This symposium builds on the impressive progress made over the past few years in the blockchain space. It provides a unique opportunity for Caribbean professionals, entrepreneurs, educators and policy makers to learn how this technology can transform the sectors most relevant for the Caribbean economy. 

It is a two-day multi-stakeholder symposium designed to drive collaboration, research and project development.


a. Inclusive Tourism: How to facilitate online booking and payment for tourism experiences offered by Caribbean MSMEs (eg: walking/hiking tour, cooking class, music show, etc.)? Can blockchain facilitate environmental branding through green certification?

b. Trade facilitation: How to use blockchain and smart contracts to enable interoperability of Caribbean systems and customs procedures?

c. Access to finance: Can blockchain enable digital footprints to increase access to finance and build credit history for underprivileged groups cost-effectively? Can it be used to track crop progress to de-risk lenders interested in farmers?

d. Traceability: Can blockchain enable farmers and agro-processors to be more rewarded for their production when it's handled or sourced in a high quality, environmentally, and socially responsible manner? As well as green certification?

e. Creative industry: How to use blockchain to track downloads and distribute revenues among artists, producers and copyrighters?

f. High social impact: use cases that support vulnerable populations including but not limited to remittances and financial inclusion, social transfers, digital identity for poor and vulnerable populations,

g. Efficiency & Transparency: property records, medical history, and professional certifications, to name a few.

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Marcos Allende Lopez is the Technical Coordinator at the IDB's LACChain, a global alliance to promote the use of blockchain in Latin America and the Caribbean. This program aims to develop the blockchain ecosystem in the region in a way that maximizes social impact and inclusion. LACChain is already maintaining a free public-permissioned blockchain network with different active projects on top of. Marcos is also the Lead Researcher at the IT TechLab of the Inter-American Development Bank, where he focuses on blockchain, quantum technologies, and digital identity, leveraging his background as a physicist.

Dr. Sylvia Dohnert is a Private Sector Lead Specialist at the Competitiveness, Technology and Innovation Division of the Inter-American Development Bank, and Compete Caribbean Executive Director since November 2012. The Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility (CCPF) is a multi-donor facility of US$22.5 million whose objective is to support the Caribbean region in increasing productivity and Caribbean firms' contribution to economic growth by supporting business climate reforms, cluster initiatives, and technology adoption and innovation in the private sector. It is the second phase of the Compete Caribbean Program, which Sylvia led between 2012 and 2017. The CCPF, jointly financed by the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Kingdom's Department for International Development, the Caribbean Development Bank and the Government of Canada, supports over 30 projects in 13 beneficiary countries.

Annie Bertrand is Coordinator for Productivity and Innovation in the private sector with Compete Caribbean at the Inter-American Development Bank in Barbados. She builds on over 15yrs of management consulting and development experiences in 70 countries. Annie received a Master in Business Administration (MBA) with distinction from Harvard Business School (HBS) and a management accounting accreditation from Montreal (Canada) in 2001. Most importantly, Annie volunteered with various non-profit organisations, countless entrepreneurs, angel investors and philanthropists to share her passion with those interested in making the world a more equitable place.

Technical Coordinator
Executive Director
Compete Caribbean
Coordinator for Productivity and Innovation
Compete Caribbean


Compete Caribbean is a multi-donor facility whose objective is to support the Caribbean region in increasing productivity and Caribbean firms' contribution to economic growth, by providing technical assistance for business climate reforms, cluster initiatives, and innovation. The program, jointly funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Government of Canada, supports projects in 13 Caribbean countries. (

The IDB Lab is the innovation laboratory of the IDB Group which seeks to catalyze innovation for inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean. IDB Lab has a risk tolerance fit for high impact projects with support for early stage companies, from ideation all the way up to scale. (

The Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade Law, Policy & Services of The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill is the Caribbean's premier trade policy training, research and outreach institution. The SRC is best known for its Master's in International Trade Policy (MITP) programme, now in its sixteenth cohort, which has trained trade policy professionals across the Caribbean and the world. The Centre also runs several short courses. Its outreach activities include its monthly SRC Lunch Time Chats, its Trading Thoughts columns, as well as periodic lectures, panel discussions and events on trade and trade-related issues of contemporary interest. Further information may be gleaned from

The Caribbean Blockchain Alliance is an NGO dedicated to promoting the adoption of blockchain technology in the region. It advocates, educates, informs, guides, and fosters blockchain tech throughout the Caribbean with a core focus on regional integration. (

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University Of The West Indies Cave Hill, St. Michael, Barbados, W, I Bridgetown Barbados

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