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Tuesday, January 10, 2006 

Caribbean MBA conference gets Cable & Wireless support

published: Tuesday January 10, 2006

CANDIDATES FROM two of the world's leading business schools - the Harvard Business School and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania - arrived in Barbados for the 2006 Caribbean MBA Conference last week, for the annual event designed to encourage students of Caribbean heritage to consider career paths that enable them to contribute to the development of the region.

Owen Arthur, Prime Minister of Barbados, gave the keynote welcome address while the conference featured panels of leading experts in Real Estate, Trade, Financial Services, Tourism and Entrepreneurship in the Caribbean. The conference is aimed at exploring what it means to live, work and invest in the Caribbean.

One of the highlights of the week was the Business Leaders Dinner, where over 60 key executives from businesses such as Cable & Wireless and First Caribbean International Bank joined the MBA candidates for dinner, providing opportunities for in-depth discussion about doing business in the Caribbean.

"Many people talk about the challenges to the region presented by "brain drain" that occurs when many of the region's most talented, capable, and best-educated students opt for careers outside of the Caribbean," said Rick Kimsey, CEO of Cable & Wireless' Caribbean region. He said, "As a large corporation operating in the region, it's not only our responsibility to encourage development of the business community. It's also in our best interest."

Cable & Wireless is a major sponsor of the event, having also supported the conference last year in Trinidad & Tobago.

Jacqueline Jones, a former Fulbright Scholar and current VP of Strategic Planning & Market Research for Cable & Wireless in the Caribbean, attributes her current position in part to her participation in the Dominican Republic and Trinidad past Caribbean MBA Conferences. Said Jones, "As a Caribbean national, I am enthusiastic about the economic potential of this region. The conferences played a critical role in highlighting the opportunities that exist in the Caribbean. I joined Cable & Wireless because of its "Pan-Caribbean" focus and its scope of technology services."

Conference Co-Chairs Janelle Prevost, an MBA candidate from Dominica at the Harvard Business School, and Arthurine Barned, a Jamaican MBA candidate at Wharton said the Cable & Wireless support is integral to the ongoing success of the conference and helps in placing Harvard and Wharton MBA students and alumni in summer and full-time opportunities in the Caribbean.

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