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Caribbean Council


20 June 2008

Issue 68

Cuba Initiative Chairman Welcomes Change in EU
Position on Cuba
The Chairman of the Cuba Initiative has welcomed the decision by EU member
states to change its approach to relations with Cuba. In a prepared statement
Mr Ian Taylor MP (pictured) said that as Chairman of the Cuba Initiative
representing a wide range of UK business, that he welcomed the decision at the
European Council by EU leaders to scrap diplomatic sanctions against Cuba
imposed in 2003.

"I had been pressing the British Foreign Secretary to play a positive role in this EU process and am
pleased that he has done so.

The decision should encourage President Raul Castro to continue reforms of the Cuban economy
and society. It will also improve the atmosphere and therefore assist EU representatives raising
wider issues such as human rights with the Cuban Government.

This move gives UK businesses and organizations an opportunity to secure contracts, make
investments and engage with health and voluntary bodies in Cuba before the next US
Administration starts to recognize that its long standing anti-Cuba policy has not worked.

The signs are that the US may start next year to ease its embargo and hopefully lift its
unacceptable attempts to prevent British companies dealing with Cuba.

Note: Ian Taylor made two official visits to Cuba in 1994 and 1996 as a DTI Minister to improve
trade relations despite US attempts to discourage such efforts

Visit by the Commonwealth Caribbean Diplomatic Corp
to the Scottish Parliament
Discussions on the establishment of a Cross Party Group on the Caribbean in
the Scottish Parliament, the EU visa regime, ways of increasing the trade
and investment relationship, and more frequent exchanges with the Scottish
Parliament were among the issues discussed when Caribbean High
Commissioners to the UK made a historic visit to Scotland on 12/13 June.

The invitation to visit the Scottish Parliament came from Lord Foulkes in his role as a Member of
the Scottish Parliament and as President of the Caribbean-Britain Business Council. During their
visit, the High Commissioners also met with the Scottish Council for Development and Industry and
discussed with business representatives opportunities for strengthening trade and investment
relations in the areas of tourism, renewable energy and a range of other areas. They also
discussed possible collaboration in advance of the 2014 Commonwealth Games which will be held
in Glasgow.

The High Commissioner for Guyana, Laleshwar Singh, speaking on behalf of the delegation from
eight Caribbean states, said: "We believe this visit marks an important step towards closer
relations between the Caribbean and Scotland and we would like to thank both the First Minister
and the Scottish Parliament for the warm welcome which they have given us.

"The visit has been very fruitful and has given rise to discussion about a number of possible means
to increase future cooperation including the creation of a Cross Party Group on the Caribbean in
the Scottish Parliament. We also discussed the possible appointment of Caribbean honorary consuls
in Edinburgh to better represent the Caribbean, and a regular annual meeting between the
Caribbean High Commissioners and the members of the Scottish Parliament.

We were delighted during our visit to meet Alex Salmond MSP, the First Minister, Linda Fabiani
MSP, Minister for Europe and External Affairs and to learn more from Parliamentarians and officials
about the work and role of the Scottish Parliament."

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

June 24, 2008
Barbados- Providing Global Business
Solutions, Renaissance Chancery
Court Hotel, London

June 24, 2008
Breakfast Meeting -"Securing our
Future through Economic
Diversification and Effective
Governance" Paria Suites Hotel, La
June 28-29, 2008
Carnival de Cuba 2008, Southwark
Park, London

June 30
Cuba Initiative Business Executive
Committee Meeting with new British
Ambassador to Cuba

17 July, 2008
Royal Commonwealth Society Debate
- The Chavez effect: The case of the
Caribbean, Commonwealth Club,

27-31 October, 2008
FCCA 15th annual cruise conference &
trade show, Hyatt Regency, Trinidad
and Tobago

For information on any of the above
events please contact Eileen Molloy

This newsletter is sponsored by:

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George Foulkes MSP said: "The Caribbean is one of the regions in the world with which the UK shares the closest of historical ties, and
I am delighted that the High Commissioners have been able to visit Scotland and the Scottish Parliament to strengthen the links we
already share. "I look forward to working with the High Commissioners and their Governments to find new areas of cooperation for
mutual benefit, particularly in the field of trade and investment."
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Members of the Anglo Dominican Trade Council attend Parliamentary Group
Meeting with Dominican Foreign Minister
The Foreign Minister of the Dominican Republic, Carlos Morales Troncoso (pictured far right), addressed a
Parliamentary meeting of Peers and MPs during his recent visit to London. Members of the CBBC and Anglo
Dominican Trade Council also attended the meeting.

During his speech, the Minister spoke about the recent Presidential elections in the Dominican Republic and President Fernandez's
vision for the country for his second term in office. Carlos Morales said that the Government remains wholly committed to achieving
the Millennium Development Goals and improving health and education for all Dominicans. He however noted a number of challenges
for the country including food security, climate change and severe weather events, and the price of oil and its impact for the price of
transport, energy and agricultural products. The DR he suggested can help internationally with these challenges, for example, acting as
the bread-basket for the region in terms of food production, and increasing its production of ethanol and other renewable forms of
energy; however, he emphasized that the DR will need support from international partners to achieve this. He also said that outcome
of the elections confirmed the strength of democracy in the Dominican Republic and its increasing commitment to a less fragmented
party system.

Members that would like to a copy of the speech given by the Foreign Minister should contact Stephanie Whittle
stephanie. whittle@(caribbean-council.orc

KFriends and Members of the Cuba Initiative Bid Farewell to Lord Moynihan
The Cuba Initiative celebrated the contribution of its immediate past Chairman, Lord Moynihan (pictured), at a party on
16 June in London. Lord Moynihan has now stepped down as Chairman in order that he can focus his efforts on London
Olympics 2012 after serving for five years as Cuba Initiative Chairman.

Before presenting Lord Moynihan with an antique map of Cuba, Ian Taylor MP, the new Chairman, and David Jessop,
the Director of the Cuba Initiative, paid tribute to Colin's continued support and personal commitment to nurturing the
relationship between the UK and Cuba. In response, the outgoing Chairman underlined his ongoing commitment to UK-
Cuba relations, especially in the field of sport. He also commented that the role of Cuba Initiative Chairman has always been made
easier by the fact that the Cuban Ambassadors and Embassy staff in London had always been very supportive.

The farewell party was held at the Bodeguita del Medio Cuban Bar and Grill in Kensington, London, where guests were
treated to mojito cocktails and Cuban canapes. To complete the atmosphere, a three piece band provided a background
of Cuban music. The Cuba Initiative would like to thank Havana Holdings for their support with the party. Anyone who
would like to find out more about the Bodeguita del Medio should visit www.bdelmlondon.com.

Anyone who would like more information about the Cuba Initiative should contact Stephanie Whittle Stephanie.whittle@&caribbean-

Meeting of the Cuba Initiative Business Executive Committee with the Cuban Ambassador
The Cuban Ambassador, Rene Mujica, privately addressed the Business Executive Committee of the Cuba Initiative on June 18 at the
offices of Standard Bank updating them on current developments in Cuba with particular reference to the programme of reforms which
are being introduced and to discuss the opportunities which exist for UK businesses in Cuba.

* Barbados- Providing Global Business Solutions
9.30 1pm, 24 June 2008, Renaissance Chancery Court Hotel, London
Donville Iniss MP (pictured) Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and International Business will
be the keynote speaker at an event hosted by Barbados Invest on Wednesday 24 June in London. The Barbados foreign
Minister will speak about Barbados' policy towards international investment at the seminar that will highlight some of the
opportunities available in Barbados. Also on the agenda is: Utilizing Barbados' suite of legislation for international business
competitiveness; Barbados as a centre for financial and other professional services; and establishing a successful business processing
outsourcing company in Barbados. Attendance is free of charge and includes a buffet lunch, however anyone who wishes to attend
must contact Jean-Paul Cumberbatch to register for a place JCumberbatch@investbarbados.ora

Royal Commonwealth Society Panel debate The Ch6vez effect: the case of the
6 pm, 17 July, 2008, Commonwealth Club, London
iChairman: Tony Lloyd MP, Chairman, All-Party Group on Venezuela.
Panel: Darcus Howe (pictured), Commentator and columnist for New Statesman, Sir Ronald Sanders KCMG. Further speakers to be

Since his re-election in May 2006, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has actively sought to sign economic trade agreements with all
the Caribbean nations. Many Caribbean nations are benefitting from the cheap oil and economic subsidies. The debate will examine
the impact that Venezuela's influence has had on political alliances in the Caribbean and the impact which this is having on
Commonwealth countries in the region. HE Dr Samuel Moncada, Venezuelan Ambassador and former Minister of Education, will
attend the event. For further details please contact Claire Anholt claire.anholti@rcsint.orq

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BVI Showcases Artists in London Exhibit
Demonstrating that the British Virgin Islands are not just about palm trees and financial services, four leading artists
from the islands are bringing their work to London in July hoping to make an impact on the London Art Scene, and
attract international collectors to their work. Works by Carol Vanterpool, John Black, Jim Scheiner (photo used), and
Gath Hewlett will be on show from July 2008 to June 2009 in the Galleries at BVI House. The galleries are open from Monday to Friday
between 10 am and 5 pm by appointment. BVI House has kindly invited all CBBC members to a private viewing of the exhibition on 1
July. For more information please contact BVI House +44 (0) 20 7355 9570.

First issue of IISC Academic Journal on Cuba is Released
The first issue of the International Journal of Cuban Studies is now available for viewing from the journal website
http://www.cubastudiesiournal.orq/iics home.cfm. The journal provides a forum for objective investigation and

informed debate about the Cuban experience.

SBusiness Forum of the Greater Caribbean 23-
25 September
The 9th Business Forum of the Greater Caribbean will take
place in Aruba from 23 to 25 September 2008. The event
aims to expand and strengthen trade relations among ACS
associate members and member states of the Greater
Caribbean region. There will be seminars, business meetings
and an exhibition. For further information contact Mrs. Paola
Vacca, E-mail:pvacca@acs-aec.org

Belize Tourism Expo (BETEX) 30 July- 4
Belize Tourism Expo(BETEX) will take place from 30 July to 4
August 2008 organised by the Belize tourism industry
association. The event will be attended by travel trade
professionals, Belizean suppliers and the media and will
feature cultural shows, social functions, educational seminars,
and multiple mini-marketplaces. For BETEX information, visit
www.betex.bz or email info betex.bz.

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