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Caribbean Council


7 March 2008

Issue 61

The Caribbean Council

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Cuba Initiative Announces New Chairman

The Cuba Initiative is delighted to announce that Ian Taylor MP
(pictured), the Conservative MP for Esher and Walton, has accepted an
invitation to take on the role of UK Chairman of the organisation, in
succession to Lord Moynihan. His counterpart in Havana is Ricardo
Cabrisas Ruiz, Minister of State in the office of the President.

As Minister for Trade and then Science and Technology at the Department of Trade and
Industry (1994-97) in the last Conservative government, Ian Taylor played a central role in
founding the Cuba Initiative. He was the first UK Minister to go to Havana for 20 years and in
his two visits held extensive discussions with the then Cuban President Fidel Castro, as well
as with the now President Raul Castro and many leading members of the Cuban
Government. Since that time he has maintained a keen interest in Cuba and the UK/Cuba
relationship, meeting with visiting Cuban Ministers and with those associated with the Cuba
Initiative to discuss Cuban Issues.

Ian Taylor now chairs the Conservative Party's Policy Task-force on Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mathematics and is also chairman of the Conservative Group for Europe.

Prior to entering Parliament, he was involved in providing corporate finance and management
advice to companies in the UK, France and USA. In addition to being a Member of
Parliament, he is a non-executive director of several companies, including Next Fifteen Group
Pic and AXA Framlington Group Limited, and is on the advisory committee of AXA Investment
Managers in Paris.

Ian Taylor will take over from Lord Moynihan, Chairman of the Initiative since 2002, who now
retires because of his extensive commitments as Chairman of the British Olympic Association.
Lord Moynihan will continue to remain involved in the Cuba Initiative especially in the field of
sporting cooperation.

Following Ian Taylor's appointment as Chairman, it is likely that the Cuba Initiative will
organize a business mission to Havana in June 2008. For more information or to register your
interest in attending the business mission, please contact Chris Bennett
chris.bennettdcaribbean-council.ora. Further information on the Cuba Initiative can be
found at www.cuba-initiative.ora.

Caribbean States in 2020: Sinking, Surviving or
Thursday 28 February Saturday 1 March 2008

A high quality line-up of speakers from the region, including four
Ministers and a former Minister, spoke about their growing sense of
optimism for the future of the region at the two day conference
organised by Wilton Park an agency of the Foreign and
Commonwealth Office, in collaboration with the Caribbean Council and
supported by Virgin Atlantic

Events Diary

28 February 1 March 2008
Caribbean states in 2020: Sinking,
Surviving or Prospering? Wilton Park,

11 March 2008
Future Trends in the Caribbean
Tourism Industry, CBBC /British
Expertise Event, London

12 March 2008
The gaze atras: Screen Memories in
Cuban Cinema, IISC, London

02 April 2008
Caribbean Council Parliamentary
Reception, House of Lords, London

06-08 May 2008
Caribbean Hotel Tourism Investment
Conference, Trinidad

21-25 June 2008
Annual Caribbean Tourism Summit,
Washington DC

28-29 June 2008
Carnival de Cuba, Southwark Park,

For a full events listing and further
details please see www.caribbean-

This newsletter is sponsored by:

H atlantic
In 2008, Virgin Atlantic celebrates 10
years of flying to the Caribbean. In
this time it has become the largest
scheduled airline between Europe and
the Caribbean, carrying 735,000
passengers on its ten Caribbean
routes last year. Virgin Atlantic's initial
services to Barbados, St Lucia and
Antigua have been supplemented by
Grenada, Tobago, Havana, Montego
Bay and Kingston flights from London
Gatwick, and by Barbados and St
Lucia flights from Manchester.
For more details and to make
bookings, please visit www.virain-

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The conference was opened by Ausbert D'Auvergne, Minister of Economic Affairs and Planning, Investment and National
Development, St Lucia (pictured above) and Baroness Scotland of Asthal, the British Attorney General.

David Jessop, Executive Director of the Caribbean Council, Chaired key sessions on Tourism and Agriculture and Energy.

A full report will be available shortly on the Wilton Park web site www. wiltonpark.oro.uk. For further details about the conference
please contact Stephanie Whittle stephanie. whittle(@caribbean-council.ora

A Future Trends in the Caribbean Tourism Industry: Limited Places Still
Available, 3.30 p.m. Tuesday 11th March
British Expertise, One Westminster Palace Gardens, Artillery Row, London SW1P 1RJ

British Expertise and the Caribbean-Britain Business Council are delighted to welcome Peter Odle, President of the
Caribbean Hotel Association and Owner of Mango Bay Resorts; Alec Sanguinetti, Director General of the Caribbean
Hotel Association; and Julia Hendry (pictured), Director of Marketing UK and Europe, Caribbean Tourism Organisation,
to speak about future trends in Caribbean Tourism.
This is an excellent opportunity for members to hear from industry leaders about tourism trends, the opportunities for new business
and the challenges the industry in the region faces.

The event is free of charge to CBBC and British Expertise Members. There is a charge of 75.00 for non members that wish to attend.
For more information about CBBC membership or to reserve a place please contact Eileen Phillips elp@britishexpertse. org

Excellent attendance expected at House of Lords Reception
6.30 8.30, 2 April 2008

Around two hundred Members of Parliament, Peers, members of the Caribbean diplomatic corps,
corporate members and their guests are expected to attend the Caribbean Council Annual
reception at the House of Lords is on target for success. Guest speakers are Douglas Alexander
MP, Secretary of State for Development, and Dr Floella Benjamin, Chancellor of the University of
Exeter, and well known television personality.

Those attending the reception must have an official entry card in order to pass through security.
Any members who have not yet returned their forms are urged to do so in order that tickets can
be posted in good time.

All attendees will be entered for the free prize draw, with this year's top prize being a holiday for two to the Caribbean. A limited
number of tickets are available for sale to non members at a price of 100.00 each. To book your place at the reception please
contact Eileen Molloy Eileen.molloy(vcaribbean-council.ora

The Business Partners for the Reception are: De La Rue; Kier Group; Rex Resorts; and Geest Lines. Entertainment has kindly been
sponsored by Cable and Wireless. Supporting Sponsors are: Nectar Group; Cambridge University Press; and Booker Tate. The top
prize holiday has kindly been provided by Virgin Atlantic and Sandals resorts, and Rum cocktails have been supported by the West
Indies Rum and Spirits Producers Association (WIRSPA).

The 2008 Caribbean Council Reception has generously been sponsored by:




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Group of British MPs visiting Eastern Caribbean

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An official Commonwealth Parliamentary Association delegation of UK Members of Parliament will be visiting sister Parliaments in the
Caribbean from the 13th-20th April. Their itinerary will include meetings with Parliamentary colleagues in Dominica and Montserrat.
The Parliamentarians in the group are: Harry Cohen MP, Anthony Steen MP, Sharon Hodgson MP and Lord Harrison. The delegation
will be led by the Rt Hon Kevin Barron MP.

The CBBC will be briefing the British MPs in advance of their visit on relevant business issues and if there any points which members
would like us to raise with the delegation, they should please contact Chris Bennett (chris.bennett@caribbean-council.orq).

Cuba Initiative Seminar The Labour Movement in Cuba and Economic Reform
15th April, 6.15pm

Dr Steve Ludlam has kindly agreed to lead a Cuba Initiative seminar looking at the labour movement in Cuba and its approach
to economic reform making use of the process known as "perfeccionamiento empresaria/'. This topic is of special relevance as the
Cuban Government indicated in 2007 that this would be the economic model (previously military led) that they intend extending across
the Cuban economy as a whole.

Steve is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at Sheffield University. He recently undertook a Nuffield Foundation funded research project
looking at the reform of Cuba's 'Codigo de Trabajo, a reform which has been going on some years and provides key indicators of the
character of economic relations as Cuba recovers from the Special Period.

The event is only open to members of the Cuba Initiative. Invitations will be sent out shortly. For more information please contact
Chris Bennett (chris.bennett@&canbbean-council. org)

The European Development Fund 10 2008-2013 A briefing by EuropeAid
11.30 a.m., 15 May 2008, British Expertise, London

EDF 10 will start in 2008 and run until 2013. It is the largest of the EuropeAid external aid programmes, with a budget of E22.7 billion
for this period. The Africa, Caribbean & Pacific (ACP) countries are the beneficiaries, with E17.8 billion allocated for national and
regional indicative programmes; E2.7 billion to intra-ACP and inter-regional cooperation; and E1.5 billion in investment facilities.

The sector focus will include; economic growth; health & education; governance; agriculture; natural resources; and infrastructure.

A senior EuropeAid official, Raul Mateus, Head of Centralised Operations for the ACP countries will provide a detailed briefing on EDF
10 and the opportunities that this will bring for consultants.

The CBBC has negotiated a reduced rate for attendance at the meeting, which will be held at the offices of British Expertise in
London. CBBC, Cuba Initiative and Anglo Dominican Trade Council Members can attend for a rate of 35.25 including VAT. For more
information please contact Eileen Phillips elp@britishexpertise.orq.

List of business opportunities in Barbados

The British High Commission in Barbados has published a list of private and public sector projects in sports, leisure, tourism, health,
housing, education, security, social, urban renewal and agriculture. The report has been updated recently to include all of the new
projects announced by the new Government following the election in Barbados on the 15th January.

The report is priced at 225 and can be obtained by contacting the UKTI team in London, on 0207 234 3000 or by email

New member of staff

The Caribbean Council is pleased to announce that a new member of staff, Eileen Molloy, joined the organisation at the beginning of
March. Eileen holds the position of Executive Assistant and can be contacted on eileen.mollov@caribbean-council.ora.

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