KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) led a delegation of Dominican Republic private sector business representatives to Jamaica from April 3 to April 6, as a part of the agency’s efforts to spur increased trade between that country and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) within the framework of the CARICOM-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement.
The delegation served as a reciprocation to the mission of Jamaican firms that visited the Dominican Republic (DR) in September 2013. The mission included a delegation of 12 Dominican Republic firms led by Escipion Oliveira, deputy executive director of Caribbean Export, and was funded under the European Union 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Regional Private Sector Development Programme (RPSDP).
The mission took place in tandem with the staging of Expo Jamaica 2014, to showcase the extent of Jamaica’s export capacity to the DR firms. Caribbean Export executed the mission with the support of Jamaica Promotions Ltd (JAMPRO), the Centre for Export and Investment in the DR (CEI-RD), the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce and the DR Embassy to Jamaica.
The events began with an informative business forum, which was chaired by Robert Scott, Caribbean Export’s board of directors’ representative in Jamaica, and presided over by Diane Edwards, the president of JAMPRO, José Tomás Ares Germán, DR ambassador to Jamaica and Achim Schaffert, head of the Economic, Social Development and Trade Section of the European Union Delegation to Jamaica, Belize, The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands and The Cayman Islands.
The forum gave the DR firms guidance on conducting business in Jamaica with contributions from other public and private sector representatives from the ministry of foreign affairs and foreign trade in Jamaica, the ministry of industry investment and commerce and the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce.
With a view to fostering trade and investment relations in the CARIFORUM region the agency is actively promoting public/private sector dialogue, as well as, the engagement of exporters, importers and investors in throughout the region in collaboration, among others, with the CARICOM-CARIFORUM secretariat and the European Union.