Title: Caribbean Council newsletter
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Publication Date: March 20, 2009
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Caribbean Council


20 March 2009

Issue 83

7 April, 2009, London
The CBBC are hosting an event on Tuesday 7 April at which the Prime Minister
of Barbados, David Thompson MP (pictured), has kindly agreed to speak on the
subject of the Caribbean response to the global economic crisis.

Prime Minister Thompson took office in Barbados in March 2008, leading the Democratic Labour
Party to victory for the first time in 14 years. In addition to his role as Prime Minister, Mr
Thompson also has ministerial responsibility for the portfolios of Finance, Economic Affairs and
Development, Labour, the Civil Service and Energy.

At the meeting Prime Minister Thompson will speak about the challenges which the Caribbean
faces as a whole and how he believes Barbados, together with its Caribbean partners, needs to
respond in order to guide the region through the uncharted waters ahead. The event is being
co-organised with Canning House and will be chaired by Lord Garel-Jones, Vice-President of
Canning House. Following the event, there will be an opportunity to meet the Prime Minister
and network with other guests over coffee.

All members of the CBBC will already have received an invitation to this event; however, it is
open to non-members subject to availability If you would like to attend, please contact Chris
Bennett Chris.bennett@caribbean-council.orq or telephone 020 7235 9484.

This event has been made possible with the kind support of:

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Caribbean Council Dinner event with the Prime Minister of Barbados
for Premier Members
The Caribbean Council and the CBBC are organising a separate private dinner event for premier
members and guests with the Prime Minister. Premier members should have received an
invitation via email and should confirm attendance with Chris Bennett Chris.bennett@caribbean-

Caribbean Council welcomes British Caribbean Bank, Jamaica Trade
and Invest and Eastern Caribbean Investment Corporation as
Business Partners for the Annual Reception
21 April, 2009, House of Lords, London
The Caribbean Council is delighted to welcome BCB, JTI and ECIC as business partners for this
year's annual reception. In addition to its business partners, the reception also has a number of
supporting sponsors. The reception has been growing in size since its inauguration in 2004, and
now attracts over 200 guests from the public and private sector. This enjoyable networking
event is arguably the biggest Caribbean focused event of its kind in the UK. It has always
attracted high calibre speakers, and 2009 is no exception. Guest speakers confirmed are Gillian
Merron MP, British Minister with responsibility for the Caribbean in the Foreign and
Commonwealth Office, and Edmund Bartlett MP, Minister of Tourism for Jamaica.

Besides the excellent speakers, the rum punch, and being an outstanding networking
opportunity, the free prize draw that takes place always attracts a lot of interest. This year the
prize is a holiday for two to Jamaica as the star prize along with another prize of a holiday for
two to Cuba. In addition to these prizes there are a number of other prizes including Caribbean
rum and dinner for two.

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The Caribbean Council

Events Diary

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

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

25 March, 2009
Damning the Flood: Haiti,. Aristide
and the Politics of Containment,

26 March, 2009
Book Launch: The Cuba Wars,
Daniel P Erikson, London

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

22 April, 2009
The Caribbean EU EPA: A Model
Agreement? 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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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

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bookings, please visit www.virgin-

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along with selected invited guests. There are a limited number of tickets available at a cost of 100, but any non members are invited to
join to receive a free ticket and all of the other associated benefits of membership, including subscription to our publications. For more
information about membership please contact Stephanie Whittle stephanie.whittle@caribbean-council.orq.

Although three business partner packages have been allocated, one is still available, along with a limited number of supporting sponsor
packages. Anyone who would like to reserve the remaining places should contact Stephanie Whittle as soon as possible

Caribbean Council Annual Reception Business Partners:


Supporting Sponsors:


Prize Donors:

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Implementing the EU-CARIFORUM Economic Partnership Agreement
The Caribbean Council is organising a one day conference that will focus on implementing the EPA. During the event, which will be
scheduled to take place in Kingston in May, speakers and participants will explore national and regional initiatives for EPA
implementation and how the Caribbean public and private sector can ensure that they take maximum advantage from the
opportunities that the EPA provides. A number of business partnership packages will be available for UK and Caribbean companies to
be associated with the conference. Anyone who would like more information about sponsorship opportunities should contact
Stephanie Whittle stephanie.whittle@caribbean-council.orq.

CBBC Meeting with Caribbean High Commissioners
The CBBC leadership will convene its next meeting with the Caribbean High Commissioners in London on 31 March 2009. The
meetings provide an opportunity for the CBBC to discuss with the High Commissioners issues of mutual interest. Any members who
have issues they would like to include on the agenda should contact Stephanie Whittle stepahnie.whittle@caribbean-council.orq.

The Caribbean-EU EPA: A Model Agreement?
1pm 5pm, 22 April, 2009, The Commonwealth Club, London
This conference will assess the nature of the Caribbean-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and the 6 year
diplomatic negotiation process behind the final agreement. Speakers will explore its implications for other ACP members
C in Africa and the Pacific, currently negotiating similar deals with the EU.

Speakers will include:
David O'Sullivan (pictured), the European Commission's Director-General of Trade
Henry Gill, Director-General of the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery
Ransford Smith, Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General
David Jessop, Executive Director of the Caribbean Council

This event has been organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society and the Political Studies Association with support from the
Caribbean Council.

Refreshments kindly sponsored by Jamaica National. To book a place on the event please visit www.thercs.ora/events

Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide and the
Politics of Containment
5 pm, 25 March, 2009, Institute for the Study
of the Americas, London
In this seminar, Peter Hallward (Middlesex University) and Paul
Sutton (London Metropolitan University) will debate Peter
Hallward's book, "Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide and the
Politics of Containment".

This event is jointly organised by the Institute for the Study of
the Americas and the Institute of Commonwealth Studies. It
will be followed by a reception. For more information please
contact Kate Quinn kate.quinn@sas.ac.uk or Mary Turner

Book launch: The Cuba Wars, by Daniel P.
Erikson, Senior Associate for U.S. policy at
the Inter-American Dialogue
1.30 pm, 26 March, 2009 Canning House,
There will be a panel discussion chaired by Professor Jean
Stubbs, Editor of the International Journal of Cuban Studies
with Ms Emily Morris, Research Director the International
Institute for the Study of Cuba. Signed copies of the book will
be available to purchase. This event has been organised by
Canning House and the International Institute for the Study of
Cuba. FCO, Ambassadors or delegates and up to 5 full-time
students may attend this event free of charge. Please register
for the event using the following link:

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Kim Marie Spence of CaPRI selected for Commonwealth Women's Trek to
South Pole
Kim Marie Spence (pictured), a Jamaican National who has worked with the Caribbean Council, most
recently on the Social Partnership Study lead by the Caribbean Policy and Research Institute (CaPRI), a
part of the University of the West Indies, has been selected to be one of eight women from the
Commonwealth who will make a self supporting journey to ski to the South Pole in 2009/2010. Kim Marie
will be the first Jamaican National to make the journey to the South Pole, and is doing so as part of a
multi-cultural and multi faith team including members from Brunei and Ghana amongst others.

The expedition has at its heart a single goal to inspire women to reach beyond the expectations of others. Therefore the team will
travel with hi-tech equipment that will enable them to keep in touch with the world as they progress towards the South Pole. On their
return, the expedition team will undertake a carefully co-ordinated programme of lectures and school talks to share their experiences
directly with the public.

In order for Kim Marie to participate in the Trek she must raise funds from Corporate Partners. Anyone interested in the opportunities
for corporate sponsorship should either contact Kim Marie directly iamaica@commonwealthexpedition.com or Stephanie Whittle

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