Barbados (Barbados Today) – The ties that bind Africa and the Caribbean have been significantly strengthened through Barbados’ successful hosting of the recent AfriCaribbean Trade and Investment Forum at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.
It was a unique opportunity for business executives, producers, manufacturers, creatives, professional service providers, and financiers to engage in meaningful dialogue and to establish firm contacts.
For many others, it was simply enthralling to be in the same space with so many successful entrepreneurs and top executives from across the African continent.
Prime Minister Mia Mottley, who helped to give impetus to the private/public sector summit, urged those participating from the Caribbean and Africa not to waste the opportunities the trade and investment forum offered.
“I hope that we are turning this corner for the very last time. The reuniting of our people that would create opportunities, more opportunities for our tourism providers in the Caribbean, who continue to price product between winter and summer as if we see snow.
“They also forget that our market is not only North Atlantic countries who see snow, but our market only requires us to look across at each other and not only to look up. If through our partnership, we can remove from the Caribbean that awful period of summer tourism, where our average daily rates are a fraction of what we can achieve during the winter, then our bond of friendship and trade would have worked for us,” the Prime Minister urged.