Ministers Vaz and Shaw to lead Jamaican export and investment mission to China International Import Expo (CIIE) 2018


Kingston, Jamaica – The Honourable Ministers Daryl Vaz and Audley Shaw will be leading a Jamaican delegation to promote Jamaica for exports and investments at the China International Import Expo (CIIE). The 5-day trade mission will begin on Monday, November, 5, 2018. 

The delegation comprises some of Jamaica’s prominent government authorities, including JAMPRO’s President Diane Edwards, and Special Economic Zone Authority’s Chairman, Metry Seaga. The CIIE will be a vehicle for JAMPRO to present Jamaican opportunities to Chinese investors, distributors and influencers that will be in attendance. 

The exhibition consists of a Caribbean Pavilion, where JAMPRO and the Embassy of Jamaica in China will display trade and investment opportunities that exist in Jamaica. The delegation will also be conducting high-level meetings with Chinese government and private sector officials to further Jamaican and Chinese business relations. The Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association (JMEA) will simultaneously be promoting Jamaican companies in a Corporate Pavilion. 

CIIE is one of China’s largest international events for countries to promote their interest in doing business with China. Hosted by the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China in partnership with the World Trade Organization, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, CIIE is expected to attract representatives from over 100 countries and 150,000 domestic and foreign professional buyers. To ensure the island’s participation at CIIE, the Chinese government funded the Jamaican delegation’s attendance at the event. 

As it is expected that China will import products and services valuing more than 10 trillion U.S. dollars in the next five years, JAMPRO’s President Diane Edwards said that participation at this event, with its large audience was crucial, as it provides a monumental opportunity to promote doing business in Jamaica. Ms. Edwards said, “While Jamaica is China’s main provider of goods from the Caribbean, we recognise that there is more to be done to increase exports to the country, and Asia on the whole, and capitalise on the great diplomatic relationships we have with countries in that region. ” 

She went on to say that the event would be used as a tool to relay Jamaica’s readiness for international investments from Asia, and to further discussions on various ongoing investment projects and opportunities in Jamaica. With regards to exports, she noted that Jamaica’s recent approval to export lobster to China is a step in the right direction to increase exports to the country. 

Ms. Edwards said, “Jamaica has a diverse offering of products that we believe would be successful in the China. With our strategic focus on China as a market with untapped potential for exports, we hope to increase the presence of Brand Jamaica in China and support the penetration of our country’s products in that market.” 

The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO)’s mission is to drive economic development through growth in investment and export. JAMPRO is an Agency of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries.

Published Date: 
Friday, November 2, 2018
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