Caribbean Export is the regional trade and investment promotion agency focused on building a resilient Caribbean by providing cutting-edge and high-impact support to the private sector. Through working closely with businesses to increase exports and attract investment, we contribute towards the creation of jobs, transformation of our economies and support the Caribbean to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
To be the leading Agency that drives Caribbean economic transformation through private sector development.
To provide innovative, targeted initiatives designed to enhance Caribbean business growth, sustainability and job creation.
What we do
We implement a range of innovative and focused initiatives designed to facilitate Caribbean businesses expansion nationally, regionally and internationally into high value markets whilst taking advantage of special market access. We assist businesses that have the export potential or are already exporting to increase their capacity and competitiveness, to boost export earnings and create precious jobs.
As we seek to build businesses and transform lives to create a resilient Caribbean, we are committed to providing services in areas that will generate the greatest transformation. These areas include e-commerce; digitalization; adoptions of green energy; and green and blue economy transition. In addition, recognizing that trade in services is the next frontier for Caribbean business, we support to non-tourism related service providers and the creative industries to build entrepreneurship and leverage opportunities created by the coronavirus pandemic.
Caribbean Export understands the needs for climate action and green economy transition in our small economies. Our work in investment promotions is laser focused on attracting foreign direct investment in renewable energy, agricultural technology and business process outsourcing. With a strategy of pooling several countries to build scale, we serve as the Secretariat of the 23 investment promotion agencies across the Caribbean, and we work closely with them to develop regional approaches and products to steer investments our way.
With offices in Barbados, Dominican Republic and Haiti, we have a proven track record of performance with an annual implementation rate of close to 85%.
Caribbean Export is building business, transforming lives for a resilient Caribbean.
Caribbean Export has evolved over the past 20 years from an Implementing Management Unit of the CARICOM Regional Trade Development Programme (CRTDP) as established in 1988, to the CARICOM Export Development Project (CEDP), which in 1996 became the Caribbean Export Development Agency.
Established by an Inter-Governmental Agreement as the regional trade and investment promotion agency, we serve the 15 States of the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM), namely: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.
At Caribbean Export, our team reflects the diversity of our CARIFORUM region. We bring a multidisciplinary approach and experience to our programme implementation. And our external consultants help us to respond to the specialist needs of our stakeholders and clients. In addition to the Management Team, each technical officer has both sector and country level responsibilities. This enables the use of their technical skills across the region, as well as an integrated approach to activities at the country level – all to our clients’ benefit.
Caribbean Export is governed by the Board of Directors appointed by the Member States from the public and private sectors. The Board is accountable to the CARIFORUM Council of Ministers. The Agency’s membership base consists of the fifteen (15) Member States of CARIFORUM.
The current Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.
Our Strategic Plan 2021-2024
At Caribbean Export, we recognize that the Region’s development trajectory is at a pivotal point. With weak economic growth and increasing external debt the region’s vulnerabilities have been laid bare by the
far-reaching impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Business of all nature will continue to experience the impact for the unforeseeable future. Despite this
however, businesses will have to play a central role in the Region’s recovery.
We understand that innovation, adaptability, competitiveness and access to financing will be needed by firms. Further, our ability to respond to future shocks quickly will be imperative to Regional recovery and can only be achieved through building stronger and more resilient businesses.
The Caribbean Export 2021-2024 Strategic Plan sets out a transformational agenda for the Region.
With business firmly at the center, an innovative, high performing Caribbean Export will support the
development of a resilient competitive private sector, that creates high value jobs leading to the economic growth and development of our Region consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Our key Stakeholders and Partners
We collaborate with a range of partners and stakeholders at national, regional and international levels to achieve our goals.
National and Regional collaboration
At the national level we collaborate with relevant government ministries and other public and private sector agencies which provide assistance for business, trade or investment development. These include the official trade and investment promotion agencies, sector associations, and other Business Support Organisations (BSOs).
At the regional level, we collaborate with agencies whose work, mandate and objectives complement ours. Our partners include:
- Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)
- CARICOM organisations
- Sub-regional agencies such as the OECS Export Development Unit (EDU)
- Inter-governmental agencies
- Regional public and private sector agencies
Our partners at the international level provide technical assistance and financial support. The European Union and other bi-lateral organisations provide funding for many of our project and programme initiatives. Through the establishment of private sector led Steering Committees we ensure that relevant donor funded projects are matched to clients and are successfully implemented. We also partner with multilateral and international bodies in areas of mutual interest, while seeking to develop programmes which will contribute to our own sustainability.
At Caribbean Export we’re committed to achieving results in four key areas:
Fostering an enabling environment
We foster an enabling environment for trade and investment within the region through regional integration, cooperation and advocacy initiatives. These are designed to position the region more effectively in the world economy.
We increase the competitiveness of firms in CARIFORUM countries in selected sectors through:
- management and product development
- market expansion
- export diversification
We promote the Caribbean region as a prime destination for intra and extra-regional investment.
Strengthening Institutional Capacity and Networking
We strengthen and enhance the capacity of public and private sector Business Support Organisation’s (BSOs) particularly:
- sector associations
- trade promotion organisations
- investment promotion agencies
We also support the development of vibrant Caribbean business networks to improve services to clients.