Monday, April 21, 2014

Low growth, high debt in the Caribbean still a worry for IMF

Low growth, high debt and weaknesses in some of the financial institutions in the Caribbean continue to be a concern for the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Alejandro Werner, head of the IMF’s Western Hemisphere Department gave an assessment of the Caribbean economy during a recent IMF press conference in Washington DC.

IDB approves $20 million loan to Panama for rural electrification program

The Inter-American Development (IDB) announced approval of a $20 million loan to Panama to finance a rural electrification program that will promote public and private investment to provide service for more than 10,000 rural households, located mostly in very poor remote areas. The program will also provide access to electricity for 107 schools and 21 health centers, thereby increasing Panama’s electricity coverage rate will rise to approximately 81 percent of Panama’s rural households by 2018.

IDB signs joint statement of Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation

Joint Statement for Effective Development - Inter-American Development Bank

Trinidad and Tobago to Host Americas Competitiveness Forum

Trinidad and Tobago to Host Americas Competitiveness Forum

USAID: A Wi-Fi network for Cuba? Maybe

A program financed by the U.S. Agency for International Development to develop the technology for a novel Wi-Fi network in Cuba has not been deployed on the island and is under review, a USAID spokesman said Monday.

USAID approved the grant to the Open Technology Institute (OTI) in Washington in 2012 as part of the agency’s efforts to promote Internet freedom, democracy and civil society in Cuba, said Matt Herrick, a spokesman for the agency. The network, known as Commotion, “is not operational in Cuba” and no one has traveled to the country for the program, Herrick said. Cuban authorities have jailed USAID subcontractor Alan P. Gross since 2009 for a somewhat similar program.

Haïti: Le Président Martelly est arrivée en Taïwan

Haïti - Diplomatie : Le Président Martelly est arrivée en Taïwan - HaitiLibre.com, Nouvelles d'Haiti, L'actualité d'Haiti, Haiti News, décryptage, enjeux, réactions, la voix du peuple Haïtien

Cuba home woes endure despite real-estate reform

Cuba home woes endure despite real-estate reform - The Washington Post