Telling region’s export story
BARBADOS-BASED CARIBBEAN Export Development Agency has showcased its export development work to thousands of people in Europe.
This took place when a Caribean Export team led by its executive director Pamela Coke-Hamilton, participated in the 2017 edition of the European Commission’s (EC) event European Development Days (EDD) two weeks ago.
Caribbean Export took place among those considered to be the “best of investing in development”. Its work was showcased to the 8 000 participants who passed through the event over the two days.
“Our participation at EDD 2017 at this level has been a worthwhile investment. Not only from a visibility point of view but more importantly it has enabled us to contribute significantly to the conversation around the EPA and how the region’s private sector is able to maximise the opportunities especially being a part of the ACP group,” Coke-Hamilton said.
She participated in key debates ensuring that the Caribbean’s position was heard amongst the key stakeholders in the world of development.
In the session Boosting Investment For ACP Inclusive Trade And Development she called for stronger trade linkages between the Caribbean and Africa in view of the apparent synergies between the two regions.
“We want to promote trade as the mechanism to deliver real economic results for our companies, their workers and for our consumers. As such we should look toward strengthening trade between us as a means to achieve this,” Coke-Hamilton said.
Caribbean Export was also part of a debate organised by the EC entitled Building On EPA Opportunities to share the experience of the CARIFORUM private sector in leveraging the opportunities under the economic partnershp agreement between CARIFORUM and European countries.
The agency also highlighted its work under the recently concluded 10th EDF Regional Private Sector Development Programme at their booth space where they presented a small sample of unique products from the region at the event which received a phenomenal response from the attending audience.
Caribbean Export said it was encouraged by the positive feedback from the EDD attendees and remained committed to continuing its support to regional entities. (PR)