Conference to look at impact of Cuban market on CARICOM and South Florida

With economic divides melting between the U.S. and Cuba, the region’s economic outlook looks as promising (and unknowable) as ever. How this may affect the strategic business links among CARICOM, Cuba and nearby neighbor South Florida will be the major focus of upcoming conference, “Cuba and the State of Florida” – set for February 10 at the Miramar Cultural Center.

Director of CARICOM Outreach at Outreach Aid to the Americas (OAA) and chair of the conference Wesley Kirton says that the conference’s mission is to” identify strategies…to expanded business relations among Florida, CARICOM and Cuba.”

The conference will specifically examine trade and investment prospects in agriculture, agribusiness, green energy and related sectors. Special topics include food trading opportunities from the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), a “Doing Business with Cuba” panel, and free trade zone services in Broward County. Dean of the CARICOM Diplomatic Corps to the U.S., Bayney Karran of Guyana, will open the conference, while Belizean Minister of Trade, Rafael Contreras, will deliver the keynote address. Other speakers include Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness, Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam, and Greater Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce President, Michael Young.

The event is hosted by Outreach Aid to the Americas (OAA) in conjunction with the City of Miramar, CARDI, the Greater Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce (GCACC), the Barbadian American Chamber of Commerce (BACC) and the newly established Guyanese American Chamber of Commerce.

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