By Kenneth Rijock In a bizarre turn of events, the Citizenship by Investment consultancy whose former manager was charged, by a victim, with demanding a million dollar fee to obtain a diplomatic passport in 2016, has told the Government of Antigua to choose between it, and its primary competitor, accusing Antigua of unspecified misconduct due to its relationship with the competitor, who it is blaming as the sponsor of the articles exposing the diplomatic passport scandal. There is no factual basis for the Henley allegation, and it appears to be a ploy to distract attention from the seriousness of diplomatic … Continue reading

Lessons from India’s partition and Charlottesville’s strife

On August 14 and 15, Pakistan and India, respectively, celebrated the 70th anniversary of their Independence from Britain, a country whose policies, as an occupier, fomented – and then bequeathed to them – the hostile communalism that led to their partition and their continuing antagonism. Religious dissimilarity, as Muslim and Hindu, proved more defining and more divisive than common ethnicity, common culture, common foods and shared history. The invented notion that Muslims and Hindus were two distinct communities and that they rivalled each other for access to economic resources, social development and domination, was deliberately promoted by the British colonial … Continue reading

Financial Sense…Stepping Out on Your Own!!

Passion and purpose, these are two very important and necessary ingredients for my journey through life. I believe if whatever you are doing does not make you happy, then it’s not worth doing. I resigned from a job that held great promises for me, because doing that job and working with some of the people I worked with at the time brought me more dark days, than bright ones. Too many of us are doing jobs or are in careers that bring us no joy, we simply go through the paces because it pays the bills. We all have special … Continue reading

A Financial Plan of Sorts!!!

We can’t all be independently wealthy, but we can all be financially secure – all it takes is a financial plan and a strong commitment to that plan. We cannot take the same attitude towards our financial future as we do towards our New Year’s Resolution. Building a secure financial future starts with creating a sound financial plan. It’s pretty much like building a house: the stronger the foundation the more solid and sturdy the house will be. It does not matter what stage you are at; it only matters that you start and stay on course. Financial planning is … Continue reading

Financial Sense…About raising strong daughters!!!

A woman called me bitch the other day over a comment I made, and I was really amused by it. I was thinking, well she’s not my friend so who gave her the privilege to call me that, so since she was not my friend, I asked her to call me Ms Bitch. I’m a little bit peeved though, not by the name calling, but by the example, we as mothers set, for our daughters. Times have changed drastically from when I was a little girl growing up, I knew how to climb a tree, pitch marbles and generally do … Continue reading

The relevance and state of US-Caribbean relations – Part 3

This is the final of a three-part commentary discussing the relevance and state of US-Caribbean relations against the backdrop of a publication by the Washington-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), entitled, “The Relevance of US-Caribbean Relations – Three Views”. CSIS deserves the Caribbean’s thanks for addressing the issue which has been ignored for decades by US agencies, except in the context of their preoccupation with drug trafficking and refugees. The withdrawal of correspondent banking relations was identified by the CSIS publication as a serious issue in US-Caribbean relations. It is not the only one in the financial services … Continue reading


[By J. K. Roberts (Sound Public Policies Advocate); Circulated on Sunday 30th July 2017] Pension Reform has been touted animatedly by Keith Mitchell’s New National Party (NNP) Government, as a reasonable and realistic solution to the problem of reinstating pensions to public officers. But, is there really a genuine problem with the overdue and lingering reinstatement of the constitutional State pensions? The answer is a Resounding No; since the Pensions (Disqualification) Act can be repealed as easy as 1-2-3. Furthermore, is there any justification for what is being peddled as tough consequences or as financial challenges on the reinstatement of … Continue reading

Urbanisation as a new economic frontier

In 1994 when the Willie Redhead Foundation (tWRF) was established, it had as its mantra: “For the development and renewal of Urban St. George”. Over the years as the foundation began to evolve the mantra was changed to: “For the Preservation & Renewal of the National Heritage of Grenada”. Despite tWRF ‘s extended vision the main focus remained the conservation and enhancement of our Capital City. This is so-because the foundation is convinced – despite unfavourable challenges, of the enormous economic and cultural potential that the City on a Hill possesses, just waiting to be explored. This potential, sad to … Continue reading

The relevance and state of US-Caribbean relations – Part 2

This commentary continues the discussion on the relevance and state of US-Caribbean relations against the backdrop of a publication by the Washington-based, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), entitled, “The Relevance of US-Caribbean Relations – Three Views”. In the discussion of the security relationship between the US and the Caribbean, Evan Ellis, identifies China as a problem, presumably for the US. He rightly says that expanding loans and equity investment in the Caribbean will give China “increasing leverage in the region of critical issues”. The latter point is true. And, it should have been obvious to US government policy … Continue reading

Financial Sense…Sudden Wealth Syndrome – Do You Want It?

You wake up one morning and you are suddenly wealthy beyond your wildest dreams – you’ve won the lottery or come into an inheritance. How do you deal with such an occurrence? I remember a friend telling me that when his kids graduated, the only problem he wanted to have was which colour car he should buy them. I think that’s a fantastic position to be in and I am sure that in some way or the other, we all want to be in a similar position, maybe not necessarily to buy them a car, but to know that we … Continue reading