President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago Dr Thackwray “Dax” Driver is the new chairman of CARICHAM, the network of Caribbean Chambers of Commerce.
The network of Caribbean-based businesses also elected Andrew Satney, who is the executive director of St Kitts & Nevis Chamber of Commerce, as its new vice-chairman at its annual general meeting on June 29, 2020.
Driver and Satney succeed Lizra Fabien, also the executive director of the Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce; and Trevor Fearon, CEO of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce, respectively.
Launched in Barbados in April last year, CARICHAM represents over 90,000 business from 21 chambers of commerce in 14 Caricom member states, as well as the British Virgin Islands (BVI), Cuba, the Dominican Republic (DR), Guadeloupe, Martinique, and Sint Martin.
Dr Driver informed participants in the virtual annual general meeting that will continue to ensure that CARICHAM adds value to the various member firms, most of which are micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. Not only have firms had to deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, but they must now prepare to mitigate the potential effects of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, he reasoned.
Highlighting some of CARICHAM’s major achievements in its inaugural year of existence, outgoing Chairman Fabien said the network expanded the network to include The Bahamas, BVI, DR, Guadeloupe, and Sint Maarten. With the growth of the network came an expansion of opportunities, resources, and expertise to advance the core objectives of the various chambers.
In addition, CARICHAM created and strengthened its collaboration with integral regional and international partners such as the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States, Caricom Secretariat, Caribbean Export Development Agency, among others.
The network also reaffirmed its objectives and four-pillar programme —disaster risk reduction/mitigation, trade, membership value and advocacy, and knowledge/best practices sharing.