(PRESS RELEASE) – Three companies from the Eastern Caribbean participated in the 11th Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF) which took place in Miami, Florida, from October 16-18, 2019.
The mission was part of a joint market exploration initiative implemented under the INTERREG Trade Enhancement for the Eastern Caribbean (TEECA) project which is coordinated by the Chamber of Commerce of Martinique (CCI Martinique) along with the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), the Territorial Collectivity of Martinique and the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export).
The three companies, which currently provide services in the area of Green Technology in the Eastern Caribbean, namely Solife Inc (St Vincent and the Grenadines), Green Technologies (Martinique) and EcoCarib Inc (Saint Lucia), participated in the CREF, the largest annual gathering of the Caribbean energy market.
The three-day event gathered over 500 representatives from governments and the private sector from 50 countries, including 25 countries from the Caribbean. Participants had the opportunity to attend key presentations on the state of renewable energy in the region. The event also provided the three entrepreneurs with a unique opportunity to network with policymakers and key players in the energy sector, as OECS Competitive Business Technical Specialist, Kwesi Roberts, highlighted.
“These events are very important as they contribute to strengthening the connection between policy makers and the private sector towards the implementation of climate resilient energy solutions in the Eastern Caribbean. The CREF enabled these firms, which are operating in this emerging sector, to identify opportunities for financing, market expansion and growth”. Roberts said.
CEO of Solife Inc, Ricardo Boatswain, also shared positive feedback on the event:
“Overall, my experience was very memorable. Important contacts were made and the conference was well coordinated and engaging. Moving forward, I will conduct a company review, make business contacts and implement some of the lessons learned which were shared at the event. Boatswain explained.
The three firms benefitted from technical assistance under the INTERREG TEECA project, which seeks to increase reciprocal trade between Martinique and the English-speaking OECS countries, as well as to foster trade between OECS Member States and joint exploration of global market opportunities. The INTERREG TEECA project currently supports 29 companies from the English-speaking OECS and Martinique to access markets by reducing technical, language and cultural barriers that inhibit intraregional trade.
Hence, the CREF mission was coordinated and led by International Development Officer at the Chamber of Commerce of Martinique, Laurence Douet; and Special Advisor for Trade and Legal Affairs at the Caribbean Export Development Agency based in Barbados, Gayle Gollop.
In closing, all of the participants indicated that the mission was well organised and successful.