Conference to cover common Caribbean concerns

| 29/11/2010

(CNS): The Northern Caribbean Conference (NCC) on Economic Development and Co-operation will offer the opportunity for countries in the region to tackle their common issues, organisers stated last week. Immigration, trade, education and security will be key focus areas at the December Conference, to be held at the Ritz-Carlton in Grand Cayman. A diverse range of subjects will be on the table from cattle smuggling between Jamaica and Cayman to a rational way of getting foodstuff into Haiti and organisers have said they hoped new possibilities will emerge between the regions countries.

Participation isexpected from the Bahamas, Cuba, the Cayman Islands, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, with the aim of encouraging closer regional collaboration and augmenting economic development.

“There are specific things we can deal with right now, such as in the movement of people between our countries,” Earl Jarrett, General Manager of Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) said. He pointed out that there was a significant population of Jamaicans in the Cayman Islands, while there were Haitians in the Bahamas and Jamaica.

“We have people moving around despite the structures put up by government,” Jarrett said at a press briefing held in Kingston and Grand Cayman concurrently, last week. The NCC will be hosted by the National Building Society of Cayman (NBSC) and JNBS.

The conference will include presentations from the Cayman Islands premier the Jamaican prime minister of Jamaica and CARICOM representative for Haiti P.J. Patterson. It will also be addressed by representatives from American, Canadian and British development agencies; as well as entrepreneurs and members of academia.

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