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JAMAICA-ECONOMY-IMF funds for Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Mar 31, CMC – Jamaica is to receive US$39 million from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) after the Washington-based financial institution concluded its seventh review of the island’s economic performance under a four year Extended Fund Facility (EFF). ... Full story

ANTIGUA-AVIATION-LIAT Chief Executive Officer says his resignation is a matter for shareholder governments

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Mar 31, CMC – The chief executive officer of the Antigua-based regional airline, LIAT, David Evans, says calls for his resignation by Prime Minister Gaston Browne over his alleged involvement in the establishment of a rival airline are now being discussed by the shareholder governments of the regional carrier. ... Full story

CARIBBEAN-FINANCE-Bahamas to host next IDB annual meeting

BUSAN, Korea, Mar 31, CMC – The Board of Governors of the Inter American Development Bank (IDB) has ended its 56th annual meeting here following a series of events that underscored the strengthening of ties between Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. ... Full story

ST. KITTS-SUGAR-Government to use PetroCaribe funds to help former sugar workers

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Mar 31, CMC –The St. Kitts-Nevis government says it will use the EC$16 million (One EC dollar =US$0.37 cents) it has received from Venezuela to fulfill promises made to former sugar workers. ... Full story

ANTIGUA-AVIATION-Opposition Leader blasts PM on LIAT

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Mar 31, CMC – Opposition Leader Baldwin Spencer has accused Prime Minister Gaston Browne of being “bombastic’ in his approach to dealing with the problems facing the Antigua-based regional airline, LIAT. ... Full story

LEAD-CARIBBEAN-AVIATION-St. Vincent PM warns “dissonance’ could hurt confidence in LIAT

By Kenton Chance KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Mar 30, CMC – St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves Monday warned against making unflattering statements about the regional airline, LIAT, saying it could undermine confidence in the business operations of cash-strapped carrier. ... Full story

JAMAICA-AGRICULTURE-Pork shortage hits Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Mar 30, CMC – The Jamaica government has told consumers and stakeholders in the food industry to resist importing pork into the country in the face of a reported shortage. ... Full story

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