KINGSTON, May 28, 2020 - The Jamaican economy is expected to contract by as much as 14 per cent during the April to June quarter. This is the forecast from the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) which says the economy is continuing the weak performance seen in the last quarter, which registered a 1.7 per cent downturn, based on preliminary estimates.
MONTEGO BAY, May 28, 2020- Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Audrey Markes, says discussions are now underway with the various airlines for regular commercial flights to resume in June for returning Jamaicans.
FALMOUTH, Jamaica May 26, 2020- Just as the remaining Jamaican passengers aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Line's Adventure of the Seas, disembarked the vessel and were processed on Monday in Falmouth, Trelawny, yet another ship with more Jamaican seafarers was scheduled to dock at the Falmouth pier yesterday.
KINGSTON, Jamaica, May 24, 2020 - In the last 24 hours, 11 more patients have recovered and have been discharged from isolation, bringing the total number of patients recovered and released to 211(38% recovery rate). Meanwhile, two (2) new samples have tested positive for COVID-19, which brings the total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Jamaica to 552. Jamaica now has 332 (60%) active cases, with one (1) critically ill patient.
PARAMARIBO, Suriname May 22, 2020 - The people of Suriname will go to the polls on May 25, 2020 to elect a new 51-seat parliament, which will then vote for the country’s president. The incumbent ruling party, the National Democratic Party (Nationale Democratische Partij or NDP) and its president, Desiré Delano “Desi” Bouterse is said to face a daunting re-election landscape.
Washington, DC – May 20, 2020. The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved a disbursement to St. Vincent and the Grenadines following its request under the Rapid Credit Facility (RCF) mechanism, for SDR 11.7 million (US$16 million), to help cover its balance of payment and fiscal needs stemming from the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, May 18, 2020 - Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley has told the international community that even with the COVID-19 pandemic, they must not drop the ball on those other global health priorities that are critical to countries’ overall development.