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CIC Ottawa: Optimizing the Canada-CARICOM Trade Relationship (Zoom event)

June 29, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT

June 29, 2023, 10 am to 1 pm

Canada and CARICOM are working to define a forward-looking bilateral cooperation agenda. While trade has been an important part of the relationship for many years, recent trade and investment flows have seen a decline. Can enhanced trade relationships contribute to the forward bilateral cooperation agenda? And if so, how can this best be achieved?

The Canada International Council (CIC) Latin America and Caribbean Study Group and the Canada Caribbean Institute (CCI) are pleased to host a panel on Optimizing the Canada CARICOM trade relationship. The panel will feature several exporters nvestors outlining their experiences and lessons in the market. The main trade promotion and facilitation agencies from the two sides will set out their programs and experiences in seeking to expand bilateral trade. Finally, the panel will feature a discussion of the current “government to government” trade arrangements and whether these are appropriate going forward.

The moderators of this event will produce a short summary of proceedings to share with attendees and others following the event.


Views from the Exporting Community


Trade, Investment and Development Programs

  • Dr. Damie Sinanan, Caribbean Export Development Agency
  • Jake Thomas, Trade Commissioners Service, Global Affairs Canada
  • Steven Tipman, Trade Facilitation Office, Canada
  • David Weber, Caribbean Development Program, Global Affairs Canada

Role of Trade Agreements

  • Dr. Chantal Ononaiwu, CARICOM Secretariat
  • Robert Ready, CIC and CCI Board (Global Affairs Canada ret’d)


  • Alicia Nichols, International Trade and Development Consultant
  • Dav-Ernan Kowlessar, Executive Chairman, DYKON Developments
  • Robert Ready, CIC and CCI Board (Global Affairs Canada ret’d)


June 29, 2023
10:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT
Event Category:


Virtual event
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CIC NCB Latin America and Caribbean Study Group