Jamaican companies seek export opportunities in Trinidad and Tobago

Marlene Porter, Manager, Agribusiness, JAMPRO; Reyaz Ahamad, President of the Trinidad & Tobago Chamber of Industry & Commerce; His Excellency Arthur Williams, High Commissioner for Jamaica; Senator the Hon Paula Gopee Scoon, Minister of Trade & Industry for Trinidad & Tobago; Richard Pandohie, President of the JMEA; Esmond Forde, Deputy Speaker of the House; D'Jamila Ward, Export & Information Manager -JMEA; Senator the Honourable Avinash Singh, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Land & Fisheries; Samantha Forbes, Sales & Promotions Officer, Agribusiness, JAMPRO, and Norris Herbert, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Trade & Industry, Trinidad and Tobago, pose for a group photo after officially kicking off the JAMPRO and JMEA export promotion mission to Trinidad and Tobago on July 2, 2019.

Seven Jamaican companies are currently exploring export opportunities in Trinidad and Tobago on an export mission being led by JAMPRO and the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA). 

The companies had several meetings with Trinidadian buyers and entrepreneurs on July 2, 2019, after an opening ceremony which featured the twin-island republic's Minister of Trade and Industry, Senator the Honourable Paula Gopee Scoon, and other representatives of Trinidad and Tobago's government and private sector. 

Today, July 4, 2019, the delegation will participate in Trinidad's annual Trade and Investment Convention (TIC), which is a business-to-business event for manufacturers, service providers, buyers, distributors, financial institutions and investors to meet and conduct business.

Manager of Agribusiness at JAMPRO, Marlene Porter, said that the Agency is working with Trinidadian organisations to increase exports to that country. In 2017, JAMPRO took 11 companies to the nation’s capital, Port of Spain, as part of its Caribbean Market Mission. Earlier this year, a Trinidadian delegation visited Jamaica to forge and strengthen business relationships between manufacturing companies in Trinidad and Jamaica. Ms Porter said JAMPRO was focused on increasing business between the islands

Ms Porter said, “The Caribbean region is a key target market of interest as the people of this region share similar tastes and consumption patterns. We have been working with Trinidad and Tobago and other countries in the region to build business relationships, so we are looking forward to strengthening these bonds not only between government agencies, but between Trinidadian and Jamaican companies to increase export sales.” 

Published Date: 
Thursday, July 4, 2019
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