Caribbean Business Report for 2nd June 2020

It is back to school for some students – well actually Wednesday [tomorrow] for those sitting Common Entrance Exams this year and for fifth formers. It’s also day two [officially] into the hurricane season and so far, two down – Arthur and Bertha.


We’re half-way into 2020 – and quite a bit has happened and from all indications, a lot more to happen, with a rapidly unveiling of another face/phase of America. And, like COVID-19, yet another ‘underlying’ condition unraveling the realities that must be addressed once and for all – not by a million task-forces, workshops, seminars and a trillion webinars – but by ‘measurable action/progress’ for all. 
And then there is the most consequential elections ever for the planet. It’s in November or whenever. And St. Lucia probably in October or ‘whenever’ -but actually due mid 2021. So its not over. Plus we have the hurricane season. Cristobal waiting on the horizon.

And, yes, we do have Parliament today – from 10:00am – see some of the details in today’s CBR.

And a programme [positive] note – a female entrepreneur/graphic artiste/designer – Signa Greaves-Francis earlier this year released a coffee table book celebrating 40 women who have made a major contribution to the arts. The majority earn a living through the creative sector. 
The programme was repeated last nigh but you can view it right here.

In the meantime, here are this week’s main stories.

  • Parliament meets Tuesday; loans and VAT amendments on the agenda
  • World Bank provides US$159M for Regional Air Transport Connectivity
  • Discussion on tourism and the Road to Recovery
  • WLBL DBC launches My SAFE SHOP to help communities remain safe
  • Book features 40 women who earn a living off the arts  
  • Government moving to address the housing shortage in St. Lucia
  • Digicel responds positively to OECS clarion call in COVID-19 Fight
  • Prime Minister participates in discussion on Global Pandemic and Hurricanes
  • What is Article 164 and how can St. Lucian businesses benefit?
  • OECS to host Mia Motley and Roosevelt Skerrit in regional discussion
  • Apiculture Surveillance to start soon
  • ECTEL announces the passing of Donnie De Freitas
  • ECCB hosts dialogue on digital currency today at 2:30p Sign up now to participate
  • Is St. Lucia at odds with CARICOM over re-opening?
  • Can CARICOM micro-finance survive COVID-19
  • Antigua reopens international airport
  • St. Kitts boast of outstanding achievements
  • Caribbean IP filings on the rise amidst COVID-19
  • Confident Antigua proceeds with new berth construction
  • The US E-2 visa – quickest way to live and work in the US?
  • Hotel managers on surviving a global pandemic

Do have a productive week. Stay safe.

Bernard Fanis