The United States Government greatly values the strong ties that many Jamaican businesses have with the United States. Given the strong logistical connections that the United States has to the entire Caribbean region (e.g., Miami International Airport has more scheduled flights to Caribbean destinations than any other airport in the world), Jamaican business people find it practical and beneficial to conduct business in the United States. To support these business ties, the United States Government facilitates a number of initiatives which promote investment and trade with the United States.
Jamaican nationals are able to apply for E-2 non-immigrant visas to go to the United States to develop and direct the operations of an enterprise in which the national has invested or is in the process of investing a substantial amount of capital.
Recognizing that the competitiveness and job-generating ability of a nation is determined by its desirability as a place for businesses to operate, SelectUSA was created by the United States Government to showcase the United States as the world’s premier business location and to provide easy access to federal-level programs and services related to business investment. SelectUSA is designed to complement the activities of individual states and municipalities —the primary drivers of economic development in the United States.
Caribbean Basin Initiative
Initially launched in 1983, through the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA), and substantially expanded in 2000 through the U.S.-Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA), the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) currently provides Jamaica with duty-free access to the U.S. market for most goods.