U.S. – Caribbean Business Conference: Agenda

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U.S. Caribbean Business Conference 

April 12 – 13, 2022 

 

U.S. Caribbean Business Conference

April 12 – 13, 2022

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

7:00 – 7:45 am  – Registration and seating

7:45 am – 8:15 am

CONFERENCE MASTERS OF CEREMONY

Alice Ancona, SVP & COO World Trade Center Miami and Ethan Talbott, Deputy Senior Commercial Officer for the Caribbean Region, U.S. Department of Commerce

Welcome:

  • James Anzalone – Chairman, South Florida District Export Council (5 minutes)

Opening Remarks:

  • TJ Villamil – Senior Vice President, International Trade & Business Development, Enterprise Florida, Inc.
8:20 – 9:20 am  INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE CARIBBEAN – OPPORTUNITIES AND BEST PRACTICES
The Caribbean presents excellent opportunities in the infrastructure sector. This presentation will focus on what is happening in the dynamic areas of energy, aviation, ports, and IT in the Caribbean region. Attendees will receive an overview of key industry issues, players, and projects, as well as insights on past, present, and future market indicators.  Moderated discussion and Q&A.Moderator:  Katherine Therieau, Regional Manager, Western Hemisphere.  U.S. Department of Commerce Advocacy Center

Overview:

  • J. Alberto Tejeda, Sector Lead Specialist, Infrastructure and Energy Department, Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)
  • Lambrini Kolios, Country Manager, Latin America & Caribbean, U.S. Trade Development Agency

Remarks: 

  • Teresa Wankin, Secretary General, Caribbean Association of National Telecommunication Organizations (CANTO)
  • Annaleen Lord, Area Manager, Caribbean Region, International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Moderated discussion 

Questions and Answers

Closing remarks

9:30 – 10: 25 am  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, GUYANA & SURINAME – MARKET OVERVIEW AND BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES 

Hear from the experts on the business, economic, and political overview and the most important commercial and infrastructure opportunities in these three dynamic Caribbean markets.  Moderated discussion and Q&A.

Moderator: Eric Wolff, Regional Senior Commercial Officer for the Caribbean, U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (3 minutes)

Remarks about the Dominican Republic:

  • Robert Thomas, Chargé d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Remarks about Guyana:

  • Ambassador Sarah A. Lynch, U.S. Embassy Georgetown, Guyana

Remarks about Suriname:

  • Aaron Jensen, Political and Economic Section Chief, U.S. Embassy Paramaribo, Suriname

Moderated discussion 

Questions and Answers

Closing remarks

10: 25 – 10: 40  NETWORKING BREAK
10: 40 – 11: 35 am  LEVERAGING U.S. GOVERNMENT RESOURCES 

Learn how to make full use of the array of resources provided by U.S. government agencies. These include resources for winning bids on public-sector contracts and infrastructure projects as well as tools and financing to facilitate exports from the U.S.  Moderated discussion and Q&A.

Moderator:  Yamilee Bastien, Commercial Officer, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Service

Panelists:

  • Elena Mendez, Regional Director, EXIM Bank
  • Katherine Therieau, Regional Manager of Western Hemisphere, Advocacy Center
  • Sandro Murtas, Export Finance Manager, Office of International Trade, SBA
  • Shelly Bernal, Consultant, Florida SBDC at FIU

Moderated discussion 

Questions and Answers

Closing remarks

11: 35 am – 12:30 pm  JAMAICA, THE BAHAMAS & HAITI – MARKET OVERVIEW AND BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

Hear from the experts on the business, economic, and political overview and the most important commercial and infrastructure opportunities in these dynamic Caribbean markets.  Moderated discussion and Q&A.

Moderator: Ethan Talbott, Deputy Senior Commercial Officer for the Caribbean Region, U.S. Department of Commerce

Remarks about Jamaica:

  • Joe James, Economic and Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy Kingston, Jamaica

Remarks about Bahamas:

  • Sandiria Hall, Economic and Commercial Specialist, U.S. Embassy, The Bahamas – confirmed

Remarks about Haiti:

  • Robert Kemp, Economic and Commercial Counselor, U.S. Embassy in Port au Prince, Haiti

Moderated discussion

Questions and Answers

Closing remarks

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.

 

Networking Break
1:00 – 2:30 pm  NETWORKING LUNCH

Country Tables – Network with representatives from the markets you are targeting by visiting country tables. Representatives from each nation will sit at labeled tables for easy identification. This will allow you to easily meet with representatives from that nation.

Keynote Remarks:

  • Deputy Secretary for Commerce, State of Florida, Marc Adler
  • Deputy Under Secretary, International Trade Administration, Diane Farrell
2:30 – 3:00 pm  NETWORKING BREAK 
3:00 – 3:55 pm  TRINIDAD & TOBAGO, BARBADOS, AND THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN – MARKET OVERVIEW AND BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES 

Hear from the experts on the business, economic, and political overview and the most important commercial and infrastructure opportunities in these dynamic Caribbean markets.  Moderated discussion and Q&A.

Moderator:  Valerie Laboy, Economic Officer, U.S. Embassy Port of Spain, Trinidad

Remarks about Trinidad & Tobago:

  • Shante Moore, Charge d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy Port of Spain, Trinidad
  • Nirad Tewarie, CEO, AmCham Trinidad & Tobago

Remarks about the Eastern Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines):

  • Breanna Green, Deputy Political and Economic Counselor, U.S. Embassy Bridgetown, Barbados

Moderated discussion

Questions and Answers

Closing remarks

4:00 – 4:55 PM  EXPORT LIKE A PRO!  Part 1: BOUNDLESS OPPORTUNITIES FOR FLORIDA BUSINESSES IN THE CARIBBEAN

A ‘one stop shop’ panel with the main information Florida companies need to successfully do business in the Caribbean.  Learn about state trade development programs and services, outbound shipping logistics, registration/business distributor agreements, financial resources, and successful stories from local companies.  Moderated discussion and Q&A.

Moderator: Michael Schiffhauer, Vice President, International Trade & Field Operations, Enterprise Florida

Panelists: 

  • Alejandra Henao, Director, International Trade & Development, Enterprise Florida (EFI)
  • Daisy Ramos-Winfield, President & CEO, Florida Export Finance Corporation (FEFC)

Success Stories:

  • Julian Lopera, Founder/President, PHARMAMED USA Inc.
  • Eva Salazar, Sales & Marketing Manager, Atlas Specialty Lighting

Moderated discussion

Questions and Answers

Closing remarks

5:00 – 6:00 pm  Logistics for Trade with the Caribbean:  State of the Ports

Expert presentations on key logistics issues for trading in the Caribbean. Presentations on logistics and shipping, port and cargo capabilities in South Florida, and regulations.  Moderated discussion and Q&A.

Moderator:  Alice Ancona, SVP & COO World Trade Center Miami

Panelists: 

  • Eric Olafson, Port of Miami
  • Glenn Wiltshire, Port Everglades
  • Jimmy Nares, Section Chief of Aviation Marketing, Miami-Dade Aviation Department, Miami International Airport

Moderated discussion

Questions and Answers

Closing remarks

6:00 – 7:30 pm  NETWORKING RECEPTION

Welcome Remarks  – Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz
Master of Ceremonies – Eduardo Torres, Director, South Florida USEACs

Network with representatives from the markets you are targeting.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022
7:30 – 8:00 am Registration and seating
8:00 – 9:00 AM (CONCURRENT)
(Salon 1)
BREAKOUT SESSION:  CARIBBEAN ENERGY PANEL

This panel will be an opportunity to discuss energy resiliency and options for clean / renewable energy in the region, with an eye toward building strong, resilient, and low-carbon energy systems in the Caribbean.  Space is limited.

Moderator:  Chris Herman, International Trade Specialist: Renewable Energy,

U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, Office of Energy and Environmental Industries

Panelists:

  • Ambassador Sarah J. Lynch, U.S. Embassy Georgetown, Guyana
  • Robert Thomas, Chargé d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Aaron Jensen, Political Economic Chief, U.S. Embassy Paramaribo, Suriname
  • Joe James, Economic and Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy Kingston, Jamaica
  • Ricardo Canalda, President and CEO, Lineaclave International S.A.

Moderated discussion

Questions and Answers

Closing remarks

8:00 – 9:00 am (CONCURRENT)
(Salon 2)
EXPORT LIKE A PRO!  Part 2:  BUSINESS RESOURCES TO HELP YOU SUCCEED IN EXPORTING 

This panel provides private sector expert presentations on keys to success in exporting to the Caribbean. Presentations on correct documentation; payment methods; financial payments and taxation; trade frameworks; regulations and other topics.  Moderated discussion and Q&A.

Moderator: Pamela Fuertes, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative

Panelists: 

  • Jennifer Diaz, Diaz Trade Law
  • Lenny Feldman, Operating Committee Member, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.
  • Jim Anzalone, President, Compliance Assurance, LLC
  • Shalako Wiener, Sr. Vice President, Leucadia Asset Management
  • Carlos Somoza, International Tax Principal – Tax Advisory Services, Kauffman Rossin, Inc.

Moderated discussion

Questions and Answers

Closing remarks

09:00 – 12: 10 pm  One-on-one Meetings

Twenty-minute appointment slots with U.S. Embassy diplomats, Caribbean government representatives, and U.S. government agencies. Open to qualified U.S. exporters and investors only. Please apply and register. Appointments are limited and assigned on eligibility and on a first-come-first serve basis.  See website for full list of available appointments.

12:10 – 1:10 pm  LUNCH BREAK – Boxed lunches will be provided for attendees participating in one-on-one meetings.
1:10 – 5:30 pm  One-on-One Meetings

Twenty minutes appointment slots with U.S. Embassy diplomats, Caribbean government representatives, and U.S. government agencies. Open to qualified U.S. exporters and investors only. Please apply and register. Appointment slots are limited and assigned on eligibility and on a first-come-first serve basis.

See website for full list of available appointments.

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