Workshop on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Attraction in the Caribbean
May 27 – 29, Barbados
The Caribbean Export Development Agency in partnership with the Trade Facilitation Office Canada (TFO Canada) will be hosting a workshop on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Attraction in the Caribbean from May 27 – 29, 2008, at the UN Building conference room in Barbados.
The workshop is designed for the personnel of Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs) from CARIFORUM Member States, but participation is also expected from the Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curacao and the Turks and Caicos Islands. It will provide training on the structural approach to FDI promotion as well as specific marketing techniques to help IPAs become more competitive in attracting foreign investors. Specifically, participants will return to their agencies with a better understanding of how to:
Design sector or market specific FDI attraction programs
Develop and present a case for investment into their country
Identify, screen and target investment prospects
Service interested investors, both in-market and in the country
The introductory and inter-active workshop will take a Caribbean Region approach (i.e. not country specific) and the subjects to be covered include image building, analyzing strengths and weaknesses, competitive positioning, fine tuning of investment marketing (including the development of regional value propositions and business cases), investment research, prospecting, deal closing techniques and the sharing of best practices among agencies.
Ms. Paul Desbiens former Director of Investment Partnerships and Mr. George Woods former Senior Officers at the Invest in Canada Bureau, the country’s national investment agency will be the facilitators at this workshop. They will share with participants their experience with the Canadian FDI partnership, provide insights on the most recent FDI trends around the world and highlight the result of their findings with regard to the Caribbean Region.
Caribbean Export in partnership with TFO Canada (www.tfocanada.ca) in facilitating this course is based on an agreement, signed in 2007, to implement a trade and investment related capacity building programme in the Caribbean region. FDI attraction is one of the four components of the TFO Canada/Caribbean Export Agreement.
Registration for the workshop is on a first come first served basis, but the number of places is limited. There is no registration or workshop fees, however, participants are required to cover the costs of their travel and hotel accommodation.
Participants can make their hotel booking at the following hotels (see Registration Form for details):
Blue Horizon Hotel
Accra Beach Resort
Completed Registration Forms should be sent by Friday May 9, to Mr. Sam Kruiner at e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or via fax at +1246 436 9999.
Please also dowload attached Brochure for details.