12 April 2023Analysis

Barbados groups to fly the flag in Southern US

Invest Barbados and the Consulate General of Barbados in Miami, will conduct business missions over April 24 - 26, 2023, in Charleston, South Carolina, and April 28 - 29, 2023, in Atlanta Georgia.

The April 2023 missions follow a visit to Barbados last October of a delegation from Charleston led by Mayor John Tecklenburg. Through that visit, the Charleston delegation of around 50 people sought to deepen relations between Barbados and their city in culture, trade, investment, tourism, sustainable development, global life sciences, technology and education by building on the historical ties they share.

Six months later, representatives from Barbados’ business support agencies and associations will be able to engage entities in Charleston and Atlanta regarding business prospects, trade and investment.

In each city, the visiting delegation will participate in a business forum where the respective business communities will gain insight into the investment climate in Barbados, including bilateral and multilateral facilities to drive investment and trade between them and the country. Additionally, the Barbados delegation will investigate investment opportunities in Charleston and Atlanta.

Kaye-Anne Greenidge, the chief executive of Invest Barbados, noted that Barbados and Charleston have a centuries-strong connection, said she is confident that the country can build on that historical foundation to provide more opportunities for Barbadian businesses to go abroad, and to attract new investment to Barbados.

Greenidge continued: “Barbadians from Speightstown settled in Charleston in the 1670s, and last year those two cities celebrated the 25th anniversary of their twinning. We see these upcoming missions as an opportunity to build on that existing relationship and to foster new relationships with cities like Atlanta. We are confident that collaborations with these two cities can be mutually beneficial.”

Among the key sectors of interest to the business communities in Charleston and Atlanta are agriculture and agro-processing, life sciences, the ocean economy, renewable energy, tourism, software development and fintech, real estate, construction development and wealth management.