Cayman crafts and locally made products with export potential may soon have a smoother road to selling overseas.
As part of a fact-finding mission for such export opportunities, the Cayman Islands Investment Bureau recently participated in the inaugural Caribbean-American Business Expo and Conference, held in Orlando, Florida 1-3 June, said a CIIB press release.
Investor Services Officer with the CIIB, Dwene Ebanks, attended the event and said the expo focused on export requirements to the US and throughout the region.
‘The conference provided an opportunity for us to better understand the intricacies of exporting to the US and should help us to facilitate bringing the Cayman Islands in line with internationally accepted standards and codes for exporting goods,’ he noted.
As a conference participant, Mr. Ebanks heard presentations from a cross-section of US and Caribbean customs officials, trade and investment financing experts and representatives, and also from the US and Caribbean Food and Drug Administration.
A representative also spoke from the office of Florida’s Governor, Jeb Bush, and the keynote address for the opening ceremony was delivered by the President of the Republic of Guyana, Bharrat Jagdeo. The ceremony’s closing address was delivered by the Prime Minister of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Perry Christie.
Organisers said the event’s goal is to facilitate the development of stronger business relationships between Florida and the Caribbean region.
‘This Expo and Conference may have the potential to give Caymanian crafters a platform to demonstrate and display their products to many suppliers and customers at once,’ said Executive Director of the Investment Bureau Dr. Dax Basdeo.
‘We are currently looking to develop resources for small businesses in this market and to provide direct support for them, such as advising and counselling.’
The Executive Director said the Bureau is now seeking input from all such entrepreneurs in this sector who have an interest in developing their export potential.
The Cayman Islands Investment Bureau invites entrepreneurs interested in developing their export potential to contact Tasha Barton or Dwene Ebanks, at 945-0943 or email [email protected] or [email protected].