As the United Progressive Party (UPP) makes preparations to lead Antigua and Barbuda, one of its Members has taken part in another trade programme.
Sherfield Bowen, Candidate for St. Phillip’s South, represented the Party at the Inaugural AfriCaribbean Trade and Investment Forum.
Bowen says he was particularly inspired by the strategies and opportunities shared in several areas.
These included logistics between Africa and the Caribbean for the promotion of tourism, trade, and telecommunications, as well as the improvement of food security among other agriculture and agri-business opportunities.
Another area of discussion that impressed Bowen was healthcare and life sciences and collective health security. These could be realized through pooled procurement and shared intelligence and response, he noted.
The UPP Candidate also had private meetings with AfriExim Bank officials to explore project-funding opportunities, in addition to a potential partnership with the Antigua Barbuda Development Bank (ABDB) under a UPP Administration.
“Also of interest were comprehensive discussions on establishing air links between Africa and the Caribbean through credible aviation partners,” Bowen says.
The inaugural AfriCaribbean Trade and Investment Forum was held in Barbados, from September 1 to 3, under the theme “One People. One Destiny. Uniting and Re-imagining Our Future.”
Political Leader of the Party Harold Lovell recently took part in a similar activity in Barbados – the UpTurn Funds Caribbean Investment Summit, where he was a featured speaker and panelist.