African Export Import Bank: ACTIF2022 ends with a commitment to build a trade bridge for shared prosperity

Bridgetown, Barbados, September 03, 2022: The AfriCaribbean Trade and Investment Forum 2022 (ACTIF2022) successfully concluded in Bridgetown, Barbados with a commitment from participants to erase the scars of the past and build a trade bridge to forge a prosperous future for Africa and the Caribbean.

In the communiqué presented at the end of the Forum, the partners pledged to concretely implement a strategic partnership between the African and Caribbean business communities with the aim of fostering bilateral cooperation and engagement in trade. , investment, technology transfer, innovation, transport, tourism, culture and other services.

The signing of the partnership agreement between Afreximbank and seven Caribbean States will usher in investments to materialize commercial relations between the two regions, with an immediate focus on establishing an air bridge and connecting businesses through the through the new Africa-Caribbean network. Company advice.

They underscored the critical importance of enhancing investment and trade for economic and social transformation in line with the Forum’s theme “One People, One Destiny: Uniting and Reinventing Our Future”.

Prime Minister Mottley said the main objectives had been achieved through ACTIF2022, adding: “What matters is not so much the field, but the attitude and approach, one for collaboration and two for risk reduction, which we now come to today’s moment for And that is the importance of today’s first AfriCaribben Trade and Investment Forum, because it allows us to see how we can work together to unlock these very difficult issues that have only gotten worse, unfortunately through issues beyond our control.”

President Oramah, for his part, said, “We keep our promises. We didn’t travel all those thousands of miles to come and put on a show. We came here for a purpose. Coming here is an investment for this purpose. we work, you must realize the benefits of this investment. The benefits of this investment are tangible results that flow from the commitment we make here. You will see, in the coming months, concrete things on the ground.

The statement, read by Ambassador Chad Blackman, Permanent Representative of Barbados to the United Nations in Vienna, also thanked the 25 Heads of State and their representatives, and other government organizations for convening ACTIF2022.

ACTIF2022 was organized by the Government of Barbados and Afreximbank, in collaboration with the African Union Commission, the AfCFTA Secretariat, the Africa Business Council, the CARICOM Secretariat and the Caribbean Development Agency. exports. It was co-managed by Invest Barbados and Export Barbados and brought together over 1,200 participants from 41 African countries, 16 Caribbean countries and representatives from as far away as Oceania.

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