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Blog Caribbean 5.0

Media 1.0

Posted on May 3, 2013 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (1196)

Ik woon op 3 mei een Caribische conferentie bij van Unesco over de media en persvrijheid. Het is internationale dag van de persvrijheid of zo. Moest wat moeite voor doen, maar ik ben dankbaar dat ik van de organisatie erbij mag zijn. De ex hoogste regionale baas van Unesco dr. Boafo is aanwezig en de Secteratis Generaal van de Unesco spreekt via internet. De eerste vraag is waar zijn de locals? Sommigen zijn hier. Anderen zijn laat. Het illustreert allemaal de crisis ook in de medi...

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Introduction to Caribbean SIDS

Posted on April 15, 2013 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (1022)



The Caribbean SIDS are shaped by colonialism, slavery, the abolishment of slavery and the decolonization process. What has developed is at least four versions multi cultures society: Anglo-Saxon, Spanish, French and Dutch. There are also islands mainly influenced by the United States of America. There are many similarities and differences. The SIDS can learn from each other. This does not happen enough because they are not only separated by sea but also by culture...

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Sustainable development in the Caribbean

Posted on April 15, 2013 at 3:40 AM Comments comments (1436)



Sustainable development is a leading Global trend. The definition of sustainable development is: The most frequently quoted definition is from the Brundtland Report:



"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”



It is about the three P’s: Planet. People and Profit. The percept...

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How long will the financial service sector in the Caribbean last?

Posted on April 12, 2013 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (679)

It seems that the financial services inCaribbean in 2013 are under fire more than ever. They are criticized for theirlack of transparency and the role the local government play in this. The resultis that the rich in the rich countries hide their money in the Caribbean. Thequestion is how long can the Caribbean stand the pressure?  Is it not time to develop new product and services?

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Caribbean SIDS are red

Posted on April 12, 2013 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (986)

What theory can explain the the paterns we see in the caribbean SIDS? Spiral Dynamics! Spiral Dynamics argues that human nature is notfixed: humans are able, when forced by life conditions, to adapt to theirenvironment by constructing new, more complex, conceptual models of theworld that allow them to handle the new problems.  Each new modeltranscends and includes all previous models. According to Beck and Cowan, theseconceptual models are organized around so-called vMemes: systems ofcor...

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U.S. Virgin Island

Posted on April 11, 2013 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (1070)

U.S. Virgin Island is a unincorprated US territory. Tourism is the primary economic activity. The islands normally host 2 million visitors a year, many of whom visit on cruise ships.

The manufacturing sector consists of mainly rum distilling. The agricultural sector is small, with most food being imported. International business and financial services are a small but growing component of the economy. Most energy is also generated from imported oil, leading to electricity costs four...

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Trinidad and Tobago

Posted on April 11, 2013 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (1648)

Trinidad and Tobago is one of the wealthiest and most developed nations in the Caribbean and is listed in the top 40 (2010 information) of the 70 High Income countries in the world. It has one of the highest GDP per capita of USD $20,300 (2011) in the Caribbean.[43] In November 2011, the OECD removed Trinidad and Tobago from its list of Developing Countries.[44] Trinidad's economy is strongly influenced by the petroleum industry. Tourism and manufacturing are also important to the...

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Posted on April 11, 2013 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (478)

Suriname's democracy gained some strength after the turbulent 1990s, and its economy became more diversified and less dependent on Dutch financial assistance. Bauxite (aluminium ore) mining continues to be a strong revenue source, and the discovery and exploitation of oil and gold has added substantially to Suriname's economic independence. Agriculture, especially rice and bananas, remains a strong component of the economy, and

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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Posted on April 11, 2013 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (1045)

Agriculture, dominated by banana production, is the most important sector of this lower-middle-income economy. The services sector, based mostly on a growing tourist industry, is also important. The government has been relatively unsuccessful at introducing new industries, and the unemployment rate remains high at 19.8% in the 1991 census[4] t...

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saint Lucia

Posted on April 11, 2013 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (423)

Saint Lucia is a sovereign island state. An educated workforce and improvements in roads, communications, water supply, sewerage, and port facilities have attracted foreign investment in tourism and in petroleum storage and transshipment. However, with the U.S., Canada, and Europe in recession, tourism declined by double digits in early 2009. The recent change in the European Union import preference regime and the increased competition from Latin American bananas have made economic diversific...

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