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28 January 2008

Issue 58


Speaker Update: Cuba, Change and the
Commonwealth Caribbean
6pm, Tuesday 29 January 2008, Commonwealth Club, London,
WC2N 5AP
Speakers have now all been confirmed for the event that the Caribbean
Council has jointly organised with the Royal Commonwealth Society. There is
HC Whiteman no charge for attending.

Due to the popularity of the event there are now limited places available and so priority places
will be give to members of the CBBC, Royal Commonwealth Society, Cuba Initiative and Anglo
Dominican Trade Council.

The panel of speakers is as follows:
Chairman's opening remarks: David Ridgway, Former British Ambassador to Cuba

The Historical Relationship between Cuba and the Commonwealth Caribbean and Cuba's
engagement in the region: HE Mr Burchell Whiteman, High Commissioner for Jamaica in
London

Trade and Investment between Cuba and the Commonwealth Caribbean: Emily Morris, Senior
Analyst Latin America, Economist Intelligence Unit

Engagement through education, sport and cultural exchange: Pedro Perez Sarduy, Afro-Cuban
poet, writer, journalist and broadcaster

Change and Cuba: David Jessop, Director, The Cuba Initiative

The discussion will be followed by an informal drinks reception, with rum cocktails supplied
courtesy of Havana Club.

Anyone who wishes to attend should book in advance by contacting Stephanie Whittle on +44
(20) 7235 9484 or stephanie. whittle@caribbean-counci. ora


Save the date: Annual Reception at the House of Lords
2 April 2008, Cholmondeley Room and terrace, House of Lords
This year the CBBC, the Anglo Dominican Trade Council, and the Cuba Initiative and will
be hosting one large parliamentary reception for all three of the Caribbean Council's
membership organizations. The decision offers all members and their guests a much
larger networking opportunity. The guest speaker and prizes are still to be confirmed, but
this event is always a mixture of entertainment and valuable networking. The reception is
well attended by Caribbean High Commissioners, Ambassadors and Representatives,
Members of Parliament, Ministers, NGOs and others within the British and Caribbean
Government and private interest. Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event.
For advance notification of the sponsorship packages or for details about membership
please contact Stephanie Whittle Steohanie. whittle@caribblean-council.ora


Events Diary

29 January 2008
Cuba, Change and the Commonwealth
Caribbean, RCS, London

30 January 2007
Caribbean Council Meeting with
Geoffrey Clifton Brown (Premier
Members only)

06 February 2008
The Chavez Connection: analysing the
Bolivarian Revolution, IISC, London

28 February 1 March 2008
Caribbean states in 2020: Sinking,
Surviving or Prospering? Wilton Park,
UK

12 March 2008
The gaze atras: Screen Memories in
Cuban Cinema, IISC, London

02 April 2008
Caribbean Council Parliamentary
Reception, House of Lords, London

For a full events listing and further
details please see www.caribbean-
council.org/events


This newsletter is sponsored by:

l atlantic
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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Caribbean Council Meeting with Conservative Party representatives
In an ongoing commitment to ensuring that the Caribbean remains on the political agenda in the UK, the Caribbean Council has
secured a meeting with Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP. Following the election of David Cameron as Leader of the British
Conservative Party, Mr Clifton-Brown was appointed the Shadow Minister for Trade & Foreign Affairs. Premier members should
all have received invitations to attend the meeting, which is scheduled to take place on 30 January in London. Any other
members that wish to feed in their comments to the meeting should contact Stephanie Whittle Stephanie. whittle@caribbean-
council.org



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Meeting of the Caribbean-Britain Business Council Consultative committee with the Foreign and
Commonwealth Office
Premier and Corporate members of the Caribbean-Britain Business Council met on 23 January with Liz Kane, Head of the Caribbean,
Mexico and Central America Team at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a part of the group's ongoing dialogue with
Government about UK policy towards the Caribbean. The meetings, which take place three times a year, offer members the
opportunity to discuss the economic and political prospects for the Caribbean, their corporate concerns and to provide feedback about
the business climate in the region. Subjects discussed at the 23 January meeting included Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA's);
the scope and subject matter for the 2008 UK/Caribbean Government to Government Forum; follow up to the Business Forum
organised by the CBBC and CAIC in Trinidad 2007; and climate change. For more information please contact Stephanie Whittle
stephanie. whittle@caribbean-council. org

The Chavez connection: Analysing the 'Bolivarian revolution'
7pm, 6 February 2008, The Henry Thomas Room, Tower Building, London Metropolitan University, Holloway Road, London N7 8DB

Speakers: Emily Morris, Economist Intelligence Unit and Dr Julia Buxton, University of Bradford

The recent hint by Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez that Cuba and Venezuela are possibly going to form a confederation has raised
the imagination of many in Latin America and the fears of not a few in Washington. In this seminar, two of the UK's leading experts
examine the growing relationship between Cuba and Venezuela and offer informed predictions on the way it might develop into the
future.

Dr Julia Buxton is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for International Cooperation and Security at the University of Bradford. She
was visiting professor at the Centre for Latin American Studies, Edmund A Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University,
Washington for the Spring semester 2007. She has written extensively on the political and economic developments in Venezuela under
Hugo Chavez.

Emily Morris is Senior Editor at the Economist Intelligence Unit and writes the quarterly reports on the Cuban Economy. Admission is
free of charge. Please RSVP admin@cubastudies.org if you wish to attend.


Annual Private Sector Meeting with CARICOM Ministers of Finance and Minister of Trade
The third meeting between the Caribbean private sector and the CARICOM Ministers of Finance and Ministers of Trade has been
scheduled to taka place in St Lucia on 14 June 2008. The meeting is being co-ordinated by the Caribbean Association of Industry and
Commerce. For further information please contact candiceclarence@tstt.net.tt














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First Annual Caribbean Tourism Summit
(ACTS) 21-25 June 2008
International Trade Center, Ronald Reagan Building,
Washington, DC

The Annual Caribbean Tourism Summit (ACTS), launched
in 2008, will bring together leaders from political, tourism
and investment communities and the Diaspora.

ACTS has been created by leaders of Caribbean
Governments and the Caribbean Hotel and tourism industry
and will consist of several functions including a
groundbreaking high level Conference focusing on
Investment and Marketing, an Awards Gala Dinner & Ball,
and an Exhibition. This historic event is scheduled to
coincide with Caribbean American Heritage Month and will
include events for the Caribbean Diaspora.

For further details please see
www. caribbeanhotelassociation. com


Postgraduate Open Day at the Institute for the
Study of the America's, London
The Institute for the Study of the Americas, a member institute of
the School of Advanced Study at the University of London, will
host its Postgraduate Open Day on Wednesday 6 February 2008.

ISA offers full and part-time Master's degrees on the Americas, as
follows:

MA in Area Studies (Comparative American Studies)
MA in Area Studies (Latin America)
MSc in Globalisation and Latin American Development
MSc in Latin American Politics
MA in Area Studies (United States)
MSc in US Politics and Contemporary History
MSc in United States Foreign Policy

The Institute also provides programmes of study for MPhil and
PhD degrees in the history, politics and sociology of the
Caribbean, Latin America and the US. For further details and to
register, email americas@sas.ac.uk americas@sas.ac.uk




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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 y our window to the Caribbean Caribbean Council Newsletter 28 January 2008 Issue 58 Events Diary 29 January 2008 Cuba, Change and the Commonwealth Caribbean, RCS, London 30 January 2007 Caribbean Council Meeting with Geoffrey Clifton Brown (Premier Members only) 06 February 2008 The Chavez Connecti on: analysing the Bolivarian Revolution, IISC, London 28 February – 1 March 2008 Caribbean states in 2020: Sinking, Surviving or Prospering? Wilton Park, UK 12 March 2008 The gaze atrás: Screen Memories in Cuban Cinema, IISC, London 02 April 2008 Caribbean Council Parliamentary Reception, House of Lords, London For a full events listing and further details please see www.caribbeancouncil.org/events 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. Speaker Update: Cuba, Change and the Commonwealth Caribbean 6pm, Tuesday 29 January 2008, Commonwealth Club, London, WC2N 5AP Speakers have now all been confirme d for the event that the Caribbean Council has jointly organised with the Royal Commonwealth Society. There is no charge for attending. Due to the popularity of the event there are now limited places available and so priority places will be give to members of the CBBC, Royal Co mmonwealth Society, Cuba Initiative and Anglo Dominican Trade Council. The panel of speakers is as follows: Chairman’s opening remarks: David Ridgw ay, Former British Ambassador to Cuba The Historical Relationship between Cuba and the Commonwealth Caribbean and Cuba’s engagement in the region: HE Mr Burchell Whiteman, High Commissioner for Jamaica in London Trade and Investment between Cuba and the Commonwealth Caribbean: Emily Morris, Senior Analyst – Latin America, Economist Intelligence Unit Engagement through education, sport and cultural exchange: Pedro Perez Sarduy, Afro-Cuban poet, writer, journalist and broadcaster Change and Cuba: David Jessop, Director, The Cuba Initiative The discussion will be followed by an informal drinks reception, with rum cocktails supplied courtesy of Havana Club. Anyone who wishes to attend should book in advance by contacting Stephanie Whittle on +44 (20) 7235 9484 or stephanie.whittle@caribbean-council.org HC Whitema n Save the date: Annual Reception at the House of Lords 2 April 2008, Cholmondeley Room and terrace, House of Lords This year the CBBC, the Anglo Dominican Trad e Council, and the Cuba Initiative and will be hosting one large parliamentary receptio n for all three of the Caribbean Council’s membership organisations. The decision o ffers all members and their guests a much larger networking opportunity. The guest speake r and prizes are still to be confirmed, but this event is always a mixture of entertainmen t and valuable networking. The reception is well attended by Caribbean High Commission ers, Ambassadors and Representatives, Members of Parliament, Ministers, NGOs and others within the British and Caribbean Government and private interest. Sponsorship o pportunities are available for this event. For advance notification of the sponsorship packages or for details about membership please contact Stephanie Whittle Stephanie.whittle@caribblean-council.org Caribbean Council Meeting with Conservative Party representatives In an ongoing commitment to ensuring that the Caribbean remains on the political ag enda in the UK, the Caribbean Council has secured a meeting with Geoffrey CliftonBrown MP. Following the election of David Cameron as Leader of the British Conservative Party, Mr Clifton-Brown was appointed the Shadow Minister for Trade & Foreign Affairs. Premier members should all have received invitations to attend the meeting, which is scheduled to take place on 30 January in London. Any other members that wish to feed in their comments to the meeting should contact Stephanie Whittl e Stephanie.whittle@caribbeancouncil.org

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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 Meeting of the Caribbean-Britain Business Council Consultative committee with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Premier and Corporate members of the Caribbean-Britain Business Co uncil met on 23 January with Liz Kane, Head of the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America Team at the British Foreign and Commonw ealth Office as a part of the group’s ongoing dialogue with Government about UK policy towards the Caribbean. The meet ings, which take place three times a year, offer members the opportunity to discuss the economic and po litical prospects for the Caribbean, their co rporate concerns and to provide feedback about the business climate in the region. Subjects discussed at the 23 January meeting included Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA ’s); the scope and subject matter for the 2008 UK /Caribbean Government to Government Forum; follow up to the Business Forum organised by the CBBC and CAIC in Trinidad 2007; and climate change. For more information please contact Stephanie Whittle stephanie.whittle@caribbean-council.org The Chávez connection: Analysing the ‘Bolivarian revolution’ 7pm, 6 February 2008, The Henry Thomas Room, Tower Building, Lond on Metropolitan University, Holloway Road, London N7 8DB Speakers: Emily Morris, Economist Intelligence Unit and Dr Julia Buxton, University of Bradford The recent hint by Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez that Cuba and Venezuela are possibly going to form a confederation has rais ed the imagination of many in Latin America and the fears of not a fe w in Washington. In this semina r, two of the UK’s leading exp erts examine the growing relationship between Cuba and Venezuela and offer informed predicti ons on the way it might develop into the future. Dr Julia Buxton is a Senior Research Fello w at the Centre for International Cooperatio n and Security at the University of Bradf ord. She was visiting professor at the Centre for La tin American Studies, Edmund A Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown Universit y, Washington for the Spring semester 2007. She has written extensiv ely on the political and economic developments in Venezuela un der Hugo Chávez. Emily Morris is Senior Editor at the Ec onomist Intelligence Unit and writes the quarterly reports on the Cuban Economy. Admission is free of charge. Please RSVP admin@cuba studies.org if you wish to attend. Annual Private Sector Meeting with CARICOM Ministers of Finance and Minister of Trade The third meeting between the Caribbean private sector and the CARICOM Ministers of Finance and Ministers of Trade has been scheduled to taka place in St Lucia on 14 June 2008. The meetin g is being co-ordinated by the Caribbean Association of Industr y and Commerce. For further information plea se contact candiceclarence@tstt.net.tt First Annual Caribbean Tourism Summit (ACTS) 21-25 June 2008 International Trade Center, Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC The Annual Caribbean Tourism Summit (ACTS), launched in 2008, will bring together leaders from political, tourism and investment communities and the Diaspora. ACTS has been created by leaders of Caribbean Governments and the Caribbean Hotel and tourism industry and will consist of several functions including a groundbreaking high level Conference focusing on Investment and Marketing, an Awards Gala Dinner & Ball, and an Exhibition. This historic event is scheduled to coincide with Caribbean American Heritage Month and will include events for the Caribbean Diaspora. For further details please see www.caribbeanhotelassociation.com Postgraduate Open Day at the Institute for the Study of the America’s, London The Institute for the Study of the Americas, a member institute of the School of Advanced Study at the University of London, will host its Postgraduate Open Day on Wednesday 6 February 2008. ISA offers full and part-time Master's degrees on the Americas, as follows: MA in Area Studies (Comparative American Studies) MA in Area Studies (Latin America) MSc in Globalisation and Latin American Development MSc in Latin American Politics MA in Area Studies (United States) MSc in US Politics and Contemporary History MSc in United States Foreign Policy The Institute also provides programmes of study for MPhil and PhD degrees in the history, politics and sociology of the Caribbean, Latin America and the US. For further details and to register, email americas@sas.ac.uk americas@sas.ac.uk