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Caribbean Council

Newsletter

25 September 2009

Issue 92


The Caribbean Council
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Participating in Cuba's Energy Revolution: A

THE CUBA Seminar for the UK Energy Sector
INITIATIVE 26-27 November, 2009, Havana, Cuba
The Cuban Government has indicated that they would welcome
entering into commercial discussions with UK firms in the renewable energy sector. They
have expressed a particular interest in the following areas: Biomass from sugar cane;
Forest biomass; biogas from organic residues from agriculture and cattle; Thermal; Solar;
Wind power; Hydro energy. They are also interested in learning about possible financing
solutions for renewable energy projects and about carbon trading and carbon emissions
licensing.

To this end, the Cuba Initiative has agreed to organize a high-level renewable energy
seminar in Havana at the end of November which will be an opportunity for UK companies
to showcase their services / products to a high level audience in Cuba. The event is being
supported by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and will be co-hosted with the
Cuban Ministry of Basic Industries.

Participants from the Cuban side will be senior figures in the energy and renewable energy
sectors who are members of the 15 National Working Groups which are responsible for
developing Cuban energy policy.

Invitations and further information will be sent out shortly to members of the Cuba Initiative
and companies operating in the energy sector. If you would be interested in participating,
please contact Chris Bennett chris.bennett@caribbean-council.ora

International Fair of Havana (FIHAV) UK Stand
2-7 November, Havana, Cuba
The British Embassy will be hosting a stand at the International Fair of Havana in
November. FIHAV is the largest multi-sectoral trade fair in Cuba each year and last year
secured attendance of over 1,200 exhibiting companies from 54 countries.

The British stand will have a section relating to the Cuba Initiative and there is an
opportunity for members of the Cuba Initiative to display material in the stand about their
company and its products or services.

If you would be interested in taking advantage of this exciting opportunity, please either
contact Chris Bennett chris.bennett@caribbean-council.ora or Carole Thompson at UKTI on
carole.thompson@ukti.qsi.qov.uk for more information.


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Rum event in


Brussels a huge success
The Board of Directors of the West Indies Rum
and Spirits Producers (WIRSPA) with support
from the Caribbean Council, held a reception in
Brussels on 23 September for those in the
European Commission, European Parliament and
from EU Member states to enable them to learn


more about Caribbean rum and its success in developing its brands and aged products as a
result of the support it has received from the EU.


Events Diary

29 September, 2009
The Economic Crisis in Cuba,
London

5 October, 2009
Cultura y Cubania Festival Launch,
London

15 October, 2009
IPA/EDA Networking Event, Jamaica
High Commission, London

16-20 November, 2009
Trade Mission to Jamaica

2-7 November, 2009
Havana International Fair, Cuba

23-26 November, 2009
Commonwealth Business Forum,
Port of Spain, Trinidad

26-27 November, 2009
Cuba's Energy Revolution Seminar,
havana, Cuba

4-6 May, 2010
Caribbean Hotel and Tourism
Investment Conference, Puerto Rico

For information on any of the above
events please contact
admin@caribbeancouncil.org


This newsletter is sponsored by:

S atlantic

In 2009, Virgin Atlantic celebrates
25 years of flying. In this time it has
become the largest scheduled airline
between Europe and the Caribbean,
carrying 825,000 passengers on its
ten Caribbean routes last year.
Virgin Atlantic flies to Antigua,
Barbados, Grenada, Havana,
Kingston, Montego Bay, St Lucia
and Tobago from London Gatwick
and to Barbados and St Lucia from
Manchester.
For more details and to make
bookings, please visit www.virgin-
atlantic.com.


The event provided an opportunity to taste different varieties of aged Caribbean rum and to learn more about Caribbean rum
production and its history. The reception also offered an opportunity for discussion of some of the challenges facing industry in
completing the EDF funded Integrated Development Programme which has been providing co-funding distillers in the region to
modernise and develop new international markets.





The reception was attended by the Caribbean Ambassadors in Brussels and representatives of CIRT DOM, the association that brings
together the rum industry in the French DOM and with which WIRSPA has a strategic alliance in Europe and other friends of the
industry.

The Caribbean Council has been working with WIRSPA for many years, providing consultancy and advisory services and assisting the
association in its development of successful lobbying and advocacy campaigns. To find out how the Caribbean Council could support
your association please contact David Jessop david.jessop@caribbean-council.org.


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Miami Conference on the Caribbean and Central America
30 November 2 December, 2009, Miami
The Annual Miami Conference on the Caribbean and Central America will take place at the
InterContinental Hotel in Miami, from 30 November to 2 December, 2009. The Miami Conference has
been a leading forum for international discussion of issues related to business and trade policy for the
Caribbean Basin region for the past three decades, bringing together heads of government, policy
makers, business leaders, and civil society for town hall meetings, roundtable debates, and networking
events. It usually attracts an audience of at least 500 delegates and is accompanied by a small
exhibition.


Titled "Responding to Global Challenges: Surviving and Prospering in Today's Economy", the 2009 Conference will highlight how the
governments and the private sector of the Caribbean and Central America are addressing the multiple economic and political events
that have dominated the past year and how the region's international partners are working through the challenges with them.

The 2009 Miami Conference is laying out an ambitious agenda for participants that will draw upon the strengths that have made this
forum the annual gathering place for regional leaders for the past 32 years. The conference will feature plenary events that will
address issues that affect all who are involved in or with the region. There will be focus sessions on critical industry areas, as well as
interactive roundtables that have become a hallmark of the Miami Conference. Special sessions will be held on Cuba and Haiti as those
two countries look to navigate their way through turbulent times from two very distinct starting points. All sessions will feature expert
speakers and moderators will ensure that participants have ample time to debate the issues.

The list of invited speakers includes leading members of the US Administration and Heads of Government and Ministers and private
sector leaders from across the Caribbean and Central America.

The Caribbean Council is a collaborating organisation for this year's conference, and is pleased to announce a special rate for European
companies that would like to participate in this event. Registration fees are usually $800 USD however European Companies can take
advantage of a special rate of $600 USD for bookings made before 30 October.

For more information about this special rate please contact Stephanie Whittle stephanie. whittle@caribbean-council.orq. Further
information including a draft agenda and details about how to become a sponsor of the event can be found at http://www.c-
caa.orq/conferences/2009/index.html


THE CUBA
INITIATIVE


Canning House


The Economic Crisis in Cuba Event Fully Booked!
29 September 2009, Canning House, London
Speaker: Emily Morris, author of the Economist Intelligence Unit's Cuba reports and Associate at the
International Institute for the Study of Cuba
Chairman: David Jessop, Director of the Cuba Initiative
This next event in the Cuba Initiative seminar series is fully booked following a high level of interest from
members of the Cuba Initiative and Canning House. Any Cuba Initiative Members who have not already
responded should contact Stephanie Whittle to be added to the waitlist stephanie.whittle@caribbean-
council.org


Commonwealth Business Forum to Feature Plenary on Doing Business in the Caribbean
8.30 am, 25 November, 2009, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Taking place in Trinidad and Tobago during CHOGM, the Commonwealth Business Forum agenda features a plenary session titled
'Caribbean: A Place to do Business'. The session will focus on the main incentives, challenges and prospects for business and
investment in the region and will include information about the experiences of investors currently doing business in this region.

The invited speakers for the session are Prof Compton Bourne, President, Caribbean Development Bank; HE Edwin W Carrington,
Secretary General, Caribbean Community (CARICOM); Dr Juan Jos6 Daboub, Managing Director, World Bank; HE Leonel Fernandez,
President, Dominican Republic; and Hon Dr Denzil Llewellyn Douglas, Prime Minister, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis. To see a copy
of the latest programme and to book your place, please click the links below. For further information please contact Vasundhara Puri
vasundhara.puri(cbcqlobal.ora.

r Caribbean High Commissioners foster deeper relationship with Scottish
Parliament
A group of Caribbean High Commissioners in London this week paid a visit to the Scottish Parliament
at Holyrood in Edinburgh, with the aim of fostering a deeper relationship with members of the
Scottish Parliament with the proposed establishment of a Cross-Party Parliamentary Group.





The meeting follows an initial visit in June 2008 organised by the Caribbean Britain Business Council (CBBC), which was hosted by Lord
Foulkes, who is a Scottish Member of Parliament and also President of the CBBC.

MSPs present hailed from the Labour, Conservative, Scottish National Party, Green, Parties, and all pledged their support to the
convening of a Cross Party Group that would work together with Caribbean High Commissioners to strengthen relationships in a range
of areas.

The group discussed potential educational and cultural exchanges between the Caribbean and Scotland, along with possible
collaboration in the areas of trade, tourism and investment opportunities, renewable energy, and sports.

(Photo L-R: Acting HC Trinidad and Tobago; HC Barbados; HC Grenada; MSP George Foulkes; HC Guyana; MSP Linda Fabiani; HC Antigua & Barbuda)

Private Sector Hall Of Fame Banquet
7 pm, 26 October, 2009, Hilton Kingston, Jamaica
Christopher Blackwell, Founder and Chairman of Island Outpost, will be the 17th outstanding business leader to be inducted into the
PSOJ's Private Sector Hall of Fame. This will take place at a Banquet to be held on 26 October, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. in the Ballroom of
the Hilton Kingston Hotel.

Tickets will be available from the PSOJ Secretariat by the middle of September. For reservations please call Violet Vassell +1 868 927
6238, Ext. 2245.

r Energy and Entrepreneurship Conference
Energnl JT 25-27 January, 2009, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
TMr ?ob The Trinidad & Tobago Energy Conference (formerly the Trinidad & Tobago Petroleum Conference), is
ofnrerence organised by the South Trinidad Chamber of Industry and Commerce (STCIC), the representative
association for the Trinidad & Tobago energy sector (www.stcic.org). The vision of the South Trinidad Chamber of Industry and
Commerce is to steer the energy sector of Trinidad & Tobago and the wider Caribbean from mere hydrocarbon extraction to
sustainable development.

The two-day Conference provides the forum for the private sector, Government and academia to sift through and discuss pressing
energy sector issues, with a view to fostering positive change for the country, region and the world; and the setting for participants to
forge new and strategic business relationships through networking.

For more information and to register your interest please visit: http://www. tteneravconference. ora/

CAIC Meeting & CARICOM-DR Business Forum
October, 2009, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
The CAIC Meeting & CARICOM-DR Business Forum will be held in October, 2009 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. For further
information contact: Alan Ramirez, Deputy Executive Director, Caribbean Export Development Agency alan.ramirez@codetel.net.do

Caribbean Export Regional Workshop on Intellectual Property as Marketing Tools for SMEs
November, 2009, Various Locations
Caribbean Export Regional Workshop on Intellectual Property as Marketing Tools for SMEs will be held in November 2009. The
seminars will be held in Dominican Republic, Belize, Grenada and Trinidad & Tobago. For further information contact: Alan Ramirez,
Deputy Executive Director, Caribbean Export Development Agency alan.ramirez@codetel.net.do

2nd Caribbean Design Network Meeting
4-5 November, 2009, Dominican Republic
The 2nd Caribbean Design Network Meeting will be held on November 4-5, 2009 in the Dominican Republic. For further information
contact: Veona Maloney, Manager, Core Services, Caribbean Export Development Agency vmaloney@carib-export.com


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Participating in Cuba’s Energy Revolution: A Seminar for the UK Energy Sector 26-27 November, 2009, Havana, Cuba The Cuban Government has indicated that they would welcome entering into commercial discu ssions with UK firms in the re newable energy sector. They have expressed a particular interest in the following areas: Biomass from sugar cane; Forest biomass; biogas from organic residues from agriculture and cattle; Thermal; Solar; Wind power; Hydro energy. They are also inte rested in learning about possible financing solutions for renewable energy projects and about carbon trading and carbon emissions licensing. To this end, the Cuba Initiative has agreed to organize a high-level renewable energy seminar in Havana at the end of November which will be an opportunity for UK companies to showcase their services / products to a high level audience in Cuba. The event is being supported by the UK Foreign and Commonwealt h Office and will be co-hosted with the Cuban Ministry of Basic Industries. Participants from the Cuban side will be senior figures in the energy and renewable energy sectors who are members of the 15 National Working Groups which are responsible for developing Cuban energy policy. Invitations and further informatio n will be sent out shortly to members of the Cuba Initiative and companies operating in the energy sector. If you would be interested in participating, please contact Chris Bennett chris.bennett@caribbean-council.org International Fair of Havana (FIHAV) – UK Stand 2-7 November, Havana, Cuba The British Embassy will be hosting a stand at the International Fair of Havana in November. FIHAV is the largest multi-sectoral trade fair in Cuba each year and last year secured attendance of over 1,200 exhi biting companies from 54 countries. The British stand will have a section relating to the Cuba Initiative and there is an opportunity for members of the Cuba Initiative to display material in the stand about their company and its products or services. If you would be interested in taking advantage of this exciting opportunity, please either contact Chris Bennett chris.bennett@caribbean-council.org or Carole Thompson at UKTI on carole.thompson@ukti.gsi.gov.uk for more information. Caribbean Rum event in Brussels a huge success The Board of Directors of the West Indies Rum and Spirits Producers (WIRSPA) with support from the Caribbean Council, held a reception in Brussels on 23 September for those in the European Commission, European Parliament and from EU Member states to enable them to learn more about Caribbean rum and its success in developing its brands and aged products a s a result of the support it has received from the EU. The event provided an opportunity to tast e different varieties of aged Caribbean rum and to learn more about Caribbean rum production and its history. The reception also offered an opportunity fo r discussion of some of the challenges facing industry in completing the EDF funded Integrated Development Programme wh ich has been providing co-fundin g distillers in the region to modernise and develop new international markets. your window to the Caribbean Caribbean Council Newsletter 25 September 2009 Issue 92 This newsletter is sponsored by: In 2009, Virgin Atlantic celebrates 25 years of flying. In this time it has become the largest scheduled airline between Europe and the Caribbean, carrying 825,000 passengers on its ten Caribbean routes last year. Virgin Atlantic flies to Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, Havana, Kingston, Montego Bay, St Lucia and Tobago from London Gatwick and to Barbados and St Lucia from Manchester. For more details and to make bookings, please visit www.virginatlantic.com . Events Diary 29 September, 2009 The Economic Crisis in Cuba, London 5 October, 2009 Cultura y Cubania Festival Launch, London 15 October, 2009 IPA/EDA Networking Event, Jamaica High Commission, London 16-20 November, 2009 Trade Mission to Jamaica 2-7 November, 2009 Havana International Fair, Cuba 23-26 November, 2009 Commonwealth Business Forum, Port of Spain, Trinidad 26-27 November, 2009 Cuba’s Energy Revolution Seminar, havana, Cuba 4-6 May, 2010 Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference, Puerto Rico For information on any of the above events please contact admin@caribbeancouncil.or g

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The reception was attended by the Caribbean Ambassadors in Brussels and representatives of CIRT DOM, the association that brings together the rum industry in the French DO M and with which WIRSPA has a strategic alli ance in Europe and other friends of the industry. The Caribbean Council has been working with WIRSPA for many year s, providing consultancy and advisory services and assisting th e association in its development of successful lobbying and advocacy campaigns. To fi nd out how the Caribbean Council could supp ort your association please contact David Jessop david.jessop@ca ribbean-council.org. Miami Conference on the Caribbean and Central America 30 November – 2 December, 2009, Miami The Annual Miami Conference on the Caribbean and Central America will take place at the InterContinental Hotel in Miami, from 30 Novemb er to 2 December, 2009. The Miami Conference has been a leading forum for internationa l discussion of issues related to business and trade policy for the Caribbean Basin region for the past three decades, bringing together heads of government, policy makers, business leaders, and civil society for town hall meetings, roundtable debates, and networking events. It usually attracts an audience of at least 500 delegates and is accompanied by a small exhibition. Titled “Responding to Global Challenges: Surviving and Prosperi ng in Today’s Economy”, the 2009 Co nference will highlight how t he governments and the private sector of the Caribbean and Central America are addressing the multip le economic and political even ts that have dominated the past year and ho w the region’s international partners are working through the challenges with them. The 2009 Miami Conference is laying out an ambitious agenda for pa rticipants that will draw upon the strengths that have made t his forum the annual gathering place for regional leaders for the pa st 32 years. The conference will feature plenary events that wi ll address issues that affect all who are invo lved in or with the region. There will be focus sessions on critical industry areas, as well as interactive roundtables that have become a hallmark of the Miam i Conference. Special sessions will be held on Cuba and Haiti as those two countries look to navigate their way through turbulent time s from two very distinct starti ng points. All sessions will feat ure expert speakers and moderators will ensure that partic ipants have ample time to debate the issues. The list of invited speakers includes leading members of the US Administration and Heads of Gove rnment and Ministers and privat e sector leaders from across the Caribbean and Central America. The Caribbean Council is a collaborating orga nisation for this year’s conference, and is pleased to announce a special rate for European companies that would like to participate in this event. Registration fees are usua lly $800 USD however European Companies can take advantage of a special rate of $600 USD for bookings made before 30 October. For more information about this special rate please contact Stephanie Whittle stephanie.whittle@caribbean-council.org . Further information including a draft agenda and details about ho w to become a sponsor of the event can be found at http://www.ccaa.org/conferences/2009/index.html The Economic Crisis in Cuba – Event Fully Booked! 29 September 2009, Canning House, London Speaker: Emily Morris, author of the Economist In telligence Unit’s Cuba reports and Associate at the International Institute for the Study of Cuba Chairman: David Jessop, Director of the Cuba Initiative This next event in the Cuba Initiative seminar series is fully booked following a high level of interest from members of the Cuba Initiative and Canning House. Any Cuba Initiative Members who have not already responded should contact Stephanie Wh ittle to be added to the waitlist stephanie.whittle@caribbeancouncil.org Commonwealth Business Forum to Feature Plenary on Doing Business in the Caribbean 8.30 am, 25 November, 2009, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago Taking place in Trinidad and Tobago duri ng CHOGM, the Commonwealth Business Forum agenda features a plenary session titled ‘Caribbean: A Place to do Business’. The session will focus on the main incentives , challenges and prospects for business and investment in the region and will include information about the experiences of investors currently doing business in this regio n. The invited speakers for the session are Prof Compton Bourne, President, Caribbean Development Bank; HE Edwin W Carrington, Secretary General, Caribbean Community (CARICOM); Dr Juan José Daboub, Managing Director, World Bank; HE Leonel Fernandez, President, Dominican Republic; and Hon Dr Denzil Llewellyn Doug las, Prime Minister, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis. To see a copy of the latest programme and to book your place, please click the links below. For further information please contact Vasundhara Puri vasundhara.puri@cbcglobal.org . Caribbean High Commissioners foster deeper relationship with Scottish Parliament A group of Caribbean High Commissioners in London th is week paid a visit to the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood in Edinburgh, with the aim of fost ering a deeper relationship with members of the Scottish Parliament with the proposed establis hment of a Cross-Party Parliamentary Group.

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The meeting follows an initial visit in June 2008 organised by the Caribbean Britain Business Co uncil (CBBC), which was hosted by Lord Foulkes, who is a Scottish Member of Par liament and also President of the CBBC. MSPs present hailed from the Labour, Conser vative, Scottish National Party, Green, Pa rties, and all pledged their support to th e convening of a Cross Party Group that would work together with Caribbean High Commissio ners to strengthen relationships in a ra nge of areas. The group discussed potential educational and cultural exchanges between the Cari bbean and Scotland, along with possible collaboration in the areas of trade, tourism and inve stment opportunities, renewable energy, and sports. (Photo L-R: Acting HC Trinidad and Tobago; HC Barbados; HC Grenada; MSP George Foulkes; HC Guyana; MSP Linda Fabiani; HC Antigu a & Barbuda) Private Sector Hall Of Fame Banquet 7 pm, 26 October, 2009, Hilton Kingston, Jamaica Christopher Blackwell, Founder and Chairman of Island Outpost, wi ll be the 17th outstanding business leader to be inducted into the PSOJ's Private Sector Hall of Fame. This will take place at a Banquet to be held on 26 October, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. in the Ballr oom of the Hilton Kingston Hotel. Tickets will be available from the PSOJ Secr etariat by the middle of September. For reservations please call Violet Vassell + 1 868 927 6238, Ext. 2245. Energy and Entreprene urship Conference 25-27 January, 2009, Port of Sp ain, Trinidad and Tobago The Trinidad & Tobago Energy Conference (formerly the Trinidad & Tobago Petroleum Conference), is organised by the South Trinidad Chamber of Indu stry and Commerce (STCIC), the representative association for the Trinidad & Tobago energy sector ( www.stcic.org ). The vision of the South Trinidad Chamber of Industry and Commerce is to steer the energy sector of Trinidad & Tobago and the wider Caribbean from mere hydrocarbon extraction to sustainable development. The two-day Conference provides the forum fo r the private sector, Government and academia to sift through and discuss pressing energy sector issues, with a view to fost ering positive change for the country, regi on and the world; and the setting for parti cipants to forge new and strategic business relationships through networking. For more information and to regist er your interest please visit: http://www.ttenergyconference.org/ CAIC Meeting & CARICOM-DR Business Forum October, 2009, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic The CAIC Meeting & CARICOM-DR Business Forum will be held in October, 2009 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. For further information contact: Alan Ramirez, Deputy Executive Director, Caribbean Export Deve lopment Agency alan.ramirez@codetel.net.do Caribbean Export Regional Workshop on Intelle ctual Property as Marketing Tools for SMEs November, 2009, Various Locations Caribbean Export Regional Workshop on Inte llectual Property as Marketing Tools for SM Es will be held in November 2009. The seminars will be held in Dominican Republic, Belize, Grenada and Trinidad & Tobago. For further information contact: Alan Ram irez, Deputy Executive Director, Caribbean Export De velopment Agency alan.ramirez@codetel.net.do 2nd Caribbean Design Network Meeting 4-5 November, 2009, Dominican Republic The 2nd Caribbean Design Network Meeting will be held on Novemb er 4-5, 2009 in the Dominican Repu blic. For further information contact: Veona Maloney, Manager, Core Services, Caribbean Export Developm ent Agency vmaloney@carib-export.com