Caribbean Region

The country’s economic programme and the 2012/13 budget, though contractionary, can achieve growth, but will require strong public/private partnership going forward. This was stated by Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, as heresponded to issues and concerns expressed at the recently held Public Forum on: ‘The Budget - the Debt and the Future’,  at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade has received reports from concerned family members seeking support in locating their loved ones who travelled to the Bahamas in late February and early March 2012. Unconfirmed accounts indicate that approximately ten (10) Jamaican men travelled from Freeport, Bahamas to Miami, Florida by boat on Friday, 9 March 2012. Family members of five (5) of these missing men, have made contact with the Ministry, to request assistance in locating them. According to their families, no word has been received from them, since the date they were alleged to have gone on the afore-mentioned boat trip.
On Tuesday 24th of April, The Government of Anguilla's Ministry of Infrastructure, Communications, Utilities and Housing (MICUH) hosted the Anguilla Renewable Energy Integration Project (AREIP) Stakeholder Workshop at Paradise Cove Resort, Anguilla. Close to 100 local stakeholders gathered to listen and comment on the presentation of the initial report from the Project Consultants, Castalia Strategic Advisors. The AREIP is being funded by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) - a UK based development funding agency that aims to help decision-makers in developing countries design and deliver climate compatible development.
Caribbean-based publishing house, Toute Bagai Publishing (TBP) and US-based American Printing Company, have for the third consecutive year, won the top prize at the Sappi Annual Printers Awards held recently in New York City. Sappi Fine Paper North America announced the MACO Caribbean Living Volume 13, Issue 3, produced by TBP, was among 10 gold winners at its 15th Annual North American Printers of the Year awards for 2011-2012.
The selection of top Caribbean video production company Frame by Frame Productions to handle the video requirements for this month's 16th St. Kitts Music Festival is being hailed by a former Caribbean cabinet minister. Former St. Lucia Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Allen Chastanet, co-founder of the renowned St. Lucia Jazz festival, said the selection of Frame by Frame "was an inspired choice." The special skills of the Jamaican video experts Lukkee Chong and Max Earle meant St. Kitts and Nevis would "surely benefit from the decision," predicted Chastanet.