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Caribbean news in brief: Oil auction, cannabis plus more

PICTURED: Timeless Herbal Care CEO Courtney Betty

VECTOR DISEASE ACTION PLAN

Health ministers from the Caribbean and Latin America have agreed on a five-year plan to achieve more effective control of vector-borne diseases. The Pan American Health Organisation-backed series of actions will help countries reduce the spread of dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever, malaria and the Zika virus.

OIL AUCTIONS ON HOLD IN GUYANA

Guyana has put oil auctions on hold in order to set up a Department of Energy to oversee its upcoming oil boom. A series of major finds by foreign oil firms have promised oil riches for Guyana from 2020, sparking off opposition complaints about the level of royalties and the types of contracts being awarded. The new ministry will review future auctions.

NATIONS UNITE TO PROMOTE ISLAND

Haiti and the Dominican Republic have revived efforts to jointly promote their shared island of Hispaniola. The countries’ tourism ministers met to look at excursions on both sides of the border, a Haitian tourism promotion office in the Dominican Republic and ways to promote the two countries effectively.

CANADA GETS FIRST JAMAICA CANNABIS

One of Jamaica’s first licensed producers of medical cannabis has made its first shipment to Canada. The extracted cannabis oil will be tested for compliance with Health Canada’s pesticide restrictions. Timeless Herbal Care CEO Courtney Betty said: “We think that, with the shortage of medical cannabis in Canada, Jamaica is going to be a great option.”

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