Title: Caribbean Council newsletter
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Publication Date: April 11, 2008
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Caribbean Council


11 April 2008

Issue 63

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Busnes council Caribbean Council
Annual Reception,
2 April 2008
The 2008 Caribbean Council annual reception at the House of Lords on 2 April was a huge
success. With over 200 MPs, Peers, officials, diplomats, CBBC, Cuba Initiative and Anglo
Dominican Trade Council members and their guests present, the event has truly become an
annual fixture in the diary of all connected with the Caribbean in the United Kingdom.

Unfortunately, Lord Foulkes, the President of the CBBC, was not able to host the reception as
planned due to illness, however his colleague Lord Bilston kindly stepped in to the role and
proved to be an excellent host for the evening.

The Secretary of State for Development, Douglas Alexander MP, the principal speaker, spoke
warmly about the importance the United Kingdom attached to its relationship with the
Caribbean and noted that Britain looked forward to holding detailed conversations later this
year on matters of mutual interest at the time of UK Caribbean Government to Government

Dr Floella Benjamin made a passionate speech about her experience moving to the UK from
Trinidad as a child. Dr Benjamin focused on the need for Caribbean nations to harness the
potential of their young people, provide them with opportunities, and create an environment
that enables them to succeed. The ability to harness the potential of the young people in the
Caribbean and also the experience and expertise developed by those Caribbean nationals
working outside of the region, Dr Benjamin said, was crucial to the development of the

There was an excellent rum punch provided by the West Indies Rum and Spirits Producers
Association and music came from the Nite Blues Trio, a steel pan band that was sponsored for
the evening by Cable and Wireless.

The climax of the evening was the free prize draw. Each year guests are given a ticket with
their badge on arrival that enables them to participate in the prize draw. The prizes included a
variety of Caribbean themed gifts, including a subscription to Cuba Briefing; dinner for two at
Floridita restaurant; a number of Caribbean music CD's; some premium Caribbean Rum; and a
case of Cuban beer. The top prize of a holiday for two to the Caribbean courtesy of Virgin
Atlantic and Sandals Resorts was won by Mrs Sheila Bowers.

(Pictured left to right: Lord Bilston; Douglas Alexander MP; Dr Floella Benjamin.)

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our sponsors for their generous support
of the event:


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Events Diary
24 April 2008
Book Launch: An evening with
Leonardo Padura 6.30pm,
International Institute for the Study of
Cuba, London Metropolitan University
April 25-27, 2008
Jamaica Product Exchange
JAPEX 2008
Hilton Kingston Hotel, Jamaica

April 28-May 1, 2008
10th Annual Caribbean Tourism
Conference on Sustainable Tourism
Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort & Spa
May 06-08, 2008
Caribbean Hotel Tourism Investment
Conference, Trinidad
8th May 2008
Tourism in Developing Countries
British Expertise Offices, London
June 21-25, 2008
Annual Caribbean Tourism Summit,
Washington DC
June 28-29, 2008
Carnival de Cuba, Southwark Park,
25-28 November 2008
15th International Conference on
European Studies, Havana, Cuba
For information on any of the above
events contact admini@caribbean-

This newsletter is sponsored by:


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
For more details and to make bookings,
please visit www.virgin-atlantic.com.

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The Labour Movement in Cuba and Economic Reform
THE CUBA 6.15 p.m., 15 April, 2 Belgrave Square, London
INITIATIVE Dr Steve Ludlam will lead a Cuba Initiative seminar looking at the labour movement in
Cuba and its approach to the process of economic reform known as
"perfeccionamiento empresarial". 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. For more information please contact Chris Bennett

Reduced Rate for Members: Panel Discussion on the EU-Latin American and
Caribbean Summit. 11 a.m., 22 April, Canning House, London
The Peruvian Embassy and Canning House are hosting a panel discussion on the Fifth EU-Latin America and
Caribbean Summit taking place in Lima on 16 May 2008. Participants will include HE Ricardo Luna, Ambassador
of Peru, Chris Wood, Americas Director at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and Enrique Mendizabal,
Research Fellow in the Research and Policy Development (RAPID) Group and Chair of the Latin America and the
Caribbean Group at ODI. The panel will analyse specific initiatives on the two major themes of the summit:
"Poverty, Inequality and Inclusion" and "Sustainable Development".

The event will take place at 11 a.m., at Canning House, 2 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PJ and will be followed by a Peruvian
cocktail reception. Members of the CBBC, Cuba Initiative and Anglo Dominican Trade Council are eligible for a reduced rate of
entry of 20.00 per person (reduced from 58.75). If you would like to attend please register by contacting Monica Caro

Hand Baggage Announcement
The UK Department for Transport has given approval to a number of UK airports to remove the one-bag restriction on hand
baggage, as follows:

London Heathrow Glasgow
London Gatwick Jersey
London City Manchester
Aberdeen Newcastle

While BAA has now permitted two pieces of carry-on luggage at the above airports, members are advised to check hand luggage
allowances with their carrier prior to departure.

Membership: Bottle of Premium Rum for Membership Referrals
Any CBBC, Cuba Initiative or Anglo Dominican Trade Council Members that recommend membership to a company that
subsequently joins by 31 May 2008 will receive a premium bottle of Caribbean Rum. If you wish to recommend a company to join
please contact Stephanie Whittle stephanie.whittle(acaribbean-council.orq

Renew Your Subscription On-Line
Members and subscribers are reminded that they can pay their renewal fees on line by visiting the Caribbean Council web site, as

CBBC: http://www.cb-bc.orq/member-services/index.html
Cuba Initiative: http://www.cuba-initiative.orq/member-services/index.html
Anglo Dominican Trade Council: http://www.anqlo-dominican.orq/member-services/index.html
Caribbean Insight & Cuba Briefing: http://www.caribbean-council.orq/consultancv/publications/index.html

Members who were expecting an invoice and who have not received one should contact Stephanie Whittle
Stephanie. whittlec@caribbean-council. ora

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