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Press release

23 OCT 2017

RICS/IPTI to host valuation & construction conference in Trinidad & Tobago

The Caribbean is a distinctive region with unique challenges within the construction and real estate industry.

We will convene property professionals for RICS’ 6th joint Valuation and Construction Conference with the International Property Tax Institute (IPTI) from November 2-3, 2017 in Trinidad and Tobago. More than 120 delegates from across the Caribbean, North America, the United Kingdom and beyond will attend to discuss best practices and issues affecting the built environment in the region.

Elizabeth Stair, CEO of the Jamaica National Land Agency; Marla Dukharan, Chief Economist with Bitt Inc; and Richard Borst, Senior Research Scientist with Tyler Technologies, USA are among the speakers slated for the conference. Presenters also include senior level executives from banks, valuation firms, construction companies, academics and finance professionals. 

Topics on the agenda include: 

  • The Caribbean Investment Climate and Opportunities 
  • Assessment of Damages in Construction Contracts
  • Pricing the Priceless – A Principled Approach to Valuing Historic Buildings 
  • Expert Witness, Report Writing and Preparing for Litigation

"RICS has a strong presence in the Caribbean promoting the international standards that RICS enforces globally. We are happy to host this conference with IPTI to bring together experts to share best practices in constructing, measuring and managing real estate resources. In the Caribbean, property sales and development has a significant impact on nations’ Gross Domestic Product, employment, and foreign exchange inflows and therefore these are important discussions to have." Neil Shah, Managing Director, RICS in the Americas

"Participants value the opportunity to discuss and further their knowledge about the wide range of topical issues addressed at the conference. Property tax is particularly topical in Trinidad & Tobago at present as the government is reintroducing property tax and both taxpayers and the industry are keen to ensure that this task is undertaken carefully." Paul Sanderson, President, IPTI

The event will be held at Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre, Belmont, Port of Spain.