Multimillionaire Suhas Gopinath, 27, CEO and founder of Global Inc, along with Frans Johansson, CEO of the Medici Group, will be visiting Trinidad and Tobago in October to share the secrets of their success in the field of innovation.
Joining them are 35 elite panellists and speakers from around the world, who will be sharing their experiences at the VIII Americas Competitiveness Forum (ACF) 2014 from October 8 to 10 at the Hyatt Regency. Entitled “The Human Imagination at Work: Driving Competitiveness, Powering Innovation”, the forum will focus on bringing the international, regional and national communities together to share ideas, have discussions and foster awareness on the ways in which the human imagination can become the vehicle for competitiveness and innovation that will lead to economic and social growth and development of a country.
At a media launch in Port of Spain yesterday, Minister of Planning and Sustainable Development and chair pro tempore of the VIII ACF Bhoendradatt Tewarie highlighted the purpose of the forum, projected outcomes and the beneficiaries of such an event. Tewarie stated, “It is an important event for us as citizens, and it is important for us in the context in which Trinidad and Tobago is really emerging as a nation of substance and being regarded as a country of significant leadership in a number of spheres.”
He stated the forum will focus on people and creativity, products of imagination, entrepreneurs and businesses and business leaders and drivers and the realm of ideas which will in turn spark more ideas.
He noted the forum is “seeking to transform thinking about the way we live, the way we organise our society, businesses and the education system”.
Elaborating on an important element of the forum—the Innovation Village—was Vice Chief of Defence Staff-Brigadier General Anthony Phillips-Spencer, who said the village, scheduled for the Jean-Pierre Complex from the October 9 to 11, will provide a stage for local, national and international businesses and exhibitors to share and learn about the new and emerging innovations in these spheres.
The target audiences, he stated, were the secondary and tertiary pupils, as well as local businesses.