Rebalancing The Chinese Economic Relationship

Published on Aug 25 2016 // Blogs, Caribbean, Top Stories, United Kingdom
Rebalancing The Chinese Economic Relationship
By David Jessop News Americas, LONDON, England, Fri. Aug. 26, 2016: Last month the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) published a paper: ‘Chinese rise in the Caribbean – What does it mean for Caribbean Stakeholders?.’ Although, in its conclusions, it said little more than a number of Caribbean...

The Business of Tourism – Star Ratings And Caribbean Hotels

The Business of Tourism – Star Ratings And Caribbean Hotels
                    By David Jessop News Americas, LONDON, England, Fri. Aug. 26, 2016: A few weeks ago I received an email asking me how many five star hotels there are in the Caribbean. I replied that there was no recognized or adjudicated star system...

Is It Time For A New CARICOM Policy On Marijuana?

Published on Aug 15 2016 // Blogs, Caribbean, Top Stories, United Kingdom
Is It Time For A New CARICOM Policy On Marijuana?
Marijuana fields on a St. Vincent & the Grenadines mountain side.                     By David Jessop News Americas, LONDON, England, Tues. Aug. 16, 2016: At the end of July eleven individuals received jail sentences in Havana of between 15 to 30...

Cuba Has Entered A New Period Of Austerity

Published on Aug 08 2016 // Blogs, Caribbean, Cuba, Top Stories, United Kingdom
Cuba Has Entered A New Period Of Austerity
                    By David Jessop  News Americas, LONDON, England, Tues. Aug. 9, 2016: As has been widely reported, Cuba has entered a new period of austerity. On July 8th, President Castro told the Cuban National Assembly that Cuban economic growth...

A ‘President Trump’ And The Caribbean

A ‘President Trump’ And The Caribbean
Donald J. Trump introducing his wife at opening night of the GOP Convention in Cleveland on July 18, 2016. (Mario B. Cabrera / Vision Fotos image)                         By David Jessop News Americas, LONDON, England, Tues. Aug. 2, 2016: In...

Is An Uncertain Future Looming For The British Caribbean Overseas Territories?

Is An Uncertain Future Looming For The British Caribbean Overseas Territories?
By David Jessop News Americas, LONDON, England, Weds. July 13, 2016: Although an eerie calm may have settled on Europe now that the immediacy of the decision by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union (EU) has sunk in, it should not lull the Caribbean into a sense of false security or inaction. It...

Addressing The Reality Of Brexit For The Caribbean

Published on Jul 05 2016 // Blogs, Caribbean, United Kingdom
Addressing The Reality Of Brexit For The Caribbean
By David Jessop News Americas, LONDON, England, Weds. July 6, 2016: The European Council President, Donald Tusk, could not have been clearer. Following a June 29th informal session of European Union (EU) leaders, minus the UK, he said that there will be no European single market à la carte. Trade access,...

The Consequences For The Caribbean As The UK Bids Europe Farewell

Published on Jun 27 2016 // Blogs, Caribbean, Features, United Kingdom
The Consequences For The Caribbean As The UK Bids Europe Farewell
A Vote to Leave British campaigner in Bolton, England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) By David Jessop News Americas, LONDON, England, Mon. June 27, 2016: On June 23, 2016,  by a small majority, the British people voted to remove themselves from the European Union (EU). The decision has...

A Helpful Confluence Of Events For The Caribbean

Published on Jun 20 2016 // Blogs, Top Stories
A Helpful Confluence Of Events For The Caribbean
By David Jessop News Americas, LONDON, England, Tues. June 21, 2016: It is clear from a recent visit to Washington that there is a renewed interest in the Caribbean and that its concerns are back on the US agenda. How this has come about owes little if anything to the usual process of policy development,...

The Dangers Of Success

Published on Jun 16 2016 // Blogs, British Virgin Islands, Caribbean
The Dangers Of Success
By David Jessop News Americas, LONDON, England, Fri. June 17, 2016: One of the most beautiful beaches I ever saw was Cane Garden Bay in the British Virgin Islands. I have not been there for many years, but when I visited it was virtually untouched. A pristine crescent shape, its palm fringed, white...