Opinion: The value of partnerships

first_img LIAT to Resume Operations in November? – CARICOM… Find Way for Private Sector to Assume Role as Jobs Generator… Related Posts Oct 2, 2020 Aug 31, 2020 We have also explored new opportunities linked to our economic cooperation. Millions of people from our continents live and work across the Atlantic. The European Union is the top foreign investor in Latin America and the Caribbean, accounting for one third of overall investment in the region. We are now raising by 400 million euros the European Investment Bank’s engagement in your continent. Our trade agreements have not only brought economic benefits to our firms: they have also guaranteed our traditional products, raised standards for workers and protected our environment. We want our trade to be free and fair at the same time. We are now modernising our trade and political agreements with Mexico, Chile and Mercosur: we want to expand their benefits to a larger number of people, and particularly to small and medium enterprises, but also to cooperate more on energy and infrastructure projects, on culture and creative sectors, on research and education – including through our Erasmus+ programme. We have opened an entirely new phase in our relations with Cuba, based on frank dialogue and effective cooperation to the benefit of all our people. Our partnership is also one for peace and security. In recent years, the European Union has mobilised unprecedented support to accompany the peace process in Colombia – helping with rural development, reconciliation and the reintegration of former fighters. We will continue to support dialogue towards negotiated political solutions to the crises in Nicaragua and Venezuela. And we are now mobilising a new package in support of Venezuelan refugees across the region. When Hurricane Irma hit the Caribbean, we immediately sent support – from humanitarian aid to satellite imagery to help the rescue teams. We know from our European experience that regional integration is a powerful engine for growth, peace and security. Cooperation within Latin America and the Caribbean is proving particularly vital, and we look at it with interest and hope. It is only natural to create new bridges between the European Union and regional cooperation projects such as Mercosur or the Pacific Alliance. In a world where multilateralism and international cooperation are under pressure, we are showing the value of partnership – inside and between our continents. It is a partnership for jobs and social justice, for inclusive democracies and human rights, for peace and security. It is an antidote to the current global confusion, towards a more just and cooperative world order. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… center_img by Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative Strong, deep, inalienable: there are no better words to describe the relationship between the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean. We saw it clearly once again on Monday and Tuesday, when the Foreign Ministers from the 28 countries of European Union and the 33 of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States met in Brussels, to invest in the partnership between our two continents. Though far apart geographically, Europe and Latin America are closer than any other continents. We stand on the same side. We believe that international disputes should only be addressed through diplomacy and international cooperation. We believe in the United Nations as the centre of gravity of the international system. We believe that a globalised world can only be governed together – building partnerships to address our shared interests, from sustainable development to climate action. Today, the cooperative world order we believe in is being questioned: the UN system has come under attack, there is a threat of new trade wars, and the most basic rules of our international system are violated. Our democracies are also facing challenges that are similar in our two continents – more similar than many of us realise. Latin America and the Caribbean is the only part of the world where inequalities have constantly decreased since the beginning of this century, but it remains the world’s most unequal region. There is a growing demand for good jobs, better education, and good governance to deliver on our people’s rising expectations. Many of these requests are the same that European people are also raising to their governments. Our democracies have a duty to listen to this call. Cooperation between our continents has a huge potential to address these issues: for instance, we are launching a European facility to support development in transition in Latin America and the Caribbean – moving beyond the old donor-recipient mentality towards a partnership among equals, in cooperation with the OECD and the UN’s Economic Commission for Latina America and the Caribbean. A stronger partnership can help us protect our citizens’ interests, create new opportunities for economic and human growth, and advance a more cooperative world order. At our meeting in Brussels, we have discussed first and foremost our common global agenda: how to continue turning into reality the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate, which we built together in years of coordinated work. Belize economy contracts by 23.3% – CARICOM Business… Oct 12, 2020 Europe, a unique partner for CaribbeanOp-Ed by Federica Mogherini High Representative of the Union for Foreign and Security Policy / Vice-President To mark the celebration of Europe Day on 9 May 2019 I have always thought of Latin America and the Caribbean and Europe as two sister regions, united by history and culture. We are…May 8, 2019In “CARICOM”Region to get new funding from the European Unionhttp://c3639e7694de07e5fa73-f016b9572ff77a84c11597148be206c7.r87.cf3.rackcdn.com/e2946f42-1062-11e5-8d2b-bc764e08d9b2.mp4 CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and European Union HR for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini sign a  €346 million new regional funding programme for the Caribbean region until 2020.  This amount represents more than a doubling of the funds that were available in previous years (€165 million…June 12, 2015In “CARICOM”International trade policy issues involving Jamaica and Caribbean partnersBy Elizabeth Morgan As we come to the end of 2018, I wish to provide an update on the international trade policy issues involving Jamaica and Caribbean partners:   1. CARICOM/Caribbean Single Market and Economy The special meeting of  heads of government held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, December…December 19, 2018In “Jamaica”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Beresfords pair to appeal

first_imgFormer Beresfords solicitors Jim Beresford and Douglas Smith are appealing against the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal’s decision to have them struck off. In December, the tribunal found the pair guilty of eight breaches of solicitors’ practice rules in their handling of cases under the Coal Health Compensation Scheme. A spokesman for Beresfords said that an appeal has been filed to the High Court. A skeleton argument will be submitted to the court next week. The spokesman for the Doncaster firm added: ‘The appeal has been entered and steps now taken to put this whole matter and circumstances, for the first time and after many years, before an independent, legal and objective court of law. It is a great pity that the former Beresfords’ partners were not able to do this a long time ago. Any suggestion of dishonesty and conduct unbefitting is, has and always will be, strongly refuted.’ The tribunal hearing was one of several to follow alleged irregularities surrounding the compensation scheme. The tribunal heard that the firm received more than £132m in fees after handling 97,500 claims and took a share of compensation intended for miners on top of fees automatically received from the government.last_img read more

‘Big boys play by different rules’, anti-bribery probe hears

first_imgLawyers have told a House of Lords committee there is a ‘sense of unfairness’ in anti-bribery procedures that result in big corporate entities appearing less likely to face criminal prosecution than small and medium-sized enterprises.Giving evidence to the House of Lords’ Bribery Act 2010 committee yesterday, lawyers from criminal defence firm Kingsley Napley and City outfit Reed Smith answered questions on corporate criminal liability and identifying the so-called ‘controlling mind’.The committee discussed the case R v Skansen Interiors in which interior design company Skansen was convicted of bribery offences despite having self-reported and fired the wrongdoers.Eoin O’Shea, partner at Reed Smith, said the case represented an example of an individual and company that attempted to do the right thing but found itself subject to criminal proceedings.Referring to the case, Conservative peer Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts said most convictions appeared to involve ‘small’ companies and that the ‘big boys are able to play to a completely different set of rules.’ ‘It’s potentially very unsatisfactory that every now then a small person will be hung in front of everyone while the big boys pay a bit of money and off they go,’ Lord Hodgson said.Rodney Warren, partner at London firm Warren’s Law and Advocacy, said there is a ‘sense of unfairness’ within smaller organisations because it is easier to point to the ‘controlling mind’ to identify wrong-doing.Under the 2010 act, corporate liability occurs when the offence is committed by a natural person who is the ‘directing or controlling mind or will of the organisation’ – known as the identification principle.Warren said: ‘Larger companies tend to have more tiers of management and responsibility. The sense I get is that smaller companies do feel more vulnerable because they can see that bigger organisations have different processes that are not open to them.’O’Shea said that there might be 30 people who are potential ‘decision makers’ in a large company, making it more difficult to identify who is ultimately responsible. O’Shea, who is also chair of the corporate crime and corruption committee at the City of London Law Society, said the identification principle is a ‘hugely difficult’ topic about which views differ.‘There’s a narrative that big companies are aware of the principle and organise their affairs to insulate senior managers from decision making and therefore insulate the company from criminal liability. In my experience that seems wrong, well run business do not spend much time thinking about very obscure points of law and organising their affairs accordingly,’ he said.Louise Hodges, partner at Kingsley Napley, said companies who had been through the Deferred Prosecution Agreement route, mainly larger companies, would not ‘treat it as though they were being let off.’O’Shea added the US model of a ‘declination’, currently being piloted by the Department of Justice (DoJ) may be worth considering in England and Wales.Under that system, if a company self-reports in sufficient time, a prosecution will not be pursued. A company would instead disgorge its profits made from the illegal activity. ‘The idea is that authorities only know about the situation because a company has blown the whistle on itself,’ O’Shea said.The House of Lords committee was established earlier this year in order to consider and report on the effectiveness of the 2010 act.last_img read more

Ganesh Parts Invitational golf tournament takes place today

first_imgGANESH Parts and General Store will sponsor its inaugural golf tournament today at the Lusignan Golf Club.Ganesh Parts was one of the main sponsors of the Guyana Open 2017, contributing significantly to the success of that event.Sales Manager Suresh Rampersaud, expressed his delight at the contribution the company is making towards the improvement of golf in Guyana.Golf Club president Aleem Hussain has also reiterated the club’s gratitude for the ready response of sponsors like Ganesh Parts at that time, and now appreciates the continued goodwill being demonstrated by the company in sponsoring this event.Golfers will tee-off at 08:00hrs today. The tournament will be played in the medal play format, and prizes will be awarded for 1st to 3rd Best Net scores, the Best Gross score, and the Nearest to a specified pin.The public is invited to freely witness this tournament and to enjoy the ambience of the Lusignan Golf Course and Club where there is a well-stocked bar.The Ganesh Parts company is located at 36 Robb and King Streets, Lacytown, Georgetown and is a dealer of used and new auto parts in Guyana as well as the sole distributor of Bridgestone tyres in Guyana,last_img read more