Special Event

Barbados Comes to Atlanta – Events

Education & Health Symposium
May 26 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Event Goals

To present elements of Barbadian history, culture and heritage to the visitors and residents of Metro Atlanta, the selected city in 2016.
 To provide an atmosphere that establishes and/or nurtures relationships between business and heritage agencies in Barbados and in Metro Atlanta.
To provide opportunities for the Barbados public and private sectors to combine efforts to market/promote products and services  in the tourism, health, government and other service sectors, and to establish new business relations through networking 
To give exposure to Barbadian Artistes
To bring the Barbadian Diaspora together in an atmosphere that nurtures and strengthens relations and enhance their sense of nationalism.


Barbados Comes To ... is an event held every two years to market/promote the best that Barbados has to offer in a selected City in the United States of America.  This year it is being held in Atlanta as Barbados Celebrates it’s 50th year of Independence.

Barbados Comes To  Atlanta

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         A Message from David Cutting, Hon. Consul 


TO: Friends of Barbados 
RE: Barbados Comes to Atlanta 2016, a Trade, Investment and Cultural Exchange (May 26-29, 2016) 

The Caribbean island nation of Barbados, one of the oldest continuous constitutional democracies in the world, will celebrate fifty years of Independence in November, 2016. Barbados has always been a trusted friend and neighbor of the United States and the island has earned international accolades as a model of good governance in this hemisphere. I am writing to seek your participation in this very exciting Trade, Investment and Cultural Exchange mission from Barbados that will be held in Atlanta on May 26-29, 2016. 

Atlanta has the busiest airport in the world and the city has earned a global reputation as a center of excellence in Health Care Services, Transportation Services, Science & Technology, Business and Education. We in Barbados view Atlanta and the Southeast as a rapidly developing region that provides opportunities to develop partnerships in trade, investment and in our world renowned tourism properties. 

The goal of “Barbados Comes To Atlanta 2016” (BCTA 2016) is to develop partnerships with Atlanta area businesses in key sectors of the economy that will help to propel the sustainable development of Barbados in the twenty-first century. BCTA 2016 will be staged over the Memorial Day weekend (May 26 – May 29) at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Atlanta. Cultural events will bring together the Atlanta community and the Bajan/ Caribbean Diaspora from Atlanta-Southeast and from major cities in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The BCTA 2016 Program will engage local businesses and universities in friendly competitions to present options for the sustainable development of Barbados in the 21st century in key sectors of the economy. The Program includes a Welcome Reception, sponsored Luncheons and presentations from the public and private sectors in Barbados. BCTA 2016 will conclude with a Sunday evening formal dinner Gala. 

Barbados is the first island nation in the Caribbean to be designated by the United Nations as a “Developed Country”. The island is politically stable and over the past fifty years it has made a successful transition from a primarily agrarian economy to a diversified service economy centered on International business and Tourism. Barbados has a world class international airport with direct connections to major cities in the US, Canada and the EU (Atlanta, Miami, New York, Boston, Montreal and London). The island also boasts world class communications and transportation infrastructure. (See ‘Barbados Key Facts’ below) 
I would like an opportunity to meet with you or your designee in the next 10 days to discuss how your business/ institution can be involved in this unique BCTA 2016 event, and to answer any additional questions that you may have. 

Sincerely yours, 
David Cutting (Honorary Consul for Barbados) 




BARBADOS – KEY FACTS 
Barbados will celebrate 50 years of Independence from Britain in November 2016. The island is ranked by the United Nations as one of the most developed small island developing states in the world. It boasts a high standard of living and provides a high standard of medical care and social services. 
Barbados is the third oldest continuous constitutional democracy in the Western Hemisphere – over 375 years old. The island is politically stable with a history of good governance. 
In 2014 Barbados was ranked second in the Americas (after Canada) & 17th globally (after Belgium and Japan) on Transparency. 
Barbados has one of the highest Literacy Rates in the world (estimated at 98 %) with a well-trained, well-educated workforce. There is free primary and secondary education and the first University Degree (at University of the West Indies) is subsidized by the government for all Barbadian citizens 
Barbados has diplomatic relations with 105 countries around the globe and is known as ‘the hub of the Caribbean’. The island boasts daily non-stop flights from major cities in the USA, Canada, and the United Kingdom/ EU. 
Barbados has a sound infrastructure in the areas if Housing, Telecommunications, Road and Air transportation. 
The Barbadian currency is tied to the US dollar and has been stable for the past 50 years. The current exchange rate is $1.99 (Barbados) to $1.00 US Dollar. 
Barbados is an ideal market place for International Finance & Business. 
There are 34 existing Treaties, Bi-Lateral Agreements and Double Taxation Agreements that make it easy to do business in Barbados. Another 11 of these Agreements are in the pipeline for finalization. 
The United States Embassy that services the Eastern Caribbean is stationed in Barbados – The current US Ambassador (February 2016) is Ambassador Linda S. Taglialatela. 
A number of international agencies that service the Eastern Caribbean also have their headquarters in Barbados. 
The island boasts a range of world-class hotels and three world-class golf courses: Sandy Lane, Apes Hill & Royal Westmoreland 



For additional information and for background briefings on business, tourism, education and healthcare in Barbados please visit the Government Information Service at: http://gisbarbados.gov.bb. Additional information on the Tourism sector can be obtained at www.visitbarbados.org 




What is “Barbados Comes To Atlanta 2016” 

BCTA 2016 consists of a series of forums that pair leaders of Georgia Business, Education, Healthcare, Science & Technology, Tourism and other key sectors of the economy with their counterparts in Barbados, with the goal of increasing the flow of trade and commerce between Georgia and Barbados. 

Location: Host Hotel: Atlanta Marriott Marquis Downtown. 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303. Telephone # 404-521-0000 
Dates: Thursday May 26th – Sunday May 29th, 2016. Time: Conference, 8am-4pm. 
Hosts: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade of Barbados, in collaboration with Team Barbados at the Consulate General of Barbados in Miami and Team Barbados in Atlanta. 
Partners: The City of Atlanta, The Office of the Governor & The Office of the Mayor. 
Expected Attendance: 3,000 – 4,000 persons over weekend Governor for the State of Georgia (Invited Guest)    Mayor of Atlanta, GA (Invited Guest) 
Barbadian Delegation (The Prime Minister has been invited to host the Dinner-Gala) 


 Government Officials-Including the Minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, Permanent Secretaries from various ministries, and other officials. 
  Business leaders (senior and executive levels) 
  Invest Barbados 
  Business leaders from various domestic and international organizations 
  Non-profit business trade organizations 


Format: The Barbados Come To Atlanta 2016 Event will consist of several components: 

Thursday: theater style event with presentation and discussion of research papers by selected regional Universities on the sustainable development of the Barbados Economy in the following key areas: (1) Science and Technology; (2) Education; and (3) Health Care. A sponsored lunch will be available 

Friday: Presentation and discussion of Business research papers focusing on the sustainable development of the Barbados Economy by selected regional Business Schools, and by private and public sector organizations from Barbados, including Invest Barbados and Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. 


  A concurrent training program for Travel Agents. A sponsored lunch will be available. 
  Breakout sessions to facilitate follow up marketing and partnership discussions. A welcome cocktail reception will follow in the evening to facilitate networking 

Saturday: Bridgetown Market on Auburn Street in downtown Atlanta. This event will go all day and into the evening and will consist of vendor stalls selling food, crafts, textiles, art etc. with Barbadian musicians in a festive/carnival atmosphere. 

Sunday morning: A morning Church service of Thanksgiving followed by a Town Hall meeting at which visiting Ministers and Government officials will be available to answer questions and provide an update to the community. 

Sunday evening Gala: An evening Gala will bring a climax to the weekend. This will include dinner, brief formalities and dancing including Barbadian artists. http://gisbarbados.gov.bbhttp://www.visitbarbados.orgshapeimage_5_link_0shapeimage_5_link_1
 

MAY 26 – 29, 2016

ATLANTA MARRIOTT MARQUIS HOTEL