All posts by David Jessop, Expert Contributor

David Jessop is the Executive Director of the Caribbean Council. In a forty-year career, he has provided high level support and advice to industries, associations, governments and companies on investment, trade policy and political issues in the Caribbean, the UK and continental Europe

Obama signs new deal for Caribbean engagement

In his administration's final days, President Obama has signed a bipartisan bill mandating the State Department and US development agency to create an actionable Caribbean strategy

/ December 19, 2016

It is time for a new CARICOM policy on marijuana

The Caribbean is missing out on a booming marijuana industry, in deference for excessive penalties on its citizens for ganja use

/ September 1, 2016

Cuba grapples with austerity amid economic slowdown

The list of economic challenges facing Cuba’s present and future leadership is daunting, and may well result in new uncertainties in a country with an economy in a slow transition

/ August 7, 2016

After Brexit: What happens next for the Caribbean?

The Caribbean's place in a standalone Britain is unpredictable after the UK's vote to leave the European Union

/ June 24, 2016

Venezuela is in free fall. What’s next for PetroCaribe?

Most of the Caribbean depends on Caracas for subsidised oil, but there is no telling how long the crippled Venezuelan economy can sustain it

/ April 25, 2016

Caribbean governments split on drone regulations

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles represent a challenge for Caribbean governments, but there is a strong reason why they should adapt -- and quickly

/ March 31, 2016