US-Caribbean Relations in Biden Administration Year 1

Summary

In this webinar, panelists examined US policy towards the Caribbean during the first year of the Biden Administration, with a focus on notable issues in need of attention and the opportunity to discuss these issues when the US hosts the Summit of the Americas in June 2022

Presenter

Sir Ronald Sanders

Ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda to the United States and the Organization of American States

Discussants

Dr. Samantha S.S. Chaitram 

Research Manager, Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) and Fellow, Caribbean Policy Consortium

Ms. Jacqueline Charles

Caribbean Correspondent, The Miami Herald

Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon, Jr.

Senior International Policy Advisor, Arnold & Porter

Moderator: 

Dr. Georges A. Fauriol

Senior Associate, Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) and Fellow, Caribbean Policy Consortium


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Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation in the Caribbean

This webinar is part of the LACC/CPC Caribbean Policy Series.

Summary

Climate change and global warming are challenges that place the future resources, development, and prosperity of the Caribbean region in jeopardy. Specific hazards such as rising sea levels, warming temperatures, deforestation, ecological degradation, and more frequent and extreme weather events, among others, place the Caribbean at higher risk, to the point of coastal communities and entire islands potentially disappearing if the dangers of global warming are not addressed collectively and urgently today.

Caribbean nations (islands and coastal territories) share similar infrastructure, economic and human mobility risks to climate change, while also facing other challenges such as low availability of resources, high debt rates, threats to and relocation of coastal populations, weak conservation and environmental protection policies and institutions, and dependence on imports, fossil fuels, tourism and global markets. All these highlight the need and urgency to adopt collective measures to combat, adapt to and prevent further damage by climate change at a faster pace.

Full paper by Dr. Legena Henry can be accessed here

Presenter

Legena Henry, PhD Lecturer, Renewable Energy, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados

Panelist

Ligia Collado-Vides, PhD Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Biological Sciences, Florida International University

Andrea Lewis, MSc Senior Project Officer, Office of Institutional Planning and Infrastructural Services, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados

Moderator

Lorraine Sobers, PhD Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering, Petroleum Studies Unit, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago

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LORRAINE SOBERS

Economic Outlook and Adjustments in a Pandemic Caribbean

This webinar is part of the LACC/CPC Caribbean Policy Series. Co-sponsored by the Caribbean Policy Consortium.

Summary

The COVID-19 pandemic has spawned 2 years of unparalleled economic strain, stress and decline like never before for the economies of the Caribbean. Unprecedented shocks to key sectors such as tourism and resource exports have resulted in some of the largest declines in growth ever recorded for the region.

This webinar brings together leading regional and international economic, business and health experts to discuss the current economic outlook and adjustments facing the region in 2022 and the prospects for economic stabilization and growth.

Presenter

Henry Mooney, PhD

Economics Advisor, Caribbean Department,

Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)

Presentation by Dr. Henry Mooney

Panelists

Ian Durant, MSc Director, Economics Department, Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Barbados

Joy St. John, PhD Executive Director, The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), Trinidad and Tobago

Alejandro Arrieta, PhD Associate Professor, Interim Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management

Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, FIU and LACC Affiliated Faculty

Moderator

David E. Lewis, PhD Co-Chair, Caribbean Policy Consortium and Vice President, Manchester Trade

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The Fight Against Illicit Trafficking of Firearms in Latin America and the Caribbean

Organized by the ABA Criminal Justice Section’s International Committee in cooperation with the Caribbean Policy Consortium (CPC)

Summary

This webinar will discuss efforts to combat illicit trafficking of firearms in Latin America and the Caribbean, focusing on the Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacture of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials (CIFTA), the Protocol against the IllicitManufacturing and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition (Firearms Protocol), and other treaties with respect to the trafficking of firearms. 

It will also discuss the lawsuit pending in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts (Mexico v. Smith & Wesson) brought by the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs against firearm manufacturers and distributors.

Panelists

Alejandro Celorio Alcántara, Legal Adviser, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico
Pier Angelli De Luca, Specialist of the Department of Public Security, Organization of American States

Simonetta Grassi, UNTOC’s Firearms Protocol Secretariat, UN Office on Drugs and Crime
-Sheridon Hill, Public Information Officer of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service and formerly with OAS Inter-American Committee against Terrorism

Moderator

Bruce Zagaris, Berliner Corcoran & Rowe LLP; Fellow, Caribbean Policy Consortium


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Gas to Power & Implications for Economic Diversification in Guyana 

Abstract

Due to Guyana’s poor electrical infrastructure and vulnerable energy supply, Guyanese experience an average of 31 days of power outages per year. there is little to no access to the electricity grid in the hinterland regions. To further compound the problem future required generation capacity is estimated to double by 2035, without accounting for the power needs of oil production. We discuss the implications for Guyana’s economic development of the proposed gas to shore project which aims to increase peak generation capacity to 400 megawatts as compared to last year’s peak of 135 megawatts.

READ FULL PAPER HERE

Presenter

Dr. Justin Ram,

Justin Ram Advisory, CEO & Former Director of Economics at the Caribbean Development Bank

Panelists

Dr. Lorraine Sobers, University of the West Indies

Roger A. Kranenburg, Eversource Energy, CFA

Dr. David E. Lewis, Caribbean Policy Consortium & Manchester Trade Ltd. Inc. (Moderator)

Dr. Terrence Blackman, Medgar Evers College at the City University of New York, Guyana Business Journal (Moderator)

Key Quotes

  • “The benefits far outweigh the downsides. The benefits of having a stable, reliable electric grid can really transform Guyana.” – Dr. Terrence Blackman
  • “There is no reason, why in the next 5-10 years, Guyana does not develop the most modern, technologically advanced utility in, not only the Caribbean, but globally speaking.” – Dr. David E. Lewis
  • “Natural gas can support and complement the process of changing the energy mix to renewable and sustainable sources. It is important to see natural gas as the bridge to renewables and Guyana’s Low Carbon Development Strategy.” – Dr. Justin Ram
  • “The use of natural gas for power generation, we really have the opportunity to have broad based benefits being enjoyed throughout the economy.” Dr. Justin Ram
  • “I see huge benefits to this, Guyana should get going on the project. The biggest pitfall that I can see is inaction. The near term benefits are so immense.” – Roger Kranenburg
  • “The technological risk is very low, these things are already very well understood and are being done all over the world.”  Roger Kranenburg
  • “Guyana is an incredible carbon sink. There is great value in being able to say that Guyana’s products are net zero or carbon neutral.” – Dr. Lorraine Sobers
  • “Bringing gas to shore is definitely exciting. It’s a part of the energy mix and it’s a fair energy mix for Guyana in addition to hydro and solar. It’s much cleaner than what we have in place right now.” – Dr. Lorraine Sobers

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Women’s Empowerment in the Caribbean: Regional and Multisectoral Perspective

Summary

In this webinar, women leaders will discuss the opportunities associated with female empowerment in the Caribbean, sharing their experiences, perspectives, and concerns for the future.

What are the conditions necessary for the inclusion of more women in the Caribbean economies? Are the Caribbean States, banks and educational institutions promoting female enterprises and broadening opportunities for women’s professional development? How can women improve their labor standing and achieve benefits equal to those of their male counterparts, for the same work rendered? The webinar aims to respond to these questions at a time when the Caribbean is facing some of the most significant challenges in its recent history.

Panelists

Ms. Mariame McIntosh Robinson

President and CEO, First Global Bank, Jamaica

Dr. Susanne Zwingel

Associate Professor,

Politics and International Relations and LACC Affiliated Faculty,

FIU Moderator

Ms. Kimberly Green President, Green Family Foundation


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US-CARICOM Trade and Investment Relations – Webinar 1

This Webinar Series focuses on US-CARICOM Trade and Investment Relations Webinar 1: US Entities involved in US-CARICOM Trade and Investment Policy

Speakers:

Stephen Lande (Manchester Trade)

Ambassador Anton Edmunds (St. Lucia)

Jason Marczak (Atlantic Council)

Ambassador Patrick Duddy (Director, Duke University Centre International / Global Studies)

Moderator: Dr. Jan Yves Remy (Director, SRC, UWI)

Upcoming Webinars:

Webinar 2: The Business Opportunities for the Private Sector

Webinar 3: The US-CARICOM Trade / Investment Council University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus Shridath Ramphal Centre – International Trade Law, Policy and Services United States Embassy – Bridgetown Barbados Caribbean Policy Consortium


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A Region in Transition: Building a Post-Pandemic Economy in the Caribbean

Join Global Americans and the Caribbean Policy Consortium, with support from the U.S. Embassy in Suriname, for a virtual event on social and economic development in the Caribbean. Panelists will discuss the role of oil and gas in the economies of the Southern Caribbean, the emerging threat of climate change, and how civil society, the private sector, and governments can provide solutions to the region’s challenges.

Panelists

Mavrick Boejoekoe, Founder of the Youth Education and Leadership Foundation (Suriname)

Scott MacDonald, Research Fellow at Global Americans

Trisha Tannis, Chairman, Barbados Private Sector Association

Oslene Carrington, CEO, Guyana Economic Development Trust

Moderator

Guy Mentel, Executive Director of Global Americans

Date: Wednesday, December 1
Time: 11:00 A.M. EST
Location: Virtual


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Strategic Considerations For Local Content Requirements in Guyana

Presenter

Dr. Jerry Haar

Professor of International Business, Florida International University

Siddharth Upadhyay, Research Consultant

Summary

Guyana’s dynamic and rapidly progressing oil and gas development can create boundless opportunities, which is the intent of local content policy (LCP). However, there has been an information vacuum related to the LCP—its rationale, structure, and pathway to implementation. Fortunately, the government of Guyana has addressed this shortcoming and produced a draft Local Content Policy. While the document has produced a reasonable policy framework, the LCP is jeopardized by a rigid compendium of local content targets that are questionable in their derivation or may be exceedingly difficult to attain.

It is urgent, therefore, that the government address and remedy the shortcomings of its LCP. After all there are many positive features of the LCP including: preferred access and opportunities for Guyanese; the need for good governance for the LCP to succeed; the need for appropriate legislative support for successful policy implementation; and engagement of the Guyanese diaspora as a vitally important resource. 

You can access Dr. Jerry Harr’s Report Strategic Considerations for Local Content Requirements in Guyana’s Oil Sector” HERE

Panelists

Dr. Anthony Bryan

University of the West Indies & Caribbean Policy Consortium

Dr. Terrence Blackman

Editor, Guyana Business Journal

Medgar Evers College, City University of New York & Guyana Business Journal

Moderator

Dr. David Lewis, Caribbean Policy Consortium & Manchester Trade Ltd. Inc. (Moderator)

Key Quotes

  • “I have great faith in the capacity of Guyanese to meet this challenge. What worries me is if Guyanese institutions aren’t able to fully hold to the path that is necessary in order to do this. I hope that these opportunities will be strengthened.”  Dr. Terrence Blackman
  • “We know that the government’s goal is maximum quality and benefit of participation in the petroleum sector value chain by Guyanese. We see real positives in terms of preferred access and opportunities for Guyanese, in the emphasis on good governance, the appropriate legislative support for successful policy implementation and the engagement of the Guyanese diaspora community.” Dr. Jerry Haar
  • “The private sector—local and foreign—along with the public sector should be working closely together to assist local firms in meeting the technical requirements for oil services and equipment.” – Dr. Jerry Haar
  • “We are not going to be able to function effectively as a society as a small oligarchy and this is where I think these institutions like UoG and others have a role to play. And this is one place where I must commend the current government.” – Dr. Terrence Blackman

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