanis