Story Highlights The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is making more than US$50 million a year available for investment in a number of projects in Jamaica, through its investment arm, IDB Invest. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is making more than US$50 million a year available for investment in a number of projects in Jamaica, through its investment arm, IDB Invest.IDB Invest General Manager, James P. Scriven, who made the disclosure on Friday (October 19), said that tourism, infrastructure, transportation, ports, roads, as well as the financial sector, are the areas identified to benefit. He said the funds will be made available over “a couple of years”.He was speaking at a luncheon hosted by the IDB’s new Executive Director for Caribbean countries, Ambassador Selwin Hart, at the organisation’s headquarters in Washington DC.Mr. Scriven told the Caribbean Ambassadors and IDB officials in attendance that IDB Invest is taking keen interest in Jamaica and its development, noting that the funds being made available will support key growth projects.Meanwhile, he affirmed the IDB Group’s commitment to supporting investments for projects within the wider Caribbean.“We have over US$300 million that we will loan to various projects in the Caribbean, as we feel the IDB needs to pay more attention and give more financial support to the Caribbean,” he informed.He noted that the Bank had employed staff in all the Caribbean countries where it has a presence, in order to ensure that the necessary groundwork for the expansion of IDB Invest can take place.Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States and Chairman of the CARICOM Caucus of Ambassadors, Her Excellency Audrey P. Marks, welcomed the announcement of IDB funds to be made available for projects in Jamaica.“This latest expanded financial framework from IDB Invest, which will allow projects as small as US$1 million to be included, will help tremendously in improving small and medium-sized enterprise investment in our tourism, infrastructure, transportation and financial sectors,” she pointed out.Ambassador Marks said that as Chairman of the CARICOM Caucus of Ambassadors, she is pleased that IDB Invest is looking to help finance a number of projects throughout the region.“A major focus of the CARICOM Caucus of Ambassadors over the next couple of months is to find ways to attract new investments into the Caribbean and with new investors, the partnership with international financial institutions such as IDB Invest, will add credibility and viability to projects. I am, therefore, happy to note this additional over US$300 million for investment projects throughout the Caribbean,” she pointed out.Ambassador Marks congratulated Ambassador Hart, who is from Barbados, on his IDB appointment, and expressed support on behalf of Caribbean Ambassadors in Washington, DC, “in working together to get the job done”.Ambassador Hart, for his part, said the Caribbean office is “strategically engaging key departments across the IDB Group to identify new opportunities for the region, and are keen to work with management on bringing more Caribbean talent into the Bank, including at senior levels”.“We are working on strengthening our internal coordination and collaboration to better project a strong Caribbean identity across the Bank, strengthening existing relationships and building new ones, as well as working closely with the other CARICOM countries that are not formally part of our constituency on the Board but, nevertheless, share the same priorities and interests,” he added. He was speaking at a luncheon hosted by the IDB’s new Executive Director for Caribbean countries, Ambassador Selwin Hart, at the organisation’s headquarters in Washington DC. IDB Invest General Manager, James P. Scriven, who made the disclosure on Friday (October 19), said that tourism, infrastructure, transportation, ports, roads, as well as the financial sector, are the areas identified to benefit. He said the funds will be made available over “a couple of years”.
zoom Tokyo-based Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (“K” Line) took delivery of Forestal Gaia woodchip carrier from Tsuneishi Shipbuilding on May 24, 2017.Forestal Gaia is in a dedicated service to Nippon Paper Industries for carrying woodchips for paper materials.The vessel sailed on the same day for Dung Quat Port, Vietnam as her maiden voyage.The 49,800 dwt Forestal Gaia inherited her name from a predecessor which was also engaged in service to Nippon Paper Industries.The 200-meter-long vessel has six hatch openings and a holding capacity of 3.6 million cft.
zoomPetros Pappas, CEO of Star Bulk; Image Courtesy: Capital Link Greek shipping company Star Bulk Carriers has entered into an en bloc definitive agreement to purchase eleven dry bulk vessels from entities controlled by Delphin Shipping.The units, that were built by Jiangsu Hantong between 2012 and 2014, would be acquired for an aggregate purchase price of USD 139.5 million, payable in the form of USD 80 million in cash and 4.503 million common shares of Star Bulk.The company said it also secured exhaust gas cleaning systems for all of the vessels “with attractive delivery dates”.The cash portion would be financed through proceeds of a new seven-year capital lease of up to USD 93.6 million with China Merchants Bank Leasing, and an additional tranche of USD 15 million for financing of scrubbers, thus offering around USD 9 million of additional liquidity for Star Bulk.Expected to be finalized in June 2019, the acquisition remains subject to the execution of definitive finance agreements and customary closing conditions.The technical management of the 11 vessels, featuring from 56,600 to 63,100 dwt, would remain with an entity affiliated with Technomar, while commercial management will be taken over by Star Bulk.If concluded, the transaction would increase Star Bulk’s fleet to 120 vessels.