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Dunkley to attend business forum in Miami

Michael Dunkley, the Premier (File photograph)

The Cabinet Office is advising that Michael Dunkley will be in Miami this week to participate in the seventh World Strategic Forum.

The conference theme is “Mastering Change, Reigniting Growth”, and it takes place on April 19 and 20.

The Premier was invited to the Miami conference by the International Economic Forum. The invitation is a follow up from his participation at the Toronto Global Forum in 2015, which was also hosted by the International Economic Forum.

On Wednesday at the Miami conference, the Premier will join business industry leaders for a panel discussion on “Cultivating an Ecosystem of Entrepreneurship”.

The forum will explore start-ups and small to medium sized enterprises in emerging economies; entrepreneurial activity; innovation; productivity growth and employment.

According to a Cabinet Office statement, Mr Dunkley will use the opportunity to highlight Bermuda’s “strong, stable and resilient financial services industry”.

He will also discuss the impact the 35th America’s Cup has had on job creation, the formation of new small and medium sized businesses, and growth in such areas as real estate and maritime infrastructure.

The Premier’s fellow panellists at the WSF include:

• Michael Schlein, the president and CEO of Accion, and chairman of the New York City Economic Development Corporation;

• Gonzalo Rivas, the president of the National Innovation Council of Chile;

• María Helena Jaén, the distinguished chair professor and academic director at Observatorio SCALA, Universidad de los Andes School of Management;

• Varelie Croes, the founder and CEO at the Liv Group.

The Governor of Florida, Rick Scott, will also address the World Strategic Forum attendees on Wednesday.

The World Strategic Forum was established by the International Economic Forum of the Americas, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of an open dialogue on pressing economic issues.

The forum strives to foster the exchange of information, to promote free discussion on major current economic issues and facilitate meetings between world leaders to encourage international discussions by bringing together heads of state, the private sector, international organisations and members of society.