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JAMAICA-TAXES-Jamaica legislators to debate new fiscal package

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Apr 19, CMC – The Jamaica government, which presented a J$540.1 billion (ONE Jamaica dollar = US$0.004 cents) national budget to Parliament earlier his month, is hoping to raise an estimated J$6.7 billion in revenue from taxes, Finance Minister Dr. Peter Phillips has said. ... Full story

BARBADOS-LABOUR-Sugar workers end strike

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Apr 19, CMC – Sugar workers are returning to their jobs Saturday after talks mediated by Labour Minister Dr Esther Byer Suckoo have resulted in an end to the seven day strike that cost the industry nearly BDS$300,000 (One BDS dollar= US$0.50 cents). ... Full story

JAMAICA-BUDGET-Opposition critical of new bank tax

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Apr 18, CMC – The main opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has criticised the government over its introduction of a tax on people making withdrawals from their bank deposits. ... Full story

BARBADOS-BUSINESS-BMA executive warns of link between crime and rising unemployment

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Apr 18, CMC – A senior private sector official has warned Barbadians to observe the link between a reduction in work opportunities and the increase in criminal activities on the island. ... Full story

GUYANA-BUDGET-Opposition defends decision to cut budget proposals

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Apr 18, CMC – The main opposition grouping, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) has defended its decision to cut nearly GUY$38 billion (One Guyana dollar = US$0.001 cents) from the national budget even as President Donald Ramotar has described the measures as a setback for development and for the country’s economy. ... Full story

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