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Caribbean Council

Newsletter

14 December 2006

Issue 56


The Caribbean Council



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LA B D L M Members Shown Secrets of Cuban Dishes
LA ODEGITA DEL .EDtC at the Cuba Initiative Christmas Party
The Cuba Initiative held its first Christmas Party on 11 December for
members and guests. The seasonal celebration took place at La Bodeguita del Medio Restaurant in
Kensington. Guests enjoyed Mojito cocktails and were treated to a cookery demonstration by the bar
and grill's head chef. To complete the evening, a Cuban band provided music. The Party was the
last event in the 2007 programnme of events. The Cuba Initiative programme starts again in January
2008.


Save the Date: How might Cuba's relationship with the Caribbean and
Commonwealth change over the next decade?
Tuesday 29 January 2008, 6pm, The Commonwealth Club at the Royal Commonwealth Society
The Caribbean-Britain Business Council and the Cuba Initiative have teamed up with the Royal
Commonwealth Society in London to put together an event for members of all three organizations.
The theme of the event is Cuba's relationship with the Caribbean and Commonwealth. During the
event, an expert panel of speakers will look at the relationship and how it might change in the years
to come. Invitations will be sent out in the New Year. For further information please contact
Stephanie Whittle Stephanie. whittle@caribbean-council.ora



CBBC Whitehall Meeting: 23 January 2008
The next CBBC Whitehall Meeting with Government Departments will take place on 23rd January
2008. This meeting for Premier and Corporate members of the CBBC will be the first involving the
new Chairman, Barry Humphreys, and Liz Kane, the recently appointed Head of the Caribbean,
Mexico and Central America Team at the Foreign Office.

Amongst the items currently tabled for the agenda are:
EPA negotiations and their longer term implications
Growth in the Caribbean Tourism Economy
The UK Caribbean Forum 2008
Climate Change

Any CBBC member who have not received their invitations or CBBC/Anglo Dominican Trade Council
Regular members who would like the secretariat to raise policy related issues at the meeting should
contact Stephanie Whittle stephanie.whittle@caribbean-council.org


Events Diary

14/16 January 2007
Caribbean Marketplace, Aruba
5/6 February 2007
Trinidad & Tobago Petroleum
Conference, Port of Spain,
Trinidad & Tobago
13/15 February 2007
IT & Communications Conference,
Havana, Cuba
13 March 2007
CBBC Annual Rum Punch
Reception, London
For information on any of the
above events contact
admin@caribbean-council. or



This newsletter is sponsored by:

latlantic
Virgin Atlantic is now the largest non-
stop scheduled airline between the UK
and the Caribbean, following at 20%
increase in capacity during Winter
2006/7. Between October 2006 and
March 2007, Virgin Atlantic expects to
carry over 350,000 passengers on its
Caribbean routes. Services from
London Gatwick to the Caribbean
began in 1998, with flights to
Barbados, St. Lucia and Antigua.
Since then Grenada, Tobago, Havana
and Montego Bay in Jamaica have
been added to the network. Barbados
and St. Lucia are also served from
Manchester.
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Obituary: Bill Bissell
It is with deep sadness that that the Caribbean Council and CBBC learnt of the passing of William "Bill" Bissell on 1st December 2007.
Bill was the driving force behind developing the Caribbean architectural practice of Onions Bouchard & McCulloch into OBM
International, a property consultancy with a global presence and was well known across the region and in Europe.

A steadfast defender of Caribbean design values, Bill Bissell provided design and development leadership throughout the Caribbean by
introducing to many communities the opportunities of modern design with a Caribbean flair. In the Cayman Islands Bill Bissell provided
not only employment and personal growth opportunities for many of the region's current architects and designers, but also
enthusiastically supported many other people and organizations outside his chosen field.

He was an outstanding supporter of the work of the Caribbean Council and the CBBC. Bill also willingly contributed his time and
expertise to industry organizations such as the Urban Land Institute, Caribbean Hotel Association, Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable
Tourism and many others. With his keen sense of civic responsibility he led by example blending professional success with a perceptive
and dry wit. Bill will be missed.




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A.M... CBBC Leadership Meeting with the Caribbean High Commissioners in London
The CBBC leadership met with the Caribbean High Commissioners in London on 10 December at the St Vincent
and the Grenadines High Commission. Barry Humphreys, the newly appointed Chairman of the CBBC, co-chaired
the meeting with the Dean of the Caribbean Diplomatic Corps in London, HE Mr Laleshwar Singh, the High
Commissioner for Guyana. During the meeting there was an exchange on the possible subject matter and scope of a UK/Caribbean
parliamentary forum that the CBBC is facilitating at the time of the UK Caribbean government to government forum that will take place
in London in 2008. Plans were also discussed for a visit by the High Commissioners to the Scottish Parliament. The President of the
CBBC, Lord Foulkes, is a Member of the Scottish Parliament and is in the process of agreeing dates for the High Commissioners to
meet with senior figures in the Scottish parliament as well as private sector representatives. The CBBC meetings with the Caribbbean
High Commissioners take place regularly to facilitate co-ordination and to better achieve mutual objectives.

SEIDE International Energy Week
14-18th January 2008
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic's first International Energy Week will be led by Aristides Fernandez Zucco, Secretary of State and President of
the National Commission of Energy. The President of the Dominican Republic, Dr. Leonel Fernandez Reyna will be keynote speaker at
the conference. The week will consist of three elements:

1) A Science and Technology Conference focusing on the study, production and commercialization of fuels and energy technologies.
2) A Trade Fair for national and foreign companies to exhibit their products and technological advances that demonstrate viable
solutions to the energy problems the world is facing today. They can also be applied to the solution of energy problems in the country,
whilst exhibiting products, equipment or innovative processes which show efficiency and functionality.
3) A Business Lounge where national and foreign companies can meet and establish contacts with representatives from the public and
private sector with the aim of identifying business opportunities and forging commercial relationships.

The event is aimed at consultants from the energy sector, engineering professionals, construction, business, industrial users of energy,
makers and distributors of equipment, installation and maintenance companies, energy project promoters, universities and research
centres, representatives from Public Administration and all professionals related to energy efficiency and the environment in general.
More information about the event and details of how to register can be found on the website: www.seide.ora.do

Seasons Greetings
The Caribbean Council and its family of organizations would like to wish all its members, subscribers and those that it works with, a
Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year. 2007 has been an active year, with a wide range of events in the CBBC and
Cuba Initiative seminar and lecture series, and the second UK Caribbean Business Forum held in Trinidad and Tobago in June. Plans
are in place for another busy programme of events and meetings in 2008.

The next Newsletter will be sent out on 11 January 2008.
































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2 Belgrave Square London SW1X 8PJ Te l: 0207 235 9484 Fax: 0207 823 1370 Email: admin@caribbean-council.org Web: www.caribbean-council.org Copyright 2006 © The Caribbean Council 1 Members Shown Secrets of Cuban Dishes at the Cuba Initiative Christmas Party The Cuba Initiative held its first Christmas Party on 11 December for members and guests. The seasonal celebration took place at La Bodeguita del Medio Restaurant in Kensington. Guests enjoyed Mojito cocktails and we re treated to a cookery demonstration by the bar and grill’s head chef. To complete the evening, a Cuban band provided music. The Party was the last event in the 2007 programnme of events. The Cuba Initiative programme starts again in January 2008. Save the Date: How might Cuba’s relationship with the Caribbean and Commonwealth change over the next decade? Tuesday 29 January 2008, 6pm, The Commonwealt h Club at the Royal Commonwealth Society The Caribbean-Britain Business Council and the Cuba Initiative have teamed up with the Royal Commonwealth Society in London to put together an event for members of all three organisations. The theme of the event is Cuba’s relationship with the Caribbean and Commonwealth. During the event, an expert panel of speakers will look at the relationship and how it might change in the years to come. Invitations will be sent out in the New Year. For further information please contact Stephanie Whittle Stephanie.whittle@caribbean-council.org CBBC Whitehall Meeting: 23 January 2008 The next CBBC Whitehall Meeting with Gove rnment Departments will take place on 23rd January 2008. This meeting for Premier and Corporate memb ers of the CBBC will be the first involving the new Chairman, Barry Humphreys, and Liz Kane, th e recently appointed Head of the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America Team at the Foreign Office. Amongst the items currently tabled for the agenda are: EPA negotiations and their longer term implications Growth in the Caribbean Tourism Economy The UK Caribbean Forum 2008 Climate Change Any CBBC member who have not received their invitations or CBBC/Anglo Dominican Trade Council Regular members who would like the secretariat to ra ise policy related issues at the meeting should contact Stephanie Whittle stepha nie.whittle@caribbean-council.org Obituary: Bill Bissell It is with deep sadness that that the Ca ribbean Council and CBBC learnt of the passing of William “Bill” Bissell on 1st Decemb er 2007. Bill was the driving force behind developing the Caribbean arch itectural practice of Onions Bouchard & McCulloch into OBM International, a property consultancy with a global pres ence and was well known acro ss the region and in Europe. A steadfast defender of Caribbean design values, Bill Bissell pr ovided design and development leadership throughout the Caribbe an by introducing to many communities the opportunities of modern desi gn with a Caribbean flair. In the Cayman Islands Bill Bissell p rovided not only employment and personal growth opportunities for many of the region’s current architects and designers, but also enthusiastically supported many other people and organizations outside his chosen field. He was an outstanding supporter of the work of the Caribbean Council and the CBBC. Bill also willingly cont ributed his time and expertise to industry organizations such as the Urban Land In stitute, Caribbean Hotel Associatio n, Caribbean Alliance for Susta inable Tourism and many others. With his keen sense of civic responsibi lity he led by example blending professional success with a per ceptive and dry wit. Bill will be missed. y our window to the Caribbean Caribbean Council Newsletter 14 December 2006 Issue 56 Events Diary 14/16 January 2007 Caribbean Marketplace, Aruba 5/6 February 2007 Trinidad & Tobago Petroleum Conference, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago 13/15 February 2007 IT & Communications Conference, Havana, Cuba 13 March 2007 CBBC Annual Rum Punch Reception, London For information on any of the above events contact admin@caribbean-council.org This newsletter is sponsored by: Virgin Atlantic is now the largest nonstop scheduled airline between the UK and the Caribbean, following at 20% increase in capacity during Winter 2006/7. Between October 2006 and March 2007, Virgin Atlantic expects to carry over 350,000 passengers on its Caribbean routes. Services from London Gatwick to the Caribbean began in 1998, with flights to Barbados, St. Lucia and Antigua. Since then Grenada, Tobago, Havana and Montego Bay in Jamaica have been added to the network. Barbados and St. Lucia are also served from Manchester.

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2 Belgrave Square London SW1X 8PJ Te l: 0207 235 9484 Fax: 0207 823 1370 Email: admin@caribbean-council.org Web: www.caribbean-council.org Copyright 2006 © The Caribbean Council 2 CBBC Leadership Meeting with the Cari bbean High Commissioners in London The CBBC leadership met with the Ca ribbean High Commissioners in London on 10 December at the St Vincent and the Grenadines High Commission. Barry Humphreys, the newly appointed Chairman of the CBBC, co-chaired the meeting with the Dean of the Caribbean Diplomatic Corps in London, HE Mr Laleshwar Singh, the High Commissioner for Guyana. During the meetin g there was an exchange on the possible su bject matter and scope of a UK/Caribbean parliamentary forum that the CBBC is facilitating at the time of the UK Caribbean government to government forum that will take place in London in 2008. Plans were also discus sed for a visit by the High Commissioners to the Scottish Parliament. The President of the CBBC, Lord Foulkes, is a Member of the Scottish Parliament and is in the process of agreeing dates for the High Commissioners t o meet with senior figures in the Scottish parliament as well as private sector representatives. The CBBC meetings with the Cari bbbean High Commissioners take place regularly to facilitate co-ordination and to better achieve mutual objectives. SEIDE – International Energy Week 14-18th January 2008 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic The Dominican Republic’s first Internationa l Energy Week will be led by Aristides Fernandez Zucco, Secretary of State and Presi dent of the National Commission of Energy. The Pres ident of the Dominican Republic, Dr. Leonel Fernandez Reyna will be keynote speaker at the conference. The week will consist of three elements: 1) A Science and Technology Conference focusing on the study, production and commercialization of fuels and energy technologies . 2) A Trade Fair for national and foreign co mpanies to exhibit their products and tec hnological advances that demonstrate viable solutions to the energy problems the world is facing today. They can also be applied to the solution of energy problems in the country, whilst exhibiting products, equipment or innovative pr ocesses which show efficiency and functionality. 3) A Business Lounge where national and foreign companies can meet and establish contacts with representatives from the public and private sector with the aim of identifying business o pportunities and forging comme rcial relationships. The event is aimed at consultants from the energy sector, engin eering professionals, construction , business, industrial users o f energy, makers and distributors of equipment, inst allation and maintenance companies, energy project promoters, universities and resear ch centres, representatives from Public Administration and all prof essionals related to energy effi ciency and the environment in g eneral. More information about the event and details of how to register can be found on the website: www.seide.org.do Seasons Greetings The Caribbean Council and its family of orga nisations would like to wish all its member s, subscribers and those that it works w ith, a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year. 2007 has been an active year, with a wide range of events in the CBBC and Cuba Initiative seminar and lecture series, and the second UK Ca ribbean Business Forum held in Trinidad and Tobago in June. Pl ans are in place for another busy programme of events and meetings in 2008. The next Newsletter will be sent out on 11 January 2008.