The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), the region’s foremost investment and trade promotion agency, has launched a new publication in collaboration with Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank India).
The publication, entitled “Enhancing India CARIFORUM Economic Relations and Prospects for Cooperation”, which explores trade opportunities between Caribbean countries and India was introduced to more than 400 attendees present at the Caribbean Investment Forum in Trinidad and Tobago from November 8-11.
In a release, Caribbean Export said it is committed to facilitating growth of the regional private sector through economic development and integration programming. The agency partnered with Exim Bank, India to produce this study to unlock the investment and export opportunities for entrepreneurs on both sides.
The study expands on the key features of India-CARIFORUM economic relations and explores the mutual benefits to be derived from trade. Notably it states that “India has potential to expand exports in product categories such as mineral fuels and oils, electronics, transport vehicles, cereals, optical instruments, meat and edible meat offal, and animal or vegetable fats and oils etc”.
Speaking at the Caribbean Investment Forum via video link, Deputy Managing Director of India Exim Bank, N Ramesh opened Day 2 of the Caribbean Investment Forum with a speech centred on the publication’s areas of significance.
Ramesh said for “…the Export-Import Bank of India, the Latin America and the Caribbean region has always been a region of focus, to promote and support two-way trade and investment” and that trade between India and the Caribbean region had seen robust growth, “from a meagre level of US$ 52.4 million in 2001, India and Caribbean trade was recorded at US$ 1.7 billion in 2021.”
He added that “As a partner institution to promote economic development in [Latin America and the Caribbean] LAC, India Exim Bank has set in place various activities and programmes, which contribute to sharing India’s development experience through capacity building and skill transfer, trade, and infrastructure development.”
Caribbean Export’s Deputy Executive Director, Leo Naut, presented the publication to the High Commission of India in Trinidad and Tobago’s Charge de’affaires, Raju Sharma at the event.
Naut said the joint research report was an important contribution to not only serve as a valuable reference for policy makers and academia but also for businesses to discover new opportunities for trade.
The Caribbean’s investment opportunities were strategically spotlighted at the Caribbean Investment Forum, namely: AgTech, digital business including e- commerce, innovation, and technology; Green economy transition, and transport and logistics.
In collaboration with Caribbean Export, the new study is part of India Exim Bank’s Working Paper Series which serves to enrich the knowledge of Indian exporters to improve India’s competitiveness overall.
Caribbean Export is the leading regional trade and investment promotion agency in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group.