Caribbean Export is the only regional trade and investment promotion agency in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group. Established in 1996 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.
What we do
The Agency carries out numerous programme-based activities designed to enhance the competitiveness of regional small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), promote trade and development among the CARIFORUM, promote stronger trade and investment relations among CARIFORUM and the French Caribbean Outermost Regions (FCORs) and the EU Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) in the Caribbean, as well as promote stronger trade and investment cooperation between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Dominican Republic. Caribbean Export’s work focuses on nine priority areas: Agro-processing, Creative Industries, Financial Services, Health and Wellness, Information and Communication Technology, Manufacturing, Professional Services, Specialised Tourism and Renewable Energy. This development work has also strengthened the institutional capacity of public and private sector agencies, and BSOs, particularly sector associations, trade support institutions (TSIs) and investment promotions agencies (IPAs).
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.
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 Director 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.
Our key Stakeholders and Partners
We collaborate with a range of partners and stakeholders at national, regional and international levels to achieve our goals.
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.