Caribbean Community leaders met virtually for an entire day last week and, as was widely expected, one of the main topics they deliberated on was the difficulty the region was experiencing accessing the growing array of COVID-19 vaccines for use in the 15-nation bloc.
Battered by shuttered airports, grounded airlines and a dramatic drop off in tourist arrivals, authorities in Bermuda are trying to claw their way out of the economic doldrums by offering affluent people around the globe long term residency in exchange for investment in local businesses.
Election observers were hard pressed last year to scramble from one country to the next to monitor general elections in a plethora of countries across the Caribbean Community and its neighbors in spite of the challenges posed by shuttered airports from the COVID-19 pandemic as well as grounded flights.
The entire country was caught by surprise when the United States embassy in Guyana congratulated government for allowing Taiwan to establish a trade and investment office that would have effectively functioned as a diplomatic mission here despite the fact that long term rival, China, is well entrenched here and perennially opposes any such relations with its breakaway province.
Caribbean Community countries are shopping around the globe to acquire doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with some nations eying supplies from Cuba, China and the Middle East while hoping that the World Health Organization (WHO) could also help them obtain the medicine to begin vaccinations in the coming weeks.
A few weeks after the Venezuelan government vowed to reconquer a large chunk of territory belonging to the Caribbean Community headquarter nation of Guyana
In the late 1990s, the U.S. government came up with a controversial scheme to control the waters south off the Florida coast by signing agreements with various Caribbean governments to allow American coastguard officers to board a vessel in the Atlantic to intercept shipments of drugs, arms and other illicit products with virtual impunity.
Nicolas Maduro’s Venezuela and the Caribbean Community nation of Guyana are on the diplomatic warpath again in the wake of last month’s ruling by the World Court that it has the right to hear their decades-old quarrel over boundary markers.
Not surprisingly, the Caribbean Community’s major airlines are drowning in debt, with governments being pressured to intervene financially to stave off the possible collapse of the regional carriers.
Authorities in Trinidad, trying desperately to stem the flow of dozens of Venezuelan migrants to the island almost daily, were this week poring over a Venezuelan government report that blamed massive overloading of a vessel for the recent drownings of more than two dozen people trying to reach Trinidad.