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Caribbean Export Development Agency, Latin Chamber Sign MOU at Caribbean Investment Summit

MIAMI, Fla. (FNN News) — The Caribbean Export Development Agency signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Latin Chamber of Commerce of the USA. The agreements form the basis for the strengthening of investment and trade promotion and facilitation and develop reciprocal cooperation between the US based entities and the member states of Caribbean Export which includes CARIFORUM countries.

Mrs. Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director of the Caribbean Export Development Agency speaks with the media before signing historic MOU between Caribbean Export and CAMACOL, in Miami, Florida on Thursday, May 13, 2016. Photo by Mellissa Thomas/Florida National News

Mrs. Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director of the Caribbean Export Development Agency speaks with the media before signing a MOU between Caribbean Export and the Latin Chamber of Commerce of the USA, in Miami, Florida on Thursday, May 13, 2016. Photo by Mellissa Thomas/Florida National News

“These agreements will open new doors to the Caribbean and to Caribbean businesses. Caribbean Export has always been very strong on promoting partnerships because we see them as the most effective and cost-efficient ways to advance the goals of the Agency and those of the region,” notes Mrs. Coke Hamilton, Executive Director of Caribbean Export. With specific reference to the agreement with the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mrs. Coke Hamilton noted that “This partnership will help us reach out to Diaspora businesses and their networks so they can continue to play a role in the development of the Caribbean – which many in the Diaspora are eager to do.” The agreement with the Latin Chamber of Commerce will strengthen the region’s efforts to access the markets of the Latin America as well, opening opportunity for partnerships with US-based Latin firms and Latin investors seeking to enter the Caribbean.

The signing of the MOUs formed a part of activities targeting investors in the US market on 13 May 2016 through the hosting of a Caribbean Investment Summit funded and co-organised by the Inter-American Development Bank as a part of a Regional Public Goods Initiative entitled: Support to Foreign Direct Investment in the Caribbean. The promotion of the event was facilitated by both Chambers whose members were targets for the Summit. Seventeen of the nineteen member countries of the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA) participated in the Summit sharing their investment ready projects to the more than 100 investors and site selection intermediaries. The signing of the agreements and the Summit are part of a work programme with the Inter-American Development Bank that is being implemented by Caribbean Export, as the Secretariat for the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA).

About Caribbean Export
Caribbean Export is a regional export development and trade and investment promotion organisation of the Forum of Caribbean States (CARIFORUM) currently executing the Regional Private Sector Programme (RPSDP) funded by the European Union under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Caribbean Export’s mission is to increase the competitiveness of Caribbean countries by providing quality export development and trade and investment promotion services through effective programme execution and strategic alliances. For more information about Caribbean Export visit: www.carib-export.com.

About the IDB
The Inter-American Development Bank’s mission is to improve lives. Founded in 1959, the IDB is one of the principal sources of long-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also carries out leading-edge research and offers advice on policies, technical assistance and training for public and private clients in the region.

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