ECSEA Cham­ber hosts 1st biz night in South­east Asia

For the ben­e­fit of hur­ri­cane vic­tims in the Caribbean re­gion

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MANILA — The Eastern Caribbean-South­east Asia Eco­nomic and Cul­tural Cham­ber (ECSEA) hosted its first Busi­ness Brief­ing and Net­work­ing Night in South­east Asia.

The busi­ness night was held in part­ner­ship with the Cana­dian Cham­ber of Com­merce of the Philip­pines (Can­cham), the Bri­tish Cham­ber of Com­merce Philip­pines (BCCP), and the Aus­tralian-New Zealand Cham­ber of Com­merce Philip­pines (ANZCCP).

En­ti­tled “Be­yond the Cruise Ship: Ex­plor­ing Op­por­tu­ni­ties In The Eastern Caribbean: A Busi­ness Brief­ing and In­ter­na­tional Net­work­ing Night” was re­cently held on Novem­ber 29, 2017 in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philip­pines for the ben­e­fit of the Eastern Caribbean vic­tims of Hur­ri­canes’ Irma and Maria.

The Cham­ber is a non­govern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion that’s part of the SIDS Global Busi­ness Net­work ad­min­is­tered by the UNOHRLLS and cor­re­sponds to An­tigua & Bar­buda, the Com­mon­wealth of Do­minica, Gre­nada, St. Kitts & Ne­vis, St. Lu­cia and St. Vin­cent & the Gre­nadines, all of which are small is­land de­vel­op­ing states in the Eastern Caribbean. The or­ga­ni­za­tion aims to bridge these sov­er­eign coun­tries in the ar­eas of tourism, trade re­la­tions and in­vest­ment with the grow­ing economies in the Asean re­gion.

The post-hur­ri­cane ex­pe­ri­ence of many is­lands in the Caribbean prompted the Cham­ber to im­ple­ment this ac­tiv­ity to not only spark in­ter­est in these Eastern Caribbean na­tions but more im­por­tantly, to raise aware­ness of the ef­fects of cli­mate change and the im­por­tance of in­sti­gat­ing Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals (SDGs).

The Hon­ourable Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor and En­voy for Diplo­matic Af­fairs of the Cham­ber, Matthew Pa­jares Yng­son, pro­vided the at­ten­dees in­for­ma­tion about the dif­fer­ent busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties in the wider Caribbean re­gion. With its highly skilled work­force cou­pled with the con­tin­u­ous growth in var­i­ous sec­tors of fi­nan­cial ser­vices, tourism, agri­cul­ture and ICT among oth­ers and the vast lux­ury des­ti­na­tions around the re­gion, the Caribbean is a re­gion with nu­mer­ous po­ten­tial wait­ing to be ex­plored by com­pa­nies, busi­ness per­sons and tourists from across the Asean re­gion.

Har­vey Law Group also pro­vided in­for­ma­tion on the ben­e­fits of ac­quir­ing cit­i­zen­ship through in­vest­ment in the Eastern Caribbean states.

A pre­sen­ta­tion was also given on spe­cific busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties in each of the coun­tries high­light­ing the rel­e­vance of re­gional trade agree­ments of the Eastern Caribbean Eco­nomic Union with the Caribbean Com­mu­nity (Ccari­com) and the Eco­nomic Part­ner­ship Agree­ment with the Euro­pean Union and Caribbean Fo­rum (Car­i­fo­rum).

In the spirit of ca­ma­raderie and one­ness with the vic­tims of Hur­ri­cane Irma and Maria, at­ten­dees were also en­cour­aged to do­nate di­rectly through the web­sites of Halo Foun­da­tion An­tigua and Bar­buda (www.foun­da­tion­halo. org) and the of­fi­cial Do­minica Relief Fund (www. do­mini­care­lief.org). These en­ti­ties help in the re­build­ing ef­forts of An­tigua’s sis­ter is­land of Bar­buda and the coun­try of Do­minica. PR

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