CaribWorldNews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Weds. June 16, 2010: Six U.S. Department of Commerce officials along with seven small- and medium-sized U.S. businesses are set to arrive on a trade mission to, Jamaica today, June 16th.
The three-day visit will last through June 19th and will be led by Rick Wade, senior adviser and deputy chief of staff to U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke. The primary purpose of the trade mission is to promote U.S. exports in the Caribbean, a U.S. government statement said Tuesday.
The delegation will meet with Karl Samuda, Jamaica`s Minister of Industry and Commerce and Junior Industry Minister Michael Stern and promote U.S. products and services in a range of consumer goods, including construction and automotive sectors, to foreign buyers and governments. The companies participating include several from Florida, one from Idaho and another from Georgia.
The trade mission will give participating U.S. companies the opportunity to meet with potential business partners and network with key Jamaican government and industry officials.
The United States is the largest trading partner with Jamaica. In 2009, U.S. exports to Jamaica totaled $1.85 billion, in turn Jamaica sold exports of nearly $560 million to the U.S. The Caribbean region is the third-largest export market for U.S. manufactured goods in Latin America, behind Mexico and Brazil.