Commentaries

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2017

Linking Puerto Rico’s debt crisis to the US and the WTO (Guest Article)

Belize undergoes third WTO Trade Policy Review

Why the proposed US fee on remittance outflows to LAC makes no sense

French Election 2017: What’s at stake for the world and the Caribbean?

The Trump Presidency – Implications and Opportunities for Caribbean IFCs

PM May calls snap election: Pros and Cons

IMF raises global GDP growth forecast but protectionist policies a threat

Will US Financial Deregulation help mitigate the de-risking phenomenon?

Trump’s Trade Executive Orders target deficit and uncollected AD/CV Duties

Brexit begins; UK makes historic Article 50 notification of withdrawal from EU

New Trump Executive Order Reverses Obama-Era Climate Change Policies

Post-Brexit UK-Caribbean Trading Relations: What are the options?

Sport, Entrepreneurship and Development

CARICOM & Cuba Foreign Ministers meet

De-Risking: The ‘Perfect Hurricane’ Threatening Caribbean IFCs

President Trump’s Trade Policy Agenda for 2017 Released

Trump Trade Policy ‘Achievements’: The First Month

WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement: Why is it important for Caribbean Small States?

WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement enters into force

De-Risking discussed at CARICOM 28th Inter-sessional Meeting

CARICOM 28th Inter-Sessional Meeting; Economic Development and International Relations centre-stage

EU-Canada CETA Approved by European Parliament

“What’s Next for NAFTA?” FITT Trade Elite Chat Recap

US Federal Appeals Court Upholds Suspension of Trump Travel Ban

CARICOM and Cuba reach agreement to expand market access preferences

Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) and Airbnb sign partnership agreement

IMF Staff Recommend St Lucia CIP Revenues be used Primarily to Reduce Debt

TPP: Acting USTR Submits Withdrawal Letter

Brexit White Paper Released by UK Government

Brexit Bill Clears First Parliamentary Hurdle

Climate Change, the Caribbean and US-Caribbean Strategic Re-engagement (HR4939)

A Week of Trumpism in ‘Action’

President Trump signs executive order pulling US out of TPP

WTO Ministers hold Informal Meeting on Davos Sidelines

President Trump signs executive order pulling US out of TPP

5 Main Points from PM May’s Davos Speech

TTIP: Joint US-EU State of Play Report Published

UK Supreme Court to deliver ruling in Article 50 Brexit Appeal next Tuesday

Why PM May’s “Hard Brexit” Choice is no surprise

President Obama Ends Three Special Parole Programs for Cuban Migrants

St. Vincent & the Grenadines ratifies WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement; Four more ratifications to go

In defence of Caribbean Citizenship by Investment Programmes

Trump Trade Team Poised to Reset US Trade Policy

Seven Major Trade Developments of 2016: Trade Year in Review & Look Ahead

Fathering a Nation: Barbados and the Legacy of Errol Walton Barrow 

2016

Article 50 UK Supreme Court Case Starts 

President-elect Trump’s trade team takes shape: What implications for the Caribbean?

Happy Independence! Tribute to Barbados at 50

Dominica Ratifies WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

WTO Panel Rules Tax Incentive to Boeing a Prohibited Subsidy

Fidel Castro; Friend to the Caribbean & Anti-Imperialist Hero

TPP: Trump to withdraw from the Agreement on Day One

Trump Presidency: What Priorities for US-Caribbean Economic Engagement?

Caribbean Reflections on Soft Power (Guest Article)

De-Risking remains “a key priority”, according to US Treasury

WTO: G20 Trade Restrictions remain High Despite Slowdown in Measures

President-elect Trump’s trade policy proposals

What may a Trump presidency mean for future US-Caribbean Relations

Paris Climate Change Agreement Enters into Force: What Next?

Brexit High Court Ruling: What does it mean?

EU-Canada CETA: Seven things to Know

Caribbean Response to the Withdrawal of Correspondent Banking

Citizenship by Investment Receipts help power recovery in Eastern Caribbean States

Jamaica is Commonwealth Caribbean’s Easiest Place to do Business, WB DB 2017

FATF Releases Guidance for Correspondent Banking Services

FATF Congratulates Guyana on AML/CFT Progress

US Eases Restrictions on some Cuban Imports for Personal Use

BRICS Summit 2016: Five Key Trade Takeaways

Evaluating Barbados’ WEF GCI Competitiveness Scorecard: Is top of the Regional Class good enough?

Pound Sterling drops to 3 year lows: What implications for Caribbean?

Ranking Caribbean countries’ Competitiveness: WEF Global Competitiveness Index 2016-2017

Is the UN ‘Essential’ for Small States? Singapore Minister makes the case

Caribbean States Raise De-Risking Concerns at the 71st UNGA

G20 Leaders’ Hangzhou Summit: Trade and Investment Takeaways

Climate Change, the US Elections and Small Island Developing States’ Survival

Can sports help Caribbean countries’ export diversification efforts?

Antigua, are you ready to gamble? (Guest Article)

Anti-trade populism and its implications for developing countries

Turning the BREXIT lemon into lemonade for Caribbean countries

De-risking and its foreign trade impact in the Caribbean

BREXIT fuelling British demand for alternative citizenship?

BREXIT wins: What possible implications for the Caribbean?

Agriculture key for fostering sustainable development in Caribbean Countries

CCJ Issues Ruling in Gay Rights Freedom of Movement Case

Barbados’ Upcoming CFATF Mutual Evaluation: What’s at Stake?

Are AML (Anti-Money Laundering) Requirements hindering SME Access to Trade Finance?

What the Debate on the Panama Papers forgets

Are Citizenship by Investment programmes sustainable?

CARICOM countries continue fight against bank de-risking

Race for the White House and US-Caribbean Relations

Over 170 countries sign the Paris Agreement: What next for SIDS?

Caribbean Countries Looking East for Trade and Investment

Is Brexit a risk for the Caribbean?

IMF trims global growth forecast to 3.2% in 2016

WTO predicts weak global trade growth in 2016

Inaugural African Regional Trade Index Launched

Correspondent Banking Concerns Raised in IMF Staff Report on Belize

Global Trade and Socio-Economic Tides Pushing Caribbean Countries to the Back of the Shoal: Integrate or be Left Behind

WTO Panel Rules in Argentina’s Favour in EU Biodiesel Anti-dumping Case

Summary Report on EU Public Consultation re Post Cotonou EU-ACP Relations

US President Lands in Cuba

Good Governance, the SDGs and Caribbean SIDS

US President Obama’s Trade Agenda – 2016

Barbados’ Passport tops Caribbean Passports in Ease of Visa-free travel

Zika: World Bank Releases Initial Short Term Projections of Economic Impact in LAC

Fat Taxes: What Role for Fiscal Policy Interventions in Promoting Good Health in Barbados?

Barbados to allow for Incorporated Cell Companies 

Antigua & Barbuda uses trade policy to help prevent Zika

Written History: The Classic Tale of the CCJ and Caribbean Jurisprudence (Guest Article)

IMF’s 2010 Reforms finally come into effect

Caribbean Region Most Affected by Loss in Correspondent Banking Relationships, according to World Bank Study

Petrocaribe: Triad of Issues Puts Future of Existing Arrangement in Doubt

WTO Nairobi Ministerial Leaves Caribbean Small Vulnerable Economies Empty Handed

The rights of Citizenship by Investment beneficiaries as Community Nationals: What Implications for CARICOM Member States?

2015 Year in Review for the Caribbean: Triumph, Tragedy and Hope

2015

Human Development Report 2015 – A Mixed Bag for Barbados and the Caribbean

Upcoming WTO Ministerial in Nairobi: Does the COP21 offer any lessons for progress?

COP21 Paris Agreement: A Partial but Important Victory for SIDS and the World but Just the Beginning

Final Draft Paris Agreement in a Nutshell 

A sustainable future for SIDS necessitates an ambitious outcome at COP21

Dominica-born Baroness Scotland elected first female Commonwealth Secretary General 

The WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement and Caribbean Small Island Developing States: Challenges and Opportunities 

Barbados decides to lower applied tariff on imported cement: A good or bad thing?

Human rights vs National Security Interests: The Uneasy Tension

Has the Caribbean Basin Initiative Outlived its Usefulness to CARICOM Countries?

TPP Investment Chapter: Turning back or Advancing the Clock on Promoting Investment for Development

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement in Review Part I: The Investment Chapter 

OECD trims growth forecast and warns of trade deceleration in Latest Economic Outlook

Bank De-risking: An Emerging Threat to Caribbean SIDS’ Survival

Barbados hosts 8th meeting of the OECD’s Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax 

Jamaica tops Anglophone Caribbean on ease of doing business in Doing Business Report 2016

Access to Justice as a Linchpin of the SDGs: The Sustainable Development Implications of Barbados’ Judicial Backlog

New Canadian Government Presents New Opportunities to Strengthen Caribbean- Canada Relations

Securing better statistical data for better Caribbean lives: Reflecting on the data problem in the Caribbean

Economic Citizenship Programmes in the Eastern Caribbean: A Brief Look

Trans-Pacific Partnership in a nutshell

Water (In)security: One of the biggest threats to Caribbean SIDS’ national security

Eu Releases Blacklist: Another Battle Brewing for Caribbean Offshore Jurisdictions

2014

What does the Bali Package mean for Small Vulnerable Economies like CARICOM?

A step towards progress between Haiti and the Dominican Republic?

2012 

Grenada Leads the way by abolishing Criminal Libel – We all should follow suit 

2012 London Olympics: Rally around the Caribbean!

Small dots but big footprints: Caribbean Countries and International Organisations

Is the World Bank finally committed to an open and merit-based selection process? Only time will tell

Is ALBA a threat to CARICOM integration?

What CARICOM Needs: A Little Less Conversation, A Little More Action Please!

A Tribute to Whitney Houston from a young Caribbean woman 

The Rt. Ex. Errol Barrow: Barbadian Statesman, Caribbean Visionary

Embracing ‘Mother India’: Some thoughts on the prospects for enhanced India and Trinidad & Tobago trade

Is the Caribbean Basin Initiative still relevant to CARICOM countries?

2011 

Barbados is not immune to the anti-incumbent fever sweeping the region

Jamaicans go to the polls tomorrow

Courting the Latin Jaguar: Brazil as the world’s sixth largest economy and what this means for CARICOM

Myrie case going to the Caribbean Court of Justice: Some thoughts

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