Association of Caribbean States (ACS) has been developing
the Business Forum of the Greater Caribbean since 2000,
following the Second Summit of the Heads of State and/or
Government held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in
1999, when the need was expressed for the promotion and
facilitation of trade and investments among the countries
that make up the Greater Caribbean.
promotion of an enhanced economic space for trade and investment,
is among the objectives of the Association and it is for
that reason that the governments of the countries that constitute
the Greater Caribbean are cognisant of the importance of
meetings between the entrepreneurs of the Island Caribbean
and the Continental Caribbean and have proposed the annual
hosting of the Business Forum of the Greater Caribbean,
which was instituted by the ACS Special Committee on Trade
Development and External Economic Relations.
The Business Forum seeks to create an environment for trade
and investment that would help improve the competitiveness
of the companies belonging to ACS countries, regardless
of the States level of development or their export
This year, the 9th Business Forum of the Greater Caribbean
will be held in Aruba, on September 23-25, where there will
be meetings among entrepreneurs or business meetings, as
well as conference cycles on trade and investment in the
The objective of these sessions is to assist the regional
entrepreneur to visualise trade and investment opportunities
and to understand the obstacles that must be overcome in
order for more efficient and effective trade to be conducted
among the countries of the region.
There will also be, as at previous forums, a display of
products by several companies, thereby facilitating the
insertion of those products into other international markets.
The theme of this years Business Forum is Moving
Forward Together: Greater Caribbean Visions for the Future,
which signifies that the countries of the Greater Caribbeanthe
island Caribbean and the continental Caribbeanmust
advance together in todays ever-changing economic
world, where it is necessary for national export strategies
to be constantly redefined, since each country requires
clear rules in order to avoid obstacles to trade expansion.
This year, we must move forward together in Aruba, in this
beautiful Caribbean island, which is strategically located
and which has direct air connections, modern infrastructural
facilities, state-of-the-art communication systems and services.
Its people are multilingual and Aruba possesses a secure
environment for investment and trade. The most dynamic sectors
of its economy are tourism, oil refining, international
trade and finance.
Moving Forward Together, we will succeed in creating a more
competitive Greater Caribbean by developing new skills and
knowledge to foster and develop intra-regional trade and
enhance the flows of new and improved investments.
n Ariadna Pérez is the trade director of the Association
of Caribbean States. The opinions expressed are not necessarily
the official views of the ACS. Comments and reactions can
be sent to [email protected]