Ronald Sanders

Caribbean countries are being warned by the Government of the United States of America and US writers that they should limit their dealings with China. In the course of these warnings, several allegations are made, suggesting sinister Chinese motives and even corrupt relations between Chinese institutions and local politicians who get personal “side benefits”.

The contest for the post of secretary general of the Organisation of American States (OAS) is now well and truly under way. The election for the post will be held on March 20 and there are three contestants whose nominations were submitted by December 15, 2019—the date set by the Permanent Council of the organisation.

It is a valid criticism of the Caricom countries that they have more often failed than succeeded in coordinating their foreign policy actions. This tendency has been displayed in the Organisation of American States (OAS) over the last three years, causing celebration among those countries that fear the voting power of the 14 Caricom states when they act together.

The muddled way in which Canadian banks are withdrawing from the countries of the Commonwealth Caribbean is a direct result of insufficient attention being paid by governments to the terms of their entry at the time.

There has always been tension between encouraging foreign investment and promoting local entrepreneurship. In many countries, local businesses are expected to pay a range of domestic taxes while governments exempt foreign investors from obligation for the same taxes in order to attract their money, knowledge, and, in some cases, their technological skills.

A debate has now started in parts of the Caribbean about whether there should be term limits for prime ministers. The debate arises from the v…

The business community in the Caribbean—both foreign and local—has made no collective statement and taken no joint position on the ­process of de-risking and the withdrawal of ­correspondent banking relations (CBRs), with which all Caribbean countries have been plagued since 2015.

Haiti is in turmoil again. This time the countries of Caricom cannot be criticised for inaction, but questions must be asked about others in the hemispheric community who have been silent about the political and humanitarian situation in the country.

As she delivered the unanimous decision of the 11 members of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland on the unlawfulness of Prime Minister Boris Johnson advising The Queen to prorogue Parliament, I admit to being mesmerised by the startling brooch being worn by the court’s president, Baroness Brenda Hale.

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