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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.

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Invest Caribbean Now

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Invest Caribbean Now Celebrates National Caribbean-American Heritage Month With Spotlight On Economic Investments

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

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

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. June 1, 2016: This National Caribbean-American Heritage Month (NCAHM), Invest Caribbean Now (ICN), the private sector investment agency of the Caribbean, is celebrating the 110th anniversary of NCAHM by putting the spotlight on economic investments in the Caribbean region and the U.S. and Canadian Caribbean Diasporas.

ICN is currently offering qualified developers with major Caribbean-focused projects in the real estate, infrastructure development, mining and energy sectors, an opportunity to pitch their projects to company executives.

Developers who meet the company’s criteria will be able to access a variety of financing options – both debt and equity – for projects valued at between USD 5 million and up to USD300 million through the ICN network. 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.

For an appointment, submit completed executive summary of project that includes bios of company executives, financial overview and projects and contact details to Ana Gonzalez at agonzalez@hardbeatcommunications.com. Appointments will be confirmed directly with developer based on preliminary company and project evaluation and interest.

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.

ABOUT INVEST CARIBBEAN NOW

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. ICN is the brainchild of Caribbean-born entrepreneur Felicia J. Persaud and is based in America’s financial capital of the world, New York City.

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SOURCE: Invest Caribbean Now

MEDIA CONTACT:

Kathy Bronson

Communications Coordinator

Invest Caribbean Now

kbronson@hardbeatcommunications.com

718-476-3616

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Unlocking Finance For Growth In The Caribbean

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

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

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Nov. 25, 2015:  “Unlocking finance for Caribbean-born developers and existing regional companies is key as governments continue to struggle to grow their economies,” says Felicia J. Persaud, CEO at Invest Caribbean Now (ICN).

With banks in the region now less bullish on lending there, ICN, the definitive private sector investment agency of the Caribbean, has teamed up with several global private lenders to offer multi-million financing for projects ranging from US$5 million and up for major projects being developed in the Caribbean including building of villas, hotel and mixed-use properties.

This comes as the KPMG 2015 Caribbean Hospitality Financing Survey found that non-banks are more bullish on the Caribbean these days, with 17 percent saying it is the perfect time to lend in the region especially in Antigua, Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and Turks & Caicos.

Not to be left out, ICN is also offering access to capital for Caribbean & Hispanic small to medium enterprises in the US or Canada. The options include cash advances to existing micro-enterprises on invoices as well as low interest loans and lines of credit of between US$5,000 to $250,000 to qualified business owners seeking capital for expansion and growth.

Key projects ICN is teaming to support include hotel financing, refinancing and/or expansion; renovation, expansion and acquisition of existing hotels, building and renovating apartments or villas. Other sectors will be considered on a project by project basis.

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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; connects major real estate projects with debt financing and small entrepreneurs in the US and Canadian Diaspora with small business loans and cash advances.

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SOURCE: Invest Caribbean Now

MEDIA CONTACT:

Kathy Bronson

Communications Coordinator

Invest Caribbean Now

kbronson@hardbeatcommunications.com

718-476-3616

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Invest Caribbean Now Partners To Expand Capital Access To Diaspora Businesses

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

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

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Oct. 30, 2015:  Access to capital is critical to the growth of small businesses, whether in the Caribbean/Latin America US Diaspora or Canada and often many have nowhere to turn.

But true to its goal of wealth building for the region and its Diasporas, Invest Caribbean Now, the global private sector Caribbean investment agency, has teamed with several US-based organizations to expand capital access to small to medium Caribbean and Hispanic-owned enterprises in the US and Canadians Diaspora.

ICN is partnering with two top organizations to offer cash advances to existing micro-enterprises as well as low interest loans and lines of credit of between US$5,000 to $250,000 to small to medium-sized businesses.

“We are thrilled to fulfil phase one of our 2014 goal of helping to provide access to capital for Caribbean and Hispanic-owned Diaspora Enterprises,” said ICN founder Felicia J. Persaud. “Partnerships are key to our success and we continue to build this with this new service. Now it gives me hope that one day we will also be able to do this for SME’s across the Caribbean region.”

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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 loans and cash advances.

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SOURCE: Invest Caribbean Now

MEDIA CONTACT:

Kathy Bronson

Communications Coordinator

Invest Caribbean Now

kbronson@hardbeatcommunications.com

718-476-3616

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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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SOURCE: Invest Caribbean Now

MEDIA CONTACT:

Kathy Bronson

Communications Coordinator

Invest Caribbean Now

High Res images available: kbronson@hardbeatcommunications.com

718-476-3616

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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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SOURCE: Invest Caribbean Now

MEDIA CONTACT:

Kathy Bronson

Communications Coordinator

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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Invest Caribbean Now

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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

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.

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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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Corporate Heavy Weights To Be Honoured At Invest Caribbean Now

Chairman of Sandals Resorts International, Hon. Gordon “Butch” Stewart, OJ, CD, Hon. LLD, will be on hand to accept the ICN Leadership Award 2014 on June 4th in NYC.

Chairman of Sandals Resorts International, Hon. Gordon “Butch” Stewart, OJ, CD, Hon. LLD, will be on hand to accept the ICN Leadership Award 2014 on June 4th in NYC.

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. June 3, 2014: Five top corporations serving the Caribbean region as well as the man who built a tourism empire from the ground up, will all be honoured in New York City tomorrow, June 4th, as Invest Caribbean Now 2014 gears up for its fourth presentation and awards reception.

This year, DHL Caribbean is being presented the Service Excellence Award  – Logistics for its commitment and investment in the Caribbean region and for providing Caribbean customers with quicker courier service while Trinidad & Tobago-based bank, First Citizens, will receive the Service Excellence Award – Banking for its excellent service, investment and commitment to the Caribbean region and the world, in the field of banking and for being one of the highest-rated indigenous financial institution in the English-speaking Caribbean.

DHL’s Caribbean team, led by Managing Director Reiner Wolfs, will be on hand to accept the award at the ICN event in the Cambridge Room at the Harvard Club of New York from 4-6 p.m. tomorrow while First Citizens Investment Services general manager, Jason Julien, and assistant general manager, Sana Ragbir, will accept on behalf of the bank.

HBO Latin America’s 10-member team, led by Javier Figueras, corporate vice president of Affiliate Relations, will receive the ICN 2014 Alliance Award for its commitment to partnership and expansion in the Caribbean region, including with TiVi S.A. – the fast-growing television provider in Haiti while One Caribbean Television’s team, led by founder Brian Lilly will be on hand to receive the ICN Media Visionary Award for its commitment to the region by its service to over millions of Caribbean nationals daily.

The ICN 2014 Visionary Award for showing strategic decision to expand into a much needed inter-regional carrier in the Caribbean region, will be presented to interCaribbean Airways’s team, led by Chairman Lyndon Gardiner while the prestigious 2014 ICN Leadership Award will be presented to the Hon. Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, OJ, CD, Hon. LLD, Chairman of Sandals Resorts International for commitment and dedication to the Caribbean region and its people.

Stewart along with Sandals CEO, Adam Stewart and a six-member delegation will be on hand to accept the award.

Meanwhile, Hollywood actor Malik Yoba will bring greetings to delegates while One Caribbean Television’s Joey Stevens and his side-kick Bob will emcee the ceremony.

The awards presentation and high powered networking reception will wrap up the summit that will kick off in the Harvard Hall of the Club at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow with emcee, WNYW-TV Emmy-winning news anchor, Ernie Anastos; a prayer of prosperity by Rev. Dr. Belgrave Pelle, Dean of the Anglican Church of America; a New York State Welcome by Claire McLeveighn, Vice President of Trade and Investment at Empire State Development and a Beijing Welcome by Dr. Ma, Lin, Deputy Secretary-General of Beijing Municipal Government.

The summit will then move into several panel discussion including:  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 will include 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; a spotlight on specific investment opportunities in  Trinidad & Tobago with  Minister of Trade, Industry, Investment and Communications, Sentor Vasant Bharath; 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.

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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Invest Caribbean Now

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Countdown Begins To Principal New York Caribbean Investment Summit

icnadvancingCaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. May 27, 2014: “Advancing Wealth” is the theme of the fourth edition of the New York Summit, Invest Caribbean Now, the biggest investment forum on the Caribbean outside the region, set for June 4, 2014 at the prestigious Harvard Club of New York.

Now in its fourth year, the Summit brings together heads of state and ministers of governments, private sector leaders from around the world including China, Russia, Africa and the United States, NGOs and investors to network and focus on the varied opportunities in the Caribbean.

Invest Caribbean Now 2014 will focus on transformation: unlocking the competitiveness of the Caribbean economy through alliances while focusing on new and innovative engines of growth that can increase the region’s bottom line, its infrastructure and its human capital.

The summit will do this through several panels beginning with the ‘Global Trends & The Caribbean’ panel featuring  Janine Craane, Managing Director and Global Institutional Consultant, Merrill Lynch; Ambassador Jamie Vargas; Sergio Millian, President of the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce; Anthony A. L. Adjasse, President / CEO, Allied African Nations Chamber Of Commerce; Larry Lee, President, China Daily and moderator Valence Williams, Vice President of AEGIS Capital; as well as the’ Bejing-Caribbean Tourism And Investment Opportunity’ panel featuring Dr. Ma, Lin   Deputy Secretary-General of Beijing Municipal Government; Cao, Pengcheng, Vice Chairman, Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development, Li Li, managing director, China American Business Development Center, Richard Nixon, NATCOM International and past Chargé d’ Affaires at Embassy of Grenada to China and moderator Arthur Piccolo, Chairman, New Sports Group/Bowling Green Association.

Additionally, the first half of the event will include a keynote address by Harvard graduate Dr. Isaac J. Newton, of Paramount Communications Consultancy; a spotlight on specific investment opportunities in  Trinidad & Tobago with  Minister of Trade, Industry, Investment and Communications, Vasant Bharath; an investment announcement on the Caribbean Market Village of  St. Lucia and a focus on ‘Advancing Wealth In The Caribbean With Technology’ with 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.

The early afternoon session will focus on two new sectors that can empower Caribbean economies using its abundant sun, sea and sand natural resources. Colin Childress, CEO/Founder, Global Med Choices, Turks & Caicos; Dr. Paul Angelchik, Founder and CEO, American World Clinic; Donna G. Miller, Founder/President/CEO, Life Guard International – FlyingICU/Fixed Wing Air Ambulance; Patrick Goodness, CEO, The Goodness Company, Costa Rica and moderator Christopher Chaplin, Vice-President, Invest Caribbean Now/Hard Beat Communications, Inc., will discuss how the region can grow its economy with medical tourism  while Ambassador Angus Friday, Grenada’s Ambassador to the US; ‎Diana Jensen, Senior Manager, Renewable Energy at the US’ Overseas Private Investment Corporation; Mark Austin, Venture Partner, Bright Capital; Raul Slavin of  Aspenall Energies; Jacques-Philippe Piverger of MPowered and moderator Justin Locke of Sir Richard Branson’s, Carbon War Room will focus on how governments can save on their energy bills by switching to clean energy.

ICN 2014 will conclude summit discussions with a focus on  ‘The Caribbean Diaspora as A Real Source For Investment’ with  Qahir Dhanani, Private Sector Development Specialist, the World Bank Group; Leigh Moran, Program Manager, International Diaspora Engagement Alliance” or “IdEA;” Brian Lilly, Founder, One Caribbean Television; Dr.  Marlyn Morris, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Caribbean Council For Economic Development and Irwine Clare, Advisory Board Member, Jamaica Diaspora USA, NE & CEO, Caribbean Immigrant Services and a special announcement and sneak peak at his tropical collection with Woody Wilson of Beverly Hills, designer to stars like Brad Pitt.

This year’s Invest Caribbean Now will wrap up with a high powered networking reception that will include remarks by Hollywood actor Malik Yoba, the exciting presentation of the ICN Leadership Award to Hon. Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, OJ, CD, Hon. LLD, Chairman of Sandals Resorts International and the presentation of corporate awards to DHL Caribbean, HBO Latin America, One Caribbean Television, First Caribbean and interCaribbean Airways.

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 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 World Tourism Cities Federation, China Daily, InvesTT, the Chinese Business Development Center, the Sino-American Friendship Association, Martinique Promotion Bureau- CMT USA,  CaribPR Wire, News Americas Now, the Jamaica Observer, CaribSeek, WINN-FM and GCaribbean Magazine.

SOURCE: Invest Caribbean Now

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Beijing Delegation For NYC Investment Summit

Mr. Xiaoguang Liu, consul in charge of economic & commercial affairs of the Consulate General of China in New York addressing delegates at Invest Caribbean Now 2013. (Hayden Roger Celestin image)

Mr. Xiaoguang Liu, consul in charge of economic & commercial affairs of the Consulate General of China in New York addressing delegates at Invest Caribbean Now 2013. (Hayden Roger Celestin image)

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. May 19, 2014: A top level delegation comprising of officials from the Beijing government, the World Tourism Cities Federation, as well as the Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development and China Daily, will travel to New York this June 4th for the biggest global investment summit on the Caribbean outside the region, Invest Caribbean Now, (ICN).

The delegation is being brought to ICN by partnering groups, The Chinese American Business Development Center of New York and The Sino-American Friendship Association, and will include Dr. Ma, Lin, the Deputy Secretary-General of the Beijing Municipal Government with responsibility for science, information technology, tourism, software development, education in Beijing and Mr. Cao, PengChen, vice chairman of the Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development.

Invest Caribbean Now is set for June 4th, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. at the prestigious Harvard Club in New York City where the topics for discussion will include a focus on “Beijing-Caribbean Tourism and Investment Opportunities.”

The Chinese American Business Development Center of New York and its managing director, Li Li, began collaborating with Hard Beat Communications, the producers of the annual investment summit last year. The 2014 Summit will mark an expansion on that collaboration that will include not only the arrival of the Chinese delegation to the New York Summit but a two-nation Caribbean trade mission to the Caribbean later this year.

Nearly every island in the Caribbean, from the smallest up, currently has a substantial investment from China.  In 2009, China pledged US$7 billion in foreign direct investment to the region. According to recent tourism statistics, approximately 55 million Chinese traveled internationally in 2010, spending an estimated amount of US$42 billion – three times the 18 million overnight visitors from around the globe that the Caribbean attracted that year. The Boston Consulting Group predicts that by 2020, outbound travel from China will be worth US$590 billion so many Caribbean nations are anxious to obtain a piece of that pie.

This year’s fourth Invest Caribbean Now summit will also feature numerous global professional investors, entrepreneurs and business leaders including from the World Bank Group, OPIC, Merrill Lynch, Aegis Capital, the International diaspora Engagement Alliance, (IdEA); InvesTT, Sandals International Resorts, Sir Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room; One Caribbean Television, China Daily, First Citizens TT; HBO Latin America, interCaribbean Airways; DHL Caribbean, Tia Properties, American CryoStem Corporation, Lugano Group, Damoola, Island Global Yachting, Blocadi Capital, Bright Capital, MPowered, Aspenall Energies, K&L Gates, Global Med Choices, American World Clinics, The Goodness Company and Paramount Communications.

Also attending will be Hollywood Actor Malik Yoba; Designer to the stars, Woody Wilson; Chairman of Sandals Resorts International, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart and Caribbean government ministers and dignitaries from across the region including Premier of Nevis, Vance Amory; Moses Kirkconnell, Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism for the Cayman Islands; Minister of Trade, Industry, Investment and Communications, Trinidad & Tobago, Vasant Bharath; Minister of Agriculture of Barbados, Dr.  David Estwick; Minister of Tourism & International Transport of St. Kitts, Ricky Skerritt; Jeanne Rogers-Vanderpool, Minister of Tourism, St. Martin as well as representatives from Puerto Rico, Montserrat and Martinique.

Multiple Award Emmy winning TV Anchor, Ernie Anastos, 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. This year’s honorees will include DHL Caribbean, HBO Latin America, First Citizens TT, One Caribbean Television, interCaribbean Airways and Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, the chairman and founder of Sandals Resorts International.

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 hashtag Investingcarib. Additionally fans can follow the summit at Facebook or facebook.com/investcaribbeannow

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 World Tourism Cities Federation, China Daily, InvesTT, the Chinese Business Development Center, the Sino-American Friendship Association, Martinique Promotion Bureau- CMT USA,  CaribPR Wire, News Americas Now, the Jamaica Observer, CaribSeek, WINN-FM and GCaribbean Magazine.

SOURCE: Invest Caribbean Now

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Invest Caribbean Now

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Branson’s Carbon War Room, Invest Caribbean Now To Put The Spotlight On Renewable Energy

Sir Richard Branson (with sandals) and Caribbean leaders following the Carbon War Room’s ‘10 Island Renewable Challenge on Feb. 10, 2014. (CWR image)

Sir Richard Branson (3rd from l.) and Caribbean leaders following the Carbon War Room’s ‘10 Island Renewable Challenge on Feb. 10, 2014. (CWR image)

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. May 12, 2014: Strategies for Caribbean governments to transition to green energy will be put in the spotlight this June 4th at the Harvard Club in New York City as Sir Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room (CWR) teams up with Invest Caribbean Now (ICN), to present ‘Clean Energy and the Future of the Caribbean.’

The panel at ICN, the biggest summit on the Caribbean outside the region, comes on the heels of Branson and the Carbon War Room’s ‘10 Island Renewable Challenge,’ issued in February on Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands.

The plan is to encourage Caribbean nations to switch away from fuel oil and move to low or zero-carbon energy that will not just help keep the air clean but reduce overall energy costs. The average cost of electricity across the Caribbean ranges from $0.30 per kilowatt hour (KWh) to $0.65/KWh – roughly three to six times the price paid in the continental US.

Justin Locke, Director of Islands at CWR, will moderate the panel which will include Diana Jensen, the director of Renewable Energy Finance at the U.S. government’s development finance institution, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, (OPIC); Raul Slavin, managing director of Aspenall Energies; Mark Austin, a venture partner at Bright Capital and Jacques-Philippe Piverger, the CEO and co-founder of MPowered.

Meanwhile, multiple-award Emmy winning TV Anchor, Ernie Anastos, will emcee the Summit beginning at 11:30 a.m. on June 4th while Dr. Ma, Lin, Deputy Secretary-General of Beijing Municipal Government will bring greetings from China and Caribbean scholar Dr. Isaac Newton will deliver the key note address.

Trinidad & Tobago’s Minister of Trade, Industry, Investment and Communications, Senator Vasant Bharath will put the spotlight on investment opportunities in the twin-island Republic while Sheila Newton-Moses will put the project spotlight on the Caribbean Market Village of St. Lucia.

Other panels at the summit will also include ‘Global Trends & The Caribbean’ featuring Janine Craane of Merrill Lynch; Valence Williams of Aegis Capital; Sergio Millian, of the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce and Anthony A. L. Adjasse of the Allied African Nations Chamber Of Commerce and ‘Medical Tourism – The New Trend In Caribbean Tourism,’ with Colin Childress, CEO of Global Med Choices, Turks & Caicos; Paul Angelchik, chairman of American World Clinics and Patrick Goodness, CEO of The Goodness Company of Costa Rica among others.

Additionally, there will be a panel on the ‘Emerging Relationship Of Chinese Tourism & Investments In The Caribbean,’ featuring Cao, PengCheng of the Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development and Li Li, executive director of the Chinese American Business Development Center among others.

This year’s featured interview will focus on the ‘Caribbean Diaspora As An Investment Source’ with Qahir Dhanani of the World Bank Group; Leigh Moran of the US State Department and USAID’s IdEA and Irwine Clare of the Caribbean Immigrant Services.

Beverly Hills designer to the stars, Woody Wilson, will make a special announcement regarding his line and the Caribbean while offering a preview of his tropical collection for the region to wrap up the summit.

One Caribbean Television weatherman, Joey Stevens, and his famous side-kick, Bob, will host this year’s ICN Awards Reception, set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. It will include remarks from Hollywood Actor Malik Yoba and the presentation of awards to Chairman of Sandals Resorts International, Gordon “Butch” Stewart, who will receive the 2014 Invest Caribbean Now Leadership Award.

Past ICN honorees have included Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group and Royal Caribbean Cruises International. Five corporations from across the region will also be honoured. They include interCaribbean Airways, One Caribbean Television, First Citizens TT, DHL and HBO Latin America.

For more log on to ICN’s summit page at Investcaribbeannow.com. Only ten last minute tickets are left before this event closes its public registration. Get tickets here or at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e8uxmuwgc5df4c47&oseq=&c=&ch

This year’s Summit will be live tweeted at twitter.com/InvestingCarib using hashtag Investingcarib. Additionally fans can follow the summit at Facebook or facebook.com/investcaribbeannow

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 World Tourism Cities Federation, China Daily, InvesTT, the Chinese Business Development Center, the Sino-American Friendship Association, Woody Wilson Fine Clothing, Martinique Promotion Bureau- CMT USA, CaribPR Wire, News Americas Now, the Jamaica Observer, CaribSeek, WINN-FM and GCaribbean Magazine.

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Caribbean Leaders Must Create Right Mix To Attract Investors Says Antigua-Born Scholar

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. April 21, 2014: “Caribbean leaders should encourage, embrace and affirm the flow of capital that is positive, sustainable and healthy for the region.”

That’s the advice of Antigua-born scholar, Dr. Isaac Newton, as he gears up to deliver the keynote address to delegates at Invest Caribbean Now 2014, (ICN), the biggest global investment summit on the Caribbean outside of the region, set for the Harvard Club in New York City from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. this June 4, 2014.

Dr. Newton in a preview of his speech at ICN, said regional leaders must create the right mix of incentives to attract both globally reputable and Diaspora investors.

“This should be done within a strategic road-map for regional advancement,” said the graduate of  Princeton Theological Seminary and Columbia and Harvard universities, while adding that investors – current and future to the Caribbean – must become socially conscious and strive to actively participate in what he called the ‘community enhancement agenda.’

“Such mutually rewarding behaviours enhance brand recognition and engender wider appeal – in the Caribbean and around the world – for their products/services and make the Caribbean a happier place for all,” said the Paramount Communications executive. Dr. Newton also encourages businesses and government leaders to capitalize on the serious global challenges facing the Caribbean, as these relate to the impact of investments on the socio-economic improvement of the wider population.

This year’s fourth Invest Caribbean Now summit will feature numerous global professional investors, entrepreneurs, and business leaders including Hollywood Actor Malik Yoba; chairman of the billion-dollar, privately-owned Jamaican-based empire, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart; Sergio Millian, President of the Russian American Chamber of Commerce; Colin Childress, CEO/Founder, Global MedChoices, Turks & Caicos; Paul Angelchik, M.D., Founder and CEO, American World Clinic – Barbados; Anthony A. L. Adjasse of the Allied African Nations Chamber Of Commerce; 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 and executives from Sun Group Russia, Tia Properties, LLC, American CryoStem Corporation, Lugano Group, Damoola, Merrill Lynch, Nomura, Aegis Capital, Island Global Yachting, Blocadi Capital, K&L Gates, True Value Building & Hardware Ltd & Emerald Vista and Sir Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room.
Also in attendance will be Caribbean government ministers and dignitaries from across the region including Premier of Nevis, Vance Amory; Minister of Trade, Industry, Investment and Communications, Trinidad & Tobago Vasant Bharath; Minister of Agriculture of Barbados, Dr.  David Estwick; Minister of Tourism & International Transport of St. Kitts, Ricky Skerritt; Jamaica’s Ambassador to the UN, Courtney Rattray; several CARICOM consuls general to New York and the Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organization, Hugh Riley.

Multiple Award Emmy winning TV Anchor, Ernie Anastos, 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 while some partnership sponsorship and advertising opportunities for this event are still available by contacting sheila@investcaribbeannow.com or chris@caribpr.com or by logging on to ICN’s summit page at Investcaribbeannow.com.
Persons looking to do business with the top Chinese, Caribbean and Russian delegates can ask about one of ten Diamond Room tickets from Joe Bernstein at joe@investcaribbeannow.com.

ICN PARTNERS

Presenters for ICN 2014 are: 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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Invest Caribbean Now

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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

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Invest Caribbean Now

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Is The Caribbean Diaspora A Real Source For Investment?

Thousands of nationals from the Diaspora gather annually at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia.

Thousands of nationals from the Diaspora gather annually at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia.

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Mar. 31, 2014: Nationals from the Caribbean region and those of Caribbean heritage living outside the region number millions even though there is no accurate count of the total number. There’s no better demonstration of their presence than the huge flow of funds that are remitted each year from prosperous nations to poorer ones, particularly the Caribbean and Latin America.

For this reason, a World Bank Specialist insists that this group represents a great market that regional governments can target for investment dollars.

Qahir Dhanani, private sector development specialist of the World Bank Group, says “The Caribbean Diaspora represents a welcome market for making investments and contributing to growth and development.”

“Given the intimate knowledge they have about the opportunities back home, Diasporas are best place to take advantage of these opportunities and make an impact,” added Dhanani, who will be part of a featured interview on ‘ The Caribbean Diaspora: A Real Source For Investment?’ at Invest Caribbean Now 2014.

Dhanani recently co-authored the study: ‘The Caribbean Diaspora: A source for venture investment?,’ with Mina J. Lee. In it they conclude that there is investment interest towards both specific Caribbean countries and sectors by the members of the Caribbean Diaspora who “can indeed play an important role in the Caribbean region’s development story.” But they both warn it will require leadership to lower barriers to engagement, facilitation of structured opportunities and an increase in information transparency.

Dhanani will be joined in the session by Leigh Moran, manager, International Diaspora Engagement Alliance” or “IdEA,” a partnership of the US State Department and USAID, where the interviewer will be Irwine Clare, advisory board member of the Jamaica Diaspora USA, NE & CEO of the Caribbean Immigrant Services. Moran’s company, the Calvert Foundation, has recently taken over management of the ‘IdEA’ and launched a Diaspora bond that allows for nationals in the Diaspora to make tangible yet minimal socio-economic investments in their homelands.

Diaspora bonds are essentially a form of government debt that targets members of the national community abroad, based on the presumption that their emotional ties to a country make investing in such products worthwhile. Sales can be restricted solely to members of a particular nationality or opened to all buyers, with nationals receiving a preferential rate.

WHO’S WHO FOR ICN

Invest Caribbean Now, the brainchild of Hard Beat Communications CEO Felicia Persaud, is committed to advancing wealth in the Caribbean. ICN matches investors with projects in the Caribbean while bringing investors to the region and introducing them to sustainable investment opportunities there.

This year’s summit will feature Caribbean scholar Dr. Isaac Newton, top delegates including a delegation of Chinese investors from China; representatives from the Carbon War Room; Caribbean government dignitaries from across the region, including Premier of Nevis, Vance Amory; Barbados’ Minister of Agriculture Dr. David Estwick; Minister of Tourism and International Transport of St. Kitts/Nevis, Ricky Skerritt; tourism ministers from across the Caribbean, New York City elected officials; chairman of over two dozen companies throughout the Caribbean, North America, Russia, China, Africa and Great Britain, including Sandals Resorts Chairman, 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; Hollywood fashion designer, Woody Wilson and  numerous global professional investors, entrepreneurs, and business leaders.

Special partnership, advertising and co-branding opportunities for this prestigious event are available by contacting sheila@investcaribbeannow.com or logging on to ICN’s summit page at Investcaribbeannow.com.

Limited early bird tickets and table of 10 availability to the summit are available by booking here or at investcaribbeannow.com/earlybird

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. Tickets are available on an invitation only basis by contacting Joe Bernstein at joe@investcaribbeannow.com.

ICN PARTNERS

Partners 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 and News Americas Now.

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SOURCE: Invest Caribbean Now

MEDIA CONTACT:

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Invest Caribbean Now

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Medical Tourism Presents Economic Growth Potential For The Caribbean – Experts

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Mar. 24, 2014: The Caribbean region can boost its bottom line by developing a medical tourism product that takes advantage of its brand as a great vacation destination, its proximity to North America as well as its tourism facilities, beaches and of course, the year-round warm weather of the region.

That’s according to Dr. Paul Angelchik, founder of American World Clinics, and Collin Childress, CEO of Global MedChoices. Their comments come as both prepare to discuss the potential of medical tourism for the Caribbean in-depth at a panel at Invest Caribbean Now 2014.

ICN, the biggest global investment summit on the Caribbean outside of the region, is set for the Harvard Club in New York City from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. this June 4th under the patronage of Hollywood Actor Malik Yoba.

“The opportunity for the Caribbean in general is that it carries a positive connotation in the view of many for having friendly people, natural beauty and a reputation as an enjoyable, upscale destination with great visitor amenities in many locations,” commented Dr. Angelchik. “I have no doubt that the Caribbean can be a major region for MT activities if there is follow through on the initial buzz of enthusiasm that has defined the industry to date.”

“Creating the opportunity for economic diversification through introducing a sustainable development and growth industry, such as medical tourism, to the Caribbean can help soften the impact of cyclical North American economic downturns in tourism on the Caribbean market and leverage the supply and demand issues that are driving patient flow offshore from Canada and the US,” added CEO Childress.

In 2011, the total impact of the medical tourism industry contributed 9 percent of global GDP (over $6 trillion USD) and accounted for 255 million jobs in the world. In the next decade, medical tourism is expected to grow by an average yearly of 4 percent, contributing up to 10 percent of future global GDP ($10 trillion). Eventually, by 2022, it is estimated that 328 million jobs will be created in the medical tourism industry: equal to 10 percent of jobs in the world.

WHO’S WHO FOR ICN

Invest Caribbean Now, the brainchild of Hard Beat Communications CEO Felicia Persaud is committed to advancing wealth in the Caribbean. ICN matches investors with projects in the Caribbean while bringing investors to the region and introducing them to sustainable investment opportunities there.

This year’s summit will feature top delegates including a delegation of Chinese investors from China, Caribbean government dignitaries from across the region, including Premier of Nevis, Vance Amory; New York City elected officials; chairman of over two dozen companies throughout the Caribbean, North America, Russia, China, Africa and Great Britain, including Sandals Resorts Chairman, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart; Qahir Dhanani, World Bank Group; Ambassador Richard Bernal, Executive Director, Caribbean, Inter-American Development Bank; Leigh Moran, representing the  US State Department/USAID ‘IdEA; ‘ Sergio Millian, President of the Russian American Chamber of Commerce; Anthony A. L. Adjasse of the Allied African Nations  Chamber Of Commerce; Jamaica’s Ambassador to the UN, Courtney Rattray; Hollywood fashion designer, Woody Wilson and  numerous global professional investors, entrepreneurs, and business leaders.

Special partnership and co-branding opportunities for this prestigious event are available by contacting sheila@investcaribbeannow.com or logging on to ICN’s brand new website at Investcaribbeannow.com.

Limited early bird tickets to the summit are available by booking here or at investcaribbeannow.com/earlybird

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. Tickets are available on an invitation only basis by contacting Joe Bernstein at joe@investcaribbeannow.com.

ICN PARTNERS

Partners 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 and News Americas Now.

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SOURCE: Invest Caribbean Now

MEDIA CONTACT:

Kathy Bronson

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Invest Caribbean Now

kbronson@investcaribbeannow.com

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