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Washington cold on rum issue

Washington cold on rum issue John Beale (FP)

By tony best | Mon, October 22, 2012 - 12:06 AM

Locked in a row over United States rum subsidies to international producers, Barbados and its Caribbean neighbours are worried about Washington’s seeming indifference to the region’s plight.

And the countries believed the heated United States presidential and congressional election campaigns may be responsible for Washington’s cold shoulder.

Essentially, as Barbados and its Caribbean neighbours raised their collective voices in protest against huge subsidies which the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) and Puerto Rico were providing to major rum producers on their soil, Washington was remaining silent, virtually ignoring pleas for attention to an issue that could cost thousands of workers their jobs and governments more than $250 million in revenue from rum exports, some diplomats said.

Two months after Barbados spearheaded a move to protest against the hefty rum subsidies that covered 100 per cent of the production costs of rum distilled in St Croix, the Obama administration had virtually ignored the pleas of the Caribbean for an end to the measures which, they warned, could destroy the rum industry in the English-, Spanish-, Dutch- and Creole-speaking Caribbean countries.

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Posted by nesta marley 1 year, 9 months ago
ca someone tell me what is washington to do? are we asking the united states government to stop subsidizing st.croix rum industry,while we are comfortable destroying our own by not promoting argiculture of sugare cane.. but sudsidizing projects like st.peters place and the old paradise project... how many more hotel rooms we need, when those that we already have are not being filled,if we continue to produce and promote the best rums in the world,our industry will hold its own

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Posted by Pan Wallie 1 year, 9 months ago
Well hold strain, Rome wasn't built in a day. Seems like right now:' it's every turkey fa he own craw'. 'Recession and elections' are first on Washington's mind.

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