The Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA) – Bridgetown, Barbados

written by BVC June 27, 2024

The Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA)

Working Together Works


Investing in an area known for its natural splendor and vast economic potential

The Caribbean is undeniably one of the most beautiful regions in the world, known for its crystal-clear waters, stunning landscapes, and vibrant culture. However, beyond its allure as a tourist destination, the Caribbean holds vast economic potential, driven by strategic investment and regional collaboration. At the forefront of this effort is the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA), led by its President, Ronald Theodore.

CAIPA, established on November 20, 2007, in Jamaica, serves as a collaboration of investment promotion agencies across the Caribbean. Initially composed of seven agencies, CAIPA has grown to include 24 members over 17 years. Theodore underscores the association’s mission: “It’s about collaboration. Each island has its own investment promotion agency, and by working together, we address similar challenges and maximize opportunities.”

Theodore highlights CAIPA’s focus on four main areas: capacity building, research and data management, promotion, and policy advocacy. These pillars ensure that the region is marketed effectively as a unified investment destination while catering to the individual needs of each member state.

Capacity building

Capacity building and policy advocacy are integral to CAIPA’s operations. “We focus on training and capacity building for member states, enhancing their ability to attract and manage investments,” Theodore says. Research and data management efforts are also critical, providing the necessary information for effective policy advocacy and investment promotion.

CAIPA organizes various training programs and workshops for its member agencies. The initiatives cover various topics, from investment promotion techniques to regulatory compliance. By fostering a culture of continuous learning, CAIPA ensures that its members remain at the forefront of investment promotion.

Policy advocacy is a critical component of CAIPA’s work. The association collaborates with governments and policymakers to create an enabling environment for investment. “We advocate for policy reforms that facilitate business operations and attract investments,” Theodore says. This includes lobbying for incentives, streamlining regulatory processes, and ensuring the legal framework is conducive to business growth.

Research and data management

Accurate and timely data is crucial for informed decision-making. CAIPA places a strong emphasis on research and data management to support its member agencies. Theodore notes, “We want to be able to continue compiling data because data is king. If you want to make a decision, you’re looking for information.” This data-driven approach allows member agencies to craft compelling investment propositions and provides investors with the information they need to make confident investment decisions.


Promotion is at the heart of CAIPA’s activities. By marketing the Caribbean as a single investment destination, CAIPA amplifies the region’s appeal. “Investors tend to look at regions rather than individual states,” Theodore explains. “By coming together, we present a stronger value proposition, promoting the Caribbean’s collective potential.” This approach leverages the unique strengths of each member state, creating a diversified and attractive investment portfolio.


Unified promotion

One of the significant strategies adopted by CAIPA is promoting the Caribbean as a single investment block. This unified approach is essential given the varying sizes and populations of the islands. For example, while one island might have a population of just 100,000, the collective population of the Caribbean is around 25 million. “By coming together, we present a stronger value proposition, promoting the Caribbean’s collective potential,” Theodore reiterates.

This strategy enhances the region’s visibility and allows CAIPA to pool resources and leverage economies of scale. “Investors look at regions rather than individual states,” Theodore explains. “By promoting the Caribbean as a block, we can offer a more compelling and comprehensive value proposition.”

Tourism boom

Tourism is undeniably a critical sector for the Caribbean. Theodore emphasizes that while the region is often viewed primarily for its “fun and sun,” there are substantial investment opportunities in hotel and boutique resort developments. “We focus on sustainable investments and showcase our successes over the years,” he says.

CAIPA’s approach involves creating bankable investment opportunity profiles. These profiles identify locations, investment requirements, and potential returns, providing investors with detailed and attractive propositions. The association also highlights the advantages of Citizenship by Investment (CBI) programs, which offer dual benefits of returns on investment and access to citizenship.

Sustainable tourism

Sustainable tourism development is a priority for CAIPA. “We are committed to promoting environmentally responsible and economically viable investments,” Theodore explains. This includes encouraging eco-friendly resorts, supporting community-based tourism initiatives, and ensuring that tourism growth does not come at the expense of the region’s natural beauty and cultural heritage.

Showcasing success stories

Success stories play a vital role in attracting new investments. “We have numerous examples of successful hotel and resort developments across the Caribbean,” Theodore notes. These case studies are powerful testimonials demonstrating the potential for profitable regional investments. By highlighting these successes, CAIPA builds investor confidence and showcases the region’s capacity to deliver high-quality, lucrative projects.

Addressing investor concerns

Safety, financial incentives, and affordability are common concerns for potential investors. Theodore assures that CAIPA is well-equipped to address these questions. “We serve as a conduit to the respective IPAs, ensuring investors receive detailed information on incentives, government support, and licensing requirements.”

Language barriers, too, are managed effectively. “Several of our IPAs have personnel fluent in different languages, allowing us to communicate effectively with investors from various regions,” Theodore notes. This adaptability ensures the Caribbean remains an attractive and accessible destination for global investors.

Agribusiness and agri-tech

CAIPA’s promotional efforts extend beyond tourism, targeting agribusiness, renewable energy, business process outsourcing (BPO), and agri-tech sectors. The association develops detailed profiles for these sectors, outlining investment costs and returns. The diversified approach ensures the Caribbean can attract investments in various fields, bolstering its economic resilience.

Agribusiness and agri-tech are growing sectors in the Caribbean, offering significant investment opportunities. There is increased interest in agricultural technologies and sustainable farming practices. CAIPA aims to enhance food security, create jobs, and support rural development by promoting investments in these areas.

Renewable energy

Renewable energy is another critical investment sector for the Caribbean. “All our IPAs are significantly promoting investments in solar, wind, and geothermal energy,” Theodore says. The focus is moving away from diesel dependence and encouraging sustainable energy generation.

Theodore highlights the potential for assembling and manufacturing renewable energy components within the region. “This addresses local energy needs and takes advantage of trade agreements, allowing products to reach international markets,” he explains. CAIPA aims to attract investments contributing to economic growth and environmental sustainability by positioning the Caribbean as a hub for renewable energy production.


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Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)

The BPO sector offers another avenue for investment in the Caribbean. The region is becoming an attractive destination for outsourcing services, thanks to its strategic location, skilled workforce, and favorable business environment. Investments in this sector can create high-quality jobs, enhance service delivery, and boost economic development.

Focus on logistics

A significant upcoming event for CAIPA is the Caribbean Logistics Investment Conference (CLIC), scheduled for June 19-21 in Miami. “This conference aims to address the logistics challenges in the region and showcase investment opportunities in sea and air transportation, e-commerce, and special economic zones,” Theodore explains.

The conference will bring together policymakers, entrepreneurs, investors, and IPAs to discuss and promote logistics sector investments. “It’s about moving from discussing challenges to taking concrete actions to improve the logistics infrastructure in the Caribbean,” Theodore emphasizes.

Logistics is a critical sector for the Caribbean, given the region’s dependence on imports for food, medical supplies, building materials, and other essentials. “Improving logistics infrastructure is key to enhancing the region’s economic resilience and competitiveness,” Theodore notes. The conference will highlight investment opportunities in port expansions, airport developments, and e-commerce logistics, showcasing this sector’s potential for growth and innovation.

Networking opportunities

The CLIC conference will also provide valuable matchmaking and networking opportunities for investors and project developers. “We aim to facilitate meaningful connections and collaborations that lead to concrete investment deals,” Theodore explains. By bringing together stakeholders across the logistics value chain, the conference will foster a collaborative approach to addressing the region’s logistics challenges.

Expanding Membership

CAIPA aims to expand its membership and strengthen collaboration among its member agencies. Theodore says, “We started with seven members and have grown to 24. We hope to continue this growth and welcome new members to our association.” By fostering a spirit of collaboration, CAIPA ensures that its members work together to address common challenges and seize opportunities.

The Caribbean is more than a tourist paradise; it is a region with diverse investment opportunities. Under Theodore’s and CAIPA’s leadership, the Caribbean is poised to attract global investments, fostering economic growth and development. CAIPA is paving the way for a prosperous future for the Caribbean by promoting collaboration, capacity building, and strategic investment.

Goals for 2024 and beyond

As CAIPA moves forward, its goals include continuing capacity-building initiatives, promoting investment opportunities, and enhancing research and data management. Theodore also mentions plans for a Canada Caribbean Investment Forum later in the year and participation in the World Expo in Japan in 2025.

“Working together works,” Theodore concludes, emphasizing the association’s commitment to collaboration and growth. With 24 IPAs and the potential for more, CAIPA’s mission is to strengthen the Caribbean’s position as a premier investment destination, driving economic vitality and sustainable development across the region.

CAIPA will continue to focus on capacity-building initiatives and provide training and development programs for its member agencies. “We aim to enhance the skills and capabilities of our members, enabling them to attract and manage investments effectively,” Theodore explains. By fostering a culture of continuous learning, CAIPA ensures that its members remain at the forefront of investment promotion.


The Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA)

What:  An organization that brings together investment promotion agencies (IPAs) from various Caribbean countries with a primary mission to promote the region as an attractive destination for investment by fostering collaboration among its member agencies.

Where: Headquartered in Bridgetown, Barbados serving as a central organization that coordinates and supports investment promotion activities across various member countries in the Caribbean region.


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