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The 14th Annual Conference of the Academy of International Business – Latin America and the Caribbean (AIB-LAC) Chapter, held at the Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM) at the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel , concluded on a high note on March 22, 2024. The conference, themed "Rethinking and Reshaping the Role of Business in Creating a More Sustainable and Resilient Latin America and the Caribbean," brought together leading academics, business professionals, and government officials to explore critical issues and solutions for the region's future.

Engaging Discussions and Networking Opportunities:

Over the course of three days, attendees participated in insightful panel discussions, presentations, and workshops. The conference fostered lively debates on topics ranging from sustainable business practices and regional integration to the impact of technological advancements on international trade. The well-organized schedule also provided ample opportunities for networking and collaboration among participants from across the region and beyond.

Dr Indianna Minto - Coy  Local Host Chair of the 14th AIB-LAC Conference  and AIB-LAC Caribbean Director noted, "We are thrilled with the overwhelming success of this year's conference. The level of engagement, insightful discussions, and collaborative spirit exceeded our expectations. We are confident that the ideas and solutions explored here will contribute significantly to building a more sustainable and resilient future for Latin America and the Caribbean."

In his reflection on the conferenceDr David McBean, Executive Director of MSBM stated, "Hosting the AIB-LAC conference was a privilege for the MSBM. The diverse perspectives and expertise shared throughout the week will benefit our students and faculty. We are committed to fostering these crucial conversations on international business issues within the region."


Colin Duncan  Managing Director, Deloitte, main sponsor of the conference noted, "Deloitte is proud to have been a sponsor of this important conference. As a global leader in professional services, we recognize the vital role of responsible business practices in driving sustainable growth. We believe the insights shared here will propel the region towards a more prosperous and resilient future."

A Memorable Conclusion:

The conference wouldn't have been complete without the gracious hospitality of The Pegasus Hotel, which provided a comfortable and convenient venue for attendees. The student volunteers from the MSBM Tourism degree programme and the administrative, marketing, and academic staff all did an exceptional job in making the conference a major success. The conference culminated in a truly unforgettable cultural night, showcasing the vibrant spirit of Jamaica. The evening featured electrifying performances by renowned artists like DBrunz, DJ Kaotic, Hummingbird Steel Pan, and the Sonic Dancer. The infectious energy had everyone, Jamaican and non-Jamaican alike, dancing to the latest moves well into the night.

A Platform for Progress:

The 14th AIB-LAC Conference served as a valuable platform for knowledge sharing, fostering collaboration, and generating innovative solutions for a more sustainable and resilient Latin America and the Caribbean. The positive feedback from attendees, the successful execution of the event by the MSBM team, and the unforgettable cultural night have left a lasting impression. This annual gathering undoubtedly plays a significant role in shaping the future of international business in the region.