The Caribbean Council expands into South East Asia

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Today the Caribbean Council formally opens its first overseas office focusing on South East Asia.

The office, based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in the prestigious Bitexco Financial Tower, will allow us to extend our work into Asia supporting the private sector led development of the Caribbean and Central America.

We believe that South East Asia has the potential to constitute a major source of trade and investment for the Caribbean and Central America in the coming years and we look forward to supporting the development of new business links between South East Asia and the Caribbean and Central America, promoting the region as a:

• tourism destination
• investment destination for South East Asian companies and state-led enterprises
• export market for Caribbean and Central American produce
• manufacturing and services base
• market for goods

We will also support Caribbean and Central American partners in understanding the South East Asian market and to leverage our wider network in the UK and Europe to provide technical, legal or other necessary expertise. In particular we will look to:

• support partnerships between UK, US and European technical expertise and South East Asian companies and investors
• provide information and due diligence services and market information on South East Asian companies and countries

In the first phase, we will focus on Vietnam and then we intend to widen the range of support we provide beyond Vietnam into other markets in the SE Asia region.

As a first step, we will be organising in April major promotional events about the region co-hosted by Vietnam’s Ministry for Industry and Trade in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi for a high level business and investor audience.

The Caribbean Council looks forward to supporting our membership, our Caribbean governmental and industry partners and other regional stakeholders to take advantage of the benefits that our Vietnam Office provides, and the new avenues it opens to trade, investment and economic development in the region.

For more information please visit our website or contact chris.bennett@caribbean-council.org

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