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Optimism reigns at Petroleum Conference

After a year highlighted by an Ibis Deep failure, a Ryder Scott Hydrocarbon audit which put reserves to production ratio at 12 years and a general consensus among energy executives that the Government needs to review its tax and fiscal incentives, the energy industry is once again regaining momentum...

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Facing reality

In a commentary piece published in the Jamaica Gleaner on February 8, Professor Norman Girvan, who I last week anointed as the Dean of Caribbean thinkers, wrote about the potential impact of “preference erosion” which he described as “the diminishing relative advantage enjoyed by Caricom exporters vis-à-vis other exporters,” which exposes the Caricom exporters to “competition from lower-cost sources of supply.”

A call for sanity

In your article “EPA madness” in the February 21 Business Guardian, you appear to equate the statement by a group of concerned Caribbean citizens calling for a review of the EPA, with a defence of traditional export preferences...



N&M head on the battle for BS&T: A long, frustrating process

Now that Neal & Massy (N&M) Holdings Ltd has been given the all clear to acquire the much sought after Bajan conglomerate Barbados Shipping & Trading Ltd (BS&T), there will be no name change for the new entity...

Upgrade for SMCL’s sugar refinery

Ken Marshall, chief executive officer of the Sugar Manufacturing Company Ltd (SMCL), wants to increase the state-owned entity’s refining capacity...

Panama’s credit rating raised by Standard & Poor’s

Panama’s sovereign credit rating was raised to one level below investment grade by Standard & Poor’s as the country posts record economic growth and reduces debt...

Wheat on the rise

Wheat prices have hit record highs and tight supplies of the staple crop have ignited concern about rising food costs...

Caribbean insurance facility appoints new reserves manager

MIAMI—Wealth manager London & Capital, which manages assets on behalf of a growing client-base of offshore captive insurance companies, focusing on capital preservation and absolute returns, has been appointed to manage the reserves of the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF).


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ANSA McAL appoints new finance director

Chartered accountant Aneal Maharaj has been appointed group finance director of the ANSA McAL Group with effect from February 11...


Future of energy

The South Trinidad Chamber of Industry and Commerce hosted the annual T&T Petroleum Conference 2008 on Monday and Tuesday this week at the Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre, St Ann’s...




Windward Telecom to launch next month

A significant market opportunity exists where traditional...


Of corporate social responsibility in T&T

In the past year, there were significant efforts to promote the practice of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in T&T...


Carry-trade crystal ball?

The past quarter has been a very interesting one, where the markets have done a full circle...



Crisis in the financial sector

Many would not have expected the bursting of America’s massive property bubble to spiral into the crisis and possible recession that America, the world’s largest economy, is currently experiencing...

Structured products for uncertain times

The recent recession fears in the US have left many investors, both foreign and local, in a state of worry...

Absolut-ly art

Trinidad’s talented, mixed media artist Nicole Craig on Monday unveiled the first Absolut Vodka collective art installation at Trotters Mezzanine, St Clair...



Politicians failing their people

Opposing political parties in Guyana are in grave danger of failing the Guyanese people by what appears to be a determination by some of their leaders to cast blame on each other for two recent incidents of criminal lawlessness in which 23 people were slaughtered by rampaging gunmen...

The business of Carnival

The chamber expects the post-mortem on Carnival 2008 by the National Carnival Commission (NCC), the Ministry of Culture and Gender Affairs and all relevant stakeholders will take place in the very near future...

Fragile concept of value

How much is it worth?






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