GUYANA was represented when executive directors of 16 chambers of commerce across the Caribbean Region gathered at Accra Beach Resort and Spa, Barbados, for the first meeting of the Network of Chambers of Commerce (CARICHAM).
The official launch was held on April 1 and 2.
During the two-day meeting, history was created with the official signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) establishing the network.
Signatories were from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname.
Barbados Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Trade, Sandra Husbands, who opened the forum, spoke about the importance of trade policy in the Region and the ways in which the Network of Chambers of Commerce could contribute to shaping trade-policy agendas.
The formal meeting of the Network of Chambers was made possible through the support of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the European Union (EU), the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management (CDEMA) and the Government of Barbados.
Presentations were delivered by the various chambers as well as regional and international stakeholders from the UNISDR, CDEMA, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA), the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
Lizra Fabien, Executive Director of the Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce was unanimously elected as CARICHAM’s first chairperson.
They also elected Trevor Fearon, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce as the vice-chair of CARICHAM.
CARICHAM is a platform designed to represent the chambers and their members at the regional and international levels in order to foster constructive partnerships.