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VII Americas Competitiveness Forum Trinidad and Tobago 2014
VII Americas Competitiveness Forum Trinidad and Tobago 2014
The Human Imagination at work - Driving Competitiveness, Powering Innovation
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Forum for Partnership in The Americas



Your imagination has no boundaries, why should your business?

Ignite your imagination, and harness it to power your business through sustainable innovation.

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Tapping Imagination for Sustainable Business Innovation

The Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development, in collaboration with the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America (AACCLA), is pleased to invite you to this ‘can’t miss event’, designed for senior executives and leading entrepreneurs of our region.

Presented as the opening day of the Americas Competitiveness Forum for the first time, the Forum for Partnership in the Americas will be held at the Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain, Trinidad, and center on the indispensable theme of ‘Tapping Imagination for Sustainable Business Innovation’.

Groundbreaking Event Design

The Forum is designed with a sharp focus on active participation and actionable outcomes, delivering a blend of unparalleled benefits:

  1. You will be exposed to highly relevant, inter-related topics which will enable you to re-imagine the boundaries of your business.
  2. You will apply world-class perspectives and practical tools that power innovation and sustainable growth.
  3. You will actively interact with other participants, gaining valuable insights and sharing ideas across industries, markets and nationalities.
  4. You will be involved in formulating specific, post-event initiatives to propel the development of the regional private sector.
  5. You will have easy access to business-to-business meetings and business opportunities


Gabor George BurtGabor George Burt

Gabor George Burt is the global authority on re-imagining boundaries. A mastermind of innovation, creativity and strategy development, he is highly successful in enabling organizations to overstep perceived limitations and to carve out successful growth strategies. Gabor’s book Slingshot is the source and step-by-step framework for re-imagining self-imposed, mental limits.

As the foundation for Slingshot, Gabor was a leading practitioner of Blue Ocean Strategy, the new millennium’s most influential business strategy approach. He contributed case study material to the worldwide bestselling book of the same name. Gabor is named on a recent list of Top Visionaries, gave the opening presentation at the World Marketing Forum in 2013 and is both a speaker and event facilitator for the Forum for Partnership in the Americas. He hosted a nationally broadcast radio series in the U.S., writes articles for leading business publications, and is interviewed on major television, radio and newspaper networks.

Gabor holds a BA in psychology and economics from Amherst College as well as an MBA from INSEAD, France.

Daniel LevineDaniel Levine

Daniel Levine is one of the world’s best-known trends experts. He is regularly featured in newspapers and magazines and is often on television and radio including CNN, NBC and others. Mr. Levine is the Director of The Avant-Guide Institute and the Global Editor of the popular social trends website where he leads a large international team of trend spotters who chronicle the latest ideas, products and experiences from around the globe.

As a corporate consultant, Mr. Levine has worked with numerous companies seeking his trends expertise, from American Express, Intel and Deutsche Telekom to Samsonite, Carlsberg Breweries and Mandarin Oriental Hotels.

Relevantly, Daniel studied the history of the Caribbean at New York University, has worked with numerous Latin American destination marketing organizations (DMOs) from PromPeru to Fondo de Promoción Turistica (Colombia) and was the keynote presenter at the 2013 Caribbean Tourism Organization State of the Industry Conference.

Peter SagePeter Sage

Peter Sage is an extreme entrepreneur with over twenty years of experience growing fast-paced enterprises. During that time he launched, operated and brought to success over a dozen companies, in different industries. He served as the Chairman of the London YES Group (the largest personal development organization in Europe) and currently serves on the Entrepreneurship Advisory Board for INSEAD – a global top-five business school and one of the world leaders in the field of entrepreneurship education.

Most recently Peter founded Space Energy – a multi-billion dollar project focused on generation and transmission of clean energy and commercialization of Space Based Solar Power, world and game-changing technology with enormous humanitarian and environmental benefits that has already secured interest from several major governments.

Peter’s book ‘5 Keys To Master Your Life’ became an Amazon No. 1 best seller in Japan in its first week and has since risen to be in the top 1% of business books ever sold in Japan. Peter has also written dozens of articles published in numerous magazines, newspapers and journals over the last two decades. As an expert in entrepreneurship, human behaviour, and leadership, he has spoken on 5 continents and shared the stage with high profile personalities such as Kofi Anan, Sir Richard Branson, Nobel Laureate Prof. Mohamed Yunnis, and Former U.S. President Bill Clinton.



8:30 am – 9:00 am, Welcome Address
Delivered by Dr. Bhoendradatt Tewarie, Chair of the Inter-American Competitiveness Network (RIAC), Minister of Planning and Sustainable Development, Trinidad and Tobago

9:00 am – 9:15 am, Introduction
Speaker: Gabor George Burt

Topic: Tapping Our Imagination – Event Overview and Call to Action

9:15 am – 10:30 am, Segment 1: What can business do for itself?
Speaker: Daniel Levine discusses how to use the power of trends to make your products and services irresistible.

9:15 am – 9:45 am
Spotlighting remarkable cases studies on emerging trends that will significantly impact your business, Daniel Levine will demonstrate how any company can profit by smartly applying social trends for itself. Then, after learning how to track trends that are meaningful to your customers, he will help you frame your business from the perspective of your customers to reduce friction and expand relevance.

9:45 am – 10:30 am
Application Collaborative:
We will roll up our sleeves for a hands-on session in which you will learn to apply the Customer Experience Cycle (CEC). We will use the CEC to identify the weakest points of your customers’ experience with your offering, and then employ key social trends to address them as a way of making your products and services irresistible.

10:30 am – 11:00 am, Break

11:00 am – 12:15 pm, Segment 2: How to stimulate and proliferate entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship and new business creation?
Speaker: Peter Sage discusses how innovation meets free enterprise in the 21st century

11:00 am – 11:30 am
In this mind-expanding session, serial and ‘extreme’ entrepreneur, Peter Sage, will teach you how to break free of the shackles of conventional wisdom, defy any economic odds, leapfrog your competition and transform your business. After just one session you will learn to recognize imagination as your primary capital and develop practical strategies for driving innovation and creating value.

11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Application Collaborative:
Using the principles explained, you will follow a collaborative process that will lead to creative strategies which directly impact on your bottom line. Then, you will have an opportunity to find the market intersection between your business and that of other participants around you, to discover how using your imagination leads you to combine existing, seemingly unrelated components into powerful new offerings.

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm, Business Networking Luncheon 

Lunch Speaker: Mr. Anthony Norman Sabga, Group Chairman & Chief Executive, ANSA McAL Group of Companies
Topic: How is ANSA McAL Group of Companies tapping Imagination for sustainable business innovation?

Lunch Speaker: Gustavo Leite, Minister of Industry and Commerce of Paraguay.
Topic: Paraguay, the new Singapore.

2:30 pm – 3:40 pm, Segment 3 – How can you harness your imagination to drive the success of your company?
Speaker: Gabor George Burt discusses how to apply the Slingshot Framework to continuously re-imagine your business. 

2:30 pm– 3:00 pm
Gabor George Burt’s presentation will tie together key concepts from the earlier presentations and bring to life the core, practical steps that will guide the application of your imagination to drive the ongoing success of your company. You will learn to:

  • Identify consumer ‘Pain Points’ and turn them into ‘Points of Infatuation’, transforming the weakest points of your consumers’ experience into the strongest.
  • Stretch the definition of your business in order to discover new market spaces of expanded relevance and differentiation.
  • Embrace the Shortcut to Meaningful Innovation: Instead of outright invention, you simply unlock powerful combinations of existing components.

3:00 pm– 3:40 pm
Application Collaborative:
As the way to enable you to re-imagine the boundaries of your business, you will get to visually map its market space from the most narrow to the most broad definition. Using a process called the Accordion Chart, you will generate deep insights on how to expand the relevance and impact of your business.

3:40 pm-4:10 pm, Break

4:10 pm– 4:50 pm, Wrap-Up Session
Speakers: Gabor George Burt + Nicholas Galt Chairman of The Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America (AACCLA)
Topics: Event Summary, Declaration to be issued on behalf of the Private Sector


Early Bird Fees End August 15th, 2014 Regular Fees From August 16th, 2014
Local TT$ 1500 TT$ 2000
International USD$ 350 USD$ 450

Registration for the VIII ACF includes attendance at the Forum for Partnership in the Americas. Only Business Executives are eligible to participate. Spaces to this event are limited as only 300 participants will be accommodated.

Registration Process via website localhost/register/

Step 1: Select local or international registration for the VIII ACF via the “Register” tab.

Step 2: Under Enter Personal Information, select “Private Sector” under Institution type.

Step 3: Select “Yes” to the question “Are you attending the Forum for Partnership in the Americas”.

Please also register on the Connect Americas website to benefit from our business matchmaking.


Marketing Officer:

Ms. Aneesia Abdul
VIII ACF Secretariat
T: (868) 384 – 3763



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Americas Competitiveness Forum 2014
October 8 - 10, 2014. Port of Spain, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.