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Chambers of Commerce and Sustainable Development

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Chambers of trade and commerce play a key role in the dialogue between civil society and governments to power sustainable development. With the support of Chambers, a government can be more responsive and more useful to businesses and the economic needs of a community, thereby acting as an engine to promote a more efficient and prosperous economy. This session features executives and professionals from various chambers of commerce from islands around the world, who will facilitate the discussion on how Chambers can contribute to sustainable development.

Speakers

Executive Director, Georgetown Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Board Member of CARICHAM

Richard Rambarran

Richard Rambarran, the Executive Director of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) is a very dynamic individual who has a breadth of knowledgeabout the Guyanese market and should serve as an excellent resource for information on developments within Guyana in the energy sector. He is also the Managing Director of Ascension Business Services, a firm that provides a variety of services to companies seeking to do business in Guyana, including corporate establishment as well as accounting, economic, financial and marketing services, among other things. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Economics, University of Guyana and a Senior Economic & Financial Specialist of Project Development Consultancy, a market research company. Richard holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics, a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Arts in Economics, along with several certificates from the IMF, Centre for Latin American Monetary Studies, United Nations, amongst others, in fields such as macroeconomic stability, financial programming, debt sustainability, development effectiveness evaluation and sustainable growth.

Executive Director, Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie d'Haïti

Béatrice Ilias

Highly resourceful and dedicated Executive Director with comprehensive understanding of international investment and trade, Béatrice Ilias has served on a number of national and international economic boards and committees. Forward-thinking professional with expertise utilizing communication skills and creative problem solving to effectively lead programs, organizations, and teams to success throughout diverse industries.

Committed to understanding business needs as well as industry trends to identify strategies that lead to maximum profitability. Talented communicator with cultural awareness able to forge strategic partnerships with clients and build consensus across multiple organizational levels to achieve business and financial objectives.

Béatrice was also part of the team that worked on the construction project of the port of Port-au-Prince, helped in the writing of documents on Trade and Development and is a firm believer of Sustainable Development.

She joined the team of the Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Florida in September 2019 as a Grant writer and Business Development consultant. Currently Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Haiti, Béatrice Ilias has always been dedicated to help develop projects and programs in Haiti. She was previously Chargé de Mission for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Martinique. Before living in Haiti, where she has lived for 24 years, Béatrice lived in St Martin (FWI). She was born in France, studied Foreign Languages, Communication and Public Relations at the Sorbonne University.

President of the Gozo Business Chamber and INSULEUR

Joseph Borg

Joseph Borg is the president of INSULEUR (the Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the European Union). He was born on the 3rd December 1960. He studied philosophy and theology at the Sacred Heart Seminary, Victoria, Gozo, and obtained a Litentiate from the Lateran University in Rome in 1984. Throughout the years Mr Borg has held a number of executive positions, including director with Francis X Borg Co. Ltd., and managing director of the same firm, the family-owned furniture manufacturing company.

Joseph also served as a director on the board of the Malta Development Corporation from 1989 to 1992. He was involved in the Gozo Committee of the Malta Federation of Industries, from 1988 to 1992 as its secretary, and then as its Chairman from 1992 to 1993. In this post he also served on the Council of the Malta Federation of Industries. Mr Borg was also a director of Bank of Valletta plc.

Joseph Borg was also chairman of Gozo Channel Co. Ltd. from July 2005 to July 2008, and is presently a board member on the newly set up Gozo Regional Development Authority. He has also been a member of the council and secretary of the Gozo Business Chamber from 1999 to 2005. He was again elected to the Council of the same Chamber in January 2010. In January 2012 he was nominated Vice-President of the same Chamber. From October 2018 he became President of the Gozo Business Chamber and also President of INSULEUR as from December 2018. Joseph Borg is also the Chairman of the Gozo Regional Committee which groups all stakeholders within the island of Gozo, and represents the same Committee within the Malta Committee for Economic and Social Development.

Mr Borg serves in a number of voluntary organisations in Gozo amongst others as director of the OASI Foundation (Foundation for Drug and Alcohol rehabilitation) since its inception. He is also a member of the Fondazione Centesimus Annus pro Pontifice since 2009.

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