Caribbean Business Report for 22nd June 2020

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This is a big week in St. Lucia. The Prime Minister presents his Budget Address on Tuesday afternoon. The debate on the $1.6b budget will follow Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Cultural and Music educator Joyce Auguste will be laid to rest on Wednesday. RIP.

Want to commend a young entrepreneur – David Charles, the owner of ZMED –an ambulette service – specializing in transporting non-emergency wheel-chair bound patients. He has been doing outreach in the community. That story is being uploaded to our YouTube page.

And starting soon we will begin our focus on the green economy and job creation.

We will post on video later today on an initiative featuring Canadian colleges and institutes and the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College and the National Skills Development Centre.

And in support of local agriculture and food processors, ADMAC will on Saturday host yet another farmers market. Open from 6:00am – come early as items can go fast. Admac is located on the road to  the Beausejour Cricket Ground, if you are driving pass the Sports Academy.

And talking about sports T10 cricket starts Tuesday/tomorrow at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground.

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

  • PM presents Budget Address Tuesday; debate from Wednesday
  • Economic Analysis of Cannabis Industry presented to Cabinet
  • St. Lucian cruise ship workers in the Philippines to leave early July
  • Garbage collection returning to normal from today
  • Finally, work begins on Hewanorra Airport redevelopment
  • Register now for OECS inaugural Sustainable Development Movement
  • You can pay your driver’s license online from June 25th  
  • SAGE surging on with focus on gender balance in creation of green jobs
  • Theft of agricultural produce by river goers
  • Chamber hosting 1st-ever Virtual Executive Luncheon Tuesday
  • Good Food Boxes initiative benefits displaced farmers
  • SRDF provide food and supply relief to Soufriere community
  • UWI Open Campus to host online recruitment fair on Thursday
  • Opportunities for consultancies
  • 2020/2021 Scholarship Opportunities
  • Castries street improvements begin
  • The life of EC 1¢ and 2¢ comes to an end June 30
  • How is the Caribbean recovering from COVID-19

Do have a productive week.

Bernard Fanis