Romana Grandison, Brands Developer at McBride Caribbean Ltd, speaking with a client at the OECS Exhibition in Panama. (F. Ince/BGIS)

Those Barbadian companies currently participating in a trade mission in Panama are eager to explore opportunities that can forge partnerships which will go beyond business deals and trade agreements.

That is the view of Minister of Industry, Small Business and Rural Development, Denis Kellman, who said through their efforts in Panama, the Barbadian business people could help create economic opportunities and high value jobs at home, at a time when a boost in the economic activity was needed.

Mr. Kellman made the comments last evening during an official ceremony to expose Panamanian business people to the mission.

He told the gathering: "We are fully aware that Panamanian businesses share the same passion to succeed and thrive within what has become an extremely challenging and competitive operating environment.?? This mission should, therefore, serve as a win-win for Barbadian companies and their workers and for the businesses and people of Panama."

The Minister noted that Barbados’ export sector continued to be vibrant and an essential segment of the island’s economic activities.?? He acknowledged that over the years, the export of Barbadian goods to Panama had been limited by barriers such as administrative requirements and shipping logistics.?? "However, we are looking forward to finding new and creative ways to introduce Panamanians to a range of Barbadian products and services," he stated.

Approximately 20 public and private sector agencies, as well as senior executives from a number of Barbadian companies are showcasing their products and services in Panama.?? Mr. Kellman described them as representing a cross-section of the best that Barbados has to offer in renewable energy, food, beverages, agro-processing, printing, packaging, building materials and professionals and distribution service.

Representatives from six OECS states are also part of the mission.


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