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UWI CCMF hosts regional seminar for top Caribbean executives

For Release Upon Receipt - July 14, 2009

St. Augustine

There may be no maps to guide the way out of the current global financial crisis, but an upcoming seminar by the Caribbean Centre for Money and Finance (CCMF) could better equip Caribbean business leaders to evaluate their choices realistically and to plan for more effective strategies. In a few weeks, the CCMF, in collaboration with the Bank of Jamaica, will host a seminar intended to help senior executives of the Caribbean’s business and financial companies to cope with global financial and economic turmoil.

Themed “Strategies to Cope with Global Uncertainty – Choices for Caribbean Business and Finance”, this 3th Senior Level Policy Seminar in Jamaica will bring together sophisticated financial market expertise, the accumulated experience of the IMF and decades of experience of practitioners in the financial, tourism, communications and manufacturing sectors, internationally and in the Caribbean, to assist business leaders in navigating these uncharted waters. 

The seminar, which will take place at the Seabed Conference Centre, Kingston, Jamaica on September 4th, 2009, will feature presentations by Prof. Avinash Persaud, Member of the UN Special Committee on the Global Financial Crisis; Dr. Auliana Poon, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tourism Intelligence International (Germany and Trinidad & Tobago), Dr. Andre Gordon, Managing Director of Technological Solutions Limited (Jamaica), Mr. Suresh Sookoo, Chief Executive Officer of RBTT Financial Group. Presenters will offer their own insights into the roots of the financial and economic crisis, the extent of the changes we may expect to see in global financial structures, the effectiveness of policy responses of industrial nations, the implications for the Caribbean, and what it all means in terms of the choices facing business leaders in the Caribbean. 

Every year the CCMF organises a seminar for top Caribbean executives on a topic of current interest, with presentations by international experts and Caribbean business leaders.  The topic of the 2008 seminar, held in Trinidad in May 2008, was the implications for the Caribbean of the subprime mortgage crisis. Previous seminars dealt with risk management, financial stability, pensions and fund management.  The CCMF is an economic and financial policy and research institution organised and financed by Caribbean Central Banks and The University of the West Indies, with additional support by a number of regional financial institutions.

For more information, please contact the Caribbean Centre for Money and Finance at (868) 645-1174 or, or visit the official seminar website at