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Caribbean Council


20 February 2009

Issue 81

Caribbean governments unite to protest against
C4< / N British tax plans
Governments of the Caribbean have united in protest at the British
government's plans to charge a higher airport departure tax on
visitors to the Caribbean than the tax paid by British visitors to some other major destinations.

In November 2009 the airport departure tax on flights to the Caribbean is due to increase by
between 25 per cent and 87 per cent, depending upon the class of travel. In November 2010
those increases will reach as high as 94 per cent. In an open letter to Prime Minister Gordon
Brown and Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling, Caribbean governments united to call
for a repeal of the British government's plans.

Minister Harold Lovell (pictured), chairman of the Caribbean Tourism
Organisation (CTO), speaking on behalf of the many Caribbean governments
said; "Our countries' economies are hugely dependent on tourism. But the
British government plans to place us in a more expensive tax category compared
to the whole of the USA. This puts us at a considerable disadvantage. To
suggest this is a green tax and that the environmental impact of flying to
California or Hawaii is less then flying to the Caribbean is patently untrue. Our holidaymakers
and the overseas friends and relatives of Caribbean nationals who live in Britain are being
heavily penalised and our countries call on Britain to do the right thing and change this

As the world's most tourism-dependent region the Caribbean is determined to treat this matter
with great urgency. The CTO is also supporting appeals made by the Caribbean Hotel and
Tourism Association and the British travel industry to change the tax plans. The Association of
British Travel Agents and the industry trade paper Travel Trade Gazette have launched an
online petition on the Downing Street website and almost 400 protests have already been
registered. To sign the petition link to http://petitions.numberl0.aov.uk/APDtax/, or to read
more about protests link to http://www.ttalive.com/travelaivesback

Obituary: George Arzeno Brugal
Don George Arzeno Brugal (pictured), a long time friend and
supporter of the Caribbean Council was buried in the Dominican
Republic on 19 February after passing away in Miami at the age of

Born in Puerta Plata, he was the second of three children in a family of businessmen. Don
Georgie as he was known to his friends dedicated his life to his work and soon progressed to
senior positions in the family businesses Brugal and Company, Vinicola del Norte and the
Brugal Foundation, amongst others.

During his career, he was the leader of the most important Dominican Republic organizations in
the Private Sector including the Association of Industries and the National Council of the Private
Sector (CONEP). In this role he represented the interests of his sector and also of the country.
In the 1980's he became a household name in relation to his championing of national issues.

In the mid eighties he became one of the founder members of the Caribbean Council for Europe
in which context he not only was responsible for the deepening in relations between
Anglophone Caribbean business leaders and the private sector in the Dominican Republic but
hosted in Santo Domingo meetings that brought regional private sector interests together to
consider common concerns relating to the Lome Convention, Dominican Republic membership
of the ACP group and issues relating to the rum industry.

He was always generous with his time and advice and supported fully initiatives that would
create a broader awareness in Europe of the importance of the Caribbean region as a whole.

More generally in business he saw the value of opening up markets while recognizing the need
to implement gradual change in order to support the Dominican private sector.

The Caribbean Council

Events Diary

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

26 February, 2009
Future Directions in Caribbean Studies,

1 March, 2009
Caribbean Brunch, Mahoe Cafe Bar
(see page 3 for a special offer)

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

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

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

14-16 April, 2009
Caribbean Hotel and Tourism
Investment Conference, Bermuda

17-18 April, 2009
Fifth Summit of the Americas

21 April, 2009
Reception, House of Lords, London

19 June, 2009
Canada and the Cuban Revolution,

For information on any of the above
events please contact

This newsletter is sponsored by:


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Besides being an extremely successful businessman, one of the key drivers in Don Georgie's life was the social needs of his
countrymen and women. The Brugal Foundation, founded by his grandfather, was the vehicle that he used to translate his desire to
help. As a defender of democracy, he urged businesses in the country to reinforce their commitment to workers rights. On more than
one occasion, he described democracy as being the private sector's raison d'etre.

Mr Brugal was central to the development of the Caribbean Council for Europe, the forerunner to the Caribbean Council and in
particular his personal contribution and support was fundamental in the development of UK-Dominican Republic relations. Commenting
David Jessop, the Executive Director of the Caribbean Council said that above all the Caribbean Council would remember him as the
individual who championed a closer relationship with the rest of the region and saw huge value in utilising the Caribbean Council as a
basis to meet his counterparts in the English speaking Caribbean and develop joint initiatives.

Don Georgie was a gentleman of the old school who valued people. He and his guidance will be much missed.

FCO Minister 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 relationship with 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 Development.

The reception traditionally is addressed by high level speakers and has welcomed 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 top prizes in its now renowned entry-ticket raffle. 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 next. For non
members, a limited number of tickets are available for sale at a cost of 100 each; however the Council encourages any non members
to take up membership so that they may benefit from all benefits provided by the organisation. CBBC Membership starts from 110.00
per annum plus VAT and all members receive at least one ticket to the reception free of charge depending on their level of

Sponsorship Opportunities
Although some business partnership and sponsorship packages have already been taken up by members, a limited number of
packages are still available. The Caribbean Council also has a number of unique opportunities specifically tailored to Caribbean
Countries seeking to promote their investment and tourism offerings.

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

UKTI Chief Executive Visits the Region
Sir Andrew Cahn, Chief Executive of UK Trade and Investment visited the Dominican Republic, Panama
and other countries in the region in mid February as a part of a regional visit.

During his visit to the Dominican Republic, Sir Andrew spoke at a business breakfast organised by the
British Chamber of Commerce of the Dominican Republic. Focussing on UK Dominican relationships, Sir
Andrew said that partnerships between UK and Dominican businesses were an opportunity for
commercial development and expansion. Looking ahead to the opportunities presented by trade agreements, the UKTI Chief stated
that bilateral business between both nations can expand with the trade agreements that have been signed, most recently the EU
CARIFORUM EPA, but that removal of some existing barriers could further increase trade.

The Director of the Centre of Export and Investment of Dominican Republic, Eddy Martinez, emphasized the importance of the visit of
Sir Andrew and the interest that British investors have shown in the DR. Nevertheless, he recognized that some bureaucratic barriers
to trade have been identified and that the creation of the Cabinet of Investment, where the strategic investment projects that have
remained in the limbo during years will be handled, should go some way to addressing such barriers.

The breakfast briefing formed part of Sir Andrew's visit programme. Following the Dominican Republic he went on to Panama. (Picture
left to right: HE Mr Ian Worthington, British Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Sir Andrew Cahn, Roberto Herrera, President of the British
Chamber of Commerce of the Dominican Republic)

Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference (CHTIC)
14-16 April, Bermuda
As the sixth largest hotel investment forum in the world, CHTIC the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference is the
leading regional investment and development conference.

CHTIC offers two days of hearing and learning from high level executives involved with all aspects of'creation' in the tourism industry:
Building, Branding, Investing, Research, and Forecasting.

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This prestigious event enables delegates to network with colleagues from all corners of the industry, to discuss the latest trends and
developments and to hear the views of key figures in the industry. The conference program is available now from the CHTA web site
http://cha.informz.net/cha/archives/archive 238937.html and includes sessions on tourism demand, equity capital markets, and issues
and opportunities for investors in the Caribbean amongst many others.

Registration costs US$875.00 for CHTA members and US$975.00 for non members and is valid until Friday, 20 February. After this
date, registration fees increase by $100.00. Fees include access to all conference sessions, continental breakfast, coffee breaks and
lunch on Wednesday and Thursday, the Opening Reception on Tuesday, a Reception on Wednesday and the Closing Dinner on
Thursday, and a delegate list (click here to see the companies that attended in 2008). For more information please contact Vanessa
Ledesma Vanessa@caribbeanhotelandtourism.com

CBBC Members who are not already members of the CHTA can take advantage of a special allied membership rate. For more
information please contact Stephanie Whittle steohanie. whittle@caribbean-council orq.

Congress to celebrate the 70th Anniversary
of the Tropical Medicine Institute (IPK)
1-4 June 2009
Havana, Cuba
SThe Congress will deal with topics related to infectious and
parasitic diseases, including medical care, microbiology,
parasitology, epidemiology and continuing education.
Specialists working in these disciplines are invited to present
their work and discuss their experiences and results.

For information regarding the Congress, contact: Jorge Fraga,
email: conareso70aniversario@iok.sld.cu

Future Directions in Caribbean Studies and
the Implications for Publishing
1pm 7.30pm, 26 February, 2009, London
Metropolitan University, London
IThe Caribbean Studies Centre is holding a Talk and Book
Sale by Ian Randle Publishers, the top publisher books in the
The talk will the given by Ian Randle, founder and Chairman of
Ian Randle Publishers. Books will be offered for sale at
discount from 1pm and the talk will start at 6pm.

For more information please contact Juliet King-Malik

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