By Alexander Britell
A major Caribbean conference is coming to the United Arab Emirates.
The first-ever UAE & Caribbean Cooperation Forum will take place in Dubai from Nov. 24 to 26, looking to “explore potential to boost economic cooperation between the UAE and the Caribbean,” according to a statement.
“As the UAE forges forward on its journey to development, it walks in the footsteps of its founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, perpetuating the values of human development, supporting and assisting communities around the world to ensure none are left behind in meeting sustainable development goals,” said HE Reem Bint Ebrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation.
“The upcoming UAE-Caribbean Forum is a manifestation of the bridges we have built over the years with the countries of the Caribbean, where economic, cultural and developmental cooperation and partnerships come together to nurture mutual and general efforts to build a better world for future generations,” she said.
The conference comes a year after the UAE-Caribbean Renewal Energy Fund launched during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, marking a turning point in bilateral relations.
“There is huge potential for Caribbean countries to boost trade with the GCC, Middle East, Africa and Asia, and the UAE is well-placed as a re-export hub that can provide them with easy access to these markets,” said H.E. Hamad Buamim, President & CEO, Dubai Chamber.
He said the UAE offered a strong environment for Caribbean companies looking to expand their global reach, from logistics expertise to world-class infrastructure.
The conference will additionally look to generate interest in Caribbean markets among UAE companies, from Emirates Airline to Khalifa Port.
It will also include a series of workshops aimed at offering technical assistance to Caribbean companies looking to learn more about the UAE.
The forum is being hosted at the Ritz-Carlton in Dubai.
For more information, visit the UAE Caribbean Cooperation Forum.