Global infrastructure publishing and event powerhouse, IJ Global, announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Caribbean specialists New Energy Events, the organizers of the annual Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF), to launch an event focused exclusively on the financing of critical infrastructure projects in the Caribbean. CIBC FirstCaribbean, one of the region’s leading investment and commercial banks, is the event’s title sponsor. The Caribbean has a vital need for investment across a number of sectors including transportation, ports, energy and tourism. Lacking in scale, however, and with a risk profile which makes it challenging for some investors to engage, many critical projects across the region have found it difficult to attract financing. Against this backdrop the Caribbean Infrastructure Finance Forum will gather the market – project developers and sponsors, regional governments and utilities, and providers of private and multilateral capital – to explore the pipeline of projects in the region and what can be done to expedite their financing and execution.