ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Chairman of the Antigua & Barbuda Investment Authority (ABIA) Dr McChesney Emanuel is currently following up on solid leads coming out the Caribbean Investment Forum (CIF), held in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, on May 14 and 15.
Dr Emanuel attended the forum, which brought together ministers of government and heads of state, agencies from the Caribbean and Latin America with hundreds of business people.
The focus, CIF organisers said, was to foster dialogue on new and innovative business and investment prospects at the micro and macro levels as well as networking opportunities.
Dr Emanuel said his message at CIF and at the subsequent Trade and Investment Convention from May 16 to 19, was that “Antigua & Barbuda is open for business.”
“We were able to engage many businesses, presenting the incentives offered by the Antigua & Barbuda Investment Authority, and we also held solid discussions about specific sectors,” he said.
Those discussions included business opportunities in agriculture, namely agro-processing, medical tourism and the country’s ability to take on outsourcing projects.
Speakers at CIF included Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar of Trinidad & Tobago; Panamanian President Ricardo Alberto Martinelli Berrocal; Alberto Alemán Zubieta, CEO of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP); and Ronald Ramjattan, CEO and founder of Baron Foods Ltd, a regional leader in the processed food industry.
Executive Director of the ABIA Lestroy Samuel also gave a presentation on his role as president of the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA).
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