WELCOME TO THE 12TH ASAC ENCOUNTER IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
The 12th ASAC Encounter of JCI Senators will be held in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago during 17 – 21 August 2022. While the original dates were to have been 2020, and again in 2021, the global pandemic had placed the whole world on pause and re-set.
The dates were shifted to 17 – 21 August 2022. The Organizing Committee remains positive that this Ultimate Reunion of JCI Senators of America and the Caribbean will have tremendous positive outcomes. More information about the event here
The logo of the 12th ASAC Encounter represents an adaptation of the “Steelpan”, the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago, the only musical instrument invented in the 20th century.
The colours used in the logo have the following meaning:
- Blue represents the Junior Chamber International (JCI).
- Red and gold represent the Association of JCI Senators of the Americas and the Caribbean (ASAC)
- Green represents our commitment to preserve our environment
An ASAC Encounter, A Reunion of Friends
The experience of an ASAC Encounter highlights the purposes of ASAC, to
- encourage and promote friendship, understanding and goodwill among JCI Senators of the Americas and the Caribbean.
- to facilitate communication between member bodies of ASAC.
- to support participation in business and social events organized by JCI Senates of the Americas and the Caribbean
- to support JCI and /or National and/ or Local Organizations.
Twenty (20) countries of the region are members of ASAC – Argentina, Aruba, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America and Venezuela. The official languages of ASAC are English and Spanish.
A Background to the Encounters
It was in 2009 that Senator Enrique Norero invited JCI Senators to the first business meeting in Peru. Under the ASAC leadership of Senator John Moreno (deceased), some members decided to participate. It was accepted de facto as a great decision, so much so that it was agreed that the Encounter should be a staple occurrence on the ASAC calendar each year. The next four (4) Encounters were immediately scheduled.
Senate Encounters of the Association of Senators of the Americas and the Caribbean (ASAC) continue to be a unique and outstanding programme, born out of that initial experiential project in Peru in 2009. That awesome experience of hosting Senators from throughout the Americas and the Caribbean region inculcated a deep interest among members that truly reflect one of the tenets of the JCI Creed that “the brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations”.
The theme, Tourism, Friendship and Business was deliberately chosen to demonstrate that this international gathering was about bonding, networking, and having meaningful fun while experiencing one another’s culture. For those Senators who are in business and want to expand their network, this opportunity was provided. The goal was also to downplay the protocols associated with JCI Meetings, Conferences and World Congresses while demonstrating our many years of learnings as JCI Senators.
Historical Encounters to date have been:
|Peru||16-21 September 2009||México||19 – 25 August 2015|
|Honduras||21 – 27 August 2010||Suriname||17 – 20 August 2016|
|Colombia||17 – 22 August 2011||Curacao||23 – 25 August 2017|
|Aruba||19 – 26 August 2012||Colombia (Cartagena):||22 – 26 August 2018|
|Trinidad and Tobago||12 – 18 August 2013||Honduras (Roatan)||21 – 25 August 2019|
|Panama||12 – 18 August 2013|
While initially participation in ASAC Encounters was just over twenty members, today ASAC can boast of representation from all its member states, and participation has multiplied by over 700% to over one hundred and forty (140) participants.
BRIEF ON HOST COUNTRY
The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago will host the 12th ASAC Encounter of JCI Senators of the Americas and the Caribbean!
Trinidad and Tobago is an archipelagic state situated very near (about 6km) to the South American country of Venezuela. It also shares maritime boundaries with Barbados to the northeast and Guyana to the southeast. The capital of Trinidad and Tobago is Port of Spain.