Barbados International Business Association February Luncheon Seminar

The Barbados International Business Association’s February Luncheon will focus on how Information and Communications Technology (ICT) can be used to further transform the Barbadian economy to make it more competitive internationally.

The presentation will be held jointly with the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry and is entitled:

“Harnessing Global ICT Trends to Enhance Barbados’ Competitiveness”

Presented by Ms. Glenda Medford, Attorney-at-law/Telecoms Policy Specialist

Barbados is the Caribbean leader in technology readiness and competitiveness according to two recently published reports.  The Network Readiness Index from the Global Information Technology Report 2010-2011 ranked Barbados 38th worldwide while the Global Competitiveness Report 2010-2011 ranked the island 42nd.

Despite leading the Caribbean region, Barbados still falls behind worldwide leaders in terms of penetration and adoption of information technology.  The island’s continued success as an international business leader and low tax jurisdiction that offers global services is heavily dependent on the continued and expanding use of technology.

Ms. Medford’s presentation will focus on how the Barbadian economy can benefit from international trends in policy development.  It will explain how the use of tools such as smart phones and cloud computing can benefit entrepreneurs locally and assist the island in reaching its ambitious goal of becoming the leading entrepreneurial hub worldwide by 2020.  The presentation will also highlight the steps that should be taken to develop new technology sectors with skilled and well-trained technology workers and specialists.

BIBA Luncheon Details

Location: The Hilton Barbados, Needham’s Point, St. Michael

Date: February 28, 2012

Time: 12 pm to 2 pm

Cost: $95 for BIBA Members, $115 for Non-Members

Registration: Call 434-2422 ext. 101 or email biba@biba.bb

About Ms. Glenda Medford

Ms. Medford has extensive experience in the telecommunications sector where she has worked for over 20 years.  Her experience includes serving as a Director for the Caribbean Association of National Telecommunications Organisations.  She has also served as the President of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry, leading the organization for two years from 2008 to 2010.

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