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Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA)
Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA)

Gateway to Trade Programme

What is Gateway To Trade?

Watch the entire Gateway to Trade Ceremony Launch 2021 here!


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An Export Accelerator Programme for International Trade in Services

GATEWAY to Trade is an export capacity building and acceleration programme designed to strengthen trade promotion organisations, sector associations and SME services firms. Ultimately, the objective of GATEWAY to Trade is to support the growth of services exports and enhance economic development.

How was Gateway to Trade Formed?

Created by Global Links Network, Inc., GATEWAY to Trade has been developed through the application of a combined 75 years’ experience in working on trade initiatives in over 60 countries around the world. It is unique, in that it is the only comprehensive export-acceleration programme targeted at services sector SMEs.

How does Gateway to Trade Work?

GATEWAY to Trade adopts a methodological, comprehensive, yet ‘made to order’ approach to export success, comprised of programme modules to suit clients’ needs. Programme elements include capacity building for services SMEs and business support organisations including training and coaching, market/sector research, export plan development, export promotion initiatives and sector strategy development. Additionally, the programme can be tailored to address a wide variety of services sub sectors including IT, creative and cultural industries, health and wellness, and business and professional services, to name just a few.

Gateway to Trade Ceremony Speeches - 2021

Opening Address: Mark Edghill – President, TTCSI

Feature Address: Ayleen Alleyne-Ovid – Acting PS,

Ministry of Trade

Vashti Guyadeen – CEO, TTCSI

Theo Ward & Michelle Hustler –  Globeview Strategies

Gateway to Trade Objectives

Enhanced Economic Development - done through increased trade in services...|Improved Business Competitiveness - enhanced domestic and international competitiveness of services SMEs...|Enhanced Relevance - of trade promotion organization though the development of sustainable and impactful services...|Increased Inclusiveness - via targeted efforts with respect to women and service providers in rural areas

Training Components

Skills Development

Training programme

Strategic Positioning

One-to-one Coaching


Training-of-Trainers for expanded reach


Market connection activities development

More specifically, the programme will include 18 hours of training, export plan coaching, website assessments, company profile development, value proposition refinement, market and sector research, in-person and/or virtual trade missions and business matchmaking.


The GATEWAY to Trade programme is opened to services companies and providers in the following sectors:

  • Business and Events Tourism
  • Business and Professional Services
  • Energy Services
  • ICT Services

Companies will be selected for participation in each programme phase based on their level of effort, commitment, completion of exercises, and market readiness capacity.

Who Should Apply?

Apply Now

Applications are currently closed.

For more information please contact our Project Administrator, for the Services Go Global & Gateway to Trade Programme.


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Gateway to Trade - Trainers

Andrew Hosein

Natalie Paul Harry

Dianne Joseph

Mandisa Granderson

Kenika Espinosa

Natasha Romeo

Lara Quentrall Thomas

Dr. Priya Marajh

Lisa Ramsumair

Tenika Phillip

Deborah Hoyte

Leslie Ann Willis Caton

Michelle Low Chew Tung

Keegan Bharath

Jude Carasquero

Rabindra Jaggernauth

Go Global TT Services Testimonials

Tamara Pooran, Think Talent HR Consulting

"This programme made me re-think what I have done or not done to drive my business. I learnt an incredible amount but even more valuable were the exercises which put knowledge in to practice and within my own business scenario. All the elements of successful training – we learn by doing and not just listening and also by applying the knowledge in our area of interest. Excellent programme! Thank you!"

Maxine Stewart, Out Source Professional Services Limited

"Gateway to Trade TT is an excellent initiative by TTCSI. The programme was expertly delivered using the right blend of technology, professional expertise and practical exercises. I have gained tremendous insights and new strategies not previously considered. I feel equipped for services export. Thank you, trainers and TTCSI!"

Stuart Mahabir, Damus Limited

"An excellent Export Plan development programme! Essential to development of your value proposition for you business needed for B2B meetings. Excellent guidance on development of your Company Profile as an introductory and marketing digital asset to enhance export sales and international business development."

Shamfa Phillips, Phillips General Contracting Limited

"This programme was so informative for my team and me. We know where we are as a small business and what we need to do now, to be able to venture into the export realm."

Our Partners

Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA)
Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA)