Caribbean Export brings regional designers to CARIFESTA XIII

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FLASHBACK: Fashion at CARIFESTA XII in Haiti (CARICOM Secretariat photo)
FLASHBACK: Fashion at CARIFESTA XII in Haiti (CARICOM Secretariat photo)

BRIDGETOWN – At this year’s CARIFESTA XIII hosted in Barbados, the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) will be facilitating the participation of designers and artisans from across CARIFORUM within their Design Caribbean and Caribbean Essence export promotion platforms.

The assistance, in the tune of 50 000 euros is funded by the European Union (EU) via the 11th EDF Regional Private Sector Development Programme (RPSDP), will allow seven fashion designers and four artisans to showcase their creations at the Grand Market & Buyers Shopping Mall from August 18 to 27 at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Barbados.

Read more at: Barbados Nation

Listen to the Hon. Carl Greenidge, Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guyana, and Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Secretary-General of CARICOM and CARIFORUM, as they address the CARIFORUM Council of Ministers Meeting in Georgetown, Guyana on March 17, 2016.

Grenadian youth exposed to possibilities in Agribusiness

A group of youngsters from Grenada were recently involved in Youth in Agriculture Business Forum hosted by the Forum of the Caribbean Group of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States (CARIFORUM), the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) and the Caribbean Community CARICOM.

Deputy Programme Manager, Youth Development at the CARICOM Secretariat Ms. Yldiz Pollack Beigle (C) engages with Grenadian CYAs Judd Cadet and Amanda Scott during the Youth in Agriculture Business Forum
Deputy Programme Manager, Youth Development at the CARICOM Secretariat Ms. Yldiz Pollack Beigle (C) engages with Grenadian CYAs Judd Cadet and Amanda Scott during the Youth in Agriculture Business Forum

The purpose of the forum was to provide an open exchange of information and experiences, networking and ‘idea mining’ on youth-friendly opportunities for business in the agriculture sector. The forum included presentations from various professionals within the agriculture field and included a tour of Grenada on the second day.

CARICOM Youth Ambassadors from Grenada Judd Cadet and Amanda Scott, who participated in the forum said they were happy with the fact that persons got the opportunity to tour the island. The site visits included the West Indian Spices Inc. at Niaganfoix, Birchgrove, where participants observed the extraction of oils from nutmeg and other local spices.  The participants later travelled to the Belmont Estate where they learnt about chocolate and goat cheese processing.

According to the CYAs the forum was very informative and entertaining.

We are inspired and ready to work to benefit the youth nationally and Regionally.  We believe that Agriculture is the main pillar of any country economy,” they said.