Caribbean Export Continues to Support Trade |





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Published:

12 Jun, 2019

Supporting regional trade is central
to the work of the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export).  Caribbean
Export in collaboration with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale
Zusammenarbeit GmbH or GIZ in short, supported the participation of four
CARIFORUM companies to exhibit at the recently held Jamaica International
Exhibition (JIE) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre from May 30 to June 1,
2019.

“Participation
in the JIE enabled us to gain meaningful feedback on our new product line and
promote our existing teas with various key players in the Jamaican market. We
were able to present our teas to hotel management, distributors and even the
Mayor of Montego Bay which was encouraging as the feedback was fantastic”
informed Sophia Stone, CEO at Caribbean Cure Ltd from Trinidad and Tobago.

Other
exhibiting companies included Benedicta SA producers of the region’s only cider
alcoholic beverage from the Dominican Republic, Gom Foods out of Suriname who
produce a range of marinades and condiments; and from Saint Lucia the Winfresh
Group also presented their range of sauces and condiments.

Speaking on
his experience at the JIE Gustavo Cruz Jerez, Co-Founder and CEO at Benedicta
SA highlighted that they “made good business contacts for Jamaica, Guyana,
Costa Rica, Suriname, Grenada and Miami.” 

Inclusion
of CARIFORUM firms at National Trade show such as JIE is an important
intervention for the Agency.  In addition
to JIE the Agency supported seventeen (17) of the WE-Xport
firms to participate in BMEX in Barbados over the period June 7-10, 2019 together
with regional buyers in the BIDC Buyer Program. 
Caribbean Export in cooperation with the European Union will continue supporting
national trade shows throughout the year such as the Guyana Trade and
Investment Exhibition (GuyTie); Everything Vincy 2019 in St. Vincent and the
Grenadines and the upcoming Trade and Investment Convention (TIC) in Trinidad
and Tobago.

Caribbean
Export will itself be hosting a trade exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany on
September 27th as part of the 4th CARIFORUM-EU
Business Forum
, a 3-day event to support increased trade between CARIFORUM
and the EU.  Over 60 CARIFORUM companies
will participate in the business forum many of whom have had tremendous success
at the aforementioned national events.

“We
are grateful to Caribbean Export and GIZ team for supporting us in this
initiative and helping us progress one step further in international market
penetration” expressed Stone.





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