The CARICOM Single Market & Economy – its accomplishments are? U.S. NGO leader raps Treaty of Chaguaramas on the knuckles for Inertia

Barbados recently lost out on a deal to gain a profit on shares of the former BNB, by its waiting instead of negotiating with the entity of Republic they lost on a profit of approximately 120 million – while peculiar to Barbados alone, this is part of a growing epidemic where the entire region as a single trading bloc needs to be far more proactive.

Jodi Hanson Bond, vice president of the Americas for the International Division at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, manages teams dedicated to policy and advocacy services for Chamber clients with business interests in the Americas.

Jodi Hanson Bond, vice president of the Americas for the International Division at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, manages teams dedicated to policy and advocacy services for Chamber clients with business interests in the Americas.

Take the situation of Caribbean rum versus Diageo who handles other spirits like Smirnoff, Diageo expects the USA to give it preferential access à la the Chiquita/Dole banana war where Bill Clinton was expected to go against the region, which pretty much decimated WIBDECO (the Windward Islands Banana Development & Export Company) as a regional trade body for Caribbean farmers…

Apart from Barbados’ envoy to the OAS John Beale and regular contributor Sir Ronald Sanders (plus, if you truly accept it, a half-hearted flurry just before our Barbados elections in February from Dr David Estwick of the ruling party as Agriculture Minister), nobody else has made much hue & cry over the unbalanced affair when in fact it should be CARICOM’s sole goal for resolving for 2013!

Philip Rourke of the Shridath Ramphal Centre, recently at Royal Westmoreland's residential side to consult with Richard Hanley;  the Canadian High Commissioner.

Philip Rourke of the Shridath Ramphal Centre, recently at Royal Westmoreland’s residential side to consult with Richard Hanley; the Canadian High Commissioner.

What is even sadder, is the vanguard to fight this is not from our own region but Canadian experts who recognise somehow the CARICOM initiative is virtually nonexistent and they in turn have to spur on UWI experts to try and create counter-proposals and solutions. Case in point is when Philip Rourke of the Shridath Ramphal Centre (Int’l Trade, Law, Policy & Serv’s.) spoke on the rum dilemma {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

Mr Rourke, while not providing a global solution, sees niche market potentials for exporting the product to Canada

The Shridath Ramphal Centre has a key programme of partnership between UWI and Canada {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

Since 2008, UWI and Ottawa University Master’s students & Graduates have been finalising deals between Ottawa and the region to benefit CARICOM.

Could not CARICOM seek to develop mechanisms where WE approach Canada and not the other way around? Rather than the Caribbean appear like a damsel in distress, how about it act like a kick ass b*tch with samurai blades for a change?

Mike Carver introduces the envoy from USA for Barbados & the Eastern Caribbean for the ceremony which was held at Las Cibeles.

Mike Carver introduces the envoy from USA for Barbados & the Eastern Caribbean for the ceremony which was held at Las Cibeles.

I am sure these and other instances made Dustin Delany boil, indeed which acted as a catalyst for initiating an NGO which can take up the slack, as well as why he recently took a poke at CARICOM’s inertia.

Hinted at over a year ago, the American Chamber of Commerce for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean (AmCham BEC) has finally been formed, this is a non-profit organization to represent U.S. companies and individuals doing business in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. However, Mr Delany does not expect benefits as one way, he expects the OECS and Barbados to gain from this NGO as well. Alongside of the fact how the Chamber’s mission is to help American companies succeed in the region through advocacy, networking and business support services.

An American-Vincentian, Mr Delany possesses the unique distinction of being licensed to practice law in all of the OECS countries as well as Barbados, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and Florida in the United States where he has recently established an office.

An American-Vincentian, Mr Delany possesses the unique distinction of being licensed to practice law in all of the OECS
countries as well as Barbados, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and Florida in the United States where he has recently established an office.

During the opening ceremony, Mr Delany levelled his salvo at CARICOM, he stated boldly {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

This is the only AmCham which is Multi-National and can do a better job than the stagnant CSME at negotiating with the rest of the world not just for USA but the Caribbean.

Mr Delany spoke of what led to the formation of the Barbados chapter, having been inspired by regional counterparts {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

Recognising that in addition to Jamaica, Trinidad and Haiti (who’s using their AmCham to rebuild after the devastating 2010 quake), how the Dominican Republic has a branch which has global recognition, what was an initial conference visit to Washington became the germ of an idea which took rapid root…

Not only US-based experts understand the need for an AmCham, Trinidad inoarticular is forever grateful, Nicholas Galt told witnesses of the launch how AmCham assisted his company {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

Ten years ago, few Caribbean people understood the power of an AmCham, Galt says if it was not for his participation he would not be able to expand his IT concern into South America and Europe.

This launch marks the opening of the fourth AmCham in the Caribbean Community, after the AmChams of Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Haiti. VP of the Americas Jodi Bond of the U.S. Chamber as well as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Liliana Ayalde were present to support the new organization.

Nicholas Galt is a past president and sitting Board Member of the American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago, Board member of Youth Business Trust Trinidad & Tobago, (Prince Charles of Wales Trust) and Chairman of Esprit Consulting (previously Ernst & Young Consulting Group).

Nicholas Galt is a past president and sitting Board Member of the American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago, Board member of Youth Business Trust Trinidad & Tobago, (Prince Charles of Wales Trust) and Chairman of Esprit Consulting (previously Ernst & Young Consulting Group).

During the launch U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Liliana Ayalde expressed her delight at the AmCham-BEC’s formation. Meanwhile, VP Bond had a unique way of calling the names of Caribbean Territories, but she was full of praise for AmCham-BEC’s President & Chairman in spearheading the creation {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

Ms Bond referred to Trinidad’s sister isle as TOE-BAH-GO almost like tobacco (where it probably did derive its origin) but we all know the place as TOE-BAY-GO

Seen chatting with the President of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce & Industry (suit & spectacles) - Liliana Ayalde is a Career Minister serving as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, covering Cuba, Central America, and the Caribbean.

Seen chatting with the President of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce & Industry (suit & spectacles) – Liliana Ayalde is a Career Minister serving as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, covering Cuba, Central America, and the Caribbean.

His Excellency, Dr Larry L. Palmer also indicated as a result of AmCham, the United States would be creating new statuses in Immigration so as to facilitate trade between partners {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

The United States has the Caribbean as its largest trading partner and consumer, as a result new visas would be created – the envoy emphasised members are just a phone-call away, at first he referred to a Rolodex then upgraded to a Blackberry, but you can hear a Steve Jobs acolyte in the background – that’s Ms Bond, pushing American product.

On review – Perhaps Mr Delany needs to alert Ms Bond about the Rum issue as a matter of importance for review by The Association of American Chambers of Commerce of Latin America and the Caribbean (AACCLA)?

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