19 Oct
2020

Trudeau slams China on human rights, ‘coercive diplomacy’

first_imgCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned China on Tuesday that its “coercive diplomacy,” repressive measures in Hong Kong and detention of Uighur Muslims are counterproductive for itself and the rest of the world.Trudeau took aim at Beijing’s record as he marked the 50th anniversary of Canada’s diplomatic ties with China.”We will remain absolutely committed to working with our allies to ensure that China’s approach of coercive diplomacy, its arbitrary detention of two Canadian citizens alongside other citizens of other countries around the world is not viewed as a successful tactic by them,” Trudeau said at a press conference. Topics : He also mentioned Canada’s “concern for the protection of human rights and places like Hong Kong and… with the Uighurs.”He said that Canada would “continue to work with our fellow like-minded nations around the world, to impress upon China that its approach to internal affairs and global affairs is not on a particularly productive path for itself or for all of us.”Canadian former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor have been held in China for nearly two years and have been charged with spying.Canada’s ambassador to China obtained “virtual consular access” to Spavor and Kovrig over the weekend, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said Saturday.Western governments see the detention of the two Canadians as retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei and daughter of its founder. Meng was arrested on a US warrant in December 2018 during a stopover in Vancouver and is charged with bank fraud related to violations of US sanctions against Iran. She has been fighting extradition ever since.last_img read more

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26 Sep
2020

CEO of DASPA advocates for city to be cleared of vagrants ahead cruise ship season

first_img 28 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Benoit Bardouille. Image via: GIS NewsThe Chief Executive Officer of the Dominica Air and Sea Port Authority (DASPA) Bennoit Bardouille has added his voice to those calling to rid the city of eye sores for upcoming cruise season.Bardouille said vagrants and stray animals are among the major concerns for stakeholders in the sector.He said stakeholders also need to behave responsibly to ensure the survival of the sector. “Law enforcement officials, tourism officials, hair braiders, tour guides everyone much ensure that they do everything to make Dominica the best tourism destination. No visitor wants to be engaged in any disturbance during their holiday. So we need to ensure that the mentally challenged and disturbed people are not roaming the streets,” he explained.He says preparations are well on the way for the season which begins here next month. A total of two hundred calls are expected to be made this season, 16 percent less than last year. Meantime Bardouille says discussions are continuing with Management of Carnival Victory Cruise Lines for regular calls to Dominica.“Discussions are continuing. We will be soon meeting with the officials again. We are upbeat because of some of the new things we are seeking to introduce at the premiere sites. We agreed that Trafalgar Falls will be a premiere site. We think it will ensure that the ship continues to benefit. We are hopeful that we will bring more ships into Dominica,” he said.For twenty-one years Carnival Victory Cruise Lines made weekly calls to Dominica but announced last November it would not continue, reportedly due to economic reasons.The 2011/2012 cruise ship season officially opens next month. Dominica Vibes News LocalNews CEO of DASPA advocates for city to be cleared of vagrants ahead cruise ship season by: – September 21, 2011center_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

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12 Jan
2020

Private Sector to be affected – GO-Invest Chairperson

first_imgBrexit falloutWhile the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union (EU) is said to have dire consequences for the Caribbean, what is more significant is the effect the move will also have on businesses.GO-Invest Chairperson Patricia BacchusChairperson of the Guyana Office for Investment (GO-Invest), Patricia Bacchus said the implications of Brexit for the Private Sector in Guyana and the Caribbean were many. She was among a group of speakers at a discussion organised by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Guyana, Dr Ivelaw Griffith recently.According to Bacchus, Britain remains a key market for many of the Region’s products and services even though there has been some general decline over the years. In 2008, she said, Caricom exports to the United Kingdom stood at some US$839 million. However, six years later, in 2014, it stood at US$495 million, a 30 to 35 per cent decline. That, she said, represents about two per cent of Caricom exports.In Guyana, based on information gathered, it was shown that for the first four months of the year, exports to the United Kingdom were somewhere around US$31 million or $6.5 billion. Bacchus said if the same momentum was maintained, there would be an anticipated $20 billion per annum in exported services and goods to the UK. For Guyana, it represents about seven per cent of total exports, which included commodities such as fuel and mining products; banana, sugar and rum; minerals, particularly gold, and fertilisers.Speaking about the direct implications, Bacchus said currency sensitivity and the exchange rate were set to affect businesses in the Region. “We all know that post Brexit votes there was a situation where the pound slide to a 31-year low. It has rebounded, but it is about 10 per cent below where it was trading against the US currency.”According to her, there are businesses and nations selling products and services in the UK market for which agreements are denominated in the pound currency. “That means now that the value that was being received by the seller is significantly reduced if they are being paid in pound sterling.”She said while there was some stabilisation going on right now, uncertainty would prevail and the currency sensitivity issue would also prevail.“So businesses and nations that are exposed to the currency fluctuation are going to be tasked with examining what it means to them. There will have to be some renegotiations with the UK or even seek out other markets,” she told the audience at Duke Lodge.Other implications Bacchus spoke about included access to the market on a free trade, free quota basis and operational exposure for businesses founded outside the UK that are operating within the country. She said because they have set up an office in the UK, they enjoy access to the UK market under a harmonised regulatory and tariff system with free cross border banking facilities and free movement of people and skills. The new situation will, however, pose some challenges.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Pic saved as BrexitCaption: GO- Invest Chairperson Patricia Bacchuslast_img read more

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