V Trade and Investment conference in Costa Rica

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V Trade and Investment conference in Costa Rica
Photos, Courtesy CARIRIM.L-R Ms Alavarado, David Jordan, Ramiro Crawford, Chairman Luis Valverde
Photos, Courtesy CARIRIM.L-R Ms Alavarado, David Jordan, Ramiro Crawford, Chairman Luis Valverde

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Fith Caribbean Regional Integration Movement – CARIRIM, Conference on Trade and Investment held in Costa Rica, was a tremendous success according to Ms. Deikel Murrillo Alvarado- one of its major coordinators.

This was also the view of Luis Diego Valverde who was the Chairman for the entire two day session at the Suerre Hotel in Guapiles 28th 29th August 2018. { In a similar manner like last year, when the CARIRIM was well received by the former President of Costa Rica, } This year, Alberto Lopez Chavez – General Manager of the Costa Rica of Institute of Tourism, reiterated that Costa Rica identifies with the noble yet ambitious objectives of the CARIRIM.

He sees as “ a movement” which needs the fullest support of the regional Private sector and Governments in the Caribbean as well as the Central America region The CARIRIM is pivoted on seven pillars, which capture primarily Economic Cooperation, Trade, Technology and Culture and seeks to embrace the principle of the CARICOM Costa Rica Trade Agreement.

The Trade and Investment Conference was preceded by the Limon Roots Awards 2018, hosted before a packed to capacity Teatro Nacional, in San Jose – the capital on Sunday. See www.telered.com. The audience of the 20th Limon Roots Awards witnessed not only Dr. Anthony “Mighty Gabby” Carter performing but being honoured by the Minister for Culture who conferred the award on behalf of Limon Roots.

The Limon Roots Awards, was marked by several cultural presentations which comprised of drumming, dance and drama with animation and infographics, with one of the major highlights of the night being Negra Soy – I am Black – a rendition using dance and choreography with an all-female cast portraying challenges of women from an earlier era to the modern society. The production was directed by Ms Sharifa Crawford and Erick Rodroguez..

Day I, of the two day Conference was held in Guapiles, Pococi and was marked with several public and private sector agencies being represented. The representatives included PROCOMER and CINDE, Banco Popular, FONAFIFO, ICT – the major sponsors of the event together with Limon Roots, CARIRIM and Green Advizor whose representatives also made presentations targeted at the interest of the representatives of the Small Medium Enterprises (SME’s) mainly exporters attending the Conference.

DAY 2 focused on Climate change and resilience issues. The major outcomes were related to interest expressed in the conduct of Trade within the Caribbean region and the potential sources of funding for SME’s by BANCO POPULAR, COOCIQUE and COOPENAE. The event attracted several businesses, Government Ministers and officials, Embassies, Universities, forty speakers and panelists and other presenters in several SME’s in Agriculture, Agro-processing, Perfumery, Financial Services, Recycling, Technology and Tourism firms. Chairman of the FRIEETAD in the OECS Inc. chaired and presented “ Future Emerging Technologies” with Tunde Kallai of TR Associates from Malta, focusing on ICT while and Jorn Eivik and Allan Cussak of Trade Winds Group’s presentation focused on alternative energy.

Chairperson of the two day Conference Luis Diego Valverde stated that “ it was an excellent opportunity to meet national and international companies and to be engaged in dialogue and negotiations to develop commercial business between our individual companies while being exposed to emerging technologies and their uses to improve their productive capacity ”. While representatives announced “business to business opportunities” and rewarding experiences, one of the representative of¨ El Bodegón Gourmet¨ saw an avenue to promote gourmet products and to expand select export markets in the tourism sector in the Central America and the Caribbean.

PROCOMER is expected to continue to provide technical assistance to the SME’s in a bid to get SME’s export ready says Rolando Dobles.- the Regional Manager of PROCOMER based in Dominican Republic.

At the closing ceremony, Mr. Ramiro Crawford – Limon Roots and Ms. Deikel Murillo Alvarado of Green Advizor were conferred Honorary membership of the FRIEETAD in the OECS Inc. by the Chairman David Jordan. The Conference culminated in cultural performances by the Garifuna Cultural group from Honduras. It was announced that next year’s event will take on a different format to ensure wider participation of the private sector of the regional areas with a clearer distinction between and the Culture component and the Trade and Investment Conference.

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