"2nd Caribbean Finance and Investment Forum", November 17, 2016, Montego Bay Convention Centre, Montego Bay, Jamaica

Caribbean economies are regaining momentum as efforts to structurally reform key sectors and strengthen ties with the global capital markets begin to bear fruit. At the same time, lower-for-longer oil prices have, in some countries, helped relieve pressure on public accounts, while an upswing in tourism dollars is supporting economic growth. Although the outlook remains fragile -- threatened by a volatile global marketplace and a host of internal challenges -- opportunities for investment across the region look more compelling than ever.

Join us for the 2nd LatinFinance Caribbean Finance & Investment Forum, as we explore the region’s economic rehabilitation and reengagement with international capital, through a series of high-level panel discussions and interactive presentations, alongside a program of 1-1 networking meetings.

To register now, please go to www.latinfinanceevents.com

AACCLA's 2016 "Business Future of the Americas" (BFA), May 23, 2016, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 23, 2016

All AmCham BEC members are invited to attend AACCLA's 2016 "Business Future of the Americas" (BFA) conference which will be hosted by AmCham Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Please visit the official website http://www.bfa2016rio.com/en/ for additional details and to view the current agenda.

For additional information on the event, please contact Nadia Stanzig at nadiastanzig@amchamrio.com or the event’s coordinator Ana Macieira at anamacieira@amchamrio.com.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

 HOTELS:

  • AmCham Rio has secured a room block at the Sheraton Hotel in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. They have a promotional rate with breakfast of R$665,00 reais. For Sheraton Hotel information and reservation, please contact Rodolfo Mariano at rodolfo.mariano@sheraton.com. For more information, please feel free to contact Nadia directly. 

 

 

AmCham BEC Launches "Travel and Tourism Committee", March 3, 2016, Barbados

American Chamber of Commerce for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Launches Travel and Tourism Committee

March 3, 2016

Bridgetown:

There is a call for Eastern Caribbean stakeholders to work closely to protect the tourism industry from direct threats including Zika virus, recession and terrorism. This according to Chairman and President of AmCham BEC, Attorney at Law Dustin Delany, at the launch of the Travel and Tourism Committee (TCC) which took place on Thursday March 3 at the Cave Hill School of Business in Barbados.

The newly formed committee, established by the American Chamber of Commerce for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean (AmCham BEC), will work alongside key industry stakeholders to promote the overall improvement of the travel and tourism infrastructure in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.  

Featured speakers at the launch included Dr. Alafia Samuels, Co-Chair of the Pan American Health Organization Foundation’s Technical Advisory Group, and Mr. Steven Redlinger, Senior Business Liaison at the Private Sector Office of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Dr. Samuels discussed the Zika Virus and other communicable diseases as well as non-communicable diseases and their impact on the travel and tourism industry.  Dr. Samuels emphasized the need for workforce protection through education, prevention, and wellness programmes.  Redlinger provided the audience an overview of the DHS operations with a focus on how those operations impact security as it relates to the travel and tourism sector in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.  The various DHS programmes were outlined including the Pre Clearance procedure that has been set up in various non U.S. jurisdictions including some in the Caribbean.  This was of particular interest to many of the travel and tourism stakeholders in attendance.

 

Dr Alafia Samuels, Co-Chair of the Pan American Health Organization Foundation’s Technical Advisory Group

Sasha Sheehy, Executive Director of AmCham BEC explained that “the tourism industry is critical to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean and it is important that we, its key stakeholders, do everything possible to protect this industry from outside threats. This event focused on what we can be done to mitigate some of these threats, in particular Zika and related health concerns as well as the overall safety of our visitors, which is amongst the topical concerns facing the region”.

In his opening remarks, Chairman and President of AmCham BEC, Attorney at Law Dustin Delany stated “Our travel and tourism industry, though resilient, continues to face many challenges even though we have seen some degree of improvement as most of the developed world has arisen from the lingering global recession.  Needless to say, Zika, just like Chikungunya did a few years back, is starting to takes its toll on the industry.  The Center for Disease Control has issued a level two alert recommending travelers “practice enhanced precautions” on trips to the Caribbean.  Common sense dictates that when these warnings are accompanied by mention of birth defects and significant and impairing neurological conditions, the result is detrimental to the travel and tourism sector”. 

Through his introduction of the TCC, Delany expressed “the issues that continue to plague productivity and progress throughout the region are well known and need not be mentioned here this morning.  Rather we take a more proactive approach in launching our Travel and Tourism Committee aimed at promoting the overall improvement of the travel and tourism infrastructure within AmCham BEC’s geographic footprint.  Tourism is the cornerstone of the economies of Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean…the Committee looks to work towards safeguarding the sector and continuing to work with regional stakeholders in improving the travel and tourism framework.  It is felt that the Committee is well placed to so serve the region in these capacities given the experience of the Committee and its access to the network and resources within Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America and the Caribbean (AACCLA) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.”

On behalf of the TCC, it was posited “Though experts disagree on the lasting impact of terrorist attacks in terms of short and long term on travel and tourism the bottom line for us is that there is going to be an impact and that impact is going to be a negative one; one that our small market economies may not be able to withstand.  Thus, it is imperative that Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean safeguard against this risk.  It is satisfying to know that the Government of Barbados has recognized this risk and is in the process of implementing electronic finger printing at immigration; however, there is still a lot of work do to in securing our borders and further securitizing against these types of risks.”  Redlinger looked favorably upon this new Barbadian Government programme reasoning that more information available, the more beneficial to mitigating terror threats.

Stephen J. Redlinger, US Department of Homeland Security

AACCLA's "Outlook on the Americas", February 3, 2016, Miami, Florida

AACCLA's "Outlook on the Americas" Luncheon and Conference
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Trump National Doral Hotel, Miami, Florida
 
As the first major hemispheric business event of 2016, AACCLA's "Outlook on the Americas" provides an opportunity for an open dialogue on the economic and political issues that will impact hemispheric trade and investment in the coming year. The luncheon & conference will attract business executives and political leaders, as well as the leadership of the American Chambers of Commerce throughout the hemisphere.