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IDB, CCAA forum on trade, access to finance for doing business in the Caribbean

International Forum on Caribbean Investment & Development at IDB headquarters in Washington, D.C. June 9 and 10

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Caribbean Central American Action (CCAA) will be hosting the "International Forum on Caribbean Investment and Development," (IFCID). This event will provide a platform for representatives of the public and private sectors and non-governmental organizations to address issues of trade and access to finance for doing business in the Caribbean. 

The event, a comprehensive conference on business and economic development in the Caribbean, will take place at the IDB’s Enrique V. Iglesias Conference Center in Washington, D.C., 1330 New York Ave, N.W., on June 9 and 10

On June 9, IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno and Caribbean and CCAA Chairmen Cornelius B. Prior Jr. will open the forum, with a keynote address by the U.S. Special Representative of the Global Partnership Initiative, Kris M. Balderston

Among the highlights of the two-day event: The Honorable Bruce Golding, Prime Minister of Jamaica; investor and philanthropist Michael Lee-Chin of Portland Private Equity; Dr. W. Warren Smith, President of the Caribbean Development Bank; the Minister of Tourism of St Lucia, Allen Chastenet; the Minister of Public Works of St. Kitts & Nevis, Earl Asim Martin; and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) Executive Vice President, David Moloney; and Gerard Johnson, IDB General Manager, Caribbean Country Department.

Special sessions will feature new developments in investing and financing, including a panel on Impact Investment, and a presentation on "Compete Caribbean" a joint initiative of the IDB, the Canadian agency CIDA, and the United Kingdom’s Department of International Development (DFID), to support private sector development and competitiveness in 15 Caribbean countries.

A half-day event on June 10th will focus on issues specific to economic redevelopment and investment in Haiti. Topics to be covered include Programs for the Re-launching of Economic Growth, Building the Business Ecosystem in Haiti, Investment and Business in Haiti Today: Perception, Myth and Reality.

This event has become a focal point for the public and private sector representatives interested in being a part of a unique and comprehensive discussion on trending issues in trade, investment, and financing in the countries of the Caribbean. 

The event will include a matchmaking component that will bring together participants for meetings with policy and/or business leaders, as well as with representatives from the IDB Group. There will also be opportunities to meet with banking and financial institutions to have direct discussions on financing options in the Caribbean.

Participants pre-paid registration for the IFCID will close on Tuesday, June 7 and there will be limited on-site paid registration. For those interested in the business matchmaking component, registrations should be received no later than Friday, June 3.

Participants registration: CCAA Gwendolyn Rodriguez (202) 204-3050,

Journalists wishing to attend the event should contact Mildred Rivera at


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