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OCTOBER 19 – 20, 2017

Bringing together the most forward thinking innovators.

IBW 2017 Conference: Prospering in the Technological Era

The Barbados international business and financial services (IB&FS) sector will again be in the spotlight during this year’s International Business Week, which runs from October 15th to 21st. Now in its 9th year, the sector’s week of activities was conceptualised to raise public awareness about the importance of Barbados’ international business sector to the country, and its contribution to the island’s growth and development.

The Barbados International Business Association (BIBA), in collaboration with Invest Barbados and other strategic partners, have planned several informative and engaging activities and events, including the flagship event of this week – a two-day conference to be held on October 19th and 20th at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Two Mile Hill, St Michael.

This year’s conference, themed Prospering in the Technological Era: Innovate, Integrate, Motivate, provides a unique opportunity for delegates to gain an understanding of current issues affecting the international business and financial services sector and the global trends impacting its development.

This year’s topics include The Future of Work: Technology and Humanity, Artificial Intelligence – Is it Bad for Business?, Technology Transforming Lifestyles, Developed Market Debt is Rising – What are the Global Implications, Information: Fiction vs. Non- Fiction and The Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent BEPS: Its Implications for Double Tax Treaties.

***ICAB will recognize 10 CPD Credits for Attendance***

Highlighted Topics

Thursday, October 19

  • 8:50 a.m. The Future of Work: Technology and Humanity

    Dr. Ronnie Yearwood, Attorney-at-law, Trades Specialist, Columnist

  • 9:30 a.m. Artificial Intelligence – Is it bad for business?

    Mr. Philip Lewis, President, Barbados ICT Professionals’ Association

Friday October 20

  • 8:30 a.m. Renewable Energy and Business

    Mr. Carlton Cummins, Co-Founder, Aceleron Ltd.

  • 9:10 a.m. Shifting Landscapes: The Gender Differential

    Dr. Tonya Haynes,  Lecturer, Institute for Gender and Development Studies, UWI

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there ample parking at the Conference Centre?

Yes. The main car park is built to accommodate over 200 vehicles.

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Over 20 members of my company would like to attend, is there a group rate?

Yes, for 3 or more employees, there is a group discount of $750 per person instead of $900.  

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Which payment methods do you accept?

All payments must be made to the Barbados International Business Association (BIBA) by way of cheque or bank draft in advance of the conference. We also have a Credit Card machine here at our office.

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What if I need to cancel my booking at late notice?

An administrative fee will be charged per individual on cancellations made less than 48 hours prior to the start of the conference. All bookings will be deemed as a commitment and billed unless cancelled within the aforementioned period.

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IBW 2017 Conference

As Barbados continues to seek further diversification in its source markets for international business, the flagship event for this year’s International Business Week will be the International Business Conference scheduled for October 19 & 20, 2017. Invited speakers will be international and regional business leaders with strategic knowledge and experience operating in international markets.

As usual, this year’s conference will be a must-attend event for anyone interested in expanding into International Business and gaining first-hand insight into this sector.

Over 200 participants are expected for this conference.

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Ms. Julia Taggart

IBW 2017 Steering Committee Chairperson, 1st Vice President, BIBA

Session Coordinator

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Mr. Niel Harper

Senior Manager, Next Generation Leaders Programmes, Internet Society

Why Cybersecurity Operations and Business Operations are Inseparable

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Ms. Sandra Payne

CEO (Ag), Invest Barbados

Delivering the Closing Remarks

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Mr. Justin Quinlan

Founder, Quinlan Ventures Inc & Quinlan Ventures Investments Group Limited

Technology Transforming Lifestyles

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IBW 2017 Conference Focus


Discover new and emerging trends in this technological age

  • Successful Economic Adjustment in Small Economies: four recent examples
  • Information: Fiction vs Non-Fiction


Learn what tools are needed to survive the changing landscape

  • Shifting Landscape: The Gender Differential
  • The Future of Work: Technology and Humanity


Grow your business plan to stay current in this dynamic market

  • Technology Transforming Lifestyles
  • Renewable Energy and Business


IBW Conference 2017 Venue – Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre

The Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre (LESC) formerly known as Sherbourne Conference Centre is the largest stand-alone conference facility on the picturesque island of Barbados.

The venue offers:

  • Over 100,000 sq.ft. of air-conditioned usable floor space
  • 70,000 sq. ft. exhibition space
  • 11 meeting rooms
  • On-site event planning
  • In-house catering services
  • Facilitation of transportation services
  • Expansive parking
  • Fully accessible to the physically challenged

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