Manuel Laboy Rivera, Puerto Rico Secretary of Commerce, confirmed as Keynote Speaker, at Innovation & Reconstruction Summit-San Juan

Conference explores ways technology to minimize the bite of disasters in impoverished communities by providing innovative resources for preparedness and reliance.

Manuel A. Laboy Rivera is the Secretary of the Department of Economic Development and Commerce (DEDC) and Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO)

MIAMI March 14, 2018 – The Minority Chamber of Commerce (MCC) continues to expand its line-up of featured guest speakers addressing the prestigious 2nd Edition of The Puerto Rico Innovation & Reconstruction Summit-San JuanMarch 29-31, at the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel. MCC’s Executive Committee is pleased to announce that the Honorable Manuel Laboy Rivera, Secretary of Commerce for Puerto Rico, is the latest high-profile guest speaker for the conference, entitled “Be Ready for the Big One.” He will serve as the keynote speaker for the breakfast conference on Friday, March 30, 2018.

The conference currently features 16 renowned speakers from a diverse range of organizations and high-tech companies, which represent and promote innovations and the cutting-edge technologies that could serve to save lives in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), and neighborhood countries in the Caribbean region. This edition is proudly sponsor by the official minority certification agency for Minority Chamber of Commerce, MBDA Export Center.

MCC’s is focused on strengthening communities so that they may be better prepared to respond and recover from future climactic incidents. The mission is to explore collaborative, innovative solutions that rely on the transfer of research, investment, and high-tech tools that provide for a better infrastructure to implement protocols for climate resilience and stronger organizational sustainability.

“The Minority Chamber of Commerce is excited to present Secretary of Commerce Laboy in our second edition of the Puerto Rico reconstruction effort. This will be his second appearance at an MCC conferences. What is most impressive is that Mr. Laboy’s keen ability to providing pertinent and timely information geared toward improving the economy of the island –.” said President & CEO of Minority Chamber of Commerce Doug Mayorga, “For this edition, our high-level signature summit has new technologies in sustainable infrastructure development through innovations, and the topics include: smart cities; big data analysis for urban development; the latest in construction, high-tech energy infrastructure, housing resisting 200 mile winds, and meet the  last generation of Drones helping with hurricane recovery efforts”.

“Our MBDA Export Center is committed to the recovery and growth of minority business enterprises in Puerto Rico and the US-Virgin Islands.  We are delighted to partner with the MCC to bring our Technical Assistance Program to local Minority businesses”, said Marie Gill, Operator Executive Director of MBDA Export Center in Miami. “ So, whether you are new, in recovery, or seeking to expand throughout the U.S. and in global markets, we are here to help.”

About Mr. Manuel Laboy: As Secretary of the Department of Economic Development and Commerce (DEDC) and Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO), Mr. Labor’s mission is to attract new investment, promote the creation of new jobs, and strengthen small and medium enterprises. He is responsible for the formulation and strategic implementation of the Puerto Rico economic development plan, including competitiveness-related reform, infrastructure projects, and promote an agenda of innovation of technology.

About MCC: Founded in Miami Dade in 2000, the mission of the MCC is to build lasting prosperity for minority businesses in the U.S. and Puerto Rico through expansion of trade, contracting, and implementing good practices that are the hallmark of the U.S entrepreneurial spirit. The biggest obstacles to economic engagement and development for U.S. minority businesses are a lack of direction and connections, and the unknown/perceived risks in the global market. MCC is focused on helping companies mitigate these risks through advocacy and access – and by identifying market opportunities.

For more information:
Elizabeth Matos /Public Affairs-MCC


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