The discussions formed part of the 6th Annual Private Sector Meeting, organised by the Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce (CAIC) and the government of St. Kitts and Nevis.
Held at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort Ballroom, the 100 plus delegates were welcomed to the event by both, Minister of Commerce, Dr. Timothy Harris and President of the Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce (CAIC), Carol Evelyn, and wished all successful deliberations and discussions.
President Evelyn described the meeting as a “mechanism” which has as its purpose, the creation of “a platform for discussion and debate on those critical ideas, challenges, opportunities and threats that currently confront the people of the Caribbean, their livelihoods, economies, and competitive advantage in the global market place.”
The topics on which presentations were made were wide-ranged and extensive and included: “The impact of the manufacturing sector on Small Island States” which was presented by Mr. Jose Rosa, General Manager of Kajola Kristada, St. Kitts; “Geothermal Energy: A wonderful opportunity to develop a Caribbean Cooperation” which was presented by Mr. Jacques Chouraki, President of Territories Actions Novatrices (TERANOV) and “Alternative and renewable energy and the global financial crisis” presented by Mr. Rawlinson Isaac, General Manager of West Indies Power (Nevis) Ltd.
Presentations were also made on the topics inclusive of: “How the Caribbean Court of Justice is used to facilitate intra-regional trade” by Senior Judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCF), Justice Rolston Nelson; “CARICOM, Haiti and the way ahead for Private Sector action” by Executive Director in the Office of the CARICOM Special Representative, Ambassador Byron Blake and “Improving trade relations with Latin America” by Ambassador Miguel Magalhaes, of the Embassy of Brazil in St. Kitts Nevis.
Each presentation was followed by a discussion through which the delegates were given an opportunity to expresses their views, seek clarification, contradict and agree with information presented.
Dr. Harris had indicated to MiyVue.com that the overall expectation was that following the event, models for private/sector partnerships and action on the topics would have been created or at least that an understanding for the creation of these would have been reached.