Caribbean Business Report for 4th May 2020 – May the 4th be with U.

Good day and many thanks for your interest in the Caribbean Business Report. PDF attached or can be read here or at www.stluciafirst.com – along with past editions.

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So life goes on, under the new abnormal, new realities, opportunities and conveniences.

And talking about conveniences – SurePay is certainly a reliable and efficient way of paying bills online. See the flyer and story in today’s CBR. Scores of St. Lucians have been signing on over the past few weeks and we expect even more people to take advantage of this secure and convenient way of meeting your obligations.

The parent company J.E. Bergasse is also open for business and ready to meet your needs as commercial activity gradually opens. Here is an idea of the services available.
And if you need to open up as well, see details in today’s report or visit the Ministry of Commerce website for details. Ministry officials are the only ones who can grant permission to re-open. We are still under a State of Emergency – that is until May 31st. And then it’s the hurricane season.

In the meantime here are this week’s headlines.

  • Speak to the Ministry of Commerce about re-opening your business
  • Prime Minister presents $1.6B budget
  • The ECCB Governor addresses Covid-19 economic outlook
  • Join hundreds of St. Lucians now paying their bills online through SurePay
  • NIC Chairman clears the air on NIC’s COVID-19 response
  • Carnival Cruises making arrangements to repatriate St. Lucian crew members
  • When will individual cruise lines sail again?
  • Bank of Saint Lucia joins OECS Covid-19 fight
  • World Bank provides US$10.5 Million to St Lucia for COVID-19 Response
  • Admac promotes food security through Market Experience
  • Castries City Council handed 1st phase of Market Redevelopment Project
  • Government to proceed with strategic projects
  • SLHTA President: this is what a ‘rainy day’ looks like
  • Prime Minister: now more than ever –buy from local entrepreneurs
  • Caribbean Digital Transformation Project’s first Virtual Mission for St. Lucia
  • CCRIF provides US$150,000 in scholarships to Caribbean nationals
  • Dropping Gayle was ‘business” – now he’s signed up to the Zouks
  • Royal Caribbean agrees to CDC terms for crew members
  • Dominica businesses focusing on stabilisation and growth
  • ExxonMobil -1st major loss in 32 years; 1st quarter down US$610M
  • Dominica discussing workforce options in a COVID-19 era
  • St. Kitts STEP workers attached to businesses allowed to return
  • Dominica’s CIP touted

 Do have a safe and productive week.  
— 
Bernard Fanis