Caribbean News Roundup Aug. 14th


    Regional sugar producers want CARICOM governments to strengthen the regional market for Caribbean white sugar by enforcing the Common External Tariff on imports.

    The Sugar Association of the Caribbean says it may surprise islanders to know that currently the lemonade or cola that they drink is nearly always made with imported sugar from Guatemala, Brazil, Colombia or Mexico.


    With a vibrant oil and gas industry on the horizon, Guyana’s economy will start growing by double digits from next year.

    The Guyana Chronicle reported that the Nasdaq Stock Exchange noted Guyana’s projected growth rate of 16.3 per cent during the four-year period 2018-2021 in its report.

    Guyana’s economy is expected to grow by 33.5 per cent and 22.9 per cent in 2020 and 2021 respectively.


    As the Barbados Government seeks to break the monopoly in electricity production and distribution, advocates of renewable energy want alternate energy plants to be majority locally-owned.

    Businessman Ralph Bizzy Williams said while he believed the Barbados Light & Power Company was the best run utility company in the entire Caribbean, he wants them to focus on distribution and charge for distribution.


    Also in Barbados, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Barbados has taken aim at school canteen operators and vendors who may be partially responsible for the country’s alarming number of unhealthy, overweight and obese children.

    Instead of condemning the offerings of the small businesses, the foundation has started providing much-needed guidance and support for alternative food and beverage options.


    St. Lucia’s Department of Consumer Affairs and Massy Stores have issued statements in response to a video posted on social media, asserting that expired flour is being offered for sale on the island.

    The flour has since been withdrawn from the market, and the department says the supermarket submitted a letter of certification from the supplier, indicating it was just a printing error.


    The Dominica Festivals Committee (DFC) has announced the nightly line-up of performances for the 2019 World Creole Music Festival scheduled to begin on October 25th.

    Performances will include Buju Banton, Bunji Garlin, Fay-Ann Lyons, Mr. Killa and many others.


    The Jamaican government has extended a state of emergency for popular tourist destinations to October 28th, as officials warned of a significant increase in violent crime since the start of the year.

    In the St James, Hanover, and Westmoreland parishes, security forces have greater leeway to conduct searches, seizures, and detain persons of interest, and impose curfews without notice.


    Candidates from St. Vincent and the Grenadines registered a 90.66% pass rate in this year’s CAPE exams.

    This represents a slight decrease, compared to the 2018 results, when there was an overall pass rate of 91.04%.

    Candidates returned 100% passes in 10 of the 23 subject areas.