Saturday, October 11, 2008

Caribbean Working Towards More Overseas Trade

By Oscar Ramjeet

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados: The Executive Director of the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), Phillip Williams, said that his agency, along with the Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce and the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery, were working towards extensive promotion of the region's export services.

Williams said that a 23-member business mission recently returned from an encouraging trip to Europe.

The Barbados Advocate reported the Caribbean Export exposed ICT and home and video producers from the region to business opportunities for them in London and Madrid respectively.

Williams said that there would be a follow-up meeting at an EU CARIFORUM business forum in Barbados on November 23 and 24.

There was also mention of ongoing programmes with Trade Facilitation Office Canada to promote health and wellness tourism and handicraft. These types of activities, although critical to export success were costly, Williams said.

The Executive Director added that he was currently in the process of organising a study tour to Ireland to expose senior trade and investment promotion officials to the Irish miracle, which has resulted in sustained success of the Irish economy over the last two decades.

Source: CNN

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