Industry Minister: EPA Agenda Undone

Julie Carrington Top Stories

Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development, Donville Inniss, has proffered the view that some of the challenges currently being faced by countries taking advantage of opportunities under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) stem from a lack of political will. He made this observation while addressing a two-day Closeout Workshop CSME and EPA Standby Facilities for Capacity …

Import Restriction On Poultry & Products

Theresa Blackman Ministry News

The Ministry of Agriculture’s Veterinary Services Department has, with immediate effect, placed a temporary restriction on the importation of all live birds, hatching eggs, and on fresh, frozen and chilled poultry meat and products, including table eggs originating from the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Member States. These restrictions follow the confirmation of outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza …

Barbados Yet To Foster Export Culture

Theresa Blackman Top Stories

Barbados and the rest of the region have yet to foster an export culture. This concern was expressed recently by Industry Minister, Donville Inniss, during a courtesy call with the Head of the European Union (EU) delegation to Barbados, Daniela Tramacere, at his Reef Road office. Mr. Inniss stated that this country, as well as the Eastern Caribbean, have not …

Memorandum Signed To Launch SEACOP

Sharon Austin Top Stories

Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the implementation of the Seaport Cooperation (SEACOP) Programme, which aims to train and equip inter-agency units to identify, search and interdict all forms of maritime trafficking. Acting Permanent Secretary, Defence and Security, Timothy Maynard, today signed the document on behalf of Government, in the presence of Ambassador of the European Union, …

Caribbean Can Benefit From EPA

Sharon Austin Top Stories

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has expressed the view that the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) “bristles with opportunities” from which the Caribbean region can benefit. Mr. Stuart made the comments today as he delivered the feature address at the inaugural two-day European Union-CARIFORUM Sustainable Energy Conference at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre. The Prime Minister told his audience: “Commitment to …

Energy Plans On Right Track

Sharon Austin Top Stories

The recently-concluded Energy Road Map for Barbados shows that increasing the renewable energy penetration level in the electricity supply beyond the 65 per cent target is “technically feasible and economically viable”. This disclosure came today from Prime Minister Freundel Stuart as he delivered the feature address at the inaugural two-day European Union-CARIFORUM Sustainable Energy Conference and the signing of the …

Barbados To Defend Its Position Before EU

Theresa Blackman Top Stories

International Business Minister, Donville Inniss, will not be “pulling any punches” at next week’s Peer Review Group of the Global Forum of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris. At that meeting, Mr. Inniss and his team are expected to defend Barbados’ position since being blacklisted by the European Union (EU), along with several other Caribbean countries, for …

Barbados Will Need New EU Ally

Joy Springer Top Stories

With Britain’s exit from the European Union comes the challenge for the Caribbean of finding “a new voice” in Europe. Barbados’ Minister of Finance, Christopher Sinckler, noted during a recent courtesy call with United States Ambassador to Barbados, Linda Taglialatela: “Since our voice in Europe will no longer be there, we will have to build new relationships to put the …

Government To Implement Arms Trade Treaty

Kim Ramsay-Moore Top Stories

Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Attorney General, Diane Campbell (first row, fifth from right) poses with workshop participants at the Radisson Resort today. (A.Gaskin/BGIS) Government is moving swiftly ahead with the implementation of a global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) which was ratified last year and is aimed at preventing the illicit trade in conventional arms. According to Permanent …