Dominica and China have signed a new US$300 million cooperation agreement that includes the construction of a hotel, an international airport and hospital.www.topix.net | 12/11/13 10:13 AM
Chinese firm looking at new international airport construction in Dominica
Also, for the convenience of our readers and the online community generally, we have reproduced the complete Caribbean Net News archives from 2004 to 2010 here .www.topix.net | 12/8/13 2:45 AM
Call to strengthen Caribbean twinning relationship
A film-maker is calling on the council to strengthen relations between the borough and its Caribbean twin, Roseau, the capital of Dominica.www.topix.net | 12/3/13 3:50 PM
Greater OAS role for Caribbean private sector
Caribbean private sector representatives need to play a greater role within the Organization of American States (OAS).
That was the consensus reached at a recent special meeting hosted by the OAS permanent council, during which officials discussed the topic The Americas In The Changing Global Economic Scenario: The Value Of Public-Private Partnerships.
The talks were attended by leading private sector figures from across the region.
The permanent council chair and permanent representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the OAS, Deborah-Mae Lovell, told meeting participants that in recent years the OAS “has initiated efforts to facilitate constructive dialogue with key partners in the Americas, including civil society and the private sector”.
“We have witnessed increased support from business leaders and entrepreneurs for OAS projects and initiatives which benefit vulnerable groups and we have engaged in meaningful dialogue at the private sector fora of both the OAS General Assemblies and the Summits of the Americas,” she noted.
Lovell said despite the economic growth of recent years experts expected a complex economic outlook and believed some achievements in social inclusion could be jeopardized. The official said it was therefore “more important than ever that governments hear the perspectives of the private sector representatives of the [Western] Hemisphere”.
OAS assistant secretary general Albert Ramdin recalled that since 2006 the organization’s mandate included promoting the economic well-being of its member states in addition to its primary focus on democracy.
“The organization has recognized that economic well-being cannot solely be the responsibility of the states. Rather, governments, civil society, public and private sectors must work together to promote economic growth which supports stability, democracy and progress,” he said.
“While we are facing new challenges, we must find new solutions. These new solutions will come from new visions, partnerships and new actions.
I believe we must be willing to engage with new partners in a transparent environment which facilitates mutual respect.
“We are all looking for the same purpose: a prosperous, stable and peaceful society, and what we're doing here is analyzing how to establish a relationship between the various stakeholders to achieve that goal," Ramdin added.
United States Chamber of Commerce vice president for the Americas Jodi Bond, spoke of the structure of the entity and the way it works with the governments of the Hemisphere, noting that it played an important role.
“Our vision is focused on a community of socially and environmentally responsible businesses that save, invest, create jobs and encourage broad prosperity in the region and the world," she said.
Bond added that from the chamber’s perspective the main challenges facing the hemisphere related to the high costs of transporting goods across borders and communications infrastructure, something which could be improved “if we have an appropriate legal and regulatory framework involving the private sector in mobilizing resources”.
At the meeting president of the UN Global Pact, Diego de la Torre, discussed the evolving role of the private sector and entrepreneurship in pursuit of economic and social development, asserting that "with the end of the Cold War we moved ahead in the concept that the entrepreneurs are part of the solution".
In this regard, he said the private sector could contribute on issues such as the creation of wealth and its equitable distribution and pointed to the need to overcome existing stereotypes regarding the goals and mission of the private sector, governments and civil society to ensure that all work together to achieve solutions and form alliances.
He also said it was important to promote institutionalization, formalization to combat criminality, corporate social responsibility and awareness of the importance of "laying bridges so that employers can be architects in building a better world."
Attending the meeting were representatives from a number of countries including Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Jamaica, Guyana, Mexico, Panama, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Brazil, Canada, the United States, Nicaragua and Colombia. (SC)www.nationnews.com | 12/3/13 4:00 AM
Disaster fund on the way
The Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDB) Community Disaster Risk Reduction Fund (CDRRF) has moved a step closer to approving projects.
This follows its recent “first call for proposals” at its Barbados headquarters where its Project Technical Review Committee (PTRC) met to assess seven short listed project proposals.
Earlier this year organizations from 13 of the CDB’s 18 eligible member countries responded to the CDRRF’s first call for proposals for grants to finance community-driven projects to reduce risks associated with natural disasters and climate change in the region. After two application review stages, seven proposals from five countries were shortlisted for the PTRC review, which was held at the CDB, bank officials said.
Proposals examined by the PTRC ranged from the retrofitting of shelters and homes for the disabled and the elderly in Dominica, and a hurricane shutter enterprise in Grenada, to an initiative to protect farmers in a Trinidad community and projects aimed at strengthening the resilience of agricultural communities in Jamaica.
CDRRF project manager, Leslie Walling said the fund was designed “to provide direct and responsive support for projects addressing the disaster risk reduction and climate change resilience needs of our region’s communities”.
Walling explained that the PTRC review was stage three of the CDRRF project application approval process.
“The PTRC evaluated each proposal based on the degree of community participation and engagement reflected; its gender responsiveness; technical soundness of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation initiatives proposed and the project management and implementation capacity reflected. Proposals shortlisted by the committee will be refined and advanced to stage four- the CDB’s Loan Committee. The final stage of the process is project approval by the Project Steering Committee,” he said.
The Technical Review Committee included specialists from the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre in Belize, the Caribbean Policy Development Centre in Barbados, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management in Trinidad and Tobago and the National Office of Disaster Services in Antigua, as well as from Canada’s Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade and Development (DFATD) and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).
The CDRRF is a multi-donor trust fund established with financing from DFATD, DFID and the CDB. Grants to be awarded to community projects under the CDRRF will range in value from US$400 000 to US$650 000.
Its aim was to “provide assistance in reducing the vulnerability of Caribbean communities to the impacts of natural disasters and climate change”. The fund has also been set up to support the region’s climate change adaptation.
“Communities in the Caribbean are severely affected by climate change and extreme weather events. These events destroy crops, damage homes, disrupt livelihoods and can cause job losses, injury, sickness and death. They also damage roads, bridges and other infrastructure. Communities across the region are struggling to cope,” a description of the fund explained.
“The Community Disaster Risk Reduction (CDRR) Fund provides communities and their partner organisations with grant funding to help them avoid or reduce the impacts of extreme weather events, natural hazards and climate change.
“These groups and institutions can apply, on a competitive basis, for funds to implement community-based disaster risk reduction or climate change adaptation projects which will demonstrate clear, measurable benefits for local communities,” it added.
Officials also explained that since disasters affect men and women differently projects must not only identify and address the priorities and needs of both men and women, but “involve both men and women in project development, planning and implementation”.
“Projects that are successful will not only serve the needs of local communities. They will also become demonstration projects for communities across the Caribbean. A wide range of organizations may submit proposals to implement community-level. Eligible organizations include non-governmental organizations and community based organisations registered and based in CDB borrowing member countries, regional and national research institutions, and government agencies.,” the fund said.
(SC/PR)www.nationnews.com | 12/3/13 4:00 AM
Dominica wants visa-free EU travel
ROSEAU - Dominica says it is pursuing efforts to get the European Union to remove the visa requirements for nationals travelling to Europe, saying that it was important to stimulate trade under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) signed with Europe five years ago.Junior Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alvin Bernard, said Dominica has joined several countries in making the request.'We have ... www.barbadosnews.net | 11/30/13 10:44 AM
New cultural tour debuts in Dominica
The showpiece of the Bois Cotlette Estate is the Planter's house where the former plantation owners lived.www.topix.net | 11/29/13 3:55 PM
Caribbean countries put out call for price cap plans expert
The Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (Ectel), the telecoms regulator for the island nations of Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent ... www.caribbeanherald.com | 11/29/13 3:22 PM