Caribbean Business Report for 8th June 2020

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Feel free to share this report with your colleagues, friends or business associates. We will over the next few editions be reaching out to business partners and BSOs  in the OECS, especially the Chambers of Commerce there, so if you have connections with them, please forward this report to them as we seek to get a better picture of business and entrepreneurship in the OECS. 

It’s the second week of the hurricane season and so far we’ve registered three named storms – Arthur, Bertha and Cristobal – the latter crashed ashore in Louisiana over the week-end, but is weakening today. Down here we’ve been getting some much needed rain, so that is a good thing.

Some good news with more St. Lucian cruise ship workers returning home, but there are still a few stranded out in Manila Bay, in the Philippines. Two St. Lucian bands are still trying to find a way back home – read the details in today’s CBR. Calabash TV will also air interviews with the band leaders Arnie Payne and Zepherin ‘Face’ Calixte. The interviews will also be available on our Facebook and YouTube pages.

Tis the season for webinars – – Export Saint Lucia has one this morning on sourcing finance. It starts at 10:00am – so there will be time to register if you are reading this early.

On Friday local musicians will hold a Facebook concert – an initiative being driven by Irvin ‘Ace’ Loctor – with support from Calabash TV, the Wave and a few other partners. It’s on from 8:30pm Friday June 12th. See the details in the ad in today’s edition.

Congratulations to Peter and Company Distribution for being chosen as the local partner to promote Menstrual Hygiene Day – observed globally on May 28th  to highlight the importance of good menstrual hygiene management. PCD also took the opportunity to thank frontline workers at Victoria Hospital and the Division of Human Services. Get the details in this Video News Release produced by All Biz Ltd .

Our lead story has to do with the Tourism Levy Act. It contains a link to a video by the Tourism Minister Dominic Fedee giving some context.

One more video recommendation – it’s a brand new production from the OECS Commission called OECS Link. Have a look
In the meantime here are the headlines this week.

  • Government withdraws Tourism Levy Act for further review
  • Webinar, today at 10am on Finance and Technical assistance for MSMEs
  • St. Lucian neurosurgeon performs complex brain surgery at OKEU
  • More St. Lucia cruise ship workers repatriated; 13 still stranded in the Philippines
  • Pandemic highlights the urgency for the Caribbean to produce more food
  • Piton Malta provides nourishment through COVID-19
  • CCRIF Caribbean members renew Disaster Risk Insurance policies
  • Invest Saint Lucia lists hopeful 2020 projects amid Covid-19 delays
  • PCD made local partners for Menstrual Hygiene Day
  • The Caribbean Salary Gant Programme – the webinar from 9:00am today
  • SLYBT to host 2nd Cohort of Youth Business International (YBI) Entrepreneurial Training
  • Caribbean leaders Motley, Skerrit in discussion June 17 on new economic agenda
  • Musicians rally 8:30p on Friday in COVID-19 survival response
  • OECS Zoom launches new youth-centered programme on Wednesday 3:00p
  • Travel Advisors celebrate Caribbean American Heritage Month
  • All Biz produced Breaking Up with Plastic wins award
  • St. Vincent businesses told to brace for Covid-19 impacts
  • Has the Caribbean missed the boat, again?
  • Some tour operators in Antigua say they are left in limbo
  • Grenada – its CIP and US Visas
  • Antigua parliament accepts new Crypto Regulation Bill
  • Mandatory screening in Jamaica for arrivals
  • Big changes coming to Digicel
  • World Bank urges region to speed up coronavirus recovery

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Do have a productive week. 

Bernard Fanis