Trip explores Barbados-Atlantic Canada trade

Published on June 13, 2014

A delegation of Barbados-based entrepreneurs were recently in Atlantic Canada to strengthen trade, investment and partner relationships between the regions.

Delegates from the food, manufacturing, and professional services sectors in Barbados participated in a trade mission to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island from May 26 to 30.

The five-day mission allowed for delegates from Barbados to participate in over 90 business-to-business meetings in Atlantic Canada in order to expand trade opportunities between the regions. The mission was in collaboration with Trade Team P.E.I., Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce and the High Commission of Canada to Barbados.

The mission was a result of a memorandum of understanding between the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce and the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“Our chamber entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 2011 in order to foster partnerships and grow our private sectors,” said Quentin Bevan, president, Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce

“The connections made through these trade missions are resulting in sound business relationships between Prince Edward Island and Bajan companies.”

Innovation Minister Allen Roache said as two small jurisdictions, the country of Barbados and the province of Prince Edward Island share similarities that contribute to a successful partnership that continues to expand.

“Trade between our two regions has more than doubled in the past five years, primarily in the agriculture sector. We are now working to broaden this relationship through additional sectors to achieve our collective goal of economic growth for our islands.”