Tag: Government


Jamaica and UK Sign Framework Document For A $2.9-Billion Violence-Prevention Project

The Governments of Jamaica and the United Kingdom (UK) have signed a framework document signaling their intention to collaborate on a £15-million ($2.9-billion) violence-prevention project. The document was signed by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith and Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs of the UK, the Rt. Hon. James […]


IDB Calls For Business Productivity Policies By Regional Government

The Inter-American Development Bank says Caribbean governments should focus on policies that facilitate efforts by businesses to innovate and improve productivity. This comes from a recent report, released as part of the IDB’s Caribbean Economics Quarterly, which collected data from nearly 2,000 private sector firms across 13 Caribbean countries. The IDB says the survey highlighted several severe challenges to the […]


New Twitter Rules Expose Election Offices to Spoof Accounts

NEW YORK — Tracking down accurate information about Philadelphia’s elections on Twitter used to be easy. The account for the city commissioners who run elections, @phillyvotes, was the only one carrying a blue check mark, a sign of authenticity. But the check mark has disappeared ever since the social media platform overhauled its verification service last month. That’s made it harder […]


Jamaica — Eight Years Of No New Taxes

According to Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, no new taxes will be introduced to finance the Government’s $1 trillion budget for the upcoming fiscal year. “We have not introduced any new taxes for the people of Jamaica,” and the eighth year, “where we have had no new net taxes,” said the Minister. On […]


China Sets Growth Rate At 5%

The Chinese government set its 2023 growth target for its economy at around 5%, according to a government work report released at the opening of the country’s annual meeting of parliament on Sunday, as the world’s second-biggest economy began to emerge from three years of severe COVID-19 restrictions. That compares with its 2022 target of around 5.5%. The Chinese economy […]


China Sets Year’s Economic Growth Target ‘Around 5%’

BEIJING — China’s government announced plans to promote a consumer-led revival of the nation’s struggling economy as its legislature opened a session Sunday that will tighten President Xi Jinping’s control over business and society. Premier Li Keqiang, the top economic official, set this year’s official growth target “around 5%” following the end of anti-virus controls that kept millions of people at […]


Trillion Dollar Budget Set For Jamaica

Jamaica’s Government made history with a trillion-dollar national budget set for the fiscal year 2023/24. Finance and Public Service Minister Dr. Nigel Clarke tabled the historic Estimates of Expenditure for the fiscal year 2023/24 in the House of Representatives Tuesday afternoon. The budget’s largest single item of expenditure is the $338 billion for wages and salaries for public sector employees. […]


Moldovan President Warns Of Russian Agent Infiltration

Maia Sandu says Moscow plans to sabotage her government, ‘overthrow the constitutional order’, and use Moldova in the war against Ukraine. Moldova’s president has accused Russia of planning to use foreign agents to infiltrate her government, use the tiny nation in the war against Ukraine, and stop it from joining the European Union. Maia Sandu spoke on Monday after Ukrainian […]


CDB President Calls On Caribbean Governments To Fix Regional Transportation

President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Dr. Gene Leon, has called on regional governments to address the Caribbean’s transportation issues. Dr. Leon says the absence of airlifts in some areas has seriously hampered trade and commerce.  He noted that intra-regional transport declined by as much as 50 percent between 2008 and 2018. In the Eastern Caribbean, he said the […]


Mali Expels UN Mission’s Human Rights Chief

The Malian government said the decision was due to the UN mission chief’s choice of civil society witnesses for UN Security Council briefings. The Malian interim government says the head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission’s human rights division has been asked to leave the country within 48 hours after being declared persona non grata. In a statement on Sunday, […]