Canadian Trade Mission to Visit Barbados May 4-8, 2009

A multi sector Trade Mission from the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island will be visiting Barbados May 4-8, 2009 to establish business linkages in the areas of seafood, produce, healthcare, construction, business services, informatics and packaging. 9 export ready Canadian firms will be participating in this mission, under the leadership of Mr. Wayne Hooper, Director General, Enterprise Development and Policy, of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

During their visit to Barbados, these Canadian firms will meet Barbadian companies interested in exploring export linkages. Companies and entrepreneurs are encouraged to contact the Commercial Section of the Canadian High Commission in Bridgetown to learn more about the products and services offered by these firms.

Through focussed matchmaking, we have organized over 100 meetings with local businesses“, say Jacques Desjardins, Counsellor, Commercial at the Canadian High Commission. “The interest level has been extremely high, which demonstrates the strong demand that exists in Barbados for new goods, services and technologies from Canada.”

Barbados is an important market for Canadian goods and services, and there is significant room for growth. Exports from Canada to Barbados were down Cnd $11.5 Million in 2008 to Cnd $50.7 Million. Imports to Canada from Barbados increased by Cnd $0.4 million to reach Cnd $8.5 Million.

Barbados boasts the third largest country for Canadian Direct Investment abroad, which reached Cnd $45 Billion in 2008. The Commercial Section is focussed on expanding all areas of business with Barbados. For detailed information on the services offered by the Commercial Section.

For further information on this mission please contact:

Doreen Weekes
Business Development Officer
Canadian High Commission
Tel: 246-429-3550 ext 3354

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