The Business Corner
The role of technology in the Caribbean of the future comes up for discussion in Port of Spain, from July 21st to the 24th, with the 35th Conference of the Caribbean Association of National Telecommunications Associations (CANTO).
Its Secretary-General, Teresa Wankin, says the region must move into the 21st century.
Hayden Charles, Project Chief, and Sadira Nagessar, an innovation agent at our partners, CARIRI, talk about a 3-year initiative, backed by the Inter-American Development Bank, that aims to help ideas move to the point of a commercial, marketable product.
And, following on from efforts outlined by the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards, last week, intellectual property attorney, Fanta Punch, of the law firm, Hamel Smith, gives the legal perspective of the fight against fake goods
The president and CEO of the Energy Chamber, Dr. Thackwary Driver, discusses the findings of a survey on how late payments and debts owed are affecting contractors in the sector.
Agencies that help local and regional exporters, and countries looking to enter the Trinidad and Tobago market feature in the 1st of 3 highlights pieces on July 4-7’s 20th edition of the annual Trade and Investment Conference.
And, the executive director of the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards, Derek Luk Pat, speaks about ongoing local efforts to combat the lucrative trade in illicit goods.
The financial and psychological process of retirement comes up for discussion with Christopher Gouveia, an Agency Manager at the Financial Institution, Sagicor.
He advises that ‘a long-term care policy’ is included, all risks are covered and major debt paid in any plan.
The President of the Supermarkets Association, Rajiv Diptee, and Ken Corbie, CEO of Cite Up, which continuously engages firms on customer service, talk about the current fortunes of, and challenges facing, the retail sector.
And young entrepreneurs, Keno de Bellotte, of the tech’ repairs and computing solutions entity, Korderz, sits alongside Sean Austin and Sean Mclean, who design and build aquaponics systems and farm rabbits, to shed some light on their respective fields of endeavor.
The Finance Secretary in the Tobago House of Assembly, Joel Jack, offers perspectives on the $4.71 billion-dollar budget for 2020, that he presented earlier in the day.
Then, the chairman of the Barbados-based BITT Inc, Peter George, makes a case for the wider use of ‘blockchain’ technology(which digitally records cryptocurrency transactions), saying “it would change how business is done in the Caribbean for the better”.
Audra Francis, communications officer of WHY(or We Help You-ths)Farm, talks about the organization’s latest initiative: to find ‘the next top agri’preneur’.
And, with the necessary legislative and other changes still pending for the government’s stated target of 10% of power from ‘renewables’ by 2021, John Colthrust, System Planning and Research Manager at a key agency, the Trinidad+Tobago Electricity Commission, gives an update on the ongoing preparatory work.