Ian K Ramdhanie, msC,
NEW YORK— “Caribbean leaders should encourage, embrace and affirm the flow of capital that is positive, sustainable and healthy for the region.” That’s the advice of Antigua-born scholar, Dr Isaac Newton, as he gears up to deliver the keynote address to delegates at Invest Caribbean Now 2014, (ICN), the biggest global investment summit on the Caribbean outside of the region, set for the Harvard Club in New York City from 11.30 am to 6.30 pm on June 4.
Dr Newton in a preview of his speech at ICN, said regional leaders must create the right mix of incentives to attract both globally reputable and diaspora investors. “This should be done within a strategic road-map for regional advancement,” said the graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and Columbia and Harvard universities, while adding that investors—current and future to the Caribbean—must become socially conscious and strive to actively participate in what he called the ‘community enhancement agenda.’
“Such mutually rewarding behaviours enhance brand recognition and engender wider appeal—in the Caribbean and around the world—for their products/services and make the Caribbean a happier place for all,” said the Paramount Communications executive. Dr Newton also encourages businesses and government leaders to capitalise on the serious global challenges facing the Caribbean, as these relate to the impact of investments on the socio-economic improvement of the wider population.
This year’s fourth Invest Caribbean Now summit will feature numerous global professional investors, entrepreneurs, and business leaders including Hollywood actor Malik Yoba; chairman of the billion-dollar, privately-owned Jamaican-based empire, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart; Sergio Millian, President of the Russian American Chamber of Commerce; Colin Childress, CEO/Founder, Global MedChoices, Turks & Caicos; Paul Angelchik, MD, Founder and CEO, American World Clinic —Barbados; Anthony AL Adjasse of the Allied African Nations Chamber Of Commerce; Hollywood fashion designer, Woody Wilson; Qahir Dhanani, private sector development specialist of the World Bank Group; Leigh Moran, manager, International Diaspora Engagement Alliance or “IdEA,” a partnership of the US State Department and USAID; Brian Lilly, founder of One Caribbean Television and CEO of Lilly Broadcasting and executives from Sun Group Russia, Tia Properties, LLC, American CryoStem Corporation, Lugano Group, Damoola, Merrill Lynch, Nomura, Aegis Capital, Island Global Yachting, Blocadi Capital, K&L Gates, True Value Building & Hardware Ltd & Emerald Vista and Sir Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room.
Also in attendance will be Caribbean government ministers and dignitaries from across the region including Premier of Nevis, Vance Amory; Minister of Trade, Industry, Investment and Communications, T&T Vasant Bharath; Minister of Agriculture of Barbados, Dr David Estwick; Minister of Tourism & International Transport of St Kitts, Ricky Skerritt; Jamaica’s Ambassador to the UN, Courtney Rattray; several Caricom consuls general to New York and the Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation, Hugh Riley.