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Exploring Innovation in Transactions & Financing in the Caribbean

<p>The workshop is co-organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in partnership with the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC). Its primary purpose is to provide Caribbean stakeholders from various sectors with interactive sessions along the theme of utilizing technology innovations towards the goal of improving financial transactions and financing arrangements.</p>

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago - 1-3 Jun 2016

Description

Videos for this event are now available online at: http://vrb.al/fintechvids

This workshop has been organized in collaboration with global partners to provide the aforementioned stakeholders with critical update on developments across the globe in the areas of financial technology (FinTech) and Digital Financial Services (DFS). It is very important that the sessions be grounded in the local and regional context hence the workshop will include participation of regional bodies which have been researching these areas such as the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and UNECLAC.

One day prior to the “Innovation in Transactions & Financing” Workshop, ITU in collaboration with Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT), will hold a one (1) day regional Training Workshop on ITU Information and Communications Technology Indicators, at the same venue on 31st May, 2016. You are therefore also invited to participate in this one day Caribbean forum.

 

Programme

Day 1 (Wednesday, June 1, 2016)

0800 – 0850 

 On-site registration

0850 – 0900 

  • Security briefing
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0900 – 1015 

Agenda item 1:    Opening of the meeting

  • National Anthem
  • Welcome and introductory remarks: Nigel Cassimire, Acting Secretary General, Caribbean Telecommunications Union [Video]
    • International Telecommunication Union:  Cleveland Thomas,  Area Representative, ITU Area Office for the Caribbean
    • Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean: Dillon Alleyne, Deputy Director [Video]
    • Introductory Remarks on behalf of TATT:  Cynthia Reddock-Downes, CEO(Ag) [Video]
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  • Feature address:  The Honourable Maxie Cuffie, Minister of Public Administration and Communications,  Ministry of Public Administration and Communications, Trinidad and Tobago [Video]

1015 – 1030 

Official photo

1030 – 1100 

Coffee Break

 

1100 – 1145 

Agenda item 2:    Presentation by the Commonwealth Secretariat                            

Presenter: David Tait, Member of the Commonwealth Working Group on Virtual Currencies  

Presenter: Emma Thwaite,  Commonwealth Secretariat, United Kingdom

1145 – 1230 

Agenda item 3:    Presentation - ITU Focus Group Digital Financial Services

Presenter: Vijay  Mauree, ITU FG DFS

                            

1230 – 1345 

Lunch Break

1345 – 1500 

Agenda item 4:     Panel discussion - The current status of digital economy participation

Case Studies:  Small Medium Enterprise (SMEs)

Case Study 1:  Francine Clark, Franci Foods, Trinidad and Tobago [Video]

Case Study 2:  Nerissa Golden, Golden Media, Montserrat [Video]

Panelists [Video]

  • Tracy Hackshaw, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Marlon P. Marie, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Saint Lucia
  • Gabriel Abed, CEO, BITT, Barbados
  • Moderator: Shiva Bissessar,  Managing Dir, Pinaka Technology Solutions

                                                 

1500  – 1515 

Coffee break        

1515  – 1600 

Agenda item 5:     Presentation – regional initiatives  - ECLAC publication on Opportunities and risks associated with the advent of digital currency in the Caribbean

Presenter:  Robert Williams, Associate Information Management Officer, ECLAC subregional headquarters for the Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago [Video]

Presenter: Shiva Bissessar,  Managing Dir, Pinaka Technology Solutions, Trinidad and Tobago                    

                                 

1645 – 1700                                   

Agenda item 6:    Day 1 Closing remarks

Cleveland Thomas, Area Representative, ITU Area Office for the Caribbean, ITU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 (Thursday, June 2, 2016)

0800– 0830

 

On-site registration

0845 – 0900

Recap

0900 – 1000

Agenda item 1:    Presentation  - SuSu / Mobile money exploration

TED 2016 Presentation: Shivani Siroya: A smart loan for people with no credit history (yet) [Video]

Presenter: Cleveland Thomas, Area Representative, ITU Area Office for the Caribbean, ITU

1000 – 1030

Coffee Break

1030 – 1100

 

 

1100 - 1130

 

Agenda item 2:    Presentation – Regional Initiatives: OECS E-payment initiative

Presenter: Presenter:  Marlon P. Marie, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) [Video]

 

Agenda item 3:    Presentation - Technology trends in digital financial services

Presenter:  Ian John, Director of Systems Solutions, Massy Technologies InfoCom, Trinidad and Tobago [Video]

1130  – 1230

 

Agenda item 4:    Presentation  -  Lessons from the Haiti mobile money scenario

Presenter: Michel Stéphane Bruno, Société générale haïtienne de Banque, S.A. (SOGEBANK), Haiti. [Video]

 

1230– 1345

Lunch Break

1345– 1500

Agenda item 5:    Presentation and Panel discussion – Digital currency in the Caribbean exploration

Presenter: Gabriel Abed, CEO, Bitt, Barbados [Video]

Panelists [Video]

Gabriel Abed, CEO, Bitt, Barbados

Jeremy Stephen, Economist, Barbados

Shiva Bissessar,  Managing Dir, Pinaka Technology Solutions, Trinidad and Tobago                  

Moderator: Robert Williams, ECLAC, Trinidad and Tobago

1500– 1515

Coffee Break

 

1515– 1630

 

Agenda item 6:    Presentation and Panel discussion – Role of innovation and entrepreneurship in Caribbean financial services sector (mini presentations)

Presenter: Judith Mark, CME Consulting Limited, Trinidad and Tobago [Video]

Panelists: [Video]

Judith Mark, CME Consulting Limited, Trinidad and Tobago

Tracy Hackshaw, Trinidad and Tobago

Terrance Clarke,  CEO, Bidrate Limited, Trinidad and Tobago

Moderator: Sylvester Cadette, Programme Officer, ITU Caribbean Office, Barbados

1630– 1645                              

Agenda item 6:    Closing remarks:  Day 2 wrap-up

Sherry Mc Millan, Executive Officer Communications, Consumer and Information Services, Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) [Video]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 (Friday, June 3, 2016)

0845– 0900

Recap

0900– 0930

Agenda item 1:    Presentation  - Risky Business

Presenter: Adam Vaziri, Blockchain Lawyer, DIACLE [Video]

 

0930– 1045

 

Agenda item 2:    Presentation and Panel discussion - Implications of mobile money for regulators

Presenter: Michel Stéphane Bruno, Société générale haïtienne de Banque, S.A. (SOGEBANK), Haiti [Video]

Panelists [Video]

Michel Stéphane Bruno, Société générale haïtienne de Banque, S.A. (SOGEBANK), Haiti

Mrs. Cynthia Reddock-Downes, Chief Executive Officer (Ag.), Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT)

Reginald Bourne, Chief Telecommunications Officer, Division of Energy & Telecommunications, The Prime Minister’s Office, Barbados

Nigel Cassimire, Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU),  Trinidad and Tobago                                        

Moderator: Cleveland Thomas, Area Representative, ITU Area Office for the Caribbean, ITU

1045– 1115

Coffee Break

1115– 1230

 

Agenda item 3:    Presentation and Panel discussion  - The evolving policy and regulatory landscape

Presenter: Terrance Clarke,  CEO, Bidrate Limited, Trinidad and Tobago [Video]

Panelists [Video]

Terrance Clarke,  CEO, Bidrate Limited, Trinidad and Tobago 

Ian Alleyne, Founder, Paywise

Rhea Yaw Ching, Founder, Executive Director, Covela Foundation

Moderator:  Mrs. Gylnis Alexander-Tam, General Manager, Infolink Systems Limited

1230– 1345

Lunch Break

 

1345– 1500

 

Agenda item 4:    Presentation and Panel discussion - Are regulatory requirements stifling innovation?

Presenter: Byron Gibson, CEO, Wi-Connect Mobile Inc. [Video]

Panelists [Video]

Byron Gibson, CEO, Wi-Connect Mobile Inc.

Mrs. Glynis Alexander-Tam, General Manager, Infolink Systems Limited

E. Jay Saunders, CEO, Domos Semo Sancus

Shiva Bissessar,  Managing Dir, Pinaka Technology Solutions, Trinidad and Tobago

Moderator: Robert Williams, ECLAC, Trinidad and Tobago

 

1500– 1630

Agenda item 5:    Panel discussion - How do we find a balanced solution for the benefit of the Caribbean?

Presenter: E. Jay Saunders, CEO, Domos Semo Sancus [Video]

Panelists [Video]

E. Jay Saunders, CEO, Domos Semo Sancus

Kentus Eugene, Ministry of Public Service, Information and Broadcasting, Saint Lucia

Dr. Kim Mallalieu, Deputy Chair,  TATT, Trinidad and Tobago

Jeremy Stephen, Economist, Barbados

Moderator: Judith Mark,  CME Consulting Limited, Trinidad and Tobago

1630– 1645

                                           

 

Agenda item 6:    Day 3 wrap-up and Closing remarks

Sylvester Cadette, Programme Officer, ITU Area Office for the Caribbean, ITU [Video]

Practical information

Should you require any further information, please contact:

Mr. Sylvester Cadette,
Programme Officer, ITU Area Office, Bridgetown Barbados,
e-mail: sylvester.cadette@itu.int,
Tel.: +(246)431- 0343/4

or

Ms. Sheron Small,
ITU Caribbean Administrative Assistant,
email: Sheron.small@itu.int.

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