Chef Richardson Skinner to be Featured at Taste of Saint Lucia Event 2020
On March 24 & 25, the Embassy of Saint Lucia in Washington D.C., in collaboration with the World Bank and the Saint Lucia Tourism Association (SLTA) will feature award winning Executive Chef, Richardson Skinner, at the annual luncheon, Taste of Saint Lucia, part of Saint Lucia’s Anniversary of Independence activities. Chef Skinner of Ti Bananne Caribbean Bistro and Bar at Coco Palm Hotel currently manages the national culinary team of Saint Lucia, leading his team to gold medals last year 2019 in the CHTA Annual Culinary Competition, taking home four of the top place awards. He has over 30 years of experience in the food and beverage industry.
The event will be held at the World Bank (Main Campus), 1818 H Street, NW, Washington D.C., 20043. This will be the third year that a Saint Lucian Chef will be featured at the World Bank.
Diaspora to Host Annual Independence Ball
Independence activities will culminate with an Independence Ball organized by the Saint Lucia Association of the Washington Metropolitan Area under the patronage of the Embassy of Saint Lucia in Washington D.C. The event is slated for Saturday, April 18, 2020 from 8:00 pm. to 10:00 a.m. at the Marriott Hotel, College Park, 3501 University Blvd E., Hyattsville, MD, 20783. Tickets cost $80 and are available from the members of the executive. Click here for more information on the event.
Thanksgiving Church Service in Observance of
Saint Lucia 41st Independence Anniversary
Washington D.C. - The Embassy of Saint Lucia in Washington D.C. in collaboration with the Saint Lucia Association of the Washington Metropolitan Area held its annual thanksgiving church service to mark Saint Lucia’s 41st Anniversary of Independence at the Church of the Holy Comforter on Sunday, February 23, 2020.
Ambassador Edmunds took the opportunity to report to the Diaspora, the work undertaken by the Embassy, and in keeping with the theme for this year's observance of Independence, ‘Now is the time, let’s do this together’, he encouraged the Association to continue their positive work to support Saint Lucia’s development. The church service was attended by CARICOM Ambassadors in Washington, other members of the diplomatic corps, and former Ambassadors of Saint Lucia to the United States, H.E. Edsel Edmunds and H.E. Sonia Johnny. The service was followed by a reception hosted by the Association.
Saint Lucia to Benefit from Banking Compliance Training
Washington, DC – A series of engagements in Washington on de-risking has resulted in an opportunity for Saint Lucian and other regional financial entities and authorities to benefit from training March 30-31 - announced Saint Lucia’s Ambassador to the United States. Specifically, the region stands to benefit from training by the Bankers Association for Finance and Trade (BAFT).
BAFT’s Respondent’s Playbook for Obtaining and Maintaining a Correspondent Banking Relationship was published in 2019 and is part of BAFT’s effort to address the significant decline of correspondent banking relationships worldwide since 2011. The Playbook will be the basis of training and provides detailed practical information to inform respondent banks about expectations of US correspondents. The handbook was developed based on contributions from most of the major correspondent banks - this both from a business and compliance perspective.
“I am pleased that our CARICOM caucus engagement has ultimately led to this collaboration with BAFT”, commented Ambassador Edmunds. “The participation of the Saint Lucian banking sector in this training, along with any parties involved in our regulatory and oversight space is critical. This as it would serve to indicate to not only U.S. banks but also to U.S. regulators, that our country takes the issue of banking compliance seriously”, he concluded. BAFT is the leading international transaction banking association, which is headquartered in Washington, DC.
CARICOM Ambassadors in Washington D.C. have been actively involved in advocating for solutions to the issue of de-risking and the withdrawal of correspondent banking relations from the region. It should also be noted that U.S. State Department is also working with the Florida International Bankers Association (FIBA) on session by that particular group. Information on the BAFT Playbook training has been sent to the Saint Lucia Banking Association and the Caribbean Association of Banks, which is headquartered in Saint Lucia. Information on the training can also be found by visiting the Embassy website at the below link. https://www.embassyofstlucia.org/news-1