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23 January 2009
Issue 79

Events Diary

CBBC to Welcome Jamaican Ministers in February
The Caribbean-Britain Business Council is holding a working business dinner on the
occasion of the visit to the UK of three Ministers from Jamaica. Barry Humphreys,
Chairman of the CBBC and Director of External Affairs and Route Development at
Virgin Atlantic will host the dinner, which is being attended by Dr Kenneth Baugh
(pictured), Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign
Trade, Karl Samuda, Minister of Investment, Industry and Commerce, Minister Don
Wehby, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service and High
Commissioner Burchell Whiteman. The CBBC is also delighted that Gareth Thomas MP, Minister of
State for the department of International Development in the UK will attend. The Business dinner
is open to Premier members of the CBBC and Board members of the Caribbean Council.

The private dinner precedes a one day investment conference being held in London on 5th February
that will explore the opportunities for investment in Jamaica.

The visiting Ministers will speak at the conference, along with Caribbean businessmen including
Erwin Burton, CEO of Grace Foods.

Key themes that will be explored in the conference are as follows: the Economic Partnership
Agreement (EPA); Investing in Jamaica; and Jamaica's improving economy. The conference will be
followed by a gala networking reception that will focus on the creative industries.

The Caribbean Council has provided support with the conference, which is being organised by DMA
Consultants and Jamaica Trade and Invest. CBBC Members are invited to attend the conference
free of charge. Anyone interested in attending should contact Stephanie Whittle

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

5 February, 2009
Jamaica-UK Investment Forum,

5 February, 2009
Cuban Baseball and National Identity,

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

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

12-22 February, 2009
Havana International Book Fair,
Havana, Cuba

18 March, 2009
Business Roundtable on Global
Economic Crisis, Santo Domingo,
Dominican Republic

17-18 April, 2009
Save the Date: Caribbean Council Annual Reception at the House of Fifth Summit of the Americas
Lords: 21 April, 2009 21 April, 2009 Reception, House of
The Caribbean Council will once again be hosting its annual reception at the House of Lords for Lords, London
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 19 June, 2009
from guest speakers Douglas Alexander MP and Floella Benjamin. This year's event which will have Canada and the Cuban Revolution,
many guests from politics and the region will again be supported by sponsors and include a free London
prize draw.
For information on any of the above
events please contact
Anyone who would like information about the business partnership and exhibition opportunities admin@caribbeancouncil.org
available in relation to the event should contact Stephanie Whittle Stephanie.whittle@caribbean-
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Flavours of Jamaica Campaign Emphasises 'Quality' and
'Uniqueness' of Jamaican Brand In 2009, Virgin Atlantic celebrates
Jamaica is mounting a 'Flavours of Jamaica' campaign across the United 25 years of flying. In this time it
has become the largest scheduled
Kingdom in time for Spring. The campaign will emphasize the 'quality airline between Europe and the
uniqueness' of the Jamaican Brand. Caribbean, carrying 825,000
Jamaica Trade and Invest (JTI) will be launching 'Flavours of Jamaica' at the International Food and passengers on its ten Caribbean
Drink Expo in London at the ExCel Convention Centre between 15 and 18 March, 2009. routes last year.

The campaign will target major distributors and retailers such as Sainsbury's, Somerfield, Tesco, Virgin Atlantic flies to Antigua,
Asda and Morrisons; and will spread to the Midlands with a trade seminar in Birmingham to facilitate Barbados, Grenada, Havana,
business matchmaking between Jamaican foods and drinks processors and wholesalers and Kingston, Montego Bay, St Lucia
and Tobago from London Gatwick
independent grocers. and to Barbados and St Lucia
from Manchester.
Laurence Jones, European Regional Manager for JTI, believes that the "Flavours of Jamaica"
campaign will continue to facilitate growth of Jamaican food and drinks in the European market. For more details and to make
Consumer trade statistics point to heightened interest in Europe for Jamaican food and drink, bookings, please visit www.virain-
"Interest has never been higher, and, as a direct result, we are seeing steady growth in the sales of atlantic.com.
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new taste experiences and Jamaican foods provide an exciting alternative to others from around the world", said Jones.

Jamaican jerk sauces are particularly popular and are expanding beyond the ethnic market to the main street British market, especially
well known brands like Walkerswood and new and upcoming entrants like Levi Roots' (pictured) "Reggae Reggae" jerk brand, which
generated 1.4 million in sales (2007-08). For further information please contact Jamaica Trade and Invest, 02075848894

Business Roundtable in the Dominican Republic: Responding to the Global Economic
18 March 2009, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
The Economist Conferences Unit is organising a Conference in Santo Domingo which will look at the difficult external
conditions the Dominican Republic faces as a result of the global economic downturn. The conference will consider the
particular challenges which lay ahead for the country including EPA and DR-CAFTA implementation, energy reform,
infrastructure development and greater government efficiency. It will also look at the prospects for the different parts
of the Dominican economy including technology, real-estate and telecommunications, exports and tourism.

President Leonel Fernandez (pictured) has confirmed his participation as speaker at the conference. Other speakers will include:

Marco Cruz, Managing Director, Central America and the Caribbean, Odebrecht
Jos6 Luis Corripio Estrada, President, Grupo Corripio
David Lewis, Vice-president, Manchester Trade
Jerry Haar, Associate Dean, College of Business Administration, Florida International University
Darys Estrella, General Director, Stock Exchange of the Dominican Republic
Jorge Castaieda, Global Distinguished Professor of Politics and Latin American Studies, New York University
Anna Szterenfeld, Latin America Editor, Economist Intelligence Unit

For more information about the Roundtable please visit
http://guest.cvent com/EVENTS/Info/Summar. aspx?e=1465422a-d4e5-4elc-8401-388fa833dc23

Havana International Book Fair
12-22 February, Havana, Cuba
The 18th International Book Fair in Havana will take place between February 12th and 22nd under the motto "Leer es crecer" (Reading
is Growing). It will be dedicated to Fina Garcia-Marruz, National Literature Award, and to Jorge Ibarra, National Social Sciences Award.
For the first time, the Fair will be dedicated to a Cuban institution: Casa de las Americas, in its 50th Anniversary. The Republic of Chile
will be the country Guest of Honour.

Publishers, writers and book salesmen from over thirty countries are expected to attend the traditional Fair Grounds at the Fortaleza de
San Carlos de la Cabaia. The fair's artistic program includes music concerts, drama plays, film and visual arts exhibits and dance
performances, as well as presentations in factories, schools, and cultural and recreational institutions in the capital city and the

The Caribbean Book Company (CBC), a CBBC Member, recommends the fair. The 2009 event will be CBC's eleventh year exhibiting in

Those interested in taking part as exhibitors or professionals should contact the FIL Organizing Committee E-mail: feria@ccl.cult.cu;
mirtha@ccl.cult.cu or by telephone +(537) 832 9526____

IISC Book Launch and Seminar: Cuban Baseball and National Identity: A Nation of
Peloteros. Dr. Thomas F. Carter, University of Brighton
6.30 pm, 5 February, 2009, London Metropolitan University
In this seminar, Dr Carter (Pictured) introduces his new book on how baseball has played a significant role since the
Nineteenth century in Cuban society and in the formation of Cuban national identity and how it continues to resonate
with everyday life and politics to this day.

This evening's seminar will provide an overview of the historical trajectories of baseball in Cuba and its inherently Cuban values
associated with the playing and watching of the sport.

Dr Thomas F Carter is a cultural anthropologist who earned his doctorate in anthropology in the desert southwest of the United States
at the University of New Mexico.

Wine will be served after this seminar and Dr Carter will be available to sign copies of his book. Entrance to this seminar is free but
please register your intention to attend by email: admin@cubastudies.ora

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Canada and the Cuban Revolution
On the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution the Canadian Studies Programme and the Caribbean Studies Programme at the
Institute for the Study of the Americas (part of the School of Advanced Studies at the University of London) are holding a symposium
on 'Canada and the Cuban Revolution'.

The symposium will be held on 19 June at the Institute for the Study of the Americas (which should then be located in its new home in
the University of London's Senate House).

If you would be interested in participating or simply in attending please contact Kate Quinn at kate.quinn@sas.ac.uk and Phillp
SBuckner at philliobucknerS@hotmail.com.

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