This conference was held
September 18 - 19, 2023
Keynote: Will the Bridgetown Initiative Mobilize the Infrastructure Investment the Region Needs?
What is the detailed vision and impact of the Bridgetown Initiative?
Will global reform be possible and how can the Caribbean region and partners advocate for support?
What could be the real impact on regional infrastructure build-out in support of resiliency?
Delivering on Island Infrastructure Ambitions
National Infrastructure Plans detailed, opportunities presented
What developments and progress have we seen since CARIF 2022? Are governments delivering on their stated commitments?
How is climate adaptation cross-cutting sectors in infrastructure planning long-term?
To what degree is technology being integrated into infrastructure planning and design, to increase resilience and reduce costs? Are island administrations sufficiently supported in this effort?
How are relationships with project sponsors, operators, and investors developing and what can be done to encourage increased investment in island infrastructure?
Stimulating the Flow of Private Finance to Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Projects
What is the impact of recent regulatory changes on the availability of private capital for sustainable infrastructure projects?
Assessing the the landscape of private finance organizations active in funding sustainable infrastructure projects (in green finance, transition finance, impact finance, etc.) How can governments create policy and regulatory environments that stimulate the flow of private finance to sustainability, resilience, and growth initiatives?
Are multilaterals and DFIs key to demonstrating project viability to the private sector? How to better leverage their participation to get projects off the ground
How to leverage private capital in blue/green bond issuances in island economies
Improving impact measuring and reporting as a means to stimulate investment appetite
Best approaches to mitigate increasing climate risk in transaction design
Blended finance trending up and what this means for the project pipeline
Building a Better Project Pipeline: Collaborative Solutions to Deliver on Clean and Resilient Infrastructure
How do project sponsors perceive the outlook for development and construction in the Caribbean? How does it compare to other regions?
Expanding PPPs to support the project pipeline
What are the key challenges sponsors face when executing projects in the region? How can PPP use be expanded into less traditional infrastructure sectors?
What key actions from island governments would stimulate developer and investor appetite?
How to increase the use of PPPs as a tool to create more bankable projects? How can PPP use be expanded into less traditional infrastructure sectors?
Meeting the Evolving Infrastructure Needs of the Cruise Tourism and Shipping Industries
How can policymakers and private stakeholders develop a more holistic approach to infrastructure planning, in order to streamline the flow of goods and passengers?
What trends are we seeing in the types/size of vessels arriving or being attracted to regional ports? What does this imply for infrastructure need
Assessing key port projects underway or in the pipeline? How are they being structured and what will be the impact on cruise and cargo flows, and on local economies?
Building Grid Infrastructure for the Future of Caribbean Power
As regional administrations strive to meet ambitious NDCs, what is the best approach to grid planning in support of a low-carbon future?
Where are the vital investment points for island grids? Are these included in national infrastructure strategies?
Best approach to managing EV-charging integration into grid planning and development
Mobilizing Capital for Food Security, and Improving Distribution Networks
What food security technologies deliver viable solutions in the island context and present attractive investment opportunities?
What are the priority infrastructure developments needed to reduce inefficiencies and loss in distribution networks?
How to integrate resilience into food security, and function within land-restricted countries?
What is the outlook for impact and how can this translate into investment returns?
What are multilaterals and DFIs doing to mobilize private capital for priority projects and innovations in the sector?
Networking and Refreshments
Health Infrastructure: Building Healthy Hospitals
How are hospitals responding to the impacts of
climate and other events and what lessons can we learn from having to build back stronger? To what extent can ESG initiatives deliver value and long-term sustainability for hospitals?
What are the challenges in delivering sustainable care and how can we mitigate them?
Critical Infrastructure Investments to Mitigate the Effects of Climate Change on Caribbean Tourism
Where are the critical investment points to mitigate the impact of human activity-enhanced natural phenomena such as coastal erosion,
sargasso, plastics , etc? Is it economically viable to convert this burden to an opportunity, for example as fertilizer or fuel? What technology and financing would be needed?
How can real impact be measured and who derives the benefits and bears financial responsibility?
How can a collaborative regional mitigation infrastructure be developed, financed, and implemented?
CARIF Awards 2023: Presentation
CARIF Networking Reception
CARIF Networking Roundtables
Bring your questions, comments, and ideas, then grab a coffee and join these networking-enhanced thematic roundtables.
Advanced sign-up recommended.
Infrastructure Requirements to Support the Energy Transition
Addressing the Obstacles Facing Project Developers
How Can Implementing ESG Initiatives Help Drive Investment in Sustainable Infrastructure Development?
Innovative Approaches to Water Supply Challenges
Designing our Future: A Vision for the Transformation of Caribbean Infrastructure Development
Making Caribbean Airports More Sustainable, Bankable, and Adaptable to Traveler Needs
Facts and figures on Caribbean development and pipeline
Building, expanding, and retrofitting airports in line with sustainability objectives: How will projects be financed and delivered?
Can we start planning for the integration of SAF Fuels, H2, and Electric Aviation?
How to incorporate technology to maximize the functionality of existing regional airports? What infrastructure and operational shortcomings can be identified and addressed?
Re-imagining airport design to reduce project costs
How can we drive investment toward these projects?
Review of regional airports under development or in the pipeline: What obstacles have/are being encountered in terms of approvals/financing and how can these be overcome?
Waste and Water Management: Innovations in the Design, Operations, and Financing of Resilient Projects
In the face of increasing risk of interval droughts/floods due to climate change, how must islands increase resilience to guarantee sufficient safe water supply?
What innovations in project design are making systems more sustainable and cost-effective?
Exploring approaches to project structure and operation: What can we learn and replicate from recent transactions?
How can we change the perceptions of waste facilities to be seen as energy generation solutions? Is WTE a bankable solution?
Financing and Developing Critical Digital Infrastructure in Support of Regional Growth
How should government and business leaders prepare for next-generation technology to increase the region’s competitiveness?
Addressing challenges of shifting demand, OTTs, and regulation to support competitive and reliable service
Investing in emerging digital technologies to tee up growth in business, services, and economies
Best practice for capacity building in the region
Building Better Urban Infrastructure: Investments to Increase Resilience, Revitalize Cities, and Meet the Need for Affordable Housing
What does urban resilience look like in the Caribbean?
House can infrastructure best be designed to address housing deficits in a sustainable way?
Addressing challenges related to coastal city climate risk and shifting population trends
How do urban revitalization and housing projects appeal to ESG investors? How can this appetite be increased?
How can local and national governments best cooperate with the private and multilateral sectors for development projects?
Jamaica’s Economic and Infrastructure Development Strategy In the Spotlight
Chairperson Conclusions and Lunch
Additional Enrollment Required 2:15- 3:45
Sustainable Finance Workshop
Join CIBC FirstCaribbean and KPMG for a workshop as we explore sources, structures and sustainable finance innovations that could supercharge the delivery of Caribbean infrastructure. Learn more
Additional Enrollment Required 4:00- 5:30
Creating and Implementing Effective National Development Strategies
This interactive workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to discuss the benefits and challenges of creating and implementing a robust National Development Strategy or Plan. More information