Credit rating is an essential part of doing business as having a credit score can have significant benefits to small businesses. Essentially, A credit rating is an evaluation of the credit risk of a company.

In the energy sector, the business environment is very competitive and understanding credit rating can facilitate better business opportunities including better access to funding, joint ventures and negotiating better credit terms with foreign suppliers etc.

The Energy Chamber has engaged CariCRIS (Caribbean Information and Credit Rating Services Ltd) to hold a breakfast meeting to discuss the benefits of Credit Rating for SMEs in the Energy Sector and methods for improving your rating.

Venue: Energy Chamber Learning Centre, Atlantic Plaza, Pt Lisas
Date: 25th September, 2018
Time: 9:00am - 11:00am
Cost: Members - $450+VAT | Non-Members $500+VAT

Facilitator's Bio

Mr. Stefan Fortuné is the Manager, Ratings, Research & Training at Caribbean Information and Credit Rating Services Limited (CariCRIS).  In this role, he leads a team responsible for providing research and analysis for the credit ratings of sovereigns, corporates and SMEs throughout the region.  Stefan specializes in SME Ratings and was a member of the team that piloted the SME credit rating product in Jamaica in 2009.  Stefan has since led several other SME credit rating assignments and is currently spearheading an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)-funded SME Ratings project in the Caribbean. Stefan has also facilitated several workshops throughout the Caribbean in SME credit risk analysis.

Prior to joining CariCRIS in 2007, Mr. Fortuné participated in an internship at Guardian Holdings Limited.  There he was exposed to the functions of the various departments but eventually assigned to function in the internal auditing department.

Mr. Fortuné holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Economics from the University of the West Indies and is currently finalising his Ph.D. in Welfare Economics.