THE British Caribbean Chamber of Commerce’s first Patron, Sir Roy Marshall, with BCCC’s Deputy Chief Executive Pauline Wade in Bridgetown, in March 2005. Sir Roy was famous as both Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies and later Hull University as well as being a distinguished lawyer and diplomat. He was intimately involved in writing the constitution of Barbados before independence in 1966 and also refused legendary poet Philip Larkin’s resignation as Vice Chancellor when the poet was Hull University’s librarian.
THE British Caribbean Chamber of Commerce’s Deputy Chief Executive, Pauline Wade, signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Edward Boyers, the President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, Guyana, as part of a European Commission-funded Pro Invest programme in October 2004.
HIS Royal Highness Prince Andrew joined members at a British Caribbean Chamber of commerce lunch in Port of Spain to share information on the business environment in Trinidad.
The lunch was hosted at the Hilton by Ali Khan, Chairman of the Trinidad Chapter of the Chamber who spoke of the pioneering effort of the British Caribbean Chamber in establishing stronger business links between Trinidad, the wider Caribbean and the UK.
Mr Khan highlighted the growing export trade between the United Kingdom and Trinidad and Tobago, increased air links and tourist arrivals, significant growth in foreign direct investment by British companies, and continued improvement in business performance in both markets.
The Prince who was attending in his role as special Representative for the British Government in Trade and Investment took considerable interest in the oil and gas activities of BP and BG before joining members for lunch at the Hilton.
Trainidad’s Minister of trade and the British High Commissioner supported an excellent lunch aimed at showcasing strengthening links between Trinidad, Tobago and the UK.
THE retiring British High Commissioner of Barbados visited East Yorkshire, in the UK after promoting trade links between the two regions.
Mr White was the UK’s top diplomat in the region and was based in Barbados but was also High Commissioner for six other eastern Caribbean countries including Antigua and St Lucia.
On his final trip to Yorkshire, Mr White said: “Over the years the Chamber has brought people in to the Caribbean market with a wide range of skills. The most recent trade has been with people in the food industry. Barbados is a good market for exporters from the UK in particular.
Other firms from Yorkshire trading in the Caribbean included Ideal Standard, Seven Seas and Carol Bird Interiors of Beverley, which had recently completed a large contract in Barbados.
During discussions about how the business could win more Caribbean orders, Mr White was presented with a vase by managing director David Bird.
ON the British Caribbean Chamber’s first trade mission to Havana, Cuba, in February 2003, neither the British Chamber, Cuban Chamber, or Cuban Foreign Ministry Officials were put off their trade visit by the British and American Governments’ decision to invade Iraq. BCCC CEO Dr Ian Kelly (left), with Cuba Chamber of Commerce colleagues and Cuba’s Foreign Ministry official for Europe.
SIR Charles (Charlie) Griffiths, the great West Indian right-arm fast bowler discusses his triumphs at The Oval with Pauline Wade, the British Caribbean Chamber of Commerce’s Deputy Chief Executive at “Ben Mar”, the residence of the British High Commissioner to Barbados, in November 2001.
A LIGHTER moment shared between the Hon Mervyn Assam, Trinidad and Tobago Minister for Trade and UK Industry Minister the Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP during the British Caribbean Chamber’s inaugural trade mission to Port of Spain in 2001.
“The British are back with a bang” was the headline in the local paper, the Express Business, in Trinidad, following the Chamber’s official launch. The formation of the British Caribbean Chamber of Commerce also received a thumbs-up from the Queen.
However, it was noted that trade would not be all one way, as Europe is the Caribbean’s second largest export market with 17% of goods, services and intellectual capital. Chief Executive Dr Kelly said: “It’s a two-way flow, this isn’t a British Chamber in Trinidad or Barbados, it is a British Caribbean Chamber, so we are looking to help Caribbean businesses who want to trade in the UK and Europe as well”.
British High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago, Peter Harborne, explained: “What we aim for in the fullness of time is something that will add value to the work we do.
UK Industry Minister, Alan Johnson, joined the trade mission to the Caribbean following his visit to Cuba and the Havana trade fair. During a trip to Tobago, he saw first-hand the significance of the island’s growing tourism to the UK.
BRITISH High Commissioner for Trinidad and Tobago, Peter Harborne (left) with Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP (centre), the UK Minister for Industry and Dr Ian Kelly, CEO of the British Caribbean Chamber of Commerce, pictured during the official launch of the British Caribbean Chamber of Commerce in Port of Spain, Trinidad, in October 2001.
IN one of his first acts as Chairman of The British Caribbean Chamber as its first appointed official for the BCCC in Trinidad and Tobago, David Evans (centre), a Scarborough resident, is welcomed by Orville London (left) the newly-appointed Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly.
THE British Caribbean Chamber’s Chief Executive, Dr Ian Kelly (left), enjoying a visit in the footsteps of Horatio Nelson at Port Royal in Jamaica, hosted by the British Deputy High Commissioner for the island, Jim Malcolm. The plaque on the wall says: In this place dwelt Horatio Nelson – You who tread his footprints remember his glory.