Caribbean Business Report for 26th October 2020

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Congratulations to the Monsignor Patrick Anthony Folk Research Centre and the Events Company of Saint Lucia for the virtual celebration of Jounen Kweyol yesterday – a Covid-19 reality. The diaspora got involved and so too cultural groups from around the island.

History is being made this week as for the first time – the majority of finalists in the GET IN THE RING ST. LUCIA 2020 are women. Last year, only one female made it and a call was issued for more gender balance. This year, there are only two males among the six finalists. The final is on Tuesday, tomorrow, and will be streamed live!

And more celebration of women as BOOST – will on Thursday hosts its WOMEN EMPOWERED IN BUSINESS series – a virtual panel discussion featuring three women..see the details in the CBR.

Also in today’s edition – the very latest economic update on St. Lucia.

DREAMY WEDDINGS is on October 31st hosting a special virtual discussion on the future of the Destination Weddings sector. Details in the CBR and visit the CalabashTV YouTube and Facebook pages later today for an interview with Natalie John, who’s mobilising that sector in a Covid-19 environment.

And no need to inform you that Covid-19 is now all around us- wear you masks, social-distance and wash your hands as often as possible. This is uncharted territory.

In the meantime here are our headlines for this week.

  • Chamber gets Economic Update – economy could contract 26%
  • BOSL partners with American Express
  • Boost presents Women Empowered in Business Series Thursday
  • The final six are in for Get in the Ring St. Lucia 2020
  • Sanovnik Destang elected to the CHTA executive
  • Caribbean export builds a services supplier registry for the Caribbean
  • Employers’ inaction delays ERP payment [Statement from the NIC]
  • LUCELEC Scholarship programme boasts 25 students
  • What’s in your food – the right to know
  • Digicel steps up as digital operator
  • OECS Commission to support Consumer Protection under the 11th EDF
  • Caribbean Cooking Festival coming for Christmas
  • Ferry service between Rodney Bay Maria and HIA now operational
  • Sculptor Jallim Eudovic captures Ansa Foundation Prize
  • Bankers Association donates to Rainbow Children’s Home
  • Fintech startup “Penny Pinch” partners with Digicel
  • PM and finance team participate in annual IMF-World Bank meetings
  • Virtual dialogue on Trade Facilitation and Covid-19

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Do have a productive week-end and stay COVID-19 SAFE. There is also the dengue fever as well so get rid of all mosquito breeding sites.
Rgds– 
Bernard Fanis