The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), in collaboration with the Dominica Manufacturer’s Association (DMA), and the Dominica Export Import Agency (DEXIA), will be hosting an event in Dominica under the theme “Business and Trading Opportunities for the Regional Agri-food Sector”.
The session will feature an open dialogue with the Agri-business sector, highlighting opportunities within CARICOM and beyond. It will also feature key issues that hinder Dominican producers and exporters from taking advantage of these opportunities.
An overview of the opportunities for trade within the region as well as within the European Union (EU) market will provide the context for the open dialogue. Whilst challenges in accessing both CARICOM and EU markets will be a major part of the conversation, focus will be on two critical issues that tend to retard business opportunities in CARICOM. These issues are the existence of Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) as well as Non-Tariff Measures (NTMs) and export transportation and logistics.
The DMA and DEXIA will be supported in this dialogue by a team from Trinidad and Tobago and St. Lucia namely Ms. Diane Francis, IICA’s International Specialist in Policies and Trade, and Mr. Allister Glean, IICA’s International Specialist in Agribusiness and Value Chains. The team will share current information and analysis and facilitate the discussion towards finding solutions that can improve capacity for increased business and trade within CARICOM and beyond.
The discussion will be held on Tuesday 11th December, 2018 at the Prevo Cinemall Conference Room.