Canadian trade mission visits Caribbean countries

Trade-1Bridgetown, Barbados (CMC) — A trade delegation from Prince Edward Island (PEI) in Canada is visiting the Caribbean in a bid to further develop partnerships with regional entrepreneurs, and clients.

The delegation will be here from January 25-31.

The trade mission, organized with the support of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (PEI and Tourism), Innovation PEI and the High Commission of Canada to Barbados, consists of 13 companies with expertise in the areas of Agriculture, Professional Services, Information and Communication Technology, Education and Training and Renewable Energy.

The visit is also made possible through the active cooperation of the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce and its local partner, the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

In 2011, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two Chambers was formalized with a view to fostering increased trade development and investment opportunities between Barbados and Prince Edward Island, through promotional activities, business exchanges and the sharing of best practices.

This MoU was renewed in 2013, and a second renewal is scheduled for Thursday, to serve as a further testimony to the commitment that Barbados and PEI have to strengthen this economic partnership.

The initiative has led to the forging of several partnerships across the public and private sectors, the exchange of the Chambers’ best practices and increased commerce and trade between the two jurisdictions.

Senior Trade Commissioner at the High Commission of Canada to Barbados, Marc Parisien said PEI and Barbados not only share a longstanding history of commercial ties, but also a belief in education and innovation as essential catalysts for economic growth. Commenting on this upcoming visit, stated:

“Over the past several years, Prince Edward Island has been very active in building a successful and globally competitive environment for its businesses, focussing on the well-being of its citizens.

“Working together with Barbados, one of its most important international business partners, and other Caribbean jurisdictions, the province offers to the region products, services and know how relevant to island environments, while giving access to global markets”.

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