Annual Business Forum 2018

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The Trinidad Saudi Chamber of Commerce (TSCC) hosted 200 persons at its first Annual Business Forum from March 27-28, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad.

TSCC’s inaugural, flagship event was held on March 27-28 at the Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain. In collaboration with the Oxford Business Group, the event aimed to develop synergistic ideas and sustainable relationships through presentations and discussions with a diverse panel of reputable, respected speakers, on global investment know-how, new market development and leveraging partnerships to support export of products and services, gain in forex and business growth. Bringing together business owners, industry experts, government officials, trade stakeholders and members of the media, the event attracted over 200 attendees, and a booth exhibition with representation by 15 members of the TSCC.

The Forum brought together business leaders and investment experts from both Trinidad & Tobago and Saudi Arabia to look at opportunities in the industrial, commercial and services sectors. The Forum engaged diverse presenters on global investment know-how and new market development by building partnerships to support local and inter-regional investments, the import and export of products and services and business growth opportunities.

The Business Forum featured highlights of the Vision 2030 plans of both countries as they seek life beyond Oil and Gas, followed by sessions on the Services Sector, including Tourism, ICT, Finance and Real-Estate, and the Industrial Sectors including Energy and Manufacturing.

This event was the culmination of about five years of the sustained cross-border trade cooperation initiatives of the Trinidad Saudi Chamber of Commerce. These activities focused primarily on the following objectives:

  • Country promotion
  • Business matchmaking
  • Exploration and assessment of cross-border trade
  • Investment promotion

The level of multi-sector consensus achieved with respect to the real scope for cooperation and need for greater state level facilitation was a major highlight of the event. The business forum was thought to be the most efficient way to consolidate the TSCC’s initiatives that were geared towards achieving these four objectives. For this reason, the business forum has been established as an annual event of the TSCC.

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Challenge

With the desire to market themselves in a more interactive way through their website, AIFS made the decision to move across to the WordPress CMS for increased content management functionality and for the option of more flexible, accessible and responsive ways of displaying content. As their existing site contained a substantial amount of high value content in the form of research publications, the breadth of requirements was extensive and would call for a significant overhaul to the information architecture. This would result in improved content discoverability across all subsites and subsequently make it easier for users to discover the depth of the material available to them.

Solution

In developing the solution, We built a distribution for AIFS – a pre-configured version of WordPress that is able to be used across their network of sites, is easily reconfigured to allow for customisations and boasts rich search capability across all sub-sites. We helped the AIFS team in becoming self-sufficient in terms of managing their sites, working closely alongside their internal team to assist them in becoming much more educated about WordPress, becoming efficient in the use of the distribution, and also with the ongoing management, maintenance and hosting of their numerous sites. They now have have a collection of integrated, content-managed websites that are the central hub for sharing and transferring knowledge generated by the Institute.

The Results

Hosted internally, the new AIFS website was successfully launched in mid 2015, the new distribution now implemented across their network of sites including the Australian Gambling Research Centre, Child Family Community Australia and numerous other sites that cater to separate projects of the Institute.