Caribbean Business Report for 8th February 2021

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Parliament meets tomorrow to formalise the extension of the state of emergency, as the island struggles to cope with community spread of Covid-19. It is a result of people relaxing the guard a bit and not adhering strictly to the prescribed protocols. And this is not helped by open borders as Dubai and other ‘escapes’ are finding out.

Well, SuperBowl 55 happened and West Indies struggled but in the end secured a brilliant victory against Bangladesh – so sport is beginning to reclaim the front pages. Levern Spencer is getting back to winning ways, in the Czech Republic, and so too Julian Alfred in track and field; and in cricket – Kimani Melius and Larry Edward for the Windwards Volcanoes have started with a victory against the Leeward Hurricanes. And of course Johnson Charles is in Dubai along with other Caribbean cricketers. Here all contact sport has been shut down for the moment.

In the meantime, the countdown is on to our Independence Celebrations, the 42nd Anniversary of Independence – most of the events will be virtual, so look out for that the week-end of February 20th -22nd.

In the meantime here are the main stories for this week

  • Timothy Antoine reappointed Governor of the ECCB
  • Chairman’s Reserve among top 21 rums in the world
  • OECS Commission introduces its GreenLink newsletter
  • Caribbean Development Bank seeks to improve testing services
  • The Blue Economy – problem or opportunity questionnaire
  • Fond Doux introduces Judy’s Milk Chocolate for Independence 2021
  • How can the World Bank Group better serve St. Lucia?
  • BiP is offering US$10,000 for the design of its new mascot
  • Towards SDM 2021 –but first FREE virtual event February 26th
  • Learn how to access concessions & support as an MSME!
  • House of Assembly meets on Tuesday
  • Applications now open for Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative
  • BOOST National Idea Pitch Competition –deadline extended to February 15th
  • SLASPA operations continue at Vieux-Fort and Castries
  • Tourism and hospitality scholarship created in honour of ‘Butch’ Stewart
  • IICA commits to climate resilient agriculture
  • CIBC halts $797 million Caribbean sale as regulators reject deal
  • Banking hours during state of emergency
  • Caribbean Optimists seek to inspire regional entrepreneurs
  • CIBC celebrates achievers
  • Covid-19 causes a rethink to development
  • St. Vincent budget under scrutiny
  • Dominican business transformed for Covid-19
  •  Antigua social security hopeful amid closures
  • St. Kitts PM highlights CIP benefits
  • Caricom shopping for vaccines

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Bernard Fanis