Bajan manufacturers Cuba bound

Barbados will begin exporting some of its manufactured goods to Cuba in a matter of months, Minister of Trade, Industry and Commerce Donville Inniss said today.


The Minister made that announcement midway through a tour of BMEX 2016, on which he was joined by Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley and two other Opposition Members of Parliament – Santia Bradshaw, and Kerrie Symmonds – in a show of bipartisan support for the productive sector.


Inniss and Bradshaw agreed on the need to further expand the market far beyond the island’s borders.

Inniss spoke of recent trade missions earlier this year to Guyana, St Lucia, and Grenada, remarking, “Only last week I concluded a tour with some Barbadian entrepreneurs in Cuba.

“That went very well. The Cuban market is not an easy one to penetrate . . . . It is not a market you just walk into like that”.


6XX2XHowever, the minister revealed that since last year the Barbados Investment Development Corporation had been conducting market studies in Cuba.

“[Therefore] I expect over the next three months that we will be able to announce specific products that will be entering the Cuban market from Barbados.

“We want to be in there now. We’ve had a long formal relationship with Cuba, and I believe that we have a great opportunity now to expand our trade arrangement, both ways,” he added.


Though he did not discuss products, Inniss said his delegation to Cuba represented a cross-section of manufacturers and service providers.


He said some of the manufacturers had previously made attempts to enter that market on their own and were expected to make individual announcements in due course.


11 Responses to Bajan manufacturers Cuba bound

  1. Henderson Yarde
    Henderson Yarde May 16, 2016 at 2:11 am

    Allodemarepolitricians got we cutting one another throat while them love up love up.

  2. Mark Fenty
    Mark Fenty May 16, 2016 at 3:54 am

    Have you ever heard the saying: “Politicians grease one another palms?” Politicians can put they politics aside in much the same light as a family, friend or foe would do.

    • Henderson Yarde
      Henderson Yarde May 16, 2016 at 11:52 am

      Yes they do but apparently we the people don’t seem to understand that , we fall to their plot of divide and conquer while their cuss each other in public but wine and dine with each other in private.

  3. Johnathan May 16, 2016 at 6:43 am

    Idiots that is not about politics. As the article says it is about showing bipartisan support to the sector to the international community. Just in case you guys don’t understand the industry must feel comfortable that the opposition when it becomes Government will give the necessary support and the international community will know they have nothing to fear when the Government changes.Duuuhhhhhhh……

  4. Loretta Griffith May 16, 2016 at 7:16 am

    At least the only person who has sense is Johnathan.
    Instead of trying to be insulting, you should be preaching integrity to all.
    I am now showing my abysmal ignorance.
    Good day.

  5. F. A. Rudder May 16, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Honorable Minister! I said it before and i’m saying it again you are one step beyond the average. Your innovation and inspiration is truly marvelous. We wish that your attributes to the good of the nation be considered by all sectors. to be on the lighter side I can imagine your grandmother’s smile if she was here today!

  6. Leroy May 16, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Breaking into Cuba market wont be easy, as they will be flooded by American interest very soon.

    Everything we make here,,its already made in Cuba 10 times over,,most likely better and cheaper than here, do ww have ano products which can truly be classified as original/unique?

  7. Coralita May 16, 2016 at 9:39 am

    When it is the DLP members, they are looking for photo ops and they are accused of grandstanding and politicking . On the other hand, when it is the BLP all is nice and sweet, sincere and genuine. They are not looking for photo ops nor grandstanding and they are not politicking. It is all for a good cause.

    In another story when the Prime Minister toured BMEX, the nasty comments from the BLP operatives were scorching. I guess his visit wasn’t genuine.

    It is amazing that so-called educated people act so uneducated. Then again education is not commonsense nor does it equate to wisdom.

  8. jrsmith May 16, 2016 at 10:32 am

    I am pleased to see the two bajan politicians in harmony with each other, I am a Dems voter but not the next time around , Mia is my favourite now MR.Inniss is one of 3 Dems who I think can do a lot better for the Dems ,but with a far different Priminister..

  9. Bro. Beige May 16, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    There is nothing that B’dos can offer to Cuba ! Cuba has it’s Beautiful Agriculture including Sugar cane , Tobacco , Rum and very soon it’s going to flooded with American products including Prescription Medicine . . . . oh ! and by the way . … It’s beautiful women.

  10. seagul May 17, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Corruption is just about the only unique original product we have better than Cubans…..we should show more respect to the doctors of the planet…..


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