Caribbean Business Report for 27th January 2020 – RIP Kobe

Good day and much thanks for your interest in this week’s edition of the Caribbean Business Report. Feel free to share – PDF is attached or can be viewed/downloaded at Our stories will also be posted on the Calabash TV and St. Lucia First Facebook pages. The TV version of this week’s report will be uploaded to YouTube later this week. You can view our YouTube or Facebook pages for our news and current affairs programmes.


The latest added is an interview with Johnathan Johannes – the Managing Director of 1st National Bank. He speaks about the successes of the bank, the challenges for the region and why the decision of a consortium of banks to purchase the assets of the Royal Bank of Canada should remind us all that as Independent countries we need to pool our resources – human, financial and natural – to advance the region through ingenuity, industriousness and hard work. St. Lucia deserves to celebrate 1st National Bank, its Board management and staff for their amazing achievements of 2019.

The interview with Mr. Johannes can be viewed here.
You can also check out an interview we did earlier with Irvin Springer – who spoke with us as a Concerned Citizen on Crime. The double homicide in the quiet community of Boguis – mandates that we pay attention to crime and engage in discussions on confronting the contributing factors to violence. Irvin’s interview can be seen here.

And also we spoke with Carol Henry the newly elected President of the St. Lucia National Cricket Association – particularly timely in light of the achievements of the West Indies Under-19 Cricket team – topping a group which included England and Australia. They are now poised for an exciting quarter-finals encounter with New Zealand on Wednesday. Australia plays India on Tuesday. The West Indies U-19 is captained by Kimani Melius of St. Lucia, a product of the Grassroots Cricket programme led by Alton Crafton.
In the meantime -here are this week’s main stories.

  • Johnathan Johannes: “Our people can lead and can compete”
  • ECCB Governor presents ECCU and Saint Lucia scorecards
  • This is the IMF’s latest take on the economy in 2020
  • St. Lucia leaves its mark on the 27th Annual World Travel Awards
  • Export Saint Lucia helps St. Lucian industries find export success  
  • Agri Exporter breaks into new market
  • Taiwan Seven Crops Project conducts Consumer Behavior Survey 
  • CPL has US13m impact on St. Lucia
  • World Bank approves US$20m for Grenada
  • BRICE and company to donate 20 water tanks to schools
  • St. Lucia/Dominica tie on Corruption Perceptions Index
  • The BVI receives prestigious travel awards
  • URGENT: shelter needed for rescued dogs
  • Caribbean Export commended for work advancing EPA
  • Discover Dominica receives award for Excellence in Public Relations
  • OECS Music Talk continues in St. Kitts and Nevis
  • OECS YES In Action features Jasmine Duncan
  • Jamaica and China – long established relations
  • Tax evaders costing millions
  • Antigua’s Kanabis Sound in international DJ Clash
  • Rodney Bay – among top ten beach towns to buy a home
  • St. Kitts introduces Virtual Assets Bill – a cashless reality
  • Dominica opens Embassy in Abu Dhabi
  • Meet the woman behind the Caribbean’s black-owned yachts
  • Grenada’s Leo Garbutt named 2020 hotelier of the year 

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Do have a productive week.

Bernard Fanis