Caribbean Council / British Expertise event: UK Caribbean Infrastructure Fund, January 20

The Caribbean Council is currently organizing an event that will be held on January 20 in collaboration with British Expertise to provide more detailed information about the £300million UK Caribbean Infrastructure Fund announced by the Prime Minister during his visit to Jamaica in September.

DFID Minister Baroness Verma and Caribbean Development Bank President, Dr Warren Smith (TBC), together with senior officials from DFID and FCO, will provide attendees with the latest information about the main objectives of the fund, the types of projects which will be eligible and the procedures by which funds will be allocated.  The event will be chaired by the President of the Caribbean Council, Lord Foulkes.

The agenda for the meeting will be as follows:

Agenda (subject to change)

10.30am-11.00am: Coffee upon arrival and networking

11.00am: Welcome remarks: Lord Foulkes, President of the Caribbean Council

11.05am: ‚ÄėThe Caribbean Infrastructure Fund and its Objectives‚Äô¬†Baroness Verma, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Development

11.20am: ‚ÄėThe Role of the CDB and the procurement process for the Fund‚Äô¬†Warren Smith, President, Caribbean Development Bank (via video conference link)

11.45pm: Panel discussion and Q&A: Panellists to include: Baroness Verma, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Development; Warren Smith, President, Caribbean Development Bank (via video conference link); Bo Sundstrom, Head of the Regional Development Banks Team, DFID; Andrew Dupigny, Manager UK CIF Fund, Caribbean Development Bank (via video conference link); Mr Douglas Fraser, Deputy Director Procurement, Caribbean Development Bank (via video conference link)

12.10pm: Supporting UK companies in the Caribbean

Panellists to include: Paul Carter, Head of Caribbean Team, Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Eddie Malone, Head of Aid Funded Business, UKTI; Chris Bennett, Caribbean Council; Nigel Peters, British Expertise

12.40pm: Panel discussion and Q&A

12.55pm: Closing remarks, Lord Foulkes, President of the Caribbean Council

1.00pm-1.30pm Networking reception, including some Caribbean High Commissioners and Commercial Counsellors

Cost

Tickets to the event are charged at £70 + VAT per person. For more information and to register, please click here

Members of the Caribbean Council receive free tickets or discounted rates, depending on the level of membership . For queries or for member registration, please contact  juan.perez@caribbean-council.org