Over the course of two packed days and a rich array of panels, interviews, community polling and workshops, a world-class roster of 75 speakers will explore:
How we can frame a comprehensive vision and investment strategy for tourism-related infrastructure
Delivering on obligations of island stakeholders to guarantee social protections in health, education and security
Cutting-edge solutions to seek opportunity from Caribbean’s thorn in the side, waste management
How we can create a commercial case for food security in the region?
What needs to be done to deliver cutting edge digital and telecom infrastructure for citizens and digital nomads alike?
In addition to the Main Stage, we invite attendees to meet the market through numerous structured and unstructured networking/meeting opportunities including the fountain-side cocktail reception and the Sunrise Fun-Run.
Registration and Refreshments
Chairperson Welcome and Warm Up (Dynamic Polling/Trivia)
CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank Managing Director, Corporate & Investment Banking
Ministerial Keynote: Infrastructure for Growth, Resilience, Sustainability
As islands strive to meet NDCs, achieve growth and satisfy the evolving needs of local industry and populations, we consider which innovative and collaborative approaches to development can bring the region closer to these goals.
How can investment in infrastructure be a key tool for economic recovery and decarbonization in the Caribbean?
How do mitigation and adaptation policies fit into broader national infrastructure plans? Do these plans make sense for small jurisdictions?
Which infrastructure developments have the biggest impact from a socio-economic perspective, and how can these be prioritized?
What improvements in transportation infrastructure could help ease inflationary pressures on islands?
What steps are regional governments doing to attract investors and developers, when faced with an increasingly selective private sector?
Highlighting standout projects on the horizon- and visions for the future
Dentons Chair and Regional Managing PartnerModerator
Green and sustainable infrastructure: How do we measure success?
Building sustainability and green principles into infrastructure planning and development can offer the win-win of attracting investment for projects and helping to fill the Caribbean’s infrastructure gap in a more resilient and climate friendly manner. Questions remain about the execution and metrics.
Built to last – how financing highly resilient infrastructure may be more economical in the long run
How to measure and demonstrate the long-term economic impacts of mitigation measures in project design
Integrating climate risk into project design: Tools and application
What does the focus on ESG mean for the ability of islands to secure financing
How can governments and multilateral organizations support effective and transparent green infrastructure policy and help support increased access to climate finance?
The post-Covid revival in traffic is putting airport development back at center stage. With a mix of expansions and refurbs in tender or under development across the region, we look at how governments, concessionaires, and investors perceive the opportunities in the Caribbean airport sector, and what can be done to drum up investor appetite.
How have the priorities of investors changed since the pre-Covid period? How are public sector stakeholders responding to these expectations?
Case study comparisons: Identifying key hurdles and approaches taken to regional airport projects- What has been successful? What lessons can be drawn from these experiences?
Assessing the pipeline for the sector, and what will be needed to bring plans to fruition
Expectations from these developments on regional competitiveness and economic plans
Optimizing the economics of airports with ~ 1 million passengers
CARIBBEAN CLIMATE-SMART ACCELERATOR Director, Public Sector ProjectsModerator
New Generation Power Systems and Paving the Way to Electric Mobility Success
Island administrations have placed e-mobility at the center of energy transition strategy, but electrification of fleets is just part of the puzzle. What else needs to be done to support decarbonization efforts in the transport space?
What infrastructure development is needed to bridge the gap to full electrification of public and private fleets?
What success stories are emerging and how can these be best replicated and improved upon?
Could transitioning tax structures stimulate a shift in consumer mindset about electric vehicles?
Where are the potential linkages with broader sustainable and resilient infrastructure development?
The Port Authority of Jamaica Vice President - BPO and LogisticsModerator
Chairperson Conclusions and Lunch
Training Workshop: Developing Successful Infrastructure Projects
CIBC FirstCaribbean and KPMG will host this workshop as part of their commitment to building infrastructure capacity in the Caribbean.
This Workshop is eligible for 2.5 Continuing Professional Education (CPE*) credits. Participants must attend the workshop in its entirety to receive full CPE credits.
* National State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) CPD program
The infrastructure business case is the document that answers the Government’s (or sponsor’s) questions in order to make an informed decision on whether to green light an infrastructure investment. The workshop will cover:
How a business case supports executive decision making on the options for delivering critical infrastructure
A comprehensive overview of the process for building robust business cases to secure financing for infrastructure projects.
Value for Money (VfM) assessment
Risk allocation 101
Adapting the traditional procurement process to encourage competitive tension and innovation
Overview of UK Green Book requirements
*Owing to the level of workshop interaction and time constraints, a maximum of 50 participants will be accepted. Please register in advance.