Washington, DC — Caribbean Central American Action (CCAA) is pleased to announce a special roundtable that will take place during the Annual Conference on the Caribbean and Central America. Presented by Virgin Islands Capital Resources, this event will take place from 8:00 a.m.-9:45 a.m., on Tuesday, November 17, 2015.
“The Cuba Challenge: New Ideas for Small-Island States” will be a roundtable which will be a high-level discussion on the way forward for the Caribbean as the islands consider the impact of Cuba on their economies. Moving beyond diagnosis to prescription, the roundtable’s Thought Leaders will spark an open discussion on solutions to the impending challenges posed by an emergent Cuba to the small-island states of the Caribbean. Topics will include: In the critical tourism sector, how can economies up their game and further differentiate their offerings? In services and agriculture, how can small island states bolster their competitiveness? What policy innovations are required for labor markets and education, exchange rates and trade regimes, investment and innovation? Further, how can governments and private firms engage with their Cuban counterparts to forge cooperative alliances?
Participant input will help to mold an action-oriented follow-up symposium scheduled for 2016!
Leading the discussion will be: Richard E. Feinberg, Senior Fellow (non-resident), Brookings Institution, and Professor, University of California, San Diego; Richard Bernal, Ambassador, Counselor for Jamaica, Inter-American Development Bank; and Ricardo Torres, Research Economist, Centre for the Study of the Cuban Economy, University of Havana.