Caribbean Business Report for 25th May 2020

This week’s edition is coming as we inch closer to the official start of the hurricane season. Tropical Storm Arthur did not observe protocol  and had an early trial run off the Carolinas. 


Order Paper for Parliament Meeting May 26th 2020


An interesting week ahead. The Trade Union Federation has been given up till Tuesday to respond to government’s wage proposal. Parliament is due to meet Tuesday with the possibility of a debate on the extension of the State of Emergency. 

The country has opened up a bit to allow nationals to return home, among them students and cruise ship musicians and workers. Over 150 returned home over the week-end, some coming in today. Some musicians are still stick stranded on cruise ships s far away as the Philippines and in the United Kingdom. They have no clear path to repatriation. 

If you drive around it appears that ‘normal’ is creeping back in, but please remain on guard, wear your masks in public and adhere to social distancing protocols.

A quick programming note for Calabash TV. If you love good quality reggae music, here is an album you should have on your playlist. It’s written and performed by Yves Lewis; produced by Christopher Neil, both based in the US. Here is the CTV interview with Yves. Please like, share, subscribe. Tonight at 8:00pm Poet Kendal Hippolyte talks about his latest publication WORD PLANTING.
Here are this week’s main stories:

  • 151 St. Lucians being repatriated; some still stranded in the Philippines
  • St. Lucia Distillers donates 100,000 face masks to frontline workers
  • Taiwan donates new batch of 60,000 surgical masks
  • Work safely from home while keeping your business running
  • Digital Marketing symposium Tuesday 10:30am
  • Admac hosts its second Market Experience Saturday May 30th
  • Peter & Company Distribution celebrates babies born on Mother’s Day
  • Unemployed? Here’s an opportunity for free training
  • Caribbean Governance Training Institute now online!
  • COVID-19 speeds up support to over 80 St. Vincent entrepreneurs
  • St. Lucia conducts Labour Force telephone survey
  • Cheers to WLBL DBC and Antillia Brewing Company
  • Regional bank committed to supporting tourism sector
  • Introducing St. Lucia singer/songwriter Jonathan Shawn Philip
  • Concerns over unqualified and unregistered engineers
  • Europa Hardware makes presentation to Chief Medical Officer
  • ECLAC and the OECS establish an Enhanced Programme of Action
  • Provision vendors relocated to new home
  • More students accessing virtual classrooms with CIBC FIRSTCARIBBEAN’s support

Do have a productive and safe week. Adhere to social distancing protocols.
Bernard Fanis