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TRINIDAD-ECONOMY-Central Bank optimistic about economic growth

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Jan 15, CMC – The Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago said it remains “cautiously optimistic” that the country’s economic growth will surpass two per cent in 2013, pointing to a number of actions that have taken place “over the course of last year. ... Full story

BARBADOS-LABOUR-PM to meet with union leader

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jan 15, CMC – Prime Minister Freundel Stuart will meet with officials of the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) later on Tuesday as he seeks to ward off a nationwide strike that the union has announced after it failed to get the telecommunications company, Cable and Wireless (Barbados) Limited, to retract dismissal letters sent to nearly 100 workers last week. ... Full story

JAMAICA-TRADE-Jamaica gives assurances to implement EPA agreements

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Jan 19, CMC – The Jamaica government says it has given approval for the necessary amendments to be made to the Customs Act as the island implements the tariff liberalisation aspect of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) signed between the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) countries and the European Union in 2008. ... Full story

CARIBBEAN-TELECOM-Cable and Wireless to invest more in Caribbean operations

NASSAU, Bahamas, Jan 15, CMC - Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) says it has agreed the sale of its Macau business, (CTM), for US$750 million, strengthening its ability to invest in the Central American and Caribbean region. ... Full story

JAMAICA-ECONOMY-PM says IMF not only solution to Jamaica’s problems

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Jan 15, CMC – The Jamaica government says while an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will it some needed assistance, it is not however the solution to the problems facing the country. ... Full story

ST. VINCENT-BUDGET-PM predicts economic growth, announces new taxes

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Jan 15, CMC – Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has presented Parliament with a EC$799.1 million (One EC dollar = US$0.37 cents) national budget outlining increased taxes and predicting economic growth for St. Vincent and the Grenadines in 2013. ... Full story

Projecting economic growth

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Jan 15, CMC – Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has presented Parliament with a EC$799.1 million (One EC dollar = US$0.37 cents) national budget outlining increased taxes and predicting economic growth for St. Vincent and the Grenadines in 2013. ... Full story

GRENADA-POLITICS-GULP to contest February polls

By Linda Straker ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, Jan 15, CMC – Grenada’s oldest political party Tuesday signalled its intention to contest the February 19 general elections despite having not won a seat since 1999. ... Full story

GUYANA-HEALTH-Nurse suspended following sudden death of teenager

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Jan 15, CMC – A nurse who was on duty when a 15-year-old boy died suddenly at the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH) has been suspended, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Shamdeo Persaud has said. ... Full story

NEVIS-POLITICS-Opposition moves to block Premier from contesting elections

CHARLESTOWN, Nevis, Jan 15, CMC – The main opposition Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) has filed an injunction seeking to prevent Premier Joseph Parry and his deputy, Hensley Daniel from contesting the January 22 Nevis Island Administration (NIA) elections. ... Full story

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