Caribbean Business Report for 15th March 2021

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It’s another budget presentation cycle – a new session of Parliament opens tomorrow – with the Throne Speech and a debate on the estimates. This will be followed probably next week with the budget policy statements by the Prime Minister and the policy debate.

The Covid-19 vaccination drive continues throughout the country with over 15,000 receiving the first dose. Take the opportunity to get the vaccine. Every effort is being made to ensure it is available at a convenient location no matter where you live.  Wait time has been reduced significantly, so its a breeze.

Sadly though the number of deaths related to Covid-19 continues to rise – the last time we checked it was at 55!! Way too many. That is very concerning.

 In the meantime here are this week’s main business stories.

  • Prime Minister to present $1.638 billion budget on Tuesday
  • LUCELEC undertakes infrastructure improvements at Carellie
  • SLHTA lauds government’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout
  • “Can your printer keep you running 24/7/365?
  • Mega Massy hosts first RePLAST collection point in Castries
  • OECS 40th Anniversary official launch this morning
  • Almost a million women were unemployed in third quarter of 2020
  • Opportunity to participate in Academy for Women Entrepreneurs
  • Saint Lucia launching new series of virtual global roadshows
  • CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Monique French wins prestigious Wequal Award
  • SLHTA renews commitment to displaced sector employees
  • Jacqueline Massiah-Simeon heads CIWiL St. Lucia National Chapter
  • New portable ultrasound machine improves breast cancer screening
  • Socially responsible investment at the heart of CIP St Lucia Covid Bond innovation
  • Saint Lucia Youth Business Trust announces Social Enterprise Incubator
  • GraceKennedy to acquire Scotia Insurance Eastern Caribbean
  • Sak Sa – the Children’s Kwéyòl Colouring and Activity Book
  • Botham Jean’s family to feature on ABC Tuesday
  • Start fresh with Fast Cash from Courts Ready Cash
  • TASC celebrates “The Gift of Solitude” during the month of March
  • Rotary District Governor Lisle Chase to lead 2020-2021 District Conference

Do have a productive week. Stay safe

Bernard Fanis