Title: Caribbean Council newsletter
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Publication Date: April 3, 2009
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Caribbean Council


03 April 2009

Issue 84

Conference on EPA Implementation: Save the Date
The Caribbean Council, in partnership with the Caribbean Association of Industry and
Commerce and others will be holding a one day regional conference on implementing the
Economic Partnership Agreement in Kingston, Jamaica on 21 May 2009. Invitations have
not yet been sent out but anyone wishing to register their interest should email Stephanie
Whittle stephanie.whittle@caribbean-council.org.

Stephanie Whittle will be in Kingston from 6-9 April for conference planning meetings.
SAnyone who would like to schedule a meeting while Stephanie is in Jamaica should email

Barbados Prime Minister in London
The Prime Minister of Barbados, the Hon David Thompson MP (pictured),
will be in the UK in the week of April 6 for a brief visit during which time he
will be meeting with UK businesses and investors as well as having bilateral
meetings with the UK Government and others on issues of regional concern.

During his visit, the Caribbean-Britain Business Council will be holding a
major event, in collaboration with Canning House, at which the Prime
Minister will speak about the Caribbean and the Global Economic Crisis 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, sponsored by Invest Barbados and De La Rue, is now fully subscribed but a
summary note of the meeting will be available after the meeting for members. If you would
like a copy of this summary, please contact Chris Bennett chris.bennett@caribbean-council.ora

The Caribbean Council is in addition organising a private dinner for Premier members and
guests with an investment interest in Barbados. /

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


UK Air Passenger Duty set to rise by up to 100 per person on
Caribbean flights
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. This means that anyone travelling to
the Caribbean from the UK will pay at least 50 Air Passenger Duty for their flight.

Recognising the potentially negative impact that this will have on tourist arrivals that are
already suffering as a result of the global financial crisis, a number of Caribbean
governments have written to the British government to protest about the tax increase. In
addition to the risk that increasingly price sensitive customers will not choose the Caribbean
for their vacations, proposed changes to the structure of the APD taxation mean that the
duty on flights to the Caribbean will be more than those to the USA, regardless of miles

The Caribbean Council

Events Diary

7 April, 2009
Talk by the Prime Minister of
Barbados, London

7 April, 2009
CBBC Dinner with Prime Minister of
Barbados, 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

21 May, 2009
Implementing the EPA, Kingston

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-

The new structure will come in to effect in November 2009.

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. The deadline for anyone wishing to sign the petition is
19 April http://petitions.numberl0.gov.uk/APDtax/.

Caribbean Council Annual Reception at House of Lords on target to be a huge success
21 April, 2009, House of Lords, London
The Caribbean Council Annual Reception has developed a reputation in recent years for being one of the most well
attended events in the parliamentary calendar. Regular guests at the reception not only recognize the value of the
reception as a networking opportunity whether to catch up with old contacts or to develop new ones but also the
fact that it is an unusually enjoyable event.

In addition to the networking, the reception provides the opportunity for guests to hear from Ministers in the UK and
the Caribbean. This year the host and President of the CBBC, Lord Foulkes will welcome as guest speakers Gillian
Merron MP (pictured), UK Minister in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with responsibility for relations with the Caribbean and
Edmund Bartlett MP, Minister of Tourism for Jamaica.

With attendance from Ministers, MP's, Peers, High Commissioners, Ambassadors, the business community and others, the reception offers
an unusual opportunity for those with an interest in the Caribbean to connect.

The reception is for members of the CBBC, Cuba Initiative and Anglo Dominican Trade Council along with selected invited guests. There
are a limited number of tickets available at a cost of 100, but any non members who wish to join 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.

As always the event will have a strong Caribbean flavour offering a rum punch, music provided by a Caribbean steel pan trio and small
booths from companies offering Caribbean related services. There will be a prize draw for a holiday in Cuba and one to Jamaica.

Caribbean Council Annual
Reception Business Partners:

A Company of Caribbean Indigenous Bank Caribbean TRADE & INVEST

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Cuba Initiative Seminar: The Economic and Financial Situation in Cuba
At an event exclusively for members of the Cuba Initiative, William White, Representative at the Havana Office of Republic Bank, led a
seminar discussion about the current performance of the Cuban economy and the impact of the financial and economic global crisis to

Whilst the impact of the current crisis has been limited for Cuba to date, discussion focused on a number of challenges ahead for
Cuba including the difficulty in accessing credit globally, the need for the country to start cutting back its imports to ensure a healthier
trade balance, and the ways in which the country's economy will be affected by possible moves by the US administration towards the
normalisation of relations.

The Seminar was chaired by David Ridgway, former British Ambassador to Cuba and was sponsored by Republic Bank and Havana

Cuba Initiative: Meeting with Ms Dianna Melrose, HM Ambassador to Cuba
The Business Executive Committee of the Cuba Initiative met with the British Ambassador to Cuba, HE. Ms Dianna Melrose in the
House of Commons for a roundtable discussion chaired by the Initiative's Chairman, Ian Taylor MP.

Executive Committee members who were not able to attend and who would like a summary of the main points discussed in the
meeting should please contact Chris Bennett Chris.Bennett@caribbean-council.ora

Would you like to receive briefings and market intelligence on the Caribbean?
The publications division of the Caribbean Council publishes a weekly news briefing on the Caribbean Region, including Cuba and the
Dominican Republic, called Caribbean Insight. Members of the Caribbean-Britain Business Council all receive the publication as part of
their membership subscription (membership starts from 110.00 plus Vat per annum) but the publication also has a global subscriber
base of organizations with business and other interest in the region. Caribbean Insight provides an objective review of economic,
social and political news from the past week in a concise, easy to read format that is ideal for those wishing to maintain their
knowledge of the region.

A separate publication on Cuba, 'Cuba Briefing', provides a more in depth analysis of news coming out of Cuba, including sections on
the US and regional news that relates to Cuba. Cuba is available either through membership of the Cuba Initiative or on a subscription
only basis.

For further details about subscriptions and membership please contact Stephanie Whittle Stephanie.whittle@caribbean-council.orq

Executive Director speaks at Brookings
The Executive Director of the Caribbean Council was one of
the speakers at the prestigious Brookings Institute in
Washington DC at a recent seminar on US policy towards the
Caribbean. The event considered the development of US policy
in relation to the Anglophone Caribbean and focused on
themes including the Caribbean Single Market and Economy;
security; climate change; and Cuba and the Caribbean. The
event which was sponsored by the Organisation of American
States, the Woodrow Wilson Institute, Manchester Associates
and Brookings was aimed at creating greater awareness in the
US Administration about policy options for the Caribbean in the
run up to the Summit of the Americas to be held in Trinidad in
mid April.

As an organisation with developmental and charitable goals,
the Caribbean Council offers work experience to young people
with an interest in the Caribbean or from the region. The
organisation has a rolling programme of internships for
graduates and undergraduates and has welcomed students
from the Caribbean, the USA, continental Europe and the UK,
with interest in international trade, business, as well as events
management and Diaspora issues. Anyone interested in
applying for an internship, or any institutions that wish to find
out more about involving the Caribbean Council in their
internship programme should contact Chris Bennett

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