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06 February 2009

Issue 80

Report Published: A New Social Partnership for
Over the past three months the Caribbean Policy and Research
Institute (CaPRI) supported by the Caribbean Council has researched
how and why social partnership programmes worked in Ireland and
Barbados, but previously failed in Jamaica. It explored whether there
were lessons to be learnt from the comparative analysis of these and
other countries, and if a new social partnership was possible or even desirable for Jamaica.

The report outlines in detail how research support from Ireland was brought in to assist in a series
of consultations undertaken by CaPRI with many stakeholders in Jamaica including the Prime
Minister Bruce Golding, the Leader of the Opposition Portia Simpson-Miller, members of the
Cabinet, small and large business owners, members of the academic community, and trade

The results of the research were clear. Virtually all stakeholders agreed that a new social
partnership is necessary if Jamaica is to rise to the challenges that it faces including the prospect
of economic and social crises. The research indicates that the successful social partnerships of
Ireland and Barbados were formed under similar circumstances.

And what are lessons coming from CaPRI's research and discussions in Jamaica?

One is that a successful social partnership does not simply copy foreign models. It has to be home-
grown with local ideas to meet local needs, with the full understanding that this will mean some

The research also indicates that a new and successful social partnership will require the
unambiguous support and leadership from the Prime Minister and his government and a willingness
of all others partners to engage in a productive dialogue.

Such a partnership, it was suggested, might find a home in a body similar to the National Economic
and Social Council in Ireland, consisting of stakeholder representatives and a small number of
permanent staff leading policy research. Popular during the consultations, the development of a
similar body is one of the recommendations of the report.

Despite present difficulties, and perhaps even because of them, this research indicates that this
may be a unique moment for Jamaicans to make social partnership work, and to say to
government: We are ready.
Let us now, together, sit down.

The Caribbean Council, led by David Jessop, has worked with CaPRI to put this project together.
The project was supported by the UK Department for International Development, De La Rue and
Virgin Atlantic.

The report is available for download from the Caribbean Council home page www.caribbean-
council org or from Stephanie Whittle stephanie. whittle(caribbean-council org

(Picture left to right: John Rapley, President of CaPRI and Prime Minister Bruce Golding MP)

SGillian Merron MP invited to be Guest Speaker for House of
Lords Reception
21 April, 2009, House of Lords, London
The Caribbean Council has invited Gillian Merron MP, the Minister in the Foreign
and Commonwealth Office with responsibility for the Caribbean in the British
Government to be the guest speaker at this year's annual reception at the House of
Lords. Prior to taking up her current position in the Foreign and Commonwealth
Office, the Minister was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for International

Events Diary

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

18-29 March, 2009
UKTI London Trade Visit to the

17-18 April, 2009
Fifth Summit of the Americas

21 April, 2009 Reception, House of
Lords, London

24-26 March, 2009
Round Table Meetig on Sustainable
Cocoa, Trinidad and Tobago

19 June, 2009
Canada and the Cuban Revolution,

For information on any of the above
events please contact

This newsletter is sponsored by:


In 2009, Virgin Atlantic celebrates 25
years of flying. In this time it has
become the largest scheduled airline
between Europe and the Caribbean,
carrying 825,000 passengers on its ten
Caribbean routes last year.

Virgin Atlantic flies to Antigua,
Barbados, Grenada, Havana,
Kingston, Montego Bay, St Lucia and
Tobago from London Gatwick and to
Barbados and St Lucia from

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


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The reception traditionally is addressed by high level speakers and has been able to welcome in the past Douglas Alexander MP,
Secretary of State for International Development, John Prescott MP in his former role as Deputy Prime Minister and Hilary Benn MP,in
his former role as Secretary of State for International Development.

The 2009 reception once again will have a series of great prizes in its now renowned entry-ticket raffle and rum cocktails will again
provide the flavour for the evening.

Invitations will be sent out via email to members of the CBBC, Cuba Initiative and Anglo Dominican Trade Council on during February.
For non members, a limited number of tickets are available for sale; however the Council encourages any non members to take up
membership so that they may benefit from all benefits provided by the organisation.

Anyone who requires more information about the reception should contact Stephanie Whittle stephanie. whittle@caribbean-council.orq.

UKTI London Market Visit to the Caribbean
TF 18-28 March 2008, Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago
1 UKTI London is running a trade visit to the Caribbean in March. During the visit, the delegation will have
the opportunity to meet local companies, joint venture partners and financial and government support services. In addition, all
attendees will receive a country briefing in London prior to departure. The approximate cost for the visit is 1670.00 plus a 150.00
admin fee. Those companies based in London may be eligible for a subsidy of up to 780.00. For further information please contact
Bryan Treheme bryantreheme@uktilondon.org.uk

*Tourism Opportunities Seminar
Jamaica will on 11 February host its second Tourism Outlook Seminar. David Jessop, Executive Director of the
Caribbean Council is participating as a speaker at the event, which is the initiative of the Tourism Minister, Edmund
Bartlett MP (pictured).

The one day seminar features a number of distinguished speakers from the region and further afield, including Taleb Rifai, Secretary-
General Elect, United Nations World Tourism Organization and Mr. William Maloney, Chief Executive Officer, American Society of Travel
Agents (ASTA).

The issues to be addressed relate to the impact of the economic crisis on the global industry, the status of the regional marketing
strategy, developments in the cruise industry, challenges facing the accommodation sector, airlift, emerging markets and Jamaica's
vision for the sustainability of the industry. For more information visit www. visitiamaica.com/tourismseminar.

Economic Challenges facing the
SCaribbean among issues discussed
at Recent Caribbean Board Round
Table in Birmingham, UK
The Caribbean Board, the UK community based
advisory group to the British Foreign and Commonwealth
Office held a round table meeting on 4 February with leading
members of the Caribbean Diaspora groups in the Midlands.
The meeting included a significant number of Caribbean High
Commissioners to the UK.

During the meeting a series of papers were delivered,
including one on the economic challenges facing the Caribbean
by the Executive Director of the Caribbean Council. The
meeting also heard from John Mair on Migration and Freedom
of Movement, and Annell Smith of Kings College London on
Security Issues. Completing the speaker line up was Rudi
Page (pictured) of Statecraft who spoke about Diaspora

The consensus was that the Caribbean faced significant
challenges and that there was a need for the Caribbean
Diaspora in the UK to work together to stimulate trade
between the UK and the Caribbean and also to take a more
active role in representing Caribbean interests in the UK. Fora
copy of David Jessop's paper, please contact Stephanie Whittle
stephanie.whittle@caribbean-council.org. For more information
about the Caribbean Board please contact Mary Maxwell
marv.maxwell@fco.ov. uk.

SJamaica UK Investment Forum
Jamaica Trade and Invest, in partnership
with DMA Associates and supported by the
Caribbean Council, held an investment
forum in London on 5 February. Deputy
Prime Minster Baugh (pictured with David
Jessop), Minister Samuda and Minister Wehby, gave detailed
presentations about the opportunities for investment, focusing
on the Economic Partnership Agreement, the proposed
development of the Caymanas Economic Free Zone ten
minutes from the port of Kingston, and the creation of an
international financial centre in downtown Kingston.

In addition to the presentations by the visiting Ministers, the
forum heard from the Chief Financial Officer of Virgin Atlantic,
a Director of Digicel, Dr Trevor Thomas a tax consultant, and
David Jessop of the Caribbean Council, amongst many others.
David Jessop delivered a paper on the opportunities provided
by the EU CARIFORUM EPA in the services sector.

Premier Members of the Caribbean-Britain Business Council
hosted a private dinner for the Ministers the night prior to the

Anyone who would like a copy of David Jessop's remarks
should contact Stephanie Whittle stephanie. whittle@caribbean-
council org

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Institute for the Study of the Americas: C.L.R. James and other Trinidadian Marxists, 1930s-
1950s Speaker: Peter Fraser
5 pm, 11 February, 2009, 35 Tavistock Square, London
The Institute for the Study of the Americas is organizing a lecture on C.L.R. James and other Trinidadian Marxists, 1930s-1950s. The
speaker will be Dr Peter Fraser who studied at Sussex University and taught at the University of the West Indies and Goldsmith's
College London. He is currently a research fellow at London Metropolitan University. For more information please visit

Second Roundtable Meeting for a Sustainable Cocoa Economy (RSCE2)
24 -26 March, 2009, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
This important event in the cocoa calendar is being hosted and supported by the Government of Trinidad & Tobago. The Prime
Minister of Trinidad and Tobago is scheduled to open the meeting.

The Roundtable meeting will open in plenary session and discuss "Some principles for a Sustainable Cocoa Economy" on the first day.
On the second day, stakeholders will break up into group sessions, working on "Standards for a Sustainable Cocoa Economy applicable
to Mainstream Cocoa" and the next steps for the RSCE. A field trip for all participants will take place on Friday 27 March. The draft
programme for the meeting is available on the Roundtable website www.roundtablecocoa.orq.

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