21st Annual Invest SMART Caribbean Forum
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Karema Daley
Phone: (202) 638-0460
21st Annual Invest SMART Caribbean Forum
Registration Now Open
Washington, D.C. – October 21, 2019 –
The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) today announced that registration is now open for the 21st Annual Caribbean Business Roundtable: Invest SMART Caribbean Forum 2019, scheduled for November 21-22 in Washington, D.C. Invest SMART Caribbean 2019 convenes leaders from government, private sector, regional development organizations, academia, finance and investment, to increase awareness of emerging trends (resurgence), business opportunities, and challenges in the trade and investment in the Caribbean. This year’s focus will be on ‘Enabling Climate Smart Investments in the Food-Energy-Water Nexus‘.
As climate change leads to more frequent and intense weather events, as well as chronic risks like sea level rise, extreme heat, and drought, resilience has become an increasingly important issue for development planners and investors to understand and address. Food, energy and water systems are intimately connected with each other. Indeed, water is a crucial component to making food and energy systems work. Food and energy are equally dependent upon each other. Thus, the connection between the systems known as the Food-Energy-Water (FEW) Nexus. Climate-smart investments that take into account the complexities of the Food-Energy-Water (FEW) Nexus can help fast-track small islands’ national efforts to achieve many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The conference will focus on 4 interlinked sub-themes, which are the key elements of resilient ecosystem.
Trade, Investment and Development Policies for Inclusive Growth
This sub-theme focuses on rethinking policies and legislation that impact on the food-energy-water nexus and the value-chain ecosystems. Actions are needed to create the enabling environments that encourage innovation and promote inclusive investments.
Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction- Lessons Learned and Strategies to Address Risk and Create Resilience
This sub-theme takes into account the need to gather lessons learned from recent disaster relief and recovery experiences and to use explore means by which more effective and efficient reinvestment can occur.
Emerging Opportunities in the Food-Energy-Water Nexus
This sub-theme takes cognizance of the current and emerging investment opportunities in the Caribbean that could drive transformation, and/or reshape supply chains or address specific business-to-business efforts to increase exports or improve input services relative to actors in the economy.
Financing Options for Increasing SMART Investments
This sub-theme focuses on mobilizing finance, including financial mechanisms for small scale investments or to de-risk private capital including incentives for technology uptake e.g. process automation, drone technology, and precision farming.
The 2019 Forum marks the 21-year anniversary of Caribbean-American Leadership Roundtable and its first convening on the topic of Climate Change and Resilience for the SDGs and the SIDS. Thus, the forum welcomes the participation of all stakeholders from all sectors of the FEW nexus — to join us in shaping the dialogue and the future.
WCOPA, World Championships of Performing Arts 2020 Auditions
A Casting Call!
Barbados, with its licensed director, is now a participating country of the “Olympic-Style” World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA). We embrace the opportunity to participate at the 24th Annual WCOPA 2020 event between July 24th and August 2, 2020, in Anaheim, California USA.
2020 will be the second year Barbados will be competing at this prestigious international “Olympic-style” event. We congratulate our delegation for 2019: Jianna Fagon, our pioneer for Barbados in dance and Kareen and Trinity Clarke – our pioneer singers and WCOPA medalists!
Our dedicated and aspiring performing artists now have an opportunity to train, learn, compete and network with other talented international performers and entertainers from over 60+ countries. Dancers, models, singers, actors, instrumentalists, and variety acts are invited to ask about the wide variety of styles open to each category listed and to audition by emailing a 60-second video and details to firstname.lastname@example.org or WhatsApp (246)-844-0197 before Friday, November 8th, 2019.
Accomplished performers and aspiring entertainers of ages five (5) to 30+, can represent Barbados and win gold, silver and bronze medals, gain scholarships, meet and speak with internationally recognized industry representatives, participate in workshops, develop friendships, gain mentors and seek future opportunities in the international entertainment industry.
26th Annual Caribbean American Heritage (CARAH) Awards
Washington, DC – Caribbean excellence will be on full display at the 26th Annual Caribbean American Heritage Awards gala scheduled for Friday, Nov. 22 in Washington, DC and hosted by the Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS).
CARAH celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of individuals of Caribbean descent. From scientists to musicians and artists, CARAH has been the premier event to honor emerging stars and experts of Caribbean descent within diverse fields who have made outstanding contributions to the community. It celebrates excellence in health care, public service, science, business, and corporate leadership.
The 2019 Honorees are:
Erwin Raphael – chief operating officer for Genesis Motor America will receive the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Corporate America. He is of Dominican heritage.
Dr. Claire Nelson, ICS founder and president, described the CARAH Awards as a testament to Caribbean Americans continued contributions to the United States. “ICS started this event 26 years ago in an effort to highlight to the American and Diaspora community the caliber of individuals that claimed Caribbean American ancestry and to provide a forum for honoring and recognizing their contributions to the public.”
Over the years, well known individuals such as Susan Taylor, former editor-in-chief of Essence magazine, Rita Marley, reggae matriarch and philanthropist, and Earl Graves Sr., publisher of Black Enterprise, have received a CARAH Award. Friends of the Caribbean honored have included Congresswoman Barbara Lee and the Honorable Andrew Young.
- Evens Charles, of Haitian heritage, hotelier and real estate investor, Outstanding Entrepreneurship
- Dr. Kingsley Chin, of Jamaican heritage, surgeon and inventor, Excellence in Medicine Award
- Donnette Cooper Esq., of Jamaican heritage, quilt artist and patron of the arts, Forerunner Award
- Dr. Andre Fenton, of Guyanese heritage, neuro-scientist, Vanguard Award
- Hon. Michael Lee-Chin O.J., of Jamaican heritage, Chair of Portland Holdings, Marcus Garvey Lifetime Achievement Award
- Gramps Morgan, of Jamaican heritage, Grammy-winning Morgan Heritage Band, Award for Outstanding Contribution to Reggae Music
- Dr. Winette McIntosh Ambrose, Trinidad and Tobago heritage, inventor engineer and food entrepreneur, Trailblazer Award
- Euzhan Palcy, of Martinique, France, renown film maker, Luminary Award
- Erwin Raphael, of Dominica, COO, Genesis Motors America, Award for Outstanding Contribution to Corporate America.
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