The Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce took a step recently to improve the organisation’s regional representation by joining the Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce.
‘One of the main objectives of the Chamber is to increase trade and business opportunities for our members and we believe that the Association will provide us with many important business contacts at the regional and government levels,’ said Chamber Council chair Stuart Bostock.
‘We intend to maximise this new partnership by promoting the products and services of our members to other businesses in the region and to participate in key conferences to facilitate trade in products and services.’
The Association represents national private sector organisations, transnational companies, local companies and various educational sectoral business groups in 20 Caribbean countries including Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Barbados, Bahamas, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Suriname, St. Lucia, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent and Trinidad and Tobago.
The Association facilitates the development, growth and competitive positioning of Caribbean businesses in the changing world economy and represents their members interests in regional, international and hemispheric matters. It does not replicate private sector representation at a national level, but serves as an umbrella organisation for private sector representative bodies by providing a supporting voice at the regional level for national representative bodies.
Chamber CEO Wil Pineau, recently travelled to Kingston, Jamaica, to represent the Chamber of Commerce at the Association’s 94th Board of Directors meeting, 54th Annual General Meeting and the 4th annual Private Sector Meeting with Ministers of Trade and Ministers of Finance from 12-13th June. The meetings attracted the Finance and Trade Ministers from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Grenada and Caribbean private sector leaders from the financial services, tourism, manufacturing and professional services sectors.