Robert Ready

1,587 Added | 4 Magazines | 16 Likes | 9 Following | 308 Followers | @notready | Retired Diplomat w interest in Canadian politics, understanding the Caribbean. Follows developments in international economic policies (trade; investment; air transport)

Beijing pressing for full access to Canada's economy in trade talks

China’s new envoy says Beijing is seeking unfettered access for Chinese state-owned firms to all key sectors of the Canadian economy during free-trade talks now under way with Ottawa – including an end to restrictions barring these enterprises from investing in the oil sands.<p>The envoy also …

Canada

NDP to hold cross-country town halls on electoral reform

New Democrat MP Nathan Cullen is planning a series of town-hall meetings in Liberal ridings across the country in an effort to resurrect the issue of electoral reform.<p>Prime Minister Justin Trudeau backed away in February from his election promise to end first-past-the-post voting, saying there was …

Canada

Caribbean pastors ask U.S. to stop promoting LGBT rights abroad

Nearly 300 religious officials from the Bahamas, Guyana, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and St. Maarten have asked President …

Equality

A dairy-for-lumber deal? Think-tank paper proposes Canada-U.S. swap for NAFTA

WASHINGTON — The most common uses of Canadian dairy normally include milk, cream, yogurt, butter and cheese. Yet a new report suggests an altogether …

Canada

Rare poll finds Cuban citizens favor better US relations

WASHINGTON (AP) — A rare poll of Cuban public opinion has found that most of the island's citizens approve of normal relations with the United States and large majorities want more tourists to visit and the expansion of private business ownership.<p>In a poll of 840 people taken in Cuba late last year …

Cuba

The rural digital divide: Better internet access and tools could boost the farm business in the Caribbean and beyond

A beverage startup wants to deal directly with rural Dominican farmers. Its co-founder explains the challenges<p>While studying at Darden Business School at the University of Virginia, Luis Solis began to wonder why the U.S. market didn’t have more natural juices derived from fruits grown in Latin …

Agriculture

U.S. suggests a NAFTA target: freer trade in online, duty-free goods

A new document is providing clues on the Trump administration’s plans entering NAFTA renegotiations<p>WASHINGTON – The Trump administration says …

Canada

U.N. Accepts Blame but Dodges the Bill in Haiti

Today’s lesson in evading moral responsibility comes to us from the United Nations. The organization says it is terribly concerned about the cholera epidemic in Haiti and wishes to eliminate it. But it has not figured out when and how this is going to happen, and with what money.<p>The “who” and “why” …

Haiti

Airport workers strike halts flights out of Haiti

A Wednesday morning strike by airport security workers in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, has paralyzed airline traffic off the island.<p>The U.S. Embassy in …

Airports

Haiti finally has a prime minister, government

Haiti’s new government was sworn in Tuesday, hours after receiving the nod of approval from the Lower Chamber of Deputies.<p>Jack Guy Lafontant, a …

Haiti

How the Black Market Keeps Cuba’s Private Restaurants in Business

The challenge of running a restaurant “a la izquierda”<p>On a recent January evening, tourists and a few Habaneros sat under a palm frond canopy sipping rum cocktails, listening to a live band playing Cuban folk songs — and eating notoriously difficult-to-procure lobster, a special of the …

Cuba

What would a digital-economy-era NAFTA mean for Canadians?

<i>Michael Geist holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. He can be reached at</i> mgeist@uottawa.ca <i>or online at www.michaelgeist.ca.</i><p>U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is expected to file a notice of renegotiation of the North American …

Net Neutrality

Venezuela on the Edge of Collapse: Charlie Rose

We consider the economic and political landscape of Venezuela with guest host Ethan Bronner. He is joined by Chris Sabatini, the executive director …

Sugar Trade That Made Modern World Longs for Sweet Hereafter - Bloomberg

Europeans’ taste for sugar transformed the world.<p>West Indies plantations built from the 17th century to feed demand drove a nexus of commerce, …

Sugar Cane

China brushes off U.S. questions over state enterprises at WTO

GENEVA (Reuters) - China responded to U.S. questions about its state trading enterprises in a World Trade Organization filing on Thursday that looked unlikely to end U.S. suspicions that China is breaking WTO rules.<p>China's five page response suggested that U.S. concerns were misplaced, and said its …

China

Trade Facilitation Agreement's benefits may extend well beyond cutting red tape

Late last month the World Trade Organization celebrated the entry into force of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), a global effort to streamline …

Globalization

Latin American Herald Tribune - OAS Head Calls for Venezuela Elections or Suspension

CARACAS -- Organization of the American States (OAS) Secretary General Luis Almagro, has called for Venezuela to be suspended from the OAS if …

Venezuela

Preserving Order Amid Change in NAFTA

<i>This article was originally published at Stratfor.com.</i><p>It took more than a decade and three presidencies, from Ronald Reagan to Bill Clinton, to conceive and craft the North American Free Trade Agreement. Will a single presidency manage to undo the process of North American integration? While the …

Foreign Policy

Reality Dawns Overseas as Brexit Law Passed

The reality of the challenges before the United Kingdom concerning Brexit appears to be gradually sinking in. Legislation authorizing the Brexit …

Brexit

Trump’s trade nominee targets Canada, vows to end softwood lumber dispute

President Donald Trump’s nominee for United States Trade Representative is vowing to end the long-running softwood-lumber dispute with Canada – whether by cutting a deal or fighting it out in trade court – and take Ottawa to task for not cracking down on counterfeit goods destined for the U.S.<p>In a …

Canada

TPP summit a critical moment for Canada’s Asian trade ambitions

<i>Carlo Dade is Director of the Trade & Investment Centre director at the Canada West Foundation. Dr. Deborah Elms is the Executive Director of the Asian Trade Centre in Singapore.</i><p>This week’s meeting in Chile of signatories to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement is the first major global …

Canada

Airlines Reduce Flights to Cuba, and Switch to Smaller Planes

Just six months after being the first airline to sell seats on regularly scheduled flights to Cuba, Silver Airways, a regional carrier based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., that specializes in smaller markets, will scrap its service to the island next month. It is the latest industry move to underscore …

Cuba

Venezuela lawyer says $1.4 bln Exxon damages award overturned

| CARACAS<p>A World Bank tribunal's order for Venezuela to pay $1.4 billion in damages to Exxon Mobil Corp over nationalizations has been annulled, a lawyer for the Venezuelan government said on Thursday.<p>There was no immediate confirmation from the World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of …

World Economy

Puerto Rico's debt plan faces scrutiny

The federal board overseeing Puerto Rico's finances will meet today in New York, where it must decide on a plan for ending its chronic deficits.<p>The …

Puerto Rico

G20 draft no longer rejects protectionism or competitive devaluations

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The world's financial leaders may no longer explicitly reject protectionism or competitive currency devaluations, a draft communique of their meeting next week showed, promising only to keep an "open and fair international trading system".<p>Finance ministers and central bank …

Economics

Trade ministers pledge to harness Commonwealth advantage at historic meeting

Commonwealth trade and investment ministers concluded their two-day meeting in London today with a commitment to make full use of the ‘Commonwealth …

Private Sector

Caribbean nations huddle in Havana on migration, trade, as Trump era begins | Reuters

By Nelson Acosta<br>| HAVANA<p>HAVANA Foreign ministers and other officials from 25 Caribbean countries met in Havana on Friday to discuss a joint response …

Cuba

Royal Caribbean Signs Investment Agreement With Bahamas, Plans to Enhance Private Island CocoCay

(10:37 a.m. EST) -- A hospitality training program and the construction of a pier at CocoCay are among the improvements included in a multi-year …

A quick review of global protectionism

In 2016 protectionist measures were viewed as a response to the era of globalisation and increasing competitiveness, as more suppliers compete for …

Globalization