U.S. Embassy Organizes Conference on Business Development in the Caribbean Region

The United States Embassy’s Commercial Service announced the recent “Trade Americas‐ Opportunities in the Caribbean Region Business Development Conference” from June 9-10 in the Hotel Crowne Plaza in Santo Domingo. The opening ceremony was attended by the United States Ambassador, James W. Brewster.

The conference, which includes thirty-three U.S. companies interested in doing business in the Dominican Republic and in five other major markets in the Caribbean Region, is supported by the U.S. Embassies in the Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Barbados, Haiti, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.

During his opening remarks, Ambassador Brewster noted that “the six Caribbean markets being focused on at the conference are geographically near the United States and are open to U.S. products and services. In 2013, these countries imported over $17 billion in U.S. manufactured goods”.

During the conference, speakers from Export-Import Bank, U.S. Department of Commerce, and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, along with Dominican and Caribbean subject matter experts will counsel U.S. companies on market opportunities in Dominican Republic and the greater Caribbean region; as well as have business-to business matchmaking in the Dominican Republic and five other markets to expand business opportunities.

When addressing the public, the U.S. Ambassador indicated that “the conference’s aim is for U.S. companies to gain a greater appreciation for the region’s similarities, opportunities for growth, and diversity. Indeed, this significant diversity makes it nearly impossible for U.S. companies to adopt a “one size fits all” Caribbean business development strategy. Therefore, we have asked distinguished speakers to share their knowledge and expertise with us on doing business in the Caribbean.”

The “Trade Americas‐Opportunities in the Caribbean Region Business Development Conference” is made possible due to the support of UPS, Citibank, JetBlue and Direct Online Marketing, and the American Chamber of Commerce in Dominican Republic, the American Chamber of Commerce in Haiti, and the American Chamber of Commerce in Jamaica.