The Caribbean Council
30 October 2009
Cuba Investment Seminar
9am 1030am, 11 November, London
The Cuba Initiative is holding an investment seminar with the
Cuban Minister for Tourism, Manuel Marrero Cruz.
The seminar will also hear from:
* Eulalia Llopiz, the president of Gran Caribe, the hotel company
* Lester Felipe Oliva, the president of Cubatur, ground-handlers associated with the
* Alfonso Llamas, the president of Viajes Cubanacan, ground-handlers associated
with the UK Market
* Jose Manuel Bisbe, Commercial Director in the Ministry of Tourism
Following an introduction by the Cuba Initiative, Minister Marrero will lead a discussion in
which the following topics will be considered:
* How has the global economic crisis affected the Cuban tourism industry?
* What are the current market and investment opportunities for UK companies?
* What are the Cuban Government's current priorities for the tourism sector?
Businesses attending will have an opportunity to introduce their company, to explain their
presence or interest in business in Cuba and ask any questions.
For further details on the event, please contact Stephanie Whittle
Jamaica Tourism Investment Forum
11 November, 2009, London
Jamaica Trade and Invest, European Regional Office (JTI) will be hosting
: the second Jamaica Tourism Investment Forum, on Wednesday 11
November 2009, at the Novotel London ExCeL. The event seeks to build
upon Jamaica's strong tourism sector and the Government's inward
The event will be attended by major European hotel and attractions developers, financiers
and operators as well as companies specializing in public/private tourism infrastructural
projects. This is an opportunity for delegates to interact with stakeholders and principal
decision makers from Jamaica.
The event will take place between 9.00 am and 12.30 pm and will include a forum chaired
by the Jamaican High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Burchell Whiteman, and a
presentation from Jamaican Minister of Tourism the Honourable Edmund Bartlett (pictured).
The forum will be followed by a Roundtable session which will address procedural and
regulatory issues applicable to investors. Alec Sanguinetti, Director General of the
Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association the region's largest private sector association -
will also speak at the event, along with David Jessop, Executive Director of the Caribbean
Any CBBC members interested in attending the Jamaica Tourism Investment Forum should
contact Stephanie Whittle stephanie. firstname.lastname@example.org
2-6 November, 2009
BCSI Trade Mission to UK
11 November, 2009
Cuba Investment Seminar, London
11 November, 2009
Jamaica Investment Seminar,
12 November, 2009
Invest SVG Reception, London
16-20 November, 2009
Trade Mission to Jamaica
2-7 November, 2009
Havana International Fair, Cuba
23-26 November, 2009
Commonwealth Business Forum,
Port of Spain, Trinidad
26-27 November, 2009
Cuba's Energy Revolution Seminar,
4-6 May, 2010
Caribbean Hotel and Tourism
Investment Conference, Puerto Rico
For information on any of the above
events please contact
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Caribbean Council Director Awarded Jamaican Honour
The Executive Director of the Caribbean Council, David Jessop, has been awarded an honorary Order of Distinction
(Commander Class) by the Government of Jamaica for service to Jamaica and the Jamaican Diaspora. Mr Jessop, who has
headed the Caribbean Council for the past 15 years, has worked with the Caribbean region for more than 35 years.
Caribbean Air Passenger Duty lobby grows
I | Caribbean Governments and the Caribbean Diaspora in the UK continue to lobby against the Air
Passenger Duty banding system introduced on all flights departing the United Kingdom.
On November 1, the British Government introduced a banding system for the tax which had
previously been at a flat rate for all destinations. The new measures designate the Caribbean as being in band C but the whole of the
US including Hawaii in the lower tax band B; a move the Caribbean and its Diaspora in the UK believe to be discriminatory.
The tax has particularly angered the Caribbean community in the United Kingdom so much so that activists in Britain now believe that
the banding for the Caribbean is potentially a UK electoral issue in the usually marginal seats in which the community reside. They see
the measure as unjust and are writing to their members of Parliament asking to know their position on the issue in the run up to a
general election expected in May of 2010.
The latest development has come in the form of an answer to a Parliamentary question. On October 12 in the House of Lords, the
Treasury spokesman, Lord Myners, indicated that while the British Government would not review the overall tax or its banding based
approach, it was continuing to look at a possible exception for the Caribbean and this was being considered as part of a review of APD
due to be published very soon.
In the meantime, Caribbean Governments have continued to make representations about the negative impact the tax will have on the
regional economy at a time of falling visitor arrivals.
The Caribbean Tourism Organisation is continuing its campaign against APD. It has urged travel industry representatives and
members of the Caribbean community in the UK to write to their local MP on the issue. They have published a draft letter on their
website http://www.caribbean.co.uk/apd/Update.aspx. The CTO is also coordinating a range of meetings with Caribbean Tourism
Ministers scheduled to take place during World Travel Market 9-12 November.
A petition was handed to the Treasury on 27 October and meetings are to be co-ordinated with Parliamentarians, Ministers and the
opposition parties during the week of World Travel Market in London to enable Caribbean Governments to express their concern
The Daily Telegraph has also launched on 30 October an anti APD Campaign http://www.telearaph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/air-
passenger-duty/6459706/Air-Passenger-Duty-APD-campaign-the-Teleqraphs-petition-to-stop-the-tax-on-travel.html and coalitions of
Service Industries across the Caribbean have also written to the Treasury and others in the UK about the revised banding for the tax,
which they say contradicts the spirit of the EU CARIFORUM Economic Partnership Agreement (the EPA) that was signed in October
Participating in Cuba's Energy Revolution: A Seminar for the UK Energy Sector
THE CUBA 26-27 November, 2009, Havana, Cuba
INITIATIVE The Cuba Initiative is organizing a renewable energy seminar in Havana at the end of November, providing UK
companies with the opportunity to showcase their services / products to a high level audience in Cuba. The event will be co-hosted by
the Cuba Initiative and with the Cuban Ministry of Basic Industries.
Participants from the Cuban side will be senior figures in the energy and renewable energy sectors who are members of the 15 National
Working Groups which are responsible for developing Cuban energy policy.
The Cuban Government has indicated that they would welcome entering into commercial discussions with UK firms in the renewable
energy sector. They have expressed a particular interest in the following areas: Biomass from sugar cane; Forest biomass; biogas
from organic residues from agriculture and cattle; thermal; solar; wind power; and hydro energy. They are also interested in exploring
possible financing solutions for renewable energy projects and about carbon trading and carbon emissions licensing.
Invitations and further information have been sent to members of the Cuba Initiative and companies operating in the energy sector.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Chris Bennett email@example.com
Barbados Coalition of Service Industries Business Mission
2-6 November, 2009
The Barbados Coalition of Service Industries (BCSI) is leading a business mission to the UK from 2-6 November.
Companies participating in the mission include those working in the following sectors:
* Fashion Couture and Craft products businesses
S Technology Businesses.
S Property and property services companies
Theatre film media and arts businesses.
Travel and Tourism businesses.
The group is looking to open discussions with potential business partners.
The Delegation will be in Birmingham on 2 and 3 November and in London on 4 and 5. They will be in Croydon on Friday 6 November.
There are a number of networking receptions and the team will be available for business discussions each day. All CBBC members are
invited to attend the receptions, which are taking place as follows:
2 November, Jurys Inn, Birmingham
4 November, Barbados High Commission, London
6 November, Croydon Park Hotel, Croydon
Anyone interested in meeting the group should contact John Gavin firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07764963764.
A Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Trade and Investment Networking Event
5.30pm 8pm, 12 November, High Commission for Saint Vincent and the
Grenadines, 10 Kensington Court, London, W8 5DL
iry^ l Invest SVG, the investment promotions agency for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, is holding a networking
reception at the High Commission in London on 12 November. The delegation, led by its Executive Director Cleo
.. Huggins, is keen to discuss the trade and investment opportunities in St Vincent and the Grenadines with UK
All CBBC members are invited to attend the event. For further information please contact Carolin de Freitas-Sawh
email@example.com or Gus Franklyn-Bute firstname.lastname@example.org .
Commonwealth Business Forum to Feature Doing Business in the Caribbean
November 25, 2009, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Taking place in Trinidad and Tobago during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, the Commonwealth Business Forum
agenda features a plenary session titled 'Caribbean: A Place to do Business'. The session will focus on the main incentives, challenges
and prospects for business and investment in the region and will include information about the experiences of investors currently doing
business in this region.
The speakers for the session are Prof Compton Bourne, President, Caribbean Development Bank; Edwin W Carrington, Secretary
General, Caribbean Community (CARICOM); Dr Juan Jos6 Daboub, Managing Director, World Bank; Leonel Fernandez, President,
Dominican Republic; and Dr Denzil Llewellyn Douglas, Prime Minister, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis. To see a copy of the latest
programme and to book your place, please click the links below. For further information please contact Vasundhara Puri