Trade Mission to Jamaica
The Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA) embarked on a trade mission to Jamaica from April 17th to April 21st, 2018. The delegation was led by the President of TTMA and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Trade and Industry. The mission also had the participation of exporTT. The mission was successful in that the majority of participants stated that they were very pleased with the outcome of the trade mission. The overall purpose of the Trade Mission was to promote, increase and improve the bilateral relations between Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica. The trade mission coincided with Expo Jamaica and thus participants were able to attend show as part of the trade mission. A total of twenty-six (26) participants from seventeen (17) companies attended the trade mission.
As a direct result of the trade mission, participants reported of meeting new customers and strengthening existing customers. Strong relationships are vital to successfully doing business in Panama and the trade mission was a timely opportunity to reinforce existing business connections and create new links. The mission provided the delegates with direct business opportunities for future business in Jamaican delegates have increased knowledge and confidence about developing opportunities about the Jamaican market.
The trade mission commenced with the TTMA, JAMPRO and Jamaica Customs presenting to the delegation on the Jamaican market on day one followed by intense Business to Business (B2B) meetings on the second day and third day. Solid business leads and connections were made as Trinidad and Tobago manufacturers met with Jamaican distributers. Some of the companies in attendance included the Trinidad and Tobago National Petroleum Marketing Company Limited (NP), The House of Paper Products, Shazam Enterprises and Investments Limited, Global Enterprises Company Limited and VEMCO Limited, Diversified Limited, Resin Converters Limited, Fresh Start Limited, National Canners Limited and Caribbean Health Foods Limited.
Trade Mission to Dominican Republic (DR)
The Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA) embarked on a trade mission to the Dominican Republic from the period September 12th to September 16th. The delegation comprising of fifteen participants was led by the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the TTMA. The overall purpose of the trade mission was to promote and increase bilateral relations between Trinidad and Tobago and the DR as well as to secure new business opportunities for Trinidad and Tobago manufacturers.
The trade mission was a timely opportunity to reinforce existing customer relationships and business connections and create new linkages as well as enable future business transactions. Delegates expressed high levels of satisfaction with the mission itself and outcome of the mission. Many delegates stated that they would recommend future TTMA trade missions to business colleagues.
Trade Mission to Cuba
The Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA) embarked on a trade mission to Cuba from March 15th to March 19th. Led by Dr. Ramdeen of TTMA, the mission was successful in its overall purpose which was to promote and increase the bilateral relations between Trinidad and Tobago and Cuba was fulfilled. At this mission, TTMA received assistance from EXPORTT and also that Trade Facilitation Office of Cuba who were instrumental in organizing the business meetings with Cuban counterparts. Cuba continues to be a very exciting market with immense trade, economic and investment opportunities for manufacturers and this is why a trade mission was conducted. Over the period, key companies in the construction and the food and beverage sectors who attended the trade mission were provided information on Doing Business in Cuba , the cultural environment and investment opportunities of Cuba from the Cuba Chamber of Commerce and the Trade Facilitation Office of Cuba. Some companies were able to conduct site visits to Cuba companies.
Key objectives such as establishing business relationships between both countries, exploring investment opportunities, facilitating export success to mission participants and fostering ties with key trade and economic organisations and agencies were achieved. This mission was memorable in that TTMA “cemented” its continued relationship with the Cuba Chamber of Commerce with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Please see below for some pictures of the Trade mission and you can access more pictures on TTMA’s facebook page.