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Trump, border disputes and more in Caribbean news in brief

PICTURED: David Granger (Photo credit: Caricom.org)

JAMAICA’S ENERGY SAVINGS STACK UP

Jamaica's Energy Security and Efficiency Enhancement Project saved the country
JA$150 million (£848,000) last year. It includes improvement of energy efficiency in key parts of the economy as well as investment in renewable energy. Energy Minister Andrew Wheatley said it “frees up money for other social programmes and to offset other expenses of the government”.

TRUMP COMMENTS CREATE SENSITIVITY

Following US president Donald Trump’s comments about Haiti, two Haitian cities – Jacmel and Gonaives – banned singer Sweet Micky from Carnival. Sweet Micky aka Michel Martelly, served as president from 2011 to 2016. Jacmel’s Vice May- or said Trump’s alleged comments influenced the decision, adding that “when you, as a Haitian, engage in vulgarity, you open the door for a stranger to denigrate you”.

GUYANA CONFIDENT ON BORDER DISPUTE

Guyana's President David Granger said his country “remains confident in the correctness of its case” in the border dispute with Venezuela which has been referred by the UN to the International Court of Justice. Venezuela has attacked the UN referral. Caracas has laid claim for more than 50 years to two- thirds of western Guyana.

CUBA AND NIGERIA STRENGTHEN TIES

Cuba's Ambassador to Nigeria, Carlos Saso, has announced his country’s plans to beef up trade ties with Abuja. Projects in the pipeline include a Cuban-Nigerian joint venture hospital in Abuja and the manufacturing of vaccines for hepatitis B and C, meningitis, Lassa fever and diabetes.

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