Caribbean Business Report for 22nd March 2021

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We’re in the middle of the 2021/2022 budget presentation and debate. The estimates have been debated and soon we will have the policy debate.

We must commend the Bank of Saint Lucia initiative to make new start up loans and working capital available for small businesses. That story is in today’s edition. And if you are in Dominica, the government there has placed $27m in the bank for small business loans. The details are in today’s edition.

The vaccination programme is continuing apace here, as OECS heads meet with WHO officials and make the case for a level playing field in the distribution of vaccines. Currently countries that can afford are purchasing vaccines in large quantities. Poorer, more vulnerable nations are being disadvantaged because of a lack of resources and influence. The WHO chief who spoke to OECS Heads has promised to give some visibility to this issue.

In the meantime, the key message remains – boost your immune system, in other words – engage in a healthy lifestyle, wear the mask when in public, sanitise frequently and maintain a social distance.
In the meantime here are this week’s headlines. 

  • New start up loans and working capital loans for small businesses
  • Pigeon Island reopening to international visitors Wednesday
  • GEF SGP UNDP Knowledge Fair concludes successfully
  • CARILEC hosts key communications conference tomorrow
  • New member firm in St Lucia joins the UHY network.
  • “Can’t I just call for a technician to come in?”
  • World Bank approves US$25M for Dominica’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery
  • Bay Gardens Resorts extends its popular staycation special
  • Axcel Finance’s Eggceptional Easter
  • Improving business costs through lean enterprise and innovation
  • US-based Saint Lucian entrepreneur launches skincare brand
  • An online boost for black business
  • Taiwan Technical Mission develops new tool for banana industry
  • A new distinguished Toastmaster on island
  • Blue Bio Trade opportunities in the Caribbean: Activating the Blue Economy
  • Register now for tomorrow’s workshop on Tax Filing
  • CCRIF invites applications for its postgraduate scholarship programme
  • Event Planners advocate for support in the recovery of the Cultural and Creative sector
  • Rotary hosts Youth Entrepreneurship and Innovation Summit
  • Millennials looking forward to second passports
  • Antigua threatens to end all support for LIAT
  • Restaurants in Antigua to re-open
  • Dominica solid waste authority launches campaign
  • Anthony Clerk is new President of Bankers Association in Barbados
  • Dominica and China strengthen relations
  • Dominica to place $27m in the bank for small businesses
  • St. Kitts continues well exploration
  • Dominica opens three CIP funded health centres
  • St. Kitts resort offers private flights to Covid wary guests

 Do have a productive and safe week. 

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Bernard Fanis