Bridgetown, Barbados, March 13, 2013.  The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), as part of its mandate to promote export led growth for the Caribbean region and to facilitate increased exports to regional and international markets, is pleased to launch for the first time a Caribbean Export Week.

The week of activities aimed at raising the level of awareness about Caribbean Export in particular on the work being under-taken as part of the 10th EDF Regional Private Sector Development Programme, commences with an Ecumenical Service on March 17 and has a two day Caribbean Exporters’ Colloquium in the week, where industry leaders will discuss key issues relating to exporting from the Caribbean to the international market.

Speakers at the Caribbean Exporters‘ Colloquium being held at the Hilton Barbados Resort, Barbados on March 20-21, 2013 include Dr. The Honourable Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister for St. Vincent and the Grenadines, who will give a keynote address on the first day of the event.

Those attending the two day event will be challenged to take an indepth look at the report of the West Indian Commission – Time for Action, followed by an analysis of the regions exports.  Panelist including The Honourable Anthony Hylton, Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce for Jamaica, Sir Shridath Ramphal, Former Chairman, The West Indian Commission, The Honourable Ryan Pinder, Minister of Financial Services, The Commonwealth of the Bahamas and Prof Victor Bulmer-Thomas of London University and UCL Institute of the Americas, London will discuss the issues raised in the report and assess the region’s current export performance in light of developments taking place at the global level.

“Caribbean Export Week is an important step towards ensuring that regions leaders and the private sector sit down together discuss the issues at hand with a view to realising a new framework for export development ” says Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director for Caribbean Export.

Other key activities during the week include a special breakfast meeting for the newly convened Private Sector Advisory Group, a private screening of the Built to Last documentary and Caribbean Export’s official office opening and cocktail reception.

For more information about Caribbean Export Week  contact Andrea Alleyne, Office of the Executive Director on email: For information on the Caribbean Exporters‘ Colloquium contact Gayle Gollop, Advisor – Trade Advocacy, Caribbean Export Development Agency  email: at Tel: +1 246 436 0578.