Caribbean Business Report for 24th June 2019

Read the full CBR report here.

As we are about to send this report we get word that Parliament has passed the Styrofoam and Plastics (Prohibition) Act.


The Act will take effect on August 1, 2019, with a ban on the importation of All Styrofoam® and selected single-use plastic food service containers. Therefore, any Styrofoam® and selected plastic food service containers arriving in Saint Lucia after July 31, 2019, will not be released by the Department of Customs and Excise. The act provides further details on the items that will be restricted as of August 1, 2019 and August 1, 2020, with a twelve -month phase-out period for phase 1 and 2 respectively. The Styrofoam and Plastics (Prohibition) Act will soon be in the gazette and available for the public perusal.

All importers are encouraged to declare their stock of Styrofoam and single-use plastics to the Department of Sustainable Development, as of August 1, 2019.

In the meantime here are this week’s headlines.

  • St. Lucia to host National Symposium on Tourism Wednesday
  • Baron Foods wins two International Quality Awards
  • Rainforest Adventures launches Rainforest Yoga
  • Cable and Wireless/Flow: prepare for 2019 Hurricane Season
  • Commerce Minister engages Caribbean Grains and bakers
  • St. Lucian Bertram Leon chairs Caribbean Skills Bank
  • St. Lucia’s EAP facilitating consultations in St. Vincent
  • Caribbean Women Entrepreneurs Export Ready!
  • Winfresh taps regional markets through Caribbean Export
  • St. Lucia may have lost Cannabis investment to Barbados
  • New Magazine highlights Saint Lucia business, people and lifestyle
  • Expanded lineup set for third annual Saint Lucia Roots & Soul
  • Vincentian wins second place in entrepreneur challenge
  • India says it can provide Air Ambulance for Mahuk Choksi
  • Antigua launches honeymoon registry
  • Grenada records lowest interest rates on Treasury Bills
  • Caribbean Business and Finance report
  • Antigua’s CIP continues to be attractive
  • St. George’s mini-medical school for high-schoolers in India
  • St. Vincent seeking to re-register 747-400

A reminder that we are still accepting applications for the position of Sales Executive for All Biz Ltd, parent company of Calabash TV and the Caribbean Business Report. See details in today’s CBR. The deadline is two weeks away.

In the meantime do have a productive week.

Bernard — 
Bernard Fanis