(loop jamaica) – Caribbean Export, the promotions and investments agency targeting CARIFORUM nations, is temporarily closing its regional offices.
The closure is aimed at stemming the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
In a release earlier this week, the agency said the Barbados office would reopen on April 14. It had given a reopening date of April 3 for its offices in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Reopening dates may be extended as “conditions change in accordance with decisions taken by the governments of the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Barbados,” Caribbean Export said.
The agency will continue to operate remotely.
“Caribbean Export remains committed to the implementation of its mandate during this difficult period and we urge you to adopt the various domestic protocols that have been articulated aimed at reducing the spread and impact of COVID-19,” the agency said.
The agency serves 15 States of the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM), namely: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Caribbean Export’s services include capacity building, technical assistance, access to finance through grant schemes and the provisions of useful information and resources to support businesses to become export-ready.