Regional Film and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sectors received a boost last month from a successful BizClim trade mission to Europe facilitated by the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), the Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce (CAIC) and the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery (CRNM) under the ACP-EU Partnership Agreement.

The participants who were drawn from six CARIFORUM countries first visited Brussels, Belgium for meetings with several institutions that facilitate trade between Europe and the Caribbean including the European Union, BizClim, ProInvest, Tradecom, The African Caribbean and Pacific States (ACP) Secretariat and CARICOM Embassies.

The ICT delegates then continued to London for a series of meeting with UK companies in that sector while the film delegates went on to Madrid, Spain for meetings with institutions and companies in the audio-visual sector.

Executive Director of Caribbean Export, Philip Williams said that he was pleased that the delegates had found the trade mission to be productive with a number of opportunities to be developed. He noted that this mission would be closely followed up with a Business Forum for EU and CARIFORUM companies and officials from November 24 -25 at the Hilton Hotel in Barbados.

Jamaican Damali Little-White of Guru Films and Mediamix Ltd described the trade mission as ?a very informative experience? and emphasized that the tour had highlighted the importance of a regional approach to the development of the audio-visual sector.

CEO of the Trinidad and Tobago Coalition of Service Industries ? Francis Delpesh described the mission as ?a big first step in penetration of the European markets for Cariforum service providers in the areas of ICT and film.?

Alison Saunders of Blue Waters Productions, Barbados observed that the mission had exposed the film and video producers from Jamaica., Barbados, Trinidad and the Dominican Republic to several opportunities for development of the sector especially in the area of co-productions and selling of production services but emphasised that this was just a first step with many hurdles still to be overcome.

President and CEO of Digital Transtec Ltd, Lorna Greene of Jamaica also found the trip useful. ?The mission achieved success as it allowed business persons from the Caribbean to network with each other and interact with UK firms which could have significant value as business partners in the future,? she said.

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