Published: 19 Jul, '22

Regional MSMEs Ready to Leverage CARIFORUM Trade Agreements


More Caribbean business owners are better equipped to leverage CARIFORUM Trade Agreements after an intensive 2-day workshop held by the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) in collaboration with Export Saint Lucia.

Caribbean Export’s Services Specialist Allyson Francis and Sunita Daniel, CEO of Export Saint Lucia, implored the participants to take full advantage of the learning opportunity, which provides critical information to support their business’ access to the United Kingdom and European Union.

The workshop, which included presenters from both Agencies, also drew on the expertise of trade policy professionals from the Delegation of the European Union to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean States, OECS, CARICOM and CARIFORUM and The Office of Trade Negotiations (OTN).

The participants remarked on the wealth of information shared over July 12 and 13, 2022, noting that the workshop allowed them to understand how the trade agreements work and the requirements to more effectively align their operations to access export opportunities and grow their businesses.

The Caribbean Export-Saint Lucia mission occurred from July 11-14, 2022.

The team led by Allyson Francis – Services Specialist, included Mikaela Stoute – Research Officer- Market Intelligence; Marvin Baptiste– Junior Consultant; Tonya Cummins– Programme Advisor- Grants and Deidre Brathwaite– Digital and Social Media Officer.


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Produced with the financial assistance of the European Union.

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