01 June 2010
Cuba Initiative to Host Inward Visit from Cuba
In June, the Cuba Initiative will be hosting an inward visit to the UK of senior
representatives from the Cuban renewable energy sector. The visit follows on from
the success of the seminar which the Cuba Initiative organised in Havana last
November with UK energy companies.
Ian Taylor (pictured above), the Chair of the Cuba Initiative will meet with the delegation
during their visit and has facilitated a number of private meetings for Cuba Initiative
members with the delegation.
As part of their visit, the delegates will speak at a Cuba Initiative seminar about
Cuba's experience in developing renewable energy and the commercial
opportunities which exist in Cuba in this field. The delegation will be led by
Manuel Menendez, Director for Renewable Energy, Ministry for Basic Industry
This event will be chaired by the former UK Energy Minister, Rt. Hon Brian Wilson
(picturedleft) who led a renewable energy seminar in Cuba for the Cuba Initiative
in November 2009. It will include presentations from the Cuban delegation on
- Priority areas for the Cuban Government in the renewable energy sector
- A case-study of a practical new renewable energy business opportunity in the sugar sector
- Working as a Joint Venture partner in Cuba: What business models are available?
The event will be followed by a Reception at the Floridita Restaurant in Wardour Street.
The development of new sources of renewable energy is a core priority for the Cuban
Government as it seeks to reduce the country's oil import levels and to further improve its
already impressive low-carbon footprint. This seminar represents a unique opportunity to
engage with very high level figures from the sector at an event in the UK.
The Cuban Delegation Includes:
* Manuel Menendez Castellanos Director for Renewable Energy, Ministry of Basic Industry
(MINBAS), Head of Delegation. Mr Menendez is a Member of Cuba's National Assembly
and as well as the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba.
* Rafael Suarez Rivacoba- Director for International Relations, Ministry of Sugar (MINAZ)
* Irma Rosa Pousa Ramos Business Director, Ministry of Sugar (MINAZ)
* Alberto Alvarez Suarez -Principal Specialist in International Relations Directorate, Ministry of
Basic Industry (MINBAS)
* Pedro San Jorge, Director for Economic Policy, Ministry for Trade and Investment (MINCEX)
The seminar will take place on Tuesday 15 June at 3pm. Held in partnership with the UKTI, the
event will take place at UKTI's offices at 1 Victoria Street, London. The seminar is free of charge
to attend but places are limited so please contact Oliver Gargrave on 020 7235 9484 to register
The Coalition Government and the Caribbean
Following the 6 May general election, ministerial posts of relevance to the
Caribbean have now been announced. In the Foreign Office, the Caribbean
1 falls within the portfolio of Jeremy Browne MP (pictured), a Liberal Democrat
who is now a Minister of State in the department. The Caribbean Overseas
Territories, however, will be looked after by Parliamentary Under Secretary of
State, Henry Bellingham MP, who is a member of the Conservative party.
Minister of State Stephen O'Brien MP has the Caribbean in his portfolio at the Department for
The Caribbean Council
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40th Anniversary Congress of the
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American and Caribeban Studies
1-4 June, 2010
Caribbean desalination Association
2nd Conference on Desalination and
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
6-12 June, 2010
Caribbean Week in New York, USA
8-14 June, 2010
Caribbean Fashion Week, Jamaica
16-17 June, 2010
Central America and Dominican
Republic Trade and Competitiveness
San Salvador, El Salvador
17-20 June, 2010
EXPO Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica
5th Caribbean Environmental Forum
and Exhibition / 2nd Caribbean
Sustainable Energy Forum / 15th
Annual Wider Caribbean Waste
Montego Bay, Jamaica
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From Air Passenger Duty to Per Plane Duty
Those who have been following the UK Air Passenger Duty (APD) debate over the past few years will know that it was the policy of
both the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats to reform APD and that both favoured a per plane duty over a per passenger
The coalition agreement following the 6 May election said:
'The parties agree to implement a full programme of measures to fulfil our joint ambitions for a low carbon and eco-friendly economy,
'The replacement of air passenger duty with a per flight duty'
The detail of any changes remains far from clear and the timescale for implementation of any new system is unknown. For a new
system to be put in place before the next APD increase on 1 November would seem to be a challenge, and so it appears likely that,
unless the APD banding system is reviewed or changed with immediate effect, the Caribbean could still be at a disadvantage in relation
to the USA until 2011.
It is hoped that more detail about what the UK is thinking about PPD will emerge at the time of Britain's emergency budget on 22 June
Before the election the Conservative Party said that they would introduce PPD in 2011 and maintain the big APD increase planned for
the Caribbean for this year. During the campaign they and the Liberal Democrats made clear that the per plane tax would be replaced
by a per plane tax but it will need to be spelt out whether this will be based on distance flown, capacity of the aircraft, fuel efficiency,
age of equipment being flown or a mix of criteria. It also remains to be seen how the airlines will implement the tax on a per
The UK coalition will also need to make clear whether they still see this as an environmental tax and how it will relate to the European
Aviation Emissions scheme due for introduction in 2012. The danger is that if PPD is consolidated into general taxation the UK and EU
system will run in parallel.
It is understood that the Caribbean Tourism Organisation, the Caribbean Diaspora in the UK and others will continue to lobby to make
sure that the Caribbean is treated fairly under eh current and any new system.
I University of Warwick Names Centre for Caribbean Studies in Honour of Yesu
The University of Warwick has renamed its Centre for Caribbean Studies the Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean
Studies in honour of the Guyanese philanthropist, businessman and one of the founding fathers of the Caribbean
Council (the the Caribbean Council for Europe) of which he remains a Board member The year 2010 marks the
25th anniversary of the establishment of the Centre, one of Europe's leading institutions for Caribbean scholarship.
il Guyanese born Professor David Dabydeen, who proposed the renaming, said: "This is an act of great significance
in the Caribbean. Many of our Centre's staff and fellows have examined how in the 19th century hundreds of
thousands of Indians were shipped to Guyana, Trinidad, Jamaica, to cut cane, as indentured labourers, replacing African slaves. Yesu
Persaud's forebears were such indentured labourers, and Yesu himself worked in the cane fields. So for us at Warwick to name our
Centre for Caribbean Studies after him brings a little beautiful closure to that aspect of history."
The Centre researches all aspects of the Caribbean's history and culture. The Centre's Associate Fellows have included, Lord Alli,
Professor Stuart Hall, Baroness Young, Trevor Phillips and Baroness Amos.
Yesu Persaud, is a leading and respected Guyanese business figure and philanthropist. He is also known for his support of human
rights and democracy. He has received several international and national awards including: the Gandhi Organisation Plaque for his
contribution to promoting Indian culture in Guyana, the Cacique Crown of Honour for the development of new industries in Guyana in
1983, and the Glory of India Award and Certificate of Excellence by the India International Friendship Society in 2005. In 2006 India
honoured him with the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman for his outstanding contributions in business and Indian history and culture. Persaud
is a founding member of Guyana's Indian Arrival Committee which was later converted into the Indian Commemoration Trust. He is
one of the main persons responsible for creating the Monument Garden which marks the arrival of the first batch of Indian indentured
labourers to Guyana in 1838.
Yesu Persaud rose from working in the cane fields of Guyana to become one of that country's leading business figures. As well as
being the Executive Chairman of the Demerara Distillers Group (DDL) of Guyana, he is the founder and Chairman of the Institute of
Private Enterprise Development in Guyana which stimulates and finances entrepreneurs and small businesses; the Chairman of
Guyana's first indigenous private sector bank, Demerara Bank Ltd; the first Chairman of the Private Sector Commission of Guyana; past
President of the Guyana Manufacturers Association; and the founder and past President of the West Indies Rum and Spirits
The Centre also offers a Baroness Amos Research Fellowship which is open to staff and postdoctoral applicants from the University of
the West Indies, the University of Trinidad and Tobago and the University of Guyana. The Centre's other long running link with Guyana
is its annual Walter Rodney Memorial Lecture, given in honour of the distinguished Guyanese historian killed in 1980.
Overseas Student Bursaries to study at the Institute for the Study of the
S** A M E R A S Americas, University of London, UK
**... ....-..-......-...... Applications are invited from well-qualified candidates for admission to one of the following master's
degrees, all of which are undertaken in one year full-time:
MA in Caribbean and Latin American Studies
MA in Latin American Studies
MSc in Globalisation and Latin American Development
MSc in Latin American Politics
MSc in Latin American Studies (Development)
MA in United States Studies
MSc in US Foreign Policy
MSc in US Politics and Contemporary History
MA in Comparative American Studies
The Institute is offering a number of bursaries of 2,000 each to support overseas students to study at the Institute from October
The bursaries will be awarded on the basis of academic excellence as demonstrated in the application and judged by the Institute
The bursaries will take the form of a reduction in the overseas student fee payable. Applicants who are not required to pay overseas
fees are not eligible for this bursary. For other funding opportunities, please see
For further details, please contact Ms Kalinda Hughes, Academic Support Officer, Institute for the Study of the Americas, email
Kalinda.firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.americas.sas.ac.uk.