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CUBA-TRADE-Cuba clamps down on professional “mules”

HAVANA, Cuba, Sept 1, CMC - Cuba has implemented new rules that will restrict the personal importation of foreign goods into the country except where locally made items are expensive and scarce. ... Full story

CARIBBEAN-ECONOMY-St. Vincent PM defends IMF lending policies

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Sept 1, CMC – St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has defended the new attitude of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to developing countries even as he acknowledged he is still not fully satisfied with its lending policies. ... Full story

SURINAME-ENERGY-Energy campaign bearing fruit

PARAMARIBO, Suriname, Sept 1, CMC – Less than a week after the Suriname government announced plans to turn off air conditioning units as part of an energy saving plan, the electricity company, EBS, says it has now launched a campaign calling on consumers to use 50 per cent or less energy. ... Full story

ST. VINCENT-ENERGY-Geothermal power plant could be operational by June 2018

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Sept 1, CMC – The St. Vincent and the Grenadines government says the island could be making use of geothermal energy by 2018. ... Full story

JAMAICA-BUSINESS-Finance Minister visits United States

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Sept 1, CMC - Finance and Planning Minister, Dr Peter Phillips leaves here on Monday for talks with the International Monetary Fund, the Inter American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank, according to an official statement issued here. ... Full story

BAHAMAS -TELECOM-Bahamas regains ownership of telecommunication company

NASSAU, Bahamas, Sept 1, CMC – The Bahamas regained control of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) with Prime Minister Perry Christie indicating that the agreement with the British telecommunications company, Cable and Wireless (CWC) “is undeniably more beneficial to the Bahamian interest, in all aspects, than the construct agreed by the former administration in 2011". ... Full story

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