Guyana set to pass impressive new law on e-commerce

Guyana is about to strip itself of a, no doubt, undesirable status: it is one of only two remaining Caribbean jurisdictions without a substantive e-commerce law. The Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Commerce published a draft act – The Electronic Communications and Transactions Bill, 2019 in early October, 2020. The public comment period for the […]

BVI tables cyber laws

The Government of the British Virgin Islands has tabled a number of bills in its parliament aimed at enhancing the digital economy. The suite of proposed legislation covers data privacy, the facilitation of electronic filings via government institutions, electronic commerce (electronic transactions, documents and signatures) and digital payments. Public comments were invited in the first […]

List of E-Commerce Laws in the Caribbean

I researched which countries in the Caribbean region have e-commerce laws and the results are listed below

[FinTech] Barbados launches Regulatory Sandbox

In Barbados, the Financial Services Commission  and the Central Bank have jointly created an important regulation: the Regulatory Sandbox Framework for the Financial Services Sector. Sandbox Benefits The no-fluff definition of a regulatory sandbox? A temporary observatory where regulators try to figure out whether a new financial product/service is fish or foul. Let’s flesh that […]

Charles Leacock Q.C. – Internet Law in Barbados

This is a video recording of a presentation by Charles Leacock, Q.C. on the state of internet laws in Barbados. The presentation was given at the inaugural Barbados Internet Governance Forum and does an excellent job of outlining the existing digital law legislative framework at play in Barbados. The presentation touches on the: Telecommunications Act; […]

Aslam v Uber and a few implications for Uber’s entry into Trinidad

A first-instance Court in the United Kingdom ruled in October 2016 that the relationship between ride-sharing app, Uber and its drivers was that of an employer and employee. Uber unsuccessfully contended that its drivers were merely independent contractors. The case –  Aslam v Uber BV [2017] IRLR 4 – naturally sent ripples throughout the gig-economy, given the wider […]

Presentation: E-commerce and the Barbados Services Sector

A bit late with this one. Apologies. In September 2017, I gave a presentation at a breakfast seminar put on by the Barbados Coalition of Service Industries. The seminar was focused on E-Commerce in Barbados and I was asked to consider legal implications. My presentation touched on: Elements of an enabling e-commerce environment. Common barriers […]