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UVI RTPark To Host VIP Investment Showcase During Caribbean Week In New York

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CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, May 19, 2017: The University of the Virgin Islands Research & Technology Park, (UVI RTPark), will celebrate Caribbean Week in New York and Caribbean American Heritage Month in the USA with a Big Apple VIP Investment Showcase Reception this June.

The event is set to introduce the opportunities of the RTPark program to business leaders and key members of the Caribbean Diaspora in New York and highlight the many advantages to doing business with the RTPark program and the US Virgin Islands.

The UVI RTPark program, established in 2002, is a specialist economic development agency that aims to successfully establish the U.S. Virgin Islands as a premier business destination of choice for firms in knowledge and technology intensive sectors. It gives many qualified entrepreneurs and business owners an opportunity to #WorkFromTheBeach by benefiting from generous tax incentives while they enjoy the lifestyle of an island paradise.

Investment projects that are focused on quality are screened for their likelihood of fit in the RTPark program. The priority sectors include bio-medical devices, personalized medicine applications, wellness and healthcare management, energy research and systems, including renewable and clean technology, energy efficiency, energy management and sustainability solutions, as well as firms that will draw on advances in marine science. The RTPark has also had success in attracting Internet advertising firms, technology-mediated entertainment companies and advanced logistics and supply-chain management firms and recently welcomed Intellectual Global Concepts LLC and Anvil 1 LLC as clients.

“The RT Park program is at a very exciting stage. Ten years after our first client, we have fine-tuned the application process and now offer impact investors a unique opportunity and have drawn twenty new companies to the Virgin Islands since 2015,” said RTPark executive director Dr. Gillian Marcelle. “Our recent clients are involved in projects that build the pipeline of skills in the US Virgin Islands and bring new ways of doing business to the Territory while the owners of these businesses enjoy living in an island Paradise.”

The RTPark program is headquartered in a US $13 million, LEED certified green two-storey, 18,000 square foot building near the main entrance of the University of the Virgin Islands, Albert A. Sheen campus just off of the Queen Mary highway, in St. Croix.

For more information about the UVI RTPark, call 340-692-4300, email info@uvirtpark.net.

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LACNIC 27: Key Debates on the Future of the Internet and IPv6 Deployment in the Region

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, May 2, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — LACNIC will be holding its 27th meeting together with NIC.br on 22-26 May at the Bourbon Cataratas Hotel in Foz do Iguaçu, Brasil. Topics to be presented during the meeting include IPv6 implementation success stories in the LAC region, the final stage of IPv4 exhaustion, progress made by Latin American and Caribbean Internet exchange points, and major threats to cybersecurity.

With more than 700 registered participants from more than 30 Latin American and Caribbean countries, the LACNIC 27 meeting will also address emerging trends in technology and their impact on the future development of the Internet over the next 10 years, as well as women’s participation in Information Technologies with a panel especially devoted to this topic.

One of the critical aspects of the Foz do Iguaçu meeting will be accelerating IPv6 deployment after IPv4 exhaustion at a time when the region has reached an Internet penetration rate of 59.6%. According to the latest information available on 31st March, the Latin American and Caribbean community has already reached 385 million users, having incorporated 40 million new users over the past year (Internet World Stats, http://www.internetworldstats.com/).

The IPv6 protocol is key not only to foster the development of the Internet of Things throughout the region, but also because it is a vital tool for connecting 40% of Latin Americans who do not yet have access to the Internet. There are 255 million users in this situation and only 4 million IPv4 addresses, so IPv6 is essential for any project aimed at providing access to such communities.

As expected, much of the analysis and discussions in Foz do Iguaçu will focus on IPv6 deployment. The event will also include a panel on successful cases of IPv6 implementation in the region (examples in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay) and the IPv6 Challenge aimed at recognizing projects that have promoted the implementation of version 6 of the IP protocol.

According to research conducted by LACNIC, at least nine countries of the region already have more than 1% of their traffic over IPv6: Guatemala, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Trinidad Tobago, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru.

Likewise, the first regional anti-abuse group formed by LACNIC, LACNOG and M3AAWG will be officially presented and five proposals for policy modifications will be discussed during the Policy Forum.

This meeting would not be possible without the support of its sponsors: Cisco, Huawei, Google, NTT Communications, Internet Society, ICANN, Netflix , Arbor, Facebook, Antel, Telcomanager, Grupo Binario, GlobeNet, Ams-ix, Secure64, IP Trading, Furukawa and our local organizer NIC.br.

We encourage everyone with an interest in these issues to participate remotely at http://www.lacnic.net/web/eventos/lacnic27

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FASTSIGNS® Sponsors National Business Media Show In Fort Lauderdale, Florida February 16-18

Sign, Graphics and Visual Communications Franchisor Seeks Franchise Candidates throughout Florida and the Caribbean

CARROLLTON, Texas, Feb. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – FASTSIGNS International, Inc., franchisor of FASTSIGNS®, the leading sign, graphics and visual communications franchise, announced today that it is attending and sponsoring at the National Business Media Show from Feb. 16 to 18, 2017 at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center. The company is recruiting franchisees, promoting expansion throughout the state of Florida and across the Caribbean, with a focus on targeting conversion and co-branded locations.

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“With the increasingly high demand for visual communication needs worldwide, FASTSIGNS is looking to expand our presence throughout Florida and across the Caribbean,” said Mark Jameson, EVP of Franchise Support and Development, FASTSIGNS International, Inc. “We look forward to utilizing our presence at the National Business Media Show in Fort Lauderdale to network with potential franchisees and discuss the impact that our brand has to offer business owners within the print and signage industry.”

Local entrepreneurs are invited to meet with the brand’s franchise development team at booth #2425 to learn more about conversion and co-branded location opportunities throughout the state of Florida and across the Caribbean. The fast-growing brand currently has 49 locations in Florida plus 7 in Development, three in Puerto Rico and one in Grand Cayman and recently signed a Master Agreement for expansion into the USVI and the Dominican Republic but is looking to expand with additional centers throughout Florida, with an emphasis on the Treasure Coast up to Jacksonville, as well as throughout the Caribbean Islands, including Barbados, Bermuda, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. Due to the ongoing worldwide need for visual communications and digital signage technology, the company expects to open a projected 45 locations in 2017.

For information about the FASTSIGNS franchise opportunity, contact Mark Jameson (mark.jameson@fastsigns.com or 214-346-5679) or download an eBook that explores the FASTSIGNS franchise opportunity at http://amzn.to/1FrnDJu.

About FASTSIGNS ®
FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is the largest sign and visual communications franchisor in North America, and is the worldwide franchisor of more than 650 independently owned and operated FASTSIGNS® centers in nine countries including the US, Canada, England, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Grand Cayman, Mexico and Australia (where centers operate as SIGNWAVE®).

FASTSIGNS locations provide comprehensive sign and visual graphic solutions to help companies of all sizes and across all industries attract more attention, communicate their message, sell more products, help visitors find their way and extend their branding across all of their customer touch points including décor, events, wearables and marketing materials. Learn more about sign and visual graphic solutions or find a location at fastsigns.com. Follow the brand on Twitter @FASTSIGNS, Facebook at facebook.com/FASTSIGNS or LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/fastsigns.

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Ministers from the European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean united at the CELAC-UE Conclave

Dominican Republic Foreign Minister Miguel Vargas called out to participants so that efforts be oriented towards consensus, focusing on what unites us.

Vargas will preside the plenary of the Conclave that will reunite delegations from over 59 countries.

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, Oct. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ – Dominican Republic has become the capital of transatlantic diplomacy today with the reception of more than 30 ministers and 59 delegations of countries participating at the first meeting of Foreign Ministers and Senior Officials of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and the European Union states, event that will be held until Wednesday.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC host of the conclave of ministers of foreign affairs of Latin American, Caribbean and European Union CELAC-UE.

Federica Mogherini, Vice President and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security will accompany the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Miguel Vargas Maldonado, in the development of the CELAC-UE meetings in the Caribbean nation.

The Minister from the Dominican Republic, motivated his counterparts from the Community of Latin American and Caribbean-European Union to participate actively in the dialogues, exhorting that the decisions taken should be based on consensus among participants, putting the general interest of bi-regional community first.

“We are at a critical point, where we are committed to ensure that the European CELAC-EU forum fulfills its transcendental purpose that has arisen facing common global challenges.”

“Therefore, I appeal to you all, so that your efforts are oriented towards consensus, under a constructive spirit, aimed at reconciling positions, putting aside what separates us, focusing on the goals that unite us”, added chancellor Vargas, as he welcomes the start of the of conclave discussions with a meeting of Senior Officials of the CELAC-EU.

Delegations Arriving

Since early hours, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been receiving the different delegations arriving in the country which include on the side of Latin American and Caribbean countries, the Vice President and Foreign Minister of Panama, Isabel De Saint Malo Alvarado; the foreign ministers of Chile, Heraldo Muñoz; Colombia, Maria Angela Holguin; Haiti, Perriot Delienne; Ecuador, Guillaume Long; El Salvador, Hugo Martinez; Guatemala, Carlos Raul Morales Moscoso; Bolivia, David Choquehuanca Cesoede; Belize, Wilfred Elrington; Antigua and Barbuda, Charles Henry Fernandez.

The ministers of Dominica, Francine Baron; Bahamas Frederick Mitchell; Barbados, Maxine McClean; Jamaica, Kamina Johnson Elizabeth Smith; Saint Kitts and Nevis, Mark Brantley; Argentina, Susana Malcorra; Honduras, Maria Dolores Lara Aguero; Costa Rica, Manuel González Sanz and Paraguay, Eladio Loizaga.

Meanwhile already in the Dominican capital are the European foreign ministers: from Portugal, Augusto Santos Silva; Latvia, Edgar Rinkevis; Poland, Witold Easzcykowski; Bélgoica, Didier Reynders; Slovakia, Miroslav Lajkac; Luxembourg, Jean Asselborn and Hungary, Peter Szijjarto.

Delegations led by deputy ministers and officials have arrived in Santo Domingo to join technical meetings, whose first and preliminary sessions initiated Sunday afternoon at the Foreign Relations Convention Center.

Several sessions of this kind will take place until tomorrow Tuesday afternoon, when the formal meeting of the Foreign Ministers will initiate with an opening ceremony led by Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic, Miguel Vargas and Vice President / High Representative of the European Union Affairs Foreign and Security Federica Mogherini, with the presence of the Dominican President Danilo Medina.

Foreign Minister Miguel Vargas pointed out that in accordance with the commitment made by the Dominican Republic as a country holding the Presidency Pro Tempore of CELAC, the Ministry has deployed all the arrangements and requirements for this encounter between Latin American, European, and Caribbean partners, stemming that the meetings be held auspiciously, with the will of strengthening the bi-regional dialogue for the benefit of our peoples and nations.

The Foreign Ministry has worked with effort and dedication to uphold the image of the country and further strengthen the regional leadership of the Dominican Republic.

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Invest Turks and Caicos Hosts Enhancing National Competitiveness Conference

HE Deputy Governor of the Turks & Caicos, Anya Williams, addressing delegates at Invest Turks and Caicos ‘Enhancing National Competitiveness Conference’ on September 1, 2016. (Invest Turks and Caicos Image)

HE Deputy Governor of the Turks & Caicos, Anya Williams, addressing delegates at Invest Turks and Caicos' ‘Enhancing National Competitiveness Conference’ on September 1, 2016. (Invest Turks and Caicos Image)

CaribPR Wire, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, September 9, 2016 : Invest Turks and Caicos on September 1st hosted its first conference since the establishment of the Investment Agency. Under the theme “Enhancing National Competitiveness,” the one-day event, held at Beaches Resort Village & Spa, brought together representatives from the public and private sectors to discuss areas of importance for strengthening the Islands’ economic competitiveness as well as providing an opportunity for businesses to contribute to future Government policy making.

The conference was divided into two parts, with a plenary held in the morning featuring presenters, Her Excellency Anya Williams, Deputy Governor; The Honourable Washington Misick, Minister of Finance, Investment and Trade; Felecia Linch, Programme Director, TCI Business Transformation Programme; Mark Durliat, CEO of Grace Bay Resorts; Dominique Rolle, President of Young Corporate Alliance; and Keynote speaker Felicia Persaud, Founder of Hard Beat Communications and Invest Caribbean Now.

The afternoon roundtable sessions provided engaging and enlightening discussions around three industry sectors offering potential growth for the TCI: Technology, Agri-business and Financial Services.   Facilitated by seasoned industry representatives and public officials, the round-tables elicited comments and feedback from the audience to draft a short action plan to suggest opportunities for growth of the specific sectors.

In his closing remarks, John Rutherford, CEO of Invest Turks and Caicos, said that he hoped the conference will be the first of many important events the Agency organises. He thanked the plenary speakers and facilitators and stated that “the success of the event was due in no small part to the excellent contribution by all participants.”  He said that it was important to keep up the momentum created by the conference and ensure that the actions and promises made were followed up.

The Honourable Washington Misick, Minister of Finance, Investment and Trade, commended the Agency for a job well done and stated that the conference was an eye opener for him and he had found it extremely useful. Honourable Misick stated that it was important to continue a national dialogue on improving the economy and he announced that Invest Turks and Caicos and the Ministry of Finance would launch a quarterly Government Business Forum to identify and discuss issues and come up with specific actions. He also envisions the National Competitiveness Conference to grow into a bigger event in future years.

Invest Turks and Caicos Agency wishes to thank all participants for making the event a success and look forward to hosting similar conferences going forward.

About Invest Turks and Caicos

Invest Turks and Caicos is the Islands’ Investment Promotion Agency, responsible for enhancing the economy through the attraction, growth and retention of overseas investment; and supporting the growth of local businesses.

We provide a free and confidential service to overseas businesses looking to expand and will work with a company project team throughout the investment process, providing advice and support. This can include:

–        Information on the local business climate;

–        facilitating contact with relevant Government Departments throughout the investment process;

–        advice on Government incentives and concessions to investors;

–        introductions to local service providers/suppliers;

–        advice on work permits and permanent residency procedures;

–        ongoing support following set up.

We also work actively to support the growth of local businesses, including the management and delivery of the Micro Small and Medium Enterprise programme which provides concessions and reliefs to locally owned businesses.

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Invest Turks and Caicos

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Invest Caribbean Now CEO Says Caribbean Must Think Beyond Status Quo At Turks & Caicos Conference

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CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. Sept 7, 2016: Caribbean leaders need to throw out the old play book, and think big – beyond the status quo.

That’s the word from Felicia J. Persaud, CEO and founder of Invest Caribbean Now (ICN), to delegates at the just concluded Invest Turks & Caicos ‘Enhancing National Competitiveness Conference.’

Delivering keynote remarks at the TCI event on the topic ‘Dimensions of Competitiveness in the 21st Century: A Global Perspective,’ Persaud said that the Caribbean region is being left behind while other developing regions are soaring ahead because the problems and challenges are being addressed with the same standard solutions.

“We need to throw out the old play book, and think big – beyond the status quo,” said Persaud. “We need to begin by re-imagining the Turks & Caicos and the Caribbean for the future.”

The ICN CEO recommended five keys which she said the region and the Turks & Caicos should be applying in this 21st century to overcome serious growth challenges in the post-Brexit era in which the Caribbean and TCI now finds itself.

They include, according to Persaud, “thinking outside the proverbial box, telling our story, harnessing our natural assets and competing for our wallet share, harnessing the right human capital and enhancing collaborations and partnerships, growing the middle and focusing on technology and energy efficiency.”

She also urged the TCI to look seriously into the medical business “of that herb many love to hate and see it as an economic engine of growth as Puerto Rico is working on doing along with Jamaica.”

The legal marijuana market in the US is predicted to rise from US 6 point seven billion dollars this year to US 21 point 8 billion by 2020 and some countries like the Netherlands have begun to export medical marijuana to countries like Canada, Italy, Germany and the Czech Republic,” said Persaud.

“So ask yourselves – why should they be making all the money from a herb that emerged in our region?,” she stated. “We as Caribbean leaders must create a new direction for our people in order to meet the economic challenges of our time. To restore growth to our countries and region and opportunity to our people, to empower our people so they can take responsibility for their own lives – so we as one Caribbean can also take our place in the world as an economic giant like India and our Latin American brothers and sisters.”

And she added: “Let us combine out visions and our energies so we can see a little further down the road and around the corner. So we can use that vision to challenge the status quo and most of all – use that vision to innovate with outside the box strategies so we can grow, expand and excel… in this country and as One Caribbean region!”

The day-long event also featured Anya Williams, Deputy Governor of the Islands; Washington Misick, Minister of Finance, Investment & Trade of the TCI; Mark Durliat, CEO Grace Bay Resorts and John Williams, Director General, Telecommunications Commission Turks and Caicos Islands.

ABOUT ICN

Invest Caribbean Now was launched five years ago in collaboration at the time with the Caribbean Tourism Organization to serve as a conduit between funders and governments and private sector developers in the tourism field.

It began with an annual investment forum that featured investment bankers, private equity investors, ministers of governments, hotel developers, tourism officials, architects, real estate developers, financial advisers, entrepreneurs, Chinese government officials and investors as well as the media in a giant match making event that put the spotlight on investment opportunities in several Caribbean nations including Bermuda, the Turks & Caicos Islands, St. Martin and Trinidad & Tobago.

Based on its effectiveness in bringing people together to do business and its network of high net worth lenders and programs, ICN, owned by Hard Beat Communications, expanded it focus in 2015 to become the private sector investment agency of the Caribbean, focusing now year round on matching projects with funders and funding.

Construction projects like resort and hotel construction, villa and mixed use developments and multi-family properties are welcome as well as major infrastructure development, energy and mining projects. Additionally, debt funding is available for refinancing, purchase or bridge loans of between USD$1 to $100 million.

Meanwhile, small to medium-sized Caribbean American and Hispanic-owned businesses in the U.S. and Canada who have been in existence for one year and have earnings of USD100, 000 can also contact ICN for access to SBE loans of up to USD250, 000 for expansion.

For more information see investcaribbeannow.com.

The full speech can be seen here.

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Saint Martin Bets On Ports Delegates Hear At Invest Caribbean Now 2015

Hon. Jeanne Rogers-Vanterpool, President of the Office of Tourism of Saint Martin, made the disclosure to delegates gathered at the elite invitation only Invest Caribbean Now conference, held on the island from September 24-25th.

Hon. Jeanne Rogers-Vanterpool, President of the Office of Tourism of Saint Martin, made the disclosure to delegates gathered at the elite invitation only Invest Caribbean Now conference, held on the island from September 24-25th. (ICN image)

Carib PR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. Sept. 29, 2015: The French Caribbean island of Saint-Martin is seeking to give its economy a shot in the arm with the expansion of two major port projects in the next few years.

Hon. Jeanne Rogers-Vanterpool, President of the Office of Tourism of Saint Martin made the disclosure to delegates gathered at the elite invitation only Invest Caribbean Now conference, held on the island from September 24-25th.

The Government of the Collectivité of French Saint-Martin, she said, will be seeking to implement The Marigot Bay Development Project and The Galisbay Port Development Project as its works towards its overall goal – the revitalization of its capital, Marigot.

The Galisbay Commercial Port project will see the expansion of the port as a trans-shipment hub while the Marigot Bay Development Project is aimed to expand the port as a major hub for cruise ship docks and mega yacht marina and the creation of a conference hotel, residences and shops on the water front of Marigot.

Invest Caribbean Now 2015, now in its fifth year, kicked off on September 24th in Terres Basses with an extravagant reception and dinner at Villa Mes Aimes for foreign and local delegates. It continued on Friday, September 25th with the conference at the Chamber of Commerce building in Concordia where the spotlight was put squarely on tourism investment opportunities in the French Caribbean Island. It was the first time ICN had taken its conference overseas.

The event featured several local government officials including Senator Guillaume Arnell; Hon. Jeanne Rogers-Vanterpool, and Vice-president of Economic Development Wendel Cocks, harbour developers as well as several local stake holders and over three dozen Beijing company executives.

ICN’s Felicia J. Persaud, ICN’s founder and CEO, thanked Saint Martin for welcoming the conference to its shores and urged the government to continue to work on creative “private – public sector partnerships.”

“We must move beyond petty politics and arrogant perceived power and understand that our growth as an island – and as a region – is tied to relationship building globally – whether in the Caribbean Diaspora, the US, China, Europe, Africa or other areas around the world,” Persaud said. “The competitive nature of the global market place demands such action and we cannot be left behind in 2015. We must think global and act global!”

The summit this year made history in the North-East Caribbean with the attendance of a delegation of over 40-Beijing companies and organizations.

Part of the audience at ICN 2015. (ICN image)

Part of the audience at ICN 2015. (ICN image)

Speakers from the Chinese delegation included Qin, Guoying, Secretary-General of China Women’s Development Foundation; Xiong, Yumei, Executive President of the China Women Tourism Committee; Zheng, Yaoxing, Dean Of The Tourism Department, Fujian Normal University And Strait Tourism College; Yin, Zhijun, Chairman, The Beijing Lao She Teahouse Co., Ltd, Guo, LiFeng, CEO, BESTONE Jewelry Company and Li Li,   The Executive Director Of The Sino-American Friendship Association.

The 2015 event was presented by the Government of the Collectivité of French Saint-Martin, The Office of Tourism of Saint-Martin and executives at Invest Caribbean Now (ICN), in collaboration with the Sino-American Friendship Association, the Chinese American Business Development Center of New York, the  St-Martin Harbor, Hard Beat Communications, One Caribbean Television, the St. Maarten Chinese Association, CaribPRWire and News Americas Now.

ABOUT SAINT MARTIN

The Collectivité of French Saint Martin is located in the northeast Caribbean, approximately 300 km (190 mi) southeast of Puerto Rico and shares the 37 square mile island with Sint Maarten, a country within the Dutch Kingdom.  The Collectivité offers low rates of taxation for investors; exemption from property tax for five years for new commercial premises and reduced transfer tax on the acquisition of land for the purposes of priority activities.

ABOUT INVEST CARIBBEAN NOW

Felicia J. Persaud, ICN’s founder and CEO.

Felicia J. Persaud, ICN’s founder and CEO.

Invest Caribbean Now (ICN) is the definitive private sector investment agency of the Caribbean. It is based in America’s financial capital of the world, New York City. Now in its fifth year, ICN is the brainchild of Caribbean-born media entrepreneur, Felicia J. Persaud and is owned by Hard Beat Communications, Inc.

Invest Caribbean Now promotes and pushes for the right investment opportunities in the Caribbean region; offers a concierge service for high end investors seeking to make the right connection with key opportunities, governments and other parties in any Caribbean destination and connects small entrepreneurs in the Diaspora with SME micro loans.

For more see investcaribbeannow.com.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Kathy Bronson

Communications Coordinator

Invest Caribbean Now

High Res images available: kbronson@hardbeatcommunications.com

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Saint Martin Spotlights On Tourism Investment Opportunities At Invest Caribbean Now 2015

icnpage1Carib PR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. September 21, 2015: The French Caribbean island of Saint-Martin will put the spotlight on several tourism investment opportunities available on the island this week as the Government of the Collectivité of French Saint-Martin and The Office of Tourism of Saint-Martin gear up to host Invest Caribbean Now 2015.

“As President of the Office of Tourism of Saint- Martin, I will be showcasing infrastructural and other opportunities to interested investors,” said the Hon. Jeanne Rogers-Vanterpool, Présidente, Office de Tourisme de Saint-Martin. “As we gear up for the launch of our new Five Year Tourism Master Plan, we are excited to speak to investors about ideas and opportunities that are available.”

She added that among the major projects available are the expansion of the island’s port services and the Marigot Bay Development Project and other tourism related opportunities that fall within the Marigot Revitalisation project.

“Investment opportunities both inside and outside of these major projects include, among others, resorts,  hotels, marinas, conference facilities, theme parks, nature parks, shopping centres and shipping related activities,” President Rogers-Vanterpool added.

A delegation of over 40-Beijing companies including Showland Investment Group Corp. Ltd, Beijing; Bestone Investment Ltd.; Henan Yue Xin Co Nationwide Financial Services Inc., Beijing Century Tang Tourism Development Co., Ltd, China’s Low Carbon Tourism Promotion Committee, Beijing Four Seasons Travel Advisory Co., Ltd., China Women Tourism Committee, China Women Development Foundation and China News Agency will join other overseas delegates from China Harbour, Panorama Group and One Caribbean Television at the conference.

Speakers at the September 25th formal summit will include Saint-Martin’s Vice President of Economic Development, Wendel Cocks; Saint-Martin’s Minister of Tourism and President of the Office of Tourism, Jeanne Rogers-Vanterpool; Qin, Guoying, Secretary-General of China Women’s Development Foundation,  Xiong, Yumei, Executive President of the China Women Tourism Committee; ICN founder Felicia J. Persaud, Zheng, Yaoxing, Dean Of The Tourism Department, Fujian Normal University and Strait Tourism College and Li Li,  the Executive Director Of The Sino-American Friendship Association.

Invest Caribbean Now 2015 – St. Martin is an invitation only event that will open on the evening of September 24th with a cocktail, dinner and awards ceremony that will focus on the 2015 ICN Leadership Awardee.

Partners for this year’s event include the Government of the Collectivité of French Saint-Martin, The Office of Tourism of Saint-Martin, the  St-Martin Harbor, Hard Beat Communications, the Chinese-American Business Development Center, the Sino-American Friendship Association, One Caribbean Television, the St. Maarten Chinese Association, CaribPRWire and News Americas Now.

ABOUT SAINT MARTIN

The Collectivité of French Saint-Martin is located in the northeast Caribbean, approximately 300 km (190 mi) southeast of Puerto Rico and shares the 37 square mile island with Sint Maarten, a country within the Dutch Kingdom.  The Collectivité offers low rates of taxation for investors; exemption from property tax for five years for new commercial premises and reduced transfer tax on the acquisition of land for the purposes of priority activities.

ABOUT INVEST CARIBBEAN NOW

Invest Caribbean Now (ICN) is the definitive private sector investment agency of the Caribbean. It is based in America’s financial capital of the world, New York City. Now in its fifth year, ICN is the brainchild of Caribbean-born media entrepreneur, Felicia J. Persaud and is owned by Hard Beat Communications, Inc.

Invest Caribbean Now promotes and pushes for the right investment opportunities in the Caribbean region; offers a concierge service for high end investors seeking to make the right connection with key opportunities, governments and other parties in any Caribbean destination and connects small entrepreneurs in the Diaspora with SME micro loans.

For more see investcaribbeannow.com.

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Major Beijing Delegation For Invest Caribbean Now 2015 – St. Martin

Hon. Jeanne Rogers-Vanterpool, Présidente, Office de Tourisme de Saint-Martin, l, at ICN 2014 with Larry Lee, President of China Daily USA. (Sharon Bennett/ICN image)

Hon. Jeanne Rogers-Vanterpool, Présidente, Office de Tourisme de Saint-Martin, l, at ICN 2014 with Larry Lee, President of China Daily USA. (Sharon Bennett/ICN image)

Carib PR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Thurs. September 3, 2015: A delegation of over 40-Beijing companies will travel to the French Caribbean island of Saint-Martin this September for Invest Caribbean Now 2015.

The Government of the Collectivité of French Saint-Martin, The Office of Tourism of Saint-Martin and executives at Invest Caribbean Now (ICN), in collaboration with the Sino-American Friendship Association and the Chinese American Business Development Center of New York, will create history in the northeast Caribbean this Fall when for the first time, the region welcomes such a major Chinese travel delegation to a summit, exploring investment opportunities between China and Saint Martin.
In addition, the summit will also discuss primary issues related to tourism and women’s empowerment.
The Beijing delegation will be comprised largely of C-level executives from leading companies, travel agencies and organizations in China. The delegation will be led by Qin, Guoying, Secretary-General of China Women’s Development Foundation, and Xiong, Yumei, Executive President of the China Women Tourism Committee.
Invest Caribbean Now remains dedicated to fostering opportunities that create economic and cultural partnerships around the globe,” commented ICN founder Felicia J. Persaud. “ICN is excited to this year extend its relationship with the Sino-American Friendship Association and the Chinese American Business Development Center of New York in helping the Government of the Collectivité of French Saint-Martin and The Office of Tourism of Saint-Martin put the global spotlight on opportunities in its tourism sector.”
“We are excited by this opportunity to showcase our island to investors and tourism professionals,” said Hon. Jeanne Rogers-Vanterpool, Présidente, Office de Tourisme de Saint-Martin. “Invest Caribbean Now will give us the opportunity to give potential investors a firsthand look at the many opportunities that are available on our island as well as the benefits of a fiscal climate that is truly investor friendly. It’s not every day that you’re given a captive audience in an environment that is ideal for doing business. We are looking forward to welcoming this delegation to our shores.”
“This summit is a historical event, bringing a large group of Beijing delegates to Saint-Martin, and featuring discussions on tourism and women’s development,” commented Li Li, Vice President, Sino-American Friendship Association. “This event will greatly advance women’s roles in tourism and public welfare, as well as further enhance business cooperation between China and Saint-Martin.”

Invest Caribbean Now 2015 – St. Martin will put the spotlight on tourism investment opportunities in the French Caribbean Island at the September event in Marigot. This elite invitation only event will also feature several officials from the north-east Caribbean along with top global harbour developers and local stake holders.

Partners for the 2015 event include the Government of the Collectivité of French Saint-Martin, The Office of Tourism of Saint-Martin, the  St-Martin Harbor, Hard Beat Communications, the Chinese-American Business Development Center, the Sino-American Friendship Association, One Caribbean Television, the St. Maarten Chinese Association, CaribPRWire and News Americas Now.

ABOUT SAINT MARTIN

The Collectivité of French Saint Martin is located in the northeast Caribbean, approximately 300 km (190 mi) southeast of Puerto Rico and shares the 37 square mile island with Sint Maarten, a country within the Dutch Kingdom.  The Collectivité offers low rates of taxation for investors; exemption from property tax for five years for new commercial premises and reduced transfer tax on the acquisition of land for the purposes of priority activities.

ABOUT INVEST CARIBBEAN NOW

Invest Caribbean Now (ICN) is the definitive private sector investment agency of the Caribbean. It is based in America’s financial capital of the world, New York City. Now in its fifth year, ICN is the brainchild of Caribbean-born media entrepreneur, Felicia J. Persaud and is owned by Hard Beat Communications, Inc.

Invest Caribbean Now promotes and pushes for the right investment opportunities in the Caribbean region; offers a concierge service for high end investors seeking to make the right connection with key opportunities, governments and other parties in any Caribbean destination and connects small entrepreneurs in the Diaspora with SME micro loans.

For more see investcaribbeannow.com.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

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Invest Caribbean Now

kbronson@hardbeatcommunications.com

718-476-3616

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Invest Caribbean Now 2015 For The French Caribbean Island Of Saint-Martin

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Dr. Ma, Lin, the Deputy Secretary-General of the Beijing Municipal Government with responsibility for science, information technology, tourism, software development, education in Beijing was part of the panel on “Beijing-Caribbean Tourism and Investment Opportunities” at ICN 2014 at the Harvard Club in NYC. (Sharon Bennett image)

Carib PR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. July 15, 2015: The exotic French Caribbean island of Saint-Martin will this year put the spotlight on its global investment opportunities through an exclusive collaboration with Invest Caribbean Nowthe global private sector Caribbean investment agency.

The Office of Tourism of Saint-Martin, in conjunction with executives at ICN, will present the 2015 conference this September 28-30, 2015 in the capital of Marigot to spotlight on the Collectivité of French Saint-Martin.

This elite invitation only event will feature several officials from China along with key harbour developers and top regional and local stake holders from the north-eastern Caribbean.

“We are happy to host the 2015 Invest Caribbean Now conference this year in Saint Martin and to lead the way with this exciting partnership in the north-eastern Caribbean,” said Hon. Jeanne Rogers-Vanterpool, Présidente, Office de Tourisme de Saint-Martin. “We look forward to welcoming the Chinese and other delegates to this year’s event and to presenting the many facets of French Saint-Martin.”

“Invest Caribbean Now is excited to take ICN 2015 to the Caribbean this year through an exclusive collaboration with the Collectivité of French Saint-Martin, an island with tremendous growth potential in the north-eastern Caribbean,” commented  ICN founder, Felicia J. Persaud.

Partners for the 2015 event include Hard Beat Communications, the Chinese-American Business Development Center, the Sino-American Friendship Association, One Caribbean Television, CaribPRWire and News Americas Now. 

The Collectivité of French Saint Martin is located in the northeast Caribbean, approximately 300 km (190 mi) east of Puerto Rico.  French Saint-Martin shares the 37 square mile island with Country Sint Maarten, a country within the Dutch Kingdom.  Marigot is the capital of the territory which is home to 108 different nationalities. The population of the Collectivité of Saint-Martin is estimated at 36,824. Much more than a beach-lover’s paradise, the island of Saint Martin is teeming with natural and cultural treasures. Thanks to its climate and untouched natural heritage, the territory offers unparalleled year-round water sports and outdoor activities.  Saint-Martin is also known for its duty-free shopping and luxury boutiques.

Invest Caribbean Now is the definitive private sector investment agency of the Caribbean. It is based in America’s financial capital of the world, New York City, and has as its main focus: wealth creation for the Caribbean region and its Diaspora by capitalizing on global trends and indigenous creativity while creating key partnerships.

Invest Caribbean Now, now in its fifth year, is the brainchild of Caribbean-born media entrepreneur, Felicia J. Persaud and is owned by Hard Beat Communications, Inc.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

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Communications Coordinator

Invest Caribbean Now

marketing@caribpr.com

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Invest Caribbean Now Hosts Trinidad & Tobago PM In New York Flag Raising Ceremony

Invest Caribbean Now Founder/Chairman Felicia Persaud, l, presents a certificate of appreciation to Trinidad & Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar as ICN President Sheila Newton-Moses, far left, looks on. (Hayden Roger Celestin image)

Invest Caribbean Now Founder/Chairman Felicia Persaud, l, presents a certificate of appreciation to Trinidad & Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar as ICN President Sheila Newton-Moses, far left, looks on. (Hayden Roger Celestin image)

CaribPR Wire, Thurs. Sept. 25, 2014: In commemoration of Trinidad & Tobago’s 38th anniversary of a Republic and the country’s first investment conference in New York City, private Caribbean investment promotions arm, Invest Caribbean Now, hosted the country’s first female Prime Minister, Hon. Kamla Persad-Bissessar, in a flag raising ceremony at Bowling Green, New York on Wednesday, September 24th.

The event was held in conjunction with the Bowling Green Association and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation at the Bowling Green Park at the southern tip of Broadway, a mecca for visitors from around the world and home to the world famous  3 1/2 ton bronze “Charging Bull.” The flag was raised at 1:45 p.m. on the towering 55 ft. flag pole by Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar and was followed by a private reception at Cipriani’s at 25 Broadway in Lower Manhattan.

ICN Founder and Chairman, Felicia Persaud, presented the prime minister with a Certificate of Appreciation at the ceremony for “making history at Bowling Green” while ICN President, Sheila Newtown-Moses, said she looked forward to further collaboration and partnership between Invest Caribbean Now and the government of Trinidad and Tobago.

“This event showed what the Caribbean Diaspora is capable of achieving through diverse and global collaboration, but most importantly what can be achieved through partnerships between governments and private sector entities like Hard Beat Communications’ Invest Caribbean Now,” commented Persaud on the event. “We were happy to be able to afford the Prime Minister the opportunity to mark the Republic anniversary of sweet T&T even here in NYC.”

The ceremony was attended by a number of Trinidadian and American nationals in New York, including Brooklyn Assemblyman Nick Perry as well as several Trinidad government officials including InvesTT President, Mrs. Racquel Moses; InvesTT vice president, investor sourcing, InvesTT and manager marketing & communications, InvesTT, Shurla Henry-Gibson.

Trinidad and Tobago gained Independence from British colonial rule on 31st August 1962 and became a Republic twelve years later on September 24, 1976.

Today, September 25th, PM Persad-Bissessar will address the Trinidad & Tobago Investment conference on Thursday at the headquarters of the Council on Foreign Relations, 58 E 68th St

New York, NY.

ABOUT INVEST CARIBBEAN NOW

Invest Caribbean Now (ICN): Invest Caribbean Now is the only privately owned New York-based investment agency promoting investment in the Caribbean and the brainchild of Caribbean American entrepreneur Felicia Persaud. Its annual investment summit presented by digital media solutions company Hard Beat Communications, brings together investment bankers, private equity investors, Chinese and U.S. government officials, Caribbean ministers of governments and premiers, hotel developers, architects, real estate developers, financial advisors, entrepreneurs and the media in New York City annually to focus on investment opportunities in the Caribbean and wealth creation for the region.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Kathy Bronson

Invest Caribbean Now

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St. Maarten Invests in Destination’s Economy by Hosting FCCA Conference & Trade Show

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla., Sept. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association’s (FCCA) annual keynote event, the Conference & Trade Show, has a 20-year history of increasing cruise tourism’s impact for its host destinations by spotlighting their products, experiences and infrastructure to the industry’s most influential decision makers—over 100 executives, presidents and CEOs from FCCA’s 15 Member Lines, which operate over 100 ships in Caribbean and Latin American waters.

St. Maarten is looking to build onto their past growth by hosting their second FCCA Conference & Trade Show from October 6 – 10. The destination knows the significance of hosting this event because of their progress after their first Conference in 2003. In 2001, St. Maarten Harbour Group of Companies reported 875,540 passenger arrivals. This number rose 70 percent to 1,490,386 in 2005, just two years after hosting the Conference.

As the destination knows, these numbers extend far beyond the cruise pier; they impact the entire economy. According to the Business Research & Economic Advisors (BREA) 2012 study, Economic Contribution of Cruise Tourism to the Destination Economies, the average expenditure per passenger in St. Maarten was $185.40, which benefitted numerous industries through purchases of goods that included food and beverage at restaurants and bars, clothing, shore excursions, ground transportation, local crafts and souvenirs, watches and jewelry, perfumes and cosmetics, electronics, entertainment/night clubs/casinos, retail purchases of liquor, and telephone and internet.

However, this is hardly the only economic contribution provided by cruise tourism. The same study showed that the average expenditure per crew in St. Maarten was $135.50 for similar products and services. Plus it revealed the direct and indirect employment generated by the cruise industry, totaling 8,123 jobs and $159.8 million in employee wages.

By these numbers, St. Maarten’s 70 percent increase after hosting their first Conference would represent an increase of $114 million in passenger spending alone, along with the coinciding growth of crew spending, cruise line spending, and employment.

Projecting this same growth after this year’s Conference would be aggressive, considering that in 2014 St. Maarten expects 1.67 million passenger arrivals onboard 523 vessels from FCCA Member Lines alone. But a single cruise ship has a large economic wake. BREA’s figures show that just one average cruise vessel—130,000 GRT, 1,040 feet long, carrying 3,000 passengers and 500 crewmembers—would generate $556,200 in passenger spending and $67,750 in crew spending, along with roughly $15,000 in port fees, totaling $638,950 in direct economic contribution, not including employment and other indirect contributions.

Projecting a more conservative growth rate of 20 percent, or 105 additional cruise ship calls, would mean an extra $67 million per year directly contributed to St. Maarten’s economy. Plus a 20 percent increase in cruise tourism-impacted employment would represent 1,625 more jobs with $32 million in wages.

Considering this potential economic impact, it becomes easy to understand why St. Maarten again decided to invest in its entire destination’s economy by hosting the FCCA Conference & Trade Show.

About the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association

Created in 1972, the FCCA is a not-for-profit trade organization that provides a forum for discussion on tourism development, ports, safety, security, and other cruise industry issue and builds bilateral relationships with destinations’ private and public sectors. By fostering an understanding of the cruise industry and its operating practices, the FCCA works with governments, ports and private sector representatives to maximize cruise passenger, crew and cruise line spending, as well as enhance the destination experience and increase the amount of cruise passengers returning as stay-over visitors. For more information, visit F-CCA.com, the FCCA on Facebook, and @FCCAupdates on Twitter.

CONTACT:  Omari Breakenridge 954 441 8881 Omari@f-cca.com

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Major Trinidad and Tobago Investment Conference For New York

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CaribPR Wire, Mon. Sept. 15, 2014: Why do multinational companies choose Trinidad and Tobago?; What is Trinidad and Tobago doing to attract FDI outside of a thriving energy sector?; What is the future of US / Trinidad and Tobago relations?

These questions will be answered on September 25, 2014 in New York at the Trinidad and Tobago Investment Conference. This premier event will feature the Honorable Prime Minister, Mrs. Kamla Persad-Bissessar at the headquarters of the Council on Foreign Relations, 58 E 68th Street, New York, NY.

Trinidad and Tobago is ranked #1 for cost effectiveness in the Caribbean and Central America (fDi Intelligence, 2013) and boasts of a strategic location below the hurricane belt, which augers well for bulk trans-shipment, fewer business disruptions and uninterrupted power. Strong trade relations with USA, Canada, Costa Rica, Venezuela, CARICOM, Colombia and Europe provide local businesses with easy market access to over 1 billion consumers globally.

The conference will focus on Trinidad & Tobago’s competitive advantages as a business location. It will include panels of experts and business leaders from Trinidad & Tobago and the United States to discuss the country’s advancements in economic diversification, foreign investment, foreign policy, energy, competitiveness and innovation.

Government officials already confirmed at the event include:

  • Senator the Honourable Vasant Bharath – Minister of Trade, Industry, Investment and Communications.
  • Senator Dr. the Honourable Bhoendradatt Tewarie – Minister of Planning and Sustainable Development.
  • Senator the Honourable Kevin Ramnarine – Minister of Energy and Energy Affairs.

The media is invited to cover this event and arrange interviews through InvesTT Trinidad and Tobago, the national investment promotion agency. InvesTT Trinidad and Tobago is an integral part of the Government’s diversification strategy and serves as the first point of contact for investors seeking opportunities in all of the country’s targeted sectors.  The company provides full service facilitation for all incoming investment projects.

InvesTT representatives Mrs. Racquel Moses, President and Mr. Shyamal Chandradathsingh – Vice President, Investor Sourcing will be there to meet with interested parties.

For more information on this event, use the following link:

http://www.foreignaffairs.com/about-us/sponsors/trinidad-tobago-investment-conference-agenda

For more information on Trinidad and Tobago’s investment offerings visit www.investt.co.tt.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Shurla Henry-Gibson

Manager, Marketing & Communications

InvesTT

Tel: +1 (868) 675-1989 ext. 2168; +1 (868) 750-8437 (mobile)

Email: shurla.henry-gibson@investt.co.tt

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Target Cruise Executives and Tourism Stakeholders at the FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla., Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The 2014 FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show, the largest cruise and tourism conference and trade show in the Caribbean, will let delegates and exhibitors target about 1,000 cruise tourism stakeholders and 100 FCCA Member Line presidents, CEOs and executives from multiple sectors, including operations, purchasing, marketing, shore excursions and government relations.

“The FCCA Conference and Trade Show is a great opportunity to network with and learn from the FCCA Member Lines’ key players,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line CEO and FCCA chairman. “Attendees have ample opportunities to promote products, develop working relationships and discuss trends with the industry’s most important executives.”

Attendees and executives will congregate in St. Maarten from October 6-10 for a four-day series of meetings, workshops, networking functions and the trade show. The Conference’s business functions will include preset one-on-one meetings that offer a chance to promote a product to or receive individualized input from cruise executives selected by attendees; workshops on current issues with panels of knowledgeable industry professionals and cruise executives, along with the presidents and CEOs heading a roundtable discussion; and social functions that foster networking in a comfortable, engaging atmosphere.

The Trade Show will guarantee exposure from this influential audience through numerous events hosted at the Trade Show, many of which feature cruise executives, and traffic driven by its location, with all attendees entering and passing through to access the Conference’s business sessions and registration. Booths will put an exhibitor’s product, company or destination on the mind of those who decide where ships call and what is sold onboard, and specialized pavilions are available to increase attention and allow a destination or large company to showcase their numerous offerings.

This is one of the best opportunities to increase cruise tourism’s impact by better understanding the industry and promoting products to and forging working relationships with some of the cruise industry’s most important decision makers.

Registration for and more information about the FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show are available here: https://www.regonline.com/fccastmaarten.

CONTACT: Omari Breakenridge, 954 441 8881, omari@f-cca.com

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Telecoms Operators in Central America and the Caribbean Now Have Their Very Own CEM Event!

LONDON, Aug. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — If words such as ‘Customer Experience’, ‘ Customer Journey’, ‘CEM’, ‘CRM’ and ’silos’ are in your day to day vocabulary, you are strongly advised to keep an eye on this event: Customer Experience Management in Telecoms Central America Summit – the event is taking place in Mexico, D.F from 2nd – 4th December 2014.

Hot off the back of its South American launch in May this year, Telecoms IQ is pleased to announce that the acclaimed & unique CEM in Telecoms Summit series is now crossing the continent and arrives to Mexico City this December.

The CEM in Telecoms Central America Summit will bring together senior experts from leading operators across Central America and the Caribbean to discuss how to reduce costs across businesses by engaging with customers via self-serve channels and social media, and proactively identifying and resolving network problems timely.

A true spectrum of seasoned industry experts will be attending the CEM in Telecoms Central America Summit. The event has assembled a world-class speaker line-up that includes the likes of Nextel Mexico, Tuenti, Porsche, Cablecom, Aeromexico, Telmex, Digicel, DirectTV Panamerica and many others.

The event agenda is available to download here or a copy could be requested via email at telecoms@iqpc.co.uk

The Customer Experience Management in Telecoms Central America Summit takes place in December 2nd-4th, 2014 in Mexico City.  Find the program, event details and registration information about the forum on http://www.cemcentralamerica.com, +44(0)207-036-1300 or email telecoms@iqpc.co.uk

Media contact: Veronica Araujo, +44(0)20-7368-9748, veronica.araujo@iqpc.co.uk or visit http://www.cemcentralamerica.com

Press are invited to attend this important industry forum, if you would like to a complimentary press pass please email Veronica Araujo veronica.araujo@iqpc.co.uk

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White House Summit On Africa Lauded But Caribbean/Central American Investment Summit Urged

Chinese officials at Invest Caribbean Now 2014 at the Harvard Club in NYC on June 4, 2014. (Sharon Bennett image/ICN 2014)

Chinese officials at Invest Caribbean Now 2014 at the Harvard Club in NYC on June 4, 2014. (Sharon Bennett image/ICN 2014)

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. August 1, 2014: While saluting the White House for its second annual U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, the Board of Invest Caribbean Now, (ICN), the biggest investment summit on the Caribbean outside the region, is urging the Barack Obama administration to also put the spotlight on the Caribbean and Central America with a similar event.

Invest Caribbean Now officials on Thursday endorsed a call by CARICOM leaders for a U.S.-Caribbean/Central American Leaders Summit, noting that it is imperative that the United States of America re-engage this region to secure a more economically stable one and to begin the dialogue of working together for the best desired economic outcome.

They added that with the immigration crisis at the southern United States border, the time is now to spotlight on the urgent need for economic growth in these regions.

ICN Founder and chairman, Felicia J. Persaud, said while the African summit is important, it is equally important that the Obama administration dedicates equal attention to the US’ Third Border.

“The focus on Africa by the son of an African immigrant is commendable but what about the US’ Third border – the Caribbean and Central America?” asked Persaud. “This region continues to be given nothing but assistance on security by the U.S. when the root cause of the problem as evidenced by the influx of young children and mothers’ at the U.S’ border is economic. Imagine what US$3.7 billion in investment could do for this region instead of simply being used to shut down the southern border?”

“This is a direct call to action to the USA from the Caribbean American Diaspora, for a Caribbean Central American Leadership Summit, as President George W. Bush started in 2007,,” said ICN President, Sheila Newton-Moses. “It is a pressing concern for America to re-engage this region, to secure a more economically stable one and to begin the dialogue of working together for the best desire economic outcome. We should not be left out in the dialogue of global growth.”

Under the George W. Bush administration, a Conference on the Caribbean was held at the Organisation of American States (OAS), the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington, DC. in 2007 to boost relations with the region, the United States and the Caribbean Diaspora.

Hon. Bayney Karran, Senior CARICOM Ambassador and Guyana’s Ambassador to the U.S. and the Organization of American States, stated: “CARICOM leaders have long communicated their desire for a Summit with the US but a definitive response is overdue.”

From August 4-6th, the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit will advance the Obama Administration’s focus on trade and investment in Africa and highlight America’s commitment to Africa’s security, its democratic development, and its people.

Invest Caribbean Now, founded in 2011, has as its main focus wealth creation for the Caribbean region by capitalizing on global trends and indigenous creativity while managing scarce resources intelligently and building sound economics, investment in human development, and a strong alliance with nature. In the past four years alone, over 1,000 investment bankers, private equity investors, premiers, ministers of governments, hotel developers, tourism officials, architects, real estate developers, financial advisers, entrepreneurs, Chinese government officials and investors as well as the media have attended the event that is heavily promoted.

Past ICN honorees have included billionaire Sir Richard Branson, Sandals Resorts Founder Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart and billion-dollar company, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

SOURCE: Invest Caribbean Now

MEDIA CONTACT:

Kathy Bronson

Communications Coordinator- Invest Caribbean Now

kbronson@investcaribbeannow.com

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Beijing Executives Urge Closer Promotion of Brand Caribbean In China

Dr. Ma Lin, Deputy Secretary-General of the Beijing Municipal Government, second from right and Mr. Cao, Pengcheng, Vice Chairman of the  Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development were among the panellists on the “Bejing-Caribbean Tourism And Investment Opportunity” panel at Invest Caribbean Now 2014. (Sharon Bennett/ICN image)

Dr. Ma Lin, Deputy Secretary-General of the Beijing Municipal Government, second from right and Mr. Cao, Pengcheng, Vice Chairman of the Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development were among the panellists on the “Bejing-Caribbean Tourism And Investment Opportunity” panel at Invest Caribbean Now 2014. (Sharon Bennett/ICN image)

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. June 10, 2014: The prospects are good for Beijing and the Caribbean region to enhance cooperation in developing tourism and boosting their respective economic and social progress.

That’s the view from Dr. Ma Lin, Deputy Secretary-General of the Beijing Municipal Government, who brought welcoming remarks to delegates at Invest Caribbean Now 2014 and who was also part of the “Bejing-Caribbean Tourism And Investment Opportunity” panel at the summit on June 4th in New York City.

Dr. Lin called for a deeper understanding of Beijing and the World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF), so that they can “enhance exchanges and cooperation and promote common development.”

He noted that the rapid growth of outbound tourism from China has made it a rising industry. In 2013, the number of outbound tourists reached 93.4 million, spending 117.6 billion U.S. dollars overseas in total. It is expected that by 2020, the number of China’s outbound tourists will increase by over 200 million, offering huge potential.

“Therefore, there are good prospects for China and the Caribbean region, especially Beijing and the Caribbean region to enhance cooperation in developing tourism and boosting their respective economic and social progress.” Dr. Lin addressed the over 200 delegates gathered, who included several Caribbean ministers of governments as well as top US and Caribbean companies like Merrill Lynch, the World Bank Group, Goldman Sachs, OPIC,  Bright Capital, Aegis Capital, Medici Group, Adiuvo Partners LLP, The Lugano Group, The Woody Wilson Fine Clothing of Beverly Hills, Global Med Choices, American World Clinic; MPowered, Aspenall Energies,  Sandals Resorts International, DHL Caribbean, HBO Latin America, One Caribbean Television, First Citizens TT, InvesTT, interCaribbean Airways, Bright Capital and Sir Richard Branson’s, Carbon War Room.

Meanwhile, Mr. Cao, Pengcheng, Vice Chairman of the Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development, urged Caribbean ministers of tourism and leaders to join the WTCF as a first step in order to enhance their brand promotion to Beijing and Chinese tourists.

He agreed with Dr. Lin that due to inconvenient transportation and lack of information exchanges, most citizens from Beijing are unaware of tourism in the Caribbean region, and only a small proportion of China’s outbound tourists visit the Caribbean region.

But he said that through closer collaboration and membership within the WTCF and promotion at the annual expo in Beijing in September, the Caribbean tourism destinations can help boost promotion for their tourism sectors and attract more tourists from Beijing and China.

At present, the Caribbean region accounts for only a small proportion of Chinese overseas visits, and no Caribbean cities or organizations have joined the WTCF.

The panel included Mr. Richard Nixon of  NATCOM International and past Chargé d’ Affaires at Embassy of Grenada to China, who urged the Caribbean region to do a better job of packaging its projects for promotion in China, and Li Li, managing director of the Chinese American Business Development Center, who reiterated that the first step towards any real tourism promotion in Beijing and China must be through membership in the WTCF which will enhance promotion on a global level.

The panel was moderated by Arthur Piccolo, chairman of the New Sports Group.

Invest Caribbean Now was founded in 2011 by Hard Beat Communications CMO, Felicia J. Persaud. The 2014 ICN summit was presented under the theme, “Advancing Wealth.”

ICN 2014 also hosted several panel discussions including ‘Global Trends & The Caribbean;’ ‘Introducing The New Trend In Tourism – Medical Tourism;’ ‘Introducing A New Trend In The Caribbean  – Clean Energy’, and the “Caribbean Diaspora as a source of investment.”

The first half of the event included remarks by Claire McLeveighn who brought greetings on behalf of New York State Governor, Andrew Cuomo; an opening address by ICN founder and chairman, Felicia J. Persaud; a keynote address by Harvard graduate Dr. Isaac J. Newton, of Paramount Communications Consultancy; an investment announcement on the Caribbean Market Village of  St. Lucia and a focus on ‘Advancing Wealth In The Caribbean With Technology,’ from Trinidad-born, LA resident, Anthony Wellington Phills, branding specialist of Disney’s ‘Million Dollar Arm’ and founder of Caribbean Commerce Magazine/Media, Calypso Cloud and Blinglet Inc.

See photos from the event here.

SOURCE: Invest Caribbean Now

MEDIA CONTACT:

Kathy Bronson

Communications Coordinator

Invest Caribbean Now

kbronson@investcaribbeannow.com

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Trinidad & Tobago To Move From ‘Red Tape To Red Carpet’

Trinidad & Tobago Minister of Trade, Industry, Investment and Communications, Senator Vasant Bharath addressing delegates at Invest Caribbean Now. (Sharon Bennett/ICN image)

Trinidad & Tobago Minister of Trade, Industry, Investment and Communications, Senator Vasant Bharath addressing delegates at Invest Caribbean Now. (Sharon Bennett/ICN image)

Carib PR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. June 9, 2014: Trinidad & Tobago has created an enabling environment for foreign direct investment and will be moving from “red tape to red carpet.”

That’s the word from the twin-island Republic’s Minister of Trade, Industry, Investment and Communications, Senator Vasant Bharath, who put the spotlight on his country at the 2014 Invest Caribbean Now summit in New York City on June 4th.

Bharath said his country has cut the time to start a business from 43 days to three days and sliced the verification of address process to 24 hours as part of its “Easy doing Business” initiative.

Trinidad & Tobago has also sought to diversify away from oil and gas, growing its financial services, agro-business and creative sectors, Minister Bharath told delegates who included representatives from Merrill Lynch, the World Bank Group; Goldman Sachs, OPIC; Sandals Resorts International; DHL Caribbean, HBO Latin America, One Caribbean Television, First Citizens TT, InvesTT, interCaribbean Airways; Bright Capital; Aegis Capital; Medici Group, Adiuvo Partners LLP, The Lugano Group, The Woody Wilson Fine Clothing of Beverly Hills; Global Med Choices, American World Clinic; Aspenall Energies;  MPowered, Sir Richard Branson’s, Carbon War Room; The Goodness Compan, China Daily USA; Caribbean Commerce Magazine; NATCOM International, One Caribbean Television, FlyingICU, GeoTechVision, Auto Planet Japan Ltd., Super Green Solutions, Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, Invest Saint Lucia, K&L Gates, Lu Ning Architecture, New Sports Group, The Pont Group, Damoola Inc., the Chinese American Business Development Center, The Sino-American Friendship Association and the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce.

He revealed that his country’s reserves have doubled to $5 billion and unemployment has declined to five percent. A bond offering in London last year was oversubscribed by a multiple of 10. Four hundred foreign firms operate in the country, including Microsoft, General Electric and BP, using Trinidad as regional headquarters. Location on “Brazil’s doorstep” means that the government is diversifying beyond oil and gas and is now pursuing financial services, tourism and maritime services. A 700-acre economic zone is also being developed.

“It can’t be done incrementally. It has to be transformation,” Bharath told other Caribbean ministers and U.S. and Chinese political representatives including Dr. Ma Lin, Deputy Secretary-General of the Beijing Municipal Government; Premier of the island of Nevis; Vance Amory; Minister of Tourism And International Transport, St. Kitts, Senator Ricky Skerritt; Minister of Tourism, St. Martin, Jeanne Rogers-Vanderpool; Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization and Commissioner of Tourism, USVI Department of Tourism, Beverly Nicholson Doty; Chairman of the CARICOM Consular Corps of NY and Deputy Consul General, Antigua & Barbuda, Omyma David; Consul General of St. Lucia to New York, Julian DuBois; Claire McLeveighn, Vice President, Trade and Investment International Division, at the Empire State Development Corporation and Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia representing the 33rd District of Hoboken, Jersey City, Union City and Weehawken in New Jersey.

Invest Caribbean Now was founded in 2011 by Hard Beat Communications CMO, Felicia J. Persaud. The 2014 ICN summit was presented under the theme, “Advancing Wealth.”

ICN 2014 also included several panel discussions including on ‘Global Trends & The Caribbean;’ ‘Beijing-Caribbean Tourism And Investment Opportunity;’ ‘Introducing The New Trend In Tourism – Medical Tourism;’ ‘Introducing A New Trend In The Caribbean  – Clean Energy’ and the Caribbean Diaspora as a source of investment.

Additionally, the first half of the event included an opening address by ICN founder and chairman, Felicia J. Persaud; a keynote address by Harvard graduate Dr. Isaac J. Newton, of Paramount Communications Consultancy; an investment announcement on the Caribbean Market Village of  St. Lucia and a focus on ‘Advancing Wealth In The Caribbean With Technology,’ from Trinidad-born, LA resident, Anthony Wellington Phills, branding specialist of Disney’s ‘Million Dollar Arm’ and founder of Caribbean Commerce Magazine/Media, Calypso Cloud and Blinglet Inc.

See photos from the event here.

SOURCE: Invest Caribbean Now

MEDIA CONTACT:

Kathy Bronson

Communications Coordinator

Invest Caribbean Now

kbronson@investcaribbeannow.com

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Invest Caribbean Now To Explore Micro-Fund Launch

Felicia J. Persaud, founder, Invest Caribbean Now making the announcement at the June 4, 2014 summit. (Sharon Bennett Image)

Felicia J. Persaud, founder, Invest Caribbean Now making the announcement at the June 4, 2014 summit. (Sharon Bennett Image)

Carib PR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Thurs. June 5, 2014: An exploratory committee to pursue the start of a micro-fund for the Caribbean will be launched in the coming months, Invest Caribbean Now (ICN) founder and chairman Felicia J. Persaud announced at the fourth ICN summit Wednesday.

Persaud, delivering opening remarks to delegates gathered at the June 4th summit, said the decision is the next step in the growth of ICN.

“We’re not simply here to have a grand talk each year,” Persaud said. “We are focused on socio-economic investment and outside the box ideas that can foster growth. It is why today I am pleased to announce the formation later this year of an exploratory committee to pursue the launch of the Invest Caribbean Now micro-fund for the region.”

Addressing an audience that includes top delegates from around the world and across the U.S., including dignitaries from China and the Caribbean, Persaud urged those gathered to join the effort “because at the end of the day, in this technological era, this is the key to advancing wealth in any region.”

Among the top list of delegates in attendance at ICN 2014 was Dr. Ma Lin, Deputy Secretary-General of the Beijing Municipal Government; Premier of the island of Nevis; Vance Amory; Minister of Trade, Industry, Investment and Communications of Trinidad & Tobago, Senator Vasant Bharath; Minister of Tourism And International Transport, St. Kitts, Senator Ricky Skerritt; Minister of Tourism, St. Martin, Jeanne Rogers-Vanderpool; Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization and Commissioner of Tourism, USVI Department of Tourism, Beverly Nicholson Doty; Chairman of the CARICOM Consular Corps of NY and Deputy Consul General, Antigua & Barbuda, Omyma David; Consul General of St. Lucia to New York, Julian DuBois; Claire McLeveighn, Vice President, Trade and Investment International Division, at the Empire State Development Corporation and Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia representing the 33rd District of Hoboken, Jersey City, Union City and Weehawken in New Jersey.

Top corporate delegates were also in attendance including from Merrill Lynch, the World Bank Group; Goldman Sachs, OPIC; Sandals Resorts International; DHL Caribbean, HBO Latin America, One Caribbean Television, First Citizens TT, InvesTT, interCaribbean Airways; Bright Capital; Aegis Capital; Medici Group, Adiuvo Partners LLP, The Lugano Group, The Woody Wilson Fine Clothing of Beverly Hills; Global Med Choices, American World Clinic; Aspenall Energies;  MPowered, Sir Richard Branson’s, Carbon War Room; The Goodness Compan, China Daily USA; Caribbean Commerce Magazine; NATCOM International, One Caribbean Television, FlyingICU, GeoTechVision, Auto Planet Japan Ltd., Super Green Solutions, Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, Invest Saint Lucia, K&L Gates, Lu Ning Architecture, New Sports Group, The Pont Group, Damoola Inc., the Chinese American Business Development Center, The Sino-American Friendship Association and the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce.

2014 HONOREES

Sandals Resorts Chairman and Founder Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart was on hand to receive his ICN 2014 Leadership Award, which he accepted on behalf f the over 6,000 employees at Sandals.

Javier Figueras, corporate vice president of Affiliate Relations at HBO Latin America, leading a team of ten to the event, accepted the ICN 2014 Alliance Award on behalf of the company which has developed affiliate relations with several Caribbean stations including TiVi S.A., the fast-growing television provider in Haiti.

The One Caribbean Television team, led by Brian Lilly and including Kara Coleman, Joey Stevens and Bob Misculich accepted the ICN 2014 Media Visionary Award while First Citizens Jason Julien and Sana Ragbir received the 2014 ICN Service Excellence Award in Banking on behalf of the company.

interCaribbean Airways CEO Trevor Sadler was on hand to accept the ICN 2014 Visionary Award on behalf of his chairman and company while DHL Caribbean executives, including managing director Reiner Wolfs, received the ICN 2014 Service Excellence Award in Logistics.

The 2014 ICN summit was presented under the theme, “Advancing Wealth.” See more pics. here.

ICN PARTNERS

Presenters for ICN 2014 included: Hard Beat CommunicationsThe Caribbean Tourism OrganizationOne Caribbean Television, The Woody Wilson Collection of Beverly Hills, The PR Newswirethe Caribbean Commerce MagazineBlingletsThe Caribbean Council for Economic Development, the World Tourism Cities Federation, China Daily, InvesTT, the Chinese Business Development Center, the Sino-American Friendship Association, Martinique Promotion Bureau- CMT USA,  CaribPR WireNews Americas Now, the Jamaica Observer, CaribSeek, WINN-FM and GCaribbean Magazine.

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Who’s Who For New York Caribbean Investment Summit Today

 Premier & Minister of Finance & Tourism of The British Virgin Islands, Dr. Orlando Smith;inister of Tourism, St. Martin, Jeanne Rogers-Vanderpool; Minister of Economic Affairs, Curacao, Stanley Palm met with Cao, Pengcheng, Vice Chairman, Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development on Tuesday June 3rd ahead of the Summit at a dinner organized by ICN's  Felicia J. Persaud and Li Li of the Sino American Friendship Association.

Premier & Minister of Finance & Tourism of The British Virgin Islands, Dr. Orlando Smith; Minister of Tourism, St. Martin, Jeanne Rogers-Vanderpool; Minister of Economic Affairs, Curacao, Stanley Palm met with Cao, Pengcheng, Vice Chairman, Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development on Tuesday June 3rd ahead of the Summit at a dinner organized by ICN's Felicia J. Persaud and Li Li of the Sino American Friendship Association.

Carib PR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. June 4, 2014: A veritable list of ‘Who’s Who’ from around the globe and across the U.S. will gather at the prestigious Harvard Club in New York City today for the biggest investment summit on the Caribbean outside the region, Invest Caribbean Now, (ICN).

Among the top list of delegates will be Dr. Ma Lin, Deputy Secretary-General of the Beijing Municipal Government, who is leading a delegation from China to ICN 2014.

Top Caribbean dignitaries will also be in attendance at the event, including Premier & Minister of Finance & Tourism of The British Virgin Islands, Dr. Orlando Smith; Premier of the island of Nevis; Vance Amory; Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism for the Cayman Islands, Moses Kirkconnell; Minister of Trade, Industry, Investment and Communications of Trinidad & Tobago, Senator Vasant Bharath; Minister of Tourism And International Transport, St. Kitts, Senator Ricky Skerritt; Minister of Tourism, St. Martin, Jeanne Rogers-Vanderpool; Minister of Economic Affairs, Curacao, Stanley Palm; Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization and Commissioner of Tourism, USVI Department of Tourism, Beverly Nicholson Doty; Grenada’s Ambassador to the United States Angus Friday; Ambassador of the Bahamas to the UN, Dr Elliston Rahming; Chairman of the CARICOM Consular Corps of NY and Deputy Consul General, Antigua & Barbuda, Omyma David; and Consul General of St. Lucia to New York, Julian DuBois.

Representing the Governor of the State of New York will be Claire McLeveighn, Vice President, Trade and Investment International Division, at the Empire State Development Corporation while investment and corporate representatives will come from a variety of sectors including finance, medical tourism and clean energy.

They include Janine Craane, managing director and global institutional consultant, Merrill Lynch; Qahir Dhanani, Private Sector Development Specialist, the World Bank Group; Diana Jensen, Senior Manager, Renewable Energy at the US’ Overseas Private Investment Corporation; Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, Chairman of Sandals Resorts International; top executives from DHL Caribbean, HBO Latin America, One Caribbean Television, First Citizens TT and interCaribbean Airways; Mark Austin, Venture Partner, Bright Capital; Valence Williams, Aegis Capital; Woody Wilson founder of Woody Wilson Fine Clothing of Beverly Hills; Colin Childress, CEO/Founder, Global Med Choices, Turks & Caicos; Dr. Paul Angelchik, Founder and CEO, American World Clinic; Donna G. Miller, Founder, Life Guard International – FlyingICU/Fixed Wing Air Ambulance; Raul Slavin of  Aspenall Energies; Jacques-Philippe Piverger of MPowered and moderator Justin Locke of Sir Richard Branson’s, Carbon War Room; Patrick Goodness, CEO, The Goodness Company, Costa Rica; Larry Lee, President, China Daily USA; Anthony Phills, branding specialist of Disney’s Million Dollar Arm and of the Caribbean Commerce Magazine; Richard Nixon, NATCOM International and past Chargé d’ Affaires at Embassy of Grenada to China; Brian Lilly, Founder, One Caribbean Television as well as the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce and the Allied African Nations Chamber Of Commerce.

Top Caribbean Diaspora organizations from the U.S. and Canada will also be in attendance including Pauline Christian, President of the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA) Dr Leroy Clarke, President and Executive Chair of e-CAMP Mentoring; Dr Marlyn Morris and the entire team from the Caribbean Council on economic Development (CCFED); The West Indian American Day Carnival Association, The Caribbean Immigrant Services and the Society for the Advancement of the Diaspora.

“Advancing Wealth” is the theme of the fourth edition of the New York Summit, founded in 2011 by Hard Beat Communications CMO, Felicia J. Persaud.

For more log on to ICN’s summit page at Investcaribbeannow.com. This year’s Summit will be live tweeted at twitter.com/InvestingCarib using #investingcarib. Additionally fans can follow the summit at Facebook or facebook.com/investcaribbeannow

ICN PARTNERS

Presenters for ICN 2014 include: Hard Beat CommunicationsThe Caribbean Tourism OrganizationOne Caribbean Television, The Woody Wilson Collection of Beverly Hills, The PR Newswirethe Caribbean Commerce MagazineBlingletsThe Caribbean Council for Economic Development, the World Tourism Cities Federation, China Daily, InvesTT, the Chinese Business Development Center, the Sino-American Friendship Association, Martinique Promotion Bureau- CMT USA,  CaribPR WireNews Americas Now, the Jamaica Observer, CaribSeek, WINN-FM and GCaribbean Magazine.

SOURCE: Invest Caribbean Now

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