Caribbean News in Brief – January 27, 2011


Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis:

The opposition Peoples Action Movement (PAM) has appealed to the government of Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas not to reintroduce personal income tax as part of its revenue generating initiatives.PAM is arguing that implementation of such a tax would result in “economic suicide for the country and undue burden for its people”.

The party’s deputy leader, parliamentarian Eugene Hamilton, says there is a proposed date of March 2011 to operationalize the tax.

Prime Minister Douglas, who is also the finance minister, has not indicated publicly that such a tax is coming, however, Hamilton said there are indications that personal income tax is about to be reintroduced.

According to Hamilton, officials in the finance ministry have been given instructions “to study the introduction of personal income taxes”.


Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has been tasked with finding a solution to the financial difficulties at regional companies Clico and British American. The decision was made at last Friday’s meeting of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) finance ministers in Trinidad and Tobago.

CDB president Compton Bourne is expected to assemble a team of economic experts to study the problem which has plagued investors and the economies of the Eastern Caribbean states.

The mandate from the finance ministers is for the bank to propose solutions for discussion by the heads of government when they meet at their intercessional meeting next month. Policy holders in the Eastern Caribbean lost big when the insurance giant crashed two years ago.

Trinidad and Tobago has been dealing with local investors. But Finance Minister Winston Dookeran says the government cannot do the same for investors outside of the country.


Kingston, Jamaica:

Jamaica is working with Cuba to fight crime.

The government recently sent a delegation to Cuba on an exploratory/preparatory visit with that country’s Ministry of the Interior as part of the government’s effort to increase collaboration and cooperation in the fight against the illicit drug trade and other forms of transnational organized crime.

Minister with responsibility for Information, Daryl Vaz, who made the disclosure at a post Cabinet press briefing, said that the visit was in keeping with the goal of the National Security Policy to reduce violent crime.

He said it was also part of government’s effort to dismantle organized criminal networks through strengthening bilateral and multilateral relationships.


Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic:

Health officials in the Dominican Republic have recorded the nation’s first cholera death.

The victim is 53-year-old Haitian Renauld Francois who, according to his children, had not travelled to his country of birth for the past nine years.

He lived in Higuey,- the same town where the first cholera case in the Dominican Republic was recorded in November last year.

The Ministry of Health said surveillance and epidemiological controls have been set up in the area.

More than 200 cholera cases have been recorded in the Dominican Republic since the outbreak began in Haiti.

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