Resilience & Readiness: Caribbean Tourism Takes a Spotlight in 2016 DMWS

Resilience And Readiness: Caribbean Tourism Takes a Spotlight in the 2016 Disaster Management Workshop Series

Washington, D.C. –  The 2016 Disaster Management Workshop Series (DMWS) will launch on April 5 in the United States Virgin Islands, and will continue over the following months in the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Dominica, and Trinidad and Tobago. This year the DMWS will welcome partners from the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), and will integrate issues impacting the national hotel and tourism associations of the host countries into the DMWS agendas.

Tourism is a key generator of revenues and jobs throughout the Caribbean region, and when there is an interruption to the industry, as a result of a natural or man-made disaster, the impact is immediate and resonates across the economy. In 2015 alone, the region was impacted by Tropical Storm Erika in Dominica, the presence of sargassum seaweed on some beaches in multiple countries, and the emergence of the Zika virus, to name just a few. All of these have an impact on the tourism industry and, by extension, upon the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Caribbean citizens.

According to CEO and Director General of the CHTA, Frank Comito: “The Caribbean tourism industry strives to always be prepared to respond to whatever disasters might emerge. Not just to protect the guests that visit our shores, but also for the workers, and for the communities that we live in. Being a part of the DMWS is another building block towards ensuring that our tourism family is an integral part of the “whole-of-community” approach to disaster resilience.”

Series co-hosts Caribbean-Central American Action and Tropical Shipping, together with DMWS partners at the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, and CHTA, will be engaging with the national hotel and tourism associations in each workshop destination, together with stakeholder organizations from the public and private sectors.

The dates and locations for the 2016 DMWS are:

  • April 5: United States Virgin Islands (St. Croix)
  • April 6: United States Virgin Islands (St. Thomas)
  • April 15: Turks and Caicos (Providenciales)
  • May 4: The Bahamas (Nassau)
  • May 5: The Bahamas (Freeport)
  • June 7: Trinidad and Tobago (Port-of-Spain)
  • June 9: Dominica (Roseau)

The 2016 DMWS will focus on “Building Risk-Aware and Resilient Communities”. The negative economic impact of non-existent or weak coordination among stakeholder communities in disaster preparedness and response cannot be understated, and, conversely, the positive benefits of joint private/public partnerships in disaster readiness are well established.

Updates with additional information on the destination workshops will be issued. In the interim, if you have any questions or would like to receive additional information, please contact Sally Yearwood at syearwood@c-caa.org or 202 464-2029.

* Please note: the dates for the USVI were originally listed as April 5 in St. Thomas and April 6 in St. Croix. The above dates are correct.

 

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UPDATED: CCAA Announces Dates for Disaster Management Workshop Series

Washington, D.C. – Caribbean-Central American Action (CCAA) is pleased to confirm the schedule for the 2016 Disaster Management Workshop Series (DMWS). The dates and locations are as follows:

  • April 5: United States Virgin Islands (St. Croix)
  • April 6: United States Virgin Islands (St. Thomas)
  • April 15: Turks and Caicos (Providenciales)
  • May 4: The Bahamas (Nassau)
  • May 5: The Bahamas (Freeport)
  • June 7: Trinidad and Tobago (Port of Spain) DATE CHANGE
  • June 9: Dominica  (Roseau) DATE CHANGE

The 2016 DMWS will focus on “Building Risk-Aware and Resilient Communities”. The theme reflects the growth of this flagship series, which has been taking place for over a decade. Initially focusing on the ongoing vulnerability of the region to natural disasters, the DMWS has evolved to integrate the wider array of risk factors that confront the region today. Man-made disasters, pandemic/infectious disease and cyber-crime, to name just a few, figure among the issues that are being tackled on the frontlines, and underscore why building resilience is not a public or private sector responsibility, but is the shared responsibility of a national, regional, and global community. The negative economic impact of non-existent or weak coordination among stakeholder communities in disaster preparedness and response cannot be understated, and, conversely, the positive benefits of joint private/public partnerships in disaster readiness are well established.

For the 2016 series, co-hosts Caribbean-Central American Action and Tropical Shipping will be joined by collaborating partners from the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) and by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA). As always, the hosts will partner with national disaster management organizations from the public sector, as well as with community-based private sector organizations, in each destination.

Updates with additional information on the destination workshops will be issued. In the interim, if you have any questions or would like to receive additional information, please contact Sally Yearwood at syearwood@c-caa.org or 202 464-2029.

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CCAA39 Photo Gallery

Check out images of the 39th Annual Conference on the Caribbean and Central America, hosted November 15-17, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Miami.

For more information, please contact CCAA at (202) 464-2031.

 

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Cuban Delegation Confirmed for CCAA39, November 15-17, Miami, FL

Dear Colleague;

From November 15-17, Caribbean Central American Action (CCAA) will be hosting the 39th Annual Conference on the Caribbean and Central America, at the Hyatt Regency in Miami, Florida. This year the Conference will feature plenary sessions and panel discussions built around the theme of “A New Era in Regional Integration”.

The December 17, 2014, announcement of the rapprochement between the United States and Cuba immediately triggered strategy debates throughout Central America and the Caribbean on what this might mean to the future political and economic reality of the region. The relationship between Cuba and its neighbors has been close and mutually important over the years, and this will not change. What it will do is create new urgency for discussion about how this relationship is recalibrated and how the United States, Cuba, the Caribbean and Central America can work together to advance regional prosperity.

To this end, we are pleased to announce that all sides will be with us at CCAA39 and can now confirm that there will be an official delegation representing Cuba. The slate currently includes:

  • Mr. Ruben Ramos Arrieta, Minister Counselor, Economic and Trade Office, Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in Washington, D.C.;
  • Dr. Antonio F. Romero Gomez, Centre for the Study on the International Economy, University of Havana;
  • Mr. Yulieski Vigoa Barzaga, and Mr. Boris Luis Gómez Valdés-Ávila, Department of Political and Economic Affairs, Office of the Director General – United States Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba;
  • Dr. Ricardo Torres, Research Economist, Centre for the Study of the Cuban Economy, University of Havana;

Click here to view the most updated agenda

Do not miss out; engage in 2015’s most interactive, informative discussion on the future of our region.

Register today; we look forward to seeing you in Miami.

Sincerely,

Caribbean-Central American Action


CCAA’s Annual Conference on the Caribbean and Central America continues to be the premiere trade and policy forum for the countries of the Caribbean Basin. With the theme “Cuba, the Caribbean, and Central America: A New Era in Regional Integration,” the 2015 Conference will focus on the implications of the normalization of U.S. Cuba relations, particularly in the context of overall economic development in Central America and the Caribbean.


Register Online

Registration is now open for “CCAA39”. To register, please fill out and return the enclosed registration form or visit http://bit.ly/CCAA39 to register online today. Discounts for groups, government, ngo’s and sponsors are available.

For sponsorship opportunities, or for further information on participating at the event, please contact Gwendolyn Siegel at gsiegel@c-caa.org or (202) 464-2031.

Hotel Accommodations
A limited number of rooms at the group rate are still available at the host hotel, the Hyatt Regency Miami.  To access the reservations portal, please click here or contact CCAA at events@c-caa.org with any questions

Speaker Updates 1: CCAA’s 39th Annual Conference on the Caribbean and Central America

Who will you see at CCAA’s 39th Annual Conference on the Caribbean and Central America? Here’s a first look…

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The resumption of a formal relationship between Cuba and the United States stands to redefine the future of trade and investment in the Caribbean Basin. Understanding what this means today, and what it could mean for the future of the region, is why business and thought leaders will be gathering for the 39th Annual Conference on the Caribbean and Central America which will take place from November 15-17, in Miami, Florida.
There are just three weeks to go until the curtain rises on what is certain to be one of the year’s most informative and engaging discussions on how the evolving U.S.-Cuba relationship could influence our region. Join a stellar line-up for two days of plenary discussions and interactive roundtables. Our speakers include:

  • Chris Bennett, Managing Director, The Caribbean Council
  • Al Cardenas, Senior Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
  • Arturo Cruz, Professor, INCAE Business School
  • Richard Feinberg, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Latin America Initiative, Brookings Institution
  • Bill Lane, Senior Director Global Government & Corporate Affairs, Caterpillar
  • Ron McKay, President, ADS Global; and President, American Chamber of Commerce of Jamaica
  • Maria Mendez, Director Latin American Sales & Trade Development; Alabama State Port Authority
  • Amb. Nestor Mendez, Assistant Secretary General, Organization of American States
  • Rafael Romeu, President and CEO, DevTech Systems, Inc.
  • Carmen Gisela Vergara, Secretary General; Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration
  • Antonio R. Zamora, Esq.,…. and more.

Over the next few days we will be sharing information on more of the great speakers who have confirmed their participation. If you are interested in the Cuba, the Caribbean, and Central America, you need to be a part of this event.
Register today; we look forward to seeing you in Miami.

Sincerely,

Caribbean-Central American Action


CCAA’s Annual Conference on the Caribbean and Central America continues to be the premiere trade and policy forum for the countries of the Caribbean Basin. With the theme “Cuba, the Caribbean, and Central America: A New Era in Regional Integration,” the 2015 Conference will focus on the implications of the normalization of U.S. Cuba relations, particularly in the context of overall economic development in Central America and the Caribbean.


Register Online

Registration is now open for “CCAA39”. To register, please fill out and return the enclosed registration form or visit http://bit.ly/CCAA39 to register online today. Discounts for groups, government, ngo’s and sponsors are available.

For sponsorship opportunities, or for further information on participating at the event, please contact Gwendolyn Siegel at gsiegel@c-caa.org or (202) 464-2031.

Preliminary Agenda
To download the latest outline agenda, please click here.

Hotel Accommodations
A limited number of rooms at the group rate are still available at the host hotel, the Hyatt Regency Miami. To access the reservations portal, please click here or contact CCAA at events@c-caa.org with any questions.

Updates on CCAA’s 39th Annual Conference on the Caribbean and Central America

Washington, D.C. —  The most recent update of regulations governing U.S.-Cuba relations was officially issued on September 21, 2015, and provides new guidance on business and travel between the two countries. As has happened every time there are changes, the Caribbean Basin has just grown a little bigger.

Caribbean-Central American Action’s 39th Annual Conference on the Caribbean and Central America will be bringing its signature focus on the region to the broader discussion on the evolution of U.S.-Cuba relations. This will take place from November 15-17, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, in Miami, Florida.

Our speakers, who represent some of the best and brightest from the worlds of government, business, and academia, will bring their insights to 2 days of policy discussions, business roundtables, and issue-oriented workshops, which will provide our world-class audience with the most up-to-date information and interactive debate on this rapidly-evolving issue.

CCAA invites you to be a part of the discussion. Whether you are trying to stay current with the regulations, understand the broader foreign policy implications, or examine the future of regional integration and collaboration, this event will bring all of these issues to the table. And if you are interested in getting an insider’s understanding of the Cuban business and investment outlook, this will be the event that addresses not only the changing face of business in Cuba, but also how Cuba could change the business and investment outlook throughout the Caribbean and Central America.

*** Special note ***: CCAA’s room block at the host hotel is now full on the final night of the Conference (November 17), and a limited number of rooms are still available through the 18th at the discounted business plan rate ($189). Rooms are still available at CCAA’s group rate of $169 per night for stays between November 11-17th. To access the reservations portal, please click here or contact CCAA at events@c-caa.org for more information.

There are a number of large events in the downtown Miami area during the week of this yea’rs Conference. If you have not made your lodging arrangements yet, CCAA encourages you to do so as soon as possible.

Registration is open for CCAA39. To register, or for further information, please click here or visit www.c-caa.org/ccaa39. Discounts are available for groups, government/NGO’s and academia, and collaborating organizations.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. If you would like to discuss sponsorship, please contact Gwendolyn Siegel at gsiegel@c-caa.org or (202) 464-2031.

Preliminary Agenda
To download the latest outline agenda, please click here. More details on the sessions, including speakers and collateral events will be shared in the coming weeks.

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Registration is Open for Caribbean Financial Services Workshop

September 14, 2015

Dear Colleague:

Caribbean-Central American Action (CCAA) and the Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA) invite you to register today for the Workshop on Caribbean Banking and Caribbean International Financial Services Sector, taking place at the Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort in Willemsted, Curaçao on September 30-October 1, 2015.

Workshop co-host, Ms. Pamela Coke-Hamilton of Caribbean Export, stated that “Caribbean financial institutions find themselves increasingly vulnerable to regulatory changes and new trends that threaten their very existence. Once seen as a growth industry for regional economies seeking to diversify from the dependency of the non-competitive agriculture base or the tourism-dependent economies; today the industry (traditional and offshore) is facing an ever increasing array of challenges in the globalized environment.”

This workshop will bring together regional and international financial institutions and experts to discuss in detail, the challenges facing the Caribbean Basin and put forth proactive solutions within the context of the international regulatory framework at the upcoming OECD Global Forum summit to be hosted in Barbados in October 2015.

Confirmed Speakers Include: 

The Honourable Jose Jardim, Minister of Finance & the Economy, Curaçao

The Honourable Donville Inniss, Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development, Barbados

Ms. Joanna Charles, President, Caribbean Association of Banks

 Mr. Roberto De Michele, Private Sector Development Principal Specialist
Capital Markets and Financial Institutions Division, Inter-American Development Bank

Mr. Hillary Deveaux,  Ministry of Financial Services, Bahamas

Ms. Leesa Kow, General Manager, Jamaica National Money Services Ltd.

Ms. Ana Maria de Alba, Risk Management and Banking Consultant; and Instructor, Florida International Bankers Association

Mr. Glenford Malone, Director, Investment Business, BVI Financial Services Commission

among others.

The workshop will be facilitated by Mr. Anton Edmunds, President of The Edmunds Group, and Mr. Chris Principe, Principal of Trade Solutions Group. To download the most recent preliminary agenda, please click here.

Registration and Hotel Accommodations:
The registration fee for the Workshop is $200. Space will be limited so we encourage all interested participants to register promptly. To register, please click here.

A group rate of $134 p/n (plus taxes) is also available at the Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort and Emerald Casino for workshop attendees. Reserve your room here, or contact Ms. Gwendolyn Siegel at gsiegel@c-caa.org or (202) 464-2031 for questions on hotel and event registration.

We look forward to having you join us in Curaçao.

Sincerely,

Sally Yearwood
Executive Director, CCAA

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CCAA and Caribbean Export to host a Workshop of the Future of Financial Services in the Caribbean, September 30-October 1 in Curacao

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PRESS RELEASE – Washington, DC – Caribbean Central American Action (CCAA) is pleased to announce that it will be partnering with the Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA) to host a Workshop on Caribbean Banking and the Caribbean International Financial Services Sector on September 30-October 1, 2015, at the Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort.

This Workshop will examine critical issues impacting the future of banking and financial services in the Caribbean region (correspondent banking, remittances, and offshore financial services). Considering the impact to regional economies of de-risking and regulatory changes, the event will identify possible solutions for regional institutions and economies, and generate specific recommendations for action. One output of the workshop will be the submission of a white paper for consideration to the OECD’s Global Forum, taking place in Barbados October, 2015.

Please be advised that space will be limited in what is expected to be a high level, interactive event.

If you are interested in participating, and would like to receive details on the agenda and how to register, please contact Gwendolyn Siegel at gsiegel@c-caa.org or Sally Yearwood at syearwood@c-caa.org.

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CCAA Special Advisory on Dominica Relief Efforts

URGENT: Relief efforts for Dominica in the wake of the devastation left by Tropical Storm Erika

Washington, DC – On August 24, 2015, Tropical Storm Erika caused devastating loss of life and destruction of property on the island of Dominica. The Board and staff of Caribbean Central American Action would like to convey sincere condolences to the people of Dominica for the heavy toll that the storm has taken.

With over 12 inches of rain falling within a 12-hour period, flooding and mudslides washed away infrastructure and property on the island-nation of approximately 72,000 people.  Today there are significant numbers of displaced people who have lost their homes, and many communities remain inaccessible as a result of destruction to roads and bridges.

CCAA urges the public at large to visit the website of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) for a full assessment of the impact of Erika, and current needs.  CDEMA can be found at www.cdema.org.  The latest public advisory is accessible here.

CCAA Announces 2nd Disaster Management Workshop of 2015 in Tortola, September 3

PRESS RELEASE – Caribbean Central American Action (CCAA) is pleased to announce that the next installment of the Disaster Management Workshop Series (DMWS) will take place on September 3, 2015, in Tortola, British Virgin Islands (BVI).

Under the banner of “Ensuring a Resilient Economy through Partnership in Disaster Recovery”, the BVI workshop will be hosted in collaboration with the The Government of The Virgin Islands, the Department of Disaster Management of the Virgin Islands, the BVI Chamber of Commerce and Hotel Association (BVICCHA), Rotary Clubs of the British Virgin Islands, and H. Lavity Stoutt Community College, together with longstanding series partner, Tropical Shipping. The program will feature leaders from government and the private sector, and will be structured around presentations and collaborative discussions geared towards supporting existing public-private collaboration in disaster recovery, and providing information on new tools and strategies that foster this collaboration.

Sally Yearwood, Executive Director of CCAA, reflected on the success of this Workshop series and the importance of ongoing engagement: “As a region, we are acutely aware of the vulnerability of our environments and economies to natural and man-made disasters. Sharing knowledge and experience is an essential part of the preparation, mitigation, and recovery process.” She added that “our collaboration in July with the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Barbados Department of Emergency Management at the exceptional workshop in Bridgetown, highlighted the great work that is being done by institutions and associations across the region. CCAA values these partnerships, and importantly, we see the DMWS as a tangible demonstration of our commitment to providing support when called upon. We are delighted to be taking this energy into The Virgin Islands.” (Note: for additional information on the Barbados event, as well as a document on some of the work being done in Barbados, click here.)

The DMWS has been a flagship program of CCAA for the past decade. It brings government and the private sector together with disaster resilience professionals to discuss the importance of partnerships in the recovery planning process and to support the incorporation of disaster planning into daily operations. The event includes the signing of an inter-organizational Statement of Purpose to provide ongoing collaboration and support.

The event will take place from 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Maria’s by the Sea Hotel and Conference Center, Road Town, Tortola.

If you have any questions or are interested in attending please contact Sally Yearwood (syearwood@c-caa.org) at CCAA, Leroy Moses (lmoses@tropical.com) at Tropical Shipping, or Sharleen Dabreo at (sdabreo@surfbvi.com) at the Department of Disaster Management.

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