We have consulted internally with Multilateral, Partnership, Policy, Performance Management, Office for Democratic Development, the Executive Vice President and the President.
In 2005, the total stock of Canadian direct investment in the region stood at $60 billion.
Some Canadian firms have real investments there, for example in banking, mining and energy.
Canada is planning a Free-Trade Agreement with CARICOM.
Many Canadians have their first contact with a developing country through holiday travel to the region.
We have also consulted widely in the region as well as with the Canadian Executive Directors in Washington and have had discussions with Canadian private sector leaders.