Twenty-two manufacturing firms from across CARIFORUM recently participated in a European Study Tour organised by Caribbean Export Development Agency and African Caribbean and Pacific Business Climate from June 20 – 29, 2012.
The tour is a precursor to the second CARIFORUM-EU Business Forum scheduled to take place in London on August 8 and 9, 2012 during Caribbean Export’s London Engage initiative. The firms toured Manchesterin the UK, Hamburg in Germany and the French capital of Paris, with the aim to form strategic business alliances with their European counterparts.
“The manufacturing sector plays a critical role in strengthening the region’s capacity to be competitive in all sectors”, commented Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director, Caribbean Export.
“As such, it is paramount that we find new and innovative ways to establish mutually beneficial European trade relationships, while taking advantage of the opportunities presented by the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement. It is with this view that we embarked on this study tour to Europe”, Coke-Hamilton concluded.
The 22 firms, which specialise in products such as food and beverages, condiments, staples, essential oils, herbs, spices and organic food, represent Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Lucia, and Suriname.