Caribbean Business Report for 6th April 2021

Good day and many thanks for your interest in the Caribbean Business Report [PDF attached] or can be downloaded at
Hope the Easter Holidays were restful and meaningful.


A reminder as we enter the ‘dry season’ to ensure that you have enough storage to stay in operation during extended spells.

Also give thought to rainwater harvesting for watering backyard gardens, lawn care, washing vehicles and even for flushing. So you may need to consider rethinking your plumbing to make maximum use of rainwater. Of course that includes efficient guttering. This applies to home and business.

We are also awaiting the second phase of the 2021/22 Budget process – where the policy statements are presented. Hopefully it will happen before general elections are called.

In the meantime, here are this week’s headlines.

  • 1st National officially acquires RBC’s operations in Saint Lucia
  • DCash is LIVE! Safer. Faster. Cheaper.
  • Virtual Youth Entrepreneurship and Innovation Summit 2021; a success!
  • Early Childhood sector to undergo phased reopening
  • CIBC FirstCaribbean appoints three to executive positions
  • ARC January coming to St. Lucia in 2022
  • ARC+ moves to Grenada for 2021
  • Two firsts for Tastee Tinges
  • Enthusiasm about July return of cruise tourism to Saint Lucia
  • CDB supports sweet potato value chain project
  • British High Commission donates PPE to Customs and Police
  • Dr. Merle Clarke reelected President of the Saint Lucia Medical and Dental Association
  • The ECCB launches DCash
  • Insurance company donates $100,000 for Covid fight in Antigua
  • Antigua finalise P&O homeport deal
  • RBC finalises sale of Eastern Caribbean operations
  • UNDP’s $1.5m to assist small businesses
  • Carnival is banking on US opening up in the summer
  • BICO resumes shipping after a decade
  • UWI to float a US$60 million bond on TNT Stock Exchange
  • Antigua passes amendment to Cannabis bill
  • Tourism skyrocketing Antigua’s Covid numbers
  • Holness, Browne invited to US climate summit

Do have a safe and productive week.Rgds

Bernard Fanis