By Caribbean News Global
OTTAWA, Canada – Following a successful virtual trade mission in February to Botswana, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, and South Africa, Mary Ng, minister of international trade, export promotion, small business and economic development, is keeping the momentum going by announcing Canada’s next trade mission will be to the Caribbean from April 12 to 14, 2022.
“To help Canadian businesses grow and export to diverse markets, Minister Ng will lead a three-day trade mission to the Caribbean, with a focus on Guyana, Jamaica, Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago. The Canada-Caribbean Trade Mission will target the promotion of sustainable growth and innovation,” said Global Affairs Canada in a press release Friday.
“I am thrilled to lead this trade mission, as it will strengthen the long history of collaboration and trade between Canada and Caribbean countries. During the mission, Canadian businesses will network, learn about trade opportunities and build stronger bridges to grow our economies, create jobs, and benefit people across our nations,” said minister Ng.
Diversifying Canada’s trade with developing and emerging economies is key to strengthening our economy, creating jobs, and growing opportunities as we work towards an equitable global pandemic response and a sustainable, inclusive recovery.
This trade mission will give new and experienced Canadian exporters the chance to explore the growing number of sustainable business opportunities in clean technology and green infrastructure in the region.
Canadian businesses can express their interest in participating in the trade mission here.
According to Global Affairs Canada: “The Canada-Caribbean Trade Mission will help grow partnerships with members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), promote Canadian businesses in key sectors and help build a path to sustainable recovery from the pandemic.”
- Canadian companies are active in CARICOM’s financial services, natural resources, clean technology, tourism, energy and education sectors.
- In 2019, the value of Canada’s 2-way merchandise trade with CARICOM members reached $1.9 billion. Trade in services in 2019 reached $4.4 billion.
- CARICOM markets offer opportunities for growth in the infrastructure, renewable energy, climate resilience, financial services, tourism and education sectors.
- Before the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 2 million Canadians travelled to CARICOM countries every year.
- Almost a million people of Caribbean descent call Canada home.