Dominican Republic

Enhancing the Caribbean’s Foreign Direct Investment Strategy

Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), in collaboration with the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion agencies (CAIPA), hosted their 4th Annual CAIPA General Assembly at the Radisson Fort George Hotel & Marina, Belize on November 21-22, 2013.


Under the theme ‘Towards an Enhanced FDI Strategy: Strengthening our Foundation and Honouring Regional Excellence’ Investment Promotion Agency (IPA)officials from Member countries that include: Antigua   and   Barbuda,   Bahamas,   Barbados,   Belize, the Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and the Turks & Caicos Islands, focused attention on the development of  CAIPA’s Strategic and Sustainability Plan (2014-2018). The Plan is being developed with the assistance if Ideas to Business Limited.


Another special feature of this year’s General Assembly was the inaugural hosting of the Regional Investor of the Year Award for the Caribbean territories who are members of Continue reading “Enhancing the Caribbean’s Foreign Direct Investment Strategy”

Crafting a New Private Sector Advocacy Model

By Pamela Coke-HamiltonPamela Coke Hamilton

My good friend and colleague David Jessop, wrote in his recent column titled ‘Wanted: An aggressive regional private sector voice’, on an issue which has been at the forefront of recent deliberations within CARICOM and which both the Secretary General of CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin Larocque as well as the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, the Hon Kamla Persad Bissessar have indicated are critical to driving the regional integration process.  The issue of a strong, credible, vocal private sector voice at the regional level.

While it is conceded that there currently exists a lacuna in the regional space, of such a private sector entity, I believe that it is a colossal leap to suggest that the “silence” is “an indicator that regional economic integration and a single direction of economic travel may no longer be achievable.” I would like to suggest rather that the silence has not been as complete as assumed and that the regional leaders, both within the public and private sectors, are moving expeditiously towards ensuring that the structural gaps affecting effective private sector advocacy at the regional level are addressed and corrective action implemented.  Additionally while regionally the private sector has not been very active as a cohesive unit, I dare say that in addition to Martinique and Guadeloupe and the Dominican Republic mentioned in the referenced article, the Jamaican and Trinidad and Tobago private sector groups through the PSOJ and TTMA among others, at a national level are quite active and influential, driving policies that are then raised, through their Ministers at COTED and the other organs of CARICOM/CARIFORUM.

Moreover, the idea of Barbados’ former Prime Minister Owen Arthur, of a vibrant Caribbean Business Council (CBC) is in fact very much alive and has re-emerged with much greater force within the last six months with  a mandate to Caribbean Export Development Agency, emanating from the last COTED to undertake an analysis of the current situation, initiate wide ranging consultations on the factors that affected implementation of the CBC, and submit a proposal and recommendations to the COTED on the way forward. Continue reading “Crafting a New Private Sector Advocacy Model”

Expression of Interest EXPO-CIBAO 2013


EXPO-CIBAO 2013, Santiago, Dominican Republic, September 10-15th, 2013


EXPO-CIBAO is a general trade show event with a special focus on agroindustry. This event is organized by the Santiago Chamber of Commerce and Production in the Dominican Republic, and this year it is celebrating its 26th consecutive edition. The theme for this year is “For the Integration and development of the Region”, and on this basis a week full of activities, including business conferences, seminars, exhibitions, trade in goods, cultural and educational activities has been planned. The show will take place in Santiago, Dominican Republic from September 10-15th, 2013. Continue reading “Expression of Interest EXPO-CIBAO 2013”

Caribbean Export is Recruiting Qualified Individuals For The Haiti-Dominican Republic Bi-national Trade Programme

The Caribbean Export Development Agency is looking for motivated individuals to fill key posts for The Haiti-Dominican Republic Bi-national Trade Programme in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The positions are as follows:

  1.      Deputy Programme Manager – Haiti
  2.     Customs Expert – Haiti
  3.     Trade Development Expert – Haiti
  4.     Private Sector Development Expert – Dominican Republic
  5.     Investment Promotion Expert – Dominican Republic
  6.    Financial Assistants (2) – Haiti and Dominican Republic
  7.    Administrative Assistant – Haiti

Closing date: October 12th 2012

For additional information, click here.


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