Caribbean News in Brief for June 24


Kingston, Jamaica: The Jamaica Promotion Corporation (JAMPRO) will be launching an international marketing campaign to regain the interests of investors following the unrest one month ago in West Kingston.

Industry, Investment and Commerce Minister Karl Samuda said JAMPRO will be embarking on “intensive dialogue with existing investors, those who are already here, and also those who we wish to encourage to come here”.

Samuda said the funding for the campaign, which will involve a media communications strategy to provide information on business opportunities in Jamaica, will come from JAMPRO’s J$400 million (US$4.7 million) budget.

The marketing campaign will target audiences all over the world, especially in key markets in North America and Europe.


Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago: Chiefs of Immigration and Comptrollers of Customs from across the Caribbean began deliberations in a Joint Standing Committee Meeting last week, which precedes the launch of the Regional Travel Card System (CARIPASS) next month.

The CARIPASS is designed to facilitate expedited processing through immigration check points across the region. It will be implemented in 10 CARICOM Member States: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.

It is expected that the system will eventually be in use in all 15 CARICOM Member States.


Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands: As he fights a charge of assaulting a newspaper editor, former Premier Galmo Williams has chosen to take his chances before a judge and jury.

Williams appeared in the magistrate court last week accused of assaulting the publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Turks and Caicos SUN newspaper, Hayden Boyce, occasioning him actual bodily harm on June 3.

When the charge was read to Williams in the magistrate court, he opted for a trial in the Supreme Court.

A preliminary inquiry will begin on July 6.

Boyce is the husband of former Deputy Premier Lillian Boyce, who served under Williams during the five months he was premier before the British implemented direct rule in the Turks and Caicos Islands in August, 2009.

He alleged that he was in a bar/restaurant in Turtle Cove, Providenciales, when Williams attacked him without provocation or justification.

Williams has accused Boyce of using the Turks and Caicos SUN to damage his reputation by printing unflattering articles about him.

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