Caribbean Region

Prior to and during the 16th Annual Unifest Multi Cultural event on Sunday May 23, 2010 there will be a special food and fundraising drive done for the people of Haiti.The Greater Caribbean American Cultural Coalition, Unifest ‘Presenting Sponsor Grace Foods’ and Food for the Poor have joined hands in a humanitarian effort and rebuilding effort with our partnership with the Greater Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce in support for Haiti. Event gate opens at 10:00 am at the Vincent Torres Park, located at 4331 NW 36th Street in Lauderdale Lakes and attendees will be able to purchase Grace Food Vouchers from the donation center on site. Prior to the event donation information is available by calling  954-730-8885 .
Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer has expressed disappointment that the United States has not done enough to settle a long outstanding Internet gaming dispute with Antigua and Barbuda. Spencer met with the U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk on the issue while here last month, but expressed disappointment that, although the case was first adjudicated in 2003, Antigua and Barbuda and the U.S. are yet to find a “mutually agreeable solution to settle the case.”
Jamaica and the Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall in Montego Bay are set to host the fifth staging of the Jamaica Invitational Pro-Am “Annie’s Revenge” presented by NIKE GOLF, December 8-12, 2010. Local, regional and international golf clubs are being invited to participate in the signature tournament.
The United States is to pump $77 million into the Caribbean next year as the region develops projects to fight crime and violence. The funds will be disbursed through the security partnership between Caribbean community (CARICOM), the Dominican Republic and the U.S. under the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) launched last year. Julissa Reynoso, deputy sssistant secretary for Central America and the Caribbean, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, said the 2012 budget would be used in part to support greater coordination and control of border and maritime routes, training and capacity building for law enforcement and justice sector.
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.