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The View from Europe: The future is services – By David Jessop – Commentary

Commentary: The View from Europe: The future is services
Published on April 25, 2015 – By David Jessop
When in the early 1990s it became apparent that Europe’s preferential regimes for Caribbean bananas and sugar were coming to an end, an impassioned debate began about a transition to other forms of economic activity. For the most part, the language then was about alternative crops, import substitution, manufacturing, exports and financial services, with little said about tourism, as its sustainability was widely regarded as uncertain.

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  David Jessop

Since then the world has moved on. Tourism has come to dominate most Caribbean economies; offshore financial services, after being encouraged, have come under threat from the same developed countries that had originally recommended them; and agriculture has only begun to genuinely reorient itself where it is low cost, has clear niche opportunities, or there is a recognised need to ensure food security.

Although this diminished role for traditional agriculture is still hard for some in the region to accept, it is clear that the greater part of the economic future for smaller economies is now in services (alongside taking much greater advantage of the Caribbean’s economically strategic location to transship, assemble or manufacture). So much so that in the small island economies it is likely to be the services sector that becomes the significant economic driver in the future.
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US$60M Marriott opening greeted by protest and criticism – video

US$60M Marriott opening greeted by protest

April 17, 2015 | By APNU+AFC boycotts ceremony

By Kiana Wilburg

President Donald Ramotar and Senior Vice President of the Marriot International Inc., Brenda Durham during the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Guyana Marriott Hotel.Photo:President Donald Ramotar and Senior Vice President of the Marriot International Inc., Brenda Durham at ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Guyana Marriott Hotel.

Anticipations were high for the much-touted grand opening of the Marriott Hotel at Kingston, the first of its kind in these parts. It was supposed to be a major project initiated by the former administration and now being completed by the Donald Ramotar government.

Ahead of the May 11 general elections, it was expected to be a proud moment. But the expected spectacular event complete with pomp and fanfare fizzled yesterday, falling short of expectations.  Continue reading

Guyana: Capitol TV News Videos – 15 April 2015

Guyana: Capitol TV News Videos – 15 April 2015

  • Protests to greet Marriott opening
  • Family doubts Police record of Lethem man who died in Police custody
  • Head of OAS Observer Mission arrives for pre-elections assessment
  • Female GuySuCo worker stung by bees succumbs; relatives disappointed with GuySuCo
  • Ramotar, Harper put off stakeholder engagement on women’s issues
  • Crum-Ewing family says Police have phone records that could help solve case
  • Sports

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Protests to greet Marriott opening

Posted: 15 Apr 2015 06:09 PM PDT   Continue reading

Guyana: Kaieteur News – News items for April 2015

Kaieteur News – News items for April 2015

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Guyana produces at US$800 per ton, sells for US$300

Guyana produces at US$800 per ton, sells for US$300

GuySuCo CEO, Dr. Raj Singh

GuySuCo CEO,
Dr. Raj Singh

April 3, 2015 | By KNews |  Low sugar price on the world market

The Guyana sugar industry is facing an even bleaker future with prices sliding to their lowest levels since February 2009. The dismally low prices come at a time when the country failed over the last three years to lock in a multi-year agreement with its biggest customer in Europe – Tate & Lyle – leaving the country at the mercy of the international markets.

This week, the price for a pound of sugar on the world market went down to US$0.12.
This simply means that should the prices on the world market remain on course – and there are not any immediate indications of significant movements upwards in the immediate future – Guyana would be selling sugar in the vicinity of a highly uncompetitive US$265 per ton.   Continue reading

Guyana: Capitol TV News Videos – 02 April 2015

Guyana: Capitol TV News Videos – 02 April 2015

  • Ramsammy, who bought spy equipment for drug lord Roger Khan, says Character “impeccable”
  • GuySuCo gets US$30 million in power swapping deal
  • Webster “not familliar” with domestic abuse claims by former First Lady
  • Mayor says Nominations Day activities will go ahead at City Hall
  • ome Rastafarians say don’t support Theocracy party
  • Linden Businessman charged with trafficking 178 kilos cocaine
  • Relatives of Soesdyke woman who disappeared 4-years-ago, disappointed with Police investigation
  • A Look at the Courts
  • Sports

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Guyana: Rice industry at boiling point – no markets for increased production

Rice industry at boiling point

Dr. Turhane Doerga

Dr. Turhane Doerga

MARCH 1, 2015 | BY – farmers ready to endorse Opposition – Alesie

The rice industry is facing a deep crisis with no markets for a significant quantity that will be generated in the coming crop.
The situation may even cause millers to reduce purchases of paddy and definitely affect the price being offered to farmers, says Dr. Turhane Doerga, senior official of Alesie Rice.

Doerga, a fierce critic of the way the rice industry is being managed, issued the warnings during a press conference on Thursday at the Georgetown Club.  He is part of the Rice Producers Association Action Committee (RPAAC), a breakaway faction of the Guyana Rice Producers Association (RPA). Also there was RPAAC’s official, Jinnah Rahman, a rice farmer from West Demerara.  Continue reading

Guyana- Capitol TV News Videos – 26 February 2015

Guyana- Capitol TV News Videos – 26 February 2015

  • Medical assistance to gov’t ministers, officials revealed
  • Some rice industry leaders point to impending crisis; want PPP voted out
  • Minibus operators reject proposal for drop in fares
  • Sugar, other FITUG reps say no democracy in Guyana
  • McCoy in rant over coverage of disruptive behavior
  • Parliament to be dissolved this weekend
  • Sports

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Medical assistance to gov’t ministers, officials revealed

Posted: 26 Feb 2015 05:09 PM PST   Continue reading

THE TIDES OF DEMERARA: 14 POEMS – By Dmitri Allicock

THE TIDES OF DEMERARA

14 POEMS

Mackenzie market

By Dmitri Allicock

A BEER TO REMEMBER

The Mackenzie Market of yesteryear

Drama and memories held most dear

The Bauxite Company’s horn blowing

A Banks Beer and customers glowing

Song & rhythm of bygone 1960s beat

The Ferry Boat and R.H Carr so sweet   Continue reading

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