The inaugural Regional Investor of the Year Award launched in September 2013 in collaboration with the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA). The awards were designed to highlight the contribution of both local investors within the region and foreign investors to the region. A regional investor is defined as an investor into one or more of the aforementioned territories in the region. These investors are key participants in regional economic growth and their contributions include the creation of job opportunities, adherence to high standards of corporate social responsibility, notable monetary spending and significant fiscal support to economies through the payment of corporate taxes.
The Regional Investor of the Year Award also seeks to recognize investors in strategic areas of importance to the region, e.g. green energy, research and development, projects that involve a high degree of innovation and creativity and those that are championed by women.
The awards presented include: Local Investor of the Year, Foreign Investor of the Year, and a Special Awards based on the assessment of the Evaluation Committee. An overall Regional Investor of the Year is selected from the winners of these categories. The awards serve not only to laud those who, in spite of a challenging economic environment have continued to lend vital support to both burgeoning and established industries in the Caribbean, but to encourage other investors to do the same.
2013 Award Winners
Foreign Investor of the Year – Qualfon Guyana Inc
Special Award – Cayman Enterprise City
CAIPA member countries include: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, the Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and the Turks & Caicos Islands.