Stage Being Set For Heightened Focus on Caribbean Basin Trade and Investment in Washington, DC

Caribbean Central American Action and Institute of Caribbean Studies Annual Trade and Investment Confabs will converge in Washington DC from 19-22 November, and bring sharpened focus on the challenges and opportunities facing the CaribbeanBasin countries.

The stage is being set for the launch of the Caribbean region's most important gathering on trade and investment in Washington, DC for 2013, with a convergence of two flagship events held annually by Caribbean Central American Action (CCAA) and Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS).  Citing a need to bring the Caribbean Basin economic development issues into sharper focus in the Washington, DC, policy arena, CCAA is bringing its historic Annual Conference on the Caribbean and Central America to the steps of the Capitol.

This move has led to a merging of interests between the major US companies and small businesses, through its timing with the annual staging of ICS' diaspora-led INVEST CARIBBEAN: Roundtable Business Dialogue. This year's Invest Caribbean theme will once again focus on Harvesting Opportunities in the Agribusiness Value Chain, and will target the small and medium size enterprise community in the US and the Caribbean with a view to ensuring increased partnerships, exchanges and business through improving access to information, investment and working capital.

The CCAA meeting is being held in partnership with the US Chamber of Commerce and the Organization of American States and will feature addresses by business and policy leaders from throughout the region. For information on speakers confirmed to-date,  click here.

The ICS meeting is being held in partnership with the DC Office of Small and Local Business Utilization and will also feature senior executives from organizations such as Compete Caribbean, Inter-American Development Bank, US Department of Commerce, and US Ex-Im Bank. For more information on speakers confirmed to date,  click here.

During three full days of exchanges, attendees to these events will exchange ideas with leading Caribbean and US experts on a range of elements that are critical to the development and success of trade and investment in the region. These include training and education, service quality, standards, trade agreements, energy security and regional transportation, and of agribusiness.

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Sally Yearwood

In a pre-conference message, CCAA Executive Director, Sally Yearwood, noted "This is an incredible opportunity for us to work together to put a spotlight on the region. The Caribbean Basin is the United States' Third Border, and engaging in a collective dialogue on the need for sustained economic growth in the region is important for us all."


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Dr. Claire Nelson

Dr. Claire Nelson, ICS' Founder and President, stated "The need for amplifying the voice of the Caribbean business sector is great. The US is our closest neighbor and largest trading partner. There is no escaping it.  So we must work collectively to amplify our voice and enhance two way trade and well being. We hope by combining efforts, we are able to send the message loud and clear and that the Caribbean participants benefit from travel economies."  

The 20th Annual CARAH Awards Gala which takes place at the JW Marriott Hotel at 6:30 PM on Friday, November 22nd, will close out the three days of intense activity.  Themed, "A Celebration of Excellence",  the Awards Gala will feature notables such as Jimmy Jean Louis – Haitian Actor seen on HBO's Heroes;  world renowned marine artist and oceanographer Dr. Guy Harvey, of Jamaican heritage;  Trinidadian Etienne Charles- Jazz Trumpeter;  Shala Monoroque, Celebrity Stylist and Cover Girl, from St. Lucia;  and reggae legend, Freddie McGregor.

About the Institute of Caribbean Studies

 ICS, the leading Caribbean diaspora think-do tank, a 501(c)(3) non-partisan, non-profit organization was established in 1993 to advance the interest of Caribbean Americans.  ICS is the architect and campaign leader for the commemoration of JUNE as National Caribbean American Heritage Month. The ICS vision is to promote the development of a prosperous, inclusive and sustainable Caribbean society.

Among the benefits the organization provides are specialized support and technical assistance in diaspora engagement, research and development; and partnership development with US organizations.  Sectors of focus include agribusiness development, energy, and the green economy;   creative and digital economy, and the blue economy.

Contact:  Karema Daley

Number: (202) 638-0460


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