Barbados International Business Week

The Barbados International Business Association (BIBA) will be hosting its annual International Business Week from October 23 – 29, 2011.

International Business Week features a week of activities that will help raise awareness amongst Barbadians of the significant economic and social contributions made by the Barbados international business sector to the island’s growth and development.

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.

Schedule of Activities

Sunday, October 23 – 9 a.m. – Church Service

Barbados International Business Week will begin with a church service at Hawthorne Memorial Methodist Church as BIBA members, strategic partners and government ministers celebrate the start of the week’s activities alongside the Church’s congregation.

Sunday, October 23 – 4 p.m. – BIBA Charity Fun Walk/Run

The charity walk/run will start at BIBA’s office in Belleville, travelling via the historical Garrison Savannah to Dippers Bar located at the Cruising Club. BIBA will aim to raise funds to support public healthcare initiatives locally and the Fun Walk will take place under the banner “Get Healthy, Get Giving!” There will be prizes on hand for the biggest corporate group and youth group to finish. The event promises to be fun for the entire family!

Monday, October 24 – 6:30 p.m. – Opening Ceremony & Cocktail Reception

This event is by invitational only for all BIBA members. It will feature the official opening ceremony for the week’s activities and will be hosted at the Hilton Barbados. Drinks and finger food will be served.

Tuesday, October 25 – 11 a.m. – Radio Call-in Programme

A BIBA panel will feature on the popular Barbados radio call-in programme “Down to Brass Tacks” in a special edition that will work to make the Barbadian public more aware of the importance of the Barbados international business sector and the important role it plays in the island’s economy. The local public is invited to call-in with questions and concerns that they may have in this truly interactive radio programme.

Wednesday, October 26 – 7 p.m. – Public Discussion Forum

This public discussion forum will be open to everyone to attend and will be hosted at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination located at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus. The discussion will be hosted by Prof. Avinash Persaud and a panel of experts who will discuss the impact that the Barbados offshore sector has had on the island’s prosperity and growth. The discussion is free to attend and should not be missed as it is guaranteed to offer important insights and thought provoking debate given the caliber of the panel.

Thursday, October 27 – 2 p.m. – Careers Showcase

The Careers Showcase will be aimed primarily at students and graduates from the University of the West Indies who are keen to learn more about the opportunities available in the Barbados international business sector. The showcase will be hosted at the University’s Cave Hill campus and provides a great networking opportunity for students to meet key players in the sector and receive expert advice and guidance on pursuing a career in international business.

Friday, October 28 – 9 a.m. – Secondary Schools Symposium

This symposium provides a great opportunity for senior secondary school students in both 5th and 6th form to learn about the sector. It will be hosted at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

Friday, October 28 – 7:30 p.m. – BIBA Charity Fundraising Cocktail

Barbados International Business Week will close with this exciting charity cocktail event at the exclusive Limegrove Lifestyle Centre. The event features the theme “Give a Little Mischief” with proceeds from ticket sales going to support public healthcare. Gourmet food will be served and patrons will be funding a good cause.

This year’s Barbados International Business Week holds much promise with a full array of great events lined up that focus on the many opportunities provided by the Barbados offshore sector.

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