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CONTACT Magazine (Vol.18 No.1 – April 2018)

The first issue of the rebranded CONTACT Magazine — with a brand new editorial and design direction — produced by MEP Publishers for the Trinidad & Tobago Chamber of Industry & Commerce

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the chamber in action Business Insights sessions at the Chamber January 16 Restructuring Options in the Current Economic Climate Given today’s tough economic environment, the T&T Chamber hosted a Business Insights session to address issues of corporate restructuring. As CEO Gabriel Faria noted: “It is important to understand and identify the early warning signs of financial troubles ... Should businesses fall into difficulty, it is important that you have an efficient debt-restructuring plan.” Feature speaker Maria Daniel pointed to the danger of ignoring the signals of difficulty ahead worsening cash flow, rising costs and declining revenue and failing to change current practices. She proposed solutions for business owners who may run into difficulty. A group panel discussion followed, featuring Jeremy Bridglalsingh (Chief Financial Officer/Executive Director, Trinity Exploration and Production), Karen Yip Chuck (General Manager, Corporate and Investment Banking, Republic Bank), Richard Beckles (Principal Consultant, The Legal Consultancy), and Maria Daniel (Partner, Transaction Advisory Services, Ernst & Young). This session is available from our Business Insights ondemand library at Left to right: feature speaker Maria Daniel, panellists Richard Beckles, Karen Yip Chuck and Jeremy Bridglalsingh Left to right: Dr Ronald Ramkissoon, Allana Steuart, Joe Pires, Sheivan Ramnath, Arun Seenath January 29 Insights into the Agricultural and Agro-Processing Industry Agriculture is a sector with enormous potential for diversification. This Business Insights session aimed to increase awareness about the incentives, opportunities and impediments for anyone operating in the agricultural sector. The feature presentation was by Senator Avinash Singh, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries. He focused in detail on government incentives and programmes. An interactive panel discussion followed, which allowed the audience to pose questions and make comments to the panellists: Senator Singh, Sheivan Ramnath (CEO, Agricultural Development Bank), Joe Pires (Managing Director, Caribbean Chemicals), Allana Steuart (Managing Director, Bertie’s Pepper Sauce), Arun Seenath (Tax Partner, Deloitte), and Ronald Ramkissoon (Economic Development Advisory Board). This session is available on demand from our BI library at 08 Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce

March 12 Firing Up the Food Industry The food industry attracts plenty of attention in Trinidad and Tobago, and attracts tourists as well as locals. This session aimed to assist existing operators and anyone interested in starting up a business in this sector. The feature speaker, consultant Kami Jerome, shared her international and local experience in the industry, and explored areas that must be considered in order to create and sustain a successful business in the food and hospitality sector. In the subsequent discussion, panellists Richard Ramjohn (Big Rolph Food Truck), Aka Ali Kerr (Hyatt Regency Trinidad), Suzanne Daniel (Beautiful Buffets), and Christian Stone (More Vino) shared their industry experience. Left to right: Richard Ramjohn, Kami Jerome, Suzanne Daniel, Christian Stone, Aka Ali-Kerr This session is available on demand from our BI library at For partnering with us on the BI series we thank our platinum sponsors The JMMB Group and The Guardian Group; diamond sponsor C&W Business; and key sponsors One Caribbean Media and Lonsdale Saatchi & Saatchi. Coming events ICT Pro TT Conference • When: May 15-16, 2018 • Where: Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain • Who for: Regional ICT and business professionals • Rationale: Deepening ICT knowledge; understanding ICT technologies, trends and services in business and government; networking with ICT professionals and business partners • Register: Taste of the Caribbean • When: June 22-26, 2018 • Where: Hyatt Regency, Miami • Who for: Food and beverage professionals, aspiring and established chefs; lovers of Caribbean cuisine • Rationale: Celebrating and showcasing Caribbean culinary arts; developing professional skills; gathering practical information; sampling, purchasing, strengthening established supplier relationships, meeting new vendors; innovative and exciting educational sessions • Tel.: 786-476-8623 • Email: • URL: Global Business Travel Association Convention • When: August 11-15, 2018 • Where: San Diego Convention Center, California • Exhibition: 400+ companies • Conference: 100+ education & professional development sessions • Attendees: 7,000+, representing over 50 countries. Nearly 1,300 business travel buyers making purchasing decisions • Email: • Phone: 888-574-6447 • URL: China’s International Import Exposition • When: November 5-10, 2018 • Where: National Exhibition and Convention Centre, Shanghai • Who for: Government officials, business communities, exhibitors and professional purchasers • Exhibits: GOODS: high-end intelligent equipment; consumer electronics & appliances; automobiles; apparel, & consumer goods; food & agricultural products; medical equipment & medical care products SERVICES: tourism; emerging technologies; culture & education; creative design; service outsourcing • Info: China International Import Expo Bureau, National Exhibition and Convention Center, 333 Songze Avenue, Shanghai, China • Tel.: +86-21-67008870/67008988 • Email: • URL: 09 Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce

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