Barbados trade mission heads for Canada in June 2009

Barbados trade mission heads for Canada in June 2009

The Barbados private sector is sending a trade mission to Canada in June, with a view to whipping up new deals between the two countries.

The Barbados Manufacturers Association (BMA) is behind the move to help Barbadian manufacturers and service providers break into or make further in-roads into the Canada market.

Said the BMA Executive Director, Bobby McKay: “Given that CARICOM is presently negotiating an enhanced trade agreement with Canada, we want to be in a position to take advantage of and facilitate export opportunities.

“We need to increase our export market and earn much-needed foreign exchange; these efforts are key to stimulating our national economy.”

The trade mission is scheduled for June 9th – 14th, when the BMA delegation will meet with buyers, many of whom will have the opportunity to view and sample a variety of Barbados products, including clothes, jewellery, rum cakes, condiments, baskets, hot sauces and a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

The Barbados-published “Caribbean Bride” magazine will also be represented, along with a showcase of various products from the construction supply sector, including solar water heaters, doors, windows, cement and paint.

The Barbados team will set up an exhibition of locally-made goods at the Barbados Charity Ball on June 13th, 2009 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The rums and beer of Barbados will feature in a reception just before the ball.

Among the main companies spearheading the mission will be Mount Gay, producers of one of the Caribbean’s oldest and most successful rums, Banks, brewers of Barbados’ best known beer and WIBISCO, a well-established maker of a variety of crackers.

Other companies to be represented will include Windmill, famous for its hot sauces; Cockspur Rum, Purity Bakeries, promoting its black cake and Bakers Choice, well known for its rum cakes.

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May 25th, 2009


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