(Nassau, Bahamas): RF Bank & Trust announced that its annual RF Economic Outlook (RFEO) will reach new audiences through a fully virtual format. President & CEO, Michael A. Anderson, explained that the pivot to virtual not only reflects the ‘new normal’ brought on by the novel coronavirus, but also the 2021 conference theme, Global Digital Disruption: Threat or Opportunity?
“Over the past few years, we’ve seen exponential growth in technology that has dramatically changed the global business landscape,” Mr. Anderson said. “Caribbean developing nations share many of the same challenges. Chief among them is finding innovative ways to drive economic growth while keeping pace with rapid technology developments that have as much potential to develop new revenue sources as to threaten existing revenues. The 2021 event theme is designed to help leaders chart a path through global disruption and find opportunities to build sustainable growth in the region. We hope that our expansion to a wider Caribbean audience will serve as a catalyst for conversations and collaborations across borders.”
The key issues being addressed at this year’s conference include the growing threats associated with China’s technological developments, the rapid technology driven improvements in healthcare, using technology to drive growth in tourism, the development of more sustainable energy solutions for our markets and the massive expected growth and opportunities in digital assets and currencies. For the first time, all the sessions will be available on-demand after the event for a limited time.
This year, the event will expand into Barbados and take the form of one regional event across the Caribbean. Over 900 delegates from The Bahamas, Cayman and Barbados and are anticipated to attend RFEO 2021 who will have the opportunity to earn Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits through live and on-demand sessions. In addition to these attendees, RF has made 300+ complimentary passes available to university students in the three host countries. “One of our key goals is to inspire and equip the next generation with the tools to support continued growth in our region. We hope that by providing them with the opportunity to connect with and learn from international experts and local business leaders, we will be closer to achieving this goal,” Mr. Anderson said.
Attendees will access a plethora of innovative and user-friendly features through a custom event platform. Some of these features are virtual coffee tables, one-on-one video conferencing functionalities and the ability to collect downloadable content in a digital delegate bag.
The speaker line-up includes Amy Zegart, co-director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, Chip Conley, American Hotelier and Airbnb Strategic Advisor, John Kiff, Senior Financial Sector Expert at the IMF, Daniel Kraft, M.D., Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist, Ugwem Eneyo, Engineer and Co-Founder of SHYFT Power Solutions, and Matt McFadyen, Extreme Adventurer and motivational speaker. Government officials will provide opening remarks in their respective countries.
RFEO (Bahamas) 2021 is proudly sponsored by RF Bank & Trust, Aliv, Doctors Hospital Health System, Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) Limited, Glinton Sweeting O’Brien Counsel and Attorneys-at-Law, J S. Johnson Insurance Agents & Brokers, PricewaterhouseCoopers, REV and The Tribune Media Group.
For more details and to register, visit www.rfeoc.com.