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Caribbean Council


28 November 2008

Issue 77

The Caribbean Council

Dialogue on Social Partnership Engages Jamaican
Government, Opposition and Stakeholders A" ;^
To assist in the development of a dialogue on options for social partnership =--
in Jamaica and a related study by the Caribbean Policy Research Institute
(CaPRI), the Caribbean Council sponsored a former senior Irish official, Paul
Haran, to visit Jamaica from 14-20 November and participate in a number of informal meetings and

During his week long programme, Mr Haran met with the Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers, the
Leader of the Opposition, senior representatives from the public and private sector, trade unions
and civil society. In addition to the programme of high level meetings, Mr Haran took part in a
series television and radio interviews arising from the interest in the visit and delivered a public

CaPRI, with support from the Caribbean Council, is currently undertaking a project analysing Social
Partnership models in different countries to help find out how a consensus might be built in
Jamaica that would enable government, the private sector and civil society to work together to
help create economic growth.

S During the visit, Mr Haran met with a wide cross section of Jamaican society. He
participated in consultation meetings, a business round table with the board of
| S? Jamaica Trade and Invest, and a public seminar held at the University of the West
Indies Mona Campus. The programme ended with a small working dinner
attended by the Prime Minister, members of Cabinet, and some of the leading
members of the Jamaican private sector. CBBC member and business partners of
the programme, Barry Humphreys of Virgin Atlantic (CBBC Chairman) and John
Black of De La Rue Currency also attended the dinner, having flown in specially to attend this
important event.

Mr Haran is one of the individuals credited with developing and implementing the social partnership
programme in Ireland that led to the increased economic growth that earned it the international
title 'Celtic Tiger' in his role as then-Secretary General of the Department of Enterprise,
Government of Ireland (a position equivalent to Permanent Secretary). His visit to Jamaica enabled
him to answer questions and share his and Ireland's experience where relevant to Jamaica.

The Republic of Ireland is perhaps the best known example of a successful Social Partnership, but
in Ireland social partnership was the product, rather than the goal, of the countries desire to
address its own problems.

During his visit to Jamaica there was particular interest in Mr Haran's
remarks about Ireland's creation of a National Economic Social Council, a
permanent body conducting analysis to inform stakeholders that preceded
the social partnership agreements in Ireland. This was, Mr Haran said, an
essential part of the process and was important in generating the consensus
and understanding about Ireland's problems that enabled the Government,
Trade Unions and Private Sector to reach agreements.

Prior to the visit, and as part of the project, CaPRI had produced a scoping document outlining
different examples of social partnership and how they related to Jamaica's own experience. This is
available for download from the Caribbean Council web site.

Events Diary
2 December, 2008
Bolivarian Alternative Lecture, IISC,

8-12 December, 2008
CDM A Catalyst for Change:
Caribbean Conference on
Comprehensive Disaster
Management, Barbados

18-20 January, 2009
Caribbean Marketplace, St Lucia

29-30 January, 2009
Caribbean Energy Conference:
Mitigating Fuel Prices, Santo
Domingo, Dominican Republic

9-13 February, 2009
International E-Commerce
Workshop, Havana, Cuba

9-13 February, 2009
Informatica 2009, Havana, Cuba

21 April, 2009 Reception, House fo
Lords, London

For information on any of the above
events please contact

This newsletter is sponsored by:

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Going forward, CaPRI will now produce a final study that includes the findings of the week's consultations, along with analysis of
partnership models elsewhere, that will be presented to the Government and Opposition in Jamaica.

The visit was supported by the UK Department for International Development, the Jamaica Tourist Board, De La Rue and Virgin

(Pictured: Top, Paul Haran; Centre, Anthony Hylton, Opposition Spokesman on Foreign Affairs; Final, Senator Dwight Nelson, Minister without Portfolio
in the Ministry of Finance and public Service all taken at public seminar)

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Cuba Initiative Announces New Cuban Co-Chairman
The Cuban Minister for Foreign Trade, Raul De La Nuez (Pictured), has formally accepted the Chairmanship of the
Cuban side of the Cuba Initiative.

The post was previously held by Ricardo Cabrisas who has recently been become a Vice-President of the Council of
State. Mr Cabrisas, who together with Ian Taylor (when a minister in the last British Conservative Government) was
responsible for setting up the Cuba Initiative in 1992 and has always been a strong supporter of it, will remain engaged with the work
of the Initiative due to his overarching ministerial responsibility for foreign trade and investment activity.

Mr De La Nuez as Minister for Foreign Trade has frequently met with members of the Initiative and is deeply familiar with the trade
and investment relationship between the UK and Cuba.

Ian Taylor MP during his recent visit to Havana as the new UK Chairman of the Initiative met with his new Cuban counterpart and
congratulated him on his appointment. The two Chairmen have agreed a programme of work for the coming months which will focus
on areas for collaboration including tourism, biotechnology, renewable technologies and energy.

Save the Date: Caribbean Council Annual Reception at the House of Lords: 21 April, 2009
IThe Caribbean Council will once again be hosting its annual reception at the House of Lords for members, friends and distinguished
guests. The event will take place on 21 April at the House of Lords, London. The 2008 reception, the largest to date, attracted over
200 guests, who heard from guest speakers Douglas Alexander MP and Floella Benjamin. Next year's event will again be supported by
sponsors and include a free prize draw.

More information will be circulated in January 2009; however anyone who would like information about the business partnership and
exhibition opportunities available in relation to the event should contact Stephanie Whittle Stephanie whittle@caribbean-council org

S Virgin Holidays Calls for Urgent Review of APD Changes
Following the pre budget announcement about a rise in Air Passenger Duty in the UK (Caribbean Insight, 24 November),
there has been marked concern in the Caribbean Tourism Industry about the impact that the increase will have. Virgin
Holidays, a leading UK operator in the region, is amongst the critics of the new policy.

Increasing APD will be a "betrayal of trust" for Caribbean communities that have welcomed UK travellers, according to
Virgin Holidays.

The tour operator said many communities have changed their infrastructures and their own policies to accommodate the travel
industry and its customers". "It's disheartening that the announcement leaves both the environment vulnerable and those communities
in destinations that have benefitted so greatly from tourism both economically and socially", said managing director Amanda Wills

"The most obvious impact of the ruling will be on flights to the Caribbean, a region whose islands are extremely dependent on tourism
and the UK travel market specifically".

"We have worked closely with our Caribbean industry friends for over 22 years, and as such are acutely aware of the inevitable
negative impact to livelihoods and quality of life that the charges scheduled for 2010 threatens".

"It is extremely disappointing to see the lack of Government commitment to the environment and overseas business communities that
depend on the UK traveller, illustrated by the APD ruling. It is vital that the travel industry be heard and that this position reviewed
urgently," she said.

Entry to the USA under the Visa Waiver' Caribbean Energy Conference: Mitigating
Programme Fuel Prices
A new mandatory process for people entering the USA on 29-30 January, 2009, Santo Domingo,
the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) will take effect on 12 Dominican Republic
January 2009, which replaces the green coloured I-94W form. This conference will focus on fuel options, renewable
alternatives, hedging, finance and policies. There will be a
There are benefits for visitors in that once ESTA is fully discussion and analysis of country strategies to deal with the
implemented who will no longer have to fill in an 1-94 form fuel price crisis along with a review of how to attract
every time they enter the US (Green coloured card, usually investment and determine the right funding mix to meet lender
completed whilst on the aircraft). It also means that travellers requirements.
will know before they leave their country of origin / arrival in For more information visit wwwplatts.com
the US, that they should be OK for entry (but not guaranteed).

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SMeeting of the Cuba Initiative Business Executive Committee
The Cuba Initiative UK Chairman, Ian Taylor MP, met with members of the Initiative's Business Executive Committee in Parliament to
discuss his recent visit to Havana and brief them on the detailed outcomes.

I Members of the Business Executive Committee who were unable to attend the meeting but would like more information, should please
contact Chris Bennett chrisbennett@caribbean-council.org

g| CDM A Catalyst for Change: Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive
S.DERA, Disaster Management
/m mw t1 w 8-12 December, 2008, Barbados
Mano~ng tIaa*er8 wit Peporedlnei
The Third Annual Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management is being hosted by the
Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA). The Conference will be held in Barbados from December 8-12, 2008.

The plenary sessions will focus on the progress of the Comprehensive Disaster Management agenda and the ongoing dialogue on
humanitarian reform and the implications for regional and national disaster response.

Other key activities at the conference will include Professional Development Sessions, showcasing of research, tools and best practices
in disaster management. The Conference will also host an event for schools and an exhibition hall which will display the latest disaster
management /business continuity management products and services.

The Conference will be addressed by several high level speakers and experts in the field of disaster management making it a unique
opportunity for the networking of disaster management practitioners, donors, NGOs, Public and private sectors, researchers and civil
society. For more information please visit

Inform tica New Technologies: Development and Sovereignty
Informatica 9-13 February, 2009, Havana, Cuba
YFERIAINERNACIONAL 2009 From February 9 through 13, Havana will host the 13th International Convention and Fair, which
will take place at the Palace of Conventions and PABEXPO fairgrounds, with the slogan "New
Technologies: development and sovereignty". The objective of the fair is to promote the scientific advances, new technologies and
new features of the sector. This is an opportunity to acquire knowledge, to interchange experiences and to strengthen the friendship
between the peoples. For more information visit http://www.informaticahabana.com

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West Indies England Cricket Fixtures 2009
1st Test: 4-8 February 2009 Sabina Park, Jamaica
2nd Test: 13-17 February Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua
3rd Test: 26 Feb 2 March Kensington Oval, Barbados (Pictured)
4th Test: 6-10 March Queens Park Oval, Trinidad
1st ODI: 20 March Providence Stadium, Guyana
2nd ODI: 22 March Providence Stadium, Guyana
3rd ODI: 27 March Kensington Oval, Barbados
4th ODI: 29 March Kensington Oval, Barbados

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