The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) is a non-partisan, non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization established in 1993, dedicated to education, advocacy and action on issues that impact on Caribbean -Americans. The purpose of the Institute is to provide a forum for the public and private sector, the non-government organization community, scholars and others interested in promoting a dialogue; and assist in the execution of actions that result from that dialogue.
Since its inception, ICS has been on the forefront of the challenge to bring attention to the issues of critical importance to the Caribbean American community, which is estimated at near 10 million. ICS represents an important role in history as the first Caribbean-American community organization in the Washington DC area devoted to the successful inclusion of Caribbean-Americans in US policy making, and the economic development of the Caribbean region. ICS location in Washington DC makes it an ideal interlocutor, advocate and intermediary between the US government, multilateral agencies, the private sector, Caribbean-American communities, and Caribbean governments.
INVEST CARIBBEAN the Caribbean American Business Leaders dialogue launched by Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) in 1999, is a space for entrepreneurs, government officials and others interested in trade and investment in the Caribbean to dialogue with policy makers and government officials about the opportunities and challenges of successful business development in the Caribbean. INVEST CARIBBEAN is one of ICS' Business Development Projects aimed at ensuring that the public sees beyond the sea, sand and sun of the tourism to the multi-billlion dollars of business opportunities that lie n the Caribbean.
The objective of the Dialogue is to explore emerging trade and investment opportunities in the agricultural sector in the Caribbean; and to discuss challenges to sustainable and profitable partnerships. The Caribbean Basin Initiative grants the region non- reciprocal duty-free access to U.S markets for the majority of products.
The Dialogue brings together policy makers, the private sector and program managers to engage in open and frank exchange. The program will begin with an overview of the current environment for the agribusiness sector. The Dialogue will include a discussion on emerging opportunities in the region in the agribusiness sector, with a focus on niche market foods, bio-fuel (renewable energy) and bio-technology. The Dialogue will also provide a focus on small businesses, and provide an update on access to financing these sectors in the Caribbean.
The forum last year, came in the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria and the devastation caused to the agricultural sector in parts of the Region, provided an opportunity to look at new approaches to risk and resilience in the agricultural sector, as well as the whole question of food security in the region. Discussions ere held to help identify ways in which the Diaspora could contribute to the rebuilding and the sustainable development of the sector.
Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY 16th District) - 2017 CARAH Honoree
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