Trade matters likely to dominate CARICOM summit

first_imgHealthInternationalLifestylePrint Trade matters likely to dominate CARICOM summit by: Caribbean Media Corporation – June 29, 2017 44 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC) — Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders will discuss future trade relations with the United Kingdom as it prepares to leave the European Union when they meet here next week for their annual summit.Acting Foreign Affairs Minister, Nicholas Steele, briefing reporters on the July 4-7 summit here, said that trade relations between the 15-mrember grouping and the United Kingdom after Brexit would most likely dominate the talks here.“How we interact with a United Kingdom that is not part of the European Union is very important and as CARICOM there is need for a united approach,” he said.British Prime Minister Theresa May has started the process of pulling Britain out of the EU single market even as critics said the talks should be suspended because it could not be delivered by a Government “lacking in strength and stability, unclear on its objectives, unlikely to survive”.Last July, the regional leaders began their summit in Guyana in the shadows of the vote taken by Britons to exit the 43-year-old European Union.While the leaders made reference to the vote and urged Caribbean people not to harbour any such thought as it relates to the regional integration movement, the St Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, while he welcomed the opportunities that Brexit — as it is popularly known — may have for the region, also noted that it has “put the survival of our integration into focus”.Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said that the summit provided the leaders with “a wonderful opportunity to seriously consider the effect that Britain’s exit from the European Union will have on CARICOM to demonstrate real leadership by showing the way forward.Steele told reporters that there are “many treaties with the EU that will have to be re-negotiated for CARICOM member states because it will not be the same common approach as exist presently.“These treaties were EU treaties but now it we will have negotiate UK treaties,” said Steele, noting that the discussions will be led by the CARICOM Office on Trade.The summit is expected to be attended by at least 13 CARICOM leaders and Alva Browne, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that there will be a high representation from China, the World Bank and special surprise guest whose identity has to be concealed due to security reasons.The Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat said that the leaders are also expected to deliberate on outstanding matters related to the implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) following the comprehensive review of the CSME’s performance presented to then at the last Inter-Sessional Meeting in February.There is also expected to be an update on the preparations for CARIFESTA XIII to be staged in Barbados from 17th to 27th August under the theme “Asserting our Culture, celebrating ourselves.”The work on the Commissions on Reparations and Marijuana is also expected to come under the spotlight. So too, the progress made with implementing the specified actions, agreed a decade ago, under the 2007 Port of Spain declaration to stop the epidemic of Non-Communicable Diseases (NDCs). Regional security issues are also expected to receive attention.Besides these issues, the regional leaders are expected to discuss the political situation in Venezuela where opposition protestors have been taking to the streets demanding the removal of President Nicolas Maduro.The issue has split the 15-member grouping with St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves urging his colleagues not to fall prey to the machinations of countries that want to see the downfall of Maduro.Steele said that while the plenary sessions will be held at the Radisson Convention Centre on the outskirts of the capital, the regional leaders will meet on the privately owned Calivigny island which is only accessible by boat for their caucus.The meeting here will be chaired by Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell, who is taking over the chairmanship of the regional integration movement from Guyana’s Head of State, David Granger.The Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat said that the opening ceremony on July 4 will take place at the Grenada Trade Centre.The summit will be attended by the region’s two newest leaders, President Jovenel Moise of Haiti and Bahamas Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis.A highlight of the opening ceremony would be the presentation of the Triennial Award for Women to the latest recipient.The ceremony will be addressed by the two Moise, Minnis as well as President Granger, Prime Minister Mitchell and CARICOM Secretary General, Irwin la Rocque.last_img read more

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Amaya confirms appointment of William Hill’s Robin Chhabra

first_imgShare Related Articles Amaya has confirmed the appointment of William Hill’s Group Director of Strategy and Corporate Development Robin Chhabra, who is expected to make the move in September 2017.Following a brief garden leave from William Hill, Chhabra will fill the newly created position of Chief Corporate Development Officer at Amaya, reporting to company CEO Rafi Ashkenazi.Ashkenazi commented: “Robin Chhabra’s deep industry experience and vast professional network will help us pursue our ongoing strategic priorities, as well as drive growth through potential strategic and other opportunities.“Robin is one of the most respected executives in the industry, and we are excited to add him to our team where he will complement our existing executive management talent.”“Amaya is already a leader in online gaming and I am eager to contribute to the company’s future growth. I have tremendous respect and a strong relationship with the management team and look forward to working with them,” added Chhabra.Chhabra, who will oversee Amaya’s corporate development function, broke a run of 12 years working for major financial, consultancy and auditing firms to become Director of Corporate Development for Inspired Gaming Group in 2006. He has served in his role at William Hill since May 2010.His arrival represents the latest management addition to Amaya, following the recent hiring of Bo Wänghammar as Managing Director of PokerStars Casino and Zeno Ossko as Managing Director of BetStars. Meanwhile, Guy Templer was promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Amaya’s brands. SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Submit ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020last_img read more

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