First call for papers

Conference Aims and Objectives:

This international conference will be a forum for exchange of ideas on critical business, banking and financial issues facing the Caribbean region at this time. It will serve to bring together leaders of the local and regional business communities, governmental policy makers and international scholars and researchers. Through their joint participation, the conference aims to:

  1. Critically explore and share experiences on key emerging issues pertaining to financial stability, financial integration, business confidence and related developments, with lessons for the Caribbean and other emerging economies;
  2. Identify strategies to be pursued at both the business and governmental levels to rebuild confidence of domestic and overseas business firms in Caribbean markets;
  3. Enhance understanding and collaboration between academics, business leaders and policy makers so as to improve the quality and transparency of decision-making on developmental issues confronting emerging economies.

Conference Sub Themes

  • Diversification and opportunities for growth and development in emerging economies
  • CARICOM at cross-roads and future prospects
  • Impact of new global financial regulations on financial markets
  • Foreign exchange market developments and capital flows
  • Lessons from the financial crisis: The resolution of failed entities
  • Conglomerate business models and corporate sustainability
  • Consumer confidence and its impact on business
  • Corporate risk governance
  • Crime, corruption and business confidence
  • Macro prudential regulations, systemic risk and financial stability
  • Innovations in financial markets
  • Ethics in finance
  • Micro finance and credit
  • Islamic Banking and finance

We seek scholarly papers from individuals whose works address any of the above topics. We also encourage papers and contributions from professionals engaged in the formulation and implementation of business and public policy in the areas outlined above. Selected papers will be considered for publication in related Journals.

Special Panel Sessions

In addition to regular sessions, the conference will also feature special panel discussions comprising of prominent business leaders and policy makers. The discourse and discussion in these panels will focus on the following compelling issues facing the Caribbean:

  1. Restructuring distressed financial institutions
  2. Foreign exchange risk and business investment
  3. Strategies for stimulating growth and sustainability
  4. Islamic Banking: The new banking paradigm

Paper Submission

Send abstracts (150-200 words) and full papers in doc/docx format to Dr. Chandra Shekhar Bhatnagar, Program Chair at

The first page of the submission shall contain the title of the paper, information about all authors, including name, affiliation, address, e-mail, phone, and fax. The body of the paper must not have any author identification and must begin with the paper title and abstract. Other than this, format is free.
Abstracts should be submitted latest by May 20 , 2011
Accepted authors will be informed within 2-3 weeks from the last date of submission.
Authors of accepted papers should submit full papers, including the abstract, latest by May 31, 2011


Authors of accepted papers should register latest by May 31, 2011. Other conference participants can register by June 15, 2011

Registration fee is US$400 per person, which covers the conference material, meals and social activities.

Persons registering before May 31, 2011 can avail of the ‘early bird’ registration fee of US$350.

Bonafide students can attend the conference at a special rate of US$200

Details about registration, payment modes and accomodation will be forthcoming.