U.S. Embassy Jamaica Supports Small Business Trade Mission from Puerto Rico

Seated: Eric Khant, Chargé d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy, Kingston (center); Allison Peart, President, American Chamber of Commerce and Maria Batista, Director of Promoexport of the Puerto Rico Trade and Export Company are joined by members of the Puerto Rico Trade Delegation.

Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Trade and Export Company (Compañía de Comercio y Exportación de Puerto Rico – CCE) Ricardo Llerandi led a trade mission to Jamaica from November 27 to 29, 2018. The Mission, facilitated by a grant from the U.S. Small Business Education, was executed in partnership with the U.S. Embassy Kingston and the American Chamber of Commerce of Jamaica (AMCHAM).  The trade mission included eleven U.S. companies representing varying industries including consumer goods, finance, clean energy, data analytics, security, and the creative arts.  The representatives participated in a briefing session on how to do business in Jamaica and met with a number of potential Jamaican partners.

In addressing the trade mission participants, The US Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires Eric Khant reiterated the U.S. government’s commitment to trade, noting “the U.S. – Jamaica trade ties are very strong and continues to bear substantial fruit.” Mr. Khant also asserted “Jamaica was becoming an even better place to do business.”

Promoting stronger trade and investment ties between the U.S. and Jamaica is a key objective of the U.S. Embassy.  The trade mission will help build synergies between the private sectors in both countries, to create ongoing opportunities for growing commercial relationships and complements the assistance the U.S. government has provided to small business development in Jamaica to include a Small Business Development Center.

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