Caribbean Business Report for 6th October 2020

Good day and many thanks for your interest in the Caribbean Business Report – PDF attached or download at The forecast is for a wet Tuesday and a quiet Atlantic, at least for the next few days.


Congratulations to St. Lucian pilots Tevin Balasco and Kevin Spencer who are being celebrated –  two St. Lucian pilots in control of the cockpit for a US airline. See details in our report. This is a major achievement after their financial struggles to go through flight school.

If you love local mushrooms, well Massy has announced that its shelves will be stocked again from tomorrow – support the local economy, buy local. Congrats to Invest Saint Lucia for the introduction of BOOST in support of local entrepreneurs, and the SLDB is about to receive well over 5 million Euros for on-lending to SMEs.

We had a few walks over the holiday week-end – of course all efforts to promote a healthy lifestyle. One in Babonneau was in celebration of an 81 year old, Gregor Philgence. Up to last year he completed the Walk Around St. Lucia challenge. On Saturday he walked about 12 hours from Vieux-Fort to Cul-De-Sac and on Monday he did a two hour walk in Babonneau! Keep walking St. Lucia!

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

  • SLDB to receive 5.75M Euros for on-lending to SMEs
  • Cruise ship ban extends to end of October
  • OECS engages stakeholders in Coastal Planning
  • Another step towards Science Technology and Innovation Policy
  • PCD and Republic Bank partner for World Heart Day 2020
  • St. Lucian pilots captain United Express
  • Massy Stores Breast Cancer Campaign 2020 launched
  • Invest Saint Lucia launches BOOST for local entrepreneurs
  • Local mushrooms return to Massy shelves this week
  • IICA Crowd funding for food security in Haiti and Antigua
  • Anse Chastanet Sponsors Soufriere Comprehensive School graduation
  • Support the Saint Lucia National Trust
  • TUI returns to St. Lucia
  • CCRIF expands coverage to the private sector
  • Piton Malta reaches out once again to vulnerable families
  • Heineken 0.0…great taste with zero alcohol
  • AMR Resorts re-opens two All-Inclusives in the DR
  • Blue Waters hotel is open in Antigua
  • Dominica opens entrepreneurship hub
  • Covid-19 sparks demand for second passport
  • St. Kitts re-opens borders October 31st
  • More information on rum labels
  • St. Kitts says 160 jobs lost in first half of 2020
  • Antigua welcomes digital nomads
  • Winners of Business Model Competition announced

Do have a productive week.To advertise with us, please send me an email at

Bernard Fanis