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    GCIC Business Awards Entry Form

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    • Any business located within Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique is eligible to enter.
    • Entrants must be of good name and character and must not have engaged, directly or indirectly in any conduct which in the opinion of the GCIC Business Awards Committee might discredit the Awards process
    • Nominators may nominate a company in a maximum of two categories
    • Businesses may nominate themselves
    • There is no limitation on the number of different companies a business can nominate for awards, as long as each entry is individually presented.
    • Nominations commence on Wednesday 31st July, 2019 and last entries must be received by Friday, 11th October, 2019.
    • All finalists must agree to attend the Awards presentation on Saturday, 16th November, 2019.
    • All finalists must agree to make themselves available for any evaluation interviews required for the judging process.
    • The judges’ decision is final.
    • Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Saturday, 16th November, 2019.
    • Award winners and nominees are welcome to use, for advertising and promotional purposes the fact that have been nominated or are the winners of a stated award in a stated year. This may also be incorporated on their corporate stationery, websites and email signatures should they so choose.


    WIRSPA Press Release, 16 July 2019

    Grenada PM Lauds Joint UWI – Regional Rum Industry Initiative

    (WIRSPA Secretariat, Bridgetown, Barbados) – Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. The Right Hon. Keith Mitchell has lauded the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of the West Indies Open Campus and the regional rum industry grouping - the West Indies Rum & Spirits Producers Association (WIRSPA). 


    Speaking last week during the signing of the MOU in Grenada, the Prime Minister said the initiative, which will see as its first task the development of an online training initiative for the industry, was a great example of the university applying itself to the needs of the productive sector, one in which the Caribbean possessed a wealth of expertise and heritage.


    The MOU was signed during a reception to welcome members of the industry to Grenada for WIRSPA’s annual technical meeting, which was held from 9-11th July 2019. The meeting saw over 35 persons from many of the grouping’s large and small distilleries discussing key issues including responsible drinking, production and quality standards, product labelling, environmental management and raw material supplies.


    The Prime Minister also commended recent efforts on the part of the industry to intensify its support for tackling problem drinking and in particular, the recent announcement to upgrade product labelling in domestic CARICOM markets and its self-regulation code.


    Commenting on the signature of the MOU, Professor Julie Meeks Gardner, Acting Principal of the UWI Open Campus, said “The UWI Open Campus is delighted to forge an alliance with The West Indies Rum and Spirits Producers’ Association that is mutually beneficial to both regional entities. As part of the leading University in the Caribbean, the UWI Open Campus is well placed to contribute to building the knowledge base in the rum and spirits industry, which has been a vital component of the region’s cultural and economic landscape for centuries.”


    According to Chairman of WIRSPA and head of the Guyana conglomerate, Demerara Distillers, Komal Samaroo “the MOU will provide a framework for cooperation between the regional rum industry and the University of the West Indies. Our first planned collaboration is expected to be an online certification offering in rum and spirits production which would be offered to our members and more widely internationally, in several languages.” He added, “this is a unique offering in education and training, coming as it does from the home of rum, the Caribbean.”


    Chairman of Grenada Distillers, Leroy Neckles, speaking on behalf of the local rum industry welcomed the grouping to Grenada, “we in Grenada are proud to host our first meeting of regional rum producers. Grenada has a tremendous rum and sugarcane heritage which is second to none.  We hope to share this unique history with our colleagues from the rest of the Caribbean”.




    About WIRSPA

    The West Indies Rum & Spirits Producers Association (WIRSPA) is one of the oldest private sector trade associations in the Caribbean.  It represents rum producers in Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Haiti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago.

    Authentic Caribbean Rums, the products produced by the membership of WIRSPA, represent a unique and distinct sector within the drinks industry, supported by common quality standards and rules. The Authentic Caribbean Rum (ACR) Marque was developed as a symbol of authenticity, provenance and quality for rums within the WIRSPA family.

    For more, visit www.wirspa.com; www.acr-rum.com

    T: (246) 228-8033

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    About The UWI

    For the past 70 years The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has provided service and leadership to the Caribbean region and wider world. The UWI has evolved from a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948 to an internationally respected, regional university with near 50,000 students and four campuses: Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados, and an Open Campus.

    As part of its robust globalization agenda, The UWI has established partnering centres with universities in North America, Asia, and Africa such as the State University of New York (SUNY)-UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development, the UWI-China Institute of Information Technology, the University of Lagos (UNILAG)-UWI Institute of African and Diaspora Studies and the Institute for Global African Affairs with the University of Johannesburg (UJ).

    The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science & Technology, Social Sciences and Sport. 

    As the region’s premier research academy, The UWI’s foremost objective is driving the growth and development of the regional economy. Times Higher Education has ranked The UWI among the top 1,258 universities in world for 2019, and the 40 best universities in its Latin America Rankings for 2018 and was the only Caribbean-based University to make the prestigious lists. For more, visit www.uwi.edu

    The correct name of the university is The University of the West Indies (inclusive of “The”).


    The Network of Caribbean Chambers of Commerce (CARICHAM) was represented by Mr. Faron Lawrence, President of the St. Kitts and Nevis Chamber of Industry of Commerce (SKNCIC) and Mr. Stephen Lander, Vice President of the Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce (DAIC), at the ‘Understanding Risk Management and Risk Financing for Disaster Resilience’ Training of Trainers. This training was held in Singapore from June 18th to 21st, 2019.


    Co-organized by the Singapore Cooperation Programme (SCP), the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) Global Education and Training Institute (GETI), and Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean (ROAMC), this two-day session was attended by officials from CARICOM countries in the public and private sectors.


    The seminar included a mix of lectures, technical sessions, and interactive case studies. Discussions revolved around the importance of an integrated, systems-based approach to disaster resilience, and how both Public-Private partnership can reduce vulnerabilities within the sectors.


    CARICHAM presented on Engaging the Private Sector for Disaster Resilience, Understanding Private Sector: Business Continuity Importance and Foundational Elements, and Public-Private Partnership for Disaster Resilience. The presentations highlighted how Public-Private Partnerships in Disaster Risk Reduction improve resilience.

    Mr. Lawrence expressed that “The seminar was quite timely, relevant and effective. Representatives from the Public Sector welcomed and appreciated the input of the Private Sector Representatives and there were clear understandings and acceptance that with both sectors working together on disaster risk management and resilience can improve exponentially in our region.”


    Furthermore, Mr. Lander stated that “the session underscored the importance of preparedness, even for those risk events that are unlikely or unexpected. Singapore is a striking example, having established a robust disaster management plan although the frequency of disasters there is relatively low.”

    Participants welcomed the opportunity to exchange views on disaster management strategies and challenges in their home countries, and how improved collaboration amongst stakeholders can take place to strengthen the former.


    CARICHAM is a network of 18 Chambers of Commerce in the Caribbean who with the aim to advocate and create enhanced value for members of the respective chambers; to reduce the risk of Members and their countries to disasters; share knowledge and best practices among the network; and to enhance transportation, trade facilitation, and promotion.




    For more information please contact:

    Petipha Lewis-Smith
    Executive Director
    Grenada Chamber of Industry and Commerce
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    Phone: 473-440-2937

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