Caribbean Business Report for 25th January 2021

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Well, we’re back to another partial shutdown -as the number of Covid-19 cases continues to rise. We should not get complacent because of the promise of vaccines. It is a highly contagious virus that will continue to spread at alarming rates once it can find a host who ignores all protocols. 

We need to continue wearing masks in public, washing hands and yes still sanitising things like door knobs etc. Sadly, the number of Covid-related deaths continues to rise as well.

This break provides a good time to look at boosting our immune system – in other words, living a healthy lifestyle – stay away from sugary foods and drinks, and getting as close to a plant-based diet as possible. Choose green bananas over rice! Freshly squeezed juice over sugary imports – and we will be helping the local economy as well. 

But there is much to celebrate – this month our Nobel Laureates and their global achievements – and now Dr. Hyginus Gene Leon – the new President of the Caribbean Development Bank. For those of you familiar with the Calypso fraternity, I think he is the brother of Fitzroy Bingo Leon. Earl Bousquet has a very detailed profile which can be read here.
Again, stay safe and productive.

In the meantime here are the headlines for this week

  • Dr. Gene Leon now President of the Caribbean Development Bank
  • Hotels offering free Covid-19 Test
  • A chance on Wednesday to access COVID-19 recovery finance!
  • Antigua sign on to Centre for Excellence for the Blue Economy
  • A warning from the Grenada Tourism Authority Chairman
  • PM praises young entrepreneurs – Pro Power Solutions
  • Penny Pinch gets nod from PM
  • Blue Economy opportunities in focus during Nobel Laureate Festival
  • Adam Stewart named Executive Chairman of Sandals Resorts International
  • Making your food your medicine and your medicine your food
  • Who’s who entrepreneur in Guyana
  • Antigua has announced a new and interactive tourist map
  • Professors set up US$100,000 scholarship fund
  • Digicel gives customers a better way to enjoy data
  • National Idea Pitch Competition – deadline for registration February 5th 2021
  • SLICTA – Pay attention to cyber security after NEMAC meeting hijack
  • Rotary Gros Islet donates Covid protocol kits
  • New moms receive Sagicor Care Packages

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Bernard Fanis