Caribbean Export was established in 1996 as the regional trade and investment promotion agency to serve 15 States of the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM), namely: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.
The Agency carries out numerous programme-based activities designed to enhance the competitiveness of regional small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), promote trade and development among the CARIFORUM, promote stronger trade and investment relations among CARIFORUM and the French Caribbean Outermost Regions (FCORs) and the EU Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) in the Caribbean, as well as promote stronger trade and investment cooperation between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Dominican Republic.
Caribbean Export’s work focuses on nine priority areas: Agro-processing, Creative Industries, Financial Services, Health and Wellness, Information and Communication Technology, Manufacturing, Professional Services, Specialised Tourism and Renewable Energy. This development work has also strengthened the institutional capacity of public and private sector agencies, and BSOs, particularly sector associations, trade support institutions (TSIs) and investment promotions agencies (IPAs).
Under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF), Regional Private Sector Development Programme (RPSDP), which Caribbean Export is currently implementing, support has been offered to CARIFORUM States in a gamut of areas ranging from investment promotion to business advocacy. With each intervention, Caribbean Export aims to optimise the export potential of regional entrepreneurs, as well as highlight the investment potential of the Caribbean to the international community.