CARICOM’s Economic Independence: Role of Foreign Trade

first_img Sep 16, 2020 Trade-in-Services and Technology: More missed opportunities… Oct 14, 2020 You may be interested in… Foreign Policy in CARICOM: pursuing national development benefitsBy Elizabeth Morgan The recent visit of US Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, put the spotlight on US/CARICOM relations and CARICOM countries’ continuing foreign policy dilemma of balancing their relationship with global and regional powers to gain national development benefits and influence amid hegemonic competition. Before WW II, the colonial…January 29, 2020In “CARICOM”Relations within the Western Hemisphere: an uneasy allianceBy Elizabeth Morgan I have written about CARICOM’s trading relations with the countries in the Western Hemisphere (USA, Canada and Latin America), the region’s natural trading partners. Recent reports in the international and local media about the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) have led…October 1, 2020In “Indepth”UN Summit on Small Island Developing States (SIDS)By Elizabeth Morgan “SIDS are a special case for sustainable development. They require concerted long-term attention and investment of the entire international community.” UN SG The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) ended its week of summits at the start of its 74th Session with one dedicated to the specific sustainable…October 4, 2019In “Jamaica”Share this on WhatsApp By Elizabeth Morgan August is a significant month in Caribbean liberation history. The Anglo-Caribbean countries commemorated Emancipation Day, marking the official end of slavery. Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago celebrate 57 years of Independence on August 6 and 31 respectively. The Rt. Hon. Norman Manley expressed the view that his generation brought political independence and it was the task of future generations to deliver economic independence, termed “economic liberation” by some in Africa. For small developing economies, economic independence, realistically, may not be easy to achieve as past experience with nationalization taught. The Jamaican Government is now encouraging public involvement through investment in key assets. In 57 years, what the region is really still pursuing is “economic empowerment” – raising standards of living through sustainable economic growth and development and building economic resilience. Relations within the Western Hemisphere: an uneasy alliance center_img Trade in Services – For CARICOM, Tourism dominates It is said repeatedly that as small economies, foreign trade, is critical to achieving sustained economic growth and development. Over the years, foreign trade, export and import of goods and services, has contributed up to 100% and more of the gross domestic product (GDP) in Caribbean countries, and their openness put them at risk to global policy changes. A review of the region’s history, shows that there was robust growth and wealth accumulation for those in power from about 1625-1800 when a secure market, export of sugar and other agricultural products, and slave labour were dominant in the economies. Until there was increasing competition from larger cane sugar producers in the hemisphere and subsidized beet sugar in Europe, the Caribbean was a major producer and exporter. The first industrial revolution (1760-1830) contributed to the end of the slave trade and emancipation. With trade policy changes in Britain after 1845, the Caribbean’s position in trade declined heralding 100 years of economic depression, workers unrest and the move towards self-government and independence. It also led to economic diversification with the trade in bananas, growth of tourism, exploring other markets, and the reverse movement of labour as Caribbean people sought work in other countries and territories. In the mid-20th Century, foreign investment, production and export of oil, bauxite/alumina, manufacturing, and strengthened preferential market access saw a return to vigorous growth. Tourism became a mainstay in island economies. Since the 1970s, the vicissitudes of trade, imports and exports, with other contributing factors, have determined the countries’ fluctuating economic fortunes.  Nevertheless, Caribbean small states, except Haiti, are classified by the World Bank as middle income countries. It is clear from regional history, that a small country can be a leading world producer of products such as, sugar, bananas, bauxite/alumina, limes, but with competition, changing demand, innovation, and diseconomies of scale, that position is easily eroded. In addition, natural disasters stymie real growth. This is where building economic resilience becomes important. In its 2019 forecast for the region, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) sees improvement, but generally believes long-term growth is impeded by continuing structural problems. The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) forecast continuing sluggish growth citing poor export performance among other challenges. The countries need to focus on increasing economic growth and job creation by improving production, productivity, competitiveness, exports, and investment flows. The region is also in a fourth industrial revolution where e-commerce and digitization are the future and the future of work is automation. It is also grappling with the economic impact of climate change and the potential of green and blue economies. In the quest for economic empowerment, the concern is whether CARICOM is preparing for future trade, noting that the CSME remains unimplemented; lack of a CARICOM trade strategy and agenda; and limited private sector engagement. With all that is now happening in global trade, CARICOM, as a region of trade dependent, vulnerable, middle income countries, cannot be disengaged and out of touch. Submitted by Elizabeth Morgan, Specialist in International Trade Policy and International Politics Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 7, 2020 Oct 1, 2020 What has been CARICOM’s Foreign Trade Strategy and Agenda? last_img read more

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OBITUARY: Katherine Ann Lawrence Oct. 27, 1947 – Nov. 25, 2019

first_imgKATHERINE ANN LAWRENCE Oct. 27, 1947 – Nov. 25, 2019Katherine Ann Lawrence, wife of George Lawrence, daughter of Stephanie Sydoriak, passed out of this world at her home on Nov. 25, 2019, following a stroke. A memorial celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos.last_img

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Data Account Specialist – Product Data Services – Dorman Products

first_imgThe Data Account Specialist is responsible for successfully managing data relationships with key strategic partners. This position will also be required to manage multiple internal projects concurrently.  AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Essential Duties and Responsibilities • Responsible for managing relationships with key strategic accounts. • Manage the product data export process for customers/partners in their specified formats. • Develop and create files for catalog data, part data and images and transmit files to customers. • Responsible for account status reports to ensure accurate and timely updating of electronic data files. • Leads communication with our customers/partners and eCatalog Team on issues and opportunities in regards to product data. • Establish and manage timelines for product data rollouts with inputs from other departments. • Identify and develop process improvements for locating data in customer systems. • Project Manager for small and medium sized department projects. • Lead all phases of the project through planning, executing, controlling, and closing. • Create and maintain project plans to the standards defined in Dorman’s Project Management Process. • Manage and communicate the expectations of project steering committees/sponsors and stakeholders. • Collaborate effectively with everyone throughout the extended enterprise as needed to achieve project success. Secondary Responsibilities • Travel as required to customer sites and market places for continuous improvement of product data information. Qualifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.Advertisement Education and Experience Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university; or 3 to 5 years experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. • Ability to manage multiple projects including working with/managing tasks for contributors from other areas of the business. • Experience with database programs, particularly Microsoft Access, preferred. • Experience with industry validation tables and data delivery formats. • Project Management experience desired. • Solid understanding of project management fundamentals • Displays effective written, verbal and non-verbal communication • Ability to lead a group to arrive at consensus • Strong analytical skills and creative problem-solver. Language Skills Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.     Mathematical Skills Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs. Reasoning Ability Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.                     Advertisement Physical Demands The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and use hands to finger, handle, or feel.  The employee frequently is required to talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus. Work Environment The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Interested applicants can or email jobs@dormanproducts.com or click the Apply Now button below to submit a resume with cover letter directly to Dorman Products.last_img read more

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Total Seal Hires Lake Speed Jr. As VP Sales And Marketing

first_imgDeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement Lake Speed Jr. added, “Joining Total Seal is the next step in my journey of tribology ,which is the science of friction, wear and lubrication. The piston ring is the motor oil’s best friend, so it only makes sense to join Total Seal. I have firsthand experience gaining horsepower with their great line of products at Joe Gibbs Racing, and Total Seal has been a Driven Racing Oil customer for seven years. Together, we have learned a lot about piston ring seal, so I’m enthusiastic about this great new opportunity to explore and improve engine efficiency together. The entire Total Seal team is first-class. The organization is passionate and dedicated to excellence and product advancement, so this is a natural fit for me.”,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Lake Speed Jr. Total Seal Piston Rings has announced Lake Speed Jr. has joined the company as its new vice president of sales and marketing, effective Dec. 1. From Engine BuilderAdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  Commenting on the appointment, Matt Hartford, CEO and president of Total Seal, commented, “We welcome Lake to Total Seal. There are a multitude of sales and marketing opportunities we want to take advantage of, and we feel Lake is the right person to direct our advancement. His years of experience in racing, technology development in all types of engines, ability to see opportunities in various industries, and his dedication to the sport and industry are important to us going forward.” DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

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South Fork News

first_imgSag Harbor’s Whale of a SaleThe Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce will present the annual Arts and Crafts Fair and Whale of a Sale Sidewalk Fair on Saturday, June 15, and Sunday, June 16, in the village.Marine Park on Bay Street will have local artists, photographers, and crafts vendors, while merchants will have special deals and promotions on the sidewalks of Main Street. For more information, visit www.sagharborchamber.com.Much Ado About MadooCelebrating its 25th year, the Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack will host the Madoo Market on Saturday, June 15, from 10 AM to 4 PM followed by the ninth annual Much Ado About Madoo Sunset Cocktail Party from 6 to 8 PM.The garden cocktail party will feature a live auction that will include works by Robert Dash, Claire Potter, and Frances Palmer. The market will include shopping vendors and gourmet street food. “Madoo in Photographs: 25 Years as a Public Garden,” curated by Perry Guillot, will be on view in the summer studio.On Affordable HousingThe League of Women Voters of the Hamptons will host a forum on “Affordable Housing: Needs and Availability” at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton on Monday, June 17, at 7 PM.The panel will consist of Diana Weir, the director of housing and community development for Southampton Town; Curtis Highsmith Jr., the executive director of Southampton Housing Authority; Catherine Casey, the executive director of the East Hampton Housing Authority; and Tom Ruhle, the director of the East Hampton Town Office of Housing and Community Development.It will describe the varieties of public and private affordable housing, affordable housing needs and availability; and the types of funding that can be tapped into for housing. A handout will be distributed that defines general housing terms and income eligibility requirements.For more information, visit www.lmvhamptons.org.Strawberry Moon HikeThe Friends of the Long Greenbelt Pond will host a Full Strawberry Moon Hike with the South Fork Natural History Museum on Monday, June 17, from 9 to 10 PM.The hike, which will begin in the SoFo Museum parking lot on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike in Bridgehampton, will be leisurely-paced and through open fields. For more information, visit www.longpondgreenbelt.org.Screening Of “Bohemian Rhapsody”The Rogers Memorial Library will screen “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the Academy Award-winning film about Freddie Mercury and his band Queen, on Monday, June 17, at 3 PM.The library will also host “Battle of the Brains” trivia night with Bob DeSefano on June 17 at 5:30 PM. The contest consists of 50 general knowledge questions answered by the entire team. Attendees can bring a team or come alone. Pizza and salad will be served. Register at http://www.myrml.org.The library will host “The Growing Threat of Lyme Disease,” a talk with investigative writer Mary Beth Pfeiffer on Wednesday, June 19, at 5:30 PM.Pfeiffer will discuss her book, “Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change,” which documents the global spread of tick-borne diseases as temperatures rise, forests are fragmented, and species lost. She will also talk about the difficulty of diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease.The library will also host “U.S.-China Relations: What the $&%#$& is Going On?” on June 20 at 5:30 PM. Tom Grunfeld, an East Asia specialist, will focus on how the Trump administration has initiated a policy of confrontation and will look at the changes in this relationship from a broad historical perspective.Lee Krasner TalkRuth Appelhof will present “Lee and Me,” a talk about Lee Krasner, at the Stony Brook Southampton Library on Tuesday, June 18, at 7 PM.Appelhof, the former executive director of East Hampton’s Guild Hall, will talk about her upcoming memoir based on a summer she spent with the artist. Admission is free, but registration is required. For more information, visit www.library.stonybrook.edu.Westhampton Library DiscussionThe Westhampton Free Library will continue its Dessert and Discuss series with Dr. Agostino Cervone on the subject of hernias at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on June 20 at 7 PM.Dr. Cervone of Peconic Bay Medical Center will talk about advancements in laparoscopic surgery, different types of hernias, their causes, and treatment and prevention.The library will host a workshop for children in grades kindergarten through third on making bug figurines out of bottle caps on June 25 at 1:30 PM.The library has also invited children of all ages to take part in its summer reading program celebration on June 26 with an ice cream party at 2 PM, a meet and greet with Captain Jack Sparrow at 4 PM, and a Steel Impressions steel band concert at 6:30 PM.For more information, visit www.westhamptonlibrary.net.gmkotz@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

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McLinden named J&E Hall gold medal winner

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Road works, IT contracts and property rights

first_img Fund raising: Magic circle firm Clifford Chance advised Citibank, Goldman Sachs and Royal Bank of Scotland on a $1.75bn (£1bn) fundraising for Mubadala Development Company, an investment company based in Abu Dhabi. Magic circle firm Allen & Overy advised Mubadala. Road works: Magic circle firm Linklaters advised 16 commercial banks, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and 15 investment banks on a £6.2bn contract for the M25 motorway. Connect Plus, a consortium of Balfour Beatty, Skanska, Egis Projects and Atkins, will widen the M25 and provide ongoing maintenance of 250 miles of road. City firm Ashurst advised Connect Plus while City firm Denton Wilde Sapte advised the Highways Agency. EIB took additional legal advice from magic circle firm Slaughter and May. Identity contracts: City firm Field Fisher Waterhouse advised the Identity and Passport Service on two contracts for the National Identity Service. A £385m contract was awarded to Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) to upgrade the passport enrolment system, while IBM won a £265m contract to create a database for biometric information. CSC and IBM were advised by in-house teams. Coal takeover: City firm Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC), alongside Canadian firm Lawson Lundell, advised Western Canadian Coal Corporation on its £67m takeover of Cambrian Mining. RPC also advised Western on restructuring $27m (£16m) of Cambrian’s debt. City firm Trowers & Hamlins advised Cambrian Mining. Property rights: City firm Lovells advised property investment company Shaftesbury on a £150m rights issue, allowing the company to acquire properties in London’s West End. Investment banks NM Rothschild, JP Morgan Cazenove and Merrill Lynch sponsored the fundraising, and took advice from magic circle firm Freshfields.last_img read more

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Tai Wah gets Goldhofer

first_imgThe MPA-K 5 (0+5) has a deck length of 10.5 m plus a 7.4 m extension. With an axle load of 12 tonnes at 80 km/h and a total laden weight of 84 tonnes, the five-axle MPA-K has a payload of approximately 60 tonnes, which can increase to 90 tonnes with addition of a front three-axle bogie from the MPA-K modular system.”We’re already getting excellent service from our heavy-duty modules and low loader semitrailers from Goldhofer,” said Jason Ho, managing director of Tai Wah Sea & Land Heavy Transportation.The MPA-K range is a modular semitrailer system comprising various bogies, decks (drop deck, flat bed, vessel bridge), semitrailer bogies with extension spine, and goosenecks.  www.goldhofer.dewww.taiwahhk.comlast_img read more

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Dozens injured, none life-threatening, in suburban Philadelphia train crash

first_img North Port man dies after being struck by street sweeper truck, another vehicle on I-75 Recommended UPPER DARBY, Pa. (AP) A regional rail train crashed into a parked train at a suburban Philadelphia terminal early Tuesday morning, injuring dozens of passengers and the train’s operator, a regional rail spokeswoman said.Rail spokeswoman Heather Redfern said none of the 42 people hurt in the crash suffered life-threatening injuries.An inbound Norristown High Speed train crashed into an unoccupied train at the 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby around 12:15 a.m. Tuesday. Redfern said hours later that the train operator had been treated at a hospital and released.Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority officials are investigating the cause.Redfern said Norristown trains resumed normal operation but no express trains were running. She said commuters could expect some delays.In an earlier news briefing, Upper Darby Mayor Nicholas Micozzie said the injured were taken to local hospitals.One passenger told reporters that the operator of the train was “all banged up” and the scene was bloody.In February, four people were injured in a crash near the 69th Street Terminal involving three out-of-service commuter trains. At the time, SEPTA said one train rear-ended another on a loop where trains turn around to get back into service. Cars from that accident derailed and hit a third train on nearby tracks. Roadway clear after downed power line in Bokeelia crash on Pine Island Dozens injured, none life-threatening, in suburban Philadelphia train crash Published: August 22, 2017 5:16 AM EDT Updated: August 22, 2017 6:45 AM EDT Author: AP Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARElast_img read more

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