Caribbean Briefs for June 30, 2010


George Town, Cayman Islands:

“The signing of this important bilateral agreement marks a significant milestone in the long-standing relationship between the Cayman Islands and Canada,” said Cayman Islands Premier William McKeeva Bush at the signing ceremony in Grand Cayman last week.

“It is well known that Canada’s top financial institutions have had retail and institutional operations in the Cayman Islands for more than 45 years, but the ties our two countries share go far deeper.

“They extend to educational opportunities for Caymanian youth, professional experience for Canadian practitioners and a mutual admiration that has brought together many Canadian and Caymanian families,” Bush said.

Bush also outlined future opportunities for mutual growth and development between the Cayman Islands and Canada associated with the agreement, specifically mentioning that the TIEA will result in favourable tax treatment for active business income earned by Cayman subsidiaries of Canadian companies.MOU SIGNED

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago:

“The signing of this MOU represents a commitment to strengthen the collaboration between the UWI and the TTBS as we work towards the development of relevant programs and modules around standardization, metrology and certification,” said UWI Pro Vice Chancellor and St. Augustine Campus principal, Professor Clement Sankat, after signing the agreement with TTBS acting executive director, Theodore Reddock.

TTBS wants to see relevant modules and content provided through existing UWI programs and expanded to include delivery of continuing education programs to the wider Caribbean region, and sharing of laboratory facilities.

The relationship between UWI and TTBS is a long standing one. Many members of the University community, including Professor Sankat, have served on the board of TTBS, and there have been several mutually beneficial engagements in the past between the two organizations.SEEKING DELAY

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

The Network states that the adoption of any such program requires more diligent gender analysis and is therefore calling on Education Minister Tim Gopeesingh to hold further consultations with key stakeholders before continuing with the project.

The Network is backing the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association, which says that the plans for the pilot project were initiated without adequate consultation with key stakeholders and outside of the context of any policy framework, including a gender policy.

The Network insists that a proper gender policy can give context and rationality to the debate and plans for same sex education, if it is done with adequate public consultation.

: The Network of NGOs of Trinidad and Tobago for the Advancement of Women is supporting local teachers in their call for greater consultation before a pilot project on single sex schools is implemented. The University of the West Indies (UWI) and the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that could enhance the services provided and research conducted by both institutions. The Cayman Islands and Canada have entered into a tax information exchange agreement (TIEA).

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