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St Kitts/Nevis Preparing to host Inter-Sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads

first_img Apr 15, 2020 You may be interested in… CARICOM Leaders prepare for Hurricanes amid COVID-19… Heads of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Caribbean Development Fund (CDF), Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission, and the University of the West Indies (UWI) will also be in attendance. Ahead of the conference, Secretary General of the CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and Chef de Cabinet in the Office of the Secretary General, Mrs. Charmaine Atkinson-Jordan, met with Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, Premier of Nevis and Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Mark Brantley and senior government officials in December 2018 for a briefing. At the briefing, Ambassador LaRocque told Prime Minister Harris (who assumed the chairmanship of the Conference of CARICOM from January 1 to June 30, 2019) that “the Chairman’s function as Head of CARICOM is very significant since you act on behalf of the Heads in between sessions and the like. You will see me a lot more often in the next six to seven months.” The CARICOM Secretariat has formally convened the Inter-Sessional Meeting (by Friday, 21 December 2018), in keeping with Rule 5 of the Rules of Procedure for Meetings of the Conference of Heads of Government. CARICOM has 15 Member States, which include Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. There are five Associate Members, which include Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos Islands. The 29th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the CARICOM was held in Port-au- Prince, Haiti. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Jul 2, 2020 STATEMENT – Tenth Special Emergency Meeting of the… CARICOM Heads Meet Friday – Handover of Chairmanship to… center_img Press Release re: Ninth Special Emergency Meeting of the… PM Harris welcomes efforts to strengthen CDF(St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service Press Release) Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, says he welcomes efforts advanced at the recent 31st Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Caribbean Community’s Heads of Government to strengthen the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) headquartered in St. Michael, Barbados.…February 21, 2020In “31Intersessional”PM Harris meets CARICOM SG ahead of assuming Community Chairmanship(OPM St. Kitts and Nevis Press Release) Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris met today, Monday, 17 December, 2018, with the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, in the Office of the Prime Minister at Government Headquarters. Prime Minister Harris said it was a special privilege…December 17, 2018In “CARICOM”Foreign Ministers meet ahead of CARICOM Heads MeetingThe Region’s Foreign Ministers and other Ministers with responsibility for CARICOM Affairs are meeting in St. Kitts and Nevis, Monday, ahead of the 30th Inter-Sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government which begins Tuesday. The Ministers, at this10th  Special Meeting of CARICOM’s Community Council of Ministers, are deliberating on, among…February 25, 2019In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Aug 18, 2020 May 7, 2020 Basseterre, St. Kitts, January 11, 2019 (SKNIS): St. Kitts and Nevis is busy preparing to host the 30th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), which takes place from 26-27th February 2019, at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort and Royal Beach Casino. A local planning committee (see photo) comprising  officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Tourism, Culture and Health; the Government Information Service, security personnel, Immigration, the Customs and Excise Department, the St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA), the ICT Department, Public Works and Transport Services is busily preparing for the high-level meeting. The Committee is chaired by Ms. Kaye Bass, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Approximately 140 participants are expected to attend the deliberations of the Conference comprising Heads of Government of all CARICOM Member States and Associate Members and their delegations.last_img read more

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Akeler replaces Silver

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Altruism after success: Industrial gas leaders appreciate their success and return the favour

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RICS: Housing market remains fragile, despite recent improvement

first_imgStay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe now for unlimited accesslast_img read more

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Arguing over the bill

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Over 17,000 South Sudanese children recruited into armed groups

first_imgafricanews.com Over 17,000 South Sudanese children are estimated to have been recruited into armed groups since the start of the conflict in 2013 with 1,300 children recruited in 2016 alone.The figures were released by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Thursday following new reports of recruitment of children.“Since the first day of this conflict, children have been the ones most devastatingly affected by the violations. Now, as the fighting intensifies – and despite repeated pledges by all to end child recruitment – children are once again being targeted,” UNICEF’s Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, Leila Gharagozloo-Pakkala said.To date, 59 armed groups and government forces are listed in the UN Secretary-General’s report on children and armed conflict as having committed grave violations against children.UNICEF reports of violations against children since 2013, including 2,342 who have been killed or maimed, 3,090 who have been abducted, and 1,130 sexually assaulted.Some armed groups have however agreed to end the recruitment of child soldiers while others have released a number of them: 1,755 in 2015 and 177 this year.The government’s Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and SPLA in Opposition signed agreements with the United Nations to end the recruitment and use of children in conflict followed by the release of 145 child soldiers by rebel movements SPLA-IO and the Cobra Faction.However, renewed conflicts have been followed by an increase in the act.“UNICEF’s concern is that with the prospect of increased hostilities and atrocities, the suffering that children have endured will have no end. The children of South Sudan need sustained peace, care and support,” the Regional Director added.last_img read more

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Chinese billionaire & Ali Baba founder, Jack Ma to visit Rwanda…

first_img“Jack Ma is scheduled to come to Rwanda and share entrepreneurial skills with our young people. We are in contacts with the Alibaba Group, and we expect him next month in Kigali for YouthConnekt Africa Summit,” said Jean Philbert Nsengimana, Rwandan minister of youth and ICT.The founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group Chinese billionaire Jack Ma is expected in Rwanda next month for the YouthConnekt Africa Summit in Kigali according to the Rwandan ministry of youth and ICT, reports Xinhua.Jack Ma will meet with the African youth in the summit that will be focusing on youth entrepreneurship and exploring opportunities on the continent.The summit dubbed ‘realizing Africa’s youth potential’, will bring together government officials, entrepreneurs, investors, multinationals, and startups shaping the African technological ecosystem to interact and discuss on the methods of using technology to drive Africa’s economic growth.Africa’s dynamic technology scene will be showcased and compared with other technologies across the world.YouthConnekt Africa is organized by the government of Rwanda, UNCTAD and UNDP to empower young people across the continent with skills development and entrepreneurship.last_img read more

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Maersk Sells Maersk Tankers

first_img Author: Priyanka Ann Saini Today, A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S (APMM) has entered into an agreement to sell the shares in Maersk Tankers A/S (Maersk Tankers) to APMH Invest A/S (APMHI) for USD USD 1.17 billion on a debt and cash-free basis (Enterprise Value).APMHI is a 100% owned subsidiary of A.P. Møller Holding A/S who is the controlling shareholder of APMM.The purchase price will be adjusted in two scenarios:– if the tanker markets improve based on a fleet value accretion (Purchase Price Adjustment). The adjustment is capped at USD 200 mill., can be exercised once and expires 31st December 2019.– if APMHI sells on vessels at a higher price than the purchase price and higher than an agreed hurdle rate (On-sale Adjustment). The On-sale Adjustment expires 30th June 2019 or if the Purchase Price Adjustment is called whichever is the earliest.APMM has been informed that APMHI is planning to subsequently establish an ownership consortium for Maersk Tankers’ fleet with Mitsui & Co. Ltd. This syndication will not generate an On-sale Adjustment.Maersk Tankers will continue trading as “Maersk Tankers” and will continue using the APMM seven-pointed star-logo as part of its brand.As the transaction is between related parties, fairness opinions have been obtained from Morgan Stanley & Co. Int. Plc. and DNB Bank ASA. The conclusions from these fairness opinions confirm that the transaction value including the agreed price adjustment mechanism is fair from a financial point of view. The APMM Management has recommended and the independent board members have agreed, both based on the conclusions of the fairness opinions, to sell Maersk Tankers at the agreed terms and conditions.Closing is expected to take place early October 2017. Closing of the transaction is not subject to merger control approvals.Proceeds from the disposal will be used by APMM to reduce debt. The accounting impact of the transaction will be immaterial. Because of the transaction Maersk Tankers will be classified as held-for-sale and discontinued operations in the Interim Report Q3 2017 for APMM. The transaction has no impact on APMM’s financial guidance for 2017.Maersk said the new owner will establish an ownership consortium for Maersk Tankers’ fleet with Mitsui & Co. and other potential partners, but that A.P. Moller Holding will remain the majority shareholder.The move comes as part of the company’s shift to container shipping, ports and logistics.Søren Skou, Maersk CEO, commented, “Maersk Tankers has served A.P. Moller – Maersk well for almost a century, building an industry-leading position within the product tanker market. As former CEO of Maersk Tankers for more than 10 years, I recognise the importance of having an owner with a long-term market view in this industry, and this is why I am pleased that Maersk Tankers can continue to build on its strong name and position under A.P. Moller Holding.”“In determining the best future ownership for Maersk Tankers, it has been imperative for us to assure a financially solid owner with industry insight and a long-term view on the inherent cyclical nature of the tanker industry. This will secure that Maersk Tankers can continue to take advantage of market opportunities, as well as uphold the capabilities and the organisation on which Maersk Tankers global leading market position is built,” added Claus V. Hemmingsen, Vice CEO of A.P. Moller – Maersk and CEO of the Energy division.last_img read more

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Access issues cannot be left in hands of gov’t, says DHTA

first_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Access issues cannot be left in hands of gov’t, says DHTA by: Dominica Vibes News – July 29, 2016center_img Share 282 Views   one comment New DHTA President Arienne PerrymanArianne Perryman, the new Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association (DHTA) president has said Dominica needs to tackle the issue of access into the island without waiting on the government. Speaking at the open session of the association’s annual general meeting at the Fort Young Hotel on Thursday July 28, 2016 Perryman said to the members, “Our access issues are something that we cannot leave in the hands of the government. Dominica’s situation like each and every one of us is unique.”She posed the question, “Is access our problem” telling the members that they need to be clear on optimizing the current access routes and seek to own Dominica’s air access strategy. “We can no longer remain reliant on LIAT, Seaborne and other air carriers to define our hubs, route and timing of our flights. We cannot remain silent when schedules are changed and impact our livelihoods.”In May 2016 Dominica hosted the first Caribbean Aviation Meetup Conference which Perryman said was “either a paradox or an opportune”. Dominica with a unique set of idiosyncrasies needs to own its access routes and strategy she said. “No company, no one stakeholder, no outside airline will be able to serve the airlift needs that our island requires. Therefore, the creation of an air Dominica file is one of the opportunities in addressing our access strategy.”This can be done by exploiting the current international hubs surrounding the island as the main option. Controlling the route times of arrivals into and out of the Dominica can also be done with the creation of an Air Dominica File or a Dominica airline she stated. Part of the government’s increased budget for tourism can be utilized to strengthen existing access routes she added. However, she said, “With four hundred to five hundred new hotel rooms expected to come on stream from projects such as Kempinski, Jungle Bay, Silver Beach, Tranquility Beach; we cannot sit back and assume that the demand will automatically fulfill supply.”They have witnessed neighboring islands suffer after doing the same she said. “Dominica’s small intimate boutique properties identify who we are, we will not sit by idly and allow the market to be cannibalized.”last_img read more

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