Manhattan, New York:
Founder of Invest Caribbean Now (ICN), Felicia Persaud, Avalon, and the Turks and Caicos Islands Investment Agency, hosted a VIP reception at the Yale Club in Manhattan, New York, on Tuesday night, prior to Wednesday's 2013 investment forum.
Persaud and her team had a lot to boast about, having succeeded in attracting more than a dozen tourism ministers and commissioners from across the region, plus a number of prospective investors, including the Chinese - one of the most sought-after emerging markets for the region.
The businesswoman had in her midst, two premiers, a chief minister, a governor; seven ministers of governments and two commissioners, along with more than a hundred delegates in attendance at the event, which is now in its third year.
ICN, renamed Avalon Investment Caribbean Now, is held in collaboration with the Caribbean Tourism Organisation during Caribbean Week in New York. It has become a calendar event, offering countries in the region access to prospective investors, in what Persaud says is "about growing the region's economy."
A Guyanese national by birth, Persaud, has lived in the USA for over 19 years.
Today brings you highlights of the opening cocktail reception for a world-class investment forum.