For the past 31 years, the Miami Conference has served as the only forum that focuses solely on the small economies of the Caribbean islands and Central American isthmus, the “CBI” beneficiary countries that make up the Third Border. The conference continues to unite leaders from the public sector, the business community and civil society together in a constructive open dialogue to address issues affecting the region and its economic prospects.
The conference combines major addresses by political leaders with morning workshops on public policy issues such as competitiveness, maritime security, disaster preparedness, and corporate social responsibility. Afternoon industry sector roundtables give participants the opportunity to participate in a series of interactive discussions with subject-matter experts from the United States, Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, and Central America on issues vital to the agribusiness, apparel, energy, financial services, telecommunications, transportation, and tourism industry sectors.
There is a two and a half hour session on Cuba on Wednesday and here is the information from the program:
It is anticipated that in a post-Castro Cuba the island’s economy will evolve and eventually migrate into a free market economic model offering numerous investment opportunities to Cubans and foreign nationals alike. As in other emerging markets these investment opportunities will be in infrastructure reconstruction, oil and natural gas, sugarcane ethanol, tourism, agriculture, consumer products and services, housing and real estate development, healthcare, and many other sectors and industries. Given the complex relationship of an emerging market coupled with a centrally planned economy transition the roundtable will explore economic transition and market entry scenarios, capitalization of state enterprises, the role of the military in the economy, property claims and land tenancy legislation, as well as the future impact of Cuba on the region.
Moderator: Andy S. Gomez, Institute for Cuban and Cuban American Studies (Confirmed)
Discussants: Victor Cuesta, National Society for Hispanic MBA’s (Confirmed)
Manuel Madriz Fornos, Association of Caribbean States (Invited)
Pedro A. Freyre, Akerman Senterfitt (Confirmed)
Julia Sweig, Council on Foreign Affairs (Invited) (note, I have spoken with Ms. Sweig’s office and she will not be attending due to a schedule conflict)
Concurrent to the Miami Conference, CCAA will host a 3-day mini-conference for Health Policy Makers in the Caribbean and Central America, organized in collaboration with Jackson Memorial Hospital. For more information please visit: http://conference.jmhi.org