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UWI looks at Restoring Business Confidence through BBF4

For Release Upon Receipt - May 2, 2011

St. Augustine

The 4th Biennial International Business, Banking & Finance Conference (BBF4) will take place from June 22-24, 2011 at the Hilton Trinidad & Conference Centre. The three-day conference will focus on the theme, Restoring Business Confidence and Investments in the Caribbean.

Contributors and speakers at the BBF4 will address issues including CARICOM at cross-roads and future prospects, Ethics in Finance, Islamic Banking and Finance, Consumer Confidence and its Impact on Business, and Lessons from the Financial Crisis: The Resolution of Failed Entities, to name a few.

The BBF4 is jointly hosted by the Department of Management Studies, the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) and the Caribbean Centre for Money & Finance (CCMF). The conference is an initiative through which The University of the West Indies, St Augustine, provides a forum for the 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 the BBF, the organizers are hoping 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.

Presenters at this year’s conference will include Mr. Wendell Mottley, Senior Advisor, Credit Suisse First Boston, New York; Mr. Martin Pritchard, Managing Director, Goddard Enterprises Limited, Barbados; Dr. Arnold McIntyre, Programme Coordinator, Caribbean Regional Technical Assistance Centre (CARTAC); and Mr. John Robinson, Deputy Governor, Bank of Jamaica to name a few.

The registration deadline for presenters at the 4th Biennial International Business, Banking & Finance conference is May 31st, 2011. The registration deadline for delegates is June 15th, 2011. For full registration details and further information, visit the conference website at or call the Conference Secretariat at 868-662-2002 ext 2306.

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Over the last six decades, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged University with over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean, with main campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and Centres in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines. UWI recently launched its Open Campus, a virtual campus with over 50 physical site locations across the region, serving over 20 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean. UWI is an international university with faculty and students from over 40 countries and collaborative links with over 60 universities around the world. Through its seven Faculties, UWI offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Pure & Applied Sciences, Science and Agriculture, and Social Sciences.