Latin America and Caribbean

Caribbean Trade and Competitiveness Development Program (C-TRADECOM)

Client: United States Agency for International Development

2003-2005, SEGIR GBTI


CARANA designed and managed a program to address competitiveness and trade expansion for the countries that are part of the Caribbean Coomunity (CARICOM) (Belize, The Bahamas, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Guyana, and Suriname) and the Dominican Republic, with special emphasis on the countries of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) (St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Grenada).

The project prepared the entire region to meet its international trade obligations in a single market economy, and focused on developing the private sector as an engine for economic growth. The project's many accomplishments included:

  • Technical assistance to small and medium-sized hotels in the Caribbean to help them meet international standards and position their businesses for long-term profitability
  • Expert consultants and logistical support provided for a two-day seminar, which was designed to help small and medium-sized hotels understand and meet international standards for product and service quality
  • An investor roadmap and business guide, including a high-level diagnostic evaluation of the Antigua and Barbuda business environment
  • A pavilion for 19 Caribbean businesses from Barbados, Suriname, Jamaica, Haiti, and Trinidad, and Tobago at the 2003 Summer International Fancy Food Show, the largest specialty foods show in the US
  • Support for the Caribbean Export Development Agency’s 2003 Caribbean Gift and Craft Show through assistance for a handcrafted jewelry workshop (This workshop provided knowledge and tools for turning jewelry and craft-making into a profitable business on a small budget.)
  • Support for the Caribbean Latin American Action’s forum on "Financial Integration—One Regional Capital Market," which defined public policy changes needed to integrate and harmonize the capital markets of the Caribbean, including greater investment flows aggressively accelerate the pace of integration, harmonization, and the impartial application of the law throughout the region.
  • Cooperation with the Chief Immigration Officers of CARICOM's 15 member states to implement revised regulations and new administrative rules required for the CSME provision on the free movement of people. Our support included technical assistance to develop training materials for direct and train-the-trainer programming based on the revised regulations and new administrative rules.
  • Support for the Caribbean Association of Customs Brokers' Conference on "The New Customs Environment—Adapting and Meeting the Challenges." Participants attended briefings on customs modernization, draft harmonized legislation, compliance responsibility, and interactive capabilities connecting trade actors. This conference significantly impacted the way that trade and business procedures are expedited in the CARICOM region in light of the FTAA and the CARICOM single market and economy.
  • Support for the initiative for private sector preparation for the Free Trade Area of the Americas Ministerial, including the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce and others around the region.
  • Support for the Caribbean Latin American Action’s 27th Annual Conference in Miami, which emphasized that the private sector must take the lead in driving the transformation agenda with capacity building, harmonization, integration, and governance to overcome the major barriers to investment. The conference brought together the key private and public sector decision makers in a constructive dialogue to define the action steps needed to accelerate the change underway in the region.
  • Support for the Caribbean Regional Organization on Standards and Quality (CROSQ) and the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS) in the implementation of a regional training program on standardization, a prerequisite for regional standards bureaus to fulfill their obligations under the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement. This included assistance to the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, the Organization of American States, and the Centre for Trade Policy and Law to conduct a certificate program in international trade policy in the Eastern Caribbean.