Caribbean Business Report for 13th January 2020

As promised here is the TV version of the Caribbean Business Report in collaboration with Calabash TV.


Congratulations to Kirk Maraj for creating some history with GTM Insurance; and there is the changing of the guard at Carasco and Son with Ross Gardner keeping the 97 year old company business tradition – and succeeding his mom Dr. Charmaine Gardner. Congrats to Ross.

You may know the Prime Minister delivered his 2020 New Year’s address. Here is a video link in case you missed it.  

St. Lucian Kimani Melius is in action today as the West Indies Under-19 are engaged in a warm-up match with Canada in the ICC One-day International youth cricket tournament. The tournament officially starts January 17th in South Africa.

And a reminder that you can support what we do highlighting entrepreneurship, St. Lucian community and creativity. Advertise with us – email Gilbert at  and reach out to me at  We do have a listing to our latest video productions in today’s CBR – please have a look- like and subscribe.
In the meantime, here are our headlines:

  • Kirk Maraj’s MIA sets GTM history
  • St. Lucia to reduce food import bill through vegetable import substitution programme
  • St. Lucia has Jersey thinking of tourism tax
  • Chamber to host 3-day Finance for Non-Finance Managers workshop
  • Sign-up now for Chamber’s Know Your Labour Act workshop January 21st 2020
  • The Blue Tank: finalists make blue economy pitch January 13th
  • Junior Achievement teams up with Dash Color Run
  • Canada Has New Guidelines for Caribbean Travelers
  • Two-day FranklinCovey Productivity workshop February 12th and 13th 
  • 150 OECS Teachers to be certified in Specialised Reading
  • REPUBLIC BANK makes hamper presentation to the Salvation Army
  • CARICOM raises external tariffs on pasta, cement
  • Strong winds and seas turn away cruise ships in Antigua
  • IMF predicts modest growth for the OECS
  • Work continues on tender pier in Nevis
  • Dominica ranks high on CNN’s places to visit
  • Dominica Employers Want Sunday to be Another Business Day
  • Caribbean people breaking into yachting industry 
  • Grenada brings opportunities for aspiring Indian doctors
  • Portsmouth native to launch entertainment website 

Do have a productive week – it is still very windy, so be careful if you’re sailing. 
Rgds — 
Bernard Fanis