The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has created ConnectAmericas, the first social network for businesses in the Americas.
ConnectAmericas will help SMEs to strengthen their businesses, providing access to communities of clients, suppliers and investors in the region and all over the world, segmented by industry. It will also provide useful and simple information about procedures and regulations for international commerce, and about the financing opportunities available in IDB member countries.
To find out more and to join visit: https://connectamericas.com/
The Regional Sweet Potato Industry
CCRIF is a risk pooling facility, owned, operated and registered in the Caribbean for Caribbean governments. It is designed to limit the financial impact of catastrophic hurricanes and earthquakes to Caribbean governments by quickly providing short term liquidity when a policy is triggered. It is the world’s first and, to date, only regional fund utilising parametric insurance, giving Caribbean governments the unique opportunity to purchase earthquake and hurricane catastrophe coverage with lowest-possible pricing. CCRIF represents a paradigm shift in the way governments treat risk, with Caribbean governments leading the way in pre-disaster planning. CCRIF was developed through funding from the Japanese Government, and was capitalised through contributions to a multi-donor Trust Fund by the Government of Canada, the European Union, the World Bank, the governments of the UK and France, the Caribbean Development Bank and the governments of Ireland and Bermuda, as well as through membership fees paid by participating governments.
Sixteen governments are currently members of CCRIF: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago and the Turks & Caicos Islands. In 2007, CCRIF paid out almost $1 Million to the Dominican and St Lucian governments after the 29 November earthquake in the eastern Caribbean; in 2008, CCRIF paid out $6.3 Million to the Turks & Caicos Islands after Hurricane Ike made a direct hit on Grand Turk; and in 2010, CCRIF made a payment of $7.75 Million to the Government of Haiti after the 12 January earthquake.
Bureau of Standards Grenada educational hand-outs for agro-processors which were developed under the EU funded SFA2006 project Livelihood Development via Agro-processing being implemented in Grenada by the FAO through the Grenada Bureau of Standards and Ministry of Agriculture
The Caribbean Banana Exporters Association currently comprises representatives of banana exporting companies from all the Caribbean countries that are involved in the banana export trade. These are Belize, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Surinam and the four Windward Islands- St Lucia, Dominica, St Vincent & the Grenadines, and Grenada. The website contain information on the banana industry in the Caribbean and issues affecting its producers.
CaRAPN – the Caribbean Regional Agricultural Policy Network – is an open community for any and all stakeholders in agriculture and rural development in the Caribbean to communicate, share ideas, experiences and information for the benefit of all. Their website contain lots of useful news and information on issues affecting the sector throughout the region.
The Caribbean Poultry Association (CPA) was established in 1999 to promote the development of the Caribbean broiler and table egg industries. Their website has information on the news, aim and objectives and statistics and other useful information on the industry.
The Trinidad and Tobago Agri-business Association (TTABA) is a “For Development Company” established in May 2006 by private sector agri-business stakeholders with government’s support to accelerate national economic and social development through the sustainable expansion of the Agri-business sector. Its mission is to lead the sustainable expansion of the agribusiness sector in Trinidad and Tobago through the development of strategic agricultural commodity/industries and the provision of innovative agribusiness services and products to stakeholders along the value-chain.
This is a Chinese commerce site in partnership with Yahoo covering trade in both agricultural and industrial goods and services. Some Caribbean companies have their good there for sale.
Sugar Traders Association of the United Kingdom – Fair Trade Bookmarks
This site contains links to a variety sites that deal with various aspects of agricultural issues.
Freshplaza.com is an independent news source for companies operating in the global fruit and vegetable sector. FreshPlaza provide information which could help business people with management information to deepen their perspective on markets and developments.
Banana Link is a small and dynamic not-for-profit co-operative, founded in 1996 that campaigns for a fair and sustainable banana and pineapple trade. It works in close partnership with Latin American and West African banana and pineapple workers trade unions, small Caribbean farmers and civil society organizations in Europe and the U.S. The website gives information on the many social and environmental issues that affect the international banana and pineapple trade.
Please also visit the Regional Trade information System, TradsysOnline, which is a facility that gives users direct access to CARICOM trade statistics and allows them to generate customized reports.
A report by the ODI which focuses on the likely early effects and their implications for European Union (EU) policy because these are currently the highest development priority. The study makes a number of recommendations on how best to facilitate the implementation phase of the CARIFORUM-EU EPA.
This is a blog set up to generate discussions on the CSME. The objective of the blog is to educate and inform Caribbean people about the CSME.
The CARICOM-Venezuela Trade and Investment Agreement was signed in October 1992 and became effective on 1 January 1993. The Agreement is a one-way preferential agreement concluded under the facility for non-reciprocal partial scope agreements available to members of the Latin American Integration Association (LAIA).
The first Bilateral Agreement between CARICOM and Columbia was secured in July 1994 and began as a non-reciprocal agreement with provision for a level of reciprocity to Colombia after a period of four years. CARICOM negotiated some reciprocity in the trade elements of the Agreement on Trade and Technical Cooperation with the Government of the Republic of Colombia, through a Protocol amending the original Agreement which was ratified in May 1998.
The CARICOM-Dominican Republic was entered into force in December 2001 and is based on reciprocity with the five CARICOM MDCs and non-reciprocity with the LDCs until the year 2005. It provides for the asymmetrical application of the reciprocity principle as CARICOM LDCs are not required to reciprocate treatment. In August 2005, it was decided by the CARICOM – DR Joint Council that negotiating groups on Intellectual Property Rights and Services would be established with a view to implementing the built-in agenda component CARICOM- DR FTA. These trade negotiations has however been deferred until after the completion of the negotiation of a Trade and Development Agreement between CARICOM and Canada.
The CARICOM-Costa Rica bilateral agreement which was initialled on March 15, 2003 is the most recent bilateral agreement between CARICOM and a third country within the Central Americas. Although some products have been excluded, the Agreement provides for free trade or preferential access for a wide range of products. A special list of products will be granted differentiated market access between Costa Rica and each of the CARICOM MDCs.
The Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) was initially launched in 1983 through the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA) and was expanded in 2000 through the US-Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA).
This page contain documents and information relating to the CARICOM-Cuba Trade Agreement.
The Market Information Organisation of the Americas (MOIA) is a cooperation network comprised of government institutions or those so delegated by the government, whose principal functions and aim is the collection, process, analysis and dissemination of information relative to markets and agricultural commodities. Most, though not all CARICOM member states are participants in this organization.
Reviews and assessments of Market Information System of CARICOM member states that are part of the Organisation could be found here
Find useful resource for doing business with, and from Guyana, in the fresh produce and processed non-traditional agricultural sector. It also provides useful information to farmers, agro-processors and exporters on post harvest handling and markets for crops.
ABIS is a web based information system developed by RADA to provide information on crops, livestock and agricultural production, markets and stakeholders to support the business of agriculture.
The National Agricultural Market Information System (NAMIS), developed by The National Agricultural and Marketing Development Corporation (NAMDEVCO) of Trinidad and Tobago to stimulate and promote investments in the agri-food sector. It provides timely information for making sound strategic, investment, management and policy decisions by all stakeholders.
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is an ACP-EU institution working in the field of information for development. It operates under the ACP-EU Cotonou Agreement and has its headquarters in The Netherlands. The CTA is tasked with improving the flow of information among stakeholders in agricultural and rural development in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. The website has information on News, Reports and Seminars in the Territories and a Catalogue and Virtual Library among other information.
Agriculture plays a significant role in the development of Caribbean nations. Below are the links to Ministries of Agriculture websites of CARICOM member states. These websites contain information on government policy, news and developments within the sector in the respective nations. Those not listed do not currently have websites.