US Embassy supports small business trade mission from Puerto Rico

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

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A trade mission from Puerto Rico visited Jamaica late last month and was assured by a senior American official here that Jamaica was “becoming an even better place to do business”.

The US Embassy's Chargé d'Affaires Eric Khant reiterated the US Government's commitment to trade, noting that “US–Jamaica trade ties are very strong and continue to bear substantial fruit”.

The trade mission was lead by executive director of the Puerto Rico Trade and Export Company (Compañía de Comercio y Exportación de Puerto Rico) Ricardo Llerandi.

They were in Jamaica from November 27 to 29.

The mission, facilitated by a grant from the US Small Business Education, was executed in partnership with the US Embassy Kingston and the American Chamber of Commerce of Jamaica.

The trade mission included 11 US 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.

The US Embassy said that one of its key objectives is to promote stronger trade and investment ties between the US and Jamaica.

“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 US Government has provided to small business development in Jamaica to include a Small Business Development Centre,” the embassy said in a news release.

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