Announcing the third annual Caribbean Investment Forum 2013

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After its second successful year, attended by over 500 participants, Trinidad and Tobago’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Investment and invesTT will host the third annual Caribbean Investment Forum (CIF) from June 10-11, 2013.

The Caribbean Investment Forum 2013, Caribbean Competitiveness: The Nexus of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, assembles a wide array of industry and government leaders and investors for a two-day exploration into the ways in which entrepreneurship and innovation can foster growth in Caribbean economies. Featuring Honourable Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from more than 100 regional and international speakers and panelists, with unparalleled networking opportunities to meet and discuss new business and investment prospects.

The Honourable Kamla Persad-Bissessar

Expert-led panel sessions will focus on key industry trends and explore the following topics:

  • Innovative approaches, trends and opportunities for the Caribbean tourism industry

  • Developing value-added production capacity for Caribbean agribusiness

  • Momentum-building for the region’s budding film industry

  • In-depth profiles of current maritime investment opportunities in the Caribbean

  • Trends in global FDI, with a special focus on the Caribbean investment outlook

  • Newest trends in the BPO industry, including nearshoring opportunities

  • Entrepreneurial and investment opportunities for the region’s creative culture and economy

The Caribbean Investment Forum 2013 builds on the success of Forums held over the past two years, with an even more exciting cast of regional and international speakers discussing new Caribbean investment opportunities.

“I believe that the Caribbean Investment Forum remains an ideal platform for collectively exploring the business and investment opportunities we offer to each other as developing CARICOM nations, and for showcasing the potential we offer to the world as a politically stable and enabling business investment destination,” said Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar at the launch of CIF 2012.

According to theEconomic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the region has shown significant resilience during the global economic downturn. According to the Preliminary Overview of the Economies of Latin America and the Caribbean, a publication released by ECLAC in December, 2012, the region will grow by around 3.8 percent in 2013, which is higher than the expected figures for world growth.

Despite this positivity, the region does face several challenges. One of these is investment. In times of international economic uncertainty, investment fluctuates excessively, in a way that threatens growth and social well-being. For ECLAC, the challenge for the Caribbean and Latin America is to increase and stabilise investment growth as a means of driving structural change, incorporating technical progress in the region, and making growth more sustainable.

The Caribbean Investment Forum 2013 exemplifies this challenge and will explore innovative opportunities to catalyse investment and significantly enhance regional and global competitiveness. Participants will learn about new models for growth, including guidance on key considerations based on experiences from industry leaders and experts.

To learn more about the Caribbean Investment Forum 2013, please visit

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