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Key Facts

The Caribbean is a region that consists of the Caribbean Sea, its islands (most of which are enclosed by the sea), and the surrounding coasts. The region is southeast of the Gulf of Mexico and North America, east of Central America, and north of South America.

  • Climate change laws around the world


    There has been a 20-fold increase in the number of global climate change laws since 1997, according to the most comprehensive database of relevant policy and legislation.

    The database, produced by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the Sabin Center on Climate Change Law, includes more than 1,200 relevant policies across 164 countries, which account for 95% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Trinidad and Tobago Year in Review 2016


    Lower returns from the energy sector due to weaker prices and a drop in production weighed down Trinidad and Tobago’s economy in 2016, though stronger prospects for the industry in the new year should fuel a rebound in 2017.

    Budget to bite back

    The T&T economy remained in recession for the second year in a row, with the Central Statistical Office (CSO) estimating that GDP would fall by 2.3% in 2016, following a contraction of 0.6% the previous year.

    With hydrocarbons accounting for 39% of national fiscal gain and 83% of export values over the 15 years through to 2015, according to the Central Bank of T&T (CBTT), much of the recessionary pressure has come from low world energy prices.

  • Airbnb bets on boom in Cuba tourism


    Airbnb has opened its site to Cuba, making it one of the initial US companies to open shop on the island since the dramatic thaw in tensions between Washington and Havana last year.

  • The Latin American way new Trans-Pacific Partnership


    Cross-border trade bodies in the Americas have a variable record, with critics rounding on the likes of Mercosur or even the new Trans-Pacific Partnership. However, the Pacific Alliance – largely driven by the private sectors of Chile, Peru, Colombia and Mexico – appears to be showing how such bodies can work entirely.