Barbados International Business Week 2012

The Barbados International Business Association (BIBA) will be hosting the annual Barbados International Business Week 2012 from October 21 – 27, 2012.

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Barbados International Business Week is a complete week of activities that aims to raise awareness, recognize and celebrate the valuable contributions made by the Barbados international business sector to the island’s growth and development, both economically and socially.

The week includes a wide range of activities that includes a public discussion forum, a charity fundraiser, a careers showcase for University students and secondary school business students, as well as a call-in programme discussion on the radio.

One of the major attractions this year is the BIBA International Business Week Conference which will feature a full suite of leading experts, speakers and government officials involved in the sector who will be addressing a number of important topics under the Conference’s main banner “Creative Approaches for Global Expansion”.

Schedule of Activities

Church Service
Sunday, October 21, 9:15 to 11 a.m.

Barbados International Business Week will begin with a church service at St. George Parish Church as the BIBA membership, partners and government celebrate the start of International Business Week’s activities alongside the Church’s congregation.

BIBA Charity Fun Walk/Run
Sunday, October 21, 4 to 6 p.m.

This BIBA Fun Walk takes place under the banner “Get Healthy, Get Giving!” The event aims to raise funds to support public healthcare in Barbados. Walkers will start at BIBA’s office in Belleville and walk 5 km.

Radio Call-in Programme
Monday, October 22, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

BIBA leaders will feature on the leading Barbados radio call-in programme “Down to Brass Tacks” in a special edition that will focus on the Barbados international business sector. This event will raise awareness about the importance of international business to the island’s economy as well as create an informative exchange with the public through this interactive and educational format.

Careers Showcase
Tuesday, October 23, 2 to 6 p.m.

The Careers Showcase will take place on the lawn in front of the Student’s Guild at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies. The Showcase is aimed primarily at students and graduates of the University of the West Indies who wish to learn about the exciting opportunities available in the Barbados international business sector. This event will feature a wide-range of professionals in the sector with varying backgrounds and skills in order to show students the multifunctional opportunities available in the sector. The professionals attending the event will be eager to answer questions from students in order to provide advice and guidance for those who wish to pursue a career in the sector.

Secondary Schools Symposium
Wednesday, October 24, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Symposium is a great opportunity for senior secondary school students in both fifth and sixth form to learn about the international business sector. It will be hosted at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

Public Discussion Forum
Wednesday, October 24, 7 to 9 p.m.

The BIBA Public Discussion Forum will be open to members of the public to attend free of charge. It will be held at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination located at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus. The discussion is hosted by a panel of experts from the sector. The discussion is guaranteed to be thought provoking and will offer important insights to those in attendance.

BIBA International Business Week Conference

“Creative Approaches for Global Expansion”

Thursday, October 25, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; &
Friday, October 26, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.



8:00 a.m. – Registration

9:00 a.m. – Opening Remarks
Melanie Jones
President, Barbados International Business Association

9:10 a.m. – Feature Address
The Hon. Freundel Stuart
Prime Minister of Barbados

9:40 a.m. – Mitigating Systematic Risk in the International Banking Industry
Prof. Avinash Persaud
Chairman, Intelligence Capital Limited/Emeritus Professor of Gresham College

10:10 a.m. – Recent Developments in International Tax Planning
Kara Ann Selby
Partner, PWC, Canada

10:40 a.m. – Coffee Break

11:00 a.m. – Opportunities for Tax Savings and Common Costly Mistakes Made in Tax Planning for Trusts with US Beneficiaries
Steven Cantor
International Tax Attorney, Cantor & Webb, USA

11:30 a.m. – Asset Allocation and Investment Strategy for 2013 and Beyond
David Darst
Managing Director/Chief Investment Strategist, Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management

12:15 p.m. – Changes to Canada-Barbados Tax Treaty and the Impact on Barbados for Canadian Multi-Nationals Investing In/Out of Canada
Leo Mitsiadis
Partner – Tax Services, PWC, Canada

12:40 p.m. – Luncheon
Julian Hall
Awarding Winning Entrepreneur/Best Selling Author

2:00 p.m. – TIEAs vs. DTAs: The Implications for Small Developing States
Jonathan Garbutt
Attorney-at-law, Tax Chambers, Canada

2:30 p.m. – Meeting the Challenge of Growing Complexities in Financial Services
Ben Arrindell
Cidel Bank & Trust, Barbados

3:00 p.m. – Regulatory Competition among Offshore Domiciles: Who will be the Winners?
Alison Manzer
Partner – Financial Services Group, Cassels Brock & Blackwell, Canada

3:30 p.m. – Recent Regulatory Developments in Latin America

4:00 p.m. – Networking Cocktail



8:00 a.m. – Registration & Refreshments

8:30 a.m. – Coordinator’s Overview of Day
Henderson Holmes
Director, BIBA

8:35 a.m. – Central Banking in Times of Financial and Economic Crises
Dr. DeLisle Worrell
Governor, Central Bank of Barbados

9:05 a.m. – FATCA: Investment Reporting and the Implications for Caribbean Financial Institutions
Bruce Zagaris
Partner, Berliner Corcoran & Rowe LLP, USA

9:35 a.m. – Anti Money Laundering – Key Considerations for Developing Economies
Dalia Littlewood
Chair & Chief Executive Officer, Kixko, Barbados

10:05 p.m. – Coffee Break

10:15 a.m. – Solvency II – The Implications for Caribbean Jurisdictions
Simone Brathwaite
Actuarial Principal, Oliver Wyman

10:45 a.m. – Environmental Business Initiatives to Help Reduce Demands on Fossils Fuels and Natural Resources
Mitch Hawkins
CEO, Biojet International Ltd.

11:15 a.m. – Entrepreneurship – A Way Forward for Sustainable Development
Basil Springer
Change-Engine Consultant, Caribbean Enterprise Business Trust Inc.

11:45 a.m. – Global Trends in ADR – The Importance of Dispute Resolution Mechanisms to Businesses, Tax Policy-Makers and Tax Administrations

12:15 p.m. – Innovation/Change Management – The Imperative in Turbulent Times
Dr. Eddie Molloy
Director, Advanced Organisation

12:45 p.m. – Closing Remarks


Registration Fee for Conference: BDS $800 / US $400
Early Bird Registration Fee: BDS $650 / US $325

Please contact the Barbados International Business Association by phone at 434-2422 for more information on events, event sponsorship opportunities and event registration.

Barbados International Business Week 2012 promises to be an exciting week of activities catering to a wide variety of stakeholders in the Barbados international business sector and beyond.

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