Message from the Chairman of CARAIA - Christopher Williams

April 30, 2020

My fellow CARAIA members,

I begin this letter with a sense of gratitude and pride about the Caribbean Alternative Investment Association (CARAIA). Having launched our Association in November 2019, this is my first official communique to our membership. There is no doubt that our Association has a critical role to play in the growth, development, and the general public’s understanding and appreciation of this Asset Class.

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges for everyone, both personally and professionally. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all members, colleagues, and families who may be infected with the virus. Simultaneously, we would like to record our deep appreciation and profound thanks to our Health care authorities and workers who are at the forefront of fight against this pandemic.

The impact of COVID-19 is forcing organizations from all industries and sectors to reconsider their all-important events in 2020 and CARAIA is no exception. It was our intention to host a number of events including a two-day training for stakeholders, a ‘Roadshow’ in the Eastern Caribbean.  In addition, we had discussions with the Jamaica Pension Fund Association to host a joint seminar. 

In light of the above, we had to shift focus and a decision taken to facilitate some of our events online. In the days ahead, as our plans develop, you should expect to hear more from us about these events.

In closing, the members of the Board of Directors join me in thanking you for the confidence and trust you have placed in us to lead this nascent entity.

Be safe.

Christopher Williams