Caribbean Export, a regional trade and investment promotion agency, indicated on April 1 that it will temporarily close some offices.
“In order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Caribbean Export’s offices will remain closed until April 3, 2020 in the Dominican Republic and Haiti; and April 14, 2020 in Barbados,” its notice read.
The agency said in the emailed notice that the dates may be extended as “conditions change and in accordance with
decisions taken by the Governments of the Dominican Republic, Haiti and
Caribbean Export was established in 1996 by an Inter-Governmental Agreement as the regional trade and investment promotion agency.
The agency serves 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-Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.
In the notice of office closure, the company said “during this period Caribbean Export will continue to operate remotely and staff are available via direct email as the preferred choice or the general email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.”
It added, “Caribbean Export
remains committed to the implementation of its mandate during this difficult
period and we urge you to adopt the various domestic protocols that have been
articulated aimed at reducing the spread and impact of COVID-19.”
Caribbean Export, as outlined on their website, supports development specifically for export in CARIFORUM countries.
Services include capacity building, technical assistance, access to finance through grant schemes and the provisions of useful information and resources to support businesses to become export ready.
The export agency has also been undertaking trade advocacy initiatives for goods and services including collaboration on the development and implementation of a CARIFORUM trade and development programme.