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PICTURED: Thani Ahmed al-Zeyoudi

OECD TARGETS PASSPORT PLANS

The organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has held a series of consultations and issued a document detailing the possible drawbacks of citizenship-by investment schemes.

The OECD warned countries that woo wealthy foreigners by offering them citizenship could provide “a back-door to money-launderers and tax evaders”.

DUBAI’S GREEN BOUNTY PROJECT

Dubai has announced plans to tie its humanitarian aid to climate change projects, benefiting the Caribbean. United Arab Emirates climate change minister, Thani Ahmed al-Zeyoudi, said $10 million (£7 million) would be put into projects in the Caribbean, including $1m for Barbuda. Dubai aims to meet 75 per cent of its own energy demands from renewable sources by 2050.

BELIZE TACKLING CLIMATE CHANGE

Belize has passed two sets of legislation linked to climate change. One bill will create Central America’s largest biological corridor, allowing wild animals such as jaguars and pumas to travel freely by linking existing patches of protected forest.

The other new law is aimed at phasing out the use of plastic food utensils and single-use plastic bags by April 2019.

JAMAICA’S HEALTH ADOPTION SUCCESS

Jamaican authorities have praised donations to its Adopt a Clinic programme, which invites members of the diaspora to donate money to certain health centres in Jamaica. Most recently, the Jamaica 55 Charities Group UK sponsored a health facility in Hanover, pledging cash until 2023.

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