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The African Presence In The Pre-Emancipation Trinidad Carnival

The history of the Trinidad Carnival in the 19th century is a continuous process of transgression by which two separate and distinct festivals occupying the same festive space became creolised into the one Carnival which we celebrate annually.
It is generally assumed that pre-emancipation...

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Friday, April 30, 2010
2014 Mutual Evaluation Of Aruba, Kingdom Of The Netherlands

Overall, Aruba has addressed deficiencies relating to all the Core and Key Recommendations, and brought the level of technical compliance with these Recommendations to a level essentially equivalent to an LC. Aruba has therefore taken sufficient measures to be removed from the regular follow-up...


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Friday, February 14, 2014
UWI Today -March 2014

All Things New in the Month of March!
Around the world, since man first started counting months on a calendar, March has signalled a season of awakening, of renewal. For us here in Trinidad & Tobago, we have traditionally welcomed in the Lenten season of self-imposed restraint.

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Sunday, March 30, 2014
Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam 2014

With this year’s film program with more than 50 features, documentaries, and short films from over 30 countries, we would like to take you on a journey beyond boundaries where you will discover a theme that is close to our hearts: music.
From Mali, the cradle of pop music, the tango of...


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Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Air Transport In The OECS: Flying Solo?

OECS countries face two critical barriers for developing their infrastructure and connectivity: their conditions of island states and their geographic location in the Caribbean.
Exchanges of goods and services with the rest of the world are limited to air and maritime transport modes,...

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Saturday, June 1, 2013
Caribbean Competitiveness -March 2014

Thomas Friedman (New York Times Columnist) argues “your ability to act on your imagination is going to be so decisive in driving your future and the standard of living of your country. So the school, the state, the country that empowers, nurtures, enables imagination among its students and...

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Caribbean Region Quarterly Bulletin -January 2014

All countries except Barbados are showing signs of recovery. Persistent fiscal deficits have led to the adoption of further tax revenue measures and expenditure cuts in The Bahamas, Barbados, and Jamaica. In Suriname, authorities remain on course to reduce the fiscal deficit over the medium term...

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Thursday, January 30, 2014
CFT Jaarverslag 2013

Stabiele overheidsfinanciën zijn essentieel voor het herstel van de economie. Na de gezondmaking van de overheidsfinanciën in Curaçao wordt economisch herstel voor 2014 verwacht, maar het is te vroeg om nu al te speculeren over lastenverlichtingen of nieuwe uitgaven. In Sint Maarten hebben de...


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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Republic Economic Newsletter -March 2014

"Real Gains, Costly Losses"
Trinidad and Tobago’s economy is believed to have rebounded in the fourth quarter, following what recent data indicate was a modest contraction in the previous quarter. Republic Bank estimates that output increased by 2 percent in the fourth quarter relative to...

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Thursday, March 27, 2014
Curaçao 'A-/A-2' Ratings Affirmed; Outlook Remains Stable

On March 13, 2014, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services affirmed its 'A-/A-2' sovereign credit ratings on the government of Curaçao. The outlook remains stable. We also affirmed our 'A-' transfer and convertibility assessment for Curaçao.

The ratings on Curaçao reflect...


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Thursday, March 13, 2014
A New Game Plan

This year there is one central issue: it won’t be business as usual!
Dear entrepreneurs, the economy is our job, not the government’s. And yes, we know it’s not easy for entrepreneurs fighting 24/7 to make a decent living.
Staying at the positive side of things happening, in 2013 our...


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Thursday, January 23, 2014
VBC Newsletter -January 2014

Duurzame economische groei en daarmee werk en inkomen staat en valt met het hebben van een goed functionerend overheidsapparaat.
In oktober 2013 verklaart de Minister van Bestuur, Planning en Dienstverlening (BPD) dat het overheidsapparaat al jaren achteruitgaat en anno 2013 niet...


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Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Rapping, Globalization and Authenticity

Identity, national belonging, citizenship and authenticity have been recurrent themes in Caribbean societies, often connected to the search for political independence/autonomy and economic self-sufficiency and more recently also combined with an ongoing attempt to understand global-local...


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Friday, December 14, 2012
The Effect Of Women’s Economic Power In Latin America And The Caribbean

For the last decade economic growth in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) has sharply accelerated, pushing poverty and inequality to historic lows in the most unequal region in the world.
Even a global economic downturn and a fourpercent contraction in the regional economy in 2009 could...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Panorama Fiscal De América Latina Y El Caribe 2014

Tanto debido a la menor expansión de los ingresos como al creciente gasto público, en 2013 la posición fiscal de la región presentó un deterioro. El déficit global de América Latina llegó a 2,4 puntos del PIB y el saldo primario, corregido por el pago de intereses, fue de -0,6 puntos del PIB, el...


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Monday, January 20, 2014
Caribbean Community Regional Aid For Trade Strategy 2013–2015

The ever evolving, intensely competitive and crisis-ridden global economy has compelled the Member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to take a hard look at how they can achieve a safe, viable, prosperous and above all sustainable and resilient path to development.
The Caribbean...


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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Reform Of Air Passenger Duty : A Consultation

The Government is consulting on proposals for the reform of Air Passenger Duty (APD). The main aim is to simplify APD in a way that improves the efficiency and fairness of the tax.
As the Budget makes clear, the Government’s overriding objective is economic growth. This will require...

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Turning Around CARICOM

CARICOM is in crisis. The crisis is sufficiently severe to put CARICOM's very existence in question.
This is for three reasons:

Longstanding frustrations with its slow progress have continued to mount;
A serious weakening in its structure and operation over a number of years;...


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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Caribbean Response To The UK Government’s Consultation On Reform Of Air Passenger Duty

Air Passenger Duty (APD) has reduced tourism arrivals into the Caribbean from the UK and has caused a negative impact on visitor expenditure and overall economic growth.
Caribbean Governments, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA)...


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Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Reform Of Air Passenger Duty : Response To Consultation

This document summarises the responses to the consultation and sets out the Government’s response.
At Budget 20111, the Government launched a consultation on Air Passenger Duty (APD) to explore the scope for improving the fairness and efficiency of the current system. The consultation...

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Thursday, December 1, 2011