TRADEMISSION
CARIFESTA XIV
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
AUGUST 16 TILL 23, 2019

DISCOVER
BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES
IN THE CARIBBEAN

Trinidad and Tobago mainly exports natural gas and oil (80 percent of total exports). Others include ammonia, alcohols, iron, fertilizers, and iron and steel. Trinidad and Tobago’s main exports partner is the United States, accounting for around 52 percent of total exports. Others include Jamaica, Spain, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Dominican Republic, Barbados, France and the United Kingdom.

A meeting point for cultural traditions preserved by migrants from around the world, Trinidad is constantly abuzz with artistic and cultural activity — music, dance, theatre and drama, fashion, literature, and much more.

There are exceptionally talented local craftsmen in Trinidad working in leather, clay, fabric, copper and other raw materials like seeds, shells and gourds. And you can find just about anything mainstream, from clothes, houseware and aromatherapy candles to fancy local foods, fashion and jewellery.

In an effort to undergo economic transformation through diversification, the government has identified the creative industries, particularly the music, film and fashion sectors, as pivotal to long-term economic sustainability. As such, the Trinidad and Tobago Creative Industries Company Limited (CreativeTT) was established in 2013 to oversee the strategic and business development of the three (3) niche areas of film, fashion and music.

CARIFESTA XIV
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
AUGUST 16 TILL 25, 2019

CARIFESTA, the Caribbean Festival of Arts, is the region’s premier multi-disciplinary Arts and Culture Festival.  From August 16 till 25, 2019, CARIFESTA XIV will be hosted by Trinidad and Tobago .

This roving Festival usually attracts Artists, Artistes and Culture Professionals from over thirty (30) countries.

This Festival of Arts,  has assumed a pre-eminent place among the elements that define and give expression to the uniqueness of the Caribbean reality. Like other significant institutions such as cricket, CXC, and CARICOM that symbolize a Caribbean commonality, the Festival reinforces our unity in the midst of the Caribbean splendid diversity.

“CARIFESTA embodies Caribbean integration. It is here that the people of the Region come together; co-mingle, creating one community, one people. That is integration. Further, this event strengthens the bonds between us, displays our creativity and ingenuity and demonstrates to the world the best that this Region has to offer. CARIFESTA celebrates our Caribbean being in a way that no other single event can.”

The theme this year is :

The Tangible and Intangible

Connect, Share, Invest

The theme focuses on both the tangible and intangible aspects of cultural heritage and development and seeks to embody and facilitate the objectives of CARIFESTA XIV, that is:

Finding the ways and means for Caribbean people, artists, and cultural practitioners to Connect with each other, Share ideas and information, and Invest in the development of our cultural explorations, products and exchanges thus building stronger national, regional and creative industries.

The Festival has evolved and transformed over its forty-six-year history and it is expected that CARIFESTA XIV will ‘generate greater value for key stakeholders like artists, cultural entrepreneurs, host and sending governments, and the CARICOM Secretariat’.

JOIN THE TRADEMISSION
LEARN FROM THE BEST
IN THE CARIBBEAN REGION

WHO CAN
PARTICIPATE ?

For whom? Participation in this mission aims to further inform and facilitate entrepreneurs in their further entry into international trade outside the Dutch Kingdom.

The program of this trade mission places a substantive emphasis on entrepreneurs / self-employed persons / companies from, among others, the following sectors:

  • Creative industry (top sector) (Dance, Film, Visual Arts , Literature)
  • Agri & Food (topsector),
  • Consumer goods and retail
  • Tourism recreation and hospitality
  • Clothing and textiles 
  • Service sector
  • Fashion
  • Culinary Sector
  • Art & Culture promotion

WHY PARTICIPATE ?

Joining the trade mission will bring the participating companies companies into contact with potential buyers, agents, distributors,international joint venture partners, licensees, other Caribbean businesses and businesses within the Dutch Kingdom, and government contacts.

Besides the program is crafted to provide the following:

  • one-on-one appointments with potential business partners
  • growth of your international network
  • knowledge exchange
  • raising your Business profile
  • market briefings
  • networking receptions
  • selective sessions on local business practices
  • site visits
  • and save transportations to the selected CARIFESTA XIV events
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THE PROGRAM

This program of this trade mission has been put together especially for  entrepreneurs in the creative sector , who would like to further explore the business possibilities in the Caribbean region.

We welcome entreprenuers from from Curaçao, Aruba, Bonaire and the Netherlands to participate.The pre-mission and post- mission activities are in line with practicalities from within the Dutch Kingdom.

SME and startups are just as welcome on this trade missions as multinationals.

Participation in this trademission includes:

  • Pre-mission activities to prepare the participants on the trip to Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Participation in matchmaking sessions of the organization.
  • Company visits specially arranged for the delegation.
  • Presentation an Q & A session with succesfull local entreprneurs from the creative sector of Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Attendance to the CARIFESTA Festival with a group of Dutch Entrepreneurs
  • Participation in CARIFESTA workshops
  • (Possibility for a shared or own booth stand at during the Grandmarket )

THE
COSTS

The costs  will cover the following:

  • Organization of the mission and implementation of the program
  • Pre mission activities
  • Matchmaking costs
  • Partisipation to the Opening event and Q & A session in Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Transport to visit companies and from to festival activities as a group

For the ones that want to participate to the Grandmarket with a booth

  • Shared Booth or own booth costs (We are looking into possibilities for 2 packages)
  • Coordinate logistics and shipment of goods for the exhibition
  • Post mission support and assistance.

Participants can choose from 2 programs:

  1. Festival visitor, from 15 to 23 August 2019
  2. Festival & participant, from 15 to 26 August 2019

DRAFT PROGRAM

Participants can choose from 2 programs:

  1. Festival visitor, from 15 to 23 August 2019
  2. Festival & participant, from 15 to 26 August 2019

Please note the program is subjected to changes.

Arrival in Trinidad
Opening : Welcome business event

Official opening CARIFESTA : Friday 16th August, 2019  7:00 pm – 11:00 pm,  Queen’s Park Savannah

Presentation breakfast 9 am-12 pm

Q& A local entrepreneurs

Match making Session 14-17 pm

 

GRAND MARKET

Saturday 17th August, 2019 to Saturday 24th August, 2019

11:00 am – 11:00 pm

Queen’s Park Savannah

GRAND MARKET

11:00 am – 17:00 pm
Queen’s Park Savannah

 

WORKSHOP / SYMPOSIA

Sunday 18th August, 2019, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, The University of the West Indies – St. Augustine Campus

WORKSHOP

Monday 19th August, 2019 to Thursday 22nd August, 2019

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

National Academy for Performing Arts

 

GRAND MARKET

Saturday 17th August, 2019 to Saturday 24th August, 2019

11:00 am – 11:00 pm

Queen’s Park Savannah

Day Trip Trinidad & Tobago Sightseeing

GRAND MARKET

Saturday 17th August, 2019 to Saturday 24th August, 2019

11:00 am – 11:00 pm

Queen’s Park Savannah

Arrival in Trinidad
Opening : Welcome business event

GRAND MARKET

Saturday 17th August, 2019 to Saturday 24th August, 2019

11:00 am – 11:00 pm

Queen’s Park Savannah

IT IS TIME
EXPAND YOUR BUSINESS
TO INTERNATIONAL MARKETS

LET US PLAN YOUR TRIP
SIT BACK,RELAX
AND FIND THE BEST TRAVEL PACKAGE

Once you know you want to be part of this trademission, you can start planning your trip and accomodation or just leave it up to us. To have the best, safe and complete travel services to and in Trinidad and Tobago we have partnered up with Boarding Pass Trvls,  a local and innovative travel agency that offers all travel related products .

The travel package will consist of :

  • Flight Return Ticket to Trinidad and Tobago
  • Accomodation in Trinidad and Tobago
  • Sight seeing to the some of the “must see spots” of Trinidad and Tobago

WANT TO JOIN?
LET US HELP YOU REDUCE SOME OF YOUR EXPENSES

“Missie voucher from RVO”

SIB Mission vouchers – Vouchers Collective Activities
With Starters International Business (SIB), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands helps companies with in the Dutch Kingdom that want to make the step to export to foreign markets. The scheme offers you various vouchers, including a Voucher Collective Activities for participation in an outgoing trade mission or a collective exhibition entry.

RVO provides a mission voucher for 50% of the costs (= 50% of US $ XXXX = US $ XX).excluding VAT  With the Mission voucher, companies can participate in an outgoing trade mission or a collective exhibition entry. The travel and accommodation costs are then for your own account.

The participant can apply for this if the participant meets the conditions of RVO. The participation fee is therefore 50% lower when the mission voucher is approved. The Business Connection BV is willing to help the participant completing their request

You can find the conditions for participants on the RVO website and request the voucher ” Aanvraag voucher Collectieve Activiteiten (missievoucher) voor Caribisch deel Koninkrijk”via the special RVO webpage.

IN NEED OF FINANCES TO JOIN?

LET US
HELP

Finally and most importantly, you need to have the financial resources to participate. It is possible to request financing at Qredits to help you cover the cost. Reach out to us if you need help with this.

Contact about Program, Registration, Flight & accommodation:

Mail to info@thebizconnection.co

Call or send whatsapp +5999 696 5651

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