6 September 2010
The Caribbean Council
Cuba Initiative Business Mission to Havana
At the end of September, Ian Taylor, Chairman of the Cuba Initiative,
will be leading a delegation of UK companies to Cuba for a programme
of Ministerial and other high-level meetings. The visit is being organised
in conjunction with the Cuban side of the Initiative which is chaired by
Minister for Foreign Trade and Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca
During the mission, representatives will have an opportunity to present
their companies' commercial interests in Cuba and to discuss any new or
existing business ventures. In addition to the main programme, the British Ambassador, HE
Dianna Melrose, has kindly agreed to meet with the delegates for a round-table briefing and
to host a reception at the Embassy for them and their Cuban counterparts.
If you would like more information about the business mission and how to participate,
please contact Chris Bennett chris.bennett@caribbean-counci. org
Caribbean Tourism Ministers to discuss aviation
taxation in London
A delegation of six tourism ministers from the Caribbean will be in
London from 6-10 September for a series of meetings to discuss the
region's concerns about UK and EU aviation taxation. The visit, which
has been organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organisation with
support from the Caribbean Council, will see the Tourism Ministers
meeting with government and opposition, aviation and tourism
industry bodies plus British MPs, the Caribbean diplomatic corps and
others for exchanges on the issue. They will also meet with the Caribbean Diaspora
committee on Air Passenger Duty which has been coordinating activity by the Caribbean
community in the UK.
25 September, 2010
Caribbean Rum and Rhythm,
30 September, 2010
Vincentian Trade Expo,
4 October, 2010
Racism and Black Women in
Cuba Today, London
8 October, 2010
13-15 October, 2010
Caribbean Renewable Energy
Forum, The Bahamas
20 October, 2010
Policing the Caribbean,
For information on any of the
above events please contact
The visit will provide an opportunity for exchanges on the contentious banding system applied by the UK which results in travel to the
Caribbean being taxed at a rate higher than the whole of the US; how Air Passenger Duty might be amended; how the UK's proposed
per plane duty might work; the impact of aviation taxation on the economic development of the Caribbean and other developing
countries; and how APD or a successor duty will relate to the European Union Emissions Trading System, which will include aviation
The visit comes as the UK is reviewing its approach to APD. In an Emergency Budget presented to the UK Parliament on 22 June, the
Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, MP, made clear that the UK government will "explore changes to the aviation tax
system, including switching from a per-passenger to a per-plane duty, which could encourage fuller planes. He said that any "Major
changes will be subject to public consultation"
No further information was provided but in official documents accompanying the budget statement, produced by the Office of Budget
Responsibility, the revenue line for Air Passenger Duty projected forwards to 2015-16 showed income increasing from 1.9 billion in
2010 to 3.8 billion by 2016.
Since that time no further information has been provided by the Treasury as to the timing of the proposed consultative exercise. As a
consequence it is now widely accepted that the scheduled and large increase in APD in November 2010 will be implemented as
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APD was introduced by the Conservative Government in 1994 as a 'green tax' designed to account for aviation's impact on the
environment but since then there has been no indication how the 1.9 billion collected in 2009/10 was applied.
The visiting delegation includes the Tourism Ministers of Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, St Kitts & Nevis and St Lucia. It will be led by
the Minister of Tourism for Antigua & Barbuda, John Maginley MP, who is the current Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation
(pictured) and will be accompanied by the Secretary General of CTO, Hugh Riley.
2nd Annual Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum
,- '- CREF 12010 13- 15 October, 2010, Atlantis, The Bahamas
CARIBBEAN RENEWABLE ENERCY FORUM CREF is a government and utility-oriented conference designed to provide key stakeholders
AI LANIIS, IARAUII ISLAND, BAHAMAS with a full understanding of the latest in global technologies, policy and regulatory best
13'" 1i- OCTOBER 2010 practice, and, ultimately, solutions to some of the seemingly intractable hurdles which have
slowed renewable energy development across the Caribbean.
The event also serves as a unique opportunity for international developers and investors to get a handle on the range of opportunities
across the region, and to meet the organizations that manage those opportunities. CREF is run in conjunction with the Organization of
American States (OAS), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), and
Caricom, along with other high profile organizations driving the renewable energy agenda in the Caribbean.
To date, eight government ministers and senior executives representing nine regional utilities are confirmed to attend. Joining them
will be all the development banks and NGOs active in this space in the Caribbean, various sources of private capital from regional
commercial banks to international private equity firms, and some of the world's largest renewable energy developers and technology-
providers. The conference agenda, which features close to 60 speakers, is available for download at
More information on CREF is available at www.caribbeanenerqyforum.com. Caribbean Council members are entitled to a 15% discount
on the registration fee of US$1,050. To access this rate please supply promotional code CCOUNCILCREF10 on the registration page on
the conference website when prompted. For more information please contact Matthew Perks, at email@example.com
Alternative Initiatives: Cuba Conference
a 2-5pm 8 October 2010, Jarvis Hall, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), London
This conference will explore the impact of Cuba's political and economic conditions on its architecture
and speculate on the future of architecture and development in Cuba.
.Speakers at the conference include leading architects, academics, politicians and economists, such as
Si J acclaimed Cuban architect Ricardo Porro and Dr. Eusebio Leal, Deputy to the Cuban National
Assembly of the Popular Power. Brett Steele, director of the Architectural Association School of
Architecture, and Edgar Gonzalez of BrisacGonzalez will be moderators.
Tickets cost 45, with concessions of 35 for students, Nous members or group bookings of over 15 people.
The conference is curated by Nuria Alvarez Lombardero and Francisco Gonzales de Canales, tutors at the Architecture Association and
principals of Canales & Lombardero, and Melissa Woolford, director of Nous.
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Melissa Woolford email@example.com to discuss this further.
Please visit www.alternativeinitiatives.co.uk for more information and to purchase tickets.
Caribbean Rum and Rhythm comes to London
25 September, 2010, Vinopolis, London
The temperature is set to rise on the afternoon of Saturday 25 September 2010, when Vinopolis
welcomes the Caribbean Tourism Organisation's (CTO) four-hour "Rum and Rhythm" event.
SWith a wide selection of exhibitors bringing the flavours and sounds of the Caribbean to Central
London, visitors will be able to dance to everything from merengue, salsa and calypso to reggae
and soca whilst sipping tasters from a mind-boggling range of world-famous rums, from the light rums of Aruba to the darker
variations of Jamaica.
In addition to sampling the mouth-watering rums and cocktails, attendees will be able to discover the origins of rum, learning about its
history and fermentation, distillation, ageing and blending processes.
Present during the afternoon will be Ian Burrell, known as the UK's rum ambassador and the man behind London's annual Rumfest.
On the culinary side, Barrington Douglas, renowned Chef who has appeared in Gordon Ramsey's 'F-Word', and cooked alongside Gary
Rhodes in 'Rhodes Across the Caribbean', will be preparing some of the famous dishes served at Discovery Bay, his Caribbean
restaurant in Huddersfield.
For information about tickets please visit http://www. vinoolis. co.uk/rum rhythm
PROCINVEST projects to support ICT in the Caribbean
Two projects were recently launched in the Caribbean under the auspices of the ACP-EU Knowledge Centre being built by
PROEINVEST, a funding agency of the European Commission which is headquartered in Brussels. The Knowledge Centre, by providing
a web presence and online support to stakeholders involved in private sector development, will be a common virtual space where a
member's management database, project information, resources, contacts and "results" will be shared. It is hoped that this will ensure
a continuous transfer of information.
The two projects are:
Technical Assistance for the Establishment of a Marketplace and a B2B Platform for ICT Companies and Professionals in the
This project is aimed at promoting greater cooperation between Caribbean ICT organizations and enterprises, in general, and
to improving the competitiveness of the ICT sector in the region. It will seek to improve ICT skills by carrying out an inventory
of ICT needs for intermediary organizations. Moreover it will aim to facilitate the establishment of a Caribbean Federation of
ICT Associations, formulating a strategic work plan.
Improvement of ICT skills of intermediary organizations (IOs) in the Caribbean region
This project will aim to assist commercial and trade associations (non-ICT Intermediary Organisations) to offer member's
access to training and better access to Information Technology. This will delivered through an internet-based training portal
where users can access training courses as well as reference materials and also through the selective publishing of
information about training providers in the region.
A number of missions to the Caribbean Region by teams of consultants will take place during the months of September, October and
15 Caribbean States are associated with the project, namely, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican
Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad
For additional information, please directly contact the Coordinator of the projects Mamadou Dogue Mamadou.firstname.lastname@example.org.
UKTI: Food & Beverage Trade Mission and Exhibition
18 19 January 2011, Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain, Trinidad.
UK companies will have access to over 100 Buyer invitees from hotels and restaurants, caterers, top chefs, supermarkets, agents,
wholesalers, distributors, retail outlets, etc. This mission will include a briefing meeting, table top exhibition and sampling/tasting.
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Vincentian Trade Expo
10am, 30 September, 2010, St Vincent and the Grenadines High Commission, 10 Kensington
Court, London, W8 5DL
The St. Vincent and the Grenadines High Commission [UK] within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade is holding a Trade
Expo in September.
The event will seek to showcase products from St. Vincent that are export ready to the UK market and beyond.
The event will run from 10.30am until 7.30pm and the agenda features two sessions, 10.30 am to 2.30 pm then a break followed by
another session from 3.30pm to 7.30pm
The expo will feature products from 15 manufacturers in the Country and will also welcome a number of guest speakers. There will
also be cookery demonstrations and tasting. A Vincentian born Chef with International experience will be using the products to create
There will also be an art and craft display.
The High Commission will be producing a souvenir magazine. Anyone wishing to place adverts in the magazine or interested in
attending should contact Doris Charles firstname.lastname@example.org.
Policing the Caribbean: seminar and book launch
6pm, 20 October, 2010, Chapters, King's College London, London WCR 2LS.
This book launch and seminar is jointly hosted by University of London Institute for the Study of the Americas, Institute of
Commonwealth Studies & the British Society of Criminology.
On the panel will be Professor Ben Bowling, author of Policing the Caribbean: Transnational Security Cooperation in Practice. (OUP
2010), Professor Robert Reiner (LSE and Dr Amanda Sives (Liverpool). The seminar will be chaired by Professor Philip Murphy, Director
of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies.
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