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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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SOURCE: Invest Caribbean Now

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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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SOURCE: Invest Caribbean Now

MEDIA CONTACT:

Kathy Bronson

Communications Coordinator

Invest Caribbean Now

marketing@caribpr.com

718-476-3616

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What Can Russia Learn From The Caribbean?

PHOTO: Invest Caribbean Now’s Sheila Newton-Moses, centre, at the Global Russia Business Meeting in Valencia, Spain on April 7, 2014. (ICN Photo) Invest Caribbean Now’s Sheila Newton-Moses, centre, at the Global Russia Business Meeting in Valencia, Spain on April 7, 2014. (ICN Photo)

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. April 14, 2014: Russia can learn a lot from the Caribbean on branding itself as an inbound tourism destination after Sochi.

That’s according to new Invest Caribbean Now President, Sheila Newton-Moses, who along with Invest Caribbean Now Founder and Chairman, Felicia J. Persaud, were the lone Caribbean representatives at the invitation only Global Russia Business Meeting held from April 6-7, 2014 in Valencia, Spain.

Newton-Moses was among a six-member panel entitled “Unlocking The Tourist Potential” at the event and told delegates gathered from around the world that Russia has to work on creating a brand that is beyond the current political image its known for around the world.

“In the Caribbean we have mastered the art of tourism and it is a billion dollar industry,” said Newton-Moses. “Russia needs to learn from the Caribbean and look at marketing its culture and history globally to transcend and repair its current image.”

The Global Russia Business Meeting brings together a host of eminent business leaders to discuss Russian firms’ role in the global economy annually and is organized by Dr. Frank Richter of Horasis: The Global Vision Community. Similar exclusive investment summits around the world on China, India and the Middle East are also held annually.

Invest Caribbean Now’s historic appearance at the five-year-old global investment event comes ahead of the presence of Russian investors on the summit’s ‘Global Trends and the Caribbean’ panel that is set for June 4th, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. at the prestigious Harvard Club in New York City.

Russian investments in the Caribbean have been growing in recent years while tourists from Russia are also increasing to the region especially to Cuba and the Dominican Republic.
This year’s fourth Invest Caribbean Now summit will also feature numerous global professional investors, entrepreneurs, and business leaders including a delegation from China; the Industrial Commerce Bank of China, 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 representatives from Sir Richard Branson’s the Carbon War Room.

Also attending will be Caribbean government ministers and dignitaries from across the region; chairman of the billion-dollar, privately-owned Jamaican-based empire that today includes 24 Caribbean properties, Appliance Traders Ltd. and The Observer media company, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart; Sergio Millian, President of the Russian American Chamber of Commerce; Colin Childress, CEO/Founder, Global MedChoices, Turks & Caicos; Paul Angelchik, M.D., Founder and CEO, American World Clinic – Barbados; Anthony A. L. Adjasse of the Allied African Nations Chamber Of Commerce; Jamaica’s Ambassador to the UN, Courtney Rattray and several CARICOM consuls general to New York; Hollywood actor Malik Yoba, 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; Caribbean scholar Dr. Isaac Newton; Anthony Phills, founder of the Caribbean Commerce Magazine/Media and Blinglet Inc. and Irwine Clare of the Jamaica Diaspora, North East among others.

Multiple Award Emmy winning TV Anchor, Ernie Anstos, will emcee the Summit while One Caribbean Television weatherman, Joey Stevens, and his famous side-kick, Bob, will wrap up the event by hosting the ICN Awards Reception, set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Limited early bird tickets and table of 10 are available through April 30th by booking here or at investcaribbeannow.com/earlybird.

Partnership sponsorship and advertising opportunities for this event are available by contacting sheila@investcaribbeannow.com or chris@caribpr.com or by logging on to ICN’s summit page atInvestcaribbeannow.com.

An exclusive Diamond Dinner has been added to this year’s summit for only 20 people who will include Malik Yoba, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart and Woody Wilson among other top Chinese, Caribbean and Russian delegates. Only ten tickets remain available and can be obtained by contacting Joe Bernstein at joe@investcaribbeannow.com.

ICN PARTNERS

Presenters for ICN 2014 include: Hard Beat Communications, The Caribbean Tourism Organization, One Caribbean Television, The Woody Wilson Collection of Beverly Hills, The PR Newswire, the Caribbean Commerce Magazine, Blinglets, The Caribbean Council for Economic Development, the Chinese Business Development Center, Woody Wilson Fine Clothing, CaribPR Wire, News Americas Now, the Jamaica Observer, CaribSeek, WINN-FM and GCaribbean Magazine.

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SOURCE: Invest Caribbean Now

MEDIA CONTACT:

Kathy Bronson

Communications Coordinator

Invest Caribbean Now

kbronson@investcaribbeannow.com

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