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Jamaican born, New York-based investment banker, Valence Williams of Aegis Capital (left) and John Murphy of efmHospitality Solutions and Magadalena Resorts of Tobago.
One Caribbean Television's Brian Lilly (left), Bob Misulich (second right) and Kara Coleman, share lens time with Antigua and Barbuda's executive director of tourism, Colin C. James, during the Invest Caribbean Now cocktail reception at the Yale Club in Manhattan, NY, Tuesday evening. - Photos by Janet Silvera
Public relations guru, Felicia Persaud, founder of Invest Caribbean (centre) is flanked by two of her major sponsors, Li Li, managing director of Cimagine Media Group (right) and Dr Grace Lappin, managing partner of Avalon.
New Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Dr Rufus Ewing (right) has the attention of Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation, Hugh Riley, and chairman of the organisation, Beverly Doty-Nicholson during the Invest Caribbean Now cocktail reception at the Yale Club in Manhattan.
Founder of Invest Caribbean Now, Felicia Persaud, presents the 2013 Corporate Leadership Award to Royal Caribbean's Mike Ronan, who accepted on behalf of awardee Adam Goldstein, president and CEO of RCL.

Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer

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.