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Commentary: A Rising Sun over the Antilles: Japan’s new era of Caribbean investment

By Andrew Lumsden Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs In July 2014, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe embarked on a historic 11-day tour of five countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, culminating in the first-ever summit between Japan and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). CARICOM is an organization of states and dependencies in...


Montserrat’s fascinating literary festival

By Cathy Buffonge Caribbean News Now contributor BRADES, Montserrat — A most interesting literary festival took place in Montserrat during November. Dubbed Alliouagana Festival of the Word, after Montserrat’s Amerindian name, this festival runs every year under a different theme, coordinated by the UWI Open Campus there. This year’s theme was ‘Technology and the Word’,...


Curacao government signs refinery agreement with Chinese companies

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao — The government of Curacao, represented by Prime Minister Dr Bernhard Whiteman, together with the director of the public company Refineria di Korsou NV (Curacao Oil Refinery Inc.), Jose van der Wall-Arnemann, last Saturday signed a heads of agreement with Chinese companies Guangdong Zhenrong Energy Co. Ltd (GZE) and China Zhenrong Holding Limited...


OECS and Brazil agree to promote more trade and investment

CASTRIES, St Lucia — The November 14-17 Brazilian-OECS Business and Parliamentary Mission to Saint Lucia and the OECS has ended with several projects identified for follow-up by business interests in Brazil and Saint Lucia – and the rest of the OECS. While there, the Brazilian businesses seeking to do business in the small Eastern Caribbean...