The CARIFORUM-EU Business Forum was conceptualised to generate awareness about the EPA and to promote business opportunities within sectors that are readily positioned to do business in the EU, with a special focus on business environment issues and impediments to trade and investment between the two regions.
Designed to enhance the level of trade and investment between the CARIFORUM States and the EU, Africa and Pacific, this 3rd convention supported the business climate reform agenda in the Caribbean targetting the specific sectors; agroprocessing (cocoa, herbs and spices), creative industries (music) and services (higher education)
The first, two-day CARIFORUM-EU Business Forum was held in November 2008, following the signing of the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement – a comprehensive trade agreement between 15 Caribbean countries and the European Union. The first Forum focused on the strategic sectors of information and communications technology (ICT), film and video and architecture and interior design. In 2012 Caribbean Export in partnership with the ACP Business Climate (BizClim) hosted the 2nd edition of the Forum under the theme, ‘Making the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) Work’ and was held in London, UK.
“It was a great pleasure to be involved in the Forum. Congratulations to you and to the team from Caribbean Export for the organisation of the event. We look forward to receiving the report of the event and we welcome to opportunity to work with CARIFORUM/ Caribbean Export to promote the cocoa from the region.”
Laurent Pipitone, International Cocoa Organization (ICCO)
“Thanks for the invite and all the hard work that you and the rest of the team put in. There was a lot to get through and hopefully progress will be made. Congratulations on pulling it off!”
Duffy Sheardown, Duffy's Chocolates
“The ICCO Executive Director was very happy to hear our comments about the Forum and is keen to initiate work with the Caribbean on cocoa-related issues. The ED has a meeting with the Jamaican High Commissioner next week to discuss membership of Jamaica to the ICCO (this is something we've had on the pipeline for some time now), so the Forum came at the right moment for us to highlight the need for collaboration. We see Jamaica as a starting point, hopefully the collaboration between ICCO and Jamaica will yield positive results which can be replicated in other countries in the Caribbean.”
Moisés Gómez-Miranda, International Cocoa Organization (ICCO)
“Such a great job done Olayinka by you and your partner teams. I made some excellent contacts both for my music business consultancy and in my role as editor for Quartz Africa. It was an excellent cast of characters on the music forum”
Yinka Aadegoke, Quartz
“As with any event, it is only as good as the people and there were some really lovely and inspiring people at the event. Hopefully there is much to build on. Certainly I have plenty of good contacts to follow up.”
Tom Fleming, TFC Consultancy
“Thank you for your enterprising work regarding the attention to the Creative Industries development regarding Africa, The Caribbean and the outlook towards Europe. I was really engaged and actually found myself peeking in on other topics of discussion such as the agro processing.”
Rab Bakari, MixerPot LLC