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The Caribbean International Bamboo Symposium (CIBS) will take place over two (2) days with a Field Visit to bamboo productive enterprises.

Day 1

  • 9:00 am - 10:00 am
    Opening Ceremony
      By: Hon. Audley Shaw, M.P.-Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture & Fisheries
  • 10:00 am - 10:30 am
    Coffee Break
  • 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
    Enabling Conditions For Bamboo-Based Development Part 1: SHAPING THE POLICY FRAMEWORK
      A Bamboo Industry Policy Framework for Jamaica
      By: Honourable J.C. Hutchinson, CD, MP - Minister without Portfolio, Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture & Fisheries (MICAF)
    • Moderator
      By: Mrs. Andrene Collings - Permanent Secretary (Acting), Ministry Of Industry Commerce Agriculture & Fisheries
    • Bamboo and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
      By: Mr. Lu Wenming - Deputy Director General of INBAR
    • Bamboo’s Potential Role in Advancing the CARICOM Single Market and Economy 
      By: Mr Esmond Reid - Under-Secretary (Actg.), Foreign Trade Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade
    • Case Study: Trade and Standards Development
      By: Mr. Stephen Wedderburn - Executive Director, Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ)
    • Bamboo Information for Decision Making: GABAR
      By: Mr. Trinh Thang Long - Programme Coordinator of Global Assessment of Bamboo and Rattan for green development (GABAR), International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR)
    • Questions & Answers Session
  • 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
    Bamboo A Green Business – Innovation and Technology Part 1
    • Keynote Address
      Bamboo Pulp and Paper Production
      By: Mr. Mario Salan - Partner, Island Pulp & Paper
    • Moderator
      By: Mrs. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams - Attorney-at-Law, Member, Board of Trustees, INBAR
    • Bamboo for the 21st Century
      By: Mr. Martin Tam - Founder & CEO of Able Mart Limited
    • Designing our sustainable future in the Caribbean: Bamboo 2030
      By: Miss Lisa Callender - Founder & Lead Consultant, ProTradeConsult™
    • The Jamaican Bamboo Value Chain: Species Characterization and Potential Uses - A Case Study on Bamboo Composite Development
      By: Professor Nilza Aples - Dean Faculty of Engineering and Computing, University of Technology, Jamaica
    • Bamboo Charcoal in Ethiopia
      By: Mr. Adane Berhe Kerso - Chief Executive Officer, Adal Industries P.L.C. (ETHIOPIA)
    • Questions & Answers Session

Day 2

  • 8:30 am - 10:00 am
    Enabling Conditions For Bamboo-Based Development Part 2: Bamboo Market Access, Trade & Finance (Panel Discussion)
    • Keynote Speaker
      Financing R&D and Investment in Bamboo
      By: Senator Matthew Samuda
    • Moderator
      By: Dr. Suzanne Shaw - Managing Director & Head of Impact Investment, The Leap Company
    • Investing in Bamboo and its Potential impact on GDP
      By: Dr. Wayne St. Aubyn Henry, J.P. - Director General, Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ)
    • Development and Management of Bamboo Value Chains in Jamaica and the Caribbean
      By: Mr. Harold Davis - Deputy CEO, Jamaica Business Development Corporation
    • International Trade in Bamboo
      By: Dr Wu Junqi - Director of Global Communication Department, INBAR
    • Investment and Export Opportunities for Bamboo
      By: Ms. Diane Edwards - President, JAMPRO
  • 10:00 am - 10:30 am
    Coffee Break
  • 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
    Bamboo A Green Business: Innovation And Technology – Part 2
    • Keynote Address
      Bamboo – A New Era in Jamaican Farming – Supporting the First Bamboo Tissue Pulp Industry in the America’s and Beyond
      By: Mr. David Stedeford - Director, Caribamboo Ltd.
    • Keynote Address
      Bamboo – A New Era in Jamaican Farming – Supporting the First Bamboo Tissue Pulp Industry in the America’s and Beyond
      By: Mr. David Silvera - Director, Caribamboo Ltd.
    • Moderator
      By: Mr. Pablo Jacome - Regional Coordinator, INBAR Latin America And The Caribbean
    • Bio-Energy and Bamboo
      By: Mr. Jiao Jiwen - Director International Cooperation Tus-Clean Energy Co., Ltd – R.P CHINA
    • Bamboo Fibre for Industry
      By: Mr. David Knight - Chief Executive Officer Resource Fiber LLC – USA
    • Bamboo Winding Composites
      By: Mr. PU Ji - General Manager, Zhejiang Xinzhou Bamboo-Based Composites Technology Co., Ltd.
    • Questions & Answers Session
  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
    Bamboo For Sustainable Communities (Panel Discussion)
    • Keynote Address
      Bamboo for Sustainable Construction
      By: Ms. Verónica Correa Giraldo - Member, Construction Task Force-INBAR, México
    • Moderator
      By: Mr. Gladstone Rose - Director, Special Projects, BSJ & INBAR Focal Point, Jamaica
    • Bamboo Tissue Culture, Cultivation and Harvesting Practices
      By: Dr Sylvia Adjoa Mitchell - Senior Lecturer in Biotechnology, UWI
    • Bamboo Mapping in Jamaica
      By: Mrs. Alicia Edwards - Manager – Forest Resource Information Management, Forestry Department
    • Bamboo and the Three P's - People, Planet, Profit
      By: Ms. Saffrey Brown - Head of Innovation, The Leap Company
    • Bamboo for income generation and livelihood development - A Case Study of the Peckham Bamboo Project
      By: Ms. Charmaine Marie Brimm - Technical Specialist: Socio-Economic Development, Community Renewal Programme (CRP) Unit, Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ)
    • Modern Housing Solutions for Urban Communities: Production of Bamboo-cladded Masonry Unit for Thermal Insulation
      By: Dr. Marva Blankson - Associate Professor, Civil Engineering Department, UTECH
    • Panel Discussion with Questions and Answers
  • 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
    Closing Plenary
    • Rapporteurs Reports
    • Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony

Day 3

  • 6:30 am - 7:00 pm
    Bamboo Enterprises Field Visit (Pre-booking and Pre-Payment Apply)
    • The tour accommodates 50 persons travelling by bus for visits to Original Bamboo Factory and Superchard and Sons in St. Catherine where bamboo furniture making as well as bamboo board making will be observed. The tour continues to St. Elizabeth with a visit to and lunch at YS Falls and thereafter a brief visit to the Travel Halt at Holland Bamboo (Bamboo Avenue). The field visit concludes with a tour of Jamaica Fun Farm where Bamboo Charcoal and Briquettes as well as Bamboo Biochar Soil Enhancer are being developed.

      Fee includes round trip by bus from the Jamaica Pegasus and lunch. Pre-booking and pre-payment apply.

      PLEASE CONTACT THE CONFERENCE SECRETARIAT AT THE BUREAU OF STANDARDS JAMAICA FOR DETAILS. T:876-926-3140 E: cibsja2018@gmail.com or info@bsj.org.jm Ref. Caribbean International Bamboo Symposium

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