A trade delegation from the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) visited Antigua and Barbuda from 9-13 May in a scoping mission to explore opportunities to increase trade and investment between the UK and Antigua and Barbuda.
The delegation met with many stakeholders across the public and private sector, and had a special interest in the areas of renewable energy and the blue economy.
Meetings included Ministers with responsibility for Trade, Investment, Energy, and the Blue Economy.
They engaged businesses in a roundtable discussion and a capacity-building consultation to raise awareness of the Economic Partnership Agreement between the UK and CARIFORUM.
They also participated in a virtual roundtable, organized in partnership the Commowealth Enterprise and Investment Council and Her Excellency High Commissioner Karen-Mae Hill and her team, to introduce exciting UK companies based in the West Midlands region of the UK (where the forthcoming Commonwealth Games will be hosted) to their peers in the Caribbean.
At a Reception held at Nomad Restaurant on Tuesday evening, the members of the delegation forged relationships with senior technicians in the government as well as several business partners.
Resident British Commissioner to Antigua and Barbuda, Ms Lindsy Thompson, was delighted to host this delegation.
She stated, “This has been an action-packed week where my DIT colleagues and I have been struck at the range and breadth of opportunities for both the UK and Antigua and Barbuda. As a scoping visit, this was just the start of what I hope is going to be a really productive and fruitful time for both our nations”
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