The Regional Investor of the Year Award (RIYA) is a collaborative initiative between Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) and Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA) to recognise and promote the contribution of foreign and local investors to the Caribbean economy.
Over the past 3 years, the RIYA focused on the creation of jobs by investors during the global financial crisis, the contribution of regional investors to the green economy and the contribution of local and foreign investors in innovation to advancing a new idea, devices, invention or methods into a good or service that creates value and satisfies a specific need for which customers will pay.
This year, 2016/2017, the focus will be on the investments made by Caribbean investors in ensuring customer satisfaction and retention using Caribbean labour and the impact that this has had on their businesses and the society as a whole.
Awards will be given to distinctive investment projects in 3 categories, namely:
- Local Investor of the Year Award: This award will seek to honour local investors, those of Caribbean birth who have invested in operations in the region.
- Foreign Investor of the Year Award: This award will seek to honour, as the name suggests foreign investors (non-Caribbean nationals), who have invested in operations in the region.
- Special Awards: Special recognition will be given to women investors and young entrepreneurs who through their business initiatives have made a significant contribution to the region through their investments in the targeted area.
An overall winner will be chosen from the successful candidates in the above categories and will be named Regional Investor of the Year Awardee 2016/2017 on 5 December 2017.
More details on the award and the application process is available on www.grenadaidc.com/awards