Published: 07 Sep, '23

Strengthening Bonds: Africa-CARICOM Day Celebrated on September 7

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Africa-CARICOM Day, celebrated on September 7th, serves as an important reminder of the enduring cultural and economic bonds between the African continent and the Caribbean region. This annual celebration not only commemorates shared histories but also shines a spotlight on the promising potential of strengthened trade relations.

Beyond the cultural ties that unite these regions, there lies a vast opportunity for deepening economic cooperation. Organisations like the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) play a pivotal role in realising this potential.

Throughout 2023, Caribbean Export displayed unwavering commitment to advancing trade and investment between these two dynamic regions. Its efforts included a successful mission to selected African markets, strategically designed to strengthen cooperation, bolster trade and investment, and cultivate partnerships across key sectors, including renewable energy, agriculture, AgTech, ICT, and Fintech. Notably, the Agency received the prestigious appointment as an Ambassador for Africa’s premier Trade and Investment Forum, IATF2023.

In a recent Op-ed authored by the Agency’s Executive Director, Deodat Maharaj, published by the Overseas Development Institute, the call for robust, direct business engagements in critical sectors reverberated. Maharaj passionately advocates for these engagements as catalysts for sustainable economic transformation across both regions.

By championing trade and investment while facilitating the transfer of knowledge and sharing market insights, these regions are poised for continuous growth and evolution. This strengthened relationship holds the promise of ushering in new opportunities, creating jobs, and fostering prosperity for the diverse populations it serves. The future is undoubtedly bright for Africa and the Caribbean as they chart a course toward mutual progress and shared success.


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