Title: Caribbean Council newsletter
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Caribbean Council


3 December 2007

Issue 55

The Caribbean Council

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Caribbean Overseas Territories in a changing world what lies
Lord Foulkes, Chairman of CBBC, chaired a seminar which was jointly held with
the Institute for the Study of the Americas, assessing the practical issues facing
the Overseas Territories (OTs) as they look ahead. Presentations were made
by panellists: Peter Clegg, University of the West of England; Gert Oostindie,
KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies in
Leiden; Justin Daniel, University of the French Antilles and French Guyane, Martinique and Frank
Savage, Former Governor of the British Virgin Islands and Montserrat, and OT Adviser to the
Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The presentations examined the very different constitutional relationships which exist between
the different non-independent territories in the Caribbean and the metropolitan governments in
Europe. They concluded however that in all of the relationships there exists an essential tension
whereby the Overseas Territories wish to obtain the maximum amount of autonomy they can,
without actually becoming sovereign independent states. The non-independent Caribbean
generally enjoys high GDP per capital, a good standard of life guaranteed by good governance,
and the right to an EU passport and residence if they wish; there is little wish to lose these
benefits. There are differing levels of budgetary support from the metropolitan countries to the
non-independent Caribbean, with the French DOM receiving the greatest amount of support, and
the UK overseas territories receiving no direct budgetary support, other than Montserrat.

There was some discussion over to what extent the high GDPs in these countries was evenly
distributed and how support from the EU had pushed up living standards but had also made
these islands very uncompetitive regionally in terms of their labour costs and dollar / euro
economies. Commentators also discussed the strategic values of the Overseas Territories in the
Caribbean for the EU member states and agreed that they were generally of no particular
strategic value, with the exception of the French DOM which reflected a French desire to
maintain a presence in the Americas.

Christmas Members Event 2007
mT cUa 11 December 2007, 5.30pm 7.30pm
La Bodeguita del Medio Cuban Grill & Mojito Bar, 47 Kensington Court, London
Forming the finale to a successful 2007 seminar series, the Cuba Initiative's last event of the
year will be a Christmas Party.

The Cuba Initiative has teamed up with La Bodeguita del Medio restaurant in Kensington to offer
members a fun evening filled with cocktails, Cuban food and music.

The party will begin with a Mojito cocktail at 5.30pm and at 6pm guests will be shown how to
make the perfect Christmas rum cocktail. The cocktail demonstration will be followed by a chef
at the Bodeguita team at 6.30pm who will be demonstrating how to make a special Cuban
seafood dish. Once the demonstrations are over, guests will be free to enjoy some more Mojitos
while listening to the Cuban band 'Gala.'

Canap6s will be served during the party but anyone wishing to stay on will be able to book a
table to have a meal specially designed for the Cuba Initiative. Further details will be sent out to
those attending.

Please note that this event is members only. Numbers are limited for this party and so anyone
who would like to attend should reply as soon as possible to stephanie.whittle@caribbean-

Events Diary
3/5 December 2007
31st Miami Conference
Caribbean Basin, Miami

on the

10/14 December 2007
Caribbean Conference on
Comprehensive Disaster
Management, Barbados

11 December 2007
Cuba Initiative Christmas Party

12 December 2007
The Scientific Revolution
Professor Luis Alberto Montero-
Cabrera, Presidente del Consejo
Cientifico, Universidad de La
Habana, London

13/14 December 2007
Caribbean Sales & Marketing
Strategy Conference, Puerto Rico
13/15 January 2008
Caribbean Marketplace, Bahamas

21/22 January 2008
Platts Caribbean Energy: Regional
Energy Policies, carbon and
renewable Alternatives, Attracting
Investment, Florida
For information on any of the
above events contact
admin@caroibbean-council org

This newsletter is sponsored by:

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stop scheduled airline between the UK
and the Caribbean, following at 20%
increase in capacity during Winter
2006/7. Between October 2006 and
March 2007, Virgin Atlantic expects to
carry over 350,000 passengers on its
Caribbean routes. Services from
London Gatwick to the Caribbean
began in 1998, with flights to
Barbados, St. Lucia and Antigua.
Since then Grenada, Tobago, Havana
and Montego Bay in Jamaica have
been added to the network. Barbados
and St. Lucia are also served from

a-m^ftt. CBBC Meeting with the CARICOM High Commissioners
The CBBC will hold its next meeting with the CARICOM High Commissioners in London on 10 December. Following
the last meeting in October, it was decided that another meeting should be convened before Christmas following the
recent appointment of Barry Humphreys as the new Chairman of the CBBC. On the agenda for the meeting is the forward programme
of CBBC events for 2008 and the UK Caribbean Government to Government Forum that will take place in London in April 2008. Any
CBBC members who would like to put forward comments or issues for the agenda should contact Stephanie Whittle
stephanie. whittle@caribbean-council. or
2 Belgrave Square London SW1X 8PJ Tel: 0207 235 9484 Fax: 0207 823 1370 Email: admin(caribbean-council.ora Web: www.caribbean-council.ora
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r The Caribbean Hotel Association Education Foundation (CHAEF) receives donation from
the Caribbean Foundation
The Caribbean Foundation has donated 1000.00 to the CHAEF to help fund hospitality and tourism
scholarships for Caribbean people working in the industry. The Caribbean Foundation is the UK registered charity to which the
Caribbean Council remits any profit it makes each year. Its charity status is based upon its educational activity, and as such it provides
funds to a variety of individuals and organizations to support further education, training, educational events and research. The
donation to the CHAEF recognizes tourism as one of the leading industries in the region with a substantial requirement for staff
training at all levels. Further information about the Caribbean Foundation can be found at http://www.caribbean-
council ora/caribbeanfoundation/

SThe Scientific Revolution "Scientific research in Cuba highlights and future prospects: A view
by a Cuban scientist"
Professor Luis Alberto Montero-Cabrera, Presidente del Consejo Cientifico, Universidad de La Habana
Wednesday 12th December 2007, 7.00pm, London Metropolitan University
1 The next event of the International Institute for the Study of Cuba series is a talk by Professor Luis Montero-Cabrera.
Professor Montero is an award-winning and internationally renowned physical chemist whose research into the
quantum molecular processes in the retina has broken new ground in the understanding of the chemistry and physics of vision. He has
published 125 articles and held visiting professorships at universities throughout the world. Most recently he taught at the Dep. de
Qufmica Ffsica Aplicada, Universidad Aut6noma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain; the Institut for Organische Chemie in Bremen, Bremen,
Germany, and the Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering (ISIC), EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland. As Chairman of the Scientific
Council of the University of Havana he is uniquely placed to be able to explain the achievements of Cuban scientific research and its
prospect for future development. For further details please contact admin@cubastudies.org

2 Belgrave Square London SW1X 8PJ Tel: 0207 235 9484 Fax: 0207 823 1370 Email: admin(caribbean-council.ora Web: www.caribbean-council.ora
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