4 December 2009
Participating In Cuba's Energy Revolution: A
Cuba Initiative Seminar for the UK Energy
In the first event of its kind, former UK Energy Minister, Rt.
Hon Brian Wilson, led a delegation to Cuba of UK companies
specialising in renewable energy and oil and gas technologies
4, j and services. The two day event, which was organised by
the Cuba Initiative, was hosted by the Ministry of Basic Industries in Havana. UK delegates
were able to hear presentations from senior figures from the energy sector in the Cuban
Government and state companies about the current priorities for Cuba and the opportunities
which exist for foreign involvement and investment.
In the evening, the 22 British delegates were able to networkI H IM
more informally with the over 50 Cuban participants in a ,
networking reception kindly hosted by the British Ambassador
to Cuba, HE Dianna Melrose.
The event was a resounding success and pointed to great
possibilities for an enhanced relationship between UK
companies in the energy sector and their Cuban counterparts.
Particular areas of opportunity were identified in the areas of biomass, waste to energy, oil
and gas exploration, wind, wave and tidal energy.
The Initiative will be following up the event in 2010 with a second seminar to take place in
the UK and companies wanting more information about this or more generally about the
opportunities which exist in Cuba in the energy sector should please contact Chris Bennett
Chris.email@example.com for more information.
Cuba Initiative round table discussion with
Professor Hal Klepak
Members of the Cuba Initiative participated in a round table discussion
with Professor Hal Klepak on 2 December in London. The discussion
centred on the role of the Cuban military in Cuba's future development.
Hal Klepak (pictured) is Professor Emeritus of History and Strategy at the
Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario and is currently
living in Cuba working on a book on Ra6l Castro. Dr Klepak is special
adviser to the commander of the Canadian Army on Latin American
strategic issues and has held similar positions with both the defence and foreign ministers of
Canada. Professor Klepak publishes widely on Latin American security and diplomatic matters.
The Caribbean Council
22-25 Feb, 2010
UKTI Aid Funded Business Services
trade mission to the Caribbean
Development Bank, Barbados
28 Feb 10 March, 2010
UKTI Trade Mission to the
4-6 May, 2010
Caribbean Hotel and Tourism
Investment Conference, Puerto Rico
9-10 April, 2010
SLAS Conference, Bristol
For information on any of the above
events please contact
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His most recent book had as title Cuba's Military 1990-2005: Revolutionary Soldiers in Counter-revolutionary Times, published by
Palgrave/Macmillan in late 2005.
Dr Klepak provided members with an invaluable insight into his perspective of the Raul Castro government and the role of Cuba's
For more information about membership of the Cuba Initiative please contact Stephanie Whittle stephanie. whittle@caribbean-
CBBC Premier and Corporate Members Meet with Baroness Kinnock
On 16 November, the Caribbean Britain Business Council had its first meeting with Baroness Glenys Kinnock
(pictured), the new Minister in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with responsibility for the Caribbean.
Amongst the range of issues discussed during the meeting were the economic outlook for the region, stability,
climate change, air passenger duty, and UK government support for the region. It is hoped that a follow up
meeting will be convened in early 2010.
For more information about membership of the CBBC please contact Stephanie Whittle
CARIBBEAN HOTEL & TOURISM
May4 -62010 Puerto Rico Convention Center
Caribbean Tourism's Official Investment Conference
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Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference
2-6 May, 2010, Puerto Rico
The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association and the Caribbean Tourism Organization will be hosting
the 14th Annual Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference (CHTIC) in San Juan, Puerto
Rico, from May 4-6, 2010. Enjoying broad support and endorsement from Caribbean governments,
hotel associations, hoteliers and developers, CHTIC is the leading forum for communication,
networking and deal-making for the hospitality and tourism investment community in the Caribbean
The format for the 2010 program will provide delegates with the opportunity to network with the key decision makers, featuring
additional networking opportunities supported by significantly enhanced programming.
Delegates will be able to choose among a wide variety of Breakout Sessions, Development Track Workshops and Plenary Sessions in
which leading experts will provide information on the outlook for investment in the region, new trends and opportunities, and solutions
to challenges in development and ownership.
The conference is aimed at investors, hotel owners, lenders, hotel chain executives, developers, financial advisors, mortgage brokers,
real estate agents, lawyers, designers, architects, tourism officials, timeshare developers and government officials.
While many have been sold, some sponsorship opportunities are still available and anyone interested in finding out more about the
benefits of sponsorship should contact Gabi Doria firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the event, including an attendance list from last year, please visit
Development & Inequality in the Contemporary Caribbean
Society for Latin American Studies Annual Conference
9-10 April, 2010, University of Bristol
Caribbean societies have not escaped the effects of the global financial crisis. Circumstances of territorial and
demographic scale, insularity and enduring relations of dependency make the region particularly exposed to
the economic, political and social effects of the international downturn. Across the region, governments face
a combination of decreasing investment, tax revenue, exports, remittances and income from tourism,
matched by increased indebtedness. Many Caribbean countries are now the most indebted in the world' (Clegg 2009).
The political and social consequences of the current economic situation are manifold. Within the last couple of years, many Caribbean
societies have witnessed civil protests over everyday living conditions: food riots in Haiti led to the resignation of the prime minister,
while general strikes and demonstrations over low wages and the high price of basic commodities in Guadeloupe and Martinique
exposed deep racialised and class disparities in the French Caribbean territories.
This panel will explore the many implications for the Caribbean (economic, political, social and cultural) of the current economic crisis,
examining the responses of governments and citizens alike.
Papers from across the humanities and social sciences are welcomed including those on the social and cultural dimensions of the
current crisis. Anyone wishing to submit a paper should submit a 200-word abstract for paper proposals to email@example.com and
firstname.lastname@example.org by 15th December, 2009, including affiliation and contact details.
UK BUKTI Trade Mission: Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Jamaica
T1AE 1 28 February 10 March, 2010
IW ESTR ENT UKTI London is organising a trade mission to Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Jamaica in early
2010. The mission package price is 1,100 per person and includes market visit support, flights and hotels. The package includes
briefing meetings with British High Commissioners; drop in sessions and one to one meetings. Those who take out Overseas Market
Intelligence Services (OMIS) reports will be provided with 9 or 15 prearranged meetings for a cost of 980 or 1,470 respectively.
For further information please contact Elaine Cameron email@example.com. uk
Caribbean Diaspora raising funds following the St Jude Hospital Fire
in St Lucia
On 9 September 2009, the St Jude Hospital in Vieux Fort Saint Lucia suffered extensive damage from
a fire. Three people lost their lives in the devastating fire that consumed the surgical, recovery and
J4 laboratory wing of the hospital.
H The Government of Saint Lucia has pledged to reconstruct the hospital as a brand new state of the art
premier medical facility, serving not only Saint Lucia but the rest of the southern Caribbean. A development plan has already been
presented to the Government and it is expected, if all goes well, the reconstruction of St. Jude Hospital could start in January 2010.
Members of leading charitable organizations are collaborating with local business entities and the Government to raise funds.
Some compatriots in the UK have already donated hospital items, which are expected to arrive on the island in the coming weeks. The
St Lucian community in the UK in association with the High Commission for Saint Lucia are planning a series of fundraising events
starting with a charity dance on Saturday 23 January 2009, at Chocolate City East Ham.
For more information on planned events or the hospital fund, please contact the High Commission for Saint Lucia on 0207 370 7123 or
Bertram Leon: 07989095265